Stories all around..

Now-a-days I am reading a lot of novellas. They are short, easy to read and easy to finish in a day. They have crisp plot and focus on that main plot without bothering much about subplots. My short attention span these days is fueled the best by these novellas. Indireads Novellas are some of the best fiction I have ever read. Recently I also read one of Amish genre. The culture was very new to me and the story had a fresh emotional connecting factor.

Online sites like fictionpress and quotev have stories in chapters- some long, some short. I like these sites for the different ideas these amateur writers have, though the grammar is a bit off at a few places and the plot construction is not the best. They post a new chapter, like a new episode to the story, every week. And the variety of stories that’s there- starting from fan fiction to romance to thriller- is very good. Other such sites are Movella and Figment.

I read such a story of about 90 pages in quotev, and I enjoyed it. I finished the story in just one sitting. Here’s the link. It’s a bit manga style(or a Korean webtoon kindof) story where a girl disguises herself like a boy to enter into the dance group ‘Flow’ and follow her dream of dancing. The author has kept the plot short and very interesting, inspired from the movie ‘She’s the man’. I found a huge resemblance with the Korean series ‘To the Beautiful You’.

It’s interesting how these young minds have so many ideas for a story.

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Paintings..

DSCN3063I want to learn the Japanese Ink Painting. I want to learn the ways to make beautiful strokes in black and grey, with spots of red. I just love the bamboo paintings, and the simple cherry blossoms that mark every Japanese art. I wish someone could teach me.

I’m not very good at portraits, but I do like experimenting. It feels good, even when the hair looks like a wig, and the eyes seem to pop out of the face. So I tried this one- it uses minimum colors and has no outline, and eyes and has just a hint of hair. It was the simplest one- perfect for me.

Ah, I just want to dip my fingers in the colors and create something abstract- I wish I can.

Starcrossed

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‘Starcrossed’ by Josephine Angelini is the first book of a YA fantasy romance trilogy published by Harper Collins. The sequels are ‘Dreamless’ and ‘Goddess’. This is the story of Helen Hamilton, a high school student painfully shy of crowds and is extremely ‘attention allergic’. She lives in the quaint little island of Nantucket with her father.

Helen doesn’t know a thing about her mother, who had abandoned her after birth. She just keeps twirling the heart shaped locket around her neck which is supposedly her mother’s. Since childhood she has known she’s not ordinary. She’s doubly stronger than average girls her age; she is faster than most human and she gets severe stomach cramps whenever she tends to draw too much attention. And things become more awry when she is overcome with unexplainable rage and anger and tries to kill Lucas- the son of the large Delos family who recently moved to the island from Spain. She sees The Furies, gets lively nightmares and has this intense urge to kill.

It is gradually revealed that they are all demigods, or Scions, as they prefer to call themselves. There are many interesting theories in the book related to the four houses of Scions, the debt they carry, the rise of the lost Atlantis, the gaining of possible immortality, and the danger of another devastating war like the War of Troy. Every birth and rebirth in the demigods is the reincarnation of people involved in the Trojan War- Archetypes of Greek Characters. Helen resembles the Helen of Troy- ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’ and led to a ten year long war.

The Fates and prophecies tell she would again lead to a destructive war. The cycle would repeat itself. Lucas and Helen understand they cannot be together as it would trigger the war, but still try to find a way around the destinies. They are the star crossed lovers who are not meant to be together. The story takes another about turn when Helen’s mother is back, with many a secret to reveal.

Among the human characters I just loved Claire, Helen’s all weather best friend. She’s so sweet, chatty and hilarious. Matt- her other school friend, her father Jerry and Kate- the kind, friendly, ultimate baker of the beautiful bakery where Helen worked part time are some others. Among the scions I was quite impressed by Hector’s strength and skills; the Oracle in the family- Cassandra’s foresight; the kind Ariadne and the main romantic love interest Lucas. The characters are well crafted and the emotion, depth, passion of love is alive and well portrayed.

I have always been fascinated by Greek mythologies and legends. ‘The Goddess Test’ was one of my favorites. And my sister is a great fan of all Percy Jackson novels. So I really liked this book, it’s original story and it’s unique twists and turns.

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