Don’t let your stubbornness tell you otherwise. You can choose not to love him back, but don’t you doubt that he loved you. ’Cause he might been a rascal and not one I’d have chosen for you, but he loved you with something fierce.
—  Abbi Glines, Sometimes It Lasts
City of Heavenly Fire — Chapter 2

As it turns out, the prologue isn’t the last we see of Emma Carstairs. Because it’s just so necessary to have her as a recurring PoV in this book. It’s not like it’s two hundred fucking thousand words long and could have used some trimming or anything like that.

(It literally is around 200,000 words long, according to my computer magics. That’s almost three times the size of an average YA novel, for reference.)

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A Thousand Pieces of You

Claudia Gray

Series: Firebird

Goodreads Rating: 3.94 (★★★★)

My Rating: 4 (★★★★)

Genres: young adult, science fiction, romance

Summary:  Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

My thoughts:  This book was pretty good. Not absolutely amazing, but pretty good. The ideas behind the story are incredibly interesting with all the physics theories and dimension jumping and the differences in dimensions. Though I’m not sure how I feel about the love triangle like thing between the characters.

Pros: The different dimensions are really interesting from the 20th century Romanov’s to the futuristic-like (because it’s dimension travel not time travel) London, to the flooded Earth. I really enjoyed the Romanov one, but that might just be me. And it has nothing to do with Russian Paul. Ok. Maybe a little bit but I’m a sucker for palaces and royal parties.

Each character was unique. Theo is mischievous and stubborn, but has the best intentions. Paul is quiet and speaks with his actions than his words. Marguerite is headstrong, passionate, and artistic. And Conley is the unsuspected antagonist with his boyish charm.

The romance between Marguerite and Paul is both quick and slow going. In her dimension its a slow and steady falling. In Russia, it’s a quick trip into each other’s hearts. It’s honestly really cute and though I wouldn’t exactly call them my OTP, it’s still a great match.

The physics side of the story isn’t too complicated to understand. I’m not sure if that’s because Marguerite is artistic and not a scientific genius like the rest of her household or for the sake of the readers. Probably a little of both which is a great touch.

Cons: At the beginning of the book, there’s a lot of jumping back and forth between the past and the present and it can get just a little bit confusing.

Some of the plot twists were predictable. None of which I will go over, but keep that in mind when you dive in.

The relationships between Paul and Marguerite and Theo seems a bit.. weak and convenient. The relationship between Paul and Marguerite is a little stronger than that of Theo and Marguerite. There isn’t that much of a build to it.

Recommended: Yes. 

Where to buy:   Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Book Depository, Half Priced Books

anonymous asked:

Sometimes I get discouraged because I feel like my writing is too juvenile. I feel like I'm not writing about anything that really matters.

Hey Anon! I think every writer gets discouraged by their writing at one point or another. I can’t offer you advice for this one, just give you some things to think about.

First, I have a quote I really like from the book Strangers from the Sky, a Star Trek book. It goes like this: “Nothing that is is unimportant.” In the book, they were talking about creatures, but I think it applies here too. It may seem like what you’re writing doesn’t really matter, but is that really so? Is a book that has immense literary value or social commentary any better than a book that is created with the sole purpose of entertainment? I don’t think so. How many people need books as an escape, a fun excursion from reality? I’m one of them. While I enjoy deep books, I also enjoy lighthearted reads. And they are just as important for the enjoyment and the release they give readers.

Next…what is wrong with juvenile? If you’re trying to write for an adult audience, it’s probably not the best, but really think about who you’re writing to. Think about what you wanted to know about or think about at that age. But also consider this. Do you know how many adults read young adult fiction? A lot. Like, a lot a lot. I’m one of them. Everyone has their own reasons, and while some of the plot elements and tropes in YA are juvenile, they’re still enjoyable (for the most part, depending how well it’s done), and they’re still relatable.

Finally, and most importantly, you first need to focus on writing the story that you want. If you enjoy it, someone else will too. Do you feel it’s juvenile because you don’t like it, or are you saying that because you are comparing it to something else? First write the story, then use your editing and your readers to improve anything that still doesn’t sit right with you. But don’t judge your story based on another written work. It is not the same work. Does that make sense?

I hope this helps you think about it a little. Understand that discouragement is par for the course here, but you can push through it and keep working for something you love. Good luck!



The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies is a dystopian novel set in a futuristic world, where at the turn of 16 every person has to go through an operation to make themselves “pretty”. The teenagers under 16 are all called Uglies, and the MC Tally is one of them. Tally can’t stop dreaming of the day her flaws and appearance are fixed and she’ll join her best childhood friend Peris at the New Pretty Town.

But when Shay, one of Tally’s Ugly friends, confesses her disapproval about the operation and runs away, Tally has no other choice but to follow Shay and bring her back, or the authorities won’t ever perform the operation on herself.

Overall It’s a fast-paced novel with a high value placed on the narration. The problem of realising that we’re all beautiful with flaws is what makes us both remarkable.

The general tone of the narration resembles Lauren Oliver’s “Delirium”,  romance didn’t come in the center of the plot in “Uglies.” Instead “Uglies” is more of a coming-of-age story about Tally growing up, learning who she really is and finding her place in this world.

by guest reviewer Oksana 

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Because I love you more than any goddamn thing on this fucking planet, I’m gonna let you have one more day. You just lost your daddy, and I’ll never forgive myself for not being here with you. I’ll live my life regretting it. But I’ll be back. You’re mine, Eva Brooks. Always. You told me that yourself and, sweetheart, I’m holding you to it.
—  Abbi Glines, Sometimes It Lasts

Day 20 - I Read YA