A Lucky Guess #4

HELLO, Cabbages!

I’m sorry I haven’t quite gotten around much in the community; I’m just swamped with a lot of work. We’ll be having an event tomorrow [to which I excused myself from going, by the way], and we’re a little short in manpower. I need a stress reliever but I also need to finish a lot of tasks, so this will be a quick post.

Cabbages? I still haven’t found a book to read. Maybe I need to buy new books so I can find a new read [but we all know that’s just an excuse to shop for books—hello growing TBR].

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Anyway, today is dedicated for When I First Saw You. This meme only happens every 2nd Thursday of the month, and was created by Sophie from Sailing Through Books, co-hosted by Izel from A Bookish Flower. Basically, the goal is to try and guess the correct synopsis of any of the four books featured, based on its cover.

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This month I picked, Roseblood by A.G Howard. And my my, will you take a look at that gorgeous cover! It instantly drew me to it, I haven’t read any of her books but I’ve always adored their covers. I have copies of the Splintered series in ebook format.

SPUDS SYNOPSIS:

In a place where women are seen much like items that bear a corresponding price, human race is at stake. Beyond the darkness, lives a spark of hope.

Carylyne was raised in a loving home; the only pride and joy of a blacksmith and a shaman, she’s been locked away from most of the world. Little did she know that inside those four walls, is a deadly secret.

A small town in a middle of nowhere, men was known to be aggressive towards marriage; to marry the most beautiful woman awards you recognition, and so the quest began. Even at an early age, boys are concerned with finding themselves a wife.

Carylyne has always held captivating blue eyes, rosy cheeks, and luscious lips. Her smile is that of a vibrant summer day, and to most she’s sculpted to perfection. As she turns 18 and can be legally married off, men had been showering her with gifts with hopes of getting picked, but a year passed and she’s yet to pick a husband.

Ruled by impatience, the men charged their house and managed to cut Carylyne’s face during the commotion. Her parents vowed to protect her, and with her mother’s last breath, she uttered a curse, one that will put Carylyne in seclusion.

A house by the end of the forest, rumored to be home for magical creatures, has become her haven. Years have passed, but she’s not aged. Only a man whose heart is pure may cross the black villainous vines guarding Carylyne, and human race can regain balance once more.

GOODREADS:

 In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

→ Okay. I need a moment of silence to let it sink in. It’s a twist of The Phantom of the Opera! I never would have guessed, I thought it was a novel about faeries and pixies, just magical creatures in general. After finding out that it’s a retelling, I AM COMPELLED TO READ IT. Is it possible to pre-order this immediately in Amazon or something? Its release is January 2017. I’m definitely putting this on my wishlist, as early as now. [fingers crossed that I can get an ARC]

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I’m interested to know if anyone else has done When I First Saw You (WIFSY) for this month, please leave a link of your post down below. I’d love to know more about you, so please do give me some messages too! Spread the hype, loves! Hope you’re all having a bookish day!

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A Lucky Guess #3

Hello, hello Cabbages!

First things first, brace yourselvesWritten Constellations has reached…can you take a guess? 44 CABBAGES! Such a lovely vegetable farm we have here, and I would like to thank each and everyone of you who takes the time to stop by and read my [semi-poorly written] posts! I’m more motivated than ever, and I’ll work hard to ensure interesting reads for your continuous visits.

Today’s one of the rare posts you’ll stumble upon here, only once a month and posted on the 2nd Thursday of each month. When I First Saw You was created by Sophie from Sailing Through Books  and is co-hosted by Izel from A Bookish Flower.

If you find this interesting, which it actually is because it keeps your imagination and creativity going, all you have to do is choose one of the 4 featured covers on Sophie’s blog. Come up with your own synopsis based on the picture, then on your post, include the original synopsis provided by the author of the book. It’s super simple and it’s definitely fun!

For this week, I chose…

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Spuds’ attempt on the synopsis…

In a time when Kings and Queens decide who dies and who lives, when princes train for jousting tournaments and princesses are hustled to classes that will teach them royalty etiquette—a young girl quietly accompany her father across the castle moat.

At precisely 5 o’clock in the morning, Adalin helps her mother prepare their first meal of the day; as her two older brothers polish their weapons, getting ready for a day’s hunt in the forest. Later in the day, she and her father goes to the King’s study—he is the most trusted advisor. Their generation has been with the royal family since the ancient times, for they hold a gift so powerful that even the wisest of men fear their knowledge. Only one per generation is granted the privilege to foresee the future; until a prophecy has been told to her great-grandfather, about a seer who poses a threat to the nation’s future. It was said that beyond the ability to foresee what is yet to be written, a rare gift is bestowed upon the chosen child, who will be called the reader. A seer catches glimpses of events that will happen but the reader knows exactly what the future holds for every person.

At a young age, Adalin’s father saw the signs—she is bound to tip the balance between the present and the future. He disguised her in mediocrity, but soon the truth will be revealed as the reader forms an unbreakable bond with the heir of a ruthless ruler.

The ACTUAL SYNOPSIS [source: Goodreads]

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

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I really thought I’d be guessing this one correctly. Cover is once again misleading! It looks ancient, however will I guess that this was actually about an illiterate girl on the run in the woods. But hey, isn’t that the purpose if this activity anyway? So…good job, Spuds! *pats shoulder* PLUS, I got the father and daughter correctly so that’s close enough (Loljk!). * insert Spuds’ happy dance*

I’m interested to see your own attempt on this month’s When I First Saw You so please do leave me the link to your post. I know I’m a horrible person for not posting up the review I’ve bluntly promised, but it shall be up within today (?) or before the end of the week. Nonetheless, keep up the hype on Written Constellations, and spread the love to other cabbages!

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