Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The End and God's Beginning

2014 is nearly four hours away from being over. Honestly, it doesn't seem real to me, like this is all a dream. It all seemed to just go by too fast. Too fast to be real.

But here we are.

When you think of 2014, what comes to your mind? Though there has been tragedy this year, I can't seem to think of any of it at the moment. All that comes to my mind is seeing the ocean for the first time. Or pulling of a A- in the hardest class I have ever taken. Watching my little brother and my dad win our town's little league championship when I thought I was going to be gone. Finally, having a great group of friends that I can be myself around.

Yet this year has not been all rainbows and sunshine. I'm sure I've cried countless times this year. People, distant relatives and friends, have passed away. Friends have left. Relationships have crashed and burned. But through all of that, I can constantly see how God has blessed me. Not just with the little things, but the big things as well.

I think of a million things I need to do better this year. For one thing, I need to stop idolizing over temporary things and trust in Someone enteral and never-failing. I can write more instead of wasting hours on social media and music. Over the years, I have struggled with a forgiving problem that I have held onto for the longest time. By God's grace, maybe I'll let go of the anger this year. All of it.

When I think about it, all of those things revolve around one thing.

Sarah, stop wasting your time.

It's so easy to waste time nowadays. I waste time. A lot of it. There are days when I say I'm going to stop, but don't. I spend time listening to music and on Pinterest when I could have been studying God's word or writing. I play around and do useless things when I could be reading. Reading, people. I waste a lot of time. Putting God first would be a lot easier if I didn't waste so much time.

But think about this. This could be my last year. This could be yours too. That scares me because there are people in my life, people so dear to me, that do not have Jesus. If they died tomorrow, I might not see them in Heaven when I go up.

That terrifies me. Sometimes I just don't know what to do about it.

I pray to God that I might grow in my relationship with Him so I may find a way to witness to people. God has blessed me by getting me into the habit of reading His word every morning. Lately, I've figured out that the morning does not go too well without it.

God has shown so much grace to me this year, especially since I have not focused on Him like I should. As I was going over all my sins, I was blown away by the fact that He paid the price for that on the cross.

I hope this has been a good year for you. If it has not, if you do not see the hope, I urge to remember a good thing that has happened. Focus on that. Because this year, I have learned that it is not fun to be depressed. So why shouldn't we avoid it at all costs?

In closing, I would like to post a chapter of the Bible that was featured in The Road to Becoming by Jenny Simmons, an amazing book by the way. These words are breathtaking and perfect for the ending of any season in life.
But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.....
"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.
"Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel!
You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense.
You have not bought me sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities.
"I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.   Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right. (Isaiah 43:1,18-26)

I'm not going to post a song because nothing can compare to those words.

Thanks for reading! How has God blessed you this year?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hello again:) (Giveaway Winners:)

Hello, peoples! I hope you all the best Christmas ever. I apologize for my absence. I decided to take an unannounced blogging break. I felt like I needed one since other than vacation, I've never had one. Where did you go for Christmas? What did you get? One of my gifts was Moriah Peter's CD, Brave. Oh, that album is amazing. She's a dedicated Christian. You can totally hear it in her music. Here's my favorite song by her, the title track.

Alright, I guess I shouldn't keep you in suspense any longer. Here are the giveaway winners!

Maddie Jay and Mikayla!

Congrats! I'll email you in the next couple of days. If you didn't win, I hope to host a giveaway similar to this in the near future. So hold on for that.

Merry Christmas, people!

I'll fight like a soldier
Rise like a warrior
Won't stop till the final day
I want to be stronger
Gonna be bolder
Look up and I see the way
You make me brave

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Real Reason

Here's something I came up with a few nights ago. Hope you enjoy it!

Tonight, I watched Charlie Brown Christmas for the millionth time. My favorite scene in it, maybe in any cartoon, is when a frustrated Charlie Brown yells, “Can anybody tell me what Christmas is all about?” Linus, blanket in hand, walks to the center of the stage and reads part of the Christmas story, where the angels share the message to the terrified shepherds.

While most people willing anticipate and get into the season, there are people who are more like Charlie Brown. With all the Christmas cheer around them, they should be happy, but the troubles of life seems to be constant. Unpopular Charlie Brown was rejected by his friends. When so many people constantly remind you that you’re a failure or a “blockhead”, how is a bunch of reindeer, snow, and lights going to make you feel any better?

In the past few years, reality has hit me hard. This year, I was especially reminded of the sad truth. I can hope for things to become better, for problems to be fixed, but that will never solve the problem. Some things don’t happen the way it wish you would. Many people, I’m sure, have had a harder year than I have. Relationships end. People die. Things break. Many tragedies have happened this year. How can we be so happy during Christmas time?

Here’s the truth. The “commercial” Christmas cannot satisfy you. It is not good enough reason to be happy, despite the problems in the world. Santa Claus might make you smile, but inside, you might be hurting. The Christmas the world has made is not effective. None of the things they have made up are real. We can play pretend all we want, but how can unreal things give us a true reason to be happy?

But here is the hope. We have a reason to get into the season. We celebrate it because of a true event, which changed the world. Jesus Christ started it all. He is the reason such joy is spread across the world each year. Unlike Santa Claus and the reindeer, Jesus was a real person. He came to the earth as a baby. After spending so many years in glorious, perfect, sinless Heaven, He came down to this troublesome, sinful place, all for the purpose that we could have a relationship with God. Now that’s something to be happy about!

So where does that leave you? You might not feel up to the Christmas season. You might feel down because of all the sad stories on the news. You might have problems and issues of your own that you can’t imagine being fixed. I’m not going to tell you that Christmas is going to magically make everything all better. By itself, Christmas can’t do that. But here’s the thing. You can celebrate Christmas, and be happy, knowing that Jesus came down to save you. The world is messed up. Still , he came down, fully aware of the pain and rejection He would get.

No matter what has happened to you before Christmas, no matter how many good reasons you have not to be joyful, I challenge you to remember Jesus this season. He has a reason for everything. He is the reason we celebrate Christmas freely this year, despite the problems that are all around us. Knowing the real reason we celebrate Christmas, we can join the triumph of the skies.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reasons Why I Love To Write

Hello friends! Are you all in the Christmas spirit yet? I know I am. We've been watching at least two Christmas movies per week nowadays. Oh, and the music! Beautiful tunes that never get old around the season.

Today, I'm posting my entry into Tessa Emily Hall's contest. She asked us to post a blog post, video, or picture about the reasons why we love to write. It's still not too late enter it, even though my entry is late. Tessa is one of my favorite authors. Purple Moon is a masterpiece.

