Friday, August 31, 2018

Author of Reign of Mist tells us all about her writing idea's and process







About the author

Helen Scheuerer is a novelist from Sydney, Australia, and the Founding Editor of Writer's Edit. She has university degrees in both creative writing and publishing. Her #1 bestselling YA fantasy novel, Heart of Mist is available now. She is a full-time author living by the beach.










Interview

1. Where do you get your ideas?

That’s a hard question… I’m inspired by anything and everything, but for me, ideas tend to be a slow burn. Rarely I have a lightning bolt moment of clarity where I get an amazing idea. My stories and characters are the result of lots of brainstorming, hard work and refining!

2. What is your writing process like?

Well, I think I’m definitely more of a morning writer. I like getting up early, and sitting in front of the laptop with a tea before the rest of the world is awake. Somehow, it’s when I feel the most free.

But apart from that, I tend to work off a chapter plan; basically a bunch of dot points that resemble the scenes within the chapter, and I go from there. The first draft of anything is always rubbish, so I rely on a lot of rewrites and edits to sharpen the manuscript.

3. What advice do you have for writers?

I’ve been giving writing advice long before the Oremere books came out. I started a learning platform for writers in 2013 called Writer’s Edit. There, we publish a tonne of in depth advice for authors and self-publishers, so that’s a great place to start.

But if I had to pick one thing to say, it would be: write what you love reading.

4. What is the first book that made you cry?

I’m absolutely stumped with this one… I honestly have no idea. I’m not a big crier… I think I cried while reading Harry Potter…? Potentially when Fred dies? But it was a long time ago I was reading that for the first time!

5. What other authors are you friends with? and how do they help you become a better writer?

I’m friends with a lot of authors who are yet to release their first books, but they’ve been a massive help to my development as a writer. They’ve helped beta read my books, listened to my concerns and supported me through the tough times. I think the best thing author friends do is make you feel supported no matter what, and mine certainly do that.

6.If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Don’t worry about what you think you should write. Worry about what you want to write.

7. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I don’t spend too much time researching before I plan a book. I do some outlining and planning, but more often than not, the research occurs for the smaller details in the books, like weaponry, clothing and tools.

The Oremere books are set in a medieval-inspired fantasy realm, and so I’ll find myself looking up the different parts of armour, or the medicinal uses for herbs and things like that. I usually do this research as I need the information, rather than in a big session before I write the book.

8. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

It depends which day you ask me. When a book is newly released, I’ll try to look in on reviews here and there but generally, looking at reviews is a bad idea in my experience. You could have nine good reviews and one bad one, and it’s the bad one you’ll worry about.

That being said, I’ve read some wonderful reviews for both Heart of Mist and Reign of Mist, and they’re very much appreciated. It’s always lovely to know that your story and characters have had an impact on readers.

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Links to include in your intro/conclusion if you like:

Heart of Mist Prequels: https://bit.ly/2GLxVdf
Writer’s Edit: https://writersedit.com/

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

ARC OF DEAR EVAN HANSEN REVIEW

Dear Evan Hansen
by Val Emmich
Expected publication: October 9th 2018
by Poppy
Get a copy:

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Summary
From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.

Dear Evan Hansen,

Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why...


When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.


Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore--even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he's doing can't be right, but if he's helping people, how wrong can it be?



No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.


A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.



REVIEW



Thank you to LBYR and The NOVL for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I went into this book not knowing what it was about, only knowing that it was based on a musical. I devoured this book quiet fast. It was such a warm hearted light read with really big topics and a heart breaking story. The story, the plot, the characters were all so amazing and I loved every part of it. By the ending I found myself crying so hard and couldn't stop.

We follow Evan Hansen who has dug himself into a whole of lies, he can't seem to find the way out of. He was a good and enjoyable character to follow. You never really knew which path he would take. While reading I thought he was going to break and tell the truth sometimes, but he just kept digging that whole. I truly felt for Evan, I felt like I sort of connected to him in a way. I understood why he did the things he did and felt what he felt. 

We also follow some small scripts from Conner which I really enjoyed. I really like being able to read what Connor was thinking after his death and what his thoughts were on what was happening with Evan. On the other hand, I didn't feel much of a connection with Zoe. We didn't get a lot or enough of her. I felt like she was a bit blurred throughout the story even though it made it seem as if she was a big part of it. Also, her relationship with Evan felt a little fake. It had no build up of any sort and the climax wasn't good enough for me either. 

