Wednesday, May 28, 2014

By Darkness Hid (OH MY GOSH)

By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kings, #1)By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


22 Signs You Are A Harry Potter Super-Fan

Oh my gosh, just...whoa. Let's start with a story, shall we?

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Julia. A few years before this story takes place Julia read a fantasy novel.

She hated it.

After that, she read no "modern" fantasy. She read Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Grimm, but nothing written in the 2000s. Until now.

Julia has just discovered that she has been missing out.

I love this book to PIECES. The characters were awesome--Achan and Gren were sacrificial--Vrell was kind--Jax was noble--oh gosh. I love the characters.

And can we just talk about their names? I can pronounce all of them! Usually--or so I've heard, it's not like I've had that much experience--fantasy characters have names that are nearly impossible to pronounce. Not Jill Williamson's, though. One of my favorites is Jax mi Katt.

The plot is intriguing. It took me ages to finish this book, but that's not Jill's fault. First I was writing a fantasy novel of my own, so I didn't want to read in the genre, and then I was tentative about reading fantasy, so I'd only read a few pages at a time. But man. This is such a good book.

The CLIMAX! It was brilliant! I can't believe I didn't see through it right away, but thus is the power of Jill Williamson. So. Dang. Clever.
Will I buy the other books in the series? YES YES YES YES!!!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

My Very Own Link-Up!

Ready for a link-up, everyone?

Today's subject is False Reading Descriptions.

Sometimes while I'm browsing through Pinterest, I see quotes about reading (okay, a lot more than "sometimes"). But how often are those quotes actually true?

Rules for the link-up:

  1. Write a blogpost that follows the rules (surprise!)
  2. Included 3-10 quotes about books and reading that aren't true (aren't true for you, at least. What one person disagrees with, another one might adore. Feel free to be sarcastic, but please be nice. ;)
  3. Add my button:
  Running Through the Stars
(If that doesn't work, just add a link back to this post.)
3. Add your link to the link-up. Make sure to link to your post, not your blog.
4. Visit the other bloggers who linked-up and comment :)

Here're mine:

oooh... you like THAT... or alternately:  OMG! you like THIS!
I don't do that or at least not while they're looking.


I prefer something like this, thank you very much:
Heck yeah, I need one of those. PRO-GUN!
Okay okay, I'll stop taking things literally xD

For 600 pages, I'd need at least two days. To each their own, though.


Never mind. This one will be true some day.

I am dead to the world when I read
The more intense a book gets, the more I'm "out of the book". That doesn't make the emotional damage any less powerful, though.

Nerd Girl Problem #195.

So there you have it. :) Feel free to link-up! It ends in two weeks.

Review for When I'm with You

When I’m With You (The Jane Austen Academy Series, #3)When I’m With You by Cecilia Gray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A lot was riding on this book. Northanger Abbey is my favorite of Jane Austen's, so I was excited. Did When I'm with You fulfill my expectations? YES!

Thank you, Cecilia Gray (and NetGalley and her publisher) for giving me this free book to review!

One thing I love about the Jane Austen Academy is how different all of the characters are. Lizzie is determined, Ellie is considerate, and Kat is awesome. I completely related to how she felt like she needed a script for day-to-day life and the thrill she gets when she says something right in a conversation. It's pretty exciting.

I wish we could have seen more about Josh's life though. Henry, however, was perfect. What. A. Cutie. And he loves hats, just like I do. :)
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When I'm with You is the first (and possibly only) book not set in the Jane Austen Academy itself, but the book didn't lose anything by it. The plot was addictive and quick.

I'm not an actor, but I've worked with school plays before. I loved seeing how similar--and different-- being in a movie is with being in a play. The main difference is, onscreen actors are a lot more famous than onstage ones. Thus, they're put into magazines a lot, and magazines aren't always true. When I'm with You has convinced me to disbelieve nearly everything I see about actors now!
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Nope, I'm serious. Thank you, Cecilia Gray!
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Review for So Into You

So Into You (The Jane Austen Academy Series, #2)So Into You by Cecilia Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all, can I just give a huge THANK YOU to Cecilia Gray for giving me this copy for free through NetGalley in exchange for a review. I'm so dang grateful that I'm now a sort-of ARC reviewer (So Into You came out last year, so it's not exactly an Advanced Reader Copy).
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On to the review now, shall we?
Other people will probably find Ellie more relatable than I do. One thing I don't understand is how she says she rarely reveals her emotions, but she always does around Edward. How can she call herself reserved when she throws herself at him every time he's around?

I just don't understand some of the things Ellie does. (view spoiler) Change of heart there, huh?

And Edward...oh Edward. At first I loved him. Then I wanted to throw him into the lake. Now I think I like him again.