1. Writing gives depth to everything.
To me, everything shines brighter because of writing. I honestly don't think I would have the greatest connection to music, like I do now, without writing. Every time I listen to a song, I picture a scene in my story. This not only makes the scene come alive, but the song connect to me. It's like that with so many other things. I read about a situation in the news and imagine what a story about it. I see people, places, other kinds of art and use that in my writing. Inspiration is literally everywhere you look. What's amazing is that a whole world, characters, and a plot can come from one simple idea. Writing makes me appreciate everything more than I ever would have without it.

2. Writing makes life more exciting.
Before I became a dedicated writer, I used to read about action books and wish I could have an exciting life like that. I wanted to go on quests, have powers, and solve mysteries. But about two years into my writing life, I realized I didn't need that. I don't need an adventurous life when I can create something just as exciting and breathtaking in my own mind. Thinking of a new story idea is like going on a new adventure. There's things you have to figure out and create. You never know what can come out of it.

3. No matter if it's published or not, my stories are always close to my heart.
There are some things that I have written that I have doubt will ever be published, but I still love anyway. I get attached to the characters like they are real people. No, it isn't my best work, but it was so much fun to write them that I can never let them go. I see myself in the characters. I see how much I've improved. Sometimes reading my old work can be embarrassing, but there are some stories that I will never detele.

4. Writing can be inspirational to anyone.
Any kind of writing can be inspirational, depending on how you make it. Sure, fictional didn't really happen, but it still impacts people. Once, I listened to a lecture where he  was speaking about the importance of literature. He explained that great literature helps us with our choices. When were are faced with a dangerous choice,  but it might help others, we can bring ourselves to make the right decision  because of the stories. Because of the brave men and women living in our heads who might be creatures of our imagination, but in truth, there are much more. Writing comes alive in a way nothing else can.  The best writing stays with you forever.

5. Words are powerful
 Consider this: Words is one of the most powerful things on earth. Think about it. You can accomplish almost anything with words---build someone up, tear another down, make someone realize something.  Words have saved some and destroyed others. They do not have to be true to be deadly or impacting. We can make the decision to change the world in either good or bad ways, just by using words. That blows my mind.  It really is a responsibility. We can glorify God and tell people of the truth. Words are a gift from God.

6. Writing is my voice.
Okay, I am not a girl of many talents. I am not the least bit athletic or coordinated. I'm clumsy. With many things, I'm a slower learner. But writing has become something that I adore, no matter what. Before I wrote, I was shy and insecure. To this day, I still am a bit. But when I started writing, I realized how important was to express your art and opinion. I evolved and now know that I don't have to be in the background. I talk to people, even strangers, better now. I have realized the importance of words and expressing yourself, no matter what people think. Writing is a wonderful gift from God and I am honored that He has given it to me.

Well, that's it. I hope you've enjoyed it. Remember it's still not too late to enter my critique giveaway. Thanks to all those who did!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

40 Followers and GIVEAWAY!

Hey, everyone! I hope you're having a great week. Only one and a half more weeks of school and it will be halfway over, which means Christmas time!

I have very exciting news to share. Yesterday, Forever Changed reached 40 Follower. A year ago, forty followers seemed like a dream I never would reach. I seriously cannot believe it. I would never have made it without the constant support of all of you. Thank you for making my Christmas!

Because of this, to thank all of you, I decided to host a giveway. Since I want  to thank you guys, I will select two winners at random to receive a 15 page critique giveaway. This can be an part of your novel, short story, anything fictional that you've worked on. I've read some of your writings and I know you are all talented people! I would love to read something of yours!

I'm not a professional.  However, I have learned about it since I've been writing a novel with my friend. We take turns writing and editing chapters. Also, I do read a ton of writing advice and tips on various websites. That has helped extremely and both writing and editing areas. And I read. A lot.

I want to do whatever I can to help you. So if you just want feedback on certain things, I will only give you that and leave out other things I might notice. For example, if you just want to know if the scene moves too slow or too fast and nothing else, tell me and that's all I'll say. If you want more, I'll do that too. I want to help you improve your story in the way you want it to be improved

Take what you want to take. Do not feel inclined to do anything I might suggest. I know I would want someone to tell me this if I were to give them my work to be critiqued. If you want to take some of my advice and leave some out, that is completely fine with me.

I don't mind spelling and grammar errors. I have plenty of those in my own stories and blog posts. But be sure it makes sense. I don't want to misunderstand what you're trying to do and speak out of turn.

And lastly, if not most importantly, don't be afraid. While I want to help you, I hate to hurt feelings. It comes naturally for me to be on my guard about that. I promise to be honest, but say it in the nicest way possible. Please don't take anything negative I say personally. I don't mean it that way at all.

This giveaway ends on Saturday, December 21st! (Central time) Spread the word and thank you sooo much.

Take this survey to receive four entries. It's quick and easy. I would to like to know how I can make my blog better.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Why He Seems Far Away

Hey everyone! I'm happy to have my blogging friend, Lauren, guest posting today. She is an awesome writer and has a thoughtful Christ-centered blog that you must check out. 

I am so thrilled to be guest posting on Sarah’s blog today, and I blog over at Loving Our Creator! I am so honored to be able to post here today, and I hope this post encourages you in your faith! 
Do you ever feel like you don’t want to read your Bible…or that something doesn't seem right when you try to talk to God? Do you ever just want to not work on your relationship with Jesus anymore, but you still want to keep living as a Christian?
Yeah, I’ve been feeling like that too, for about the past week or so. 
 I don’t know what makes us decide that we don’t want to spend time with God, but usually this is the reason that we feel stuck in our relationship with God.
To be quite honest with you, the week I didn’t want to read my Bible. I think it was because I just wanted to fit in with the crowd: I wanted everyone to like me. I was influenced by a particular person that God has put in my life who has taught me so many lessons. Over the summer, I learned some lessons about relationships with guys from him and yet again I wanted to be the person that he would want to be friends with. God has been using him in huge ways to open my eyes to the selfishness that is buried deep in my thoughts and actions that I need God to take away.
I was sitting listening to the youth group lesson last night, and then my eyes were opened to my blindness. I had been feeling so uptight and stubborn and just wanted to do what I wanted to do. Somehow I had convinced myself that doing these things would make these cool people (who by the way are two years older than me), including my friend, accept me.
I didn’t literally hear a voice, but I could feel something saying, You don’t need to be accepted by anyone. You can be who you want to be, and live your life for Christ, because that is the best life to live.
You honestly don’t know how relieved I felt. I felt free to be able to do what I want, and yet it was my own sin that was holding me captive.
Is there something holding you back from God…something that you are refused to let go of? I realized I had to refuse my desires to want to be accepted by other people in order to have the same relationship with Christ as I had before. It was sin that was separating me from the love and comfort that I knew comes from Christ.
 So, if you feel like God isn’t there, or you want nothing to do with God right now in this season of your life, it’s probably a specific sin separating you from God because God hates sin, and won’t tolerate it.
When we don’t read God’s Word (and a lot of people who call themselves Christians don’t, and is one of the reasons why the Christian Church in America is lukewarm!) it is a huge problem. Time with God is a critical part of living a Christian life.
Matthew 4:4 says, “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” 
We can’t live without God, and when we don’t read from his word, we start to become distracted on our purpose here on earth (and in my case, it led to wanting to be accepted by others this past week). We can also become more prone to temptation, and in my case, I was tempted by my selfish desires.
Isn’t it amazing how God uses the times when we don’t want to read from His word to teach us how important it is to read from His word?

