Freadom Speaks About Reading Published Fanfictions: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Freadom Speaks about Reading Published Fanfictions

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my discussion feature, Freadom Speaks!

I’ve shared this on my blog before but I am a huge fan of fanfiction (hee hee). I’ve been reading fanfiction for a really long time, I’ve written one (no, I am not sharing) and I’ve been really involved in that side of fandom life. I’ve also been working on reading some of the fanfictions that have been published as original novels and I wanted to talk about why and some of the examples that I’ve come across of good and bad interpretations of fanfictions.

Quick disclaimer: I am not an expert and I have not read every single fanfiction ever published. I’m just sharing my opinion on something that I’ve been a part of a really long time.

SO let’s get started

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Book Traveling Thursdays Mar. 17th – Father’s Day

BTT Mar 17

Hello everyone!

It’s BTT time! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is “Father’s Day is celebrated in a couple of days in a few countries! Choose a book with a awesome father figure.” A few countries does not include my own but that’s okay! Fathers are great… most of the time. I have been very lucky to have had two (kind of three) father figures in my life so I wanted to highlight a book that sort of had the same qualities.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Mar. 16th – Fictional Items You Want

T5W Mar 16

Hello everyone!

It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Fictional Items You Want and it actually look me a bit of time to think about it. While I notice these things while reading, I don’t really remember any once I’m done. Maybe it’s because since I can never have them, I don’t want to focus on that longing. But in the end I found quite a few things that would be quite useful or fun to have.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Courtship Tag

Book Courtship Tag

Hello everyone!

Yes, it’s time for another tag. I’m telling you, I’m so behind on tags that I’m going to keep going for another month probably. Thanks to my lovely friend Aldii @ perfectioninbooks for tagging me in this! Girl, I swear I’m going to get to all the tags you tagged me in, I promise.

I’m not going to explain my reasons for my choices like I usually do because the questions are pretty self-explanatory and I’m lazy. Okay? Okay.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Review – Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

Book Review - Revenge and the Wild

Revenge and the Wild Cover

Revenge and the Wild

Author: Michelle Modesto

Publication: February 2nd, 2016

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Western, Paranormal

Read: February 2016

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4 Stars

Synopsis
The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.
Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.
But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

Critically

Plot – 3.5 out of 5 stars
It was a very slow moving plot but also had a lot of different elements of genres working together. It had paranormal, steampunk, historical fiction and some western aspects all over. It was very unique in it’s premise and execution but kind of dragged at times. There was revenge, death, travel, action and mystery. There are a lot of things that contradict each other and make the story feel messy.

Writing Style –  3 out of 5 stars
This is the part that I had the most trouble with. The book is short but the writing made it feel very long and dragged out. It’s very descriptive and detailed which in general is great, but it kind of felt like too much at times. It was really slowed paced and there were some parts that I found really boring, kind of mudding through as I wait for the action to start. But at the same time, it was easy to read and understand.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I’m a huge fan of the characters in this book. There’s a lot of them which felt overwhelming and sometimes as little bit extensive. Our main character Westie is quite awesome but also a huge contrast within herself. She’s really rough and tough, tomboy kind of girl with a drinking problem. She’s badass and stubborn and decisive even when those decisions were not going to be helping anyone, not even her. She bothered me sometimes because she was so frustrating but I really liked her character development. I felt like I could see the difference between her in the beginning and the end. Her growth was great and natural, it didn’t feel rushed at all.  There’s also a lot of supporting characters, quite a huge assemble cast. While there’s some of them that I really liked and were very well developed, there were others that were there just to be there. They were necessary to the plot but by the smallest degree and felt like there was absolutely no motivation for their existence except to cause trouble. There was also quite a number of love interests which unfortunately took more of a center stage than I was expecting. I would’ve liked it more if it made sense to have so many guys paying attention to our heroine but it felt forced most of the time. I felt like if there hadn’t been a romance a lot, I would’ve enjoyed this ten times more.

Emotionally

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Weekly Obsessions #1

WO #1

Hello everyone!

I am here today to share another new feature that I’m starting on my blog. This was greatly inspired by Superfruit on Youtube because they talk about their weekly obsessions at the end of every single one of their videos and since I have a hugely obsessive personality, I decided to create a biweekly feature to talk about all the things I’m currently loving. Why biweekly? Because I am not that proactive to manage to be obsessed with things every week, the obsessions have to last more than just one week in my life.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Review – Boycotts and Barflies by Victoria Michaels

Book Review - Boycotts and Barflies

Boycotts and Barflies Cover

Boycotts and Barflies

Author: Victoria Michaels

Publication: 2010

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Format: Kindle Edition, 422 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read: February 2016

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1 Star

Synopsis
After an endless string of bad dates and a generally pathetic love life, Grace Park and her friends decide to boycott men for six weeks. With a fantastic pair of shoes on the line for the woman who makes it to the end without breaking any rules, the competition gets fierce. Sparks fly a few days into the bet when Grace and her friends cross paths with a sexy bartender named Michael Andris who happens to have a little bet of his own going with his friends….
In this hilarious debut novel, Victoria Michaels brings us a colorful and relatable cast of characters. She sends them on a sweet and sexy escapade as they sidestep one booby trap after another, manage the best of misguided intentions, and exert a whole lot of willpower and self control as they race down the path to true love.
Winning isn’t everything…or is it?

Critically

Plot – 1 out of 5 stars
Everything just got on my nerves. There were too many coincidences to be realistic, it was really cheesy and totally boring. There was a three times case of insta love! Not one, but three couples suffered. It was way too long and there was no real conflict driving the plot. Everything could’ve been resolved in the first 200 pages if they had wanted to.

Writing Style – 2 out of 5 stars
Maybe even more annoying than anything else because it was just so completely juvenile. There was bad grammar, bad transitions, no breaks between POVs. There was like one flashback and I didn’t notice there was a POV change and it was a flashback until the second paragraph after it started. There was a lot of telling instead of showing and it was all too cheesy and sappy.

Characters – 2 out of 5 stars
I don’t know which of these things are the worst, but I believe I hated the characters the most. There is little difference between these characters and their fanfiction inspirations. Grace was the epitome of an insecure girl. She had low self esteem, was so shy and completely immature and juvenile. She got completely on my nerves and was incredibly annoying. The male love interest was way too cookie cutter, perfect in every way, completely unrealistic, never going to find a guy like this one ever. Just like his counterpart. His intensity and charm was actually kind of annoying. All the other side characters are too perfect and there is practically no character development.

Emotionally

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Book Traveling Thursdays Mar. 10th – International Women’s Day

BTT Mar 10

Hello everyone!

Happy late International Women’s Day! I’m celebrating by sharing a Book Traveling Thursday with you! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is it was International Women’s Day!! Choose a book with a badass heroine. There are so many options for this topic. I think it’s becoming the new thing in Young Adult and in books in general to have strong females kicking ass. Which is amazing by the way! But because of that I decided to throw it back to a kind of old but greatly appreciated kick ass heroine who’s not getting as much attention lately anymore.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Mar. 9th – Book That Feature Time Travel

T5W Mar 9

Hello everyone!

You guessed it, it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Books that Feature Time Travel. I have not read any books that feature time travel unfortunately, so I decided that my list was going to be filled with the books that I want to read that feature time travel. Some of these have a different form of travel which is travel by dimensions which in my opinion is close enough to actual time travel to be relevant.

SO let’s get started!

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