Goodbye Summer; Hello No More Free Time!

Hi guys! It is officially my last day of Summer… That’s right… I start my Junior year of high school tomorrow… Oh my gosh… I’m gonna be a junior! Anyway, no matter how much I try to will it out of happening, school is happening. And so in one last effort to cling onto this Summer, I’ve decided to do the Summer book tag… No one actually tagged me for this, but I’ve seen it floating around the internet, and so here it is! 

 

LEMONADE: Pick a book that started off bitter but then got better. 

Girl of nightmares book cover

Girl of Nightmares was SO sad, and… well… tortured I guess is the right word in the beginning, but it had the sweetest, or maybe bitter-sweetest, ending ever! My review will be coming soon, and you can click HERE to read my review of the first book in the series. 

 

GOLDEN SUN: Pick a book that made you smile beyond compare. 

The Worst Class Trip Ever

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Berry is possibly the most hilariously funny book I’ve ever read! It’s a middle grade book, but I think anyone can enjoy it. It’s so stupid it’s funny in places, but it’s guaranteed to give you a good laugh! Just don’t read it in some place like school where you need to look somewhat sane cause you will find yourself laughing hysterically! 

 

TROPICAL FLOWERS: Pick a book set in a different country. 

The islands at the end of the world coverart

The Islands At The End of the World isn’t set in a different country, but it’s set in a different state, and it felt like a different country because of the difference in culture. It takes place in Hawaii, so there are also lots of tropical flowers! I guess I could have used Girl of Nightmares again because part of it happens in England, but I’m trying not to use anything twice, and I honestly haven’t read much that happens outside of the US this Summer. 

 

TREE SHADE: Pick a book where a mysterious or shady character is introduced. 

The Deviners

The Diviners by Libba Bray has several shady characters, but what’s cool about the book is that the reader is always one step ahead of the other characters and knows exactly what is going on at all times! The writing is SO amazing, and I have sO much to learn from it, and there will be a review for that going up soon! 

 

BEACH SAND: Pick a book that was grainy and the plot barely developed. 

Vampire Academy Book Cover

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead needs some serious plot doctoring! It’s an ok book, but that structure needs some tightening! It’s got great characters, but the main plot pretty much fell apart by chapter three because the subplots started taking over everything! 

 

GREEN GRASS: Pick a character that was full of life and made you smile. 

The lightning thief

Percy Jackson was the first character who came to mind for this. Lets face it… Who doesn’t love Percy? If you don’t love Percy, then why on earth are you reading this blog?! Just kidding! All book lovers are welcome here, and your certainly welcome to your own opinion, but I’m also sticking to my opinion that Percy is awesome! 

 

WATERMeloN: Pick a book that had some juicy secrets. 

Girl of nightmares book cover

Ok… So I’m totally abandoning my rule of not using stuff twice, but Girl of nightmares just has SO many secrets that it’s perfect for this position! And maybe I just love it a little too much… 

 

SUN HAT: Pick a book with a vast/big universe/setting. 

Harry potter

Please tell me I don’t have to explain why I picked the Potterverse for this…

 

BBQ: Pick a book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk. 

Vampire Academy Book Cover

Here I am using another book twice, but the hunkiness of one of the main characters is a BIG part of the problem with this book’s plot! I mean seriously… It’s ok to have romance in a book, but don’t trick me into thinking I’m getting an epic fantastical vampire filled adventure and then let that awesome plot get swallowed up by a doomed romance! Sorry… Rant ended… Maybe… 

 

SUMMER FUN: Pass the tag on. 

I’m not tagging anybody because I think a lot of people have already done it, but do it if you want! Drop a link in the comments to your post, and tell me what your favorite Summer read has been even if you don’t do the tag. Also, tell me about a book you’ve read that has secrets or shady characters because those are some of my favorite things to read. Good luck if your also starting school tomorrow, or if your starting it sometime soon! I hope you all are more excited about it than I am! I’m signing off now because school is tomorrow like I’ve already said about a zillion times and I told myself I’d be in bed an hour ago! Good night all you bookish and writerly people! 

The Harry Potter Book Tag

Harry potter

Since I’m a total “dumbledork,” and I’m still not over Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I decided to do the Harry Potter tag in celebration of the eighth story! I promise I’ll try not to fangirl over Cursed Child the whole time… But it’s just SO amazing!!!! You can go HERE to see my Cursed Child review and the rest of my fan-girling, but for now, turn on the HP playlist above, and keep reading to see my answers to these tag questions! 

