Friday, October 31, 2014

#NaNoWriMo 2014 - Before it all starts!

Happy Friday!

It's almost here! The NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow and I am all excited about it!


I am going to participate again. I will do my best to write 50.000 words during 30 days. I am taking this because it gives a good exercise what it means to write when you have a deadline. It forces you write no matter what mood you are in, if you are inspired or not. You just write. Simple as that, right? Wrong! It actually takes a lot of time and when the time is limited due to daily job, family, kid etc, then it's not as easy as it sounds. I know from my own experience.


It's my fourth year to participate. 2012 has so far been the best year, because I wrote 43.111 words that year. I would love to reach the goal this year. I actually want to write 50.000 words.

I do have an idea for a plot as well. For me, the plot ideas come easily. Ideas come and go, but it's the sitting-down-and-actually-writing what is the challenge. It's the planning and writing which always demand a lot. It's also the thing which I admire a lot about authors. That is what makes a difference.

Anyway, I have a plan to give you updates about how the NaNoWriMo fares and how I progress on my writing. The title of my writing is Three Days. It takes place on different locations in the world and it involves a woman and a man who are struggling with their past and trying to build a relationship. They only have three days. I haven't wrote a blurb yet, but I will.

Wish me luck!




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: London Falling by Chanel Cleeton

Hi all!

It's been a long time again...




Title: London Falling
Release date: 7th of July 2014
Series: International School #2
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, New Adult
Published by: Harlequin HQN
Pages: 284 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

We weren't a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb… Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she's returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can't help but remember the attraction, the drama…the heartbreak.

She can't help but want him even more.

Samir can't afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It's his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he'll be expected to follow in his father's footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they'll both have to fight to survive the consequences…and find a future together.

Review:

I read the first book of the series and it had a somewhat ambiguous ending, and since it wasn’t a frustrating kind of end (as cliff-hangers and unresolved relationships usually are), then I obviously had to know how everything wraps up. And I wasn’t disappointed, despite the heavy load of angst and self-pitying.

It wasn’t a surprise that there would be a lot of drama and I-want-you-but-I-can’t-have-you kind of sentiment, but I didn’t find it as annoying as I usually would have, because this whining and angsty ping pong came across as logical reactions and emotions in regards to the situation. I also liked that when the obvious doom was clear, they didn’t agree to suffer, but decided to take as much as possible from an unfortunate situation and enable each other the six months to be happy together instead of sparing the heartache early and not have that brief time of closeness at all. Even the final petty and pointless fight didn’t manage to bother me, because nerves were on end and it isn’t unusual that people start to lash out because of that. So, overall, I thought the emotional rollercoaster and all the crying and complaining was authentic and believable.

For some reason I’m always hesitant when dual viewpoint is used. Of course I’m curious to know what the guy is thinking and to get the whole picture, yet it also makes me iffy, because sometimes it takes away the mystery and makes the reader all-wise and I would have just liked to take the journey in the shoes of the heroine and be as confused and blind to the inner workings of the hero as her. In this book, I did like that both sides were represented and each got to show us what’s going on in their heads.

I really wasn’t expecting to be as intrigued and excited to read about Fleur’s story in the third book of the series to come out by the end of the year. The snippets and beginning of that romance in the current book was a nice tease and prelude to what is to come. Can’t wait!

Where I felt the book slightly lacking and what I personally always look forward to, to make the story juicier and provide colour to the characters, is the dialogue. There was some nice banter here and there, but overall, the dialogue came across somewhat generic and simplistic. Fortunately, it was compensated by all the angst and great descriptions of the inner workings of the couple.

I also notices that almost all family relationships in the book were on the rocks or already fallen off the cliff and there were no real conclusions, even Maggie and her father were left hanging despite improvements. Also, you couldn’t even call most of them proper parents, even in the loose sense of the word and I get really irritated by neglecting or bullying parents.

Characters:

Maggie – She was quite likable if somewhat bland. Nevertheless, she had spine, was a good friend, dealt with a difficult situation within her love-life quite admirably, although, she had her low moments and, overall, was easy to root for.

Samir – Being able to see his side of the story made his first book overconfident and strong persona seem quite vulnerable and he was a huge mess inside, because of his family, because of Maggie and because of the restraints on his life and his set future. There was an interesting contrast to him in this book compared to the first.

Overall:

A satisfying conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s relationship and I hope to catch up with them again in Fleur’s book. 

4 stars!

LIIS

Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Out of Control by Sarah Alderson

Hi all!

It's been a long time again since my last review :)



Author: Sarah Alderson
Title: Out of Control
Release date: 22nd of May 2014
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Romance, Action, YA
Published by: Simon & Schuster UK
Pages: 321 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

Liva has moved to New York to start a new life. But when gunmen storm into the house in the middle of the night and kill everyone apart from her, that new life seems to swiftly become a living nightmare. Soon Liva is on the run, and bad boy Jay seems to be the only person she can trust. Only Jay and Liva don't know who they're running from. All they know is that whoever it is, they want Liva dead…or worse…

Review:

I was expecting pure action, tension, close-call situations and some rushed and seize-the-moment kisses from this book and I'm happy to realize that I got everything I was hoping for in bigger or smaller dosages.

In a sense this is a really linear book with the characters starting from A and trying to get to B, and the time-frame it takes place in falls somewhere a bit over 24 hours. Quite a compact story. You have two people meeting at the police station for different reasons, one being a witness and the other being caught for a crime, and after the station is subject to an assault that kills most of the people there, our couple is on the run with diverse people with various motives after them, the former not knowing what is going on or who to trust.

The emphasis in the story was definitely on action, twists and the relationship that develops between Jay and Liva. The reader is almost immediately thrown in the midst of action and the pace doesn't let off till the end. Despite it being around one day that they spend on the run, for them and for the reader, it feels much longer and thus the feelings and trust that is quite slow to form when reading, but too quick when looking from the outside in, still comes across genuine and a natural progress between two people with chemistry. Thus, it wasn't entirely like the dreaded insta-love. Besides, their swoony kissing scenes were more like the two letting out steam using each other than expressing overwhelming love or something like that. I was, however, quite annoyed with Liva when some twists come to light regarding Jay, it was immature and absolutely illogical to act like that towards him after everything they'd been through.

It did feel somewhat unlikely and unrealistic that basically children would be forced into such a situation and, what's more, survive and even kick butt against all the opposing forces, but I'm willing to shut one eye simply because, the story was gripping and didn't really provide enough time to doubt the plausibility of what was going on. In addition, while I did have a hunch, it was exciting to find out with the main couple the real reason behind the big mess, killings and chase. Also, the author writes engaging action scenes, which don't feel like dull, fill-in-the-blanks or confusing description brick-wall texts.

Characters:

I wasn't overly fond of Olivia, she came across too cold, clinical and jaded. She really wasn't a warm and fuzzy person to genuinely root for. I liked here as the heroine and she fit the plot and the complicated situation she found herself in, but her attitude, prejudices, no-one-understands-me stance wasn't something I enjoyed. Plus, she was quite superficial regarding Jay. I did, however, like the teamwork between the two, they worked well together.

I would most definitely be creeped out to be on the run with someone I met in the murder department, especially going by the extreme train of thought Livia had regarding him before all hell broke loose. Obviously, he wasn't as bad and criminally immoral as firstly presented and thought by Livia, on the contrary, he turned out to be quite sweet, noble and nice-guy-like.

Overall:

This more action and thrill-oriented story was a nice change to the cute pure romances I've read lately. Plus, it's always a pleasure to read a stand-alone book, there are just so little of those around lately.


4 stars!

LIIS
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