November is over!
For many this means that they can finally bust out those hot Christmas tracks they’ve been waiting all year to unleash. For others, such as myself, it means the end of another round of National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo.
**Thank you to Net Galley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
WARNING: Book contains underage drinking, drug use, sexual content, and suicidal imagery.
A good chunk of time has passed since I have had the privilege to read a Young Adult novel (though if one is so inclined an argument could be made that this falls into the New Adult genre) that could very well be considered in the drama sub-category. My usual go-to is fantasy or sci-fi, but in order to understand and implement true angst into my own YA WIP, I wanted a little refresher. The synopsis was interesting and I was pretty much hooked right away.
It’s hard to describe the feelings I had as I read To Laugh Well by JC Alaimo. What I thought would play out as a sensitive and informative read on mental illness was really just a book about a boy’s first year in college away from home. Granted there are trials and tribulations that ultimately come to a not so pleasant ending, but on the whole I felt that maybe this book was 60% college experience 30% depression and other mental health concerns.
**A deep thank you is sent directly to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
I love that I live in a time where more and more female authors are getting their voices heard and more and more female heroines are being created by these female authors. I look forward to books that have a strong female lead and perhaps that’s why many of them have not…panned out, the way I hoped they would.
I was excited to receive a copy of Supernatural Slayer by Devyn Jayse. The story seemed like exactly the type that would transport me into a new world. I was fully ready for this, but it just never got to that golden moment. While the story is there and the writing decent, the MC left something to be desired. She just wasn’t relatable and I found the character falling back on the very overdone trope of, “I want to make my girl tough, I know I will have her break all the men that come into contact with her.”
Trust me when I say, there are other ways to make your heroine a bad ass without having to incorporate a weird ball busting habit. It is unfortunate that this author decided to go the way of the trope.
**A thank you to Net Galley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
WARNING: Sexual imagery that can potentially leave you, the reader, baffled.
In a long ago era a book such as The Alehouse at the End of the World by Stevan Allred would be one to marvel at. We would pick through its interesting nuisances and hidden comedic breath, hoping to come out the other end with something we could take away from the experience. This, however, is the year 2018 and all I can say is, why oh why was this book written now?
Allow me a brief moment of generalization as I say that this book at its heart is misogynistic, sexist, and unnecessarily crude to the point of ridiculousness. Underneath the fable lies the need to tell meaningless cock, fart, and poop jokes like a caveman who just discovered civilization. I did not take anything intellectual away from this, instead feeling as one does after watching all the movies in the American Pie catalog; dirty and brain dead.
Despite the rough seas that is the ocean of editing I was thrilled to hand out Part One of my WIP to my small gaggle of beta readers this two weekends ago. Fear not to those who were hoping to be included in this group, this is simply round one and I intend to hand out full copies of my novel, once it’s gone through edits, to those later beta readers who are still interested. Current deadline to have the second draft of the novel complete is December 1st. We’ll see if I can pull it off.
In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to begin introducing some of the varied characters that line the pages of my story. There are two main characters and a whole host of side characters within my spiritual fantasy series, The Last War. I like to think each of them distinct in their own way and I would hope that would be portrayed in my writing, otherwise the characters would just be boring and I could not live with that.
The idea with this is to give a peek into the window of each character and the potential role they play within the series.
This last month has been a doozy! I’ve never managed to not have a hectic October and I don’t see that changing in the near future, at least for a while. It is my favorite month after all, consisting of my absolute favorite holiday. For these reasons I have been strikingly absent from this, my website. So I felt I owed my readers an explanation.
There isn’t much to the formula of a decently read biography or autobiography. For me, the main thing is to not take yourself or the person so seriously and please please please do not gloss over the dramatic or possibly not so great things they have done, if you do you won’t have a very interesting story left. We all know no one is perfect and to try to write a story about a person like they are can drag very quickly regardless of who the person was. I grew up with all things Jim Henson and up until I picked up The Biography by Brian Jay Jones there was a lot I didn’t realize about his career and his personal life.
I should have enjoyed this book more than I did and all I can say is, the author should have simply let Jim Henson be human.
**A HUGE shout out and thank you to Net Galley and the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
I am so thankful for this book, truly. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever read, but it did something for me that I will be forever thankful for. It pulled me out of a most dreadful reading rut; specifically when it came to reading young adult fantasy. I can’t deny that the last few fantasy books I’ve read have not been anything but less than stellar and that has been so heartbreaking for me. I want my fellow authors to succeed, but as a reader I want unbelievably good content as well. While it has its flaws, The Skylark’s Song by J.M. Frey was the hero I needed.
It’s no secret that my favorite time of year is coming up and while most would probably call me basic for loving the autumn season I have always been an autumn child. In my 30 years of living this has been a true constant and I don’t see it ever changing. One of my dreams is to move to a place with actual changing leaves as my current home provides not even a tri-colored fallen leaf to keep me sated. All I can do is look out my window hoping for gray skies, orange trees, and a crisp wind as I cuddle with a warm cup of tea.
Last night I was ready for a warm cup partly for the satisfaction it brings me and also because I wanted something to help me sleep as that has been an issue as of late. I dug through some of my boxes and right after I proclaimed aloud that “I need one BIG tea box to organize these,” I pulled a caffeine free tea out from my May Sipsby box.
Thank you to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
WARNING: Book contains graphic imagery and death, including a school shooting.
I feel compelled to apologize for taking as long as I have to read this book and post this review. To be fair though, there were a few other ARC receivers who DNF and still reviewed the book. (Those usually aren’t the best) The thing is I made a promise to myself that if I was going to agree to receive a book for free I better damn well give it the time and the review I promised that would be worth the price of actually purchasing it off the shelf. So, while this has been the longest I’ve held onto a book before reviewing, I am glad I am able to review it today.
When I am looking at requesting an ARC I tend to read the synopsis multiple times to make sure I get the basic idea of what the author is going for and what kind of adventure I might expect. I feel like I have gotten better about this as time has gone on, but in the beginning I ran into a few that did not deliver on the promise within their synopsis. A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak not only falls into this category, it sets a precedent all its own.