YA Authors and Rachel’s Reviews

I just think it’s cool to see what sign my favorite authors are (I should’ve guessed Rick Riordan was a Gem lmao). Plus this is my way of giving you guys some book suggestions while making it astrologically related (you’re welcome). (also it’s really fun to talk about myself in the third person) (I’m easily entertained)

Aries: James Patterson

Author of Maximum Ride series, Witch and Wizard series, etc.

Rachel approves!! They’re very easy to read because the chapters are so short (I love it!)

Taurus: PC Cast

Author of House of Night series

Rachel approved in 8th grade but would need to reread them to see if she still approves.

Gemini: Rick Riordan

Author of Percy Jackson series, Heroes of Olympus series, etc.

Rachel definitely approves of the amount of hilarity and sarcasm in these lovely books!

Cancer: Markus Zusak

Author of The Book Thief, The Messenger, etc.

Rachel has read The Book Thief and bawled her eyes out. She approves!!

Leo: Cassandra Clare

Author of The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices trilogy, etc.


Virgo: John Green

Author of Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, etc.

Rachel is really into cliche/ depressing teen books and hella approves!

Libra: Laurie Halse Anderson

Author of Speak, Wintergirls, etc.

Rachel hasn’t had the pleasure of reading these, but she’s only heard good things. She will read them over the summer and update this!

Scorpio: Christopher Paolini

Author of the Eragon series

Rachel has owned the first three books of this for years and hasn’t read them yet because she made the mistake of watching the movie first (she was young and is very sorry) and tried reading the book and got hella confused because movie adaptations are shit. So she hasn’t watched the movie since like 2007 in hopes that she will forget about it and be able to read the books without getting confused and angry. She will attempt this summer. Stay tuned.

Sagittarius: James Dashner

Author of The Maze Runner series, The Mortality Doctrine series, etc.

Rachel only got to read The Maze Runner (the first one) before senior year murdered her, but thought it was really good and definitely worth reading.

Capricorn: Stephenie Meyer

Author of the Twilight series, The Host, etc.

Rachel read Twilight years ago and can’t remember for the life of her if it was actually that bad or if the movies are just really really horrible. She freaking adores The Host, though.

Aquarius: Stephen Chbosky

Author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Her favorite book, like, ever. Rachel seriously adores it so much. There are no words… This book seriously changed her. She doesn’t know if it can do the same for you, but begs you to read it anyways.

Pisces: Gillian Flynn

Author of Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, etc.

Rachel hasn’t read any of her books; she couldn’t find any Pisces authors she recognized. Sorry guys!

hope you enjoy!!

The effect your words have

 on writers is huge.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a published author like Stephen King or Debbie Macomber, or if it’s “just a fan fiction writer.” They’re writers who are throwing themselves out there to write something to SHARE WITH YOU. It’s not just something they do for fun and to test their limits. It’s to bring an idea in their head to life and to share it with the world, to give you more adventures with the characters you love.

Authors of fan fiction take the characters that you’ve fallen in love with on TV and put these characters in situations you wouldn’t see normally. Each story takes character and relationship development that the writer has to put an immense amount of thought and work into to make it seem like something that would happen on screen. Sometimes the characters we work with kind of go off on their own and write themselves. Yeah, we’re the one typing it out, but the characters, in a way, take over our brain and hands and write themselves. If you aren’t a writer it’s a little hard to understand. Sometimes it happens with the plot too. Authors of original books and series and comics face the same problem of having to develop characters and plots. But they have to start from scratch. Sometimes they have their characters completely mapped out and know exactly what they want of the character, but it’s hard to develop the character from scratch and show the different sides of its personality and the trials and tribulations it’s gone through as well as its physical attributes. Fan fiction writers don’t have that problem, unless they use an original character (OC), we all know what the character looks like from the show. Sometimes the author can’t figure out how exactly to get something across about their character.

