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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Feelings- Maroon 5
  • Reading: Insurgent- Veronica Roth
Hello, everyone!  I hope you are all doing well!

I'm taking a break from all of the homework I have been doing since I got home from school.  We're three weeks into junior year, and it's been so busy.  I've got some hard classes this year, and I know it's going to be a lot of work balancing schoolwork, work, social things, after school clubs, and college plans this year.  It's a little overwhelming, but I'm doing my best to work ahead and plan things accordingly, so I guess I'll see how everything goes.

Before I get back to my Physics lab, I thought I'd just tell a quick story about something that happened at work last Friday.  My co-worker (let's just call her Natalie for privacy reasons), who I'd only met two times prior to last weekend, decided to get me a really nice bike helmet.  I, like her, sometimes ride my bike to the store for work, and it came up that I didn't wear a helmet.  I used to have one as a kid, but then I just never got another one.  Laziness, I'm sure.  Or even just a disregard for precaution.  So last Friday, I was presented with this kind gift.  Natalie explained that she believed it was of utmost importance to protect your brain; she herself had even had former brain damage from falling off her bike.  Everyone at the jewelry store is so kind, so she had decided to continue that legacy.  I was really touched; I thought it was such a nice thing for someone who I barely know to do that for me.  It even goes with my pink bike, so that's a bonus!

I just thought I should share.  Kindness is a rare thing sometimes.  I really do believe the saying: a small act of kindness can go a long way.  I've made a promise now, that whenever I ride my bike, I'm going to wear the helmet, and protect myself.  For me.  And for Natalie.

Natalie is also just such a kind person.  She taught me some more details and notes about working in the jewelry store and I think I'm going to learn a lot from her.  Sometimes it's different learning from someone right out of college (she just graduated law school) rather than someone who is been in the business far longer, which I have been sort of doing.  Natalie told me she could answer any questions I have about college or careers, and I'm really appreciative, because I'm sure I'll have questions about those things in the near future.

Also, I read The Giver by Lowis Lowrey, and a book review is probably coming soon.  I could rant forever about that book.  And not in the good way, which is rare for me, because I usually love any book I read.  Right now I'm rereading the Divergent series and I know I like those books, so that's good!

Ah, gotta love life, right? (:

Have a wonderful evening!

- Diamondwing
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Sing- Ed Sheeran
  • Reading: Quiet- Susan Cain
Greetings! So today, I finished a book series by Michael Scott, entitled Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.   I've decided to do a review about it, completely spoiler free, I promise!

The series written by Michael Scott consists of six books in the following order: The Alchemyst, The Magician, The Sorceress, The Necromancer, The Warlock, and The Enchantress.  I started this book series back in middle school, but as I was unable to obtain all the books to read them all, naturally I never finished reading the series.

Sometime near the end of the school year a few months ago I was at our local book shop where they discount the prices of all kinds of books and DVDs and games and I came across the next book in the series that I had not her read.  Excitedly, I was able to obtain all the books.  My summer so far had consited of me rereading the first three books and then finishing the rest of the series.

The premise- Sophie and Josh Newman are two completely normal teenagers on their summer break.  Their world gets turned upside down when a mysterious stranger shows up at the bookshop where Josh works and demands that the store owner, Nick Fleming, give him a particular book called the Codex.  The man, named Doctor John Dee, steals the book called the Codex and Josh and Sophie are thrown into the world of magic, auras, and myths and stories being history- and reality.

Some small points I want to make:

The story itself is written in third person omniscient POV.  And if you're anything like me, this, initially is quite displeasing and irritating.  The novels and books I've read thoughtout my life have always been in first person or third person limited POV, meaning that the book is narrated using the words me and my and I or limited to the thoughts of one character, respectively.  For me, when I had read about five pages into the first book, I was already irritated with the fact that in the same paragraph, two different character's thoughts and feelings were there.  Except, the plot and storyline was entriguing enough for me to want to continue reading.  And I am sure glad I stuck with it.  And honestly, by the sixth book, I forgot all about my annoyance with the POV anyway.

Point #2-- The entire story, meaning all sic books, happens within the spam of one month.  Now you might be thinking, "Pssh, that's weird," or "And this is relevant how..?" or even "I'm not thinking that at all, weirdo." Er, yeah.  Anyway, Mr. Scott wrote the book so that certain chapters were separated with a page reading the date.  I personally liked that.  The content of the books themselves contained so much that it added to the overall feeling and dynamic of the story.

Alright, now for the main part of my review.

One of the things I found myself absolute LOVING about the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series was the history. Vixenfurr, I know you're a huge history fan.  This fantasy series contains real people and real events that happened in history and tells their stories with a little twist.  Nicholas Flamel and his wife Pernelle were actual people, and Nicholas was actually an alchemyst.  But the Great Fire of London in 1666?  That was actually a magic battle between Nicholas Flamel and John Dee.  Well, not exactly.  Dee was trying to catch Flamel, and set the city ablaze in search of him.

What I loved the most about the story was all the historal references with the magical twist.  John Dee, Niccoló Machiavelli, and Joan of Arc were all real people, but you see, they're immortal.

Here's where more history comes involved.  There's a mix of Greek and Roman mythology along with more names and origins that I do not know off of the top of my head.  My limited knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology is thanks to the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series.  A review with those might happen later.  Anyway, there names and places that I recognized from those mythologies.

For me, this series was a giant explosion of facts and information, but it was just so intriguing.  The fantasy and the magic woven within just keep me turning the page to found out what happened next.

