It figures that I would arrive at the ALL IS LOST moment in my current WIP (beat sheet) on the day when it feels exactly that in my own narrative. I know the moment is not lost -- not for my characters anyway -- and so I try to remind myself of that today, in … Continue reading End of 2016 TBR List: Diverse Authors Spotlight
Great news, everyone: I have an agent!!!!! GAHHHHHHHH Writing friends, if you're not on Twitter, I highly recommend that you sign up, because you will miss out on some AMAZING opportunities to pitch to agents. So go create an account, post your Twitter name here, and I'll follow you back! (I'm @rayneadams84). Back in September, writers were … Continue reading #PitMad Success Story
It's been a while. I know. And although I would love to blame my absence from this blog on reading TONS of books, I'm sad to report that I didn't finish my August TBR. I know, I know. I found myself in a reading funk/hangover after Sara Maas' ACOMAF and I neglected my reading duties. Duties -- yeah right; I … Continue reading How Do Book Reviews Influence Your Reading?
July is nearly over, which means fall lies right around the corner. Cannot.wait. Already I'm seeing fall decor in stores and, in the aisles of Hobby Lobby, X-mas crafts and decoration -- ALREADY. No joke. But I'm okay with this because I miss wearing scarves and wine-colored shirts and boots and crocheting X-mas ornaments. Summers in the … Continue reading August’s TBR
YOU.GUISE. I finished Sarah Maas' ACOTAR last week, spending a mere three days to accomplish this task. O.M.G. Of course, I'm behind on the times and haven't read ACOMAF -- yet. I'm happy to announce that it has arrived in the mail, and when I finish reading V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic (which, I suspect, won't take long, … Continue reading A Court of Thorns & Roses, by Sarah Maas
There was a great Twitter conversation today (#FeminisminYA) about abusive relationships -- including mentally abusive ones -- in YA books. What's troubling is that these relationships are, in a way,"validated" by the storylines that encourage us to fall in love the MC's love interest (often a male), even if he's possessive, obsessive, and/or violent in his words and/or … Continue reading ACOTR, the Beast, and Abusive Relationships in YA
After reading Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys several months back, I visited Goodreads to bask in the awesome reviews -- who wouldn't love this book? And while her book has an outpouring of love and support, one complaint stood out: The ending. Spoiler-free: Although one of the story arcs finds its completion by the end of the book (which, … Continue reading Ending on a Cliffhanger
Prior to reading Holly Black's White Cat, Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood, and V.E. Schwab's The Archived the past two months, I wasn't an avid fan of a 1st person narrator. I had always found it difficult to read, always found myself resisting the first few pages of the book written in 1st person, especially if written in the present … Continue reading POV in YA: First or Third?
"Being. Not being. Giving in. Holding out. No matter what I do, it hurts." Kate tipped her head back against the tub. "That's life, August," she said. "You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn't matter if you're monster or human. Living hurts." Damn, am I right? V.E. Schwab's This Savage Song did not disappoint. Click through … Continue reading And This Savage Song has ended. (spoiler free)
That being said, I do cringe whenever I see pages torn from a book strewn about only to serve as the picture's backdrop. Pretty picture, but WHAT BOOKS DID YOU KILL??