Reading Wrap-Up: February 2017

I started drafting a new project in February, but that didn’t stop me from reading some really wonderful books. It was a month of sea monsters, futuristic pirates, cross-dressing guards, and cyborgs for me. Read on for more info, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for regular updates throughout the month!

 

 


FICTION

The Abyss Surrounds Us by [Skrutskie, Emily]The Abyss Surrounds Us, by Emily Skrutskie – This book was AMAZING. We follow the misadventures of Cassandra Leung, reckoner trainer, as she’s captured by pirates and forced to train a sea monster for their captain, the unforgiving Santa Elena. Cas is badass, her dynamic with Swift is intriguing, and the sea monsters are somehow both endearing and dangerous. Imagine by disappointment when I found out the sequel isn’t out until April. I already have my pre-order in on Amazon, I cannot wait for it to get here. 5 Stars for sure.

Defy, by Sara Larson – On the other hand, this one fell a little short for me. Alexa is disguised as a male in the prince’s guard, and ends up captured with the prince and transported to enemy territory. The beautiful cover and the intriguing synopsis had me excited to read it, but it was a slow read with a lot of blushing. There was a lot of potential–it could have been really good–but it turned into a story more about a love triangle than the social issues I expected.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) by [Meyer, Marissa]Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer – Happily, Cinder restored my faith. I had hesitated to read it because my mom hadn’t liked it, but I ended up really getting into it. Cinder is a Cinderella retelling in futuristic China, with a cyborg Cinderella and a threat from the Lunars who live on the moon. I loved the Sci-Fi/fairy tale mashup and am excited to read Scarlet, the sequel. Another 5 Star read for February.

You Know Me Well, by Nina LaCour – After those three, I was in the mood for a contemporary and this one jumped out at me in the library. We meet Mark and Kate as they “navigate the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.” It was a fun, quick read, but something about it struck me as slightly unrealistic.

WRITING RESOURCES

The First 50 Pages, by Jeff Gerke – I really enjoyed Gerke’s casual and sometimes humorous style as he breaks down the do’s and don’ts of the first 50 pages of your book. There was some good information, and some that left me a little dubious, but it was a good read overall and I’ll probably reference it through the years.

Product Details2k to 10k, by Rachel Aaron – Between this one and Susan Dennard’s “headlights” method, I’ve really been able to improve my process and productivity. This was a valuable read well-worth the $0.99 I spent on it.

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott – I first read this book in my Creative Writing class in college, and I listened to the audiobook now. Some of it is outdated but most of it has endured for decades. She brings humor to the emotional turmoil of being a writer, and reading about her experiences really makes me feel like I can do it, too.

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