Posted in Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, Creative WRiting

Reading Thoughts

Deep Magic: A Contemporary Gothic Fantasy by [St. Kevern, Gillian]So, let’s talk about what I’ve been reading. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I went into my Kindle Market and flipped through the free books… and I found this.

It’s called Deep Magic, and it seems to be part of a 3 book series. I’m a sucker for a good trilogy, so that drew me in right away. As is the tradition for a lot of books that are free on Amazon, the first one was free, and it looks like I need to purchase the other two.

I’m not super far into it, but from what I’ve read as of yet, it seems like it is something that I’m going to end up buying the rest of. I’ll go ahead and grab the description for you guys!

Oliver Evans spent his youth spinning one tall tale after another until it got him over his head in trouble. Returning as an adult to his grandmother’s cottage in Aberdaron, Olly is determined to put his past behind him and settle down. But the misty Llŷn Peninsula hides dangerous secrets. Olly is torn between the Longing, a powerful force driving him away from the only home he has ever known, and the growing conviction that the merman prince of his childhood make-believe is real–and in desperate need of Olly’s help.

There is more truth in Olly’s stories than he realises. If he is to have any chance of righting past wrongs and rescuing his prince, Olly must navigate the truth in his old stories and discover the magic right in front of him. But Olly has a powerful enemy on the Llŷn, an ancient king who would like to end Olly’s story-telling permanently.

So, it’s a pretty nifty M/M fantasy type romance novel, and I have to say that it’s certainly snatched up my attention and is going to do a good job of keeping it from what I can tell. I’ll admit it to you guys and anyone else who wants to know, I am such a sucker for M/M romance – I don’t know why, I can’t tell you exactly why, but it has to be one of my favorite things to read (and to write, for that matter), so the fact that this contains that is enough to really snatch my attention as well, and keep me reading for a while.

I should be getting more of this read tonight or tomorrow. Hopefully, by next Friday I’ll be able to give you an actual book review and let you know my thoughts on it. So far, it’s fairly well written and I’m enjoying the characters. I’m curious about where it’s going to go.


As far as the novel, that is all that I have on it for right now. But I’m going to give you some more of my reading thoughts in general, and what you can expect to see on these Friday Updates.

What I’m really wanting to do is delve into the world of authors that aren’t well known, books that aren’t really talked about, self-published authors. The fact is, I think that they don’t get enough recognition, when in reality they can be some of the best hidden gems that there are in the novel world. I set myself a goal of reading 52 novels for the year, but even if I only find half of that in good self-pub and lesser known authors, I’m going to be pretty happy about it.

With that being said, if you have a novel that you can recommend, if you are a self published author who wants me to review your book, or if you know someone who could use the publicity of being featured in an in depths review, just let me know. You can either comment here, or send me an email at amandaleannemccormick@gmail.com. It’s one of my resolutions for the year – to reach out, to review self pubs, and to do everything that I can to help authors who aren’t getting noticed enough noticed.

I know how hard they work on their books, and I know how much they deserve it, so!

Now, this isn’t to say that I’m not also going to be reviewing traditionally published books, because I certainly am. There are some releases that I’m excited for, and a few other novels that have been out for a while that I’m going to get to… but expect to see a big variety from me.

That being said, this particular blog is just about wrapped up. I hope that you guys enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to tell you more about the novel that I’m currently reading!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

Twitter | Patreon | NaNo Page | Tumblr | Blog Masterpost | My Writing Group
Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Posted in author amanda mccormick, Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, Books, Creative WRiting, editing, egodominustuus, fantasy, fantasy romance, Friends, Nano, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, New Adult, novel, Personal, Promote Yourself, publishing, scrivener, self promotion, Shameless Promotion

A Patreon

So, I’ve decided to go ahead and make myself a patreon. I’ve had a few people telling me how I should do it for a while now… so I figured, what the heck? Even if I only make a dollar a month… that’s a dollar that I didn’t have before! Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about doing this just yet… but I knew if I didn’t go ahead and DO it, I wouldn’t be able to figure out how I felt about it. I think that all writers deserve to make a living doing what they love, honestly. If I get enough money off of this, I’ll be putting it into helping other people do the same.

