The Hedgeathon: Awards

The Hedgeathon is almost over, which means it’s time to talk about prizes and how to claim your win.  If you don’t know what the Hedgeathon is, read this post. This post is a long time coming, but I was waiting until I had the prizes in hand to show you, which was supposed to be two weeks ago. Since then I have had to change my plans for prizes.

Long story short, the Etsy store that was supposed to be making my printable bookmarks and such dropped out. They told me they couldn’t do it after all, that they just had too much on their plate; which I understand completely, it happens. But I wish I had been given more notice. Because of that, I talked to a few other Etsy stores to see what they could do for me, but they couldn’t guarantee anything in the short time I needed it. So I have had to change my plans, and actually I am more excited about this new plan than my old one.

Now on to claiming your win.  I messed with a few different options on this, but I think this will be the best solution.

Fill out the forum below with your name, email, mailing address, list of books you read, and if you posted one, a link to your blog post about the hedgathon.

You have until August 5th to submit your win. I will email you once your prize has been mailed, sometime during the second week of August after the winning period has ended. 

Also, I am sorry for disappearing again. I will do much better once school starts and I have some sort of schedule and I might actually be able to know what day it is without looking on my phone. Right now the days are sort of just running together, which makes the weeks run together. And the next thing I know I’ve missed a bunch of blog posts. Also, my old computer crashed so I have been without a computer for a few days.

How are you doing on the reading challenge? Are you having fun with it? Are you scrambling to finish? I know I am!

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The Last Star by Rick Yancey

If you haven’t read the first two books in the trilogy don’t read this review. I don’t want to ruin who lives and dies for you. If you want spoiler free reviews of the first two books you can check out my review for The 5th Wave here and The Infinite Sea here

The Last Star was everything I wanted and more. The conclusion was great, heck the whole book was great. The plot was fast paced and kept me on my toes. I am still sad that I won’t get to read more about these characters but I feel like it ended nicely and I’m satisfied.

Summary: 

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human – goodreads

Favorite things:

Sam.I loved that  you could really see how much everything has changed Sam. He can’t remember his ABCs yet he can build a bomb, he has grown up too fast and it’s sad.

All the couples. So there is one couple that people seem to be really upset about. They keep talking about how there was never anything between these two characters and that Yancey just put them together because it had to be, but this is just not how I saw it. As much as I hated it these two had chemistry from the start and I have seen them getting together the whole time. So in a way I was kind of happy they finally got together.

The characters. I loved them for the same reasons I have in the first two books. They all have such great personalities and I have really enjoyed watching them grow and change.

The ending. If you have read the book you will understand why I have mixed feelings about the ending. That being said, it was really satisfying ending and I feel like it was a good conclusion for the trilogy.

Some favorite quotes:

“For some, death is the midwife to faith. For others, it is faith’s executioner.”

“Some things, down to the smallest of tings, are worth the sum of all things.”

“You don’t run from the people who need you. You fight for them. You fight beside them. No matter the cost. No matter the risk.”

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word a little more often than I would like.

Physical romance?

There isn’t a whole lot, but there is some and there is a fair amount of discussion about it.

Gore?

A little, but it’s not terrible.

Will you cry?

Probably, I was very close to crying but I held it together.

Overall rating?

four out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.

 

If you have read The Last Star, what do you think about it? Were you satisfied? Also, did you feel like Cassie was a tiny bit inconsistent in this one? I’m on the fence about it myself.

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016

It’s official, I decided to participate in Camp NaNo during July. I wasn’t going to at first because I had no ideas, and I wasn’t having any luck coming up with one. Until  last Thursday night when I was getting ready to go to Warped Tour. I spent the whole car ride on Friday brainstorming and developing the idea. That being said, I don’t really know what my story will be about. I guess I will figure it out along the way. I  know having an outline would make my life easier, but somehow I’m just not sure it would make that much of a difference so I haven’t taken the time to make one yet.

If you weren’t here in April, I won Camp NaNo in April and it was really hard. I hope that this time it will be easier. I would really like to win in July and then again in November, but we shall see if I make it through July.

In the month of July I will be posting updates every Saturday about my progress.

If you don’t know what Camp NaNoWriMo is check out their website here.

What about you? Are you participating in Camp NaNo? If so do you know what your story is about yet? Do you have an outline ready?