Book Review – Art and Craft of Writing: Secret Advice for Writers.

Art & Craft of Writing Fiction: Secret Advice for WritersArt & Craft of Writing Fiction: Secret Advice for Writers by Victoria Mixon

Book Review – Art and Craft of Writing: Secret Advice for Writers by Victoria Mixon.

The Bad Stuff: It’s a pretty short book and a lot of the information has been covered before.

The Good Stuff: I have been writing for some time now and I’m always looking for new information. There were one or two nuggets in this book for me, but mainly it was that Victoria looks at things from a slightly different angle and explains them in a slightly different way. This resonated with me and I will keep this book on hand for reference in the future.

Overall this book is put together from the authors most popular blog posts. In my opinion it is worth a read, you may not new information from it, but you may look at things with a new found appreciation and understanding. This one gets 4 golden bookmarks from me.

View all my reviews

Book Review – Supersize Your Subscription List: Build yourself a fan-base and boost your writing career, by Steve Turnbull

Supersize Your Subscription List: Build yourself a fan-base and boost your writing careerSupersize Your Subscription List: Build yourself a fan-base and boost your writing career by Steve Turnbull

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Supersize Your Subscription List by Steve Turnbull is a quick read that looks at the techniques used by authors to build a subscription list.

The Bad Stuff: There is not much bad stuff in here to be honest. I knew most of the information in the book, but I have researched this topic and for those that have not, it is a little gem of a book. Could it have been longer? Possibly, but then you would need more content, and in my opinion there is not much that was not covered.

The Good Stuff: The book was short, but it was concise and covered everything that it needed to. I love that the author did not fill up his pages with guff, unnecessary wordage just for the sake of it. He is to the point and summarizes the process well. I learnt a little more about things I was not sure on too, so for me, the book was worth it.

Overall this was a quick and informative read that gave me a little bit more knowledge than I already had. That’s a win in my mind. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 Golden bookmarks.

View all my reviews

A review of ‘Blood Rage’ – I love it when readers enjoy my books.

Genre – Epic Fantasy/Action Adventure Pages – 294 Just finished reading “Blood Rage (The Blood Rage Series, Book Three) by Allan Walsh. Having read “The Crimson Guild (The Blood Rage Series, Book Two)” earlier in the month, I was pleasantly surprised and grateful to Allan for gifting me an e-copy of this book. The […]

via Blood Rage (The Blood Rage Series, Book 3) by Allan Walsh — Book Review Village

A very short review – Bleach, Vol 13

Bleach, Volume 13Bleach, Volume 13 by Tite Kubo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, I just read another Bleach volume. I am trying to get through the 21 volume box set I was gifted for xmas a couple of years ago. Thanks T. I enjoyed this volume more than most, I think Kenny is a badass! That’s all I’ve got to say 🙂

View all my reviews

Calendar Girls: Best High Fantasy — Book Princess Reviews (Post share)

Well, another month has gone by, and I seriously don’t know where it has gone. Do you think I misplaced it somewhere? But since March has left us, it’s time for Calendar Girls to be back in action, and I’m super excited to bring you a new one…even though I realize just how unprepared I […]

via Calendar Girls: Best High Fantasy — Book Princess Reviews

Book Review: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1)Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve is a story about love, courage and survival amid Mobile cities, ravaging each other for resources in a barren world.

The Bad Stuff: This is an old YA novel and the authors style is a little dated. There are multiple points of view and author interjections in parenthesis throughout the story.

The Good Stuff: While the style is unusual and dated, I enjoyed this book. There are some great characters and concepts, a few unexpected turns and a well established, albeit barren, wasteland of a world.

Overall, this is a good YA novel. You’ll come to love the main characters and want to see them succeed. There are a few twists you won’t see coming, that start very close to the beginning of the story. For entertainment value and creativity, I’m giving this one 3 out of 5 Golden Bookmarks.

View all my reviews

Book Review: Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland

Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 7)Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development by K.M. Weiland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Creating Character Arcs by K.M.Weiland is a guide for authors to help them improve the writing of their character arcs.

The Bad Stuff: There were a lot of examples in this book and I know they may be useful to some, especially as the examples cover different genres. There is also the fact that, what clicks with one person may not click with another, so having more examples can be beneficial. But, it felt like filler to me, padding out the pages with extra words.

The Good Stuff: Well, I read this all the way through and at the start I was thinking ‘this is all pretty obvious’ and it is, but this spells it out and makes you aware of the process and methods. It really opened my eyes to how little consideration I have put into planning my character arcs in the past. I will certainly be more aware of this in future and I think I will be inclined to give it greater consideration in future. Hopefully I will see further improvement in my writing from this.

Overall it was a good read, easy to understand and informative and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a better understanding of character arcs. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 Golden Bookmarks!

