How To Create An Online Presence

Creating an online presence is important, especially in the blogging world. If no one knows who you are, who’s gonna read what you got? For me, it took a couple months to create my own online presence. I would start with Twitter. I’ve been on Twitter for only a little over a year and have 1665 followers. Today I’m gonna be giving some tips to building an online presence. Get excited guys, because I am!

1. Social Media Queen

Social media is key. Get a Twitter account and an Instagram account and a Tumblr page. All of these contribute to who you are online in their own way. For bookish purposes specifically, I would go with Twitter first. Twitter carries a huge book blogging community and people are so much fun to talk to there!

Getting these account may be easy, but your work isn’t done. You need to post! No one will see you if you don’t say anything inquisitive, thoughtful or funny. Be yourself there and be social. That’s all I can say, at least for Twitter. As for Instagram, definitely try and take pictures and post whenever you can. Instagram is definitely tougher to create a presence on because it is less social and more image based. Tumblr…I personally am not a Tumblr person, I don’t prefer it over IG and Twitter, but I can say Tumblr is a spontaneous mush pot of everything. Fandom. Smut. Mean People. Aesthetics. It’s crazy.

2. Make Friends on Social Media

You may not have a lot of followers, but find a good friend of two! It is so exciting to have a friend you can always go to to scream in their face about books. Find that friend. If one friends sees you chatting with their friend, maybe you’ll get another friend! Don’t be afraid to follow either. The trick to making friends and gaining followers is not only producing content people want to see in their feed, but following as many peeps as you can in the blogging community!

3. Twitter Chats

I don’t know if you know, but there are lots of Twitter chats out there. There has got to be at least one chat every week. If you don’t know what they are, basically there is a special hashtag and someone running the chat with fun bookish questions and everyone participating answers. From their everyone basically hangs out and are able to find tons of new people to hang out with on the Twitterverse.

4. Your Blog!

If you have a blog, you’re in luck. With it, you have your own little space on the interwebs! Yay! That’s fun and cool. One of the reasons why I love blogging is mainly because it is mine. Not to sound rude, but it is. It is mine and I can put whatever I want on it. I can decorate it however I want. I can advertise it how I want. And you can too. Having a blog is the perfect representation of a slice of YOU. And there is nothing more important than that.

5. Youtube!

Not everyone is a writer. Not everyone enjoys writing. That’s why you have Youtube! Youtube can be a lot of work, filming yourself, editing and all that jazz. But – it is also fun and wow! YOUR FACE IS ON THE WEB. Talk about presence. I can see you right here on my screen. I can hear you talk to me! That is awesome and I definitely recommend you hit Youtube and see if it’s for you! But, be prepared for the work that comes with it!

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Heroes, Villains, and Watchers // Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Wink Poppy Midnight
Author:
April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: Standalone
Genre(s): Mystery, Magical Realism
Release Date: 3/22/16
Stars:
2.75 STARS

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Goodreads Description

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke is a short myserious novel about a hero a villain and a watcher. We have Wink, portrayed as a freak, though she is quite smart and devious even if she doesn’t seem like it. There is Poppy, the school’s Queen Bee. Definitely a horrible person. Then finally, we got Midnight. The boy that everyone wants, kind, quiet, genuine and the hero of the story.

Wink Poppy Midnight is a short novel with a short plot. Taking the perspectives of all three main characters, the beginning of Wink Poppy Midnight  takes a mysterious turn. I felt like the beginning of the story was definitely intriguing, I wanted to know more. Not to mention, the writing was fantastic. As the book continued on, I definitely felt that the plot began to lag. All that mystery in the beginning, I was waiting for something scary or mysterious to happen, and in general, it never really did. Towards the end of the book, I was just confused. Seriously, the writing was fabulous, but I was extremely confused about what the heck was happening. That was one of my main problems,and the biggest problems I had with Wink Poppy Midnight.

My favorite character was Wink. Wink is a unique character in her own special way and reminds me of Blue Sargent from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. Though Wink is definitely quieter, less sassier but also devious. Though Wink was my favorite character, both she and Midnight were not the best developed. Both of these characters lacked backstory, well they had some…but I didn’t feel like I truly knew their character and personality by the end. As for Poppy, as evil and as horrible of a person she is, she is still the most developed in my opinion. We see Poppy’s childhood and we see all the horrible things she has done and we see what she used to do and we see what she thinks, how she thinks. She was well rounded, I knew exactly what was coming. All Wink tended to talk about was Midnight being a Hero and Poppy being a villain. But beyond that, a big part of her was a mystery.

Overall, I feel like there isn’t much to say about Wink Poppy Midnight. It was definitely not my cup of tea and I didn’t like it. It had a promising synopsis, but the story itself didn’t flow correctly and led to lots of confusion.

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Sorry Iron Don’t Work // Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

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Author: Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer Series
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Action
Release Date: 5/6/2014
Stars:
5 STARS

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She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May stunned me in ways I never could have imagined. A satisfying blend of Scottish culture and Fae fantasy, The Falconer kept me up at night. The story takes off with our main character, Aileana AKA Kam killing one of the Fae. Set in a world where Fae leech the energy off of humans and kill them, Aileana is the one who hunts them and prevents them from doing their horrendous deeds.

