I held my son in my arms today and watched the world catch on fire as we protested the horrible killing of George Floyd. Curfews have been put in place across the nation to prevent protestors from being heard, and our citizens have been gassed and shot with rubber bullets. It’s been a sad couple days in history, and I can only say that I’m standing with the people of this wonderful country, and Black lives will always matter to me.

So please, my lovely followers, be safe. If you’re protesting do everything you can to stay in one piece. I intend on protesting in 2 days and I’m already worried, but this is something I have to do, we have to do.

Let’s make history.

Doctor Sleep is the continuation of Danny Torrance’s story 40 years after the terrifying events of Stephen King’s The Shining. Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before-at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

(Description from Rotten Tomatoes)

First of all, The Shining is my all-time favorite horror movie. It has an artistic quality that you don’t see anymore, and Doctor Sleep is a lot different than The Shining. I don’t think another horror movie will quite capture that feeling again. So, while this is a continuation it feels like a different genre of horror movie.

Doctor Sleep takes on a whole different idea than being trapped in a hotel with spirits, it’s about Danny and how he is able to shine, like many others. I like how this movie takes on the world instead of one location, it expands the Stephen King universe and gives it a place of its own. It’s a very ambitious film and it does a good job.

The acting is also phenomenal for the most part. The only actor I thought wasn’t good was the child actor they brought in to play young Danny Torrence, his acting was cheesy. But, the rest of the child actors were amazing. They picked Ewan McGregor to play grown-up Danny, and he did an awesome job. The new characters came to life and fit in to the Stephen King universe easily.

They kept with the theme of being more freaky than outright terrifying. What I mean by that is they focused more on the human aspect with flickers of the spirits haunting them. A lot of scary movies rely on the ghosts or monster to be scary, but the scariest creatures in this movie are Rose and her gang, who are arguably human. Don’t get me wrong there are definitely freaky ghosts, they just don’t require them to be as scary as you’d expect.

I will say that this movie is painfully long. I understand that it’s so they can wrap up all the lose ends and make it feel complete, but they definitely could have accomplished that with a shorter run-time. It feels like you’re creeping along when you should be running in some places. It loses its momentum here and there but it was still an interesting movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I give Doctor Sleep 4/5 stars. It’s not the same as The Shining but it’s a pretty good sequel.

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This month I was able to surpass 2,000 total followers, in June I’d like to be at 3,000. This improvement has been huge for me. A couple months ago I was at 200 solid followers with no solid post schedule. But now I’ve surpassed my own expectations and I even have a dedicated readership.

My second goal is to beat my highest amount of views in one day. My current count is 163, if I could get even one view higher I’d be ecstatic.

My last goal is to put out more book reviews in June than I have in past months. My goal for May was 2 book reviews a week, but I’d like to push that number to three in June. The whole purpose of my blog is reviewing and I’d like that to be my main focus with a book tag or an interview here and there.

What are your goals for the month of June? Let me know in the comments!

Hey everyone. I’m not feeling very good today and I think it’s best if I take the weekend and spend it with my family. I’m really feeling the woes of the world and I’m just not in it.

If you have been affected by the pandemic or if you’ve been hurt by the riots in Minneapolis my heart goes out to you. I hope that the US is able to figure it out before protestors are needlessly killed. Be strong and stand up for what you believe in.

I tried to at least stick with a book theme and I found an article: The Power of the People: 9 Protest Books You Have to Read Right Now. I’ve not read any of these so I can’t vouch for how good they are, but if you’re in a protesting type of mood they might be for you.

Have you ever read about a fictional place and thought to yourself, I wish I could be there? Well here’s my top five places I wish I could visit.

5. Camp Half-Blood in Percy Jackson

If you’ve read the Percy Jackson series you know what I’m talking about. There are woods to explore, a beach, obstacle courses, and so much more. It’s a magical summer camp and it looks like it would be a lot of fun. Also, I took the quiz that designated which cabin/God I would belong to, and I got Poseidon! Heck yeah, I’d be roomies with Percy himself! That’s the dream.

