Thursday, August 30, 2012

BRT: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)
Title: Fever
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Number of Pages: 341
Rating: 4/5
Date Published: July 26, 2011

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.

When I read the first book of this trilogy, WITHER, I really didn’t like it. After a while I gave the book a second chance and liked it more than I did the first time, so I went ahead and bought the second book. I’m glad to report I wasn’t disappointed with my choice.

This was my big gripe in the first book: Rhine is more worried about her love life than about her life withering away in general (or so it seemed), and there was also the fact I was trapped with her in one place through the entire story. I like stories that MOVE around.

Fever helped alleviate those old furies of mine. Especially since it makes Rhine realize that, “Wow, the outside world is possibly even more dangerous than my old life. But that doesn’t matter, because this is the best chance we have.” I LOVE that cramped up feeling, where you’re on the edge no matter what direction you turn. LOVE. IT.

This book was one book that thoroughly surprised me. For that, I take my hat off to Lauren DeStefano. A book hasn’t been able to do that for me in ages. For those who want to know what the surprise was, get your (hardback) book out and flip to page... 282. (;

Lauren DeStefano’s dystopian and doomed world is driven by lust and science and I love how she’s managed to stick to that; but it’s also balanced by Rhine’s faith that she’ll find her brother. I break this book up into about three parts. The first part takes place at the carnival (the origination for the cover). This part of the book is focused more on the lust, and understandably so. We also pick up a new protagonist here. A strange one, but one nonetheless. (:

Part 2 is compromised mostly of wandering, and focuses more on the scientific and nostalgic aspects of Rhine’s life. It feels like the book covers everything it needs to cover, and I love it. We meet more characters that I hope return later, and I love how the main love interest has become a main character. (That was another peeve in the last book.)

The final piece of the book is a blast from the past of book 1 and I can’t really say much about it for fear of spoilers, so I’ll just say it’s mostly science-based and horror-based. This part of the book truly was horrifying. Finally some old characters come back and help Rhine out, and we reach a very sudden ending.

That’s fine with me. This is the preparation for book 3.

This sequel was amazing. XD

Thursday, August 23, 2012

BRT: Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2)

Title: Supernaturally
Author: Kiersten White
Number of Pages: 336
Rating: 5/5
Date Published: July 26, 2011

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be...kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.

I am so glad to announce that I tried as hard as I could to think of something to give this a 4.5/5, and I couldn’t think of anything. SO GLAD. This sequel was fantastic, and I’m also glad to say it was able to surpass the first book with flying colors. I don’t see that often, and I’m happy this book could do it (especially since I love Evie.)

Actually, I did think of something to rate this 4.5/5, but oh well. I’m leaving it as it is. :P

So this new installation starts out with Evie being underwhelmed with everything in a normal life. And because of it, when she’s attacked by a paranormal and then offered a job from the IPCA, she takes it. The chapter names, Evie’s comments/rewording/bleeps, and the characters are all as much fun as in the last installment.

Except for two small things (What WOULD rate it down but I’m not going to do so).

1.       Evie, why did you get so whiny in a few parts of the book? I’m giving you leeway because a lot of it had to do with your new-normal lifestyle, and I got you were afraid it was the end of the world you weren’t accepted into college, but you didn’t need to spend 3 pages crying and moping about it.
2.       What happened with your relationship with Lend?! Lend is so boring in this book and you keep screwing things up with him because you think you’re not good enough. Oh my God stop MOPING and enjoy it!

That’s really the only few things that irked me throughout the book. Otherwise I loved it. Jack was... Okay, I’m going to quote Madeleine Rex on this one: he was like Peter Pan on steroids. I LOVED IT. He was hilarious, but this is another one of those books that didn’t completely shock me when I found out he wasn’t all he cracked up to be.

Watching Evie struggle with her faerie powers and learning about her origins was a fun thrill ride for me. A lot of people have mentioned this book wasn’t quite as fun as Paranormalcy, and I agree. Compared to Paranormalcy, this book happens to be a bit more forgettable. However, this is the in-between book of a trilogy. It’s the buildup to the final book. I can forgive it because of that.

There’s not much else to say. Reth comes back, YAY! I love Reth, and I think it was so cool Evie got to travel into Faeryland. (Or whatever this book calls it, LOL). I’m waiting eagerly for the chance to buy the next book. (:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Random Monday: Thought Tracing

I was just thinking about this like a few days ago and thought it might make a cool blog post. I don’t know if anyone else does it and I don’t really know why I do it.

