Saturday, April 14, 2018

Long Time, No See: The Shadow Book Review

Hello, my lovely readers and fellow writers!

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You don't have to tell me how long it has been because I know that it has literally been YEARS. So much has happened in my personal life that has caused me to take an extended hiatus from blogging and writing. There will be a more in-depth blog post (with pictures) but here are the highlights:

1. Graduated College - two bachelor's degrees in French and English-Creative Writing

2. Met and married the love of my life - Michael <3

3. Graduated with my Masters of Arts in Teaching

4. Now have a big girl job teaching English Language Arts to the best kids in the world. I currently teach American Literature and Composition to Juniors in the Gwinnett County area. AND. I. LOVE. IT.

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So, those are my four excuses for leaving you all in suspense. However, I do have some great news. The third and final book in The Forget Me Not Trilogy is almost done. Over halfway finished before it is sent to the editor. I promise, as soon as I get information on the publication, you will be the first to know.

But moving on. I am here to review one of my favorite authors and good friends, Marianne Curley. Marianne has published the fourth book in the Guardians of Time Series, entitled The Shadow.

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If y'all know me at all or remember me from when I used to post on the regular, then you know how much I love Marianne Curley. Not only as an author but as a person. She is truly one of the most humble, kind, and talented young adult novelists that I have had the pleasure to read growing up and to have as a friend now that I am also an author. Even if we live several continents away from one another.

Her latest novel, The Shadow, picks up where the last in her trilogy, The Key, left off. Now, this review will not contain specific spoilers, but if you haven't read this novel or any other books by Marianne Curley, then stop reading now. Seriously. Stop. Go buy them. Read them. Love them.

Marianne Curley takes the reader on a beautiful journey back through the characters she created many years ago. We see all of our favorites: Ethan, Isabel, Arkarian (we know most people read just to see what our favorite blue-haired ageless mentor is doing), Matt, Dillon, Neriah, and many others. Marianne also brilliantly weaves in new characters that seem they have been there the whole time. While most continuation to series can leave the reader empty or wanting more, Marianne Curley successfully and seamlessly brings this world back to life and transports readers to another world where The Named and immortals are real and protect our world from the powers of chaos.

To be honest, I wasn't sure if The Shadow would live up to the last three novels in this series, The Named, The Dark, and The Key, but it surpasses all of my highest expectations. This novel is true to the characters and to the story of The Named. Marianne Curley's prose takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotion - from sorrow to hope to suspense to laughing out loud (Legit, I love that Ethan and the others refer to using their wings as "wing out.") to absolute happiness. Readers new and old will not be disappointed by this novel. It is one of my absolute favorites and one I will read and read again.

The Shadow by Marianne Curley can be purchased on Amazon, both in print copy and via Kindle download. Links to Marianne's website and her latest novel are below! GO BUY IT!

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*This review is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.*
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Giveaway Winners!

Merry Christmas my lovely readers! I am excited to announce the winners of my Christmas giveaway! Drum roll please...

Kaitlyn B. and Erin B.!! 

Congrats ladies! I will be emailing you shortly with the PDF versions of both books! 

I hope you all have a lovely holiday and enjoy being with friends and family! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Merry Christmas!!! (GIVEAWAY)

Merry Christmas lovely readers! In honor of this beautiful season, I am offering a Giveaway - an ebook copy of "Forget Me Not" and "Morning Glory." Simply follow the instructions below and you are entered to win!

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

It's Been A Long Time, But...

Hello my lovely readers! It has been ages since my last post and I apologize for that. Graduate school and teaching has taken up so much of my time. I am now on winter break and I am hoping to catch up on some well needed rest and lots of writing. 

Yes, I am still working on book three. It is still taking me some time to finish it up. Please don't hate me!

But, I do have some very exciting and joyful news to share with you all. I am ENGAGED! YAY! I'm so blessed to get to marry the love of my life and my best friend, Michael! (please see engagement photos below) On July 31st, Michael took me to a romantic dinner then brought me home where my roommate and her camera (thanks Kinsey), a picture frame of photos of us, and a banner (that he made! so crafty!) reading, "Will you marry me?" were awaiting us. It was so sweet and beautiful! I am so excited to also say that we are getting married June 5th of next year. While this news does not have anything specific to do with writing and my books, I still wanted to share this great news with you all! :) 

Thank you all for your support, love, and patience as I continue working on book three! Until next time! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Process of Writing a Novel

Hello my lovely readers! I am so sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have just survived my first week of graduate school and I am just now finding time to write and blog. I will hope to update this blog at least once a month, maybe more. 

