Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

July 2, 2015

I just finished reading To Hold The Bridge, a collection of short stories by Garth Nix, and I loved it. So much so that I've decided to write some short stories for Camp NaNoWriMo this year. I plan on writing four stories, or approximately one per week. This should be rather doable (I hope) and help me get some older ideas down on the page to make room for new ones.

So watch out, Camp NaNoWriMo. I'm coming for you, and I will defeat you this year!

2-Review Tuesday: Daughter of Deep Silence & The Wrath and The Dawn

June 9, 2015

Daughter of Deep Silence, by Carrie Ryan & The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh

Daughter of Deep Silence, by Carrie Ryan
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I devoured this book in one sitting. One of the characters admits to being afraid of Frances; I was too. Do not, I repeat, do not make an enemy of Frances Mace. I thought the blurring of Frances's two identities as the story progresses, as she tries (poorly) to reconcile her need for revenge with the girl she was before the attack on the ship, is successful.

The ending of this novel is intense. The lengths Frances goes to in order to exact revenge after what she lived through on the Persephone are frightening but understandable, to an extent. Like Libby, I'd have just given up on the life raft. Ryan's use of flashbacks is a great vehicle to up the tension and divulge the backstory without infodumping. Overall, I highly recommend this book!

The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh
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The Wrath and the Dawn is light on fantasy and magic, focusing more heavily on romance while avoiding the dreaded instalove. What begins as hatred & a desire for revenge (on Shazi’s part at least) grows into a tender love story. While this story is a take on The Thousand and One Nights, I like how it incorporates different fairy tales as well, such as Bluebeard. The writing is beautiful and the setting is lush. It depicts some well needed diversity in the YA world of fantasy.

I listened to the audiobook version and while I wasn’t crazy about the narrator at first, she grew on me and I'm glad I stuck with it. Eventually I got swept up in the story and the ending completely crept up on me. The stakes get higher and the tension develops near the end of the book when the action really starts happening. I hope that momentum carries over into the sequel, which I can't wait to read.

New in June

June 2, 2015

Happy June!

I'm back! After almost a year without blogging, I'm ready to get back into it. Coming your way soon: book reviews, other posts on books and about writing, & more fun stuff! So watch this space :)

In the meantime, you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & Tumblr.

2-Review Tuesday: Tandem & Nil

July 8, 2014

Tandem, by Anna Jarzab & Nil, by Lynne Matson

Tandem, by Anna Jarzab
Amazon // Goodreads

Tandem had a ton of my favorite things (quantum mechanics, many worlds theory, a princess with a fabulous wardrobe, political intrigue) but somehow they just didn't come together to create something I really loved. The last quarter of the book was the best, despite a cliffhanger ending. The cover and book design were beautiful.

Nil, by Lynne Matson
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Nil had an intriguing premise but saccharine insta-love dragged the whole book down. It was nice to see the setting as the main antagonist instead of an evil ruler or an all-powerful government. The subtitle to this novel should be "Survivor: Supermodel Edition". Seriously, good looks must have been a requirement to land on Nil.