Thank you so much for reading, and thank you again, Sarah, for allowing me to guest post!  

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The House of Hades Review

Hello, book lovers! If you've followed my blog for a significant amount of time, you know that I have an obsession with Percy Jackson. Though I am not a huge fan of the continuing series, The Heroes of Olympus, I was super excited to get back into it by reading The House of Hades.

Like the last two books have been, this book surprised me. I didn't think I was going to like it as much as I did. The new characters finally grew on me. In fact, it might have been my favorite book in the series, if it didn't have a certain something, which I will mention later.

What I loved: In the past few books, it's taken me quite some time to get attached to the characters. Hazel and Leo won me over instantly, but guys like Piper, Jason and Frank seemed distant towards me. At the end, I ended up loving Frank and Piper. They turned out to be more stronger than I ever thought they would be. Mr. Riordan did an excellent job with their character development , giving the little time he had with each of them.

Oh, Percy and Annabeth. They went through so much together. Even in Tartarus, Percy still made me laugh. As much as I hated seeing them suffer, I was glad the author decided to put so much of their perspective in the story. I thought that Percy had learned enough, but he ended up making mistakes, just like the others did. I adored their optimism. Even though they were in Tartarus, whenever everything was trying to kill them, they still focused on the fact that they were together.

Among the few new characters, Bob was definitely my favorite. I never thought I'd get attached to a Titan. He reminded me a lot of Tyson. He had a heart and forgave Percy. Like all of Mr. Riordan books, he promoted sacrifice, love, and forgiveness. And Leo... He was amazing, as always. But I especially cared about Leo and              I heard that they get together, but I was expecting them to act like they did. They were adorable together. (Don't want to say the name. No spoilers:)

What I really didn't care for:
Let's save the main problem for last, shall we? Okay, so there were seven perspectives. That's cool, but... still. The author only have them 3-6 chapters each, (excluding Percy and Annabeth), but it was only every 150 pages. So I would get done with one character's perspective and be like, "Oh, he's so awesome!" But when I come back to him, usually after Mr. Riordan left me on a huge cliffhanger, I'd be like, "I like you. But I haven't heard from you in so long."

No more stalling. Nico, the son of Hades and an old character from the original series, admits to Jason that he's gay. Not only that, but he used to have a crush on Percy. Personally, I cannot support homosexuality. I believe that God made us a certain way and we shouldn't try to pretend that he didn't. But this doesn't mean I hate gays or anything close to that.

I really can't say it didn't make sense, because it did. Greek mythology does have homosexuality in it, as Rick shows us right before Nico admits to this. But all the moments after this was just... awkward. But I wish it didn't happen because it would've made Nico much more relatable. Even I can relate to his introvert-ness. If he wasn't gay, he could relate to everyone who feels lonely and rejected.  And why Percy? Percy and Nico are just cool being friends, but now, the whole thing is awkward. Not to mention the fact that back when Nico is a new character, he hates Percy. How could he go from wishing him dead to.... this? Doesn't make sense.

To make things worse, right before Nico confesses, we meet a homosexual character from actual, real Greek mythology. This was a nice warning, but the guy was like, "I'm gay. Deal with it." For fans who have conservative views, this only made things worse. I was not a fan of Nico's character change. Everyone else was becoming stronger and wiser. Basically, Nico went from being cold and antisocial to being colder and even more antisocial. And why was he so mad at Percy? Percy had no idea about anything.

Despite the fact that I knew about Nico, I was overjoyed to pick up this book just so I could go back to the world of Percy Jackson. This book was much better than I thought it would be. As always, it promoted great traits---bravery, love, sacrifice and friendship. You don't see that shown so boldly in many books.

I did disagree with Nico's thing, but I'm sure that in the end, Riordan will promote this message. We should accept everybody, especially our friends. Even though I don't agree with homosexuality, I think  part of the message is right. You don't have to agree with someone to love them. But, I'm also sure, that in the end, Riodarian will promote homosexuality. Still, you can't hate Nico because you feel so bad for him.

But what concerns me the most is that this book is not in the teen section. Of course, a lot of the fans are teens, but this book is being promoted with people my brother's age. I think it's sad. Kids that age shouldn't have to deal with things like this. I could totally see it in a teen book, not in a junior high book.
Overall, this book was great. If you don't mind the things I mentioned, you should read it. I'll have to think before I read The Blood of Olympus. but it's something to look forward to.

(Note: The Greek mythology version of hell is much different from the actual Biblical hell.)
Listening to: Speak Now, Taylor Swift
Reading: The Selection Stories: The Prince and The Guard
Watching: Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour Live

Thursday, December 4, 2014

When Things Don't Work Out

When I was younger, I never believed in bad endings.

Of course, I knew they happened to some people, but I didn't consider them. At the time, I lived in a story world, where bad things happen, but good always wins out in the end. I always had some kind of blind hope. No matter how bad the situation was, a voice in the back of my mind would say things like, "It will work out. Time will fix it. They'll forgive each other."

But as I got older, I started to see the truth, that things don't always work out. Friends left. People died. Forgiveness was gone. Still, I held on to the movies, to the stories. But this time, I thought, "Maybe it will work out. Maybe time will fix it. Maybe he will get better."

Over the past years, friends have said goodbye. Family members have died. People I care about have fallen apart. This year, I realized the truth. It is by God's grace that anything works out. As much as I pray that it will be fine and work out, it doesn't. And it's sad. Sometimes it almost kills me.

It's sad how things have changed. We used to think that bad was easy to spot. Bad people are the evil witches and steal from the good guys. They work with dark magic, cast spells, and have a black crow  sitting on their shoulders. Sooner or later, we figure out that the successful bad guys don't dress up in black. They look like us. They smile and make us laugh. They make sure that the only time we see their real selves is when it's too late.