A quick update on my life: I really love grad school! It is really hard and challenging and I usually have three to five hours of homework per night, but I love it! I am so excited to learn more about education and teaching and I can't wait to be out in the field teaching English and French to my own students one day.

But back to the blog. Today's post is based on one of the most frequently asked questions I get as a writer.

What is it like to write a book?

Well, it is quite difficult to put into words what it is like to write a book so I thought I would mirror my last blog post and use GIFS to properly explain what really goes through a writer's head when they write their novel. This is to all my writer friends out there!

The Dreaded First Page

The struggle is so real. 

Getting into the zone


A character does something completely unexpected.

A character dies.

Writer's Block

You have to explain to your friends why you can't go out because you have to find out what happens in your own book.

But let's be real, you didn't want to go out anyway. 

Coffee break

More coffee

You write 2,000 words in one day.

You write zero words in one day.

Trying to figure out the title.

When someone asks you what your book is about.

When someone asks to read what you have so far

When someone asks you to write them into your book

 When you finish your book.

Then you begin to edit...

But then you remember you wrote a book.



Sunday, May 17, 2015

"Broken" by Marianne Curley Book Review and Reaction

Hello my lovely readers! As I mentioned in my last blog, I have been reading the second book in Marianne Curley's (AKA my role model) book, Broken, the second in the Avena Series. And I finished it. In two days. 

This book is amazing! It starts quickly and doesn't let you go until the final page. I found myself engulfed in Ebony's world - her struggle with loving two people at once to trying to figure who she is and where she comes from. This novel has it all and I can't recommend it enough to those of you who love young adult paranormal romance! Marianne creates an incredible world where angels and dark angels roam our world and where anything is possible. 

My favorite character has to be Ebony. While I am sucker for a strong heroine, Ebony is not your run of the mill damsel in distress. She kicks butt and takes names. However, she is not so incredible and amazing that you, the reader, can't relate to her. She, as a character, has changed so much since the first novel, Hidden, (which you all should stop reading this review now if you haven't read it. I'm serious. Go read both books then come back here.) and has really grown into her own. While Ebony struggles with who to trust, Jordan or Thane, the whole point of the story, at least for me, is Ebony learning to trust herself. I think a lot of readers can relate to this - a need to not only trust those we love, but also learning to love who we are and trust that who we are is enough. 

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Okay, that is my spoiler free review. There were so many twists and turns to this novel that the only way to properly express my feelings is through GIFS. So, if you haven't read Broken yet, don't read any further!! SPOILERS AHEAD. Read at your own risk! 

When you open the book to begin reading. I'M SO EXCITED.

Everything is going great and then Jordan punches Thane in the face. 

And then Thane is all cool about it and heals Jordan's hand. And we all love Thane even more.

And all the readers are like, "EBONY, MARRY THANE NOW. DO IT. DO NOT LET HIM GO." or was that just me?

But then they don't because apparently Thane has to go on trial for SAVING EBONY'S LIFE. Because apparently doing the right thing can get you in trouble with Angels. And so Thane and Ebony are separated. Again. 

And then Jordan's all happy because now he can make his creepy moves on Ebony and ruin EVERYTHING.

When Ebony tries to hook Jordan and Sophie up.

But fails because Jordan kisses Ebony. WHAT ARE YOU LITERALLY DOING EBONY?

When Adam Skinner comes back and becomes "best friends" with Jordan.

When Ebony agrees to go to Mr. Z's house. IT'S A TRAP. DON'T DO IT.

When Jordan tries to convince Ebony she is just a human. And that Thane doesn't love her. 

When Ebony starts to believe she is not an angel and maybe Thane got it wrong. (PS. Thane is never wrong.)

When Jordan tries to confront Mr. Z because he realizes what a LOSER HE IS. 

And then fails. And almost dies. 

So, Ebony has to go try to save him.

And fails.

And all the while Thane is kicking butt and not failing.

When Ebony realizes she is now trapped in Skade with Luca for like ever.

Every time Prince Luca tries to touch Ebony.

When we find out Gabriel is a traitor and never gave Thane's message to Ebony.

When Ebony tells Thane to leave her and not come back.

When the book ends and we have to wait until July for the final book, Fearless.

We tip our hats off to you Marianne Curley. Only you could make us feel every emotion within one book.