I will copy/paste the content that I am using here, and then I’ll probably do a follow-up blog tomorrow of how I feel about having launched it! So… enjoy below the content of my Patreon!   (CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ACTUAL SITE!)

 

 

Hey there, my name is Amanda! I’ve been writing for well over a decade – it seems like I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember.

It is what I do. It’s what I am passionate about. I want, more than anything in this world to tell you a story that will burn into your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat. If I can bring you a moment of joy, then I’ve done my job. This Patreon page was created so that I could continue to do just that!

Four years ago, I left my home and everything that I owned in Kentucky and moved to California – things here have been fantastic. When I moved here, I started a commission business, and I’ve been running that steadily… but I want more now. I want to create my own content. I want to share my dreams made tangible by way of story with the world! You can help me do that – you can help me live my dream.

Any amount of monthly donation that you make will grant you access to my monthly content. I promise to upload the following:

  • One Chapter from the two novels that I have a current copywrite on and am in the process of editing for publication! (Either a Fantasy called Cerulean Darkness or a Zombie Apocalypse novel entitled Limbo.)
  • At least One short story of my own creation (and your suggestion!)
  • I will also put up at least one blog post per week on my blog, located Here. These blogs posts give writing advice, writing tips, writing tricks, writing prompts, and just general discussion. I also include creative writing here, so it’s double your rewards, double your fun!
  • When goals are met, I will also post one vlog a week, either reading some of my creative writing content or talking about writing tips, tricks, and strategy.

Your support honestly means the world to me – you are making it possible for me to continue doing what I love, what I dream of, and what I truly feel I was put on this earth to do. I’m here to bring you joy, laughter, sadness, tears, emotion. Will you help me do that for the world?

Pledge $1.00 or more per month

$1 will gain you access to my Creative Writing, Novel, and all other offered content!

Pledge $3.00 or more per month

$3 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like!

Pledge $5.00 or more per month

$5 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them!

Pledge $10.00 or more per month

$10 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like!You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this, you will also have the ability to request/suggest the next idea for my short story. Though I can’t promise to get to everyone immediately, all ideas will be taken into consideration!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $20.00 or more per month

(Limited 25 of 25 left)

$20 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a 15 minute Skype conversation with you, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $50.00 or more per month

(Limited 10 of 10 left)

$20 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a one-hour Skype conversation with you per month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $100.00 or more per month

(Limited 5 of 5 left)

$100 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have 2 one-hour Skype conversations with you per month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

This reward will also grant you the ability to have a 4 hour RP Session with me once a month, writing about whatever you would desire!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $250.00 or more per month

(Limited 2 of 2 left)

$250 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a weekly one hour Skype session with you each month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

This reward will also grant you the ability to have a 4 hour RP Session with me once a month, writing about whatever you would desire!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Posted in Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, carey corp, destined for doon

Review: Destined for Doon

Destined for Doon
Destined for Doon by Carey Corp

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, it took me a while to get around to this review, but I’m glad that I finally did. Once again, the Doon series didn’t disappoint!

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake in choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love—and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen and Kenna’s best friend, Veronica, needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after. – From the Amazon Page.

This story picks up where the last Doon novel left off, with Kenna living out her dream of the stage and spotlight… until Duncan comes and tells her that her best friend needs her back in Doon. Whether it’s because she missed her hunky Scot, or because she missed Vee, we are all left guessing. However, she following him back, only to find that Doon is being attacked by a strange limbus, something that threatens to destroy the beautiful world of Doon and all of the citizens who live there – including Kenna, Vee, Duncan and Jamie!

To keep this a spoiler free review, I won’t go any further into plot details… but I will certainly say that this book follows along the same kind of path as the other. The only complaint that I really have is the fact that, if the characters were to communicate and let their emotions out with each other more, then perhaps some of the issues would have been resolved much sooner? Still, isn’t that the way of life in general? I do have to say that I adore watching the love story between our four main characters continue to evolve and grow.

