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The Way Of Kings – Spoiler Free Review

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Book thoughts for The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson. Stormlight Archive, book One.

So, I’m trying to figure out how to do a book review on The Way Of Kings… tell you how amazing it is… and not give you any spoilers. It’s actually a more difficult task than you could imagine. The book is over 1,000 pages, and it’s honestly such an amazing ride. Obviously, you have to be a fan of Fantasy (And High Fantasy at that, though this is also Military Fantasy?) if you want to enjoy this (if you wanna try to get into that genre, pick it up!) It’s a really intricately and just extraordinary written bit of literature.

Bit I say… because… again, it’s over 1,000 words.

Chunk?

Honker?

Big honkin’ piece of literature.

There we go, that’s better.

My friend who introduced me to this book was like, “Uh, how would you give a brief description of it?” And… hmm… that’s a good question.

To sum it up, my cheaty little butt is gonna go and get the quote from goodreads:

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed…

They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

Goodreads description for the novel.

So. You’re following the story of three main characters, really. Shallan, Kaladin (KALADIN <3) and Dalinar. I really adore all of these characters, and I look at this book as two different things. First, it’s an introduction to all three of them, as well as a few side characters that I’m fairly certain are going to be important later on…

And it’s also really Kaladin’s story. It’s an amazing, colorful, just overwhelmingly wonderful story. I laughed, I cried, I felt inspired to write. That’s really all that I can ask for as a reader.

I might actually do a spoiler-y review on my blog as well, because I feel like a lot of the things that I want to talk about in relation to this book are just full of things that would completely ruin the story for anyone who wanted to read it. So… if you want to keep an eye out for that.

Otherwise, know that this was a 5 star book for me; I would have given it more if I could have. The plot is amazing, the magic system is great, the creatures are fantastic, and the overall story that was built up in this book is going to be phenomenal to watch unfold.

I can’t wait to read the next one.

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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A Thought on Resolutions

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Hey everyone! So, the New Year is going to be ringing in here at California very soon! I’ve been talking to a few of my friends about Resolutions, and I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting their opinions on them via facebook and other social media… and actually putting them into a negative light. I figured that a good way to get my blog on would be to go ahead and talk about resolutions and how I handle them.

In truth, I think that they’re fantastic, if you approach them realistically. People who swear up and down that they’re going to go to the gym every day, twice a day when they’ve never gone to the gym in their entire life >_> Hmmm… see, that’s jumping the gun a bit. I think that making the resolution to exercise at least twice a week is more plausible. For me, I always set two goals, because it makes things easier.

I’ve talked about this before, but this just seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about it again – I have a few goals for myself, and I’m pretty happy with them. I’ll lay my goals out!

Goals Number One: Write 1,000 words a day, every day for 2017. (A note that this may be adjusted up or down accordingly, depending on how things play out over the first of the year.)  Write at least 500 words in creative writing every day. – Stretch Goal: Write 1 million words in a year.

Goal Number Two: Read at least 1 book every month in 2017 and get a review up! – Stretch Goal: Read a book a week for 2017.

Goal Number Three: Finish the first Draft of Limbo, and pick between Limbo and Cerulean Darkness to finally edit for a second draft. – Stretch Goal: Finish both second drafts.

Goal Number Four: Blog Every Day. – No Stretch Goal, but go easy on yourself on the days that you can’t. Try to get out a minimum of at least 3 a week, as long as things are going all right. 

 

So, as you can see, I handle my goals a little differently than a lot of people that I know. I put two levels to my goals – a minimum… something that I know I can handle. It’s still pushing myself to do something new and something that I might not otherwise do, but it’s not so stressful as going all out on something that would be super taxing and easy to fail. The stretch goal is in place so I will push myself. I shouldn’t be taking it easy. I should be trying to better myself.