Here comes my second favorite thing about this series.  While the books explore the feelings and actions of at least 15 different characters, the story is still central to Josh and Sophie Newman, who, I might add, are twins.  In any story, you usually have the man protagonist with his two trusty sidekicks.  But this story, it contained main characters portrayed in a way I'd never read before.

I'm a twin.  And some of the things that the two go through, I can COMPLETELY relate to.  Their love for one another, and their bond itself is something I can compare my life with my twin brother to.

This series was so emotional.  So much happens to these characters within a month, and it becomes more than just recovering a stolen book.  The very world changes, and there are many dangerous things that the twins and the Flamels go through.  I shed a tear at the end of the Enchantress.  I was at a loss of words, sort of in a state of shock and amazement.

Basically, read these books.  If history and fantasy are you style, I'd say give it a try.  It might be frustrating or irritating at first, but it'll be worth it.

One last thing, if suspense, like, long and extended unexplainations (Shush, that's a word now, okay?) irritate you, then I'd warn you to be cautious.  Some things literally aren't explained until three or four books later.  I did find it enjoyable to try and guess who the title of the book refers to while in the midst of reading though.

Thanks for reading- have a wonderful night!

-Diamondwing
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: 5 Hours- Deorro
  • Reading: The Warlock- Michael Scott
  • Playing: League of Legends
  • Drinking: Water
Hello, everyone!  Goodness, it's been a while, hasn't it?

Gaah, life has just flown by these last few months!  I'm now a high school junior, whoo! (Well, technically I still have a few more weeks of summer as a sophomore, but still) I got a job at a jewelry store in my neighborhood, and so far so good.  I like it, the people there are really nice and loving.  I also used to love jewelry and gems when I was a kid, so this is like, working heaven for me at the moment.

So, er, as for like, my artistic life... haha.  I always say I'm going to draw something and then never get to it.  Sort of like how I say I'm going to practice my instrument... But ANYWAYS.

I submit a short story to a contest on this writing website I'm a member of, thoughtsinc.net.  Right now, all the members are voting, but the poll is hidden so I'll know what the results are in another week or so.  I haven't been into writing too much lately.  I get ideas and I try them out, but they don't seem to stick.  That's mostly for fanfiction that I've attempted at starting.  At the same time, all the original ideas I get don't stick either, so I mean, what're you gonna do?  The story I submit to the ThoughtsInc I might end up submitting to my high school's literary magazine when junior year starts.  I still have to do some editing and revising.

But anywho, maybe I'll just force myself to draw something.  Anything.  Even if it's like a freaking tree branch or something. (Actually no, I hate drawing trees.)  Or perhaps some of you might have suggestions?  Like, what would you suggest to a new artist, someone just starting out?

I mean, I WANT to practice my art because I just really love it.  There are just so many talented people out there, every time I'm on dA I'm always amazed and mind-blown at the things people can create.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!
- Diamondwing
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Feelings- Maroon 5
  • Reading: Insurgent- Veronica Roth
Hello, everyone!  I hope you are all doing well!

I'm taking a break from all of the homework I have been doing since I got home from school.  We're three weeks into junior year, and it's been so busy.  I've got some hard classes this year, and I know it's going to be a lot of work balancing schoolwork, work, social things, after school clubs, and college plans this year.  It's a little overwhelming, but I'm doing my best to work ahead and plan things accordingly, so I guess I'll see how everything goes.

Before I get back to my Physics lab, I thought I'd just tell a quick story about something that happened at work last Friday.  My co-worker (let's just call her Natalie for privacy reasons), who I'd only met two times prior to last weekend, decided to get me a really nice bike helmet.  I, like her, sometimes ride my bike to the store for work, and it came up that I didn't wear a helmet.  I used to have one as a kid, but then I just never got another one.  Laziness, I'm sure.  Or even just a disregard for precaution.  So last Friday, I was presented with this kind gift.  Natalie explained that she believed it was of utmost importance to protect your brain; she herself had even had former brain damage from falling off her bike.  Everyone at the jewelry store is so kind, so she had decided to continue that legacy.  I was really touched; I thought it was such a nice thing for someone who I barely know to do that for me.  It even goes with my pink bike, so that's a bonus!

I just thought I should share.  Kindness is a rare thing sometimes.  I really do believe the saying: a small act of kindness can go a long way.  I've made a promise now, that whenever I ride my bike, I'm going to wear the helmet, and protect myself.  For me.  And for Natalie.

Natalie is also just such a kind person.  She taught me some more details and notes about working in the jewelry store and I think I'm going to learn a lot from her.  Sometimes it's different learning from someone right out of college (she just graduated law school) rather than someone who is been in the business far longer, which I have been sort of doing.  Natalie told me she could answer any questions I have about college or careers, and I'm really appreciative, because I'm sure I'll have questions about those things in the near future.

Also, I read The Giver by Lowis Lowrey, and a book review is probably coming soon.  I could rant forever about that book.  And not in the good way, which is rare for me, because I usually love any book I read.  Right now I'm rereading the Divergent series and I know I like those books, so that's good!

Ah, gotta love life, right? (:

Have a wonderful evening!

- Diamondwing

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Michelle / Diamondwing
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Hey! My name's Michelle, though many people call me Diamond. I'm a 16 year old high school junior with a huge passion for literature and the arts. Music and videogames are another love of mine. I consider myself a part of many different fandoms including: Star Wars, The Inheritance Cycle, The Dark Knight, Warrior Cats, Spyro, & Minecraft. There's probably more to add to that list, and while I don't know everything about them, like my art and writing, I strive to learn and to get better. See you around!

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