October Reads Round Up

MONTHLY READS ROUNDUP

A brief summary of my October reads with links to the full reviews.

The Train to the Edge of the Moon by Asper Blurry

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I gave this book 4/5. Edgy, unique writing style that fitted well  with the raw topics covered in the narrative. Great supporting characters, and a perfectly destructive main character.

 

 

Book of Birds by L.M Bryski

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I gave this book 4/5. Bryski has a beautiful writing style that fully submerges you in post-war Canada. Hard topics such as death and child murder are handled well, and seen through the eyes of a child. As a reader you feel as if you are peering over the shoulder of the main character, Elly.

 

Untamed (House of Night #4) by Kristin & P.C Cast

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I gave this book 3/5. Not my favourite of the House of Night series. This book felt a little like filler. However, I did enjoy the less self-centred Zoey, and certain relationship dynamics. As always, the character building was handled well, even if the story lacked a little something.

 

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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I gave this book 3/5. Some wonderful world building, character development, and an interesting love square. There were a few unbelievable aspects that held me back from fully submerging myself into Snow’s mind set. A YA read that will do well with teens.

 


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10 Weeks, 10 Prompts, 10 Minutes #10 (Prompt Me Special)

The purpose of these writing exercises is to take a prompt a week for ten weeks and allow myself ten minutes to expand on it. All the prompts are taken from my writing prompt eBook: Prompt Me.

To check out my list of ten prompts, and maybe have a go yourself, follow this link.  Go with the flow, take the prompt literally, or just allow elements to inspire a totally different story. It is up to you. Link back to me, so I can have a read of your creations.

This is the last of these exercises. It has been a great experience, and I may or may not have some ideas for future use.

The Prompt:

What would you do if the news reporter on your television started talking directly to you?

For the second time in as many nights, the TV turns itself on. The blasting voices cause me to jump awake and fall from my bed in a tangle of limbs and blankets.  Tonight, however, Jenny is asleep on the camp bed, and I sprawl on top of her, as she, too, starts awake from the commotion.

“I thought you checked that it wasn’t on a timer,” she moans, burying her head in the pillows.

“I did. There is no reason for it to turn on. It’s faulty- stupid, hunk of shit.”

There’s a bang on the wall from the guy who lives nextdoor. “Okay! Okay!” I shout, crossing the room to the TV.

“Don’t turn me off, Beth,” says the news reporter on the screen. I jump away from the TV, scrambling backward into Jenny who now sits bolt upright in bed.

“What the–”

“You must listen to what I have to say.” The voice is robotic sounding, and not feminine like the woman reading the news. However, her mouth moves with the words.

“Is this some sort of joke?” Jenny asks. “This has to be a joke.”

“This is no joke,” the voice says. “Beth, you must get to the big hill in the next thirty minutes.”

Jenny grips my forearm. “It means Stargazey Hill. How can it know about Stargazey Hill?”

I scoff at her. “This is some sort of a joke. One of the guys perhaps?”

The news reporter stands and walks right up to the camera. “Listen to me! Get to the hill, Beth. You have thirty minutes or you sacrifice your home and your loved ones.”

I hold my hands up in surrender. “This is getting passed funny, now!” I shout to who ever is pulling this stupid stunt. “I’m pulling the plug.”

Again, Jenny grabs my arm. Her face is white and her mouth hangs open. I follow her line of sight and her finger pointing at the wall. The plug lies on the floor, yet the TV is working. The air leaves my lungs as I watch the woman on the screen. “We need you, Beth! Hurry!”

“I…I don’t understand.”

The image of the woman is replaced by the fuzzy footage of my Dad ushering injured and crying people into what looks like a dark cave. Jenny gasps, and I stagger backward, falling heavily on the bed.

“He is alive, Beth,” the voice says. “He needs your help. We all need your help.”

“Where is he?” I say, tears forming in my eyes.

“Your true home. I can take you there. You have twenty six minutes and counting.”

Throwing on my boots, I grab my coat and chuck Jenny’s jacket at her. “I’ll be there! I’ll be there!”

 


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Review: Untamed by Kristin & P.C. Cast

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Untamed (House of Night #4) by Kristin & P.C Cast 3/5

14874954_1313980458653368_1291488516_nLife sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey’s adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast’s spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.

Review:

Yes, this is the first House of Night book that I have rated less than 4*. There are a few reasons why this instalment fell a little short for me- it felt like a filler novel that spent a great deal of time recapping the previous three books, and needed a more substantial narrative arc of its own.

Zoey Redbird is still up to her neck in trouble, the undead Vamps are still out in force, and the human vs Vamp war is still brewing under the surface. I was pleased to get a less self-centred Zoey (she needed to be after the whole love triangle fiasco), and the new frenemy relationship with Aphrodite was one of the more interesting relationship dynamics. It adds a new dimention to the character relationships that keep it from being too cliche. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of enjoyable YA tropes present, and I for one wouldn’t like it as much if there wasn’t.

I read this book in fits and starts because I wasn’t fully drawn into the world like I have been in previous books. However, I’m looking forward to book five in the series because I believe it will be more substantial than book four in narrative.


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Thrown to the Blue by K.J. Chapman | Book Review

What an amazing review of Thrown to The Blue from Jasmine over at Ecrits du Coeur. This has made my day!

