Monday Writing Corner


*Disclaimer: This was pre-written and scheduled to come out today*

Today is Monday, oh such a dreadful day. Though once you get to know Monday, you slowly fall in love, as it is a day to start over, start over of your feelings, start over with relationships, and you get to laugh and smile with your friends. 

Today, I’m feeling sort of different, I feel like I’m sort of powerful. Somewhat like I could be something or somebody else. Like I could take another personality.

So, today I want to write something opposite of me. Maybe an arrogant character! Or an evil one, with no heroine in the story… That’d be nice.

I already started with something, so, the challenge I have for you:

Use at least 10+ sentences from other books you like and incorporate them into your story. 

My ten sentences come from all YA books, and here they are:

/1.) “I am a weapon made of flesh, a sword covered in skin. I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.”

/2.) “To rise. And rise alone.”

/3.) “Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that.”

/4.) “I love you,” he whispers. “Can you stay awhile?”

/5.)“She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx.” 

/6.) “What is so great about being good?” 

/7.) “She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Demura Valencia , and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.” 

/8.) “If you’re a monster, I’m a monster.”

/9.) “I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.

I was a survivor, and I was strong.

I would not be weak, or helpless again

I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

/10.) “He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

I feel like the 10th one will challenge me, as I have to add something to the story, something of an element of goodness and SJM!

Let’s start with the basics.

The character I’d like to start with, I’d want her name to be Demura Valencia. I also want her to have a style of fashion, maybe gothic assassin? I’m not sure. So, I went to check out Pinterest and found a pretty good outfit. You can find it here.

I also created then a pinboard of ideas for Demura Valencia. You can find it here.

I also wanted to create Demura, as a character that had been good once, so I created another pinboard for good characters, which you can find here.

I feel like I accomplished some sort of a character, that has a personality. Though, I want to write down those traits.

Demura: Arrogant, evil, strong, and rude.

Though, I want her to have a weakness of having a heart. Maybe a relationship to a prince.

So, I began writing and started with the title Yet I Live

I don’t want the prologue to be full of info, so I started with something mysterious.



“I  am a weapon made of flesh—“ she gasped out for air, “— a sword covered in skin.” She continued, “ I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.” And she stabbed him, the king…

And she yelled to his followers, his soldier, “I was meant to rise, to rise alone.”

She stepped back and sat on the throne made of glass.

“The king, he murdered, ruthlessly, my family,” Demura spoke softly. “The king, he had no heart of sorts.”

“Now die.” And knives flew at the soldiers. Blood burst from their eyes.

She was dangerous, she was fury, she was powerful. She would rise. Rise higher than others.

That’s all I have today for you, hope to see you soon!

-Catherine Kmiec


Because I Love You

Because I Love You

Disclaimer: I did receive this as a review copy from the publisher in a format of an e-galley! Though, all my thoughts are as honest as they can be. 

Because I Love You is beautiful, heartfelt, and there’s real emotion in it.

Because I Love You is about a teenage pregnancy. Andie fell in love with her best friend, made a mistake, and got pregnant. Though, when Carter, the best friend, and Heather the other best friend finds out, they abandon her. Then comes Neil, her ex-boyfriend who loves her. How cute is that? This is a story of true love and amazing happiness. While tragedies do occur in these types of situations, I still loved this book strongly. From happy crying to balling my eyes out, I loved it all the way.

I won’t ever forget a book like this, that has such strong characters, and it just puts a smile on my face. I never thought a book with this type of subject could be this good.

This topic, is very harsh, though it came from this book in a loving, good way. While teenage pregnancy is a very “bad” subject, this book could be used like a life-guide if you’re in the same situation as Andie.

The mom, she was so supportive, Jill was just amazing, and Neil is bae. ❤

5 stars for this beautiful book. 

Chronicle of A Last Summer

Chronicle of A Last Summer

Let’s jump in right ahead and start with the obvious. I guess this just wasn’t for me. I hated the writing style. I was really excited when I received this in my mailbox because I was moving and I really badly wanted something summer-y. I was also excited because this was set in Cairo, Egypt! How uncommon is that? It’s an under-used place!

Then, It all came to me. After reading to page 106, I couldn’t take it anymore. The story absorbed me, the plot at least, though the writing made me want to stop every page. I couldn’t stand it. I do enjoy a good NA/Adult novel, though this obviously wasn’t for me. I was disappointed big time.

I just wish this writing style was different. I wish I liked this because it was so different. I know we didn’t get a name from the character, which kind of bothered me at times. I know we’re speaking of something that we don’t need a name. Though, I would’ve given it more stars if the character even received a name!

0.5 star for Chronicle of a Last Summer

I Almost Forgot About You

I Almost Forgot About You

Well, let’s start with some basics. I Almost Forgot About You is a nice, light-hearted read for the summer. It was just a beautiful book, with some meaning behind it.
I Almost Forgot About You is about a doctor, Dr. Georgia Young, quits her job and takes a risk. A risk that she didn’t believe she could make, and thanks to this decision, she has to face her fears.
While I don’t want to spoil anything, the reason she quit her job was…moving…it was beautiful. That’s an element in a book you should always add. I loved how the Georgia was different. She’s not some white whiny chick, which is an over-used topic in pop culture, rather she is a beautiful woman who realizes she could do things differently.
This is an inspiring novel, and I’m thinking of reading more of this author’s books.
I’m pretty much speechless in ways to describe this masterpiece. I can’t wait for any more from this author. This wasn’t some crappy utter shit, rather the opposite. I also loved Wanda! Wanda and Georgia were awesome!

*I received a hardback cover from the publisher, big thanks!*

Iron Cast

Iron Cast

I received this book via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 Anyway, this book is magical. Just beautiful with its carefully knitted words, entwined into the story. It’s so beautiful, that I could just not contain the excitement.

When I started this book, well, I wasn’t so very surprised or captivated by the words. Though, by page 42, I fell in love with this. This book just had a touch of everything for me, and other readers.

I’m not surprised this book has 4.40 stars on GoodReads it’s just so incredible of how the author made this book into something so very beautiful. I wish I had more words for this, though all I can say, is it’s beautiful.

If you weren’t aware of what this book is about it is about hemopaths.

On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience.

As said in the description of this book. While I can’t give direct quotes, let’s just say these characters, I just loved. Corinne, Ada, Saint, Sebastian, Charlie… Good memories of yesterday!

stars for Iron Cast

13 Minutes

13 Minutes

Let’s just say 13 Minutes had such a great idea for such a great book. Though, it failed. It failed completely, and let me say, I couldn’t be more disappointed of how bad this book was.

Of course, this was a story started from a simple plot-line. Tasha died for 13 minutes. How simple is that? Very simple. I was really excited to start reading this book. Though, the first page, I already saw what it stored. A story, that in my mind, didn’t flow. Normally, I get this feeling, when I see a good plot. Like, I don’t know what’s going to happen, though I still have this thing in my mind, that just goes, I love this. That setting in my brain didn’t click for this book.

I’m not on a book hangover, or anything, just this was terrible. This had an idea, that it didn’t fulfill to its fullest. And, that’s the truth about 13 Minutes, and this book was probably one of the worst books I’ve read so far this year.

1 star for 13 Minutes. 


Hey everyone,

Just wanted to make the announcement that I’m moving tomorrow to San Diego! This is a really big move for me, as I always lived in Chicago.

I’m very excited, and that means room tours, and so on!



***Side Note***

I will not post reviews so frequently starting tomorrow, for 4 days.

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