You know how you can be sitting in class/at work (depending on how old you are, lol) thinking, and then you reach a thought where you catch yourself and start paying attention again? Do you keep thinking about the thing you were just thinking about? Some people normally continue to think about it as they go to work. I don’t.

Instead of changing my topic of thought to whatever comes to mind next, I try to trace it. I ask myself, “What led to me thinking about this?” Like, let me try to remember... A lot of times I forget these as soon as I finish tracing them. OH! Okay, I’ll go with something that happened last night.

As I was trying to go to sleep (prime thought tracing time) I caught myself thinking of an event in seventh grade, when I was in the middle of writing FLAME DANCER. I had been on Chapter 6 if I remember correctly, and I wanted to use the word ‘miraculous’, but I wasn’t quite sure how to spell it since I was longhand-ing this. I asked my teacher how it was spelled and one of my classmates asked why the hell I was trying to use words I couldn’t spell. (I still don’t like this kid. >.>)

Anyway, I thought, “How in the hell did I start thinking about this?” Then I traced it. Before that, I’d been thinking about the event in which I’d wanted to use the word ‘miraculous’—my main antagonist had caught a fireball on his sword and made the fireball disappear.

Before that, I’d been thinking about how in the sequel to FLAME DANCER he’d been able to uphold a clash with a frigging Indiana-Jones-style boulder—with his (sort of flimsy-looking) sword. (Of course, at this point in my thought tracing, I’m thinking, “lol, it’s a good thing his sword is infused with the power of an almighty and invincible element of lore because how else would he do this crap”)

And before that I’d been imagining one of the fights this character had in the third book with his archrival and thinking about one of their clashes. After that, I reached the CATALYST of this thought tracing.

I’d just gotten to bed and told myself I was going to listen to a few songs on my iPod, so I was going through shuffle and I came to one of the songs in which they fought. So I started to imagine how that fight could go, which led to the imagined swordplay, which led to old clashes his lol godmoddish sword could uphold, which finally led to the time where I’d tried to use the word miraculous.

I just think this is a kind of unique exercise. I don’t know if it benefits anything I do, but it’d just something I do. I thought I’d share it; it makes for a sort of interesting topic. X3 Sorry I haven’t posted anything of relevance for the past week or two. I just suddenly lost a lot of drive. With that, have a nice Monday! (School just started for me. I am NOT having a nice Monday.)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Book Review Thursday: Sweep (Volume 5) by Cate Tiernan

Title: SWEEP Volume 5
Author: Cate Tiernan

Number of Pages: 697
Published: December 8, 2011

Rating: 3.7/5 Stars

The final Sweep collection! Morgan Rowlands is a blood witch - the last of an unbroken line of ancient and powerful witches. Though her magick is strong and she has done things that others could never dream of, even she cannot begin to explain how different she truly is. And though her soulmate - her one true love - Hunter supports her, he can never understand what it is like. But there is another who knows, more than anyone else, just what Morgan is going through . . . (Goodreads)

This was a good way to end the series of Sweep. I’m not saying I particularly like how it ended, but it’s still a good way for it to end. Anyway... Ignore my ate for Reckoning.

*Slams forehead into a wall repeatedly*

People, I don’t like Alisa! Ugh... There was no action, no excitement, no huge revelations, no happiness, nothing in this book. All of it was about these mysterious happenings that could get someone killed. It wasn’t even anything exciting. Alisa is still whiny in this book, weepy, etc. Sure, she has a hard life at home.

But seriously? Running away to live with people you don’t even know just because you witch mom (which, by the way, didn’t you DESPISE Wicca?) wrote to him. Come on. And everyone there coincidentally hates her accept for the one guy who turns out to be her soul mate because you know it’s that simple...

*Inserts profanity*

*Breathes a fresh sigh of relief*

This book was fantastic. I was hanging onto every word that came out. Everything that was going on—it was a huge blast from the past, something that I loved. I missed Cal and Selene (oops, spoilers! Sorry :P It’s not what you think though) and it was refreshing to see something from those days.

This book is another joint-POV between Morgan and Hunter. I didn’t care for Hunter’s POV in Seeker, but he was a pure delight in this book. I just sooo wanted them to be together, not in just consummate ways, but I wanted to know they would be together forever. This is the last book that has been able to surprise me for a while. Love it!

The ending was also just INTENSE. I was up until 4 in the morning finishing this. And the VERY ending was a (happy!) fistpunch to the air for readers everywhere. This literally was a full circle from the beginning of the series.

And then...

Farewell, amazing happy feeling. This book was depressing, uninformative, just...irksome in general. This skips ahead several years, Morgan and Hunter are going to get married, but btw, HUNTER DIES. Sort of. That’s ALL I’m going to tell you.

