Exiles Blog Tour and Author Interview!!!

Guys, it’s here!  It’s here!  I’ve been a die-hard fan of the Ilyon Chronicles and I was so excited to participate in Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel’s blog tour!  This is the fourth book in her Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles.  I reviewed the first book here a while back, so if you don’t know anything about it, check it out.

The first three Kindle books are on sale August 11th – 14th! You can find them on Amazon.  You can even snag the first book for .99 cents!!!

Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. (Did I mention that there’s a cool giveaway?) Continue reading

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The Girl Who Could See- Book Review

I said I’d be doing a lot of reading.  It was only a matter of time until a book review popped up.  Actually, you might see a lot of book reviews because I’ve been reading like crazy.  (I read three books yesterday.  Finished one, and read two more from cover to cover.  Crazy.  They were the Blades of Acktar series by Trisha Mingerink, if you’re curious.)

But this was the first book I read during my summer break.  I was super excited for the book when I first heard of it, because I thought it sounded amazing and the cover art is gorgeous!  

The premise was super cool, and I went into this book with high expectations.  That’s dangerous for me because I rarely have high expectations for books.  If I have high expectations, they’re more likely than not to get dashed.  If I don’t have high expectations and the book is good, I’ll be pleasantly surprised, but if it’s not, I don’t suffer any loss.  

But The Girl Who Could See, by Kara Swanson, met all those expectations.

“All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.” -from back cover

I was really interested because the book revolved around schizophrenia and imaginary friends, both of which I thought would be good in a book.  Really, it’s a novella, but it was the perfect length for me.  Any longer and it would have felt way too long.

The Characters:

Fern (aka Plant Girl):  Fern is a strong heroine who just wants to take care of her niece.  Doing so means that she needs to keep her job.  It’s easier said than done.  She’s lost two jobs in the past two months because of accidents related to her schizophrenia.  In fact, her illness is so bad that she had to drop out of high school.  Even before that, her parents were a part of a drug dealership, and often had the children pedal the drugs for them.  Despite it all, she’s a determined girl.

Tristan: Tristan is imaginary friend of Fern.  He saved her when she was little, and always keeps an eye on her.  Plus he has so much snarky, sarcastic, happy.  (Ignore the grammar.)

What I liked:

The concept was well executed.  There were a few time jumps, but I was able to keep track of them with no trouble.  The book is written in first person present, which normally drives me nuts, but I didn’t even notice until I was a few chapters into it.  There was some romance, but it wasn’t a lot.  It’s not a Christian book, but it is really clean.  (The author is a daughter of missionaries.)

What I didn’t like:

There was some slightly unbelievable things that I noticed going back through a second time.  (I like it so much that I read the book twice in one day.  That’s saying something.)  However, they weren’t glaring, and given the genre, it didn’t matter too much.  There was one kiss that went a little too long.  (While this is something I’m neutral on, I’ll advise: There is quite a bit of violence, but never too gory, and there is some thematic stuff.)

WRITING: 5/5 STARS
CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 STARS
PLOT: 4.5/5
THEMATIC STUFF (1 NONE, 5 HIGH): 2

(Drugs, kidnapping, monsters,)

LEVEL OF VIOLENCE (1 BEING NONE, 5 BEING HIGH): 3

(A few people are killed.  Tristan fights with two flails, which he uses.)

LANGUAGE: (1 BEING NONE, 5 BEING HIGH): 1

Total: Four and a half stars.  (I rounded up to five.)

Animal Farm-Book Review

animal farm book review

I have a penchant for reading banned books, apparently.  

Though this one isn’t as pleasant as To Kill A Mockingbird.  It’s actually really depressing, but a thought-provoking read.

Animal Farm is actually a fairy tale.  No, not the fairy tales of princesses and dragons.  It’s specifically a book written with flat characters.  Character arcs are few and far in between.  Continue reading

If you liked these books, you might like These…

these books

(Sorry for the lack of posts.  I’ve been a little busy.)

Anyways, isn’t the weather just delightful?  *sneezes*  The pollen is flying through the air, bugs are biting, and every single flower and tree are releasing some sort of allergen. 

So I’ve been stuck indoors, and what do you do when you’re stuck inside?  Read.  Lots of reading.  If you’ve re-read all your favorites, you might just want to scroll through this post to find similar books to your tastes. 😉 Continue reading

Should Books Be Banned?

should books be bannedI was googling some things, and I saw this recommended search: “why books should be banned.”  Curious, I clicked on the search button.  

Basically, the articles that came up said that books put poison in children’s minds that they can’t get out, and are bad for civilization.  Books that explore ideas such as racial prejudices, unpopular religious views, adult stuff.

Should we ban those books?

This is my opinion, and you’re welcome to disagree. Continue reading

The Best Websites for Keeping Writing Goals +Camp NaNo

Happy March!  I confess, I’m much more of a winter person, but it is nice to see the leaves and flowers coming out.  (Until the pollen comes, and I desperately wish for winter again.)

March also means that it’s only one month away from April, which also means that it’s one month away from Camp NaNoWriMo.  Some of you may know that I did NaNoWriMo in November, which is basically the bigger, more serious version of Camp NaNo.  We’ll go into all that and other online resources that help you keep your writing goals. Continue reading

The Book Thief- Book Review

The Book Thief by [Zusak, Markus]

I had heard how great this book was, how sad it was, and how enthralling it was.  I finally picked the book up from my library, and started it.  I made it about twenty five pages in, them put it down and went to other books.  It eventually was forgotten.  I picked it up again, a few months later, and tried to read it again.  I made it a little farther.

Then, I decided that I would read the whole thing.  Third time’s the charm, after all.

And I was hooked.

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To Kill A Mockingbird- Book Review

I was shocked when I learned that many schools banned this book.  Let me clear something up here: This book shows the horrors of racism, and the main characters try to defend the African American.  This is Historical Fiction.  The speech reflects the time period.  And, unfortunately, it was common to look down on people of different skin color.  But the book does not say that it is good to discriminate!

Rather, the story is told through the eyes of a young, tomboyish girl named Scout, who’s father is a lawyer who defends a black man against false charges. Continue reading