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February 9, 2015 // New month, new layout.

I feel the pressure. There's so much happening but I'm just drifting by without a care. I know I shouldn't procrastinate but that's just my nature to do so. At least I've been productive during this time. I have been doing my writing, which is pleasant. I had a major writing block for a few weeks so to finally finish some of the excerpts I started was quite refreshing.

There's a lot being due during this week of school. Getting my teeth pulled out in preparation for braces had not helped at all. Not to mention, I have to fulfill the requirements for a reward before the ceremony or else I won't be legible for it and one requirement in particular is giving me stress. I just wish I had kept better contact with the other people who could potentially help me.

So...there's nothing new added to the journal except for the book reviews. I will only review the first book in the series/trilogy but can make exceptions. Hope you enjoy them.



Dreamy Reality

Dark lovely evening
Moonlight streaks the air
I look up to relish a memory long forgotten
Forged by a daydream, made true by reality
Questioning the truth behind it
Knowing it can't be real
But it must be
Because it is now my reality.



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About Malisha

I've been on Neopets since 2007. My sister and cousin helped me create my first account, and this is my side-turned-main. I waited six years before I could go on the Neoboards. There, I was introduced to all types of groups and people, learned about guilds and roleplay, and met different people who I would later call my friends. I grew up with Neopets so without it, I wouldn't have a place to be familiar with.

I am an Altador Cupper. My team is Shenkuu. On the Shenkuu SKoreboard, I am known as the Cookie Monster, and a residential scorekeeper. During the off-season, I live under a rock. During the season, I am playing my heart out.

I used to be a roleplayer. I used to roleplay mainly Warrior Cats, but I can also roleplay: Pokémon, gifted, or Hunger Games. I also used to write for The Neopian Times but because I never got accepted, I gave up.

I used to lead a guild called Habitarium Gifting Group. As the name implies, it was when we still had Habitarium. I unfortunately closed it in November 2014 when the game was taken down.

I am part of two guilds: Stories Told, a book guild with a writing twist, and Site Chat, a site-owners' guild. I am the owner of four sites: Ambidexterity, Diabolical Box, Route 10, and Unwound Clock. I am no longer interested in many prospects of Neopets so all I'm here for are my sites and guilds. That's all.

My real name is Sara. Malisha was the name of my friend at the time I created this account. I am seventeen years old. I am a twelfth grader. I am the youngest in my family.

I dream of becoming a writer. I have been dreaming since the fifth grade. My parents try discouraging me but I refuse to surrender. I enjoy writing supernatural, fantasy, and mystery. I detest romance, but will write it if necessary. My favorite writers at this point are: Marie Lu, Kendare Blake, Michael Grant, Kristin Cashore, Maggie Stiefvater, and Cassandra Clare.

I am the biggest bookworm you will ever meet. I only read young adult, however, so I have no love for the classics. I am immensely in love with: Anna Dressed in Blood and its sequel Girl of Nightmares, The Infernal Devices trilogy, Legend trilogy, Warriors series (all of them), Mara Dyer trilogy, Penryn & The End of the Days trilogy, The Raven Cycle series, and The Lunar Chronicles series.

I watch anime. My favorites: Ao no Exorcist, Log Horizon, Attack on Titan, Durarara!!, and K. The only manga I read are: Ao no Exorcist, Attack on Titan, and Black Butler.

I play video games. My favorites: Mario & Luigi, Pokémon, Professor Layton, Ace Attorney, Trauma Center/Team, Harvest Moon, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and Zero Escape.

During my free time, I sing, do all of the above, and complain about life. I am a member of Scouts Canada so I do not mind getting wet or dirty. I swim, I skate, I am athletic but I have a minor case of asthma.



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Book Reviews

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The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The world building in this book was quite unique. There's a place called the Archive where the dead are stored like a library. Each of them are called a History. Sometimes, Histories can escape and so people known as Keepers have to bring them back to the Archive. Keepers also have the ability to read items to see the history in them to aid them in their search for the Histories. There are a lot more capitalized terms in the story but that's the basic gist of it.

