Eelgrass Giveaway

Hello, you wondrous little creatures.

 

I was chosen by Tori Curtis, Author of Eelgrass, to do a giveaway of two e-book copies and one SIGNED (yaaaaay excitement!) paperback of Eelgrass!

 

So here are the RULES:

 

  • You must be 18 years or older or have parental permission to enter.
  • The e-book giveaway is international, but the signed paperback is US only. (If an international winner is chosen for the paperback, I will redraw.)
  • The giveaway will run from October 13th to October 27th
  • I will choose a winner no later than October 31st.
  • Tori Curtis is in charge of sending out the prizes, but if you have worries about it (e.g. if it takes too long or there’s something wrong with your book) you can email me.

 

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Until Next Time,

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Eelgrass Blog Tour!

 

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I’m Tori Curtis, and last year I published my debut f/f fantasy novel, Eelgrass. It’s a coming of age story about selkies, a beautiful (and terrifying) mermaid, and how brave you have to be to protect your friends.

 

In Eelgrass, a lesbian reimagining of Irish folktales, Efa and Bettan spend their days roving the sea and shore. The other selkies in their village say it will soon be time for them to settle down and find husbands. Then Bettan disappears into a rainstorm. Despite the other villagers’ reassurances, Efa can’t shake the certainty her friend’s been taken.

To rescue Bettan, she must leave behind the shallow waters of her home and find the fishwives. These half-human fish seduce men with song and devour them with sharp teeth. She doesn’t expect to find Ninka, an outrageous young woman who makes her feel giddy and who might be the key to unlocking her own courage.

 

Today, I have a crossword puzzle for you! My sweet and perfect wife, B, put this together, so, um, I hope you enjoy her sense of humor.

Crossword

 

 

Good luck!

 

You can get a copy of Eelgrass here: link

Visit my website at toricurtiswrites.com

Or follow me on twitter @tcurtfish

And Sapphic Book Club is going to be reading Eelgrass for November 2017, so I hope you get the chance to be a part of that.

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A Court of Wings And Ruin: Where Do I Even Start?

**This Review is in no way an endorsement of the author unless specifically stated so**

ACOWAR_Review_9.22.17

 

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Confinement; Control (Physical and Mental); Domination; Death; Gore; Abuse; Acephobia; PTSD; Depression

**If I missed any Trigger Warnings that you noticed, please let me know. I will add them immediately.**

 

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses Book #3

Publication date: May 2, 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

Page Count: 720

 

Synopsis: 

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Review B

Okay, I just… *sigh* I don’t get this series. Yes, I will be the first to admit that ToG is a Guilty Pleasure of mine. But I will and do acknowledge the problems with it. However, This. Series.

Jesus.

I cannot find a single redeemable part of this series. I cannot, and will not, see why so many love Rhysand. And Feyre. They are two of, if not the, worst characters I have ever encountered in a YA book.

And I have read a lot of YA.

I cannot see how so many people think this series is the epitome of “sexy” and love in YA. I have seen so many praise Maas and ACOTAR (and its series companions) on Twitter and Instagram. I cannot count the times I have seen this series plastered across a Bookstagram’s page over and over. 

My question to you all is: Why?

Why do you find this glorification of violence and abuse so amazing? Why do you find a man who repeatedly lied to, injured, and took advantage of a helpless girl to be so. damn. hot?

Also, may I just mention that healthy relationships don’t include hiding shit and sneaking around to sacrifice yourself?

And do not even get me started on the mental and physical abuse just plastered all throughout this goddamn series.

 

Actually, lets. 

 

Rhysand is the most manipulative, abusive, horrible character I have ever encountered. He repeatedly abuses and mistreats Feyre in book one, even PHYSICALLY HARMING HER and making her do the most egregious, disgusting stuff while under the influence of something that makes her forget everything?

That. Shit. Is. Not. Okay.

And he abuses and terrifies his subjects so much that they fear him returning to the Court of Nightmares. And we’re supposed to believe that it’s all an act and that he truly hates it?

No.

I don’t believe for one-goddamn-second that he despises that “mask”. That he doesn’t enjoy it or find pleasure in it. Rhysand is a sick, sadistic bastard.

 

Also, what the hell was with shoehorning in the fact that Mor is bi? I hate it when Authors decide to make a character a token LGBTQIA+ last minute and act like it was some HUGE HIDDEN SECRET. It is just a way to pretend like they were being inclusive when, in fact, they were fucking not.

