Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Review: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

Luminosity (The Raven Chronicles, #1)

NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley & Entangled Publishing.

The story was the typical dystopian - something happened to our world and now only a small population of people survive in a bunch of cities around the world. Here, only two cities are mentioned - the city of the Seers(the City) and the city of the Dream-catchers(Aura). Naturally, the Seers and Dream-catchers are enemies. Or so we're told. The ones protect the ordinary people, while the others kill them to survive.

The City is controlled and protected by the Seers who live in the Institution, train in combat and See visions of the future. They're governed by this Keeper woman, who totally creeped me out. I mean, she always stuck her nose in people's business... She was mean and though she was supposed to 'keep' the Seer's visions and sanity, I was left with the impression that there was a subtle ulterior motive to all that. And there was, as it turned out.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book review: The Gathering Darkness by Lisa Collicutt

The Gathering Darkness

NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley.

Nothing too interesting about this one. It's rather trivial actually. I've seen similar plots all over the place. I mean, come on - long lost lovers, reincarnated several times in the past and this now is their last chance to defeat the evil.... it's not original at all. It's so similar to Cara Lynn Shultz Spellbound series, that I was entirely sure of the ending even before I was 20% in.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Book Review: Hurt by Travis Thrasher

Hurt: A Novel

Wow! Just WOW!!! What a conclusion to an amazing series!! Thrasher has done the impossible and finished this series with a blast!

I was a bit afraid to read Hurt, wondering whether it would be a disappointment, or not. It turned out my fears were unnecessary. Just like the rest of the novels in the Solitary Series, Hurt was amazing. It left me breathless, and pleasantly satisfied.

Hurt was full of mysteries and revelations. Everything that got started in Solitary, Gravestone and Temptation found it's conclusion here, in Hurt. The sacrifices and demon ceremonies we witnessed before, now made sense. The power of God shone brighter and brighter the further the story developed, even though there was a time when the blackness threatened to cast a shadow over the characters forever.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Guest post - How It All Began: My Own Persistence of Vision, author Liesel K. Hill

I’ve told the story of how I came up with the concept for this story several times, but that’s not quite the same as how it all began.
The persistence of vision most writers experience is less an after image and more the persistence of an idea. When a plot or character starts knocking around in our brains, we’re compelled to get it down on paper.
Something similar happened to me with Persistence of Vision. After I conceived Maggie’s storyline, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I felt the story wasn’t complete, but that didn’t stop me from thinking about it. When I start to obsess about a story, it’s really difficult to back-burner it until after I’ve written it.
By the time David’s storyline materialized, which rounded out the plot line nicely, there was no way I couldn’t write it. At the time, I had just finished up my first historical fiction and had plenty of other projects I knew I “should” work on, but Interchron just wouldn’t wait. The vision of it persisted in my head, refusing to leave me alone.
So, I abandoned myself to it and wrote, sending chapters to my critique group week after week. And a good think I did, too. It was my first novel that got picked up for publication and came out at a time when both New Adult and dystopian literature are garnering a lot of attention. In other words, at the perfect time.
So, what’s the moral of the story? Don’t ignore your persistence of vision, whether it’s the echo of a lost memory like Maggie’s, or just a story waiting to present itself to the eyes of the world. It may just spell you life’s greatest success. Happy writing, Everyone! ;D

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