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Book Review: Shadow And Bone

OOPS! It’s been a minute since I gave myself time to sit down and write out these book reviews! Instead of just skipping them and moving onto the next, I want to take time to let everyone know how good these books are! Not just in terms of the plot line and the seedlings of hope throughout, but in Bardugo’s writing style and ability to craft amazing worlds for us to live in, even if for a little while. So bear with me as I scrounge up some opinions from back in July when I finished this book…

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Book Review: The Belles

Well-written, beautiful (if not a tad overdone) descriptors, and an interesting fantasy world that felt a bit like Moulin Rouge meets a beauty pageant. It's been a few weeks since I read it, but I think I can offer a unique perspective on what sticks with the reader long after you pay your library late fee. Clayton's debut novel is unique, but the plot is simple and somewhat predictable. I love the sisterhood of the Belles, but I still had major issues. Read on to see my thoughts on Book 1 of The Belles!

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Book Review: Everless

Yes, it borrows from the adage "time is money." Yes, it seems a lot like that weird movie with Justin Timberlake, In Time. No, it is not just like that movie.

I do a weird thing where I look up bestsellers and read a few 5-star reviews. Then I read the 1-star reviews just to remind myself you can't please everyone as a writer. The 1-star reviews for this book were brutal! Don't listen to them. This book borrowed an idea that is commonplace in our culture and turned it into a gorgeous YA fantasy. It definitely surprised me in the best way.

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A Day In The Life: with EC Newman

SURPRISE!! I have one more author interview up my sleeve! And this one is extra special because Eden Newman (published as EC Newman) is my great friend and IRL critique partner. We're some of the founding members of the Warner Robins Writers Group, and love talking about movies, Sebastian Stan, and Teen Wolf characters almost as much as books. 

EC Newman is represented by a UK Lit Agent, but has an interesting perspective on the publication process. Keep reading to see how she handles rejection, writing routines, and balancing life as a published author.

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Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass Book 1)

I really went into this expecting the worst, so call me pleasantly surprised. It wasn't as bad as everyone warned me it would be. The biggest downside is I have no idea how anyone's name is spelled BUT I know exactly how to pronounce it ;) Perhaps listening to this on Audible was a bad idea because the narrator made everything seem SO dramatic. I usually listen to books at 1.25x speed, but I literally couldn't because the narrator was stressing me out. Everything was fast and hard and way over dramatized, so by the end (even at 1x), I was rolling my eyes, desensitized to the oohs and ahhs of Celaena's journey. I think I would've picked up on the little bits of humor better if I'd been reading it from the page. Regardless! Still a fun story overall.

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