I want you to know that this book was fantastic. For sure, a five star read and one of my top reads this year. The plot of The Falconer is on point, fast paced or slow whenever it was necessary. I loved this book. Loved it. As for the romance plot, welp, that was full of twists and turns. The Falconer is not a romance novel, it doesn’t focus on romance, and romance doesn’t actually make an appearance until the end. Though I’ll tell you, there is some steamy tension, let’s just say there was some intense giggling going on whilst reading this novel.

The world building was great too. May creates a world where the lines between the fae realm and the human realm collide. She creates monsters that are truly of nightmare. And realms that defy a cliche fantasy realm. It is all purely original in that sense that truly creates a unique work of art.

The characters of The Falconer are pretty amazing. So well rounded and fun. Aileana has spunk in her personality that isn’t a copy cat of Celaena Sardothien, definitely her own character which makes her especially fun to read about. And then we have the deadly and gorgeous Kiaran. That is one adorable (hot) piece of fae! Haha, Kiaran’s character is similar to that male protector of many YA novels, but what makes him unique is the fact that he doesn’t learn to have emotions. The girl doesn’t sway him to have emotions. In fact, emotions make him uncomfortable which had me laughing while reading. Kiaran is an amazing character, just as good as Aileana and they fit each other really well.

Overall, The Falconer by Elizabeth May stunned me silly. I have no clue why I didn’t pick this book up sooner because it was just that fabulous. Definitely 5/5 stars for sure, not to mention that cliffhanger that had me wanting more. I highly recommend The Falconer to any lovers of high fantasy and adventure!

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Heal the Prince – and Be Free // Review: Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder

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Touch of Power
Author: Maria V Snyder
Series: Healer Series
Genre(s): High Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Release Date: 12/20/2011
Stars:
3 STARS

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Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.

As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for.

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder is a young adult novel surrounding Avry of Kazan, the last healer in the world as she struggles to survive from those who wish to hunt and execute healers. As last healer in the world, Avry is suddenly captured by a band of rogues who want her to heal their prince, if she does so, she shall be free. But the cost of healing others imprints back on Avry, and what risks are she willing to take for the Prince who led to the craze surrounding healers?

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder has an incredibly unique and intriguing concept that begs for the reader to just – begin. As the beginning of the book grabs the reader in and hooks, for me at least, it was difficult at times to continue on. I was waiting throughout the entirety of the book for one single event to happen, and I was disappointed to realize that it didn’t happen until the end. There were certainly points within the story that demonstrate distress and have me glued in, but there were also points when I was bored. And it really sucks to be bored.

Not to mention, the romance within this novel was plainly and simply unrealistic. Our love interest, Kerrick, at the beginning of the story is rude and abusive towards Avry. Slapping her once and even chaining her to a tree for the night without food or a blanket in order to convince her to heal his prince. It is clear that Kerrick does not care for Avry whatsoever and any kindness he does grant is simply to convince her to heal his prince. I was stunned that Avry could possibly ever fall in love with a man who abused her in such inhumane ways. That was my biggest problem with this book.

As for the setting and the writing, besides the romance, I thought it was fairly well written. It definitely doesn’t compare to Snyder’s other series, the Study series. But still, Touch of Power was not horrible. To put it simply, it was okay. The concept was really unique. I really loved the concept so much. Avry herself is such a unique character I think she fits well in her role as healer.

Overall, Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder did not impress as much as I thought it would. But, it certainly was a good book with other excellent aspects such as world building, concepts, and characters. I recommend Touch of Power to anyone who loves High Fantasy novels and action!

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OFF WITH THEIR HEADS! // ARC Review » Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Author: Marissa Meyer
Series:
Standalone
Genre(s):
Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Release Date: 11/8/16
Stars:
4.5 STARS

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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer is the classic tale of the infamous Queen of Hearts before she became the infamous Queen of Hearts. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot more YA books about origin stories such as Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, Blackbeard before he became Blackbeard and Never Never by Brianna Shrum, Hook before he became Hook. Now we have Heartless. Heartless was no doubt fantastic with impressive storytelling and writing, definitely a magical book.

The plot of Heartless was for the most part, paced perfectly. It kept me hooked and wanting to keep turning the page, but at the same time it didn’t have so much action that the book was one gigantic ball of confusing fast paced bleck. Though the plot did keep me hooked, I still wished the book as a whole had more action scenes. There were some, but I feel the book would have been benefitted with one or two more action scenes.

The characters were really well done. I felt really interested and cared about them throughout the entirety of the book, something I feel is really necessary in a story. It was also really cool to see how many of the starring characters in Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland came to be in both the original story and in pop culture today. Catherine is the perfect name for the Queen of Hearts for one thing, and I just overall really enjoyed her character. She wasn’t entirely one of those super unique one of a kind characters like Blue Sargent from Maggie Stiefvaters The Raven Cycle series, but she was a character I liked. Jest, our designated love interest is another character I loved (obviously). He was definitely book boyfriend material and I liked how he was a new character opposed to Meyer reusing a character from the original series. Does that make any sense?

The world building wasn’t spectacular or beyond the moon, but it wasn’t terrible. The descriptions of the world itself didn’t blow me away but I guarantee you the descriptions of the food make your mouth water. Though I must say, there wasn’t too much world building to be done because Wonderland is technically already “built.” But at the same time, more descriptions and details throughout the novel would have been nice.

Overall, I loved Heartless, it met my expectations and I rate this book 4.5/5 STARS. Mostly because of the lack of description and I would have loved some more action. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and retellings. One of the most fascinating aspects of Heartless is Meyer’s explanations as to how everything, not just the Queen of Hearts, but how everything came to be.

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