Our heroine Mackenzie was chosen as her grandfather's replacement as a Keeper after he died. She and her family moved to a haunted hotel converted into an apartment to start a new life after her younger brother died the year before. She describes the struggles of keeping her two lives separate and dealing with grieving for her brother. The plot gets more complicated when she learns there's a part in the apartment's history that's missing completely. She investigates it and that's pretty much it.

There are other characters, yes. The charming Wesley who looks like a thug. The mysterious Owen who is sweet yet strange. Mackenzie's parents and their aim to move on with life. Other people who work for the Archive that have clearly defined roles. There aren't any flat characters here. I think I like Mackenzie and her grandfather Da the best, even though he's dead in the story.

What I found unique (annoying at first but touching later on) was the few passages describing a memory of Mackenzie's about Da. Either it was him explaining the Archive to her or being philosophical. The story is told in her perspective in the present tense.

Would I recommend this? Yes. It's a bit of a slow start. Not exactly predictable but the mystery is a good one. If you like ghosts, mysteries, light romance (thank gourd that it's only light), and action, check out this book.



Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Another one of those books haunting my recommended list. I wasn't disappointed, just...I'm sorry. I probably said this enough times but I hate romance. When done right, it's beautiful. When done wrong, I end up skimming over the paragraphs of descriptions to avoid reading imagery I don't want to envision. I knew there was going to be a romance between our male and female protagonists here but I can't be that picky, right?

The basic gist of the plot: Aria is thrown out into the perilous outside world because of a crime she didn't commit. At the same time, Perry decides to leave his tribe because his nephew was captured and he really wants to k!ll his brother. The two of them meet and make a deal to work with each other.

What I enjoyed the most was the world building. The outside world is dangerous and so people built pods to enclose themselves to protect themselves from the elements. Because of their isolation, they relied on technology to do everything. Everything they imagine is fake. They had never seen the real sun or experienced a real fire.

Then you have Perry's world in the outside. People live in tribes and are nomadic in a way. Some of them also have a heightened Sense- night vision, heightened hearing, or an incredible sense of smell. Perry's lucky to have two.

Now, the romance. I really hated how Perry softened up over time. The more he realized he loved Aria, the less of an amazing person he became. Aria had her strong points too and actually became useful in the end but for majority of the time, she was the typical damsel in distress.

All the reviews say the next book is even better than this one so I'll keep an eye out for it. I'll recommend this to you if you like dystopia, romance (I don't think there's going to be another guy or girl involved), character development, and action. There's some.



The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

You know what I first thought this book was about? A group of boys who can turn into ravens. Yeah, no. Then I found it, picked it up, and immediately thought forbidden love, love triangle, and not interested.

Oh my gourd, I was so wrong. This book...I can't. The writing was beautiful. Like, I feel so bad right now because my own writing is crap compared to this. The plot is so simple yet the characters live their own lives. I can't. Give me a minute.

Okay. So, you have Blue, the only daughter in a family of psychics. During a yearly ghost watch, she sees her first ghost. This means she k!lled him and she was destined to k!ll her true love anyway so all she has to do is avoid meeting him. Easy, right?

Then you have Gansey. Gansey is the uber rich boy who throws his money around. He's "friends" with another rich boy Ronan and modest common boy Adam and quiet and mysterious Noah. They all attend the same private school and are dubbed the raven boys because ravens are their school's mascot. Gansey is investigating the town's ley line, which is something I still don't quite understand, but it's supernatural and ghostly, the two things I love. His investigation leads to Blue and she starts getting involved with the boys.

The plot only acted like a prompter for the characters to really show their true colors. Gansey is like the ringmaster, the leader, the wealthiest of them all. He has Ronan under his control and Adam is desperate not to fall under his authority whereas Noah is just neutral. Blue is headstrong and capable of holding her own, even though she doesn't understand just how her psychic power can stretch. Every character has a life of their own and a life we can all relate to. How they all connect, how they all relate, how the end is unraveled...gourd, it is so beautiful.