Please forgive me for comparing the two, but So Into You doesn't have as strong of quotes as the first book did. Lizzie makes a brave move at the end of the book, though. She's a genius. xD

To my relief, there were only a few typos in this book. There were still more than there should be, but it was bearable.

Overall, this is a nice installment to the series. I can't wait to read When I'm with You. Northanger Abbey is one of my favorite Jane Austen books. I'm confident Cecilia Gray won't disappoint (or at least, I really hope not.)

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Review for Fall For You

Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series, #1)Fall For You by Cecilia Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was SUCH a cute book. I do believe I've fallen in love with the Jane Austen Academy. I'm so excited to read When I'm With You, which is based off of Northanger Abbey.

The characters? Awesome. I definitely related to Lizzie's reaction to Bergie. She hates most change. And Dante? He's okay. Something was lacking, but I can't pinpoint what. I think few readers will be able to connect with him.

For being about romance in high school, there were some pretty deep quotes. "Maybe everything that bothered her about Dante was what she knew to be true about herself, too." Definitely food for thought. Are the qualities you dislike in someone else the same qualities you have?

I give this four stars, however, for a couple of reasons. One, I totally foresaw the twist about the new owners. Now that may be because I'm a writer, and writers often find books predictable. Two, the grammar was dreadful. Typos littered the pages. Without them, though, I would never have been able to guess that it was self-published. The story was tight and quick moving.

Would I buy the next books in the series? You bet!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Kingdom of Isolation is Finished!

Woo! I'm done with A Kingdom of Isolation! This time next month, I'll start editing it, making it ready for publication. By the end of the year, I could be querying agents. :-O
No, really. I might.
For now, I'll be writing book two in my series, of which A Kingdom of Isolation was the first. Here's a rough blurb:

Sadie is hopelessly romantic. When a new guy comes to her small town, she can't help but ship him with her--Despite the fact that she already has a boyfriend. Can Sadie figure out God's plan for her, or will she be pulled forever by the two who've claimed her heart?

The Guy Whose Name I Haven't Figured Out Yet is a wreck. Right before he moved to a tiny town, his girlfriend dumped him. When Sadie, the pastor's daughter, starts showing interest in him, he feels himself fall for her. But who does he really love, his old girlfriend, or Sadie?

So excited to start. :)

I guess I also need a title, don't I?

For the time being, I'll call it All Those Days.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Review for Chokepoint

Chokepoint: Mini Mission 1.5 (The Mission League, #1.5)Chokepoint: Mini Mission 1.5 by Jill Williamson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Is that girl on the cover Beth? FYI, she. Is. Awesome. She's tough, but still...human. When she tells Spencer "No", she's not a snob. She states her reasons, feels bad for Spencer, and leaves. (However, I'll still ship Bethcer, at least for the time being.)

The plot was fast paced and exciting. It would probably have made more sense to me if I was used to "Spencer's crowd". Being homeschooled, I didn't understand all of their terms. The New Recruit was set in the summer, so that wasn't an issue. It wasn't that big of a deal though. It felt so good to be back with the Mission League series. :)

I'm glad we get to see more of Spencer's prophesies. While he's going slowly on his road to becoming a Christian, at least he's moving.

Will I buy the next book in the series? Absolutely.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Book Blogger Test

When the Notebook Sisters took the Book Blogger Test, they nominated their followers at the end. So I thought I'd so the same. :)

What are your top three book pet hates?
Instant love, when people bash books they haven't read, and when characters do stupid things.

Describe your perfect reading spot.
A window seat that looks out on a snowy day. Sighhh....

Tell us three book confessions.
1. I don't really like The Lord of the Rings. The writing style just isn't for me. I love The Hobbit and The Silmarillion though.

2. The second Percy Jackson series is, well, going down the drain. Rapidly. And the ending to The Mark of Athena really wasn't that sad, no matter how much I love Percy and Annabeth.
3. After reading part of a dreadful book which shall remain unnamed, I never read "modern" fantasy again. I'm trying to read By Darkness Hid, though, and it's really good.

When was the last time you cried during a book?
Three days ago, when I was reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. J. K. Rowling is amazing.

How many books are on your bedside table?
One, How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.
Just planning on how to become a high functioning sociopath. With your number. And that must sound really creepy unless you've seen Sherlock.
What is your favourite snack whilst your reading?
Tea or pita bread and humus.

Name three books you would recommend to everyone.
Anything by C. S. Lewis, the Harry Potter series, and the Ellie Sweet series.

Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase.
I would, but I can't find the cord to up load my pictures with. Plus the lighting was horrible.

Write how much books mean to you in just three words.
Balm for souls.

What is your biggest reading secret?
I suck at reading out loud. You should hear me while I'm babysitting. "The dusk swammed--no wait, the duck swum--no, that's not right...."
Not by too much, though.
Now you can answer the questions yourself! I nominate all my followers. :)