I had writer Coleman Alexander reach out and introduce his book to me a couple of weeks ago.
It comes out in a little bit and I just wanted to give you guys a small blurb on it!
In the deep heart of the forest, there are places where no light ever shines, where darkness is folded by pale hands and jewel-bright eyes, where the world is ruled by the wicked and kept by the wraiths.
This is where the Sprites of the Sihl live.
But Sprites are not born, they are made. On the path to Spritehood, spritelings must first become shades. They do so by binding a shadow: a woodland creature, who guides them through their training. Together, they keep from the light and learn to enchant living things, to bind them, and, eventually, to kill them.
Vikings season 5 just came out on Netflix so I gotta jump on that soon. In the meantime, I was browsing Youtube and found something that made my daaaaay:
So, for the uninteresting stuff:
I took some time for myself to figure out what I needed to do. Essentially, it was quit or actually force myself to work. It finally came down to missing writing and blogging too much to quit. It's like an eruption bubbling in anticipation, and the longer you hold it in, the sicker you're going to be. So here I am. Trying to purge this awful tension and anxiety out and get back to my passion.
Now onto everything I missed while being a massive procrastinator:
Annihilation came out!
While I was super excited about this movie, as if I haven't made it clear that I love Alex Garland yet, it was a huge let down. The things that made The Southern Reach Trilogy so enticing and interesting for me just weren't there, and Garland's usually existential internal examinations were filled in with pointless Bio-Horror.
The Terror started
The other major player in my cinematic universe, Ridley Scott, has put out a Victorian-Horror miniseries about the ships that went to explore the arctic and never came back. So far I've guessed every single line of plot, but the characters are interesting, and the acting is good, so I hold on.
A Quiet Place was super loud
I was able to go and see this wonderful movie on a Friday night. The front of the theater was filled with twelve year olds so things were not so quiet-and we got a lot of commentary that didn't necessarily add to the story. It was great.
A note on the movie: It was intense yet obvious. Large signs and massive foreshadowing took major surprises out of the loop for adults.
The next ACOTAR book is coming out in a week!
I'm super excited and ready for this baby to be out! I even ordered the monthly box by #Wick and Fable ! I've had a major reading slump (I still owe reviews on about 3 ARCs, YIKES) but I think this might change that.
I attempted to read this book several times. Although an interesting concept, it's been done before and before and before. The voice is decidedly male, which on its own isn't a bad thing, but internal monologues come off as egocentric. The characters seem one dimensional and the storytelling is stiff. I really tried with this one, it just didn't grab me.
I received a complimentary copy from blogging for books
I'm going to be taking the month of January and February off to re-evaluate what I need to be doing in my creative life. I will still be reading and reviewing, I just won't be posting until the end of February, so feel free to continue to send requests.
I've been lost for a while, and I think it's time to get everything in order so that I can actually make some progress in my creative life. I've met a ton of great people through social media and real life doing this and I have no regrets. I just need to see what works best for me right now. Thanks for all of the follows and reads, everyone has been awesome! I'll see you guys at the end of February!
The Girl in the Tower picks up where The Bear and the Nightingale left off. The magic and mystical setting of medieval Russia sparkles through the pages, in large part due to Arden's gift of lyrical story-telling.
This time around the characters are more emotional and solid, the story arc more demanding and on edge, and the aesthetic is so real you can almost reach out and touch the powdery snow and warm steaming bread. I love this author, and even if the story has some holes, her voice is so spellbinding you just want to read more. No one really writes about medieval Russia (and I'm personally not a fan of Russian lit which usually deals with loss and existential crisis), but this book continues a dark fairy tale, and one I may not be able to leave.
After being pushed away from her home, Vasya is forced to live as a boy on the run in the middle of winter, but she wouldn't have it any other way. Complications begin as she becomes entangled with a local lord and a frost demon she can't seem to escape. Politics and emotional threads weave their way back to her brother and sister staying in the Russian capitol of Moscow. As the stakes grow higher and higher as the Grand Prince takes an interest in befriending her, lies and status hang in the balance as Vasya struggles to figure out where she belongs, and what really matters.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest book review from Netgalley.
I have to admit I flew through this book. I also have to admit the characters are far from likable. While the pace and the storyline keep you hooked, apparently every boy in this book has to fall for our heroine Henrietta Howell. MMmmmmmmmmkaaay.
While the first book established characters and what role everyone would be playing in the supernatural war, this book focuses on the actual battles and finding any way to win. While that may be well and good, the romance undercurrents were a huge turn off. I have always hated Rook, who is the main love interest, but she wanted to parade Magnus (who I like), through a playboy phase, and Blackwood (who I wanted her to actually end up with), turns into a power hungry, misogynist, crazy person. There are no main male characters in the series that can be viewed as having any solid redeeming traits at this point (Magnus, slightly).
Third wave feminism has started to drip into everyday reading, and although I don't think it was an intentional artistic choice, the female characters in this iteration only really come out strong because the males are corrupt or weak. Henrietta does make some brave decisions, although they are usually rash and never well thought out.
Obvious "tells" throughout the book have to be explained even as they become revelations. This IS YA, but it doesn't have to be dumbed down.
The writing is good, the newer characters and fae are not well developed, but if you want a quick romp through an alternate Victorian London, give it a shot. You may not love the characters, but it's worth hanging in there for the overall plot.
I received a complimentary copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
November is National Novel Writing Month, or in the writer world, Nanowrimo (Nano). Those that choose to participate write 50,000 words in a month. It's really fun.
No, it's really not.
But it gets the work done.
If you are interested in Nano you can click the banner below! I'll see everyone at the beginning of December!
This graphic novel covers a plethora of issues young gamer girls deal with, and the stumbling blocks that continue to be prevalent. The story deals with a young girl adjusting to change in her life by entering into an online game community, and the struggles and problems she faces along the way.
The story can come off as a little preachy, but has an overall great message of harmony and cooperation when dealing with people and gamers from all walks of life. I highly recommend for any young gamer.
I got a complimentary copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
All of us have bet on what we've seen in pop culture, racing to our phones to prove our point faster than our companions. This book might answer some of the more confusing or interesting of them all. Cinemaps uses movies and their stories to completely map out characters' journeys in a unique and artistic way.
Part nostalgia and part art project, this book is the perfect example of something you want to have on your coffee table. From The Princess Bride to Shaun of the Dead, it links characters' actions with a type of rainbow bridge you can follow. The style changes a bit from movie to movie but still slightly retains an 8 bit video game feel to the graphics.
I would highly recommend this for movie buffs of any age.
I received a complimentary copy from Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review.