It shouldn’t matter how long a chapter is, when a fan fiction author uploads a chapter. It’s not about size, it’s about quality. Yes, that’s generally used when talking about penises but it’s also true about writing. If the chapter is only 500-3000 words, that could technically be considered a small chapter but, if the chapter is filled with mystery, intrigue, drama and gets you sucked in and wanting more, more and more, and it’s as if you are right there with the characters experiencing everything, that IS an AMAZINGLY well written chapter and deserving of praise. It’s better to have a short chapter that they are pleased with having written than having a chapter that is 3000-12000 words long but it’s all filler and added things that don’t further the plot, it’s no good, it’s just a waste of time and you’re getting bored, right? If that intrigue, that feeling of becoming the character isn’t there, it’s not the sign of good writing. More often than not, the writer is pushing through a spout of writers block and is trying to please their readers by just getting a chapter out there.

Writers thrive on getting reviews and comments on the things that they post. It’s a huge encouragement. It’s what keeps them putting themselves out there. There is a difference between a praise review, a constructive review and a disrespectful review.

A praise review tells the writer that basically they did a good job, kudos! It will sometimes say specific things they loved from the chapter/story.  

A constructive criticism review not only tells the writer what you loved about the chapter but it points out nuances that you think could better them as writers and help them out without being mean.

5 Tips for giving constructive criticism

Where possible, give concrete examples for your criticism. This helps the other person to really grasp what you are saying.

Give the other person a chance to explain and to fix things if possible, make sure this is a two-way conversation.

Say what you would like in future – and why. Let the other person see the bigger picture and get an understanding of your perspective.

When discussing lessons learned, make sure you get input from the other person i.e., the expert, on how to solve the problems.

Agree on specific targets and timelines. That way, the person receiving criticism walks away with a concrete guide on how to move forward.


Disrespectful reviews aren’t always intentional. Sometimes it’s meant as constructive criticism but the writer of the review didn’t know that phrasing and the such can come across as mean and hurts the feelings of writers. We want to avoid that as much as possible.

EVERY WORD YOU WRITE AFFECTS US ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND RESPECTFUL OF WHAT YOU WRITE AND SAY. Please do leave us reviews, because we really do love them and seeing that our writing is being read.

Tag other writers you know, or readers of our writing and spread the message around about how the words affect those of us who put ourselves out there by writing.

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If I didn’t tag you, I’m sorry. It’s hard to get everyone. 



Eccentric and uncompromising in her originality, Wanda Gág is known for illustrating the 1928 children’s book Millions of Cats, which earned her a Newbery Honor Award and (posthumously) the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.

The eldest of seven children born in the rural town of New Ulm, Minnesota, Wanda Gág grew up in an environment of Old World Bohemian customs. Her father died of tuberculosis when she was just fifteen years old, and with her mother’s health failing as well, many suggested that Wanda should drop out of school and find a steady job.

Wanda, instead, opted to earn a small income by selling drawings to local residents and submitting stories to The Minneapolis Journal. She eventually graduated from high school and attended art school, where she often found herself disenchanted that her peers were content imitating the work of those before them.

Gág‘s career began to take off when, in 1917, she moved to New York City on a scholarship. She found steady work as a commercial illustrator, contributing her work to multiple publications and eventually landing her first solo art show at the New York Public Library.

Feeling a need to distance herself from commercial assignments, Gág rented a three-acre New Jersey farm in 1925. Though the country home had no heat or running water, it was there at “Tumble Timbers” that she felt the freedom to work on her fine art without any distractions. Shortly after, Gág came to be known as “one of America’s most promising young graphic artists”.

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This right here is an attempt to explain fangirls.  And almost works.

I am, naturally as a writer, terribly difficult to love. I overthink everything, and no matter what my life consists of I shall always be inventing around it, fantasising about what it could be, about how I could make it better if it were a life upon the page. I am never satisfied, always seeking. The trick is, I suppose, never to fall in love with a writer, but to try hard to make a writer fall in love with you.
—  From a piece I’m currently working on. Jamie L. Harding.