 

And, you know what, I just don’t have any more words to express my goddamn disgust and hatred with this series.

 

And on the last note for this review turned rant:

Maas should have just let Rhysand fucking die. 

 

 

Rating1 star

 

 

Would I recommend?

Fuck no. Not in a million years.

 

 

 

Until Next Time,

The Signature

Reclaiming Your Body.

Hello, you wondrous little creatures. I’ve been gone for awhile lately, because I’m in the worst reading slump right now. So instead of a review, I’m going to be writing another post like the last two. Something about life, and advice that I think may help.

 

So, what most of you don’t know (probably?) is that I have some pretty bad scarring on my leg from what caused my disability. And, ever since I was nine, I’ve been uncomfortable wearing shorts or skirts that are short enough to show my scars. When others can see them, that is.

But lately, I’ve been trying to get more comfortable with myself. But, anxiety has been going “nope!” to that one.

However, last night at my dorm, there was a fire alarm at 1 a.m. And it is hot in my room. So I was sleeping in shorts. And I realized something. The only one who focuses and obsesses about my scars is me. Other people don’t give two shits about it most of the time. And if they do stare, or ask questions, I:

1: Am not obligated to answer the questions.

2: Can tell them to shove off if they stare.

 

And through realizing this last night, I’ve discovered that I can reclaim my body and my comfort for myself. I don’t have to be obsessed with if my skin is showing or if you can see the tiniest hint of a scar. 

 

And I want to tell people who suffer through this that it’s okay. No, I am not the expert on this. But I do know what it’s like to go nine years being uncomfortable and not feeling like your body is your own.

 

It’s okay. Take your time. Find a way to reclaim what’s yours in your own way.

Take a deep breath.

And go.

 

 

 

If this post is in any way harmful, hurtful, or wrongly worded, please let me know. 

 

 

Until Next Time,

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Moving Advice

How to get moved with a disability

 

 

 

Hello, you wondrous little creatures. Today is moving day for me, so I thought I would post some advice on moving when you have a disability.

 

Scheduling. 

 

Write out a schedule with every day you have until you move, and write down what you want to do each day. Make sure you put days for rest, and write down all the errands you need to run before you go. Manage your time wisely, and don’t push yourself too far. Once you’re out of spoons, it’ll take you longer to replenish than it will to just spread your tasks out over a few weeks.

 

Budget Your Spoons. 

 

Rather than waste all of your spoons, ask someone for help. In most cases there will be friends or family who are happy to help when you need it. So ask someone to come help you with the huge stuff (like moving furniture or large boxes), and focus on the smaller, finite tasks that need your attention.

 

Replenishing Spoons. 

 

Always make sure you have a day where you don’t do anything. Just a day for rest and replenish. Figure out what helps you replenish your spoons, and do them often. For me, laying down with a good book, taking a long, hot shower and Disney movies are always good ways to rest.

 

Don’t Push Yourself. 

 

If your trip is a long one (like mine is, *sigh* 12 frickin’ hours), don’t try to do it all in one go. Make sure you take breaks and stretch your legs. Stay hydrated and don’t eat only fatty, greasy fast food. Try to eat some fruit or granola, something light and healthy, to cut through all the fast food. Bring pillows or blankets to make yourself as comfortable as you can in whatever vehicle you’re taking. Try not to lift super heavy things right after being coped up in a vehicle for a long time. It most likely won’t go well. Wait a little while before unloading.

 

 

That’s all I’ve got!

 

Until Next Time,

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Musings on Life: Self Care

Self Care

 

Hello, you wondrous little creatures. Tonight, on the blog, is something I’ve been thinking about for a bit now: Self Care. Now this post is sloppy because it’s midnight and I’m sleepy *tired laughter* 

But I know I’ll forget about it later.

So, without further ado: Self Care.

 

If you’re like me, your disability and your life can get in the way of properly taking care of yourself. For several years, I just went through life doing the bare minimum to take care of myself, because I just didn’t have the energy, and I didn’t see a point. My body is literally deteriorating by the second and I didn’t see how things like washing my face would make a difference.

However, that’s recently changed. About a month ago, I finally had enough a developed a self care plan. And, since I started taking care of myself, I’ve started feeling better. It’s, of course, not made a difference in my pain and my body itself, but having a clean face makes a difference to me.