View all my reviews

Book Review – The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Review – The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson is a story of hope. Vin is a Skaa. A slave girl who has learnt to trust nobody. Oppressed, beaten and betrayed, her life feels worthless, until she meets Kelsier, then everything begins to change.

The Bad Stuff: Okay, I’m going to be quite critical here in a nit-picking way, because I am actively looking for something to say on the bad stuff. Honestly, for me, it came down to two things. Firstly, in the beginning, there was a lot of white boarding in meetings. This took me out of the fantasy world and dropped me into the reality of my day job. There was also some word repetition with sentences ending in the same word or the same word being used several times in a paragraph. On the whole, these things were not a big issue for me, like I said… I’m nit-picking here!

The Good Stuff: I loved this book. There is an ‘Allomantic’ magic system like I have never seen before (maybe it’s been done before, but this is the first time I have seen it). Personally, I love martial arts and I love the Matrix. The Mistborn in The Final Empire remind of both, they’re like magical Ninja’s with Matrix type abilities. Who doesn’t love a magical Ninja! Kelsier and Vin are both strong characters you will love, both with their own tear jerking stories. The Inquisitors are an original and ominous foe and the Lord Ruler is as much a god as he is made out to be. The characters work well with their individual traits and the world is well constructed with class distinctions, and a believable economy built off the backs off the Skaa.
This is a great fantasy novel and I look forward to reading the rest of Brandon’s books. If they are all as good as this one, I’m in for a very enjoyable time.
This one gets a mist swirling, steel burning 5 out of 5 golden bookmarks.

View all my reviews

Book Review – ‘Bot War by Ian J. Miller

'Bot War by Ian J. Miller

‘Bot War
by Ian J. Miller (Goodreads Author)

Repost of Alex G’s review
3 out of 5 Stars
Feb 11, 2017

This book’s extrapolation of a US as well as global dystopia is well-researched and not impossible, especially in light of the ongoing actions of the US President Trump. I particularly liked the beebots (view spoiler). The plot is a complex one and reads almost like a docu-drama, like Dragnet.

Although the inner thoughts of the main characters were spot-on in driving the plot forward, they are mostly analytical and inner emotions are not strongly expressed. Therefore, I didn’t feel terribly invested in their various fates. There were a few scenes that were well-done: between Ken, a low-level bank manager, and a sharpshooter and Ken, again, and Taylor (aka “Miss Black”) which had a solid amount of tension and the dialogue had character. If there were more scenes like those, then it would have been a more emotionally invigorating read.

Original Post:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1873475986

Book Review – A Dreadful Daughter’s Spells by Leah Broadby, Molly Billygoat

A Dreadful Daughter's Spells by Leah Broadby

A Dreadful Daughter’s Spells
by Leah Broadby, Molly Billygoat (Goodreads Author)
Repost of Michael Swensson’s review
5 out of 5 stars
Feb 13, 2016

 

Chloe stared at the faces staring back at her.

“But I’m not trained… my magic is…
unpredictable. My mum says I have ADD.”

“What is an ADD?” asked Timmy.
I don’t know. I think it stands for ‘A Dreadful Daughter’
or something like that, said Chloe sniffing.

Magic is all around us, but only a select few of us can experience it. One of those is thirteen year old Chloe Barker, who has a special form of magic called ‘Magiken.’ Her mother Bev just wants Chloe to act her age, not realising that eventually with the passing of time, this magic will disappear. Chloe can already see that happenning with her older friend Patrick, who is is losing all the magic from his life and turning into a typical teenage boy, interested in girls and thinking she is a freak.

Chloe is beside herself, not only at her own draining magiken, but also the fate of Patrick and not wanting to end up like many other local magiken children who are are going missing (despite her mother thinking otherwise). Chloe’s destiny will be thrust before her when on an outing to a local beach, where she will meet a starving painting boy that has somehow escaped it’s pictures confines and come to life. Timmy as he would soon be named by Chloe, with the help of ‘sand nymphs’ Anabel and Dez, vow to help her find the missing children. They are unaware though that Chloe has come the attention of the evil Skizen, who is drawn to her because of the strong magical powers she posseses.

I am going to be totally honest here and say ‘I can’t think of any critisism what so ever for A Dreadful Daughter’s Spells. I went into this book expecting a story full of interesting quirky characters with fantasy and magical realism themes a plenty, and while that was very much the case, what I did not expect was to be totally blown away by the writing that is assured and perfectly paced. Ok I got through the book in two sittings, but there was a reason for that, as I was hooked from the first page till last(bar sleeping) and at just over 200 pages it does not out stay it’s welcome. Overall this is absolutely sublime from start to finish and and easily stands beside A Little Life as the best books I have read this year.

Original Post:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1547617130?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1