4. Varenia in Crown of Coral and Pearl

I would love to see Varenia in it’s prime, but not when the events of Crown of Coral and Pearl take place. It’s a beautiful place with houses built on top of the tropical waters. You can dive off of your porch and into the beautiful blue below. It’s warm and you can sustain yourself through fishing and trading pearls. In Varenia, beauty is everything, so they keep their home as beautiful as possible. I’d love to visit and swim in their waters for a day.

3. The Isle of Skye in The House of Night series.

So, the Isle of Skye is a real place in Scotland, but in The House of Night it’s a mystical place ran by the Queen Sgiach, and it contains ancient fey magic plus so much more. The isle has a hanging tree where people go to tie yellow cloth and make wishes, especially lovers tying their fates together. On the isle there is also a beautiful castle where the Queen Sgiach teaches her pupils. I always thought it would be awesome to visit and learn from her.

The Shire in Lord of the Rings

The Hobbits of The Shire live a slow and peaceful life. Their daily activities mostly include, light farming, eating, smoking, drinking, and reading. It sounds like the perfect life. The Shire itself has it’s homes set inside the hills with funky round doors, and the land is a lush green. There’s a pub for the locals to celebrate in, and problems almost never penetrate the quiet Shire greenery. I love the idea of living in a place that’s peaceful and quaint. I could get so much reading done in a place like The Shire.

Hogwarts in Harry Potter

Hogwarts is the ultimate fantasy location. You could do something different everyday. I would want to explore everything, from the Room of Requirement to the Forbidden Forest. The castle is huge and there are endless mysteries, not to mention I could learn magic. There is always something fun, and dangerous, happening at Hogwarts. I think I’d get up to a lot of mischief because I was sorted into Gryffindor on Pottermore. On top of all the places I could explore, there’s the beauty of the place itself. The Hogwarts grounds have their own forest and their own lake, with a giant squid. The place is beautiful in every season and I wish I could see it in real life.

That’s my list of Fave Five Fictional Places, what are yours? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Thursday everyone! I was tagged by @ Mad’s Books and this looks like a really fun book tag.

Laying in bed — A book you read in one day

I read If I Stay in one sitting and it was such a sad book. My friend bought this for me for Christmas a few years ago because she absolutely loved it, and thought I would too. It was a good book but it isn’t one of my favorites. I have the sequel but I’ve never picked it up, it’s gathering dust on my bookshelf.

If you like The Fault in Our Stars I think you would like this book because it gave me the same kind of vibes. This one has a little bit of a happier ending though.

There’s also a movie that looked good, but I’ve never watched it. It has Chloë Grace Moretz in it, so I’m sure the acting is top notch, maybe I’ll watch it and do a movie review.

Snacking – A book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read

Honestly, I love Pretty Little Liars. The show and the books are way over the top and a little ridiculous, but they’re fun. I even got my boyfriend into the show with me.

If I need something to read purely for entertainment purposes, I’ll pick these up and take a read. These are the type of YA that all the pretentious readers talk bad about, but I think they’re great.

These books are also part of the rare few where I think the show is actually better. They got a great cast to play in that show and it totally outshines the books, but I still enjoy the books.

Who doesn’t love a good teen drama?

Netflix — A series that you want to start

I have had this book on my shelf for so long! It sounds really interesting I’ve just never picked it up. I’ve only heard good things about these books so I feel like I have to read them.

I was working at a bookstore when this series got really big, and they were flying off the shelves. I remember having to wait to get my hands on the first in the series because it had become so popular. But, for some reason it got lost in my bookshelf.

When I’ve beat down my TBR a little bit I’ll have to dust this one off. Or I’ll just add it to the massive TBR stack, because we all know that list will probably never get smaller 😅

Deep clean — A book that has been on your TBR for ages

This poor book has been sitting on my shelf for 3-4 years now. I actually read around the first 50 pages, but it was right in the middle of when I was taking finals, so I never got around to finishing it. It was a good story and the main character was a badass, but it got thrown to the wayside.

