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Hello everyone! So I was thinking recently about how the comments work on blogger and how some people use a platform for their blog called Disqus, which got me thinking: What is the best system for interacting with bloggers on their blog?

My main problem that I have with the comment system that comes with Blogger is that I don't know when someone responds to my comments, which also means when I reply to someone, they don't see what I said either. Of course, I could check back on the posts I commented on, but that takes a lot of dedication. If there's a setting someone has found to remedy this, please let me know.

That brings me to Disqus. It works way better because they email you a notification when someone responds, which means the conversation can be kept going. The only downside is that you have to create an account to use it, which isn't that bad, but for some people it's easier to use the system already on the blog. I have looked into downloading this for min…

Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy Review

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Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy!, by Laurisa White Reyes, is a children's book, geared for ages 6-10.

"Mickey Malloy is just your average kid who loves comic books and superheroes. When a mysterious package arrives with his name on it, he finds a strange contraption inside. Urged on by his friend, Juanita, Mickey pushes the thing’s button and gets ZZZZZZAPPED! Suddenly, he ism’t a normal kid anymore, he’s Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy! The human magnet! But what seems like an awesome superpower gets Mickey into more trouble than he could possibly imagine."-Goodreads

The premise of the book interested me because it's about a normal kid who gets what he thinks might be a superpower, only to see his day go downhill. Mickey just wants to be able to walk around again without being a human magnet and I wanted to see how he would handle this new ability, which led to me reading it in one sitting.

I haven't read a kid's chapter book since I was that age, so I forgot the how wor…

I Messed Up Book Tag

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I've had this tagged saved to do for forever, and finally got around to actually doing it.

1. A CHARACTER’S APPEARANCE THAT YOU MISREAD OR IMAGINED DIFFERENTLY:
Blitzen from the Magnus Chase series

2. A CHARACTER NAME THAT YOU’VE BEEN PRONOUNCING WRONG:

I pronounce lots of character names from fantasy books wrong (because they're made up so it's not like people say them everyday), but the one that sticks out to me is Chaol from Throne of Glass. I said it like coal the whole time, and when I read the actual pronunciation I stuck to it for a while. Then it turned into "saying coal is quicker than kay-all, so I'm not going to bother getting it right all the time."

3. AN OVERUSED TROPE THAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE:
The mysterious bad-boy love interest/character. I know they're overused, but I find them interesting to read because  they're not all like that for the same reason.

4. A CLICHÉ CHARACTER TYPE THAT YOU LIKE BETTER ON SCREEN THAN READING ABOUT:
T…

Carve the Mark Review

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Carve the Mark is the first book in the series by Veronica Roth, and is sci-fi/fantasy.

"In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s current gift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?Carve the Mark is Vero…

The Forsaken Prince Review

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The Forsaken Prince is by Andrea Pearson and the first book in the fantasy series, The Kilenya Chronicles.
"Jacob refuses the role of Forsaken Prince. Until his father and little sister are kidnapped...

When an attractive girl tells Jacob he's the Forsaken Prince and that an entirely different planet needs his help, he calls her crazy and sends her on her way. But then he discovers dead demons in his house, his mother beaten, and his father and sister kidnapped, and he's forced to begin a dangerous journey. 

Now Jacob must team up with Aloren to find a magical key and stage a rescue with a tight deadline, all while making decisions that affect not only himself but hundreds of thousands of his subjects in this new world. Can he figure out his new magical powers fast enough and will he and Aloren reach Jacob's father and sister before time runs out? Forsaken Prince, Kilenya Chronicles Book Oneis an edge-of-your-seat story of fantasy, adventure, and exciting twists and turn…

Wordy Wednesday (#9)

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Wordy Wednesday is a meme that focuses on expanding vocabulary for aspiring writers or even finding out new words. All that is required is coming up with a word and its definition.

Tinny - lacking in timbre or resonance; sounding thin or twangy 
not strong or durable; flimsy; shoddy. (Dictionary.com)

I'd come across tinny several times in books, and at first I thought it was a typo and supposed to say tiny. Then I realized, no, this is an actual word, most likely having to do with sound (it had been used in references to voice). And so I finally decided to look it up.

An example on the website said "a tinny piano." A personal one is "tinny logic," because sometimes we don't think things through.

Have you ever thought one word was supposed to be another?