Something that I did really love about this novel was the simple fact that Vee didn’t magically turn into the perfect queen overnight. I feel like so many fairytales simply skip over the fact that being a Queen isn’t simply wearing a crown. There is responsibility, getting the people of your kingdom to accept you… and the authors of this book did such an amazing job in expressing that – I was really impressed, and it gave the book a realness that most fantasy novels seem to be lacking.

All and all, it had the same charm and wit as the last book; a million references to pop culture that made me smile, realistic situations, frustrating characters who refuse to tell one another how they feel! I love the Doon series, and I can’t wait for the next novel to come out… because… spoiler alert (just like the last novel!), the ending is going to get you, grip you, and leave you begging for the next book!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Posted in Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, Books, Booktube, Creative WRiting, Nano, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, Writer, Writing, Writing Challenge, Writing Tips, Writing Tricks

My First Vlog!

 

So, here is my first ever vlog for booktube/writing. Obviously my following vlogs are going to be done a little better. I’m experimenting with how to get it filmed properly, as well as with the sound. I’m probably going to order a microphone! Still, here we go. I went ahead and posted it up without editing it anymore because I knew if I kept tweaking, I was going to delete it eventually. Anyway :3 So, there it is. 

 

*Runs off like the Derpasaurus Rex that she is*

Posted in Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, Books, Creative WRiting, Nano, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, Writer, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Challenge, Writing Tips, Writing Tricks

Weekly Update and Upcoming News!

So, I’m extremely excited for a few upcoming events that I’ll be hosting on my blog, but first let me get to telling you all about how my last week went.

I have to say that the schedule is perfect. With the hour that I spend in the morning getting the things that I don’t want to write out of the way, I am always hitting at least the 2k word mark. So, in a week I can write 10k words, easily. The best thing, however, is getting those 2k words out of the way really makes me feel energized, excited… I’ve got a lot of planning for my newest novel coming through… and a lot of editing of my old novel, which is really important for me to finish up. After all, if you don’t polish a story, how can you ever send it off to publishers!?

Seriously though, hitting daily word counts of 5,000+ easily is something that makes me happy, makes me smile… and pleases me all the more because I don’t feel burnt out with it. I think that finding a structure, a rhythm to your writing, something that makes you feel good is the most important thing that you can do! 

As for some comment highlights, here’s what some other people do for their writing schedule/times!

Frannie says: For me I write whenever I have the time during my day but I feel like I’m more creative in the morning but now that I have more than 4 projects I have to make time for each which is hard but doable.

I can completely agree with what she’s saying here – a lot of people have specific times during the day that they feel more creative. It’s why I like to write down the times that I write, when I write the most. It shows me a pattern, so in a few months… maybe I can adjust my schedule to be even more effective!

Kate says: I write in the evening, I find that is the best time for me to remove myself from everything, probably because after 5pm nothing is open and I have no excuse not to be sitting in front of my computer. I get into the swing of things by reading for about an hour before I start writing. It lets my mind get into the creative phase.

I responded to her by saying that reading can really put me into the mood as well.  A lot of times, if I’m really not feeling writing, sitting down for an hour with my favorite author reminds me of what inspired me in the first place!

 

So yeah, the schedule is working out really well… and I know that I’ll be able to give you guys more thoughts and opinions of it the longer that I go! Of course, come November, I’m going to have to schedule in some extra time for NaNoWriMo!!! (My husband will never see me, he’ll be so sad.)

 

Anyway! On some awesome news, I have multiple Author Interviews set up for the next few books that I read. Please stay tuned to the blog to see some of your favorite writers answering questions, giving thoughts, advice, etc! (If you would like to have a guest spot on my blog, please send me an email to amandaleannemccormick@gmail.com, and we can discuss it!)

So, those are my updates, and I’m really excited to be able to tell you what’s happened next week as well! 

