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WELCOME 2019

Every year I make a long list of resolutions that I never end up following. That’s not completely true I usually make it through the first month, get annoyed and eventually give up. This year I’ve decided instead of doing that I’m going to set myself goals.

2018 was the year I finally decided to start accepting myself and do what I love. It didn’t matter if I was published, though I can admit it stings a bit to work hard on something and not have found it’s home yet. I was writing again. I wrote the first draft of my novel, a couple of flash fiction and short stories and a handful of poetry. I discovered a community where I felt like I could belong and I learned to love myself.

2019 is going to continue that trend. Here are my goals:

  • Get healthier
  • Edit and rewrite the hell out of Free of Ever After
  • Write the first draft of Silver Lake
  • Read 52 books during the year
  • Be more active on social media and my blog
  • Explore
  • Learn something new
  • Submit to more journals

Wish me luck. Everything here is within my control and while goals are supposed to be measurable I find it easier to keep myself on track if I have the flexibility to change my thinking. And to everyone who has made goals and resolutions for themselves. Good luck to you too.

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Reviews for 1/1-1/13

My goal for 2019 is 52 books. I figured I can read a book a week or if for some reason I miss a couple of weeks I’d probably have more than enough read to cover for it.

So far I have manged to read six. Most of which have been wonderful but there have been a couple I didn’t enjoy or was on the fence about. Nothing that has stopped me from reading to the end. I’ve learned an ending can make or break a book for me.

The first was A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn. I loved this book. I knew that I would. I read one of the later book in the series as an e-arc and loved it. This was everything I was expecting. Plenty of flirting, a fun mystery and of course entertaining characters. One of those books I can read a thousand times and still enjoy it.

The second book was The Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd. I’m liking this book more after I’ve read than when I was reading it. There was a lot going on and it didn’t gel for me. The ending was what saved this book and I’m looking forward to the next one but it won’t be something I pick up to read again.

The third book was Daughters of Fortune by Tara Hyland. This book was nothing like what the summary made it sound like. I thought it would be a family drama about three sisters. Instead, it was more sexual adventures of three sisters who never interact. The sex scenes were disturbing in a lot of places.

The fourth book I read was Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean. I loved this book from the first page I was hooked. While I knew where a lot of the book was going there were enough unexpected twists and turns that I couldn’t put it down. The characters made you feel for them and I found myself crying in more than one place.

The Fifth book was The Disasters by M.K England. I’m not much of a sci-fi girl. I love my fantasy books but when it comes to space I’m just not as interested. This book may have made me change my mind. It was fun and while fairly predictable it worked well with this book. The characters had their flaws but they were all lovable and kept you rooting and cheering for them through out the book.

The sixth book I read was Grave Peril the third book in the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I have read most of the series a couple of times and this is no exception. Harry Dresden is fun and the rest of the ensemble cast keeps him on his toes while usually reminding him why he does the things he does and not slip into the darkness.

In addition to my wonderful books I finally got time to read some comics this week. The first two in the Batman Damned series will keep me coming back for more. Even if I think it needs more Zee and DC’s Nuclear Winter Special was full of fun stories for whoever you might be a fan of.

Reviews for August 2018

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik –

I recommend reading this under a warm blanket with a cut of hot chocolate. The details for the setting are gorgeous and it’s easy to imagine yourself in the world that Naomi Novik creates. The characters are well rounded each with their own flaws and strengths. Sometimes you are cheering for them and sometimes you’re hoping they get what’s coming to them depending on the character and motivations.

The book is a captivating read. I hated to put it down. There are strong female characters, all of which who grow and learn throughout the series without loosing the sense of who they are. Silver Spinning will leave you believing in love, hope, believing in yourself and maybe most importantly family. The viewpoints switch between several different characters but they are introduced slowly so you have time to learn and understand who is speaking without getting confused. And the storylines and important plot points are easy to remember without having to go back and look up details from earlier in the book but I never felt like I was rereading the same thing without getting new information.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning –

This book is best read with your feet dangling in the ocean, a box of tissues nearby and maybe a few savory treats to indulge in. Or if you can’t make it to the ocean, the sounds of waves playing in the background.

Much like the ocean who is very much a character in this book, it can go from a fun celebration to pulling you under the waves and leave you gasping for breath. The setting is beautiful, the characters will break your heart and the words flow like gentle waves. The book had twists and turns, some of which were easy to spot and all of which when looking back was very obvious. Still, even when you saw them coming they break your heart. A must read.

The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas-

This book is best read under a lantern’s light, pastries to indulge in and a comfy armchair to relax in. I haven’t read the first two book in the series and while the background knowledge of the characters would have been helpful it’s not necessary in order to understand the characters and plot of Hollow of Fear. Sherry Thomas paints a beautiful picture and an intriguing plot. You root for the characters and there are moments where you want to both laugh and cry.

However, once the killer is revealed I never get that moment where I go I knew it or look back and think that makes sense. Maybe with the background knowledge, it would have made more sense but without it, the ending needs to be clearly explained for any newcomers. An enjoyable read and one that makes me want to go back and read the first two in the series.

I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway.

The Wish by H.G. Young –

Find a comfortable place under a large tree and prepare to remember what it feels like to be a kid full of wonder again. Or really find anywhere that makes you feel small and reminds you of how large the world. The story is cute but filled with plot holes and leaves you asking more questions than you have answers for.

 

Reviews for July 2018

IT – I picked up this book because I had seen the movie. And remember re-watching the mini-series a hundred times as a teenager. The book is a departure from both, as almost all are, and it’s good to get a little more insight the characters head. The book is at times hard to keep straight of who is afraid of what but King does a good job of reminding us of the important information without always feeling like he’s retelling the same thing over and over. I find the book creepy, scary and disturbing. Just what I expect out of a book by Stephen King. It’s a long read, but well worth the effort.

Once Upon A Time: Regina Rising – I bought this book because I enjoy the show Once Upon A Time and Regina is my favorite character. It was a quick and easy read that gave some insight into the character of Regina from the show. However, as a companion it deviated from the past we do know about Regina. The only characters it expands on from Regina’s past are her family and a little bit about Snow White and her mother. As a non-companion book, it was a light read. Something to bring to the beach when you just want to have something to read without having to remember what’s happened before if you decide to put it down and pick it up later.

Take Me – A quick sweet read. I felt like it jumped into the middle of the story at the beginning and I never got a clear idea of who either of the characters was but the book was sweet. If you’re looking for a simple romantic story this is it. If you’re looking for something with more depth and background I would pick up another book. A surprising amount of character development for how short it is.