 

FLAGRATE: writing charm 

Vampire Academy Book Cover

A book that you found interesting but would like to rewrite 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 

I liked Vampire academy. It certainly wasn’t your typical trope-filled vampire book, and it had some very interesting characters. It had an awesome plot in the beginning, but one of the subplots seemed to take over the main plot about three chapters in. I’d still recommend the book for anyone wanting to read something a bit different, but that plot needs fixing! 

 

ALOHOMORA: unlocking charm 

The lightning thief

The first book in a series that got you hooked 

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 

It took me a while to actually start the Percy Jackson series because it sounded to me like it might be a series about a bunch of wannabe super heroes, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! If you haven’t read it, go read it!!! Not reading this series is like not reading Harry Potter! It’s just wrong! 

 

ACCIO: summoning charm 

 

A book that you wish you could have right now 

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake 

I want it NOW!!! I just finished Anna Dressed in Blood, which is the first book in this series, and it was amazing! I’ll have a review up on that sometime in the near future… 

 

AVADA KEDAVRA: the killing curse 

The Deviners

A killer book 

The Diviners by Libba Bray 

I’m not sure if this question means “killer” as in a good book, or “killer” as in lots of people die, so I picked a book that has both! The Diviners is freaky… Like I mean do not read this at night freaky… But it’s SO good! It’s made even better because I learned a lot about writing multiple POV characters while I was reading it! 

 

CONFUNDO: confusing charm 

Things fall apart

A book you find confusing 

Things Fall apart by Chinua Achebe 

I had to read this book for school last year, (which should tell you something right there), and the only thing I got out of it was that it involved African politics. Seriously… If you’ve read the book, and you can understand it without consulting spark notes, please explain the general plot line to me! As far as I can tell, it doesn’t have one! 

 

EXPECTO PATRONUM: patronus charm 

Fangirl Cover

Your spirit animal book 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

The first answer that came to mind was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, or Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but this tag already shows that I’m a total Potterhead, so I’ll be somewhat original. Fangirl is the first contemporary I’ve read and liked in a long while. As I said in my review, Fangirl didn’t seem to have much of a plot, but I was really able to connect with Cath, the main character. As much as I try not to admit it, I am a lot like her, and that’s why I’m saying it’s my spirit animal book. 

 

SECTUMSEMPRA: dark charm 

Anna Dressed in blood

A dark, twisted book 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake 

I already used the Diviners in this tag, so the dark charm goes to Anna Dressed in Blood. It is definitely dark and twisted! Like we’re talking’ voodoo dark and twisted! It was seriously creepy, perhaps because I was reading it around midnight since I couldn’t sleep, but it was also really sweet. It’s got some of the best characters I’ve seen in a long while, and it almost made me cry at one point. It’s probably made it onto my list of books with the reread ability factor, which is NOT easy to do! I could keep fan-girling, but I’ll save that for my review which should be going up some time tomorrow. 

 

APARECIUM: revealing charm 

The Fault in Our Stars

A book that surprised you in a great way 

The Fault in Our stars by John Green 

I am not a contemporary reader, and i don’t enjoy reading about real-life diseases. I have enough real-life diseases; I don’t need to read about them… That being said, I absolutely LOVE The Fault in Our Stars! I picked it up after about ten people yelled at me for refusing to read it, and I read the thing through in two days. It was SO sad… I mean… One character dies… But at the same time it was beautiful. The characters were so real and open that I was really able to connect with them, which honestly isn’t something I’m usually able to do with a contemporary novel. I’m glad I read it, and I’ll probably end up rereading it! 

 

I’m not sure who has and hasn’t done this tag, or who is and isn’t a Potterhead, so if you wanna do the tag, do the tag! Drop a link to your post in the comments or tweet me @Cheyenne_writes, and I’ll check out your answers! 

 

P.S… I found all those cover images myself, so please forgive me if any of them aren’t what they’re supposed to be! The blind girl finding pictures doesn’t always end well! If it’s anything completely insane, please, I beg of you, clue me in in the comments! I’m trying to keep the blind blunders on this blog to a minimum… 😉

The Handwriting Tag

I wasn’t officially tagged for this tag, but I’ve seen it around on several blogs and thought it would be a good way for you to get to know me! I won’t tag anyone either, but if you want to do it, feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments. 

