Author of the Month: V.E. Schwab

Hey guys,

So I’ve read three V.E Schwab (Victoria Schwab) books this year and I did not do any reviews for them. I felt that I should give her a special shoutout.

 

 

These are the books I’ve read from her. I want to start by saying that she is a phenomenal writer with great powers of world-building and character development/characterization. Tor is her publisher which also says a great deal about her.

Of the three, Vicious was my favorite. “Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” Ugh. Amazing. This book is totally and completely morally ambiguous and I love that. For most of the book these characters are pretty gray. Who is a villain? How does one define a villain? I am gravitated to exploring these questions and the characters were well developed.

The other two books are the first two in her Shades of Magic trilogy. I didn’t find the characters as alluring as they were in Vicious. But, if you are a big fan of fantasy, there is a magic system and it takes place in a fantastical world, whereas Vicious was set in our good ol’ normal planet. Shades of Magic is set in 4 different parallel Londons: Red, Gray, Black and White London and only Kell can travel between the 4 worlds (or is he the only one?).

Overall, I would definitely recommend checking out her work, even if you aren’t a big fantasy fan. If not, I would say to start with Vicious to get a taste of her writing style. You won’t be disappointed!

 

10 Best Novels by Poets

10 Best Novels by Poets

How many of these have you read? I know that The Bell Jar has been on my list for quite some time. That’s what makes Janet Fitch one of my favorite authors, her lyrical prose. Poets make amazing fiction writers (except every now and then when they go overboard with the flowery language and metaphors…we’ve all seen ’em).

Brilliant Books Offering Refund on “Go Set a Watchman”

Wow. This statement release by Brilliant Books of Michigan is everything I’m feeling about this Harper Lee publishing debacle.

“We at Brilliant Books want to be sure that our customers are aware that Go Set A Watchman is not a sequel or prequel to To Kill A Mockingbird. Neither is it a new book.  It is a first draft that was originally, and rightfully, rejected. The book, and some of the characters therein, are very much a product of this era in the South.

We suggest you view this work as an academic insight rather than as a nice summer novel. This situation is comparable to James Joyce’s stunning work A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and his original draft Stephen Hero. Hero was initially rejected, and Joyce reworked it into the classic Portrait. Herowas eventually released as an academic piece for scholars and fans—not as a new ‘Joyce novel’. We would have been delighted to see Go Set A Watchman receive a similar fate.

It is disappointing and frankly shameful to see our noble industry parade and celebrate this as “Harper Lee’s New Novel”.  This is pure exploitation of both literary fans and a beloved American classic (which we hope has not been irrevocably tainted.) We therefore encourage you to view Go Set A Watchman with intellectual curiosity and careful consideration; a rough beginning for a classic, but only that.”

Full article here:

Why Brilliant Books is offering refunds to customers who purchased Go Set A Watchman

 

Good Tales Book Tours “Resounding Truth” by Kate Thomas (For all you werewolf fans out there)

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Resounding Truth E-Book CoverTitle: Resounding Truth (Novella)
Series: The Resounding Series
Author: Kate Thomas
Publication Date: March 30, 2015
** Resounding Truth is number 2.5 in The Resounding Series, a novella to give the readers a glimpse into the world of the Resounding Lycans. The prequel that started it all will release late spring 2015 and kick off the 8 book (plus multiple novellas) series.
Want to meet the female protagonists for the full series? Check it out.
Derik has been the Alpha of the Graybacks since the death of Drucilia’s father, his murder still weighing heavy upon Dru. With fierce determination and an iron fist, the new Alpha has successfully kept them alive and fed, but the threat of Hunters and Vampires creeps ever so close. With his eye on Dru as a prime candidate for his mate, he demands more than she’s willing to give and blazes a trail of rage across the pack at her denial.
They have waited for a savior, for someone to come and take power from Derik and the time draws near. Dru’s sister Karis can see deep into the future and makes it known that a white wolf will be their redeemer, but will he be too late? With the Queen of the vampires thirsty for an accord in blood and the head Huntress of the Circle of Elders seeking the white wolf with fever, things get tense and complicated far before the resounding truth is uncovered.


 
Author Bio:
Kate Thomas, is the author of the upcoming Equilibrium Series, a five-book supernatural new adult series and The Resounding Series, an eight-book series, with plans for a few more series in 2015.
She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

Her top ten author list is:
R.L. Stine “Fear Street Series”
L.J. Smith “Vampire Diaries”
Stephanie Myers “Twilight”
Richelle Mead “Vampire Academy”
Cassandra Clare “Mortal Instruments”
Cate Tiernan “Sweep Series”
Lauren Kate “Fallen Series”
J.R. Ward “Black Dagger Brotherhood”
Karen Marie Moning “Fever Series”
Becca Fitzpatrick “Hush, Hush Series”

She writes under the following pen names:
L.A. Starkey – Young Adult & Middle Grade Paranormal
Isabella James – Sci-fi/Fantasy

Author Links:
This tour was organized by Good Tales Book Tours.