I look at it this way – if you’re gonna to try to go to the gym… give yourself two levels of it,or a midpoint goal. Say: I’m going to exercise twice a week, even if it’s just a walk. Midpoint to: I want to go to the Gym twice a week and work out for an hour. And your stretch goal can be going to the gym every day. You might not make that stretch goal, but working towards it, I bet you’ll at least hit that minimum goal you set for yourself. Don’t think of Resolutions for the new year as something that you have to do, and the end all to everything. Think of it as something you can do to better yourself, and something that you can accomplish.

And most importantly, don’t beat yourself up over it. You can make the year amazing just by staying positive and having a good attitude!

So, I’ll see you in the New Year, readers! I’d love to hear about your Resolutions and goals!

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

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Posted in Books, Creative WRiting, pokemon go, tag thursday

Tag Thursday – The Pokemon Go! Book Tag

 

Tag Thursday

I found this tag on my friend Kayla Dore’s blog, and due to my addiction to Pokemon Go, I knew that it was the proper tag for this Thursday! So, let us begin, shall we?

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Hmmm, I don’t know that there is a book that really started my love for reading. The thing is, I can remember being in Kindergarten and quickly graduating from the little flip books they give you there. I can remember being allowed into the chapter book section before most of the other kids in my class. I can remember falling in love with Island of the Blue Dolphins when reading for my first book report, and confusing most of the other people in my class, because I was speaking so passionately about a book that the wouldn’t have picked up.

I think that there was never any particular book that got me started with my love for reading. Maybe it was my mother’s love for reading that really got me started? She always had shelves and shelves of books, and she’d always be going to the library. We’d always participate in the local summer reading program (if you read a certain amount of books over the summer, you got certificates! I always read for all of the free ice cream.) Whether it was her encouragement and love, or something that was just ingrained in me… I can’t pick out a particular book, because I’ve been reading and loving books for as long as I can remember.

 

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So, I’m actually not super huge on classics? I suppose if William Faulkner is classic now, As I Lay Dying was an extremely good book. My English teacher in 9th grade recommended it to me when he noticed how much I loved to read, and gave me a copy. I couldn’t put it down.

I do also love The Divine Comedy – it’s gorgeous literature.

Frankenstein was always fairly enjoyable. So, I guess I do like some of the classics after all!

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Hmmmm…. I’ve never let myself lose interest in a book (or a zubat!) because it was everywhere. If anything, seeing so many people talk about something (because they will often times form such contrasting opinions) really makes me want to delve into the novel. I want to be a published author someday – it’s my dream job. So… of course, I’m going to want to see what in the world is making everyone talk, because I have full and complete intentions of repeating the process.

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I feel like a lot of YA books actually have overlapping themes. I’m not going to call out out specifically… but let me paint you a picture – our leading lady is living a normal life, and some bad boy comes along and shows her that not only is she not normal, but she’s amazing. 

Oh, and he’s in love with her.

Am I saying this is a bad trope? Not really. I’ve used it myself. People enjoy that formula. There’s a reason that it’s stuck around so long. It’s fun to read, we like to see women come into their power and (more and more often now) actually be the ones to kick the most ass.

And, personally, who doesn’t love a sexy bad boy?

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Sooooo. I read the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series… but I haven’t tackled the rest of it. That first one was really long, and so full of details. I enjoyed reading it, but it is really a commitment to buckle down and say that I’m going to read all of those through. Usually, I don’t let the size of a book intimidate me, but those books, and the massive amount of important detail that is enclosed within them?

Well, I can’t rightly help myself x.x. Call me intimidated.

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Tell me a book that hasn’t kept me up at night. Honestly, when I get myself engrossed in something to read, I can’t put it down until I’m done. If the story is done well, I want to live in that world, and I hate it when I’m ripped away for something as paltry as sleep.

Daylight, what are you doing here? Go away.

Honestly though, I think the book that did this to me most recently was actually The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon. It’s a FnaF book, and it was absolutely engrossing.