I think I’ll actually go find this one and pull it off the shelf, that way I’m forced to at least pick it up again.

It’s a retelling of Vlad The Impaler, I really shouldn’t need that much of a push to pick this one up again. This is the kind of historical fiction that I find most fascinating.

Animal Crossing — A book you recently bought because of the hype

The hype for The Power has definitely died down, but the fact that it was an Obama pick and it was held in such high regard by The New York Times definitely inspired me to pick it up.

I read this book and reviewed it. It definitely lived up to the hype. The Power is an important novel for this day and age, so if you’re thinking about picking it up, do it.

FaceTime — A book you were gifted

My dad bought me a copy of Severance because I asked him to. It was a mistake, I hate this book. Here’s a review and let’s pretend like I didn’t read it.

Self-care — What is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

I’ve made sure that I stay sane, and blogging has been a really good outlet for that. I’ve been going a little stir crazy, but being able to reach out to the writing community has been awesome for my mental health. Blogging keeps me busy and I’m still able to retain a little bit of a social life through talking to other bloggers on Twitter.

BONUS — An upcoming release you are looking forward to

I’ve talked about The Only Good Indians a few times now, and I’m still so hyped for this book. There aren’t a lot of hyped up Native American authors, especially in the horror genre, and I am so excited for this.

I actually started reading Mongrels by this author and it is so good so far. It’s just making me more excited for The Only Good Indians.

I tag anyone who would like to participate.

Watchers does not feel like a debut novel, it feels like it was written by a seasoned sci-fi author. Craig Priestley wrote an awesome and very well edited sci-fi thriller that was an absolute joy to read.

“They’re listening.”

Those are the irreversible words that tear Charlie’s world apart.

Struggling through everyday life in London, Charlie loses his job, his friends, and even more than he could ever imagine. The only thing that keeps him from spiraling into a pit of uncertainty is his inexplicable infatuation with the barmaid.

While Charlie fights tooth and nail just to survive, so does the world around him – humanity deteriorates quickly, with acts of crime and terror spiking worldwide. Police find themselves stretched, the government clueless, but Charlie’s eyes are open to the truth.

Something that really sticks out to me is that Priestley is able to combine themes of philosophy and perception in a way that doesn’t feel heavy handed, and doesn’t disrupt the story. Charlie, the protagonist, has a lot to question about his rapidly changing reality, but it doesn’t slow the plot any more than it should.

The author also combines realistic events with sci-fi elements effortlessly. The aspect of this that is most important is that the events feel real even though they are unrealistic. The U.S. is entered into a war with Russia, which feels very real when read by an American, then they go through the espionage and nuclear aspect of war. It felt so frightening and realistic to me. But, the sci-fi elements kept it from feeling too real, it had a good balance.

There’s one quote that felt especially relevant to current events in the U.S., the quote is,

“In Washington DC, workers carried on with their everyday lives. The terror threat was at its highest level since attacks on the Twin Towers, yet America stood still for no one.”

This country does not rest, not for war, not for terror attacks, and not for pandemics. It’s a very true quote no matter how absurd the idea is.

On a lighter note, the comedic banter in this novel is great. It’s a serious novel but it doesn’t throw comedic relief to the side like many sci-fi thrillers. The characters are funny and the conversations they have feel natural. Here is my favorite bit of conversation,

“But how do you assign importance?”

“Well, it’s someone that people look up to.”

“Is it similar to when you compare yourself to Chris Hemsworth?”

“What?” Charlie shot upright, avoiding eye contact with Anabel.

“When you look in the mirror, flexing your arms and pretending you have a large hammer in your hand.”

This was so well timed in the novel and it actually made me laugh out loud. These are the types of conversations I could see real people having and it added another layer of depth to the characters.

I like how this novel is mostly sci-fi with sprinkles of outright horror. The antagonists called, the corrupted, are these horrifying beings that are supposed to watch over their assigned human, but instead they corrupt them and make them do horrible things, like murder and rape. They’re like guardian angels gone bad, and they are described as frequently expressing classical body horror by twisting their necks and popping their limbs. I could picture it, and it was terrifying.

