Sunday, March 13, 2016

Beautiful People #16 - Introducing Archer

This is my first time ever doing beautiful people and I'm super excited! This gives me the perfect chance to introduce you to my protagonist Archer , who's story I'm working on at Camp NaNoWriMo. Well actually I was suppose to work on his story this month and then edit at Camp but I'm not sure I will meet that goal. Archer is by far one of my favorite characters, so it seems fitting he would lead, without further ado -lets begin.      
 1. What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off?
I found this beautiful gem on pinterest and within a few minuets I knew he was going to be an amazing character. That side grin became a trade mark for Archer.

2. Describe their daily routine.
Archer is a Prince. The second son to King Leopold and Queen Eleanor, his days are less stressful than his brothers. He generally wakes early and goes for a ride on his horse Leo ( that's a story in its self). Then when he gets hungry he might decide to make it back to the castle in time to dine with the family, but most days he just sneaks food from the kitchen on the way to his next adventure. His afternoons are spent in one of his two favorite spots - the river or the library. That's a normal day that doesn't hold any prince duties ( the days that do he would rather forget, so I won't bother describing them.)
3. If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?
I was homeschooled so umm hello there handsome ;) However fitting with normal high school cliques I'm not sure Archer would be exclusive to any group. He is very athletic, he likes to hunt , and read. I can't choose......ok he would be that  jock that talks to EVERYBODY .
4.Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives…
Archer tolerates his Mother and brother Piers. He does this better some days than others. He is tolerating his arranged marriage (which is soon).
5. How do they react in awkward silences?
Usually by making a joke. However he often embraces silence because that means less questions or idle chatter.
6. Can they swim? If so, how did they learn?
Yes Archer can swim, and finds it quite enjoyable. He learned with his best friend Basil when they were both young and out on a royal family picnic. Archer who is not only older but larger than Basil jumped in first and instantly regretted it ( though he tells the story different). It wasn't long before he dragged Basil into the cold water with him. King Leopold was the one who turned their shallow water play a little deeper and helped both boys learn to swim.
7. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?
I'd say the most recent event that is shaping him , is his impending marriage to a girl he is not fond of. This will test the man he wants to be.
8. What things do they value most in life?
Archer values his fathers opinion and Basil's friendship. He loves his roan colored stallion and hunting.
9. Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?
Archer should believe in second chances considering how often he needs them himself but alas he doesn't. He is a firm believer that what you are once you will be again ( now might be a good time to disclose that I as the author do not agree with all his opinions). He doesn't trust his brother but that hasn't affected his trusting others.
10. Your character is having a rough day…what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?
Having a rough day, then Archer takes it outside. He either practices archery or challenges his brother to a sword duel. If those options don't help he might take a long walk by the river or find Basil to confide in.
That's it for Archer, who would be greatly pleased we talked about him so much by the way :)
Anyone else doing Camp NaNoWriMo,? This is my first time, nervous and hopeful that it will encourage me to finish Archers story. I would love to connect with you , cabin mates anyone?


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book Review : Heist Society by Ally Carter

                                             (image mine, isn't that a cute pup in my lap!)
This Trilogy by Ally Carter is one of my favorites! I read book 3 first, as usual doing things backwards :) I fell in love with the characters , the family dynamic and the logistics of the world of thieves.

 When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen she planned a con of her own --scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind.
 Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator , the gorgeous Hale, appears, pulling her back into the world she had only just escaped. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster's priceless art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Now. Only a master thief could have pulled off this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list , he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help. Kat's solution : track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and , hopefully just enough talent to pull of the biggest heist in her family's (very crooked) history. And, with any luck, she just might be able to steal her life back along the way.

From the description above you can tell that the plot is not only going to be good but fast paced and it was!! I never once found myself feeling bored and wanting to skip ahead. Ally Carter knows how to hold your attention, between the characters and their backstories , to the facts about the art and everything in between.
 My favorite character from the series is W.W Hale the fifth. Give me a sassy character , add some charm and wit and I will always choose them :) As far as love interest goes he is a good stand-up guy who lets Kat know he likes her but doesn't push to hard (which I appreciated) .
 The family dynamic is awesome, I loved the group of flawed people who love each other and are willing to be there for Kat (even if she did ditch them for a boarding school). It just works well, Uncle Eddie, Kat's father, her cousin Gabrielle , to the members who aren't blood but still family Simon, Angus and his brother Hamish. They each bring something unique to the table.

 Some people might find the act of thievery offensive, their is some talk about Kat's boobs when her cousin dresses her for a job, and Gabrielle is described as always wearing short skirts with high heels. I also found Kat always asking Hale "Why are you doing this?" a bit redundant considering he answered the same every time; I mean he is the love interest we know he is doing it for her. It was just over the top in my humble opinion. But if you can get past these, the over all book is amazing! I definitely rate it five out of five stars!