Lies are deceiving like that. When we were little kids, everything was black and white. You choose your path. The evil path is lonely and haunting. The good path is nice and appealing. But now, there are more shades of gray than they are wide and narrow paths.

Through everything I've seen this year, good and bad, I still find myself believing in love and happy endings. It's definitely not like stories, but it does exist. It's hard to find and you have to stick to it, but it is real. And, by God's grace, I hope to find it someday. If it wasn't real, God wouldn't have given us books like "Songs of Solomon" and chapters like 1st Corinations 13.

Right now, I can't help but doubt love. But God has reminded me that there is love. He loves us even we sin. He forgave us even when we rebelled against him. If he did that, I can too.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Top 10 Favorite Male Characters

Hello, friends! How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great. We went up to my family's for Christmas, people we don't see on a regular basic. I don't plan to talk about it here, but Bernie wrote a wonderful post about it, if you would like to know.

In other news, I've just finished The House of Hades, finally. Wow, that book blew my mind in little pieces, kind of like what Luke did to Kronos. I plan to post a review of it somewhere down the road:) I certainly have a lot to say about it.

Like I promised, this is my top 10 Favorite Fictional Male Characters. Surprisingly, I found myself naming more favorite guys than I did girls. But guys in fiction are amazing. Maybe it's because a lot of them are written by females who made up their dream guys. Either way, this is my list.

10. Aragon (The Lord of the Rings)
What makes any kind of character memorable to me is their character development over the story. Aragon's definitely stuck out to me. When we meet him, we find out that he is hiding because of his ancestors' mistakes, unwilling to take his rightful place on the throne. But when he finds people worth fighting for, he emerges from the shadows, He sees that he does not have to let his the mistakes of his fathers define him. He is an excellent leader and a great friend.

9. Luke Sullivan (The Charmed Life Series)
Oh, Luke. From the beginning of The Charmed Life Series, Luke had my attention and never let it go. He was just arrogant enough to be interesting. In the end, he found that the thing he wanted most was the person who made him swallow his pride. Bella and him make a great time. I loved them together. He's the perfect mixture of geeky and awesomeness. I reread those books every now and then.

8. Leo (The Heroes of Olympus Series)
Out of all of the new characters in Percy Jackson's world, Leo is my favorite. While the other character's perspectives were too similar, I could hear Leo's voice anywhere and be able to recognize it. No matter how terrible the situation it is, no matter how much tension is in the air, I can't help but giggle to myself at one of his hilarious comments. It was amazing that, after all he'd been through, he could still be as funny as he is. I liked him in The House of Hades best of all. Leo and                    are so cute together.

7. Ky Markham (Matched Series)
Recently, I finished the Matched trilogy. It wasn't the most exciting set of books ever, but Ky definitely stuck out. I liked him even before Mrs. Reyes brought in his perspective. He's so poetic. The poems were beautiful. Through the whole thing, he was always creating, always writing. He did forgive people and let go of the hate he carried. His voice was so unique and beautiful.

6. Day (Legend)
Unlike all these other guys, I've only seen Day in one book. Half of the reason was because of Day. Day handled everything so coolly, pretending like he had everything under control. His past was intriguing. His voice was the best though. Even when he got caught and was about to be executed, he didn't think about the fact that he would die. He focused on saving his brothers. In fact, I don't even remember that thought crossing his mind. Under all of that slyness, he really did have a heart. Maybe someday I'll try Prodigy again when I'm older. But it might be because of him.

5. Maxon (The Selection)
Maxon redefined a prince. When you think prince, you might think of one of those distant Disney princes who you didn't know that well. When I first saw Maxon, I was like, "Oh, I like Aspen much better." He made me do something I usually don't do when I'm reading a book. He made me change my mind. Even at the beginning, during their first argument, I began to see that Maxon had potential. Yes, there were a few times that I couldn't believe what a jerk he was, but in the end, he not only made up for his mistakes, but forgave America for hers.

4. Finnick Odair (The Hunger Games)
Oh, Finnick! I remember my friends having a conversation about him when I had only read the first Hunger Game book. Who are they talking about? I remember thinking. By the time I had read Mocking Jay, I realized that Finnick is the best recurring male character in the history of the world. HE starts off as this cool character that everything thinks they know, but they don't. Finnick and Annie.... Please excuse me while I drowns in my own pool of tears. He was handsome and charming enough to have any pretty woman, but the fact that he loved an insane girl just blows my mind.

3. Four (Divergent Series)
Once again, the word is character development. I couldn't believe it when I started the Four collection. This is the bold man in the beginning of Divergent? He not only proved himself in Dauntless, but he was willing to go against them when they were doing wrong. After becoming a new person and hiding his scars, he met Tris and realized he didn't have to. It was Tris that gave him the bravery to confront his father if it meant protecting others. Watching him change like that was amazing.

2. Percy Jackson
Percy proved that weaknesses can be your strength. His character wasn't confusing. All he was a courageous kid who wanted to sa

ve the world. Many times he was tempted to change sides. Why fight for people who were complete jerks half the time? But he moved past that and saw that it was the right thing to do for the sake of everyone. His voice is sarcastic and but I adore a sarcastic voice. Percy made me laugh countless times. He was brave beyond belief. I will always love him.

1. Peeta Mellark
What else did you expect me to do? I guess it's no secret I adore the boy with the bread. Maybe it's because Peeta is a slightly altered character that I created, but maybe not. Peeta is unbelievable because of his love for Katniss. At first, when he confesses his love, she calls him a jerk. But he didn't stop loving her. In the final chapters, he saves Katniss one last time. Like Katniss said, he's a picture of hope. His family was dead. The girl he loved was broken beyond repair. He had done things that he never would have done in his right mind. Yet, when he got back to his old home, the first thing he did was dig up flowers to plant for her. If that isn't the picture of hope, I don't know what is. He defines unconditional love. If you don't have that, relationships will fail sooner or later.

I hope you like the list. How was your Thanksgiving? You might have noticed I finally figured out how to put music on my blog! I'm especially excited about that. Do you like it? Inside, I'm doing a happy dance because I just received Jill William's copy of Replication free in the mail. And it's signed!

Happy Holidays! Who is your favorite male character? Why do you like him? Comment below and tell me. Fiction is one of my favorite things to chat about.

Oh, and has anyone seen MockingJay Part 1 yet?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Hello peoples! I just wanted to quickly and post to say I'm going to be out of town this weekend for thanksgiving. Once I get back though, I plan to write my "Top 10 Favorite Male Characters". So stay tune for that. Yesterday, I found out that I (yes, me) finalized in the Go Teen Writers Lots of Luck Contest.

I'm especially excited about that because my past entries for their contest have not been very good at all. I doubt I'll win. My entry wasn't too creative, but I am happy to know that I finalized. Yay! Yay is one of my favorite words, by the way.

