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Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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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:

4 Cups

 

General Overview:

Claire Randal survived the World Wars to only be trust into the past during a holiday with her husband.  Using only her wits and medical knowledge, she does the best to survive in past all while trying to get back to her husband.  But it’s not easy being a 20th century woman in the past and she soon finds herself torn between two worlds, two lifetimes, and two men who love her.

 

My Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about this book.  It’s great story telling and really grips you and doesn’t let go.  However, towards the end I really felt like the author was just throwing in shit for the sake of messing with characters and the reader.  I ‘ve never read the others but always hear great things from them.  I do like the show but again, haven’t made it past the first season.  I will say this…every woman needs a Jaime.  This book is a mix of fantasy and historical fiction.  I know that there’s elements of science fiction that come into play with later books but I haven’t gotten there yet.  So really,this book has a bit of everything for everyone.

 

Reread factor:

I keep coming back to this book time and time again.  I love it and often imagine what I would do if I was Claire’s position.  I know that my aunt rereads the series all the time.  This is definitely one to keep if you love it.

 

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Series Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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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!  I had a book last week that made me want to reread one of my favorite series.  I’m actually in the middle of rereading it so I figured why not review it. 

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:

4 Cups

 

General Overview:

These books follow Percy Jackson as he discovers his Olympian heritage and deal with the complications that come along with it.  Prophecies, monsters, and combating the embodiment of evil is a lot for a twelve year old to handle.  But at least he doesn’t have to do it alone.  Percy has some loyal and bad ass friends along the way, some of them even god like.  But all he really wants is to go to camp and have fun learning how to sword fight and fly Pegasus…you know, normal things; and spend time with his mom.

 

My Thoughts:

When I first read the first book, The Lightening Thief, I didn’t like it.  I enjoyed reading it but by the end I was like, “meh”.  When I told my friend Acree about it he urged me to keep reading.  I guess I owe him because I did and fell more in love with each book.  Yeah it can get tiring with all the drama, but that’s not really what moves the story.  The connections the characters make with those around them and within themselves are just top notch.  Plus, the chapter titles are pretty hilarious and there are some great one liners.  The energy in these books kinda fluctuates like the tides for the first three and then it kicks it up a notch for the last two.  But one of the things that I loved the most is that you have strong male and female role models, and there are different strengths.  It’s not all brawn.  You also have weak characters whose flaws are the very things that make them special.  There’s a lot of resentment for parents who abandon their kids and as someone who once felt that way about a parent, these books show kids that you are not who your parents are, be they in your life or not.   It shows them that they can find their own strengths and learn to soar as high as the heavens.

 

Reread factor:

Like I said before, I’m in the middle of rereading these books.  I reread them at least once every couple of years.  I thoroughly enjoy them now from start to finish.  I will probably have these books on my shelf for as long as I’m alive and having to replace them when they become too worn out like my Harry Potter books.

 

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Digital vs Paper Outlining

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I hope that everyone is doing well on this fine Wednesday.  For my people on the east coast watching the hurricane roll in, I hope you got all your provisions and let’s keep our fingers cross that we don’t loose power too long…

On a different note…I was supposed to have a book signing event this past Saturday but something fell through and I had to cancel.  I’m not gonna lie, I cried.  But I pulled up my big girl panties and went on with life.  I’m hoping to get it rescheduled soon.  It was my first event and I was really looking forward to it.  Sigh…oh well let’s in on to the matter at hand.

Outlining is something that you either do or don’t.  Some writers get their ideas and just see where they go organically while others (like myself) outline our works.  I outline because if I don’t I either run off onto weird tangents that have nothing to do with the story or I don’t put enough details into it.  And if you’re like me then I highly recommend outlining.  Now I know that this seems like a simple concept…and it is but it’s not either.

When I realized that I needed to outline, I did everything on paper.  But I ended up with piles and piles of paper, post-it notes, and scribbles in my writing journal.  My thoughts were scattered every where, so I searched for paperless options and came across Notebook.ai and I thought that all my problems were solved…not quite.  I ended up spending a hellish amount of time on little things, but I still like the site.

So here are the pros and cons of using paper and digital forms of outlining.

Paper pros

You can work anywhere as long as you have something to write on and with.  Also your ideas are locked into where you initially thought they would fit.

Paper cons

Lots of little pieces of paper to organize.  You can also loose them.  Plus once you’ve finished your story, it’s a lot of recycling.

Digital pros

Everything is in one place and you can access it anywhere and everywhere.  It’s a lot easier to make changes and you don’t really have to worry about loosing your ideas.

Digital cons

If you’re like me, you’ll end up getting sucked into a new toy.  If it’s not something you’re used to working with you’ll end up forgetting about it and not utilizing it thus making all that work that you put in a waste.

 

In the end it all boils down to preference.  I like having paper.  It helps me to remember but I do the vast amount online.  I use notebook.ai for world building but avoid the character fields bc I will get stuck there.  For my paper options, I have this cork board that I pin picture inspirations, notes, and whatever else on.  The blended option works for me, and you just need to find what works for you.

So what do you guys use for your outlining?  Do you even need to outline?  Comment below I would love to hear from you!