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Welcome back to my blog! Or if you’ve never been here before, hello! My name is Jasmine and I’ll be your hostess tonight. 😉

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Just kidding. Today, I’m giving you a review of this ABSOLUTELY AMAZING book that I just finished reading like ten seconds ago. Well, for you, it’ll be yesterday since I’m writing this on Sunday, but it’ll be up on Monday. Anyways, let’s get started so I don’t bore you to death with my blabbering. 😉blabbering

Thrown to the Blue comes out on November 11th, but I have read this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Everything said below about this book is my opinion solely with no outside influences. 🙂

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Title: Thrown to the Blue

Author: K.J. Chapman

Published: K.J. Chapman

Edition: 2016 ebook

My rating: *****/***** (5/5)

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Indie Interview: KJ Chapman

Thank you to Rebecca over at Read A Lot for interviewing me about my writing processes, and more importantly, the upcoming release of Thrown to The Blue!

The last Indie Interview with Suzanne Rogerson was received so well I thought I’d ask KJ Chapman, whose new book Thrown to the Blue is being released on the 11th of November, to take part. And she agreed.

32273178Hi, Kay. Welcome to Read A Lot. Congratulations on the upcoming release of your book Thrown to the Blue.

Thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure to be invited to join you.

Q: Had you always planned on becoming a published author?

A: I always knew I wanted to write. For years, that was all I did. I wrote short stories, novels, bits of ideas, but I never got as far as publishing. With my first novel, EVO Nation, I knew I would publish whether it be traditional or self-publishing. I had many rejections from literary agents, so I opted for self-publishing and I’m so glad I did.

Q: What…

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Fortnightly Picture Prompts

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Over on my Instagram account, I post fortnightly picture prompts that I have snapped because they inspire me in my writing. I invite you to have a pop at writing a sentence or paragraph to accompany it. You can find me on Instagram by following this link.

If you do not have an Instagram account, but would like to join in, you can post your sentence/ paragraph in the comments, and I will feature them in the next Picture Prompt post right here on my blog with links back to you.

Picture Prompt:

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Here is my paragraph inspired by this picture prompt:

They call it ‘Hangman’s Tree’. I know where it is, but I daren’t venture into the woods to see it first hand. The noose is for those who cannot contribute, and fail to complete the training or the tests. It’s either ‘The Noose’ or ‘The Walk’. No one wants to make that walk, or suffer the separation after. The Elders actually encourage The Noose- they say that The Walk is a great dishonour and those who fail should bring mercy to their families. My brother took The Noose only twelve months ago. I feel no mercy- all I feel is hatred toward the regime; a regime I shall burn to the ground.


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Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) by Danielle Paige 3/5

14805553_1306343342750413_826693064_n.jpgFirst kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

Thanks go to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Review:

Snow is cooped up in a mental health institute all of her life because everyone thinks she is crazy. She quickly finds that she is not insane, just unique. After Bale disappears and a mysterious man who tells her of another kingdom comes to her in the night, she makes a decision to change her life and everything she knows. Through ‘the tree’ Snow finds a world that makes her seem normal, but she really isn’t, not even in Algid. She is the one they have been waiting for.

There was brilliant world building, magical descriptions, and an intriguing narrative. Paige’s writing style is easy to read, not overly wordy, but still captures the essence of the story.

The characters were distinct, although there were times when the love… square (let’s call it a square) became unbelievable because I couldn’t fully embrace why one corner of the square would have fallen for Snow. When Snow was with another corner it felt natural, and I was screaming ‘Just kiss him- I would!’ Needless to say, I have a favourite from the love square; a favourite who was part of the most interesting group of people from the narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions, the ‘rules’, and the not so nice or trusting personalities. The final corner, Bale, was vital to the story, but I wasn’t rooting for Snow and him to be reunited in the ‘happily ever after sense’.

For a YA book, I can see this being well received by teens, and the action, love, and fantasy really draws you in. However, there were just a few unbelievable aspects for me. That being said, I want to keep reading this series because I need to know if Snow finally locks lips with my favourite ‘corner’.


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Capitalisation of Honorifics and Names is the Bane of my Editing Life

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What has this edit and my proof-reader shown me? That I am inconsistent in my capitalisation of honorifics and names. Oh my word! As soon as my proof-reader started pointing them out, she just couldn’t stop. I mean, seriously, I’m totally crap and inconsistent to the point of frustration.  Titles such as King, Your Majesty, and the more common ‘Father’ (in terms of referring to an actual person by that name), are just a few of my pit falls. This is how I picture my proof-reader’s reaction every time she has to correct me on this issue:

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What makes this edit even more exasperating is that my novel is full of honorifics with one of my main protags coming from royalty. Oh well, at least I am now aware of my annoying tendencies, right? Ha!

Do you have any annoying writing habits/ pit falls? What is your biggest editing peeve?


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Thrown to The Blue Novel Aesthetics

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I have been Pinteresting the afternoon away, and thought, ‘why don’t I share my completed novel aesthetics board for Thrown to The Blue?’ So, here it is:

I am a big fan of using Pinterest to make novel aesthetic boards, and I thought my beta and ARC readers might appreciate a little glimpse at what was rattling around in my head when writing Thrown to The Blue.


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