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Book Review (The Agent 13 series)

Hey, it’s me again!! How are you doing? This time, I’m here with a book review. Actually, multiple book reviews.

So, I’m one of the many people who is on Wattpad. And about a year ago I came across a few great books by the same author. Here, I’ll be talking about the Agent 13 series.

I don’t know much about the author, but I’ve read most of her books, and they are absolutely amazing. If you’re looking for a strong protagonist with a lot of friends and an equally strong antagonist, then I’d be talking about the right author for you.

#Plots

#Book 1: Agent 13

As you’ve guessed from the name, it’s a spy/secret agent kind of book. It focuses on one agent whose code name is Agent 13, but her close friends call her Thirteen. She’s the best agent in her agency, and where the agency is divided into teams, she works solo. The first book tells us how she got placed on a team temporarily for a mission, and this team is hella fun.

Throughout the book we see Thirteen and the boys try to get along, get into gun fights, car chases, crazy plane rides, and crash parties. In the end, they complete the mission, and Thirteen leaves the team even after they asked her to stay. Insert sad face 😦


#Book 2: Agent 57

This is my second favorite. Here, we get a proper introduction to the antagonist in the first chapter. He kidnaps the boys which forces Thirteen to rescue them, but it leaves her injured. Actually, she gets a lot of injuries in this book. Later on, we meet more of Thirteen’s associates; a genius hacker who is wanted all over the world and is constantly on the run, an FBI agent who is most likely the most charming and funny guy you will ever read about (another favourite of mine), and Thirteen’s butler (we also find out she’s stinking rich) who has absolutely zero tolerance for swearing. Imagine that kind of guy in the middle of young adults who can’t stop swearing to save their lives.

So, in the end, we get introduced to yet another friend of Thirteen’s who has a.. colourful personality (my overall favorite), and a way to finally defeat the antagonist is revealed.


#Book 3: Agent 1

This is my overall favorite. In this book, even more associates of Thirteen are introduced, there are a lot of action scenes, and more of her past, identity and immediate family are revealed. There is more drama, more romance, more hate, more laughs, and more everything.


#Characters

Every single character in this book is so much fun to read about. From the protagonist, the antagonist, the deuteragonist, the side characters, the love interests, even characters who appear in the story for like a chapter. All are awesome, and the author does an amazing job of making sure we don’t get bored when reading, because in every three paragraphs or so, you have to start snickering with laughter. The humor is fantastic.

#Grammar and Tenses

I didn’t really have much problems with grammar, or understanding the writing. Everything is completely readable. Plus, it’s written in the present tense, which inspired me to write my latest book in the present tense.

#Addition: Favorite quotes I picked from the book.

I just had to add this.

– “I can’t tell if that’s really, really stupid or freaking brilliant.”

-“When did your house become a toy store for cheap knock-offs?”

-“I don’t want you on the same planet.”

-“You? Thinking? Do I need another bulletproof vest?”

Among others, these are the quotes that really got me in the book.

In conclusion, the Agent 13 series is a must read for lovers of thrillers and spy fictions. It is a book that you just cannot get enough of, and you will want to pick up the book again and again just to relive some of your favorite scenes from the book. And I rarely do that. I cannot recommend it enough. Out of five stars, I’m giving it a 4.7. That says a lot.


I really hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope you’ll find it enough reason to check out the books which are available only on Wattpad. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to like and comment your thoughts!!

Until next time…

Bye!!!!

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5 Ways to Overcome Laziness and Procrastination (for writers, students, and more)

Hello again!! I’m back with a new post. I really loved the feedback I got on my last post: even though it wasn’t much, it was still something to me. It still is.

Here, I’ll be suggesting tips to overcome laziness. I’ve read somewhere that lazy people have solutions to nearly everything, and in myself, I’ve found that it’s true. So I’ll be sharing tips for people like myself, and I hope you’ll find them useful.

Procrastination is the number one thing that makes me end up doing my homework a few minutes before school starts. As a writer, student, and a human being, I deal with this a lot, and it has cost me many times. It’s only a few times that I actually manage to get things done on time. So here are a few solutions to this;

1: Take notes on anything you plan on doing in the future. If plan on cooking a meal later, or cleaning up your room, write it down on anywhere possible. Even your palms (I do that), but make sure you write it in somewhere you look at a lot, so, if you happen to glance at that place again, you’d instantly remember, and that will make it harder to ignore.

