Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Art of Writing a Novella: A Post by Paula Stokes

I had a lot of fun reading Paula Stokes' The Art of Lainey. It's a delightful book, heartwarming and realistic and cute, and complete with some REALLY great characters. I also may have gotten slightly attached to a certain Micah Foster. Luckily for meInfinite Repeat, a Micah e-novella and prequel story to The Art of Lainey, releases today. Paula is here to talk about Infinite Repeat and some of the challenges faced when writing it. 

Seventeen-year-old Micah Foster is looking forward to the return of his girlfriend, Amber, who's been away in Los Angeles recording an EP with her band. But when Amber returns home on the anniversary of Micah's dad's death, something feels different and Micah pushes her away.

Over the next week, as Micah tries to repair his relationship with Amber, he relives the events of the past few years and recognizes a pattern. His friends and family are right--he self-destructs every April, right around the time his dad died, hurting people he cares about in the process. Will Amber be this year's casualty? Or can Micah escape his past in time to fix his present?

Monday, 7 July 2014

Review: Shimmer by Paula Weston

Spoiler warning! Spoilers present for the previous two books, Shadows and Haze

Title: Shimmer (The Rephaim, #3)
Author: Paula Weston
Publisher: Orion/Indigo (UK)
Published: July 03, 2014
Buy: The Book Depository

This series has all of my favourite things – gloriously entertaining romance, heart-stopping action, clever and interesting plot – all skilfully tied together with barrels of tension and emotion. It’s angels without the accompanying drone of been-there-done-that paranormal fiction.

Shimmer is the third and penultimate book and sets off immediately after the (very cruel) ending of Haze, taking us to the Sanctuary, where Nathaniel’s Rephaim and the Outcasts are forced together to save Rafa and Taya from the demons. Not surprisingly, Rafa is absent for a good portion of the book (which is mildly agonising, to say the least) and in the meantime, we get to dig deeper into the history of the Rephaim and Gaby’s old personality pre-memory loss. A lot of answers are still withheld, but the little glimpses we do get are incredibly fascinating and only make me desperate – madly, hair-pullingly desperate – to get the rest. It’s a tense, torturous, on-the-edge-of-your-seat journey, but there are some very satisfying developments, too.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

Summer is my second favourite time of the year. It's no autumn, but it is the season where I get through the largest number of books. There are many 2014 summer releases that I can't wait to read, but also a few older books that I've been meaning to pick up that I finally hope to get around to.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars, #1) Servants of the Storm A Little Something Different The Merciless (The Merciless, #1)
Of Metal and Wishes Fiendish The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1) A Mad, Wicked Folly The Survival Kit

Monday, 26 May 2014

Review: (Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Title: (Don't You) Forget About Me
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publisher: June 10, 2014
Buy: The Book Depository

This book is magical and bizarre and messy and wonderful. It’s like trying to piece fragments of a dream together; a story interspersed with moments of harsh clarity and unsettling confusion. Granted, it won’t work for all – you’ll need to have patience and a draw to the unusual to get through this one – but as my first taste of Kate Karyus Quinn’s writing, I could not be more impressed.

There is SO much creativity in this book. The small town setting is beautifully depicted, a disturbing sort of isolated paradise where there is quiet, longevity and a wondrous lack of illness. Gardnerville is terrifying and enchanting, home to main character Skylar Gardner, and a place where teenagers are overcome with fatal, unnatural compulsions every four years. In Gardnerville, you can live easily into your second century, but first, you have to get through adolescence.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Reasons Why You NEED To Start The Raven Cycle Series

I am a little bit obsessed with Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle series... Just a little bit. I may have sealed my soul into a box to trade for the third instalment, but really, I have this obsession perfectly under control.