One tiny piece that bothered me was the conversion from miles to kilometers. This was obviously written for a UK audience, so it’s not a big deal, but it’s mentioned that a road sign in the US shows kilometers instead of miles. The U.S. is weird and for some reason we do miles instead of what everyone else does, so you wouldn’t find a sign like that here. But, it made me wonder if those who use kilometer know how to convert it to miles or vice versa.

If you ask me, Watchers earns an easy 4/5 stars. The ending is left open for a potential sequel and I hope there is one.

Interested in reading Watchers? You can find the first three chapters here. If you decide to buy your own copy you’d be doing me a huge favor by purchasing it through my affiliate link. Click here to get your own copy and I will get a portion of the proceeds with no extra cost to you.

Author Bio:

Craig Priestley is a fiction author based in London, UK.

He graduated from the University of Greenwich with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Writing and released his debut sci-fi novel ‘Watchers’ in January, 2020.

He started Watchers as a creative outlet for some of his more interesting ideas. He worked on the project for six years before it finally all came together in 2020.

He has been working on a second novel on the side, which will be the first in a trilogy titled The United World.He is hoping to release the first installment by Christmas of this year, so keep your eyes out.

So, I just wanted to give a quick rundown on all the differences my blog has been adjusting to for the last 2-3 months.

Firstly, I have completely revamped my blog theme. I upgraded my blog plan and unlocked better WordPress themes and I’m now able to monetize my blog. I went with the “bloggy” theme and decided to tweak everything about it. I have switched my blog to mostly sunflower inspired with modern elements and watercolor. I chose yellows to give my blog a sunny personality, looking at it makes me happy, and I hope everyone likes it.

I have also implemented more permanent weekly events. I do a Movie Review Monday and a Fave Five Friday. I chose these because I wanted to be able to have recurring discussions each week, and also I’m very passionate about movies.

I’ve also completely updated my contact page. The update introduces instructions for review submissions, which sadly I’m temporarily not accepting, but it’s also good because I’ve received a ton of books to review from awesome authors. The page feels more cohesive and authors will know what to send me when they inquire.

Have you noticed the changes here at Sav’s Review? Let me know what you think, especially of the new theme, in the comments.

I mean life changing in a few different ways. These are movies that mean something to me and had some kind of impact on me, from a visually stunning experience to an emotional response. Here they are:

Schindler’s List

Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis’ rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help run the factory.

By staffing his plant with Jews who’ve been herded into Krakow’s ghetto by Nazi troops, Schindler has a dependable unpaid labor force. For Stern, a job in a war-related plant could mean survival for himself and the other Jews working for Schindler. However, in 1942, all of Krakow’s Jews are assigned to the Plaszow Forced Labor Camp, overseen by Commandant Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), an embittered alcoholic who occasionally shoots prisoners from his balcony. Schindler arranges to continue using Polish Jews in his plant, but, as he sees what is happening to his employees, he begins to develop a conscience. He realizes that his factory (now refitted to manufacture ammunition) is the only thing preventing his staff from being shipped to the death camps. Soon Schindler demands more workers and starts bribing Nazi leaders to keep Jews on his employee lists and out of the camps. By the time Germany falls to the allies, Schindler has lost his entire fortune — and saved 1,100 people from likely death. Schindler’s List was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture and a long-coveted Best Director for Spielberg, and it quickly gained praise as one of the finest American movies about the Holocaust. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Description from Rotten Tomatoes

I watched this movie for a class that I took and it is one of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen. The use of red against the black & white, was a clever way to convey importance. It will also break your heart.

Aside from the visual aspect of this movie, it is such an emotional rollercoaster. I have a great respect for what the Jewish people went through in WWII, and I’ve found it important to learn about in my life. Spielberg took some liberties when it came to Schindler’s life, he made him more sentimental then he probably was, but Liam Nelson played the part written so well that it’s forgivable.

You will never see another movie like this one. It’s an absolute must watch.

Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King

The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring.

Description from Rotten Tomatoes

Lord of The Rings made me fall in love with fantasy, and this movie is one that hits me hard.