My favorite character is probably Ronan. Actually. He's a pain in the kass, yes, and he is the silver lining in the clouds, but he's there for his friends (or just Gansey, anyway). He has his problems but so do them all. Actually, I like all of them equally. But Ronan takes the cake.

I will definitely recommend this book. The plot is unique and strange. The characters are all so vibrant and alive. The writing, as I've said so many times, is beautiful. So beautiful. If you're into ghostly, paranormal stuff with some romance (not so much forbidden but there is that aspect to it) then you'll enjoy this.



Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

In a fantasy setting, there are people who have special powers known as the Grisha. Your heroine Alina saves her friend Mal's life by unleashing her Grisha power. Then she and Mal are separated and she starts crushing on the Darkling, a hundred year old Grisha who's the most powerful out of them all. Throw in a betrayal, an escape, a recapture, a rekindling of old love, a not-so-epic escape, and the conclusion that makes you want the next book.

Yeah, been there, done that by so many books. We know, being original is a difficult thing to do. So what makes this novel different from the rest? Well, Alina's uncovering of her Grisha power, for one. Yes, she didn't know she had it and it did not suddenly show up when her love was in danger. It's more than that. Next, the fact that there are modernized weapons in this setting and ancient magical powers aren't actually as important as you think. Then, there's the antagonist of the novel: the Shadow Fold. It's a stretch of land that separates the country into two. The Fold is deadly and dark. There are monsters that will eat you.

There is no human antagonist (until 3/4 of the novel in) and so Shadow and Bone is like most first novels nothing happens until 3/4 of the way there. Actually.

This is the part where I state my favorite character but honestly? None of them really stuck to me. Alina did, in some parts, but for most, she was okay. Bearable. Mal was...in between. The Darkling is...I can't swear here but he was a kass. So...yeah.

Did I like this novel? Yes. Will I keep reading? Probably. I want to see how the Fold gets defeated but I'm not dying to figure it out. I'll recommend this to you if you like fantasy, fantasy with people with special powers, romance, and a rebellious protagonist.



Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This book had been haunting my recommended list for a long, long time, but I didn't pick it up until recently because of one thing: the protagonist was cyborg. I had no idea what that meant until after I read The Murder Complex. Then I figured it out. So I picked it up.

Cinder is pretty much a Cinderella story based in a futuristic society with advanced technology and a potential alien invasion from the Lunars who can control people. Cinder herself is a cyborg mechanic who is hated by her step-family (other than her younger step-sister) and she desires to go to the ball thrown by the Emperor. Or at least escape. One or the other.

I found the writing quite slow up the point her step-sister Peony gets infected with the plague and Cinder's step-mother drafts her into being a test subject. Then things get interesting and I can't say anything or I'd spoil it.

Things didn't really start to pick up until 2/3 of the way. At that point, I couldn't stop reading. Then, when I finished, all I wanted was the second book.

I like Cinder. I really do. I like the cyborg part of her as well since it's an interesting twist on a protagonist, one I'm not very familiar with. Kai is also pretty charming (haha, you got that reference?) and I kind of feel bad for him for everything that happened. He's still young and yet he's got so much on his shoulders.

I didn't catch the Cinderella references since I'm not a fan of fairytales but the writing was excellent. I'll recommend it to you if you like fairytales (all the other books in the series are based off of fairytales), romance, science fiction, and plot twists. There are a good share of them.



White Cat by Holly Black

I was completely mind-blown when I found out Holly Black wrote the Spiderwick Chronicles. Anyway...

So, this book. It took me a while to finish it because of school and stuff but without school, it would've took me a while anyway because it was somewhat slow-paced. I really like books that hook you in immediately but I understand the need for a slow beginning because you get hooked in when the real conflict starts.

Not so much here.

Our protagonist here is Cassel. He has a sleepwalking problem and the first chapter starts off with him on the roof of his dorm. Great way to introduce him.

