October 20, 2014

arin-of-herran:

His desperation and misery swept her up like a storm capturing the sea. She turned her mind to even these feelings, because they were his, like his terrified rage in the lift when they had first met, being wrapped in his arms in a cold well, being dazzled by his wonder at the woods and her home and her. Like being a child, awareness of him the morning chorus that woke her and the lullaby that sent her to sleep, his thoughts always her first and last song.

I love you, Kami told him, and  C  U  T  .

So I’m rereading the Lynburn Legacy and I knew this scene was coming up. And I thought, in my sophomoric bravado, “Not this time, Brennan, I’m ready, you can’t hurt me.”

Guess what. This scene still performed an Irish river dance on my heart. But misery loves company so here you go, fandom. Some pain. But to be fair - Kami and Jared loosing their link was pretty vital to their development. Jared needed to stop centering his entire existence around Kami and maybe Kami needed to learn how scary a lack of certainty is, especially in regards to loved ones. 

LOVE the image of Jared as a knight. Jared and Kami both being addicted to words, but super different words, is very important in a story all about communication. Books were Jared’s friends… like being with Kami… and they helped him but also made him think in straaange ways about romance (love as saving someone, love as the surrender of the self) especially as he hadn’t experienced love in real life (well, love in person).

Something he really has to deal with in the trilogy!

Also love to torment people, always, you guys know that. ;)

October 14, 2014

"Kami had been hearing a voice in her head all her life." - Sarah Rees Brennan, Unspoken

How gorgeous is this! Her outfit is very Kami. ;) Plus I always like proof that Kami is a weeeeirdo about Jared. Reciprocal weirdoness!

"Kami had been hearing a voice in her head all her life." - Sarah Rees Brennan, Unspoken

How gorgeous is this! Her outfit is very Kami. ;) Plus I always like proof that Kami is a weeeeirdo about Jared. Reciprocal weirdoness!

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October 13, 2014

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October 6, 2014
frokensteen:

Our Story Can Change - A fanmix for Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
1. This Town - Clare Bowen & Charles Esten - Everyone// 2. Everybody’s Watching Me - The Neighbourhood - Kami // 3. Tessellate - Alt-J - Kami/Jared/Ash // 4. Turn Away - Beck - Jon (& Claire) // 5. Let Me In - Snowmine - Holly & Angie // 6. Give Us a Little Love - Fallulah - Jared & Ash // 7. Can’t Pretend - Tom Odell - Jared (& Kami) // 8. Strong - London Grammar -  Kami // 9. Charlie Boy - The Lumineers - Lillian (Jared & Ash) // 10. Tongue Behind My Teeth - The Staves - Kami (& Rob) // 11. The Thick and the Thin - Imaginary Future - Ash (& Kami) // 12. Hey Brother - Avicii - Jared & Ash // 13. You - Keaton Henson - Rusty // 14. Broken - Seether - Angie & Rusty // 15. Tomorrow is Another Day - Shelby Flint - Jon // 16. Emmylou - First Aid Kit - Holly (& Angie) // 17. Paper Boats - Ashley Barrett - Jared & Kami
[LISTEN]
Thanks for the pain Sarah Rees Brennan!

You’re ALWAYS welcome for the pain!
There’s a problem with this soundtrack—it’s too awesome. I can’t stop playing the very first song over and over.

frokensteen:

Our Story Can Change - A fanmix for Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

1. This Town - Clare Bowen & Charles Esten - Everyone// 2. Everybody’s Watching Me - The Neighbourhood - Kami // 3. Tessellate - Alt-J - Kami/Jared/Ash // 4. Turn Away - BeckJon (& Claire) // 5. Let Me In - Snowmine - Holly & Angie // 6. Give Us a Little Love - Fallulah - Jared & Ash // 7. Can’t Pretend - Tom Odell - Jared (& Kami) // 8. Strong - London Grammar -  Kami // 9. Charlie Boy - The Lumineers - Lillian (Jared & Ash) // 10. Tongue Behind My TeethThe Staves - Kami (& Rob) // 11. The Thick and the Thin - Imaginary Future - Ash (& Kami) // 12. Hey Brother - Avicii - Jared & Ash // 13. You - Keaton Henson - Rusty // 14. Broken - Seether - Angie & Rusty // 15. Tomorrow is Another DayShelby Flint - Jon // 16. Emmylou - First Aid Kit - Holly (& Angie) // 17. Paper Boats - Ashley Barrett - Jared & Kami

[LISTEN]

Thanks for the pain Sarah Rees Brennan!

You’re ALWAYS welcome for the pain!

There’s a problem with this soundtrack—it’s too awesome. I can’t stop playing the very first song over and over.

October 4, 2014

tout-ce-qui-brilles said: jon and lillian <3 I was converted after unmade :D

I am so glad you liked them! When writing parents in YA fiction, I tend to think about two things a lot…

1) Law of conservation of characters

No book, movie or TV character can have as many friends as a real life person. It would be totally confusing. 

This is (partly) why so many characters are loners, are orphans, are only children: every character takes up a bit of space, takes up some of the reader’s attention, and eventually the reader does reach burnout and go—another new character, I can’t remember all these names, it is hard to attach, it is confusing! (e.g. how the new characters in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire are often greeted warily as additions to the huge cast: or how the main character often ends up with the first girl or guy we’re introduced to: likely to be the one the reader/viewer connected with most.) Families in fiction are taking up valuable real estate.

But I wanted to do families in the Lynburn Legacy—parents and siblings—I mean, there’s a family in the title. Kami’s quite clearly a product of her particular family—a happy stable one with its own particular problems. Lillian’s a product of her family, too.