2: Have someone remind you of what you intend to do later. The person should be someone you talk to a lot, and someone who is free enough with you, so he/she will not mind disturbing you to do that one thing you can’t help but procrastinate.

3: For students, always, always take notes in class. I live in a country where in school, we have a write-up for every single topic we are taught. Sometimes I don’t put down these write-ups, so I make up for it by jotting down everything said by the teacher. It’s helped me pass a few tests when I don’t feel like studying.

4: For writers, here are a few tips I learned;

I) Have a writing space: Always have a space where you perform your writing tasks, and stick to it.

II) Make that writing space attractive: Decorate it with things that interest you. For me, right now, I don’t have a writing space (my parents won’t get me one if I asked for it), and I use my phone to type. I customize my keyboard to look attractive, and I change the customization every new week. So the keyboard attracts me to write all the time, whether I want to or not. Plus, you can also customize your writing app if you use a phone.

III) Have a plan, and stick to it: Right now, I don’t really have much time to write, because I have school, but my initial writing plan used to be a thousand words or more per day. It helped me a lot. If you don’t really know how to do a thousand words, make it a few hundred. Just have a plan.

5: To be honest, just do it right then and there. When you make a resolve to do something, and you’re not busy, just do it. It wouldn’t hurt to overcome the urge to postpone it.

Addition: I think I’m the only person who suffers from constant forgetfulness, but it’s one of the things that make me really lazy. I forget almost everything, whether big or small. So if you have the same problem, to control that, I just do what I suggested in my first and second solution to procrastination.

I know this is a short post, but I really hope you gained one or two things from it. Plus, I have to keep on reminding myself that putting together a post isn’t the same as writing a book- you don’t have to have a word goal (I think).

If you enjoyed this (which I hope you did), then please make sure to leave a like, a comment and maybe a follow!

PS: I’ll be posting weekly on Fridays. That works for me and my busy schedule.

Thank you, and bye!!!!

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4 Common Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

Hey, and welcome to my newest blog post!! As I said in my introductory post, I’ll be blogging about the most random of things, and I added that my next post will be book related. Well, here it is!

Here, I’ll be explaining the common mistakes beginner writers make when writing. Now, I’m not a professional editor, or a published author (I’d love to be one, though), and I absolutely see myself as a beginner writer even though I’m somewhere between beginner and… non-beginner?? But I have found some things new writers tend to do that distinguish them from experienced writers. How do I know I’m not a beginner? Well, I found my very first book which I wrote when I was twelve, and compared it to the one I’m writing now.

You guessed right; the difference was alarming. But i have no time to start editing cringy books by yours truly, so I decided to post this. Enjoy!!

#1: Punctuation Errors

Believe it or not, punctuation is the key to good writing communication. Absence or misuse of them leads to confusion on the part of the reader.

Consider this piece of text:

TABLES ARE FOR EATING CUSTOMERS ONLY.

I bet the first thing that came to your mind was that the customers are to be eaten. That only works in a restaurant meant for vampires. Or wild carnivorous animals.

Now, there are two ways that sentence can be arranged;

1. Tables are for eating, customers only.

Or,

2. Tables are for eating. Customers only.

Either way, you’d be able to pass on the message that the tables are for eating and they are for customers only.

Now try applying that to your writing. Read your work, and if it makes you confused at a point, check the punctuation marks. You most likely overlooked that while typing/writing really fast. I’ve been there.

#2 Redundancy (annoying!!)

Redundancy in writing is simply the act of repeating a particular word over and over again. To me, it’s simply making readers feel agitated.

The most common form of redundancy is using nouns instead of pronouns, or using pronouns too much. Read this;

Sarah walked into her bedroom. She threw her bag on the bed and made her way towards her closet. Sarah had a party to attend and she needed the perfect outfit for it. She threw the closet door open. Inside, were Sarah’s multiple clothes which were on hangers. She rummaged through the clothes. She finally found the perfect outfit, and she closed the door afterwards. Sarah finally had something to wear.

At the beginning, I was given a hint that the girl’s name is Sarah, and yet her name was repeated in the third, fifth and eighth sentences. The only reason I should know that her name still remains Sarah is if I’m reading a new paragraph, or if a new character comes in. Now read this;

Sarah walked into her bedroom. She threw her bag on the bed and made her way towards the closet. She had a party to attend and needed the perfect outfit for it. She threw the closet door open. Inside, were her multiple clothes which were on hangers. After rummaging through the clothes, she finally found the perfect outfit. She closed the door afterwards.