So Morgan gets together with someone else and has a daughter whose name I can’t even remember. That’s now much I don’t like her. She seems to think she’s always right and everyone else can screw off, accept for her dream guy who possibly couldn’t be bad (which, he isn’t, but his mommy’s a bit pissy). But she doesn’t listen to ANYONE and if she does, it’s mainly to get annoyed about something she’s hearing.

Morgan’s very...lackluster in this book, not at all the Morgan we once knew and loved. Until we get halfway through and then Sky comes back (yes, Sky! Sky! :D). Then the book gets super intense and makes up for most of the first half’s awfulness. But the ending was still so boring compared to books like Full Circle and Eclipse.

I am sad to say farewell to this series. Honestly, even though the last two volumes were extremely disappointing, it doesn’t mean I loved the series as a whole any less. I love the entire cast of characters, I love the events, the plot, it’s just a whole bunch of fun in fifteen quick reads. (Except for me, it took me a month to get through the last book due to disinterest.) As I said with Volume 4, the writing is still fantastic. Cate Tiernan has a true gift for writing amazing stuff. So, I bid farewell to you, SWEEP. (:

Don’t let my bad reviews for the last two volumes drive you away. If you’re curious about it, PLEASE, give it a shot. But I would NOT buy the last two volumes unless you really want to. Go to the library for them. :P

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Book Review Thursday: Sweep (Volume 4) by Cate Tiernan

  Sweep: Volume 4 (Sweep, #10-12)
Title: SWEEP Volume 4
Author: Cate Tiernan
Number of Pages: 560
Published: July 7, 2011
Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

The fourth Sweep collection! Morgan Rowlands had thought her foes were defeated, but demons from the past still haunt her and her beloved, Hunter. Their magick is strong, but the darkness that torments them threatens to overwhelm even their love. Yet there is another, whose magick could save, or could destroy. And caught in the middle of the darkness and light, Morgan realizes that only together can they face the danger that threatens to destroy not just her soul mate, but everything and everyone she loves. For the dark wave is coming . . . and it is unstoppable. (Goodreads)

*Coughs* Uh. Right. I read this book in, uh... Like... February. ...

*Coughs again*

After the third volume of Sweep, the entire series seemed to just go down the drain. You know...? The fourth volume was okay. But it wasn’t ANYTHING like the last three. I’m keeping his nice, short, and simple because I don’t want to put things down that I think happened and they didn’t.


Hunter’s POV as he ties up a lot of loose ends on his part. See, he and Morgan want to consummate their love, and they can’t, because he’s leaving for Canada, and wah wah he doesn’t want it to be during a goodbye lalala. Another woman starts hitting on him in Canada and she kisses him and Morgan just HAPPENS to be scrying at that point...yeah, too coincidental. I’m starting to hate coincidence in books.

Hunter comes back and he feels nothing will ever be the same between Morgan and him waaah even though everything is fine especially since he found (insert spoiler) and a journal from Morgan’s ancestor, the creator of the first dark wave. I REALLY did not like Seeker. It was boring, not engaging at all, and kind of irritated me for the most part. Especially with (insert spoiler here).

The journal that I just mentioned. Going back in time like this was a big switch. ...I’m thinking about this now. Okay. Imagine you’re being prejudiced and you meet with this person who would also like to prejudice against you, but you INSTANTLY fall in love with him. Yeah, love at first sight, muirn beatha dan, whatever. But you FREAKING HEX HIM to make him fall in love with you.

No problem with that, right? Yeah, wrong! The first three fourths of the book is about Rose drooling over Diarmuid and being persecuted and suspected, etc etc. Finally Diarmuid breaks the hex that’s making him love her, casts her out, and then she’s imprisoned and about to be executed. This was the only interesting part of the book to me, where she actually created the dark wave. Her emotions boiling forth into this mass that wanted to destroy everything, and its outcome.

So, Origins was better than Seeker. But not by much.

I don’t like Alisa. And part of the book is told from her point of view. It drives me insane. She annoys me and she’s whiny... When it WASN’T from Alisa’s point of view, the book was fantastic. Maybe this is all just because I prefer Morgan so much more compared to everyone else. She’s my favorite character (aside from maybe Ciaran. He’s awesome).

So basically this is all about the remnants of Amaranth as well as Ciaran bringing forth a dark wave to destroy the Widow’s Vale, but Morgan still loves her dad, and there’s tension there because (crap, another spoiler). So she’s struggling with several internal things as well as external, and there’s still a buuunch of lust involved between her and Hunter, and the story progresses.

