• Fresh Reads Friday– Crooked Kingdom

    For the past week I’ve been slowly making my way through the sequel of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. Crooked Kingdom, in every way possible, is exceeding the beauty and hype that the first one left me (and millions of others) with. At this point, my husband knows that whenever I’m talking about a book, I’m raving about this one. Warning: This blog post is filled with LIGHT spoilers, mild literary talk, and a truck load of fangirling. The first thing any reader will notice about these books is their stunning beauty. I will admit that I judged this book by it’s cover, and the cover was gooooood. It presents…

  • Fresh Read Friday– Tiny Pretty Things

    Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton features three  students at a highly competitive ballet school in Manhattan. You have the free-spirited Gigi, competitive and ruthless Bette, and perfectionist June. All three have their eye on the lead roles and will do anything to get them. And I mean anything. For the last two months I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this book. It’s not the type I usually pick up, but I wanted to give contemporary young adult a shot. One big piece of advice in the writing world is to read. Read outside your genre. Read non-fiction. Read fiction. Read science notes. Read dossiers. Read. Read.…

  • Progress

    I belong in the percentage of the population that believes a new year is a time to recreate, redefine, and restructure. It’s not a time to start from scratch, but it’s definitely a time to attach a re- to most verbs. I have a lot of aspects in my life I want to re- this year. Revitalize my energy for hobbies I enjoy (writing, reading, and hiking). Recalculate what I want in life and reevaluate how to get there. Someone on my Facebook mentioned her family has a tradition of picking a word that will help define their year. It seemed like a great way to mold myself toward a…

  • Ch-Ch-Changes

    I picked up MISTS OF EVENTIDE the other day with the intention of dusting it off, cleaning it up, and submitting it to Pitch Wars again. The thought of unleashing that document terrified me because I wasn’t sure what I’d feel once I opened it. Rather than throwing up at how awful my writing was or crying because I had so much work to do, I felt refreshed. Staring down at those words reminded me of how far I’ve come. MISTS was conceived during NANOWRIMO two years ago and I definitely had no idea what I was doing. Okay, I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m told…

  • Book Review–UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

    At the start of this year, I promised myself I would read more.  Last year I made the goal of reading the entirety of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I made it all the way to the last book in the series and and needed a break.  If you haven’t read it, it’s incredibly dense. I tell people it’s the manliest soap opera I’ve ever read. Not in criticism to the work inside those pages, but to try and get a glimpse into the intricacies that are the relationships characters have to history, places, and others. It’s a web of lies, deceit, half-truths, destinies,…

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