 

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick (Find me HERE on Twitter for updates throughout the day) 

 

Posted in Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, Books, Creative WRiting, Writer, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Challenge, Writing Tips, Writing Tricks

BookInLaws and Updates!

First of all, please follow my blog BookInLaws, in which my sister-in-law and I read, discuss, review and enjoy books! I’d love to have you all as followers over there as well!

books-twitter-header

Secondly, I’ll be doing the blog for the update of my writing schedule tonight! I actually needed a little time over the Holiday, because we had a lot of family things going on! Anyway, I can’t wait to do that blog, and I can’t wait to see you over on BookInLaws. As a little side-note and question… what do you guys think about vlogging? Do you do it? Do you like watching? I’d love to see your opinions below! Feel free to self promo!

Posted in Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, Books, Goodreads, Paranormal Romance, Werewolves

Storm Siren by Mary Weber Book Ponderings

Storm Siren
Storm Siren by Mary Weber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. That’s honestly all that I can say about this book. Astoundingly amazing. (I received a copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.) And can I say that I am so thankful to have gotten a copy?

“”I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth—meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.” – From the BookLook Bloggers website.

Okay, let me just say, first of all.. that I am not spoiling anything about this novel. You need, need, NEED to pick up a copy of it. It’s amazing. The character progression and development is one of the most astounding things that I’ve encountered in some time.

Honestly, it’s rare that a novel can really shock me, really have twists and turns that I didn’t guess, but this novel did just that. The writing is so enchantingly and amazingly done that I can do nothing other than to bow down to the author’s ability to spin the written word and stare in awe. The language is gorgeous, the descriptions breathtaking… all and all, the level of writing is something that I can completely appreciate and find myself studying. Written in first person, I really and truly felt like I was seeing the entire story from the eyes of Nym, our main character.

Honestly, as far as the characters go? Spot on! From Breck and Colin (who were heartrendingly wonderful), to Adora (who I did not Adore)… to Eogan, who I completely and utterly loved. I usually don’t have emotional attachments to each of the characters, but I really did in this novel. The author did an amazing job of putting forth effort for each character, so that as the plot progresses, and we see more of them spill forward, we are on the edge of our seat waiting to grasp at what will be revealed next.

As far as the actual story, as I mentioned above, it was completely amazing. There are fantasy elements, along with romance, adventure, a lot of action, and some fantastic fighting and war scenes. It’s a story that will make you laugh, and is guaranteed to make you cry if you have a heart at all. Weber is extremely talented in her ability to weave a tale, and I applaud her for how she laid it out. The book was fast paced, so I never found a point where I was bored… instead, I just wanted to continue to flip the pages over and over, until I got to the end of the story… and that ending. What a doozy! It’s a shocking, unexpected, cliff hanger that has me begging for the second novel!

Full marks, hands down, 5/5 stars, if we’re going on a stars rating. I just can’t give this book enough praise. You really need to pick it up and read it for yourself!

 

Until next time, guys. Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Posted in Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, Books, Goodreads, Romance

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon Ponderings

Doon
Doon by Carey Corp

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I purchased this book in anticipation for Destined for Doon, the second novel in this series, which I am receiving from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I’ve heard about this book here and there, though I’d never really looked into it… and I really have to say that I am so glad that I was selected to receive the second novel, because reading this has been a pure joy!

I really enjoy how Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon wrote this book. I can only assume that one chose the role of Vee and one chose the role of Kenna. Honestly, it’s beautifully written and manages to flawlessly go together in a way that brings the readers a wonderful story!

“Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.” – From the Goodreads page.

As you can see, the story is about two girls who go to Scotland (though Vee is the main character in this novel, I’m assuming that the second will focus more on Kenna). They escape into a fantasy world called Doon… and the story sets off from there.

I will be giving a completely spoiler free review – if you would like a spoiler filled review, my thoughts, a vlog, message me and let me know.