 I was planning to post a more hopeful poem, but I can't find that one. As a substitute, I decided to write a little poem that has been stuck in my head for days.

They, they went away.
They, they should have stayed.
But it's too late,
To take back the things they've done.

They, they cry their tears.
They, they can't forget their fears.
All alone now,
And the battle can't be won.

Everything they had has turned to dust.
They cry in their bedrooms saying, "Oh, what happened to us?"

Depressing, isn't it? Well, below, I posted this beautiful Ed Sheeran song. Do yourself a favor and listen to it. It's perfect for a wedding:)

And, darling, I will be loving you 'til we're 70
And, baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23
And I'm thinking 'bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Well, me—I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am

 'Cause honey your soul could never grow old, it's evergreen
And, baby, your smile's forever in my mind and memory
I'm thinking 'bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe it's all part of a plan
Well, I'll just keep on making the same mistakes
Hoping that you'll understand

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? What are you most thankful for? Has anyone seen MockingJay Part 1 yet? Comment and tell me about it!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Top 10 Favorite Fictional Heroines

"Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!"

AH, Mockingjay came out today, guys! Though I cannot see it yet, I am excited about it. I know I will appreciate it much more when I actually see it than if I see it tonight. The preview made me jump around. I literally got Goosebumps all over skin.

In honor of  Mockingjay premiere , I'm going to write a special post. These are my 10 Favorite Fictional Heroines. It's a hard choice, since they are so many to choose from. But I have my list.

10. Ella of Frell (Ella Enchanted) Ella was my first heroine I knew from growing up. Her book got me into reading. Now, Cinderella might have been my least favorite princesses at the time, but they didn't stop me from adoring Ella. She was persistent and loyal. She tried so many things to break her curse, but in the end, what broke was something simple. Ella will always be someone I will remember.

9. Ellie Sweet (The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet)
Out of all these, two are most like me. Ellie is one of the two. She is a writer. She is an introvert. She is shy. Those three words described me. But she took a chance and revealed her work in a contest. That is inspiriting to me because I'm always looking over my shoulder, wondering if anyone's reading my story, terrified if they do. Putting out your work, getting constructive criticism  is definitely not something you should be afraid of. And Ellie proved that.

8.  Bella Kirkwood (The Charmed Life Series)
The Charmed Life Series might be one of my favorite Christian series. Though she is not like me, she shines.  She's a little bit of a  modern Nancy Drew with a twist. After all the time's she's been let down, you'd expect her to be sheltered. But she is willing to do anything in order to solve a mystery and help someone. She starts snobby, but relatable. By the third book, she knows that vintage dresses doesn't make you a better person. Oh, and the whole thing's hilarious. Don't even get me started on Luke Sullivan.

7. Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series and The Heroes Of Olympus)
Okay, some people argue as to whether Annabeth should be put in the seven. Compared to the others, she doesn't have any special powers. But she shows me that wisdom is valuable when strength is not. "Wisdom has to bow to strength sometime," she said in The Lightning Thief. That proves to be true. Despite all the times she'd been let down, she forgave. She forgives Luke and stays with him until the end, even though he hurt her time and time again. (I don't know about you, but I like Luke) Percy just makes her shine. They're one of my favorite couples.

6.  America (The Selection) When all the other girls complied to the rules, America stood up for what was right in a speculator way, at the expense of her reputation and her well-being. She didn't roll over and adore Maxon. He had to earn her love. Even though she was not perfect and some of her plans went wrong, she stood out. I loved her for that, especially in The One.

5. Cassia Reyes (Matched)
Other than all of those girls, Cassia had no rebellious streak in her at first. She went by the rules, followed the crowd, and let people make decisions for her. But when she fell in love for real, she began to see the faults in her "perfect" Society. She saw the beauty of making up your mind for yourself and writing  your own words. Unlike America, she was not indecisive. I knew who she was going to be with the whole time. She was beautiful and unique in your own way.

4. Tris (Divergent)
Tris' character development compared to that of Four's. I can't decide whose is better. She was amazing and inspiring. Every time I do something brave, I think of Tris being the first jumper. She took such a risk, leaving everything she ever knew, but she proved everyone wrong. At first, I figured Divergent would turn out to be just a "good girl gone bad" story that would make her look awesome and her parents look stupid. But it was much more than that. She rose above Abnegation (her old life) and even Dauntless (her new life), showing that every person is much more than a label.

3. Elsa (Frozen)
I'm sorry, but I had to do this. Elsa might be one of the most loved female heroines of all time. Can you believe in the original draft, they made her a villain? It wasn't until they wrote  "Let it Go" did they see that Elsa had more potential than they ever could have imagined. Even when she took control of her powers, she still krpt the walls up, ready to hide herself in order to protect people. But it wasn't until she realized that she couldn't live by herself, she began more than the Queen of Arendelle and even  the girl who made belted out "Let It Go" the ice palace.

2. Anna (Frozen)
It's a hard choice to make between Anna and Elsa, but Anna wins. Sure, she doesn't have some cool power. She doesn't go through this epic character change. But through it all, one thing stays the same---her love for her sister. She is willing to go to the ends of the earth to find her, even when she rejects her time and time again. Even though she'd been hurt, she still believed in true love, just not in the way she believed in her before. Of course, Anna could be me. We're both clumsy, awkward, and insanely optimistic.

1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Yes, you probably saw this coming. You might be wondering why. I'll tell you. Out of all these girls, I think Katniss is the more broken of them all. That's what makes her beautiful. She went through so much, had many rough spots, but she survived. At the same time, she wasn't independent. Without Peeta, she would've given up. But she still sang. She went on. Her whole world had been taken away from her, but she was willing to give life one last chance. She had battle scars, but what she had in the end was worth all the pain. Sometimes, that's what life comes down to. Hope. Hope that things will be alright again, even if they will never be okay in the same way.

Who is your favorite heroine? What makes her likable to you? Comment!  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Four: A Divergent Collection Review

Hello, friends! Sorry about the short hiatus. I have been busy with NaNoWriMo and everything else. Once November is over, I should be able to post more often:)

Okay, so yesterday, I finished a book. Originally, I wasn't planning on writing a review, but it was so awesome I couldn't resist. This book is the called Four: A Divergent Collection.

Back Cover: Two years before Beatrice Prior makes her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation's faction leader does the same. Tobias's transfer to Dauntless is his chance to begin again. Newly renamed 'Four' he discovers that initiation is only the beginning...

Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. And his decisions will affect the future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future - and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to act but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her it might become possible to be Tobias again.

