A little sneak peek quote from my second latest project, also the longest book I’ve ever written 🙂 Super excited about this one!
No one’s afterlife is as dispiriting as Audrey’s―at least that’s what she believes after waking up dead without her memories and being promptly assigned to hunt demons for the rest of eternity. She’s convinced God’s made a cosmic mistake; after all, she’d rather discuss the color of her nails than break them on angelic weapons.
It doesn’t help that her trainer, Logan, is as infuriating as he is attractive. And just when Audrey and Logan appear close to developing an amicable relationship, a decision made under duress pushes their hearts in a direction neither of them saw coming.
Despite her sub-par fighting abilities, an ancient weapon of unparalleled power chooses Audrey as its wielder, attracting the cautious gazes of her fellow hunters and the attention of Satan himself. With Satan’s eyes now fixed on Audrey, a battle for the safety of the living looms in the shadows.
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?
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
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.
Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world–facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
So like I said in my previous post, ENCLAVE was a fun look back at a book I had read from about five years ago. And boy has a lot changed in those five years. I’ve read a few hundred more books, many of those being dystopians, so I feel I have a bit more experience with the genre now unlike the last time I rated this story. With that being said, lets get to the review!
ENCLAVE is a book that reminded me much of DIVERGENT and HUNGER GAMES in that it had both a competitive feel as well as a breaking of conformance to the “government” they were to obey and live under. This book also had what I would call “simple writing”. There weren’t over explanations of the world building – confusing you and deviating from the heart of the story – and all of the scenes moved along quickly, as well as the pace of the book. A lot happens in just 259 pages, and none of if was filler fluff or unnecessary additions simply to add length. In that way, I really enjoyed reading this.
Though the characters are younger (fifteen and seventeen) there was much to be said about their maturity and the way they handled themselves as well as hard situations. I could really appreciate how the author managed to combine hardness and cold logical thinking along with a sense of fragile innocence in both of the main characters. You were reminded every once in a while that though they were brought up in a world without much hope, aging them beyond their years, they would still showcase a bit of their naivety along with having feelings of being lost and unsure of themselves, and wondering what to do next. In doing so, Ann did a fantastic job of keeping it realistic.
If you are a romance fiend like myself, then you aren’t going to find the mushy stuff you’re looking for in this read. Despite there being a touch of romance between the main characters, it definitely isn’t a main focus. We’re more learning about their world and how things are changing for them rather than diving too deep into the relationship side of things. Thoughts of making out and holding hands kind of falls to the wayside when death is knocking at your door with every turn you take lol.
Overall, I thought this was a really interesting story with a good amount of plot expanding potential for the other sequels, which is indeed what the author has done with the series. I would recommend this to anyone who is just starting to get into the apocalyptic/dystopian genre, or perhaps have been wanting to read something of that nature but haven’t found the right one yet that doesn’t look too intimidating. It was a well thought out story, easy to follow, and I’m glad I decided to give it another read.
ENCLAVE BY ANN AGUIRRE = 4 POST APOCOLYPTIC STARS
I decided to write this post today because I’ve finally made a decision concerning what my plans are for the next year and possibly beyond in regards to my writing. It’s something I’ve been debating for a while now, and I’ve made up my mind about what to do. And because of that, I felt like I owed it to you all to explain.
Since around summer of 2013, I’ve been writing non-stop. I’ve written five full books and published three, those three having all been done in that first year. Juggling writing along with a possible art career all while deciding on a degree I’d like to pursue has taken up every spare minute of my time. Mix that with editing, cover design, advertising, and about a thousand other jobs I do other than simply writing my books has made my life rather chaotic, and to be honest, stressful at times.
That is why I have decided that after three years of wonderful, life changing insanity to take a break from writing for a while. I love writing. It gave me an escape and continues to now as a sort of therapy for me when the world’s reality becomes too much. But also, I feel like I’ve exhausted my creativity side in the process of discovering this new passion of mine. With every character I create, with ever chapter I write, and every heartbreak I have to manifest and then fix, a lot of myself has been sacrificed to this job. I wouldn’t take back a single second of it, though. It has given me much in return for taking little. But I feel like I need to take some time to become inspired again, to have that zest for storytelling like I did the day I decided to begin messing with a little short story that then became what is now the Separate Ways series.
But don’t worry. I have plans to release My Heart’s Only Exception (Separate Ways #3) and one more New Adult book I’m in the process of writing now before I metaphorically hang up my laptop for a while. I’ve recently been editing Learning Patience and Heart of Onyx in hopes that one day soon I’ll get around to making them into paperbacks. I also have some surprises coming soon in regards to new covers, so I hope you will all stay around for that.
I plan to continue writing reviews when I get the spare time to read. My life has been up in the air lately, so don’t expect me to have a steady posting timeline lol. I just wanted to let you all know that I have greatly appreciated you sticking around with me for the last few years, and I want to thank the people who have helped me get this far in the first place. I never anticipated actually publishing my stories. I always figured they would be for my eyes only. But with my family’s encouragement, my sister’s endless help, and with some online friends, I’ve been able to do something I never thought I would be able to do. For that, I thank you all with my entire being, and look forward to what the future holds.
Don’t worry, my fellow bookies. I’ll be back.
With love and appreciation,
– Inda Herwood
A look into the tortured heart of Carrick Castle.
(My Heart’s Only Exception (Separate Ways, #3) snippet)
For centuries, Azrael’s sole purpose was to find her—and kill her.
And now he has her, just down the hall to be exact! So beautiful and fragile, she is so close he can almost hear her precious blood pumping through her veins. Blood he has been hunting for since the day he fell.
His mind is screaming, “Kill her. Stick to the plan, drain her blood, and ascend to Heaven.” But every fibre of his soul refuses to harm her.
If he won’t kill her, what will he do with the beautiful Lilliah Daniels?
He smirks. He might be an Angel, but he’s never claimed to be a saint.
What can I say about Ruined…it was a rather interesting ride, to say the least. Filled with action (LOTS OF IT), romance, and sweet moments between friends and brother, it’s sure to fit many people’s liking one way or another. Well paced with an interesting plot, I was happily surprised with this read. When I read the blurb I figured the whole angel thing would be something I’ve read before, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. This author tastefully created a story filled with originality and surprising plot twists that left me impressed and wanting more. The only point I could really deduct is that the female main character had her moments of being rather naïve or immature. But then again she’s only seventeen years old, so I guess some of that is to be expected 😉 Overall I was really happy with this book and look forward to seeing what this author does in the future!
P.S. I would make this review longer but I don’t want to give too much of the plot away! Needless to say though, the guy is swoon worthy and that’s all you really need to know lol.
Ruined by Sophia Stafford = 4 stars