Aragorn (Viggo Mortenson) gives this stunning speech, and his character has finally made it full circle. He goes from a Lone Ranger to a king, and it is an incredible character to witness. The speech still sends shivers down my spine.

Not only that, but we get to see Frodo and Sam’s arrival to Mt. Doom. This movie is the emotional climax to the trilogy and it is built so well by the director Peter Jackson. This is the top dog of fantasy movies and it’s only fitting that the finale is such a beautiful and heartfelt movie. I could watch this movie over and over, in fact, I do.

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle in 1936, running a booby-trapped gauntlet (complete with an over-sized rolling boulder) to fetch a solid-gold idol. He loses this artifact to his chief rival, a French archeologist named Belloq (Paul Freeman), who then prepares to kill our hero. In the first of many serial-like escapes, Indy eludes Belloq by hopping into a convenient plane.

So, then: is Indiana Jones afraid of anything? Yes, snakes. The next time we see Jones, he’s a soft-spoken, bespectacled professor. He is then summoned from his ivy-covered environs by Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) to find the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis, it seems, are already searching for the Ark, which the mystical-minded Hitler hopes to use to make his stormtroopers invincible. But to find the Ark, Indy must first secure a medallion kept under the protection of Indy’s old friend Abner Ravenwood, whose daughter, Marion (Karen Allen), evidently has a “history” with Jones. Whatever their personal differences, Indy and Marion become partners in one action-packed adventure after another, ranging from wandering the snake pits of the Well of Souls to surviving the pyrotechnic unearthing of the sacred Ark. A joint project of Hollywood prodigies George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, with a script co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and Philip Kaufman, among others, Raiders of the Lost Ark is not so much a movie as a 115-minute thrill ride. Costing 22 million dollars (nearly three times the original estimate), Raiders of the Lost Ark reaped 200 million dollars during its first run. It was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), as well as a short-lived TV-series “prequel.” ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Description from Rotten Tomatoes

Indiana Jones is one of the greatest adventure movies of all time. I was obsessed with these movies as a child and wanted to be Indy. Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors and this is his greatest role. He really shines as Indiana Jones.

First of all, this movie is iconic. This is the one with the rolling boulder scene that everybody knows, and it introduces us to Indy, and it is a worthy introduction. Raiders of the Lost Ark is the birth place for any kind of treasure hunting media, from the video game Uncharted to Tomb Raider, they all draw inspiration from this crazy Spielberg/Lucas hybrid.

There will never be anything quite as cool as a whip toting professor who beats up Nazi’s and uncovers treasure on his free time.

These are three of my favorite movies, do we have any in common? What are your favorites and why? Let me know in the comments.

The Fiery Crown carries on the legacy of The Orchid Throne, in the second installment of the Forgotten Empires series.

A desperate alliance. A struggle for survival. And a marriage of convenience with an epic twist of fate come together in Jeffe Kennedy’s The Fiery Crown.


Queen Euthalia has reigned over her island kingdom of Calanthe with determination, grace, and her magical, undying orchid ring. After she defied an empire to wed Conrí, the former Crown Prince of Oriel―a man of disgraced origins with vengeance in his heart―Lia expected the wizard’s prophecy to come true: Claim the hand that wears the ring and the empire falls. But Lia’s dangerous bid to save her realm doesn’t lead to immediate victory. Instead, destiny hurls her and Conrí towards a future neither could predict…


Con has never healed after the death of his family and destruction of his kingdom―he’s been carefully plotting his revenge against his greatest enemy, Emperor Anure, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. When Lia’s spies gather intelligence suggesting that Anure is planning an attack against Calanthe, Con faces an agonizing choice: Can he sacrifice Lia and all she holds dear to destroy the empire? Or does his true loyalty exist in the arms of his beguiling, passionate wife―’til death do they part?