So, if you’re able, I really do suggest finding a self care routine that works for you. I truly don’t mean that in an ableist way. I know some people just can’t do it. Just don’t have the spoons, or are physically incapable of it.  But if you can, or want to, it may help.

 

Until Next Time,

The Signature

 

 

 

Divergent: What was fourteen-year-old me thinking?

**This Review is in no way an endorsement of the author unless specifically stated so**Divergent Review Banner

Trigger Warnings: Ableism; Sexual Assault; Violence; Abuse (Physical, Mental, Emotional, Verbal, Sexual); Manipulation; Death (Suicide, Accidental); Child Abuse; Self-Injury; Needles; Kidnapping.

 

Series: Divergent #1

Publication date: April 25, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult; Dystopian

Page Count: 487

 

Synopsis: Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergent and its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.

One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

 

Review B

(Warning: spoilers)

This review isn’t being written at four o’clock in the morning. I’m proud of me.

 

Anyway, review. Stay on track, Lillie.

 

This is my first time re-reading this book since I marathoned the series when Allegiant was released. And, whoa, fourteen-year-old Lillie had bad taste. I thought this book was the shit when I read it the first time. And there is just so much wrong that I’m going to separate it into cat-egories…

 

The Ableism: Okay, this really, truly pissed me off. The ableism in this book is not necessary but, hey, apparently it’s what Veronica Roth is good at. There is no need to require Dauntless initiates to be able to do all of this ridiculous physical crap. There are plenty of able-bodied people who can’t even keep up with and jump into a moving train. And Dauntless has so many jobs that don’t even require you to be able-bodied- tattoo artist, shop owner, cook, working with computers- so why is it that unless you can do this unnecessarily physical initiation, you can’t be Dauntless? You can be disabled and brave. Being able-bodied does not determine how brave someone is. That is serious, infuriating, ableist thinking.

 

The Violence: Specifically Peter’s weasel-like self. Peter deserves a good punch to the throat. He is unnecessarily cruel and violent, and never gets punished for it. I mean, in a world where murder is so frowned upon, you’d think there would be repercussions for stabbing someone in the eye with a butter knife, and trying to throw someone into a chasm without the victim being thought weak for it happening. I mean, Tris would have died if not for Four, and they groped her to boot. This book is just super toxic.

 

The Abuse: This one is the true kicker. The leaders of Dauntless abuse the initiates and it’s okay?? And in what world is having someone dangle over a chasm by just their hands- a chasm that sprays water at you and makes your grip slippery– just for trying to get away from the person beating the shit out of them, not abuse?? Because in my world, it is. And the initiates are made to beat each other bloody and can’t end the fight until someone is unconscious or just can’t go on. That is just horrible, abusive shit and it shouldn’t be in a YA book.

And that’s just the physical abuse. There’s so much mental abuse that it makes it hard for me to breathe. The manipulation, the slurs and the name calling. Like, seriously? Tris is repeatedly put down, and even harmed, because she’s a “Stiff” and that means she shouldn’t be good in the faction she chose. Isn’t the entire point of this whole debacle being that you choose your faction, and can’t control the one you’re born into? So why is Tris literally sexually assaulted for being a “Stiff”?? And that’s just one of the instances of mental abuse.

 

The Self-Injury: Okay, okay. This one is just weird. Having to cut yourself and spill your own blood in order to swear allegiance to your new faction is just bad bad bad. And also triggering for survivors of self-harm. Like, seriously. What is with Veronica Roth and self-harm??

 

The Death: Death is prominent in the book from fairly close to the beginning. In the faction-placement test, you’re supposed to either kill a dog or feed it and, if you’re in Dauntless, that usually means you kill the dog. Then comes the Initiation into Dauntless. A girl literally falls from a multi-storied building and dies trying to be a part of this damn Faction. Then Edward almost dies from getting stabbed in the eye. And Al kills himself because Tris wouldn’t forgive him for trying to kill her.

That is some bullshit right there. He had no right to expect her to forgive him. She should’ve punched him.

 

I think I’m done ranting now.

 

Rating2 star

 

 

Would I recommend?

Not really. I mean, the plot is okay-ish, but there’s too much bad.

 

 

 

Until Next Time,

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