This could be big, controversial news…

E-book mingles love and product placement

So, I stumbled across this gem in the industry news, and I am most certainly weary of it. I really don’t know how I feel about this and I would love to spark a conversation with you guys. The publishing industry is trying a new thing where they put product placement in books. The example they use is “Find Me I’m Yours”, an e-book where the main character has a great affinity for sweet-n-low. And I mean hey I guess it’s working because now I mentioned Sweet-n-low and it’s in the article. This isn’t new for the movie or TV industry but I also feel like it’s a bit more obvious in books. Kind of trite. For instance if a character is holding a McDonalds cup in a TV show, it’s a pretty subtle way to get your viewers to see and think about Mickey D’s. However, if a character in a book kept talking about how much he/she loved McDonalds it would be really obvious and I don’t think readers would like it. We are a picky crowd and I’d like to think we like our books to be left alone. But hey, this may be the next big thing to reign in profits! I just feel that it’s kind of sad and a bit demeaning for the art form.

What are your thoughts?

Liebster Award Nomination!

I was nominated by bodaciousbookbabe, thank you so much for nominating my blog!

Before I start I wanted to say that since posting my piece on Respect as a Blogger on Twitter I had over 500 views in the past two days alone from all different countries. Including places like Kenya, Germany, UK, Russia, US, Australia and more. This has been awesome. Thanks guys. I hope you enjoy!

The Rules:

Link and thank the blogger that nominated you

Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you

Tag other bloggers who have 200 followers or less

Ask the 11 nominated bloggers 11 questions and tell them you’ve nominated them

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1. What was the last book that made you cry?

Night by Eli Wiesel.

2. What is a really underrated book that you would love to see on the big screen? Why?

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier is an absolutely beautiful YA fantasy-fairytale that is very well-written and would look so cool on the big screen.

3. What is something in a book that has to be well-done for you to like it? (For me, it’s characterization.) Is it plot, setting, characters, etc?

Definitely definitely characters. As you’ve seen on my blog nothing pisses me off more than weak characters. A mark of a strong writer, for me, is well developed characters. They don’t have to be lovable, but they have to seem real. Plot takes a back seat for me.

4. Is there a book that you consider your guilty pleasure? If so, why?

TWILIGHT! ahahahahah. So, me trying to be a hipster kid I refused to read Twilight and made fun of it with everyone else. (I did the same with Harry Potter until I saw the first movie and saw how awesome it was. I know, it’s bad). Then, one summer I watched every single Twilight movie and I loved it. I then bought the book set. I can still hold on to my hipster mentality by legitimately loving vampires “before they were cool”. Have you ever read Carmilla? Lesbian-vampire story written in the 1800s? Yes.
To wrap this up, I know it isn’t well written but it’s captivating. And I fell in love with Alice and Carlisle. I also totally love that Stephanie Meyer wasn’t a writer, had little to no experience, had to write while raising kids, and made herself a sensation. It’s a true American Dream and I love that.

5. What is your favorite book setting? (Stuff like this -> Fantasy AU, Boarding School, Hollywood, New York, Foreign Countries, etc.)

I read more fantasy when I was younger and I loved it but I haven’t read much lately. If anyone has any suggestions please tell me! But, I love old school vampire stories and medieval times. For the most part I just read contemporary fiction set in America. I absolutely love a book that captures the spirit of some section of America. Each region has so much personality. For example New Orleans in A Streetcar Named Desire, 1920s NYC in Gatsby, and LA in Janet Fitch’s Paint it Black. 

6. What is a book that you want to read purely for the cover?

Poisoned Apples: Poems for you, my Pretty by Christine Hepperman.

7. Is there a book that you’ve tried to read innumerable times but have never been able to finish? What is it?

The Invisible Man. It’s such a classic and my professor told me it’s his favorite book but I just can’t get into it.

8. What is your OTP (One True Pairing)?

Sadly, no one from Harry Potter. Maybe because I don’t see it as a romance story. I like Alice and Jasper from Twilight.

9. Why and when did you start your book blog?

I started in August. I had just finished publishing school and I’m really into  the book industry. Of course, I love books. I was also an English and writing major in undergrad so it all just came together.

 10. If you estimate, what is most books you’ve ever checked out from your library?

I never took out many at a time. But, when I was a kid we lived right next to the library and I used to walk there all the time. I loved it.

11. What is your favorite type of post to write for your blog?

I like doing reviews. I read online that a successful book-reviewing blog has at least one review a week but it’s so hard to keep up with that! Especially with work and everything. But, I enjoy it. Also don’t be surprised if I slow down a bit this month. My goal for my last semester at college was to re-read HP and I only got through 5 so I just started reading 6. And no one needs a Harry Potter review haha.

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My Questions:

Answer the ones above 🙂 I made a mistake and did that but I think it works out.

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People I’m Tagging: ( I had a lot of trouble finding any people I am following under 200 so I did 500 or less)

writingandrewriting

wrappedupinbooks

fallingdownthebookhole

ChrissiReads

Books for Thought

The Glass House

The Quirky Reader