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What I’m currently reading
I couldn’t decide what my next read should be, so I let my SO choose and he picked Nevernight. I’m 17 pages in as I’m preparing this post on Monday, and I’m so deeply beyond in love with it <3 You guys. What a book! <3 I haven’t got hooked on a story this fast in a while (possibly since The Name of the Wind, thinking about it… Read into that what you will.) so I’m thoroughly looking forward to the rest.
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.
I’m still reading this one since I put so much time into finishing Crescent Moon. I’ll put more hours into it now that I’ve finished Phoebe’s story!
(Just kidding, Nevernight is too addictive.)
Editors always tell novice writers that the first few pages of a manuscript are crucial in the publishing process — and it’s true. If an editor or agent (or reader) loses interest after a page or two, you’ve lost him or her completely, even if the middle of your novel is brilliant and the ending phenomenal. Noah Lukeman, an agent in Manhattan, has taken this advice and created a book that examines just what this means, and I have to tell you, it’s one of the best I’ve read. Continue reading
What I recently finished reading
Guys. This book was perfection <3 I was so thrilled to be on Lee’s ARC squad and devoured the whole thing in a matter of days. It’s out on the 7th April and you can pre-order it now so mark that date! My review will be up here on the 13th April, or you can read it now on Goodreads.
Gabriel Davenport has been remade from darkness. Now, he must adapt to survive .
In a small seaside town, Gabriel’s maker unwittingly takes his wards into the throes of a deadly new game. There are rumblings on The Bloodvyne, the mental web of linked vampire consciousness. Whispers about a cleansing, about the ruling council hunting vampires with impure blood.
Gabriel finds himself thrust into a new nightmare, where the hunter becomes the hunted. When his maker is taken, he must battle to untangle the mystifying clues laid out in an uncovered labyrinth to find the only creature strong enough to fight against those that hunt his new-found family.
Gaze long into the darkness, and you’ll find old vampire foes out for revenge, new ones with their own agenda, and a witch who holds the key. But just who is the monster in the middle?
This was one of my rewards for beating NaNo last November, so I was really happy to finally get to it. It’s been high up on my tbr list ever since I bought it. The plot was brilliant, full of action and sarcasm (just what I wanted – Phoebe is my spirit hero) and had some great plot twists, especially on the last hundred pages, but I found the heavy use of adverbs off-putting. It has a lot of 5-star reviews on Goodreads so it might not bug you as much as it bugged me. I recommend it for the story itself and for its strong characters – If you’re looking for a dark dystopian urban fantasy series then look no further!
What do you do when your world is turned upside down?
When you discover your father had a direct hand in the genocide of much of the world’s human population?
Phoebe Harkness’ life has changed forever. Thirty years after a cataclysmic world war that eviscerated one third of the human population, a new sub-species of vampire-like drones has set its teeth to the survivors of humanity.
They’re not the only ones: ‘Genetic Others’ such as vampires, werewolves and more roam the streets of New Oxford, trying – and sometimes failing – to live peacefully amongst humankind.
But that is all about to change.
A spate of serial killings have occurred, rocking the already fragile ecosystem of New Oxford.
Brutal murders and mutilation are now commonplace.
Phoebe must get to work. She is named as liaison between the Genetic Others and the Cabal, the ruling order of the walled city.
She must negotiate with the Tribals, a subset of werewolves cast aside by the cultural hegemony of the Cabal.
But before she can make any progress with the Tribal leader, Kane, she learns of more murders – and three missing students. And Kane’s daughter is among the missing…
One of the victims leaves a message in blood: ‘Crescent Moon’.
Now Phoebe must act urgently with the help of Kane and her former paramour, vampire Allesandro to track down the culprit of these horrific killings.
But who is conducting all of these strange happenings behind the scenes?
And what does it have to do with the Crescent Moon…?
Crescent Moon is the gripping second instalment of the urban gothic Phoebe Harkness series. It follows the young doctor as she stalks through the corrupt dystopia of New Oxford.
What I think I’ll read next
This might sound odd to some of you, this being a theory book on editing of all things, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m finishing the first big edit on Wardens of Archos this week, so this comes at a perfect time!
I have read a tiny bit when it first arrived and it’s really well written (in fact, I believe someone recommended it to me on one of these posts and I bought it on impulse…), so I’m looking forward to it for that reason, too. You can’t beat a well-written theory book that informs as well as entertains!
Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.
In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.
A lot of my writing buddies are reading this right now, and I’ve seen so much hype for it that I can’t resist! Even better, it’s a novella so I’ll fly through it. I might treat myself to it as a reward for finishing my edit ^-^
1646 – A time of English Civil War, when life is cheap, death common and superstition consumes the hearts of God-fearing folk. The life of a healer is precarious, dwelling in the shadows of normal society. Ostracised, their time running out as the self-appointed Witchfinder General scours the countryside for the Devil’s whores…
2016 – One dark night, one sleepy town, one family gripped by terror. The EAPI paranormal team are called to investigate dark poltergeist activity. But, as the eternal night finally loosens its grip, it seems that some evil deeds are never forgotten, reaching out from beyond the grave to exact their revenge…
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!
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