 

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My OTP… when I was young, it would have been Jenny and Julian from The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. I’ve since grown enough to know that it would have never worked xD So, my new bookish OTP is probably…

Morpheus and Alyssa from the Splintered series by A.G. Howard. Call me a sucker for a man in a tophat, but I couldn’t fathom her wanting to be with anyone else. Honestly though, I could list you dozens of OTPs.

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Any of the L.J. Smith books. I can read those in a few hours, tops… and I never get tired of doing so. Maybe it’s just my childhood calling and wanting to forever remain a part of my heart, but whatever it is? I’m so digging it.

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Harry Potter! Every time something new comes out about it, I get pretty damn excited. It was such a big part of my life for so long, of course I am always, always wanting more.

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The FNAF book that I mentioned above. I’m a big fan of the lore of the games, and I didn’t go into it expecting much. I knew that it was going to have some grammar errors – I’d read the reviews before picking it up. But, it was still really good and well written… and the almost amateur way that it was written actually made it all the better for me.

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I feel like The Maze Runner books by James Dashner  have been way overhyped due to the movie success and whatnot, but I can’t wait to read them! <— I am actually going to steal Kayla’s answer right here. I haven’t read those books yet – they’ve been so over hyped by the media… and yet I’m still pretty excited to delve into them once I get a copy.

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Hmmm… do they have collectors editions of the Harry Potter novels? I don’t know though, I’m not huge on things that I have to keep super duper protected. I like to touch my books, and look at them, and knowing me? I’d spill red koolaid (I don’t even drink red koolaid O_O) all over them.

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I don’t have a debut novel that I’m super excited for at the moment… though, oh, I’m a liar! I am actually reading a draft of Kayla Dore’s novel, and I am so stoked and hyped for it. It’s really, really good. That counts, right?

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Laurell K. Hamilton. I can’t help myself. Whenever new books come out by her, I end up snatching them up. I’m greedy, and I love it.

 

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… I was going to say that I didn’t have something, but it’s because I’ve been waiting for literally so long that I think of it as a myth. Strange Fate by L.J. Smith. I’ve been waiting for years, and years, and YEARS for this to come out. Someday, we’re going to be graced with the last Nightworld book. Someday, she’s going to wrap up that huge series.

Someday, we’ll know what happens. But today (and tomorrow, and the day after that -_-) is not that day.


 

So, there we go guys! Wow, I really loved this particular tag Thursday! (It also made me crave some more Pokemon, so I’m going to have to look into that!) Honestly though, I challenge each and every person on this blog who loves to read! Do it, tag me in it, let me know that you did it! ❤ I really want to see what your answers are! I think that seeing someone’s taste in books can really tell you a lot about a person!

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Posted in Aliens, Book Review, Books, Jennifer L Armentrout, Obsidian, Romance

Review: Obsidian

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All right – so I got to the reading train a little late for this book… but I’m not regretting the fact that I finally picked it up and gave it a read.

“Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is..”

The book is everything that it promises to be in the little snippit that you get from the goodreads page. I wasn’t sure how I felt about things going in – I’ve not enjoyed an Alien Romance since the Freedom series by Anne McCaffrey. However, I can say that this was pleasantly surprising.

Though there were parts of it that had a slow pace, and though I was sitting and pulling my hair, screaming at the main characters to just go ahead and admit how they really felt to one another… I loved it. Sometimes, what you really want from a book is to be so frustrated that you can’t help but to flip to the next page. My husband was shocked – I finished this book on a 10 hour flight to the Faroe Islands, and every time he looked over, I was on the next chapter.

I couldn’t put it down.

Honestly, I don’t really have complaints about the novel. The story was interesting, and there was more than just a ‘sordid love’ plot to keep it going. I feel like some of the things that were introduced are going to play a big part in the book later on, and I really enjoy that.

I can’t wait to read the next installation in this series, because I know that it’s going to be just as interesting as this one.

The three main characters that the story focuses on are very fun, very engaging… and I can’t wait to see where their story goes next!

I give it 5/5 stars – I’m going to keep on with the series!

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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

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$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

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$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

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$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

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$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!

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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*

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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) 

 

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.