What I loved: Oh, wow. Four. He is amazing. Though I wasn't too crazy about Divergent, I still loved Tobias. If possible, this book made him even more great. This book is a collection of four stories and three exclusive scenes, including when Four met Tris.

Fear is a big topic in these stories. Though Tobias has few fears compared to some, the fears he does have controls his life at first. Even in the end, he doesn't completely get over the fear, but he does overcome it. "But becoming fearless isn't the point," he tells Tris. "It's learning to control your fear and how to be free from it, that's the point." Wow.

Tobias started out as this hurting kid who was invisible. When he joined Dauntless, he became who he was. Many of the Dauntless turned out to be stupid and mean. But as he learned to fight, he didn't forget that fighting is used mainly to protect people. He stood up for what was right, even confronted a person he hated just to keep people safe.

"You're the one that has to live with your choices," a character said at the beginning of the book. "Everyone else will get over it, move on, no matter what you decide. But you never will." That quote made for a strong beginning. I really liked it. I've never thought of it that way before. Of course, it doesn't apply to everything. Some choices you make will hurt and scar other people for life. But with things like college degrees, you're really the only one who has to deal with it forever.

Most of these stories take place before Divergent even began. But the scenes that are from Divergent in Tobias' perspective are genius. My favorite is where Tris and Tobias go inside his fear landscape together. His perspective is exciting and relatable. I even think it might be better than Tris's perspective. He also tells Tris something about selfless and bravery being the same thing. No, it isn't always the same thing, but when it is, it's more effective.

What I didn't care for: Four does kiss Tris once, but it doesn't get half as sexual as Divergent. One of the exclusive scenes is when Tobias is a little drunk. I didn't see the point in that. However, nothing bad happens. (expect for the fact that he's drunk) Since the scene is in the back, separate from the actual stories, it's not something you have to read. He does suggest that alcohol is not satisfying..  Characters do drink and are said to be drunk. Other than that scene though, Four doesn't drink much alcohol.

While planning a game of "Dare", Toabias mentions that some unnamed person didn't have any clothes on.

I loved the Four Collection. I'd been waiting forever to read it and it definitely did not disappoint. While I am not a huge Divergent fan, I enjoyed seeing the world of Divergent in his eyes. This story highlights the important message---you are much more than a label. It does spoil a lot of things from the original Divergent story. Unfortunately, Tris and Tobias do get much more sexual in Divergent does, the reason I didn't like it. (A link to my review above) But if you love Four, this book is a must-read.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Changing the World

People talk a lot about changing the world.

I was reminded of this when I just happened to catch Donald Sutherman's interview (the guy who plays President Snow in Mocking Jay) Something he said caught my attention. "Young people have to get out. You have to get out and change things. You really do. And it's up to you. We've wrecked this world and if you're going to fix it, you have to do it now."

From Disney songs to sci-fi YA fiction, changing the world is a popular subject. At this time in age, I think we all can agree that this world needs a change now more than ever. With layers of lies plastered all over entertainment, schools, and signs, it seems a little impossible, doesn't it?

I'm not here to be cliché. I'm not going to say things like, "Nothing is impossible" or "A million starts with one." I want to remind people about something we tend to forget through all the trouble the world posses.

Jesus has already changed the world.

Through all the sin that has almost consumed this earth, Jesus still lives on. What's amazing about Jesus dying on the cross is that His action cannot be undone, no matter how much sin has been committed since then. He still loves us and we can still tell the whole world about Him. His forgiveness is open to anyone, anyone. That's just amazing.

I'm not discouraging from trying to change the world. If you want to raise money for charity, do that. But just remember why you do that. Because if Jesus didn't change the world already, our efforts to do anything good in this world would be basically pointless. We couldn't tell the hopeless person that there is hope. We wouldn't have a reason to love and to run after people with His message. Without Jesus, we would fail miserably. Oh yes, we still do, but He helps us through that.

"I got to get back to writing my novel so this isn't as long as I would have liked. But I just want to remind you what Jesus has already done--given us a reason to carry on his message of hope and love." John 16:33


Monday, November 10, 2014

Tags and An Announcment

Hey guys! I've gotten tagged for a few awards and FINALLY gotten around to it. Sorry, for the wait. Thank you to the two lovely girls who tagged me!

The first tag is One Lovely Blog Award. I was tagged for this by Sammie from Stargirl. Thank you, Sammie. Be sure to check out her blog!

Rules of the Award:
1.- Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2.- List the rules and display the award.
3.- Add 7 facts about yourself.
4.- Nominate 15 other bloggers. 
5.- Follow on blogger the person who nominated you. 
1. I am one the last book of the Matched series, Reached. Just got it, actually. I love this series so much! It's so poetic and beautiful. Can't wait to read it.
2. Also, I am almost finished with By Darkness Won, the final book of the series by Jill Williamson. It's pretty good, probably my favorite book in the series.
3. My favorite song right now is "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran and "Style" by Taylor Swift.
4. I am over 15,000 words in my NaNoWriMo novel.
5. My least favorite classic is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I actually threw the book across my bed when I finished it.
6. Hey, hey, hey. Just think, when you've been getting down and out to all the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world, you're could have been getting down to. THIS. SICK. BEAT.
7. Wonder where that came from^
I know that isn't fifteen bloggers, but it's the only people I can think of right. Feel free to do it even if your name isn't on the list.
The next award is Blogger Recognition Award! I got tagged for this by Guniea Pig Lover from Lord's Girl. Her blog is great. Please check it out!
The Rules:
*Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and link to their blog. List who you've nominated in the post.
*Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right clicking, saving, and uploading the image.)
*Comment on each blog and let them know you've nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created. 
*Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing! (It happens LOL.)  

*For this award, you must nominate 15 peeps. You can't just go "I nominate this blog whoever wants it comment below" like that. You can decline the award also if you do not want to do the above rules.  

How Forever Changed came to be:
A few of my friends had gotten a blog recently. My dad had suggested getting a blog. But it ended up being a random thing. I was looking at my friend's blog and said, "Hmm, this is cool. I could actually do this. And above the blog was a "Create Blog" thing. I clicked on it and here I am today!

Advice for new bloggers:
Don't give up. If you have a need to write and if you love it, keep writing. You will get feedback. Months ago, I rarely got a comment and didn't have many followers. I'm still not very well known, but I've made some great friends through blogging. I have people I have never met who have encouraged me in my writing. I owe it to them.

Second is, if you want to post something out of your comfort zone, go for it. For awhile, I just posted music reviews and writing prompts. But, a few ideas for writing advice posts came to my mind. For awhile, I held back, thinking no one would like it. In the end, I did post it and people did like it. So don't hold back just because it's something you don't normally do.