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Book Review: Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty

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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:

4 Cups

General Overview:

We find ourselves once again in the mountains of North Carolina where magic still lives.  It is here that we meet the young thief Willa as she struggles to earn praise from her clan’s leader and to ensure her peoples survival.  Willa belongs to a race of creatures call Faeran. The were once a great people who were friends to all manner of flora and fauna, but now they are dying out.  They blame this on the influx of human homesteaders and developers who are encroaching on their lands. But not all is what it seams. When Willa gets hurt on a thieving job, her world gets thrown into chaos and she questions everything.  As she does, she discovers some horrible truths as well as some pleasant ones. By the end everything is settle but not in the way that you hope

My Thoughts:

Once again Beatty brings us to the magic that can only be found in the mountains.  I love how he works alongside Native American and folklorist. Willa is a character that I feel sorry for.  Unlike Seraphina in the first set of books, Willa’s world is harsh before everything hits the fan. It’s amazing that she even retained the capacity to grow at all.  I really don’t want to go into more because I fear it might end up in spoiler land and I don’t want to to do that to anyone. But this book sucks you in slowly and surely, leaving you crying but happy at the end.  

Reread factor:

This is one that I will definitely read again when the mood strikes me.  When I get around to having children, this will for sure be a bedtime story.

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Why I became a Writer

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Today’s post is a bit of a personal one.  Often when I talk to people about my writing and the books I’ve published, they tend to look at me like I’ve grown three heads.  To people who aren’t writers, writing is often this crazy and amazing skill.  And then they usually follow up with “WHY?”

Such a funny question “why”.

I tend to find that I cant really answer that question.  I don’t know why I feel the compulsion to write, only that I do.  I’ve been telling stories for almost my whole life.  But the firs time I put pen to paper was middle school.  And while those stories in my head raged and demanded to be let out, I never saw them to their end.  I lacked the discipline then.  But now I’m different.

I write because I can’t imagine doing anything else.  I love it.  I love creating worlds, people, and weaving them into a story.  While I have some control over the story and the characters, they still evolve organically.

I write because it gives me peace.  It quiets the demons in my head telling my cruel lies.  I loose myself in my work, my craft, living out tiny pieces of my soul in the worlds I create.  That doesn’t mean that I self insert myself…no… just fragments of myself (the broken bits) tend to make their way into my works.

I write because as of right now nothing gives me as much joy as finally being able to hold my book in my hands.  To see all that work and pain meld into something that brings joy.

These are just a few of the reasons why I write.  What about you?  Why do you write, create, or whatever? Comment below. I’d love to read them.

 

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Special Announcement!!!!

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I have a special announcement to make.  After much deliberation and research, I’ve finally created a Patreon page.  If you haven’t heard, Patreon is a site that allows people to help sponsor artists and creators.  In exchange for help, patrons get special benefits.  Follow the link below to go to my page.  Help me to spread the word.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Series Review: The Crescent City by Kristen Painter

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It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for me to kick off a new segment: book reviews.  Each book will be rated using coffee cups because I am happily addicted to coffee.  A rating of 0 means that I could not finish the book if my life depended on it and a five means that the world could end and I wouldn’t have noticed.

DISCLAIMER: I am not paid for these reviews.  I do them for fun and because I love talking about books.  And there are simply too many out there to hear about them all.

Rating:  3 cups

Sometimes I come across a series and I gobble it up before I can review the first book.  And this series is one of those.  I stumbled across the first book while trolling around my local book store.  The cover grabbed my attention and I loved it so much that I bought it.  I am a serial judge of book covers.  Covers can be works of art in and of themselves.  I make my own covers so I really appreciate a good one.  Anyways, let’s get started.

General Overview: 

In this world, after some big ass war that changed the world; Fae, Vampires, and all other sort of supernatural creatures live out in the open.  Some cities are Havens for Fae and other creatures where they can live in peace because you know not every human is going to be happy that they’re out in the open.  The story starts off with Augustine coming home after being on the run for a while because of events from another series.  He ends up being offered the position of Guardian whose job is to protect all people living in New Orleans. Harlow is introduced not too long after that as she travels to New Orleans to ask her mother for help bailing her out of a really messed up situation. Now Harlow is fae like Augustine but she hates it and has spent her life suppressing her powers.  When she touches people she can read their emotions and she can read emotions off of objects as well.  She’s also a bad-ass hacker which is why she’s in trouble to begin with. The two meet on the Fae New Years but there is a Marid Gras flair to it because everyone is wearing masks.  They meeting and sparks fly and that’s all that I’m going to say about that.  I don’t really want to spoil anything for anyone but some shit goes down with Vampires and evil Fae and Harlow has to come to terms being Fae, while Augustine has to find the ones responsible for putting his city in danger, proving that he’s more than just a former felon.  There’s some mild plot twist but this story is more about the characters.

Re-readability:

This series does alright on the second or third reading.  Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but I tend to skip the sections of characters I could care less about.  With this series while there is a main arching story there is also a secondary villain working in the background until the third book.  I really don’t like reading those sections because I can’t stand the villain.  It’s not that the villain (Giselle a witch) is a bitch with a capital B.  She gets everything that comes her way.  And speaking of villains, the main one for the first two books (Barnzino) seems a bit underdeveloped but serves his purpose.  The main reason why I keep coming back to this series is that I love the interactions between Harlow and Augustine.  Their relationship develops naturally (to me) and I love how Harlow finds confidence in herself and her abilities without fundamentally changing who she is as a person.  That rarely happens with these types of books.

 

My thoughts: 

I like this series.  It grabbed my attention from the get go and didn’t let go until I was done.  I love the main characters and the conversations between them feels real.  The conversations can sometimes come off as odd or disjointed but that’s truly how people talk, especially when there’s more than one person talking.  There’s not much initial world building but we learn more about through the heroine Harlow’s eyes, so it works. I used to love urban fantasy books, until they became too formulaic for me.  But this series blew all that out of the water.  It’s a fresh approach on a tired topic.  Fun fact, this series is a spin off of another series by the same author.  This series doesn’t have that feeling.  It’s a great stand alone series.

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Have you read this series?  What did you think?  Have any recommendations; send them!  I love discovering new books!  Until next time