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What I’m currently reading
I’m finally getting around to reading Our Dark Duet <3 I treated myself not long ago and am almost halfway there now. In fact, by the time this post goes live on Wednesday and you’re reading it I’ve probably passed the halfway mark 😛 (Edit: I have.)
Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.
Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.
I had to borrow this when I saw it in my library! I’ll be participating in NaNo again this year and this will be a big part of my preparation. I wasn’t going to start my prep until October but I thought if I read it now I can review it in time for October, so that you can decide whether you want to make it part of your own preparations 🙂 So far so good! It’s short so it doesn’t take long to read. Review to come at the end of September 😉
You’ve always wanted to write, but . . . just haven’t gotten around to it. No Plot? No Problem! is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.
Let Chris Baty, founder of the rockin’ literary marathon National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Baty’s pep talks and essential survival strategies cover the initial momentum and energy of Week One, the critical “plot flashes” of Week Two, the “Can I quit now?” impulses of Week Three, and the champagne and roar of the crowd during Week Four. Whether you’re a first-time novelist who just can’t seem to get pen to paper or a results-oriented writer seeking a creative on-ramp into the world of publishing, this is the adventure for you.
So what are you waiting for? The No Plot? approach worked for the thousands of people who’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo, and it can work for you! Let No Plot? No Problem! help you get fired up and on the right track.
What I recently finished reading
Hmmmm, this was good, but it’s not my new favourite Discworld novel as I thought it might be. It’s basically a story about a boy who messes up the space-time continuum because he can’t get himself to reap a girl he likes, and a man going through a mid-life crisis because a younger guy has taken his job. There’s more to it, of course, but that roughly sums up the main plot.
It was nice to see one of the old characters make an appearance, and I enjoyed it a lot more towards the end when everything was coming together, but it hasn’t taken the spot of favourite Discworld novel away from Equal Rites 🙂
In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can’t refuse — especially since being, well, dead isn’t compulsory. As Death’s apprentice, he’ll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won’t need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he’d ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.
This was so good, friends <3 I won’t say too much now because my review will be on here tomorrow, but I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to Book 3 🙂
Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.
I’ve finally finished The Plot Thickens. It was good and gave me lots to think about, but it was just a little too dry for me. I prefer my theory reads humorous as you might know by now, and this wasn’t that. I learned something but I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it.
As a literary agent, Noah Lukeman hears thousands of book pitches a year. Often the stories sound great in concept, but never live up to their potential on the page. Lukeman shows beginning and advanced writers how to implement the fundamentals of successful plot development, such as character building and heightened suspense and conflict. Writers will find it impossible to walk away from this invaluable guide—a veritable fiction-writing workshop—without boundless new ideas.
What I think I’ll read next
I’ve been waiting to read this for ages! Since I felt I needed more awesome high fantasy reads in my life, I figured now was the perfect time 🙂 My only concern is that I’ve seen so many excellent reviews and no negative words that my expectations are too high, but I’ve a feeling it won’t disappoint <3
In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
Originally, this was going to be my next theory read but then I found No Plot? No problem! and plans changed. I’ll definitely get to it next, though, it’s been waiting on my shelf for too long!
“A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.”– Library Journal
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