He gets kicked out because of his sleepwalking problem and we get introduced to his shady brothers and awesome granddad (I think that). The real plot revolves around a white cat in his dreams that cause him to sleepwalk. It turns out the cat is connected to so many other things and you get a story based on that.

What made this story unique is the "magic" used. Cassel (and most of the cast) are from worker families, meaning they have "magic" in their hands- they can give you luck, take away/give/replace memories, alter your emotions, transform you, or k!ll you. It's not really a super power or a psychic gift, just a touch of "magic".

I don't think this novel is bad but it was hard for me to get through. I like the "magic" aspect of the novel and that's the foremost reason why I'll keep with this trilogy. If you like supernatural, mystery, crime, and really like that there's not a lot of romance in this, I'll recommend it to you.



The Razorland Trilogy (Enclave, Outpost, Horde) by Ann Aguirre

Enclave had been haunting my recommendations for months so I picked it up at the library when I saw it. Did I enjoy it? Immensely. It is, unfortunately, a novel for fans of The Hunger Games because it's a dystopia, has plenty of bloodshed and violence, and oh, look, there's a love triangle!

I liked Deuce as a narrator and character. She's confident in her abilities, weak at the heart, and strong as a person. Fade's backstory was unique but there was one side of him that never surfaced and I wished the writer played with it a little more. His personality seemed like the typical attitude the lonely outsider would adopt but he does start opening it later on in the novel. There are more characters but I'll stick with these two.

The world this novel is set in is intriguing. It's definitely post-something, and the explanation behind it sounds very real and plausible to the real world. The characters' way of living was simple and old-fashioned, something that I love.

Plot-wise, I was hooked from beginning to end throughout the trilogy. There was plenty of action and downtime for you to keep your lunch down. (I didn't mind since I love reading scenes with action.) The ending was definitely...interesting. Not exactly a grand finale but it was a happy ending.

Finally, the romance. I hate romance but when done right, I would melt at the sappy parts. I could feel genuine emotion from the words exchanged between our two lovers and it made me smile a bit. Just a bit.

I would recommend this to those who love dystopia, a heroine who can fight, war and death, or if you didn't read The Hunger Games yet. Read this first. You won't regret it.



Possession by Elana Johnson

Oh, boy. I learned this book was similar to Matched by Ally Condie after I picked it up so I was skeptical right from the start. I had to speed through the second half of the novel to finish it and the conclusion was just...wow. Just...what.

What I didn't like was the relationship between Violet (I like calling her by her real name) and Jag. It felt so forced and unnatural. They were placed in the same prison cell. He was the typical mysterious bad boy who didn't come from where she did. He captivated her. He said it himself at one point: she only liked him because he gave her the promise of adventure. How that managed to turn into love is beyond me.

Next thing I didn't like was the inane amount of Capitalization. Greenie. Goodie. Baddie. Badlands. Director. There were just too many terms for me to comprehend.

I found this dystopia rather interesting but executed rather poorly. In this world, the Thinkers essentially control everyone and make them think what they should think, should do, etc. and the Badlands is where you're "free" at an extent. There's no one talking to you via the mind but you're still under the Thinkers' control.

The technology mentioned definitely reflects off of our current world where there's something for almost everything. In this dystopia, the tech is much more advanced but it isn't explained or described well.

Finally, I didn't like Violet's voice. While I do like snark in a first-person narrative, her snark didn't do it for me. I didn't like any of the characters. What I did like (but didn't shock me until I was rolling on the floor shell-shocked) were the few twists. The conclusion was weak and really out there.

I'd recommend this if you liked Matched (I didn't like that book either), dystopias, love triangles, or romance in general.



The Murder Complex by Lindsay C.

* I am unable to type the full last name because of the filters but you should be able to find it easily.

I first heard of this book in January of 2014. I didn't get it from the library until December 2014. My reading timeline for this book went like this:

Beginning: Dystopia. Death. Murder. Got it. But why is Meadow's name Meadow? Do they even know what a meadow is?

Rising Action: Zephyr is pretty interesting. I think I'd like him.

Climax: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S HAPPENING. JUST WHAT.