Last but definitely not least, The Ultimate Book Tag. I was tagged this by Bernie. If you haven't visited her blog by now, please do. But then again, I don't really know anything about this mysterious girl named Bernie... lol.

Here are the questions:

Q1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Rarely. If I read for too long or the same book, I will... sometimes. I hate it. Car rides are the best time to catch up on reading!

Q2. Books with or without illustrations?
The last book I read with illustrations is Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and that was first time in forever. Most of the books I read don't have illustrations, but  I think it's cool to look to see what the character looks like. It's not cool when the character ends up being different from what you imagined him!

Q3. Bookmark or a random piece of paper?
I'm going to sound weird here. I don't use bookmarks. I remember where I am. Reasons are, is because I always lose it. Even when I do have it, I always forget to put it in the right place. I always remember where I am, unless it's a classic that's hard to follow. Even then, I don't use it. But I do own a few good ones.

Q4.What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
One of the thinnest, as I just checked, is Meet Kit, an American Girl book. I got it when I received Kit for my birthday a few years ago. I haven't read it in a long time though.

Q5. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
The Lord of the Rings series. I have it all in one HUGE volume. Believe it or not, I have read it, but I do plan to reread it in the future, now that I understand the setting and plot more.

Q6.When did you start getting into reading?
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine and the Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Lewis. Before those wonderful books, I disliked to read. Hard to believe now, huh?

Q7.What is your favorite classic book?
Oh, there's so many good ones to choose from! Probably Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Q9. What is your favorite word?
I can't pick just one word, but I can pick two: Beautifully flawed. Because God knows we're flawed and He took the time to put His beauty in us anyway.

Q10.One book at a time or several?
I usually don't read just one book at a time. Three or four, maybe?

I tag:
Sophia Marie
Maddie Jay
Riarna Toa

Thank you so much for all these tags. If all these things overwhelm you, you can definitely pick and choose which tags you want to do! You don't have to do all of them. And if you're too busy, don't feel pressured.

Also... I've been thinking about it a lot and I've decided to host a critique giveaway once I reach 40 followers! I'll talk more about that in the next post:)
 Thanks for reading!
Happy writing!

This is a bonus track from Red that's always been a wonderful song in my opinion. Hope you like it!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

My NaNoWri Playlist:)

When I think of an idea for a book, one of the first thing I do, once I plan a bit, is create playlist. I thought of my NaNoWriMo idea at the end of the summer. At the time, NaNoWriMo wasn't on my mind. I planned it out in my head and started it originally as my 100 for 100 Challenge story.

But I immediately hit a road block. I couldn't write the right character voice. I didn't feel like I was presenting her in the right way. And so I wrote my favorite scenes of the 100 for 100 challenge, but didn't feel right as I wrote the actual novel.

For a month, the story wouldn't leave. It came back. The plot advanced. I plotted certain scenes in my heard dozens of my time. Finally, I decided I had to get this on my paper. I started the story again. So far, it's going well. I'll definitely have to edit the beginning though. But I've only kept a few scenes from the original draft.

I thought I would share a few songs that inspired me to write this story, Sworn to Hate. If you're stuck, I encourage to make a playlist. It's really fun.

I'm not a fan of Lea Michele's acting, but I love her music. Every one of her songs means a lot and this one of my favorites. Her voice is amazing. This song is so heartfelt and emotional. It reminds me a lot of the relationship in this song.

 The city was on fire for us
We would've died for us
Up in flames
Cue the rain

It's been a long time since I've listened to this song, I'll admit, but I think it reminds me of my story the most. It's so sweet and nice. Of course, I'm not a fan of Maroon 5, but I like some of their songs, this included. Mostly because it reminds me of my story.
It was always you
Can't believe I could not see it all this time, all this time
It was always you
Now I know why my heart wasn't satisfied, satisfied
It was always you, you
No more guessing who
Looking back now I know it was always you, always you
I think this is one of my favorite love songs of all time. Ulimtaely, it's simple. Love really is simple. This song reprensts this beautifully. Ed Sheeran contributes a few vocals to this, which makes it even better.

You're my bright blue sky
You're the sun in my eyes
Oh baby, you're my life
You're the reason why
This song is so funny. It reminds of not only this story, but more that I've worked on. It's basically an apology from a stubborn person who doesn't want to admit she needs someone. Every time I listen to this song, I picture characters in my story. I don't add a song to a story playlist unless I can picture it. This is no exception.
I forgot to say out loud
How beautiful you really are to me.
I can't be without.
You're my perfect little punching bag,
And I need you.
I'm sorry.
Just one more...
, I don't wanna' spend my life jaded
Waiting to wake up one day and find
That I've let all these years go by
There's actually a lot more songs, but these are the most important. I hope you like it. If you are doing NaNoWriMo and are lacking inspiration, make a playlist. Finally, here's the introduction of the story, which I wrote a few months before NaNoWriMo.
A hit back in old days was calling, “Addicted to Love” with the main line being, “Might as well face it. You’re addicted to love.” John Green once said that some people fall in love “slowly, then all at once.” Taylor Swift said that the right love is like a fairytale.
I’ll just break it to you now—this isn’t one of these stories.
I’m not going to tell you who I am because I think, by the end at least, you would have figured it out. Until then, you’ll have to wait in suspense. But don’t expect anything. I don’t come in till later.
Okay, so I’ve made it obvious, this story is about love. But it’s not about typical love. But at the same time, it’s not the kind of love that happens overnight either. (I mean, seriously, who does that) The truth is, that love is made out to be this complicated, difficult thing that can tie someone’s heart in knots. And yeah, I guess it can be like that. But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be.
I think what people forget is: Love is simple. It’s just two people caring for each other to the point of needing each other. It’s two people doing whatever they will to be together, despite the sacrifice. It’s two people that are happy just being together.
Easy? Of course not. Simple? Yes.
This is a story of love. Not strange love, not typical love, not crazy love. Just love. Maybe a person like me should think that’s stupid. Trust me, I did. But after witnessing this, I don’t think so anymore.  I better shut up and let you read the story. But be warned, I’ll come back.
 Hope you like it! BTW, if you looked at my blog today and saw the 1989 review and thought, "Didn't she post that a week ago?", I have an explanation. I thought the idea of polaroid with lyrics was awesome. I wanted to include some of them in the post, but the picture files I copied weren't working. A few days ago, I realize they were working so I added them on the post. I didn't know, however, that they would put the post as the latest. So, sorry about that.
Happy Writing! And thank you for 38 followers!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

1989 Album Review

Hey guys! How's school? Once the World Series ends, I think my school with go more smoothly. The last game is on today and I have no doubt that my family will be watching every second of it.

