Confession: Book Grudge

As a book lover, I am ashamed to admit it, but I am guilty of having some pretty intense grudges against certain books. I am talking about long term grudges that result in a boycott of other books by that author.

First, let me be clear. Neither the books or the authors are bad. In both cases, these authors write best sellers and have huge fan bases. I loved prior books by these authors. I am not going to point out the authors or books in this post but you can watch the video  to get the low down.

I have a 7 year book grudge that has kept me from reading books from an author I loved

I have a book grudge.

So why the grudge?

I took the time to examine that question before making the video and writing about this.  It boils down to one thing. Not plot, character, or even writing style but expectations.  My expectations of the books and their respective authors were extremely high. This led to an intense emotional downfall when the books did not live up to my expectations. The end result is that I have no desire to read any more books by these authors because I don’t want to risk having another emotional disappointment.

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My expectations of these books and their respective authors were extremely high. This led to an intense emotional downfall when the books did not live up to my expectations. The end result is that I have no desire to read any more books by these authors because I don’t want to risk having another emotional disappointment.

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On an intellectual level, I know this is ridiculous. Disliking one book so much that I don’t read another one by that author for over 7 years is extreme. As an author, I know that I should not judge an entire collection of works based one or two books that let me down. I have a passion for books. I read over 100 books a year. In most cases, I can dislike a book without having a book grudge.

 

So, why are the stakes so high for certain books and not others? Again, it is all about my personal expectations and my emotional response to the book not furfilling my needs.  All three of these book grudges were birthed because the plot didn’t sustain me and the ending failed to connect with my expecations. I kept reading and waiting for something to happen but I did not get the emotional impact I desired.

So, tell me. Do you have book grudges? Do you take it to the extreem like me and stop reading books by that author? I would like to know!

 

 

 

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Book Love Review: The Sandcastle Empire.

This amazing book was the June Owlcrate selection.  Armed with a field guide to a mysterious island and a vial of her father’s blood and teeth Eden attempts to escape her war-torn world to find refuge and answers on the island.

Watch my video review

 

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What I loved about this book:

* It was a quick easy read.
* That it takes place on a mysterious jungle island that is more than it seems.
* The writing style is engaging and detailed without slowing the pace.

*  Chapters alternate between regular length and 1-2 pages.

*  Chapters alternate between regular length and 1-2 pages.
* The overall plot is interesting and it has a lot of neat world-building aspects.
* Excellent 1st chapter that grabs you and keeps you reading.

* Some details will stick with me forever. The Vial of blood and teeth. The beetles.

I rated this four stars instead of five for a few reasons that are a bit hard to pinpoint. There was nothing I disliked about this book but here a few reasons I didn’t rate it 5 stars.

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My Opinion:

* The world, although fascinating, didn’t work for me at first. After I started thinking of island in the terms of the tv series LOST instead of  I think of when I think of a Dystopian world it felt a little more realistic to me.
* The plot seemed to fall into place to EASY. There are many excellent setbacks and twists but something about it just felt off.  I never felt that the character was in grave danger even when she was in the midst of it but it was still interesting enough to keep me reading. Honestly, I think my expectations of what I thought the book was going to be was what caused me not to rate it five stars.  It was more sci-fi than I was anticipating.
* The end. I hope this is a series because the end left me hanging and not in a good way. I needed a little more resolution even if it is a series.

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Overall, this is a fantastic book that is easy to dive into and get lost in. It has a lot of tech and sci-fi elements, suspense and  I can see this series blooming into something addictive.

Book Love Review: Scarlet By Marissa Meyer

I hate reading series books out of order. I avoid it at all costs but sometimes it happens and I have to make the best of a bad situation. That is exactly what happened with Scarlet, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

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Here is how it happened. Sometime, long ago, I read Cinder. Fast forward to a few months ago when I needed an audiobook for my travels. The library was out of titles that appealed to me. Having just read, Heartless, I snatched up Cress, The Lunar Chronicles.  I I couldn’t remember if I had read Scarlet or not.

(Don’t judge – I read a lot. It is easier than you think to forget about reading a book. The worst? Cover changes. Not only do I judge a book by it’s cover – I remember it by its cover. Well. Sometimes. In hindsight, I read Cinder in ebook form. I think I read a sample chapter of Scarlet, which lead to the confusion. )

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It didn’t take long for me to figure out I had not read the prior book but I was already on the road so I continued on with Cress. Once I finished it I had a great debate. Go back and read Scarlet or move on to Winter?

I loved Scarlet & Wolfe in Cress, so I decided to backtrack and I am glad I did. So, on to the review. I am going to pretend that I did not already know the outcome of this book when I read it.

What I loved:

  • Scarlet. She is feisty, loyal, and determined. She falls hard and fast for Wolfe.
  • The relationship. Okay, I don’t want to give any spoilers here, but I know this romance may be called unhealthy by some. To some degree, I understand but in the context of the story and what Wolfe is I like the romance and connection between them.
  • Wolfe. I love that in finding Scarlet he finds a part of himself that he did not know existed.
  • Iko. She is one of my favorite characters even if she is a ship in this book.
  • Following Cinder, Ki, and meeting Captain Thorne are also high points in the book for me.
  • The plot is well written and interesting. It would have been better I were experiencing it first hand, instead of reading with knowledge of what happens in the next book.