Falling Action: Darn, man.

Conclusion: Do I really have to wait until April for the next book. Really.

Without spoiling too much, The Murder Complex is a dystopia where the death rate is higher than the mortality rate. Meadow, our female protagonist, is trained to survive. Zephyr, our male protagonist, is an orphan who makes a living by cleaning up dead bodies. The main conflict is Meadow wants to figure out why her mother was murdered. How did Zephyr get into the picture? Meadow saved his life and he has the yearning to find her. Typical love-at-first-sight sort of reason in novels these days. Things get interesting, however, when you reach the climax because- like most dystopias- you learn the reason why Meadow's society is it is now, and you learn more about Zephyr's past.

What I didn't like about this novel: I didn't like the alternating POVs between Meadow and Zephyr. Their tones were slightly distinguishable but it reminded me of a lot of other novels that do this.

I didn't have too much problem with this novel since it encapsulates everything that I love reading. I will definitely recommend it.



Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

I'm on the fence with this book. I liked the writing and a few of the characters, but what doesn't sit well with me is the romance. This novel could've took the turn where this wouldn't be a forbidden love. It is. I've read too many and most of them are like "forget everything, we're getting together" while a few try to stay away but end up falling in love hopelessly again and some reveal outcomes behind the romance that says they can go ahead and be together.

The only reason I'd keep reading Angelfire are questions relating to the plot: Will Ellie or Will die? Will the Second War actually happen? I'm curious about the angelic part of the plot as well. Not at all about the romance.

Here I was, hoping this would be a book where the female protagonist will not fall for the boy whose name is in the synopsis. I was completely wrong.

I'd recommend this if you're into angels, fallen angels, romance (forbidden romance is a plus!) and teenagers overall. I'm not crazy to finish this trilogy, but if I see it at the library, I'll pick it up.



Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

I...have mixed feelings about it. The heroine Gwen is weak, pathetic, and quirky (quite quirky). She makes a lot of judgments and stereotypes, but I suppose it's because she's the only bumpkin in a prestigious academy filled with warriors and descendants from myths. I didn't like how she kept calling herself "Gypsy" and not ever say why. Her "romance" with Logan Quinn seemed quite forced, and from a psychological standpoint, they're only attracted to each other because of their looks. Logan himself is one-dimensional. The only character who got any development was Daphne. I like her more than I like Gwen.

Plot-wise, it was good. I like the mystery behind the murder (except the results didn't bear any fruit) and we finally learn what Gwen is supposed to do. I like the mythological aspect the best. Everything else was rather bland.

Not to mention, Gwen could get somewhere with Logan in terms of romance if she wore gloves.

So, would I recommend it? Not really. Maybe to someone younger than me. The writing suited a middle school grader, but not a twelfth grader. I'm curious as to how Logan might accidentally k!ll her so I'll keep reading for now.



Malisha's Sites

I first discovered the site community a few months after my guild was founded in 2012. It was an adoption agency revamped into a writing site. I lost interest rather quickly and took a break. In spring 2013, I wished to request graphics for my guild but could not find any. I decided to open a site dedicated to listing open statuses.

Unwound Clock is first of the four. Opened in March 2013, UC aims to show accurate statuses of majority of the request sites in the site community. Its name originates from Prof. Layton and the Unwound Future.

Diabolical Box is second out of the four. Opened in July 2013, DB aims to provide entertainment and resources for writing as well as story requests. I gained inspiration from my love of writing and writing opening site stories for UC. Its name originates from Prof. Layton and the Diabolical Box.

Ambidexterity is third out of the four. Opened in January 2014, AB aims to provide untaken site names for those who wish to open a new site as well as links to resources to make the journey easier. This was going to be extra content for DB but then it became a new site entirely. Its name originates from Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward.

Route 10 is last out of the four. Opened in July 2014, R10 aims to provide quick services to help fine-tune or improve your site. I had fantasized about reviewing sites but because of my biases, I would not make a good reviewer. I chose to offer site services instead. Its name originates from Pokémon.

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