With all the end-of-2013 posts, I nearly forgot to do my bulk reviews for last month. Better late than never, yes? Here’s what I read in December: SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen This Robin Hood retelling was such a treat. Scarlet is a female thief within Robin’s band of men, hiding behind men’s clothing and the alias Will Scarlet. Only Robin and a few of his most trusted accomplices know she’s a girl. But when a new Thief Taker, Gisbourne, arrives in Nottinghamshire to round up the Hood and his men, things get complicated. Because there are truths Scarlet hasn’t even told Robin, and her history with Gisbourne runs deep. This is written in a rugged, blunt dialect, and I fell in love with Scarlet by the end of the first chapter. She’s spunky and brash and tells it like it is. The banter between characters, and Scarlet’s dark past (not to mention her conflicting feelings towards Robin and closed-off nature) made this a joy to read. The... Read More
Happy New Year!!! How is it possible that we entered a new century fourteen years ago?! I swear 1999 still feels like yesterday. But on to the topic at hand… For the last few years, I’ve been picking a ‘word of the year’ instead of declaring a traditional resolution. In 2013 I aimed to be more present, and the year before that I strived for balance. This year, I’m going with… Focus. Or more specifically, in 2014, I want to focus on things I can control. Jessica Spotswood wrote a beautiful and honest post the other day about managing expectations when it comes to our writing and publishing endeavors. She concludes her thoughts with this: The craft – the writing itself – is the only part that is still all mine. The finished product belongs to my readers. The business worries belong to my publisher. But when you’re happy with the writing, no one can take that away from you. When I was eight or ten or twelve, writing stories about... Read More
After spending days/weeks/months counting down to Taken‘s release, my debut year is finally coming to a close. It unfolded with a lot of highs, lows, surprises, and everything in between. I’m incredibly grateful for all the experiences I’ve had, but gosh, I wish I’d been prepared for the emotional roller coaster of putting a book into the world for the very first time. Problem is, I don’t think anyone can really prepare you for it. Not truly. They can warn you, give a few words of advice, but really, it’s something that has to be experienced to be understood. Debuting truly is a rite of passage. Regardless, I’m still going to try to pass along a few lessons I learned this year. I find it cathartic to type them out, and maybe these insights will help an author debuting in 2014 feel a little less alone in the madness… 1 — The last month before launch will be hell. Every other moment you will feel like puking. Your friends and... Read More
First and foremost: TAKEN is the kindle deal of the day! For today only, you can download it to your kindle for a mere $1.99! (That’s less than a penny a page!) Go grab a copy for yourself, for a friend, for someone who still needs a holiday gift. I have no idea if Taken will see prices this low again. Ahem. So somehow the year is winding down. I honestly don’t know how that happened. I’m knee deep in a final revision for TAKEN3 (How am I already wrapping up a trilogy?), drowning in holiday shopping and wrapping paper, and trying to get my option book ready for my editor. With the exception of monthly reading recaps, my blog’s been pretty silent the last few months. In an attempt to make up for that, I want to take a few moments to celebrate some of my favorite YA reads of the year. If you’re looking for a last minute gift ideas, consider these my official book-shopping suggestions. (You can click through any book to see my full-length review.) ... Read More
How on earth is it December already? With Thanksgiving falling so late this year, and Christmas only mere weeks away, I feel like we are flying through the remaining days of 2013. And between getting settled at the new house, holiday shopping, project revisions, and eating lots of turkey with friends and family, my reading has totally suffered. Only three books this month! :( Here’s what I read in November: ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth I saw spoilers before I read Allegiant, but I actually think this helped prepare me—for the beginning, middle, and (controversial) end. That said, the conclusion didn’t bother me much. If anything, I thought it was a brave choice on Roth’s part, and I found the final pages the most moving (to read) and effortless (in writing style). The epilogue, while gut-wrenching, spoke to me on what it means to be human—to love and lose, to hurt and heal. While the world outside the fence is extremely complex (read: a lot for this reader to take... Read More
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