Reading

The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent

The Loving HusbandThe Loving Husband by Christobel Kent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book far more than some others who have reviewed it.

One of the typical complaints is that people guessed the twist right from the start, and I am no exception. However, for some reason, I often guess the end of a book (I can count on one hand the number of books that GENUINELY took me by surprise), so this was no real shock to me.

Fran is a quiet character, who some have described as weak. However I disagree, not all characters need to be larger than life, and sometimes a quiet soul is refreshing.

All in all, I recommend this book, however, don’t expect a shock. Guess the ending and then enjoy watching it unfurl.

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NaNoWriMo – I Can See the Finish Line

How are you, campers? Exhausted? Delirious? Manic?

Whether broken or motivated by NaNoWriMo, I have good news for you! It’s the final stretch of Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017.

Well done us, we are still going, and whether we are set to win or lose, we are all winners. Imagine what your word count would be without this month?

How far have you come? I bet it’s a long way, and even if it’s not it’s some way, and that’s enough.

Keep on striving for the finish line. You can do this!

Reading

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with ForeverThe Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To my surprise, I loved this book, despite the fact that it is written from a teenage point of view. Although it was full of the usual, understandably petty, teenage drama you would expect from a YA book, this also had some grit to it.

I enjoyed seeing how Mallory the main character coped with her post-traumatic stress. I resonated with her experiences of being a teenager and facing incredibly difficult and painful seasons.

Good job Jennifer Armentrout, this book is a cracker!

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I purchased this book before the film came out because who doesn’t hate watching a film based on a brilliant book before you have the chance to read it?

I’m not usually a fan of Young Adult Fiction, and I have to admit to finding this book a little twee. I didn’t particularly enjoy the drawings and illustrations, but then again at 27 I am not the target audience.

The story had a very interesting concept, and I enjoyed learning about life from the main character’s point of view. The twist was predictable but reasonably satisfying.

I believe this is a good YA book, and if you enjoy the genre, then you will enjoy this book.

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Is it Killing You Too?

Hello, Campers!

I am dying by word counts… Absolutely drowning in words. This NaNoWriMo malarky is excruciating.

I want to watch Netflix. I want to sleep in. I want to sit and do NOTHING. I want to GIVE UP.

But I won’t. I hope you won’t either. Keep on keeping on. Just keep swimming. We can do this.

Feel free to share your misery (or elation) in the comments. We’re in this together

NaNoWriMo · Novel Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo Doesn’t Really Matter – but you can do it anyway

Hello there everyone!

How are you this week? If you, like me, are participating in Camp NaNoWriMo you must be pretty darn tired. Well done. You’ve lasted the first week. That’s a real achievement. If you’ve already given up, don’t worry, you can always try again, or maybe it’s just not for you.

Here is something important to note down. Ready?

Completing NaNoWriMo does not make you an excellent author, and failing it does not make you a terrible one.  

This is simply a test of determination, and of how busy our lives are. Nothing more, nothing less. Don’t become disheartened and give up on your dream of writing a book just because NaNoWriMo isn’t for you.

Also, don’t become complacent because NaNoWriMo is easy for you. There is still a heck of a battle to get published.

Let’s get some perspective and enjoy the NaNoWriMo ride. 

Reading

Fractured by Dani Atkins

FracturedFractured by Dani Atkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I ever read by Dani Atkins. Many years ago when I bought my first Kindle I rented this book through Kindle Unlimited.

It is the book that sparked my love for Dani Atkins. It is a gripping tale full of twists and turns, this will not disappoint. Following the main character through two alternative versions of her life, one seems perfect, and the other a nightmare.

By the time you reach the end you will be captivated by Dani’s writing style and her wonderful characters. Read this book!

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NaNoWriMo – The Slog Continues

Firstly, I want to thank every single one of you who commented on my post yesterday. You encouraged me no end, and I hope I can help you in return. The blogging community does wonders for motivation. 

How is your writing coming along? Are you on target, way below target or dragging your sorry writing muscles along and just about making it work?

No matter how you are doing here are some things to remember – 

NaNoWriMo is MEANT to be hard. That’s why its such a big thing

Nothing worth having comes easy. Writing fiction won’t feel like a walk in the park, it’s hard and wonderful all at once.

If you write even a little when you don’t feel like doing it, you are winning Camp NaNoWriMo. 

Keep going in the hard bits as on the other side it gets easier (or so I’m hoping!)

Best of luck fellow Campers – we can do this!

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My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

My Sister's BonesMy Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an incredible book. It has so many twists and turns that you will get travel sick. The writing style is mature yet incredibly easy to read. It captivated me from the very first page.

I won’t give away any plot details from this book because I wouldn’t want to spoil it, however, I do urge you to read it.

To my shock, I read the first part of the book and found it set in my town, Herne Bay, in Kent. Initially, I laughed at the way the sleepy seaside town was portrayed to be sinister as my experiences are of a rather boring and pretty town. I did eventually start to see the place through the lens of the author and appreciate the danger she was showing. That is the sign of a great author!

Read this book, you won’t regret it.

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