I know I've been posting about Taylor Swift way too much. So I promise that THIS is my last post... for awhile. But I've waiting for this album for more than a year and now it's here and I'm totally fangirling. But... it will wear off, in a second.

Today, I'm going to post a review of the album. Instead of putting each song into "good" or "bad" category, I'm doing a quick track-by-track review. I'll talk about why (or why not) I like this song and my favorite line.

What I like most about Taylor Swift is how meaningful she is. While other artists in the pop genre are singing about partying and feel-good romance, she's singing from the heart. Her music, while sad at times, is always pure poetry. There is no party song in this album. Of course, this album is pop. It's definitely different from her other albums. I still think it has a unique sound, not similar to any other pop album.

Welcome to New York: Well, one thing's for sure. This is a great album opener. Since Taylor moved to New York this year, she has fallen in love with the city. It's upbeat and exciting, even makes you want to visit the city for yourself. However, there is one line that made me raise an eyebrow. "And you can want who you want. Boys and boys and girls and girls." As far as I know, Taylor has never sided with the whole homosexuality, but this was very suggestive. Thankfully, it's the only line in the album that suggests towards this, but it stopped me from buying the song.
Favorite Line: Like any true love, it drives you crazy. But you know you wouldn't change anything.

Blank Space: At first, this song concerned me. Taylor descried a relationship in which didn't care how it ended up. There were lines like, "Be that girl for a month." But, at her live stream, Taylor explained that she wrote it as a joke. She wrote it based on the fictional her, the girl the news made her out to be. It's basically a girl who goes through guys and doesn't care. So, it isn't good by itself, she is mocking all the critic's rumors about her. But she does take God's name in vain twice, another point against it.
Favorite Line: I got a long list of ex-lovers. They'll tell you I'm insane. (It's a funny line)

Style: Definitely one of my favorites. It has an awesome sound. The verses are mysterious, while the chorus is light and full of life. Of course, most people assume this song is about the One Direction dude, Harry Styles. Whether that's true or not, this song is more of a love song than a breakup song. It has a catchy beat and passionate vocals. You can hear her pain when she sings, "Some other girl."
Favorite line: When we go crashing down, we come back every time. 'Cuz we never go out of style.

Out Of The Woods: Wow, this! It's great. Yes, the chorus repeats, but that's the only criticism I have to offer. The verses are meaningful and exciting. I think the lyrics, at least the bridge, is what catches your attention. Unlike some other songs, Taylor never says anything bad about her ex-lover.
Favorite Line: Remember when we couldn't take the heat? I walked out and said, "I'm setting you free. But the monsters turned out to be just trees."

All You Had To Stay: I expected this one to be the heartbreaking one. It was definitely sad, but Taylor had a "glass-is-half-fill" approach. She speaks of a guy who left and wanted her love back. Though she refuses, she reminds him that he would have had her if he hadn't left. Quite a simple concept. I actually bought this song.
Favorite Line: People like you always want back the love they pushed aside. But people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye.

Shake It Off: Do I need to say anything about this? No, I don't think I do. But this song contains the best message of the album. In the bridge, though, there is a h word. She also takes God's name in vain.  The reason I didn't buy the song:(
Favorite Line: It's like I got this music in my mind saying it's gonna be alright.

I Wish You Would:  Once again, Taylor produces a passionate song about regret. The iTunes preview immediately catches your attention, starting with the fast verse which fades into a slower chorus. In this piece, Taylor wishes she wouldn't have ended a relationship because now, she misses it. Unforunately, this song does contain a suggestive lyric. "2am/Here you are/See your face, hear your voice in the dark."
Favorite Line: I wish you would know that I would never forget you as long as I live.

Bad Blood: This might be the one that was most anticipated. Maybe it was because, instead of writing it for an ex, she confessed she wrote for a fellow singer that used to be her friend. I expected it to be a "in your face" song, but it was quieter. Mixed with anger and regret, Taylor doesn't speak of forgiveness, but it's not as bad as "Better the Revenge." She also says she hurt her, but doesn't say what she actually did.
Favorite Line: It's so sad to think about the good times, you and I. (Such a relatable line to any broken relationship)

Wildest Dream: I'm sorry to say that I was not impressed with this song at all. Being the most graphic, it runs along the lines of "Blank Space." Taylor sings about a relationship that she knows won't last, but all she wants is for the guy to remember her. And this couple doesn't just kiss. With a title like "Wildest Dreams", you'd expect it to be upbeat. But it was slow and haunting. My least favorite. (also includes two h words that don't make much sense. At all)

How You Get The Girl: Ah, I adore this song! Undeniably pop, it's one of the happiest songs on the album. It tells the story of a guy who left a girl and then comes back, telling her he lost his mind when he left. Innocent and joyful, this song is wonderful.
Favorite Line: I want you for worse or for better.... I want you for forever and ever.

This Love: This was the only song Taylor wrote by herself. Usually, she writes half the album by herself. But this song was classic Taylor. It was sad, but talked about something very true. Sometimes we don't what we love until we let it go. If any song sounded the most like her old country, it was this one.  It might be the slowest song on the album, haunting and beautiful. There was an allude to something very inappropriate. "Tossing, turning, struggling, through the night with someone new."
Favorite Line: When you're young, you just run. But you come back to what you need.

I Know Places: Hmmm... this song was interesting. She sang about being in a relationship when you're a celebrity, when everyone follows you around and spreads rumors.  Taylor even added some genius metaphors that got the feeling across. I wasn't too crazy about the chorus though. She hit too many high notes and dragged it down. Also, there are a few questionable lyrics, including a d word.  "And you're dead at night."
Favorite Line: They are the hunters. We are the foxes. And we run.

Clean: There were a lot of tunes with unique sounds, but this song might be the most unique, compared to the others. More than that, it had a good meaning, a great closer. The lyrics weren't specific about much so it could relate to anything. Taylor was getting over a broken relationship. The metaphors and similes made it sound poetic. Her vocals were passionate. Under it, it had an encouraging message about getting over anything broken in your life. I bought this one too:)
Favorite line: 10 months older, I won't give in. Now that I'm clean, I'm never gonna risk it.

Overall, I really liked this album. There were a few songs I would've prepared not to have been included. Most of the time when Taylor mentions something inappropriate, she sounds regretful. Not this time, though. That bothered me a lot.

But no matter what genre it is, Taylor always manages to put some great meaning in all her songs. To me, it doesn't matter who she wrote it about. What matters is the fact that you can tell she did write it about somebody. These songs are so personal, yet relatable. I could relate to a few feelings in this album. Sadness. Love, Uncertainty. Anger. I loved it.

So while Taylor does produce a couple songs I won't listen to, her music still remains some of the most meaningful music in the industry and in any genre.