So, as far as the writing goes, as I mentioned above, it’s beautifully written! The co-authors flawlessly blend their work together in order to pull together a magnificent story. The descriptions, dialogue, everything is really well done. I absolutely love the two main female characters – the authors did an amazing job of pulling off believable teenage characters without making them annoying and prattly. I also love the pop-culture references that were involved constantly throughout. It really made me feel connected with the characters, and like they were a part of our world. Vee is a wonderful character, and I adore her progress throughout the novel – she really transitions into a strong, powerful, independent individual who is willing to do everything for who and what she loves.

As for Kenna, her character development isn’t as dazzling, but it was done that was intentionally, from what I’m gathering. After all, I do think the second novel will focus on her.

As for the world building/development… while I think that it was fantastic for the most part, I do think that they could have went a little more into how people brought information back to Doon, how they established the information that they brought, etc. Maybe in the second novel?

The romance… ah, I’m a sucker for romance, and they did a fantastic job in this book. Vee and Jamie’s romance was rocky… but they did an amazing job of explaining all of the reasons for it… and seeing it break down and progress? Amazing. Honestly though, I think that the romance between Kenna and Duncan really stole the show. It was so reluctant, so adorable… and Duncan is honestly such a charming, wonderful character that I couldn’t help but to love it.

The downsides to this book – the characters are all wonderfully gorgeous, and both female characters are absolutely stunning but “Don’t realize it”. It’s that cliche bit that makes you frown… but they both certainly have enough character flaws that it keeps them from being shining, dazzling, sparkling Sues. If they had been, I think that we wouldn’t be getting a second novel focusing on Kenna, after all.

The perspective is first person, but it swaps between Kenna and Vee’s point of view. If the prospect of multiple POV’s bothers you, this isn’t the book for you, but I really encourage you to check it out anyway. It’s amazing.

Overall, I would give this a 4.5 rating (which I rounded up to 5 stars, because it deserves it!) – the .5 is only lacking because of a little lacking in world-building and the pristine perfection of our perfectly oblivious leading ladies.

 

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick (Find me HERE on Twitter.

Posted in Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, Books, New Adult, Romance

Plastic Confidence by Alisa Mullen Ponderings

Plastic Confidence
Plastic Confidence by Alisa Mullen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a genre of books that I’d never read before (This whole new adult thing), I went into Plastic Confidence a little wary. I was lucky enough to be provided with a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review… and let me say that I am SO glad I won this copy!

I found this book completely thrilling, enthralling, captivating, and well written. I’m usually not one for self-pubish books. This one was so wonderfully done however. The cover art is gorgeous, the inside format is wonderful… and honestly, it’s just amazing. There were a few grammar errors, but they really didn’t detract from the story in the least (and you know that speaks volumes of how good the story is, coming from me!).

And the story, oh how beautiful of a story it is.

Pretty young woman with electric guitar posing over dark background

“What happens when the past rears its ugly head and messes with who you thought you were? Will it break down all your walls and set your whole world on fire?
Meet Julia Delaney, a.k.a Jules, the lead singer of Love Sick Ponies, sex superstar, and a heart full of rocks. She loves them and leaves them, a bad girl through and through.
That is until she meets Brennan Curtis, a fan boy, a wannabe friend, and the only one who can possibly tear Jules’ walls down.
When the plastic snaps wide open, Jules finds herself in a vulnerable and awkward situation with Brennan and her band.
Jules’ journey of self-discovery started at a young age and her self- image, which is engrained in her brain, might just be there for life. Desperate to alter how people view her, she realizes that she might never be able to escape the past.” – from the goodreads page.

As the synopsis says, this is a story about Jules, a rocker chick with a past that has completely defined who she is as an adult. Through quite a few circumstances, some of them paranormal, Julia has grown up to be a rocker with a casual love them and leave them take on sex. Her bandmate, Johnny, is completely and utterly head-over-heels for her, but even that isn’t in the cards. One night, she meets Brennan, and he awakens emotions inside of her that she didn’t thinks he had anymore.

