book reviews

Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

3 cups

 

General Overview:

Kiran is embarrassed by her parents.  I mean what kid wouldn’t be when they tell you your whole life that you are a real Indian princess they found in a clay pot in a mystical river in another realm.  Well, on her 12th birthday she finds that what she thought were crazy stories were all true.  Now she has to hurry to the place where all spells go to die to save her parents, and learns some interesting things along the way.

 

My Thoughts:

In the wake of Rick Roridan, there seems to be an influx of sassy pre-teens who are actually related to mythical gods flooding the market.  I for one, love this!  Especially when they’re from countries that I don’t know a lot about.  This is the second book that I’ve read that is based on Indian folk lore.  Kiran is a pretty likable character with a corny sense of humor and real motivations.  I wouldn’t say that I love this book but I’m going to read the second one before I decided whether or not I really like it.  I have a bad habit of judging a series by the first book.  

 

Reread factor:

This book is an easy read and quite enjoyable.  I might reread it again later on down the road but I’m on the fence.

 

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5 Things That Irritate Me While Reading

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I hope everyone is doing well.  Right now I’m enjoying the first snow of the season.  Any who, I’ve had some people ask me about what I look for when it comes to my book reviews.  I don’t really have a set method per say, just some things or tropes that get under my skin consistently.  So without further ado here are my top five things that irritate me while reading.

Number 1: A world with little to no explanations.

World building can make or break your novel.  There’s a fine line between letting the reader learn about the world as they go and giving them everything in an information dump.  But what frustrates me to no end is when writers introduce their world with it’s strange terminology without any explanation.  Sometimes I have to read a bit two or three times before I either figure out what the hell the author is talking about or give up because I don’t want to get hung up on a small detail.

Number 2: Characters who are bitchy for the sake of being bitchy.

I know that not every character has to be likable but when characters swing back and forth between average and raging bitch like they’re bipolar for no other reason than to create conflict, I’m gonna call you out on it.  On a similar note, when characters themselves are fighting to stay mad at someone then maybe it’s time to rework the relationship.

Number 3: Useless Love interests/Love triangles.

Love is an organic entity, much like writing.  You cannot force it.  If you have to force your characters to like each other, then they shouldn’t be together.  Not everyone needs a love interest.  One a similar note; please, please, please stop making love triangles.  They are the most contrite things in literature.  Almost 90% of the time, the MC doesn’t even care about the triangle, it’s the author trying to get us invested in it.  Please stop.

Number 4: Kicking them while their down.

All writing is about conflict.  It’s the driving force that carries the story along, but sometimes writers channel their inner Satan or whatever and throw one thing after another at their characters.  The constant conflict without comes off as time fillers and a waste of time.  They don’t do anything except play with our emotions and I don’t care.  If you want to make an impact with your conflicts keep them sharp and precise that a well placed blade.  It’s the only way to maximize their impact.

Number 5: Taking forever to get to the point.

This is my number one complaint but number five listed.  I loath it when writers take forever to get to the main conflict.  I don’t mind getting to know the characters or the world but when it’s drawn out for the sake of drawing it out, then most likely I’ll have to put the book down.  My rule is that if I make it through a third of the book and still don’t care, then it goes back on the shelf.  Sometimes it’s my frame of mind that makes it difficult to get into the book but just as often, it’s unlikable characters and slow pacing.

 

Whelp, there you have it.  The five things that I hate when reading.  What are your’s?  Let me know by leaving a comment below!

 

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book reviews

Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

1/2 cup because the book has such promise

 

General Overview:

In the land of Orisha magic has been completely wiped out.  Anyone born with the white hair of a maji is instantly put under suspicion and treated worse than animals.  We meet Zelie a young diviner whose fiery spirit has gotten her trouble more than once.  We also meet Amari, the princess who wants to help the people her father has pushed to near extinction.  We meet a few other interesting characters but I don’t feel like going into them here. 

 

My Thoughts:

I have to be honest….I didn’t actually finish this book.  I made it half way through it and just had to give up.  While the premise and world are interesting, they just took forever to get into it.  Some aspects of the world aren’t explained and it took me rereading them a few times to understand what the author was getting at.  I like the ideas of fighting against systematic racism and people from all walks of life coming together to achieve that goal.  But Zelie is an unlikable character.  She struggles to stay pissy a the princess who’s trying to help but is also going through a tough time herself.  

 

Reread factor:

I hate not finishing books.  So I might try and come back to this book again.  Like I said, the premise and world are interesting.  

 

Let me know your thoughts.  Did you like it or not?  Should I give it another go or set it aside?  Comment below.

 

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Carrying NaNoWriMo writing habits past November

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Even though I didn’t win NaNo (congrats to everyone who did) I still liked the basic premise.  The idea of a word goal has always a four letter word to me.  I don’t usually like to put constraints on my writing, but if you want to pursue writing as a career, then you have to treat it like one.  Having a daily, or even weekly, word count goal not only keeps you on track but also makes you accountable for the effort you put in.  So here’s how you can keep your NaNo writing practices outside of the event.

 

Stay in touch with writer friends.

Keep in touch with the writer friends that you made during the event or engage more with the writing friends that you already have.  Either meet in person or set up a digital meetup.  That way you can hold each other accountable and goof off together.  Plus you can always bounce ideas off each other.

 

Use timers.

One of the tools that NaNo uses to help writers reach their word count is a practice called word sprints.  If you haven’t heard of it all it details is setting a timer and punching out as many words as you possibly can within that time limit.  It doesn’t leave any room for writer’s block or second guessing.  After all NaNo is all about getting your story on the page, no matter what.  To do this outside of NaNo just Google timer and there you go.

 

Set goals and meet them.

The goal for NaNo is 50k words in 30 days.  At first I didn’t think it was possible but as I went on, I realized that the smaller daily goal actually made it feasible.  You can set writing goals for yourself without having to wait for a writing challenge.  To keep track of your word counts I like WordAlpha.  You can set goals keep track of your progress for the month.  If that doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of others out there.

 

Well, there are your three ways to keep NaNo writing practices going outside of the challenge.  Let me know what you think down below.

 

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Book Review: Wise Child by Monica Furlong

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

5 Cups

 

General Overview:

In a small village, probably in England there lives a little girl called Wise Child.  She lives with her grandmother because her mother abandoned her and her father is out to sea.  She is a useless child who is spoiled and thinks only of herself.  After her grandmother dies, she is presented to the village to see who is willing to take her in, one Juniper, a strange woman who lives on the outskirts of town does.  Wise Child doesn’t want to live with her because everyone knows she’s a witch.  But she does and learns about herself, her past, and the true nature of magic.

 

My Thoughts:

I got this book from a friend of mine ages ago, and instantly fell in love.  Juniper was and still is someone that I strive to be.  She is calm and kind and helps everyone.  If I were to be honest, I’m probably a bit more like Wise Child.  Besides all that, it’s a great story about personal growth, kindness against fear, and what makes a family.  Not bad for a middle school level book.

 

Reread factor:

This is a book that sits quietly on your shelf until you come across it one day.  It gently draws you in for a nice easy read that doesn’t loose any of its joy and wonder on multiple readings.  It’s also a good one to read with your kids.

 

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