Eventually it comes to the climax when Alisa is the one who has to save the day because she’s half-witch, which she doesn’t want to believe but finally accepts when she’s the only one not half-dead due to the dark wave toxins. Okay, cool. The end of this book was actually really neat.

In conclusion, this volume was only exciting around the end of each book, at their climaxes. Otherwise they were very boring and not that engaging. Maybe I’m being a bit too fussy over this, but that’s how I felt. :/  TRUST ME when I say this volume is important to the series that is Sweep, but I feel like it could’ve been handled ALL in one short 200 page book. Not 560. Cate Tiernan’s writing is still fantastic, but the content was subpar.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth | Review

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Number of Pages: 525
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Published: May 1, 2012

One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know the, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them. — Tris

Most people who follow me know that I LOVED Divergent. The book was fast-paced, engaging, exciting, thrilling; the characters charismatic, enjoyable, fun, and unpredictable; everything I ever wanted.

Insurgent was not.

I wish I could say that it was as fun as the first book. But it wasn’t. In this book, Tris was not the goal-driven, bravery-filled protagonist I once knew. She was cold, secretive, and unlikeable. The old Tris would not have kept secrets the way she did in this book, especially from Tobias.

I wish I could say it was as fast-paced as the first book. But it wasn’t. It was like a chocobo race in Final Fantasy XIII-2 where you’re riding along gently, then you get a BIG BURST of speed, and then you’re even slower than before for a long time. The buildups were far too drawn out, and there was too much side-plot tension to focus on the actual plot.

I wish I could say it was as engaging and thrilling as the first one, but there was too much repetition. It was the same cycle over and over: Tris lies, Tris grows helpless, Tris has to have someone save her (the old Tris didn’t need saving), Tris confesses to her sin, Tris turns into a boring, sad, unlikeable protagonist, and usually makes some big unneeded sacrifice that involves a lot of pain for her.

The thing that eats at our protagonist for the entire book is understandable. I seriously get why she feels the way she does, it’s only natural. But it turns her from what she used to be into a freaking vegetable, more or less. All she’s capable of doing in this book is disobeying/lying to people, especially the people she loves.

Lately, all the books I’ve read lately have been written with an amazing voice. Such is the case with Insurgent. Tris’ voice calls from the pages with vibrancy, but the material she gives to you isn’t what you expected. That’s my biggest peeve with this story. Forget having Tris from Divergent. At the end of book 1 when she said she had to become more than Beatrice OR Tris, yeah...she failed. Miserably.

(Skip this paragraph if you wish: there are spoilers)

Here’s the BIGGEST event that annoyed the living hell out of me in this book. After the Candor HQ is attacked by Erudite/Dauntless, Tris moves back to the Dauntless HQ with the Dauntless remaining. A simulation mixture forces some of the characters to jump off a building, after making the request the same thing will happen again and again if the Divergent do not hand themselves over to Erudite. So Tris, being the BIG SACRIFICIAL person she is, lies to everyone, pretends not to be afraid, and heads to Erudite to let them do what they will to her. I’m sorry, this was the most moronic thing in the book. I commend her for her bravery, but not her lies. I was SO TIRED of her lying at this point in the book. Also, the entire period of which she was being held in the Erudite HQ bored the hell out of me. It took me two weeks to pick the book back up at this point. Also, the big betrayal/plot twist didn’t surprise me.

Okay, that’s overwith...

You guys get the general idea. This book had SO MUCH potential, especially after Divergent...but Tris couldn’t live up to it. Everything else did, but what’s with all of the angsty protagonists lately? That was supposed to be left up to Harry Potter in Book 6/7. It wasn’t supposed to be in The Hunger Games, Divergent, Wither, Fallen, Sweep, The Mortal Instruments, or-- *Gets slapped*

My bad. Anyway, my point is, the book was good. But Tris ruins it. She’s not the same person we knew and loved in Divergent. Of course I’m going to read the third book with the way this one ended, but this one just didn’t have the same excitement as the first.

The next few reviews I post will be labelled, "Book Review Thursday."
However, I'm going to start abbreviating them to "BRT" soon. That sounds like a sandwich but that's okay. (;

Monday, August 6, 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest: FINAL POST - Everyone. Is. Amazing.

This. It was amazing. You guys have no idea, absolutely none. My first actual bloghop, and it’s finally complete (three days late ;_; ). I’ve never felt such a drive to post on my blog before, and it’s because of all the amazing people who participated. Everyone had wonderful things to say on their own blogs, and every since one of them had so much kindness. It’s hard to find such kindness in the world anymore, and even if you have to find it through the internet, so be it.