Now, I really won’t get into spoilers for this book, because I think everyone should get a copy and read it for themselves. However, I will say that there is some astounding character development within its pages. We literally go through an emotional roller coaster up and down with Julia, watching her grow from an innocent twelve year old child to a self-proclaimed slut, to a woman who is figuring out who and what she wants in life. It was done seamlessly, flawlessly, and through the hilariously and wonderfully vocal first-person perspective of Julia.

As for the story? It didn’t feel like it was long enough, in truth. I could have happily had more. I enjoyed the development of it, I enjoyed the pacing, I enjoyed everything about it. I hear there is a second one coming out, and I can’t wait to hopefully get my hands on it to read it! I want to see what happens next.

Let me give you some non-descriptive spoilers. (You’ll know that I spoiled when you get there.)

First of all, maybe I shouldn’t… but I love Johnny. I love his character, he’s such a darling. There are some scenes with him that literally had me in tears – he broke my heart. I love it.

I love the paranormal aspect of this. I wasn’t expecting it, so it was a real delight!

I just hope that the second one that I was teased gives me some closure on Johnny’s story. I’d love to see it.

All and all, a great book! If you like new-adult erotica with strong themes, pick it up! It’s a fast read that is worth your while! Get it! Go! Now!

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Posted in Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, Books, Goodreads, Laurell K Hamilton

Cerulean Sins by Laurell K Hamilton Ponderings

Cerulean Sins
Cerulean Sins by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So! This will be the last Anita Blake book that I will review for a bit (more on that later in my blog!).

“Cerulean Sins continues the adventures of Anita Blake. In this novel, Anita continues to try to bring some order to her personal life, while simultaneously confronting a power play by Jean-Claude’s vampire master, Belle Morte and attempting to solve a series of brutal killings by an unidentified shapeshifter.” – From the Wikipedia

As it says, there are some major plot themes going on here. I’m going to touch on a few of them that I really, really enjoyed!

First off, Dolph! My goodness, it was such a huge character development to see him lose himself like he was. Honestly, we’ve seen his character have very small leaps and bounds of growth… and then suddenly this. I applaud LKH for it!

Secondly, it’s interesting to see the vampire politics once again! I have to say, the more we delve into the world of the vampires and the kind of hierarchy that they have set up, the rules, the stipulations, etc… I can’t help but to love it.

Third, we get to meet the ‘Mother of all Vampires’. That is one big bad that I’m interested in seeing more of, to say the least!

And fourth… oh, Asher. There is some really wonderful plot progression here with Asher that I have been waiting for!

So, there are also some great points in this book with Jason, with Jean-Claude, and with Anita’s were-leopards. I don’t want to spoil any of it, but those are indeed the highlights that you’re looking for. When you read this, and you see them… you shall go ah-ha!

Honestly though, there were some things in this book that I didn’t enjoy as much as I did in the last novels. First of all… Richard. Just… uugh, get him out of here. Honestly. I’m so glad he’s taken a back-burner position at the moment. This novel also marks a bit of a turning point for me – it’s organized differently, and you can tell. The front portion of it is all vampires/erotica with just a tiny, teeny splash of crime thrown in. All of the really good crime solving comes on at the very end of the novel. As for Anita raising the dead? There isn’t really time – we have a meeting in the first chapter, but it’s quickly dismissed… and nothing else is touched. This novel is where Hamilton really turns the switch and makes the books more about the vampires than the crimes. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but it is different than what we’ve come to usually expect.

Still, overall I really enjoyed this book. 4/5 stars for a book that I’d certainly read again!

 

This, though, will be the last LKH book I review for a little while for multiple reasons. One, I next hit Incubus Dreams… where I’m 200 pages in, and all that I’ve seen is sex. Usually not a problem for me, but for some reason I always stall with this one and have to take a small break. I love the series, don’t get me wrong! That’s just a lot of the same author describing the same people over and over again in a row. Secondly, however, I have a few books coming in the mail that I need to review! I’m really excited about getting them! So, expect a 5-6 book delay, and then I’ll be getting back to Hamilton!

 

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick