Sunday, 26 June 2016

Beautiful People: June Edition

Beautiful People is a link up hosted by Cait @Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. It helps us to get to know our characters and books better.

This is my first time doing the linkup and I am doing my main character of my current WIP. Jaye is in his early to mid teens and has wings.

1. What was their childhood home like?

Jaye’s first childhood memory is of watching a teenage boy take his first flight. It stuck because he has wings and knew that was what he could do one day.

2. What was their best and worst childhood experiences?

Jaye’s best memory is when he found out that he did indeed have parents and from that moment he had hope that one day he would meet them. His worst memory is from when he was kidnapped at eleven years. Little was done to him at the time but it has stayed with him always and shaped who he has become.

3. What was their childhood home like?

Jaye’s childhood home was an orphanage. Though there were many children none of them ever felt better than each other. They all treated each other as one big family. The owners of the orphanage were the mother and father figure in their lives. Jaye thinks fondly of his time there.

4. What's something that scared them as a child?

Jaye held the fear that one day he would never find out who his parents was. He had never met them but knew that they were alive somewhere. A second thing that scared him was when he was kidnapped. It terrified him and he became a bit of recluse when he managed to get home.

5. Who did they look up to most? 

I think that he most looked up to the owner of the orphanage. I think that Jaye looked up to Jackson, the owner of the orphanage most. He was his father figure, the person who taught him sword fighting and someone he felt he could count on.

6. Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?

Jaye’s favourite food is chocolate cakes, puddings and anything of the like. A chocolate block is okay but get it into some kind of cake and he would come running even in his recluse time. His least favourite food was pumpkin. His was quite allergic to it even more so when it was made into pumpkin soup. For some reason it affects him quicker.

A Chocolate Mud Cake I made for my brother last year

7. If they had their childhood again, would they change anything? 

Jaye left the orphanage when he was in his early teens. I think the thing he would change would be to contact and visit them more than he did.

8. What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?

Jaye was a curious child. He was one who was diligent in his own school work and always willing to learn. What he most wished and was most curious about was anything with wings and flying.  

9. What was their relationship to their parents and siblings like?

Well as I mentioned earlier Jaye is an orphan so in his childhood he didn’t have any kind of relationship with his birth parents but he got on well with the other children at the orphanage and as the owners.

10. What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?

The only thing that Jaye knew for sure he would be able to fly and a hope that he would meet his birth family, but besides that he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when he grew up. Jaye well he’s still barely had a chance to discover what he really wanted to do. He may or may not have been kidnapped more than once.

What did you think of Jaye? Do you have any question for him? Did you do your own Beautiful People this month?

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Hello and A Book Review

Hello, I have some good news. I have my computer back and fixed. I will now start to post more regularly as originally planned. *Fist pump* Yes!

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer


Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. 

One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he's never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. 

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. 

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. 

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . . 

It has actually been quite a while since I have read this book, but I have had this feeling to write the review so review it I am. When I do think back on it I smile. There so many things I loved about this book. 

  1. Magnus: He was the main character and I was drawn into his sarcasticness (obviously not a word but hey it will do) and his life immediately. There are so many times I smiled at the sarcastic things he said. Sadly I only wrote down one I found at the start but at least you will get a sense of what I mean. 
In short, it was the saddest, flimsiest, most disgusting piece of scrap I had ever magically pulled from a river. 

He says it as if it's something he did everyday. 

Inside Magnus’ head there were certain things I did enjoy (that sounds a tad weird) what I mean is that I thought was a bit funny, in a good way. He would ask questions in his own head to what he might ask and some of those he would miss when he said them aloud but he would still ask some seemingly not as important questions with the important ones. I think it is part of why I found him more likeable. 

Another thing I should note that is important to remember is how Magnus values his mothers memory. She may be dead but he doesn’t necessarily hide her memories away instead he tries to focus on the good ones the ones that feel him with warmth. She is also a positive factor in some of his decisions which I’m glad. Also Magnus 1.0. That was kind of hilarious.