Look at how many followers I’ve gotten. When I started this bloghop, I had twenty-two followers. Now I have forty-six.


Numbers don’t mean much, but to me, that is SOMETHING ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I know that there are at least forty-six people out there who are curious to know what I have to say about several different things. I know there are forty-six people out there who want to know what my blog’s going to become, and I sincerely hope that each of those forty-six followers can achieve every dream and aspiration they have. They deserve it.

This entire experience has just been a lot of fun. I’ve done a lot of things I never thought I could do properly (interviews, giveaways, sharing my WIP...). I’ve gotten awards from the people I’ve met, which is even more amazing. But I am sad to see it go because I’m afraid my inspiration to post will disappear along with it. Just look at how late this blog post went up!

Although, I guess that’s up to me. As a blogger with forty-six amazing followers, I have to make each and every post count and I have to make sure they’re on time!

I’ll cut it there. (: I thank EVERYONE who looked at my blog before, during, and after this bloghop. I thank every one of my new followers and anyone who just happened to glance at my blog. I thank Sharon Bayliss for starting up this amazing journey over the seven seas of blogging. And with that, my ship is going to break out into my own waters instead of sharing it with you guys...but hopefully, and surely, we will meet again, mateys!

Yo-ho, yo-ho, a writer’s life for me... *Sets sail*

Thursday, August 2, 2012


I was planning to give a book away.

;_; Sadly this isn't the case. I'm only seventeen (As of five days!) so I don't have my own money account to buy stuff with on Amazon. So FFFFFFFF to that idea. INSTEAD, I am giving away a homemade craft.

Have any of you ever heard of KINGDOM HEARTS: BIRTH BY SLEEP?

It's okay if you haven't! :P I'll explain. In the game, friendship is a VERY big theme. It struck a chord in me and I took it upon myself to start crafting the so-called 'WAYFINDERS' the main character share, which is a very important symbol of their friendship.

A main theme of my book is also friendship, learning to trust those who you thought you couldn't and re-learning how to trust after a period of distrust. Yada yada.

That's one of the Wayfinders I made. I am offering JUST ONE of these homemade beauties to the lucky winner of this rafflecopter contest. (: Also, heads up, it can be ANY TWO COLORS that you want. You'll also pick a third color for the centerpiece.

 By this I hope to extend my friendship to all of those who participated in his bloghop, whether they find themselves the winner of this giveaway or not! Good luck and thanks in advance for participating!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Insecure Writer's Support Group: High on Insecurity

This is my first IWSG...yay! *Throws confetti, hangs streamers*Hosted by the wonderful Alex Cavanaugh, go take a look at his stuff if you haven’t before!

Now for the insecurities LOL.

Wow, uh, where to begin...

On a low note, I’ve always felt really inferior when I write. I always feel like I’m not as good as I like to think I am, that I’m kidding myself when I finish something and wonder how in the world something like this could ever get an agent’s interest. That this may be just a hobby and something that’s never going to make it farther than that. I also feel like I’m not good enough to tell others what I think too—when my critique partners send me their stuff sometimes I feel like I don’t have any right to tell them what’s right or wrong with their stuff. Really, what do I know? And then I feel really self-centered for asking people to help me with things after they've already done so much.

On another hand I also just feel really inexperienced. I’ve come SUCH a long way from when I began, but I still have so many things to learn. I expect that, but it seems like the amount of things there are to learn just keeps going on and on, ranging from horrifically simple things I feel like I should’ve known to things I haven’t even heard of. I love learning more and I love being able to continuously improve my manuscript, but I feel bad for the critique partners who are teaching me these things because ... lol read paragraph one.

Uhh... Oh. Here’s a DEFINITE one... My main series, the Flame Cycle, has been in a MAJOR first-drafting slump. I’m drafting book 3/4 but I haven’t done any decent writing for it since March, I think. It’s awful, but I don’t know what to write. My characters aren’t holding my interest like they used to but only in THAT book. I can work on the first one just fine, I can be revising the second one just fine, but at the third it’s like hitting a brick wall. I hate it.

I think those are the only big things that have been bothering me lately. I’ve been having a MAJOR inferiority complex lately. I’m really hoping I get over it soon enough because senior year is going to start soon and I can’t guarantee how much time for writing I’m going to have then. ._.

With that I’ll close...if you read through this entire thing, kudos to you! Have an imaginary cookie! *Offers*

I feel like this post needs something uplifting so here have a pretty and inspirational picture.