I deeply loved the development of this story. I love how in the beginning everything felt like it was collapsing, in Evan's world. After Connor took that letter we didn't know what was really going to happen. Especially putting yourself in Evan's shoes.( I also didn't read a synopsis of this story, I went in blind.) The build up with all the lies on top of lies was so scary and overwhelming. I felt so bad for Evan I didn't want the book to end because I didn't want for him to end up exactly where he started or worse. When the ending did come I cried so hard for him. I was an emotional wreck. 

This story was amazing and I'm so glad I was able to read it. The soundtrack is on blast and I'm getting ready to buy tickets to the Broadway show. I definitely recommend books with heavy topics such as dealing with mental health and suicide. This book was very diverse as well and I loved that.

5

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

ARC REVIEW OF SADIE BY COURTNEY SUMMERS

Sadie by Courtney Summer
September 4, 2018
by
Wednesday Books
Preorder here:
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Listen to the The Girls podcast from Sadiehttp://bit.ly/SadiePodcast

A gripping novel about the depth of a sister's love; poised to be the next book you won't be able to stop talking about.

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she's left behind. 

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. 

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late. Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. 
Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
                                       -Taken from goodreads


First, I want to thank Courtney Summers and Wednesday Books for sending me this book from an honest review.

This was such a beautiful, gut wrenching read. From the beginning of the book you enter a life a young girl who's never had it easy. She learns that the only real family member she fought so hard for was murdered. Sadie's life was completely shattered, so she runs away in search of the monster who killed her sister. This story is told in a series of serial podcast as well as through the voice of Sadie. We follow West McCray as he tries to uncover what exactly happened to Sadie after her car was found abandoned in a town. We also trail Sadie as she uncovers slowly where exactly this murderer is hiding and what his past hides.


I myself really love podcast especially murder and mystery thriller ones. I was in a binge not too long ago after listening to Serial. Which one of the most popular podcast out there. After, reading the synopsis of this book, I was completely enthralled and knew I had to pick it up. I loved where this story started, where it lead and the ending was completely heart wrenching. I felt so distressed and shattered by what Sadie was going through, It felt like she was a real person. Because in all true reality she is, there are so many girls out there who have been through this, or are even going through this right now. So, to pick up a book like this even if it wasn't at all fully detailed because its a young adult book, being a 26 year old adult you  can picture exactly whats going on between the lines. 


All I could think of and all I wanted throughout this book was for West McCray to find and save Sadie. Ill leave that part for you to read because as a reader I want you to go through exactly, what I went through reading this book. So did he save her? 


I'd like to keep this a bit short because its a experience and a read everyone should got through. You sometimes need to know exactly what this world is hiding. There are some trigger warning for pedophilia, drug abuse and as well sexual abuse. So give this a go if you're interested, I definitely recommend it. 


4







Arc Review of My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

My Plain Jane
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Published June 26, 2018 by HarperTeen
Purchase book here:
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Summary:
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
-taken from goodreads



Review

I have never read Jane Eyre, and now I feel like I need to. If all classics were remade into something as wonderful and wholesome as this book, I'd pick all of them up. In this book we follow our main character Jane Eyre who is best friends with Charlotte Bronte. Jane works as a teacher in Lowood School, where recently a man named Mr.Brocklehurst was murdered. (not a spoiler) In addition to this, Jane can see ghost, but everyone thinks she's just crazy and plain. We also meet Mr. Blackwood who is part of a society that hunts ghost! This was actually one of my favorite parts of the story. I love a really good ghost hunting. This is where unexpectedly Jane meets Mr.Blackwood, and he is eager to introduce her to the society but she refuses. She wants to be a governess, and ends up accepting an offer at Thornfield hall with Mr.Rochester. 

I don't know if all these characters were in Jane Eyre but I'm eager to now read the book, to see exactly how everything entails. I loved all the twist and turns in this story. How it can be a romantic retelling with a gothic paranormal twist and a series of humor. I loved how enthralled I was as soon as I picked up the book, I didn't want to put it down. I loved the characters, I love how they didn't blend in together. I loved how witty and funny they were. I wish I could have so much more of them. This was such a fun read, I expected to love this book, but not as much as I really do. I can't stop fangirling right now. I wanted to keep this review short and sweet because there not much to say but you need to read this book. I think I loved it mostly because I never read Jane Eyre. If you're someone who loved Jane Eyre and lived by it then you might not like this book. From what I have heard it doesn't follow a lot of the actual story. So, just a warning.

5







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