 

The Rules: 

  1. Write your name. 

  2. Write your blog name. 

  3. Write your favorite word and it’s definition. 

  4. Write something nice. 

  5. Write the name of your favorite song right now. 

  6. What are you writing with? 

  7. Write a fun fact about yourself. 

  8. Write/draw your favorite emoticon. 

  9. Write a silly message. 

  10. Write who you’re tagging. 

 

My Answers: 

The Handwriting Tag

Since most of you probably can’t read braille, and if you can read braille, you most likely can’t see well enough to read what’s in that picture, I’ll be a nice person and give you a typed transcript of my answers… 

  1. Cheyenne Raphael 

  2. Cheyenne Raphael Writes 

  3. pelican: An aquatic bird of the tropical or warm water family. (there’s an inside joke there.)

  4. all of you people reading this are awesome!!! 

  5. I Am Invincible by Cassadee Pope 

  1. A slate and stylus. (That’s a braille thing, so here’s a pic for you sightlings.) 

Slate And stylus

  1. I got to zip line at night! 

  2. The “face with tears of joy” is the one I use the most. 😂 

  3. The aardvark ate the anteater’s breakfast! I am now scared of the Flexy Keyboard app because it predicted that correctly…. 

  4. Since I wasn’t tagged, I won’t tag anyone either, but feel free to do it if you want! And don’t forget to leave a link in the comments so I can see your answers! 

The Get to Know Me Tag

Hi guys! I wasn’t officially tagged for this tag, but I found it over on The Quirky Book Nerd, and I thought it would be a fun way for you to get to know me a little bit so I don’t seem like some random blogger with a robot personality. I won’t tag anyone else since no one exactly tagged me either, but feel free to do it if you want and leave me a link in the comments so I can see your answers. 

Vital Stats 

Name: Cheyenne 

Nicknames: None

Birthday: November 18th 

Star Sign: ♏︎ 

Occupation: High school student and hopefully future author! 

 

Appearance 

Hair Color: Brown 

Hair Length: Really long… Like almost to my waste long…

Eye Color: Blue

Best feature: Umm… I honestly have no idea what to put here… Are we talking physical features or personality traits??? I’m gonna go with personality traits and say my ability to always crack a blind joke! 

Braces: Not anymore!!! I had them for three years in elementary school. 

Piercings: just one in each ear. 

Tattoos: None, and I don’t ever plan to have any. I’m just not real wild about putting something permanent on my body… 

Right Or Left Handed: Right

 

Firsts 

Real Holiday: Umm… I think that would be when I was seven and we went to the beach for a week. 

Best Friend: I met my first best friend in Kindergarten, but we have since grown apart. 

Award: I’ve been on the honor roll every year in school, so does that count? I’ve also won lots of blue ribbons for my crafts that I’ve entered in the county fair, and I won first place in my state Braille Challenge when I was in sixth grade. 

Sport: Does yoga count? 

Concert: I played in my school band concert against my will in seventh grade, and that’s the only concert I’ve ever attended either as a player or a spectator. 

 

Favorites 

Film: It’s a toss-up between Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Mockingjay. 

TV Show: I don’t watch a lot of TV, so the last show I really kept up with was the Vampire Diaries. 

Color: Purple 

Song: How bout five of my favorite songs? 

■I Am Invincible by Cassadee Pope 

■Warrior by Demi Lovato 

■Fight Song by Rachel Platten 

■Roots And Wings by Miranda Lambert 

■something In The Water by Carrie Underwood 

FYI… all of these songs have inspired my current writing project in some way. 

Restaurant: Red Lobster, Applebees, or Cracker Barrel 

Shop: Barnes & Noble? I usually buy everything online. 😉 

Books: That is a terrible question to ask a bookworm like myself! I refuse to answer it because my favorite books change by the week! 

Shoes: Yellow Box flip-flops in the Summer/cowboy boots in the Winter 

 

Currently 

Feeling: Sleepy… 

Single Or Taken: Single 

Eating: Nothing right this minute 

Thinking About: This blog post and how I can’t wait to spend a week with my awesome friend and fellow blogger, (Macy @ Unicorn Nerdiness!) 

Watching: This video: 

Wearing: An old worn-out T-shirt and fuzzy pajama pants. 

 

Future 

Want Children: Hmmm… If I do have kids, I’ll probably adopt. 

Want to be married: Maybe… Ask me in a few years! 

Careers in Mind: My dream job is to be a young adult author, but I’m also interested in a career in psychology, preferably as a children’s councilor. Web design is also a possible option, as I’ve been learning HTML coding. 

Where you want to live: Hawaii would be nice!!! That’ll probably never happen, but a girl can dream, right?! 

 

Do You Believe In… 

God: Absolutely! 

Miracles: Yes! 