The best part about this novel is that it keeps Queen Euthalia’s relationship with Conrí realistic. Their relationship is the most important dynamic of this novel because together they decide the fate of Calanthe and her people. What the author does well is create a budding romantic relationship while also keeping the tension between them due to their opposing views. The banter between the characters is frustrating but realistic, here is an example,

Con visibly dragged his snapping temper back and tried for a more rational tone of voice. “We’re in this fight together—and we can’t win if you won’t trust us with the knowledge we need to plan strategy. You agreed to this plan. Help me to help you.”

“Oh, are we trusting each other again? I lost track when you were accusing Me of lying and lecturing Me on the defense of Calanthe.”

At every turn they are bickering but they both have their own plans and loyalties. Their relationship is the perfect illustration of a conflicted romance. With everything at stake they are still willing to tear each other apart.

This book also takes a darker turn with much darker magic at play. We see Queen Euthalia endure hardships that I would’ve never imagined in the first installment. I liked this turn because it shows the depth and horror of war, a tyrant will do anything to secure victory. Aside from the brutality of her treatment this shows Euthalia’s ability to take pain and keep her loyalties. Showing her strength amended doubts that I felt towards her. I thought of her as mentally strong and a decent, though frightened, Queen, but her character has come full circle and shown her physical strength. The character development and was done very well.

The history of Calanthe and her people also becomes a more fully formed picture. Everything we have learned to this point has wrapped together, Conrí’s past and Euthalia’s past connect and we see how the past will play into the future. This has me particularly excited for the next installment. The way it’s woven together bodes well for the future of this series.

My only gripe is with the frustrating nature of the people of Calanthe. They seem to understand that their in danger but they don’t act afraid. Here is the quote that sparked that complaint,

They claimed they understood the dangers of the world beyond, admitted that their previous defenses no longer worked, and yet they wandered around their isolated paradise as if nothing could ever arrive to give them trouble.

This pulled me out of the novel a little bit because you’d think that a nation under the watchful eye of a tyrant, a tyrant they’ve just disobeyed, would be more fearful, and act fearful. Yet, they don’t. I don’t know if this is supposed to be because of the nature of life on Calanthe, but it bothered me.

I’d like to also add that in my review of the first novel I was curious as to where Jeffe Kennedy came up with the name Calanthe, I had just read one of The Witcher novels where there’s a Queen named Calanthe, and wondered if that’s where the author drew inspiration. Well, the author reached out to me and the name is actually Greek, and I thought that was really cool.

The Fiery Crown definitely keeps up the momentum from the first novel and has left me, yet again, excited for more. It earns a 4/5 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Jeffe Kennedy for allowing me access to this wonderful novel. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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So I’m not going to say these deaths are my favorite because they make me very sad. But, I wanted to put them on a Five Friday list to discuss them.

There are spoilers! So please beware!

5. Chuck in The Maze Runner

I think this death was so tragic because he was like a little brother to protagonist, Thomas. Chuck was the newest arrival to the maze until Thomas showed up, and he’s young compared to the rest of the kids there. He also dies right before they’re going to “escape”, and he’s killed by Gally, a complete asshole. It was just a punch to the gut that I wasn’t expecting.

4. Rudy in The Book Thief

Rudy’s death was one that made me cry ugly tears and I had to put the book down. His is a tragedy because he loves the protagonist, Liesel, and we learn that in some way she loved him too. Rudy is killed in a bombing during WWII, towards the end of the book. He continuously asks Liesel for a kiss, but he only receives his kiss as he lay dead in the street. They were only teenagers, and this isn’t entirely fiction. Stuff like this happened all the time during WWII, and it felt so real even though it’s a book of fiction. This was the reality for a lot of people during WWII.

3. Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit

Thorin’s death is so heartfelt, because he’d turned against Bilbo, a friend and member of his party, but in the end he makes peace with him. Thorin has been skeptical of Bilbo’s abilities to be a burglar for them, and questioned whether he had the heart to finish their quest, it wasn’t until the end that Thorin learned Bilbo’s value. They parted as friends and it’s a hard scene to read.