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Who should read this book:

  • If you enjoyed Cinder you will want to continue the story with this book. Don’t skip ahead. Just don’t do it. You will kick yourself like I did.
  • Fans of Fairy Tale retellings will adore this take on Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Fans of Marissa Meyer, but that really goes without saying.
  • If you love a blend of fairy tale, fantasy, sci-fi, with a good dose of Cyborg tossed in you should add this to your reading list.

On another note, If I find this book on Audio at the library or have an extra audible credit I will be checking it out. I felt that Cress was well done on audio and I would like to experience this book in that format. Which is staying a lot, because I don’t reread most books. That is reserved ONLY for book with a special place in my heart. At this point, I don’t know if I would re-read this book but I would listen.

What books do you love in audio format?

 

 

 

Writer Tool Kit: Writing Reference Book Review

Are you looking for a writing reference book to help you write a novel in 3O days? Today I am reviewing a book that claims to be a fool proof system for doing just that.  I will share the pro’s and con’s and my personal experience with BOOK IN A MONTH by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D.

Read on or click the link to watch the video.

Writers Tool Kit: A book in a month review on You Tube

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The Idea:

This book is designed to take help you set realistic goals, track your progress and manage your time. It takes you from developing your idea to outlining your story and creating your characters and plot.

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It follows the 3 Act Structure and helps you create a draft based on specific turning points and helps build in foreshadowing.

What I love:

  • Detailed trackers and worksheets
  • Lot of tips for staying motivated and staying on task
  • Weekly breakdown of writing focus and goals.
  • Daily breakdown of writing focus and goals.
  • Easy to read and follow
  • Workbook style

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What I did not love:

  • I expected a more detailed guideline. I would have liked specific daily word, scene, or chapter goals instead of work on Act 1, 2, or 3 this week.
  • The size of the the book makes actually writing in it difficult. The boxes are too small for my handwriting.

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Overall this is a good book with a wealth of information and a system that is easy to follow and motivational. I recommend reading or at least skimming through the entire book before you start you 30 day writing. Then create a more detailed writing plan that breaks your daily writing into specific word count or scene goals based on the time line provided in the book.

Bonus:

This book has stickers that you can use to track your progress. This book is designed to be written in and used as a paper reference as you write. If used as intended you should have all of your plot, character, and outlines detailed inside the book to refer to as needed while you write.

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Keep in mind that this is creation of your first draft. At the end of the 30 days you will have a finished manuscript that is ready to start revising and editing.

Do you have a writing reference book, app, or tool that you use to enhance your writing lifestyle? Is there a book, tool, or app you would like to see featured? If so please share in the comments.

Have a blessed & delightfully bookish day!

 

Book Love Review: The Prophecy of Three

Looking for a witchy read? The Prophecy of Three by Ashley Mcleo is the next book on your reading list. Trust me you will love the exquisite description that accompanies the journey of the powerful witches as they discover there power and history.  I loved seeing these young women embrace their witch heritage and the unexpected plot twists kept the pages turning.

 

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This book is the first installment of The Starseed Trilogy and it will leave you yearning for the release of the next book.

This book is available in ebook on Amazon and if you are a kindle unlimited subscriber you can read it for free.

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Book Love: The Young Elites Review

I have a new book love. Yes, I fell in love with this book from the first pages and it help me captive to the very last page.  I enjoy a lot of books but only a select few have a special place in my heart.  I enjoyed the Legend series by Marie Lu but this one takes the cake. I have already started devouring the next book in the series.  So, lets get to the good stuff.

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What this book is about:

A decade after the blood fever swept through the nation,  some survivors have developed strange markings during their time of illness. The children with visible markings became known as ″malfettos″. The  blood fever gifted some of these ″malfetto″ children with strange abilities. Those with powers became known as The Young Elites. The Inquisition Axis believes that Young Elites are dangerous and vengeful and will destroy the nation. This story follows Adelina Amouteru as she discovers her powers, flee’s for her life and crosses paths with the Young Elites.

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What I Loved:

  • The relationship between the sisters. The story paints realistic portrait of sibling love, jealousy, and discovery.
  • Adelina struggles with her imperfections from the blood fever, the development of her power, and her emotions as she must choose between saving her sisters and her loyalty to the Young Elites.
  • This book has tension that kept me on the edge of my seat.
  • The characters are all well developed and their powers are well written.
  • The audio book presentation of this book is excellent.

You should read this book if:

  • If you enjoy books with characters who have powers and abilities.
  • If you enjoyed the Legend Series.
  • If you love books with a strong female lead who is tired of being abused and takes charge of her life.
  • If you are a fan of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • I personal think everyone should read this book but I may biased based on it being one of my favorites.

Want to hear more about it? Check out my video review on youtube.

 

 

New Vlog Post! The Young Elites

Are you ready to hear about a book you should read? Good! I adore this book. Go buy it. Borrow it. Steal it if you must. Just kidding about the last part. I just posted my video book review of THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu on my youtube channel. Jump on over and check it out! The vlog also includes my wrap up of the awesome books I read in April.

Click here to watch!

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This is a spoiler free review. My question for you faithful reader/video watcher is do you like the spoiler free review or would you like to see a more in-depth review? Please let me know.

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As always, thank you for reading and watching!

Have a blessed, beautiful and bookish day!