Love at first sight: Umm… No… cracks silent blind joke I think it is possible to have a connection to someone on the first meeting, but I also think love takes time. 

Ghosts: Yes 

Aliens: Yes, I do believe that there are other levels of existence out there, but I don’t think that aliens are the little green men we see in the movies. 

Soul Mates: Yes, definitely! 

Heaven: Yes, definitely! 

Hell: Not exactly the one we’re taught about… 

Kissing on the first date: no, not really… 

Yourself: Yes! I got this! 🙂 

 

What Do You Think? 

Do you agree with my answers? Would you have answered anything differently? Let me know in the comments, or drop me a link to your own tag post! 

The Music Tag

Hi Guys! I ran across this tag on Word Wonders, and while it doesn’t exactly pertain to writing, I am going to post it because music tends to inspire a lot of what I write, especially the personalities of my characters. 

 

The Rules 

*Link the blogger who tagged you. 

*Pick the first ten songs that come on shuffle, (no skipping!) 

*Write your favorite lyric/verse from each song. 

*Tag other bloggers. 

 

My Songs 

  1. Run Daddy Run” (from the Hunger Games soundtrack), by Miranda Lambert and the pistol Annies 

“Momma’s been crying  in the kitchen, 

Sister’s been afraid of the dark, 

And I’ve been gathering the pieces, 

Of all these shattered hearts.” 

This song, and these lyrics especially, have been greatly influencing one of the characters in my current WIP. I listen to it every time I sit down to start writing from Diana’s perspective. 

  1. Eyes Open (also from the Hunger Games soundtrack), by Taylor swift 

Everybody’s waiting for you to break down
Everybody’s watching to see the fallout
Even when you’re sleeping, sleeping
Keep your ey-eyes open” 

Again, this pertains a lot to my current story because every body’s kind of out to get everybody else in my story world right now, and if my characters don’t watch their backs, they might end up with their throats being cut by a corrupted shaman lady. 

3. Let Your Tears Fall by Kelly Clarkson 

It’s not a crime to fall apart sometimes
It’s not a crime to ask why to ask why, you cry
Let your tears fall
Let your tears fall” 

4. Just A Dream by Carrie Underwood 

“Baby why’d you leave me

Why’d you have to go?
I was counting on forever, now I’ll never know
I can’t even breathe
It’s like I’m looking from a distance
Standing in the background
Everybody’s saying, he’s not coming home now
This can’t be happening to me
This is just a dream” 

5. No Cure For Crazy by Kellie Pickler 

“Now I ain’t prim and proper

No country clubbing, champagne popper
Dropping names, sipping Sonoma wine 

I’ll be barefoot on the bar
White lightning buzz from a mason jar
Chasing my whiskey with a damn good time 

Well there ain’t no cure for crazy
I ain’t sorry baby
Wheels fell off of my trailer
Daddy taught me how to curse like a sailor 

I’m an all-night, long neck, train wreck
Two queens short of a full deck
Good luck trying to save me
There ain’t no cure, no cure for crazy” 

6. Brave by Sara Bareilles 

“Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy

Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue 

Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is” 

7. Dirt Road Prayer by Lauren Alaina 

“And so I go where the green grass grows 

The weeds are high and the sun hangs low
Look to the sky and I say, hello
Like it’s the very first time
It doesn’t matter how long it’s been
I can talk to God like he’s my best friend
Take my heart lay it down again right there
In a dirt road prayer” 

8. Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift 

I remember tears streaming down your face
When I said, “I’ll never let you go”
When all those shadows almost killed your light
I remember you said, “Don’t leave me here alone”
But all that’s dead and gone and passed tonight 

Just close your eyes 

The sun is going down
You’ll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I’ll be safe and sound” 

9. I Am Invincible by Cassadee Pope 

Cracks run through these walls, But they still stand strong
Oh heart covered in scars, But my fear is gone
Oh I will fight, I will survive 

I’m invincible
I’m unbreakable
I’m a diamond cut to last
I’m unstoppable
I’m a hero
Like a phoenix from the ash
Oh-ah, oh-ah, oh-ah-ooh
Nothing gonna make me break or shatter
No one’s gonna tell me that I don’t matter, no” 

I absolutely LOVE this song, and now it’s stuck in my head again… It also goes along with the eventual transformation that my story is going to achieve, so that makes it even better! 

10. Fight Song by Rachel Platten 

Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion 

And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time? 

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me” 


I Tag 

* Em at Keystrokeblog.com 

* Universenotebook 

* Anyone else who wants to do it.