(Much discussion under the cut, primarily of Jon and Lillian but also of other characters, with minor but not major spoilers for Unmade.)

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October 2, 2014

iwantasuperwholockurl:

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (1st book of The Lynburn Legacy)

OKAY GUYS LISTEN UP.

This book is going to be one of the most amazing things you have EVER READ IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. And here’s why;

  • The protagonist, Kami, is this amazing freaking half-Asian teenage girl, who has gems like 

'Kami'd always retold her fairy tales to make the fair maidens braver and more self-sufficient, but she never had any real objection to the handsome prince.'

'She had worried that she would break if her heart broke, but she wasn't broken. She had lost everything, but she was not lost. It seemed  a worthwhile thing to know.'

  • And Jared, who is hot and amazing and says to Kami things like;

"I thought you would like a weapon better than a rescue."

"I can never think of how to describe the value you have to me, because all the words for value suggest that you belong to me, and you don’t."

  • The book has amazing representation of bisexual and lesbian characters
  • The most important relationships in this book isn’t even romance, it’s all about friendship and family and it’s just the sweetest thing ever
  • And, as I’ve shown above, it’s freaking hilarious. There are FUNNIER stuff, but I  didn’t put them here because they’re either too long or too spoilery.

Of course I also feel the need to mention that no other book(s) in the world will ever hurt as much as this. The author, Sarah Rees Brennan, relishes her readers’ pain.

Which brings me to the author, Sarah Rees Brennan. She’s completed another trilogy, The Demon’s Lexicon, in which there are gay characters and, best of all, and POV character who is a WOMAN OF COLOUR. The series itself it just amazeballs.

She also wrote a novel-length story, The Turn of the Story, FOR FREE. Even though this story could literally make a lot of money for her because it’s THAT amazing. But IT’S FREE! You can find it here. The main character of that story is Elliot, a bisexual character. So obviously Sarah Rees Brennan is an amazing person because she cares about representation of all kinds and she writes amazing stuff for free.

But also she breaks my heart but that’s okay. POINT IS, read all her books! Like now! She also co-authored this book, Team Human, with Justine Larbalestier, which I haven’t read but will soon enough, but I’ve been told that it’s also amazing. Like everything else this lady writes.

And just before I leave, here’s my favourite quote from The Lynburn Legacy;

"Now I feel like the world is hell, and hell is a place where the souls of the damned can still see heaven. Because that’s the worst thing of all. And yet I can’t look away."

This is all much too kind and lovely and complimentary and I do not deserve it, but I am very touched!

I also feel the need to mention that no other book(s) in the world will ever hurt as much as this. The author, Sarah Rees Brennan, relishes her readers’ pain.

… Okay that bit is totally true and I do deserve it. ;)

September 30, 2014

indigo-teen:

Unmade waits for you with its sunrise (or maybe sunset) orange cover. It waits with its shadowy promises of FEELS. It waits for you to come and hold it close and let it complete what was begun in Unspoken and continued through Untold.

Don’t keep it waiting.


September 28, 2014
imnot12:

holly and angela
the true otp at the lynburn legacy series

The CHAINS and the magic MOVE! It is magic! Sorcery! Call the sorcery police!
(I don&#8217;t know how it works but it is amazing! As are their little determined faces.)

imnot12:

holly and angela

the true otp at the lynburn legacy series

The CHAINS and the magic MOVE! It is magic! Sorcery! Call the sorcery police!

(I don’t know how it works but it is amazing! As are their little determined faces.)

September 26, 2014
Unspoken: (Lynburn Legacy Book One) Sarah Rees Brennan

renaissancewomancritiques:

In honour of the publication of Sarah Rees Brennan’s new book, Unmade, I wanted to do a trilogy of blogs about the Lynburn Legacy series! I just picked up my copy of Unmade at Waterstones today, and I am rereading from the beginning. The first book, Unspoken, is a really fantastic modern gothic…

Some lovely and brilliant meta on relationships, both romantic and platonic, and consent in Unspoken. It is tremendous to have readers who see what you were doing, and beautiful to read their clever thoughts!

September 24, 2014
A Secret No One Tells: A Lynburn Legacy Fanmix

accioyash:

Me: So, I wanna make a fanmix to celebrate the completion of The Lynburn Legacy by sarahreesbrennan. Help me with some gothic-y, romance-y, murder-y type music? 

Jay: *superhero pose* My time has come.

Me: Wait-

Jay: *flicks songs at me*

Me: Um-

Jay: *overturns bucket of music on me*

Me: *spluttering* 

Jay: *pushes me into a lake of melody*

Me: *drowning* (This is a good death.)

Yeah, so, saying that theflatfifth “helped” me with the mix would be a gross understatement. All I did was pick my favourites:

That Teenage Feeling by Neko Case // Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone by Lykke Li // Caring Is Creepy by The Shins // You’re Ex-Lover Is Dead by Stars // I Died So I Could Haunt You by Stars // Is There a Ghost by Band of Horses // Out in the Way by Beach Fossils (feat. Wild Nothing) // Broken Toy by Veronica Falls // Hold On, Hold On by Neko Case // You and Me by Penny & the Quarters 

What a lovely melodic present! I love Neko Case and I love the celebration of ‘That Teenage Feeling’ because what’s not fascinating, what’s not to celebrate, about love and the first time you feel certain loves, the way you struggle through both finding love and finding yourself? I obviously think it’s hella interesting… I wrote a series about it. ;)

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