Thank God, I’m not the only one… (John Green cameo)

I finally found a video that describes a writer’s relationship with writing, and who better to explain than the philosophical John Green? Watching this video somehow relieved me of thinking it was just me who abandoned projects, that had an up and down relationship with writing. Some days it’s the perfect release, others it feels like a gigantic burden; having half a dozen almost books sitting in documents on my computer. But apparently I’m not the only one, and that makes me feel better somehow. Maybe it’ll help you as well 🙂

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review/ Happy New Year!

Hello all! I know this might be an odd day to post a review, but I thought what better way is there to bring in the New Year than with books? I really hope each and every one of you had a good 2016, and for those of you who didn’t, then I’m going to pray that 2017 is your year! May we focus on the good rather than the bad and count our blessings every day, being thankful that we are living, breathing, and have books to comfort us when nothing else can. Thank you for sticking with me this year, readers. And I hope more great things are to come in the New Year. Now, let’s write a review, shall we?

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Synopsis:

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

REVIEW

Alright, I’m going to get right to it. When this book came out, I lost my mind, screamed (in that order) and instantly put it on my to-read list. And then a little time went by and other new books came out and I shamefully forgot about it for the time being. But then I came across a review for it one day, and I was like, OMG HOW DID I FORGET! To make up for my fish brain mind, I went to the library, checked it out, and then preceded to read it within eight hours. And now for the results…

Okay, so I could instantly tell that J.K did not write this. I could sense it from the very first page, and not just because it was written in the style of a play. But because the characters’ way of acting, speaking, and overall demeanor were just…off. Still, I powered through despite it reading like a fan fiction and found myself really enjoying the new characters and where their adventures had taken them. I would have liked more descriptions of where they were and what it felt like – maybe even some facial expressions, I don’t know. Yet again, I felt like the play format hurt the integrity of the book. They should have adapted a new manuscript from the dialogue and made an actual, legit eighth book out of it instead of being lazy and sticking with the play style, knowing Potterheads would buy it either way. It just never felt when reading it that it was an actual continuation of the series. Again, it probably ties back to it not being written by our book savior.

Besides all that, I really loved the adventure and the shocking details discovered by two young boys trying to live up to their fathers’ names. And who would have thought I would lose my heart to a Malfoy? But the amazing thing about this book was that you did start to see once hated characters in another light, years after the Battle of Hogwarts, and I liked seeing where everyone had gone with their careers and families. It was nostalgic and I couldn’t help but be sucked back into the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (NOT written by J.K. Rowling) = 4 stars

 

SPOILER! LOOK AWAY IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IT YET. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS IF YOU DO BECAUSE I GAVE YOU FAIR WARNING.

Okay, can someone tell me who’s horrible idea it was to make Snape die again? Because damn, it hurt like hell the first time, and then some idiot must have been like, “No, I don’t believe we destroyed the fans’ souls quite enough. Let’s kill him again, shall we?”

*In a perfect Alan Rickman’s voice as Snape* You, sir, are a sniveling bastard.

 

 

Holiday Break

Wow, it’s been a busy couple of months for me. Writing new stuff, finishing up other projects, ending series. It feels like this year has flown by, and I’m wondering where all the time went while I was bent over a computer key pad. And with the year closing down soon, I’ve decided to take some time off for the holidays, which means I won’t be on the blog as much. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time to read and a maybe even post a small review, and I’ll definitely be posting some upcoming book sales soon, but other than that, I’m going on radio silence for a while. I truly appreciate all the support I’ve received this year, from readers and family alike. It means the world to me. And I sincerely hope you all enjoy the season with your loved ones, being grateful for all of the blessings you received this year. I know I have many things to be thankful for myself.
Until next time, dear readers,
Inda Herwood

Happy Halloween Sale!

Happy Halloween everyone! I love Halloween, always have, and to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, and the last day in my favorite month, I’m having a sale for my YA/NA romance, Jump Start My Heart! Sale starts today on amazon.com and ends 11:00 pm Pacific coast time on November 2. I hope you have a wonderful Halloween, readers!

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Synopsis:

What would you do if your summer was hijacked because your parents wanted to study freaking bugs? Well, that’s what happened to me. I thought the summer after high school graduation would be a time to have fun, plan for college, and avoid the parents. I did avoid the parents, just not in the way I wanted to.

So instead of going for the summer to Colorado with Mom and Dad, I went with my only other option: my crazy aunt who I haven’t seen in years. And who just so happens to be a make-up artist in England now. Score, right?

Not.

A week into my vacay my aunt gets a call and away we go on some stupid tour her clumsy friend bailed on. Little did I know that the band we were working for just happened to be the biggest boy band in the world. And one of them just had to make me break my rules…

Maybe I should have gone with the crickets.

This book is clean, YA/NA romance.

REVIEW: DAUGHTER OF THE RED DAWN BY ALICIA MICHAELS

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Synopsis:

These are dark times in the land of Fallada, and I fear that they will only continue to grow darker. Only the return of those we’ve lost will even the score.
It will begin with first line of the prophecy, which foretells of a red sun over the desert sky…
–Adrah, Queen of the Fae

On the outside, seventeen year-old Selena McKinley is like any other teenage girl. Yet Selena has always felt as if she doesn’t belong and is counting the days to graduation and her freedom from the small town that makes her feel so out of place, when the arrival of a stranger turns her world upside down. Selena will learn just how different she is and the truth of where she comes from.
A lost princess, they call her, the catalyst for a war involving a world that Selena was taken from as a child. An evil queen obsessed with her own beauty with a plan to enslave the human race.…the notion seems so silly, yet Selena knows in her heart that it is true. Then there is Titus, the shape shifter whose blue eyes and claims of destiny hold her heart captive. Can Selena find the strength to do what she must while following her heart?

REVIEW

Selena is a young girl from a small town with only one ambition: to escape Twin Oaks, Texas. Never having fit in with any of the cliché cliques at school, Selena always felt like an outsider, never having belonged anywhere. That is until one day she meets a boy in a field with the most beautiful blue eyes, and everything changes.

Thrust into a world that is a hundred percent crazy and a thousand percent magical, Selena finds that for the first time in her life, she may actually belong. And who knew her once seemingly useless existence could bring about such a revolution?

Okay, so this was a surprisingly good book for me. It had been a while since I read a good fantasy YA, and this just hit the spot. I loved the vibrant descriptions the author used to describe the fantastical world Selena was thrown into. And I was really impressed with the originality of the plot along with how it was beautifully executed. You could connect with the characters on a personal level, which gave a sense of reality to an otherwise insane storyline.

My only complaint with this book were the amazing amount of editing errors. Names were changed 3/4 quarters of the way through, and there were missing letters to words, and sometimes missing periods at the end of a sentence. Despite how awkward that was to read through, I didn’t find that it took away from the story. It’s just something I’m a stickler about.

Overall I was very impressed with this first installment of ‘The Lost Kingdom of Fallada’ series, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Daughter of the Red Dawn by Alicia Michaels = 4 faerie stars

AUTHOR INFO

Alicia Michaels

WEBSITE: http://www.fantasybyalicia.com/

Mother of 3 and Army wife. Lover of coffee, chocolate and good books. Writer of YA Fantasy that stretches the imagination. When not writing, I can usually be found reading.