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February 28, 2015 • Cee • Monthly Recap

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February was an okay month, but by the end, it just became extremely disappointing and sad. That’s life, man.

  • The big news: I got a new phone! A smartphone! After four and a half years with my slider phone, I have upgraded! And my phone is beautifulllllllll. (Though I’m internally crying at how much I spent. Phones are expensive!) I haven’t named my phone yet, which is a shame since I always name my gadgets. I’m hoping it comes to me soon! It shall not remain nameless!
  • Job hunting update: Much sadness. On Wednesday, I received an email, saying I was in consideration for this editorial position I was really excited about. They asked me to send in writing samples of past works + responses to the requests they made. Yesterday, I sent it in. Hours after I sent it, I received word I was not in consideration anymore, which really sucked because I thought I was a strong candidate. I’m hoping they change their mind, but I’m not holding my breath. I’m just moping around in my room. (I don’t want pity or the “there are other jobs out there” comments please. I’ve had enough of those.)
  • The Book Blogger Love-A-Thon happened, and it was amazing. I spent the last day just shouting at people because of my excitement! Thank you to the always lovely Alexa for hosting it! <3

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February 28, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
November 4, 2014
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.
18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..

In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.

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First Sentence: “There are three rules of survival in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife.”

Fun fact: I nearly did my pre-thesis for my History minor on The Walled City, but there weren’t a lot of primary sources I could used, so I had to switch my topic.

The Walled City follows the lives of three characters living inside this makeshift city—all dealing with the threat of violence, drugs, and prostitution that plague their every day life. They essentially have to try to survive or they will get got. So, the question is: is The Walled City a book that will satisfy my (and everybody else’s) curiosity of the actual Walled City in Kowloon? Hell no.

I tried and I tried and I tried to read this book, but my heart and brain were both telling me NOPE. I managed to get through the three main character’s point of views before I decided to call it quits. It was mind-numbing torture. I was not thrilled about the plot, which was boring at best and didn’t go anywhere, or the characterizations of the three characters, who all felt like they had the same voice. The writing felt disjointed and a bit cliché. It also relied a lot on cringe-worthy metaphors that were trying to be lyrical when it only made me want to scratch my eyes out and release a Tina Belcher groan. They were extremely out of place and constantly made me go, “wait, what the hell.” (I won’t torture you or my poor brain of giving examples. You’re welcome.) Just a big fat no to it.

And I’m sure it only gets worst from what I’ve read from reviews by trusted bloggers, so I’m gonna stay away from this book forever.

I would’ve preferred reading a nonfiction work about The Walled City than waste my sanity on this book because at least there wouldn’t be ridiculous and extremely cliché metaphors being thrown all over the place.





February 25, 2015 • Cee • Typography

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I love fonts. You can say I’m obsessed with collecting them all. It’s no secret to those who know me. You’re Just My Type is a new feature where I showcase the fonts I absolutely adore and use. And hopefully, you will love the fonts I pick. Add all of them to your font collection! Let it grow!

Font Sleuth Cee is taking a different approach to this You’re Just My Type post! Unlike my previous post that had four different books with their respective title font, I decided to focus on the gorgeous font on the Tale of Beauty and Madness series by Lili St. Crow.

Vermandois is designed by Jessica McCarty of Magpie Paper Works, and made its debut in 2012.

Rough yet refined, kinetic and distinctive, the handdrawn Vermandois family mimics original calligraphy with exceptional accuracy. Perfect for correspondence, invitations, unique branding and display, Vermandois’ connecting letters, caps and ink blots make a mark.  

I love this font because of the calligraphy-esque look of it. It looks like somebody had wrote with a feather and ink, and I think that’s so cool!

Let’s see it on the covers, shall we?

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February 22, 2015 • Cee • Events

The Book Blogger Love-a-Thon, hosted by Alexa and Katelyn, is an event dedicated to spreading the love for blogs + bloggers! It’s time dedicated to exploring the blogging community, leaving a comment or two, meeting new friends and fostering positivity among the bloggers of the community.

*HIGH FIVES*

YEEEEAHHHHH.

I decided not to pick one from each of the given categories because I’m a rebel (but really because I have a hard time talking about genre + I couldn’t pick a single blogger since there are sooo many awesome ones!). I just picked five book things that are making me happy right now.

And voila!

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February 21, 2015 • Cee • Events

The Book Blogger Love-a-Thon, hosted by Alexa and Katelyn, is an event dedicated to spreading the love for blogs + bloggers! It’s time dedicated to exploring the blogging community, leaving a comment or two, meeting new friends and fostering positivity among the bloggers of the community.

Love or friendship? Which theme do you think I did my quote on?

If you answered both, then you are correct! I wanted to celebrate both love and friendship (because both are wonderful, obviously)! I picked quotes from two of my favorite books of all time—I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta.

Here are two graphics I made.

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February 21, 2015 • Cee • Events

The Book Blogger Love-a-Thon, hosted by Alexa and Katelyn, is an event dedicated to spreading the love for blogs + bloggers! It’s time dedicated to exploring the blogging community, leaving a comment or two, meeting new friends and fostering positivity among the bloggers of the community.

For this challenge, you’re supposed to create a Valentine for your favorite book guy or gal. And I decided I would dedicate this Valentine’s to the underrated Cricket Bell of Lola and the Boy Next Door. He’s such an earnest and endearing character who has loved Lola since forever. He wins my heart!

I have put together items I would gift Cricket Bell (if money was not a concern). With only two thoughts on my mind (1. he’s an inventor and 2. he dresses well), I went searching for things I’d think he’d really love. And voila!

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