2. Finnick O’Dair in The Hunger Games

Finnick sacrifices himself to save the rest of his group as they journey through the sewers to infiltrate President Snow’s manor. He fights off the mutants while the rest of his unit escape out of the sewer, and Katniss detonated a bomb, mercy killing him. This death is tragic because he’s just reunited with the love of his life, Annie, and unknown to him she’s pregnant. For so long he wished to be with her, but instead was pimped out to the capital, and finally, when she’s within his grasp he dies. It’s so Romeo & Juliet. It killed me inside.

1. Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter

Everyone talks about Dobby and Fred’s deaths, but I think the real tragedy is Tonks. I was absolutely devastated when Fred and Dobby died, don’t think I wasn’t, but there was something different about Tonks’s death. She had just become a mother to a beautiful baby boy, a boy who had the potential to turn in to a werewolf, and would need the loving care of his mom. Tonks has to fight to be with Lupin, then had to fight to keep him, they had a baby, and they died. It hurts me to this day. It goes to show the the cycle of evil repeats itself, and war will always leave orphans.

Let me know what you think of my list in the comments.

Be Consistent

You’ve probably already heard this before, but I’m going to give you my experience as an example.

I used to post 3 days a week when I felt like it, my traffic per day that I posted was maybe 10, if I was lucky. My monthly views were a bit pathetic, and I had around 200 followers when I decided to go on hiatus.

When I returned from my hiatus I decided I was going to post 6 days a week, and only deviate from that plan for holidays or if I needed a mental health day. My daily views on average are between 50-60 and I have over 2,000 followers. I’ve only been back from hiatus since the middle of March, when quarantine started. I’ve also earned a small amount of money through my blog.

Seriously, BE CONSISTENT. It pays off.

Be Yourself

To gain a following you have to be unique or likable in some way. What’s a better way to be unique than being yourself. There’s are billions of people on this planet, but there’s only one you. The best way to stand out is to speak from your heart, and to just say it how you would say it. You don’t have to be perfect. Throw in thirty emojis 🥰👌🏼👍🏼📚❤️🙋🏼‍♀️😭🥳🤣🐶😊 or a crazy gif

Do whatever it is that makes you happy, and just celebrate being unique.

Don’t Sacrifice Your Mental Health

I mentioned above that I’ll miss a posting day if my mental health needs it, and I’m serious. If you sit down to write a post and nothing is coming out and you’re getting stressed out, just take a day off. Your followers won’t abandon you, and I can assure you that they’ll understand. I often find it hard to come up with six days of content, like today, I’m sitting in bed writing this after I randomly had the idea to spread what advice has meant the most to me. Before I had that idea I was sitting here contemplating whether I’d be able to come up with any content or not. It’s okay to need a day, you’re only human, we’re all only human. At least I think 😂

Alright everyone, I hope you have a great day, and I hope you find this advice helpful.

The Curse is a companion novella to Heir of Ashes. If you missed my review of Heir of Ashes you can find it here.

The Curse delves deep into the story of Roxanne’s parents, letting us know what happened to them and how she ended up where she is. It gives us the additional backstory that was missing from the first book.

I like how it mostly follows Roxanne’s father because he seemed like a very interesting character that just didn’t get to live in the first book. Through following the father we get to see the history of many other characters including Logan, and it also explains a little bit about why Roxanne and Logan’s relationship is so strange. There were a lot of details that I didn’t expect, but made a lot of sense.

This novella only takes about an hour to read and it fills in a lot of holes while also still asking questions. Because there is more to the series, this novella couldn’t answer all the questions, but it makes the world feel more rounded and it gives the history of the characters more backbone. I appreciate that the author could fit so much background into such a quick read.

Because you don’t exactly understand everyone’s timelines it makes the order of events and characters a little harder to follow. I always have a hard time following character names and relationships so it did get a little bit confusing here and there, but it was enlightening to the story.

As far as novellas go I’d say that The Curse is a 4/5 stars. Thank you to Jina S. Bazzar for continuing to reach out to me. I’m excited to read and review the next book in the series Heir of Doom.

Interested in buying a copy of The Curse? If you click the image below, and purchase the book, I will get a portion of the proceeds with no extra cost to you.