I don’t need clarification that she has gotten an outfit. That was established in the second to last line. All you need to do is move to the next paragraph. Also, notice how I reduced the use of a pronoun at the beginning of every sentence.

#3 Clichés.

Let me just get straight to the point. Clichés are absolutely terrifying to me. Everyone has a unique idea: no matter how similar two ideas are, they will always have something that sets them apart. Clichés, however, can ruin a unique idea. There are different types of clichés:

1: The goody-two-shoes protagonist:

Yes, I understand that the protagonist is the one who opposes the antagonist and tries to defeat them. But that doesn’t mean your protagonist has to be completely good and innocent. I’m not sure if I knew this when I wrote my first book, but my main character was not a good person. At all. Yes, she had a motive, she had an ambition, but to get what she wanted, she had to face off with the good guys. She lost in the ending, but yeah, I think I made my point. If you’re creating a protagonist, even if the person has to be completely good, at least let them have a bit of a dark past. It spices things up.

2: Love at first sight:

Now, I don’t know whether this exists in real life, but if it does, it is not applicable in books. Love at first sight could be falling in love with a person’s face, body structure, and all the physical characteristics of the person. Or it could be having an instant connection with someone you just met. I don’t think every relationship built on that lasts long. If you want to make two characters fall in love, make it unexpected. Make it happen such that in the first place they don’t even notice each other, but when they start to get to know each other coupled with a few problems here and there, they start to fall for each other. The best kind of fictional love is where the two characters are less compatible with each other. That will make it harder, and problems are easy to generate from there. Love at first sight is just weak, to be honest.

3: The antagonist who is completely bad:

This is the opposite of my first point. An antagonist is simply a character who opposes the protagonist and tries everything possible to bring them down. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re rotten to the core. They’re still human, still have feelings and emotions (except maybe your antagonist is a psychopath or sociopath), and they still have a goal which is to defeat the protagonist. Normally everyone would hate the antagonist, but in rare occasions, the writer does a good job in making them likeable, no matter how bad they are.

Give your villain a good side. Make them have a soft spot for something or someone. Give them a weakness. Make them fall in love. Make them have issues that would require them to not be evil for once. Make them have an origin story in which they were good. That way, even you will like them, trust me.

4: The wrong beginning.

There are a few wrong ways to begin a book.

a) The backstory dump; When starting to read a book, I don’t want to know what happened to the character a few years ago. I want to know what is going on with that character at that exact moment in time. The only reason you’d tell us about your character’s past is if it’s really important to the book. But you have to hint at that.

b) Waking up; We all wake up. It’s a normal thing. Not everyone cares about your character’s morning routine, sorry to say. Again, only do that when it’s really important to know, or if maybe something goes wrong in that morning routine.

#4: Unnecessary dialogue:

To me, this means a dialogue that is completely void of any meaning. If a reader skips this, it wouldn’t affect his/her understanding of the scene. Examples of this are greetings or just filler talk. Only do that when it will lead to something important and is useful to the story.

That’s it. That’s all I have. If you want more, you can do an official search online because as I said, I’m not a professional writer, and these are what I noticed from my early writing days. If I find more, I might do a part two.

I really hope you enjoyed the post and learned one or two things from it. If you have any suggestions feel free to leave them down in the comments, and don’t forget to like, and follow.

I have no idea what my next post is gonna be about. But hopefully I’ll make it better than this!!

Until then, bye!!!

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Hey!!!!

My name is Reedah, Ree for short, and you are most welcome to my blog!! I’m a quirky teenager, and I love a whole bunch of things!! I spent months trying to find a perfect niche for this blog, but I’m not that into fashion, photography, food, fitness, or even life hacks. So I decided to start a blog anyway without a specific topic, and I really hope your bear with me.

I’m into a whole lot of things. Books (in love with them), science, tv shows, movies, anime/manga, a little bit of food and fashion, I’m a DC and Marvel fan, I absolutely love animals, and I’m an aspiring author. So if you love that kind of randomness, be sure to stick around!!♥️

PS: My next post will probably be books related!😉

See ya!!