Book Review, Fairytale, Fiction, Magic, Uncategorized, Young Adult

Lost Boy by Christina Henry

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Short Summary: A retelling of how Peter’s favorite and first lost boy became his enemy, Hook. 

My Review: I read this book in a day. I couldn’t put it down. The pacing and excitement of Neverland mischief and battles doesn’t slow down. 

Getting into Jamie’s head, seeing his compassion for the boys Peter doesn’t care about, and feeling his anger over Peter’s betrayal was emotionally provoking. I was cheering on Jamie the whole time, routing for Peter to fail. 

The story is dark, like Barrie’s original Peter Pan, since it leads up to Pan and Hook’s rivalry. If you didn’t like Peter’s character in the original, you probably won’t like him in this book. Though, I have to say, I enjoyed this story ten times more than I did the original. If you’re like me, and Hook is your favorite character of the two and you like the dark twist of Peter Pan, then this is the perfect book for you! 

Overall, this is one of my new favorites I’m adding to my bookshelf. I bought the paperback from Amazon for my own enjoyment. 

Book Review, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Time Travel, Uncategorized

North by Lizzy Ford

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary via Goodreads: “Josie Jackson is whisked further into the past, to the era of Vikings and the (almost) eternal winters of Norway. Carter, the mastermind behind her foray through time, reveals that she’ll be remaining there for six years – assuming she survives the first winter. To complicate matters, Josie has an unexpected health condition, one that threatens her life more than the frigid cold, Viking raids and wild animals.”

My Review: Lizzy Ford’s done it again! ♥ I sat down to read this book last night and couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

The pace, tension, and nonstop action kept me glued to the page and huddled under my covers (I was worried my cat might come attack my foot at the worst possible moment, and was terrified with no tall tree to hide in. lol). 

The biggest difference between this book and the others is Josie’s character change. She’s changing to adapt to her surroundings to protect those who are precious to her, instead of relying on a man/husband to protect her. 

Carter, the evil genius who’s been throwing her around in time, is as infuriating as ever. However, this is the first time I made a prediction about his characterand I’m excited to say, “I KNEW IT!” Love the kink Lizzy threw in at the end, adding to the tension. Readers are going to flip out over this, especially since she leaves you you hanging. 

Even with the mini cliff-hanger at the end, the conflict of this particular story in the series is met by the ending. The book is well written and characters are well developed. Lizzy Ford’s writing style is one of my all-time favorites, and the book covers for all three of the History Interrupted series are beautiful.

This has become a series I impatiently anticipate release dates of. Grab a copy of these three books immediately and get on the Lizzy Ford crazy, fan-train with me! I’m obsessed with all her books. She’s fantastic.

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You can see all three of my reviews of West, East, and North HERE.

Uncategorized, Zahra

Zahra: The Book of the Dead

My writing goal for June 2017 was 50k for my zombie fantasy story.
I’m excited to announce:
DRAFT 1 is COMPLETE!! FINALLY!!

I’m taking a break this month to work on a new WIP for CampNaNoWriMo,
but look forward to diving back into revisions in August!
Thanks for all your encouragement! I couldn’t have done it without you! ♥

 

Apocalyptic, Book Review, dystopian, Uncategorized

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Re-read. Kindle Version. Originally read hardbacks. 

Summary via Goodreads: “The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.”

My Review: I’m making my way through dystopian YA books this month as I try my hand at writing my own dystopian retelling of Tinker Bell. Obviously, I wanted to start with The Hunger Games, which is one of my favorites. I first read it in college when it was published, and I own the trilogy hard copies. I enjoyed all of the movies, and was hooked as soon as I picked up the book again. I finished the story in two days because the pacing never falters. There are a few places here and there that are full of “telling,” where I preferred the dialogue from the movie script. Overall, it’s still one of my favorite stories, and I’m tempted to read and review Catching Fire and Mockingjay after speeding through this one.

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Packing for Camp

My current goal for July is 50k word count for a Dystopian Tinker Bell retelling.
Working Title/Cover temporary.

Pixie Dust

 

It’s been a challenge working on this outline. I went back and read Peter Pan by JM Berrie, but as fun as it was to read, it wasn’t much help. I’ve also binged watching the Disney Tinker Bell movies for inspiration. So far, I have a beginning and end, but the middle is lacking. I’m also struggling to decide if this will be a pure dystopian tale, or include some fantasy and/or sci-fi. My thoughts are all over the place, and I’m scrambling to figure it all out this week. But, I’m excited to get writing! Tinker Bell is my favorite character ♥

Seeing how this will be the first time I’ve ever participated in Camp Nanowrimo, I’m pretty excited. I’ve somehow managed to herd the #witlingwriter gang on twitter to join me in a cabin. We are looking forward to getting started on current or new works-in-progress. If you’re interested in joining our cabin, contact me for more information or message me on Twitter @annhlynn.

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