“365 Days of Quotes for Writers” by Jo Linsdell

So, I have a goal to read twelve non-fiction books this year. I’ve read three (I read two in February), but I’m now working on Jo Linsdell’s newest release.

About the Book

365 DAYS OF QUOTES FOR WRITERS coverAre you looking for daily inspiration for your writing, or to jump-start your creativity? Look no further. This collection of inspirational quotes will help motivate and inspire you. Read one quote every day of the year, or just read the book in one sitting. This quotes collection was compiled with thought, and care, for you to dip into whenever you face a blank page, and need a helping hand.

Whether you’re an aspiring writer, or an experienced author, these inspiring quotes, with practical tips and advice to improve your writing skills, will motivate you to finish writing your book. Just dip into these words of wisdom.

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About the Author

Jo Linsdell FEB 2018 Author picJo Linsdell is the author of numerous books, including; the serial fiction KOSMOS, How To Be Twittertastic, Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home, Italian for Tourists, A Guide to Weddings in Italy, Out and About at the Zoo, Fairy May and The Box. She is also the illustrator of the A Birthday Clown for Archer series (written by Kathy Mashburn) and the Jasmine Dreams series (written by Maria Rochelle).

She is the founder and CEO of Writers and Authors and Promo Day. Linsdell studied A-levels in Business Studies, History and Art and has won several awards in her career. She was named the Who’s Who in the writing industry in 2009.

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“I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson Review

Disclaimer: I read the paperback version of this book.

I'll Give You the SunI’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. While I liked the story for the most part, it threw me off that each chapter was from a different time period and a different character. It starts from the prospect of Noah at thirteen years of age, but for the next chapter it switches to his twin sister, Jude, three years later, and it does this for the rest of the book. If we’d read all of Noah’s parts first and then Jude’s it would have been a lot easier.

Also, even though I’m strange myself and I couldn’t begin to describe the random thoughts inside my head, being inside Noah’s head was so strange, and not always in a good way. He didn’t think like most young kids. He was often “painting in his mind”, which is not a bad thing, but then he would name whatever scene that was occurring, as if it was a painting, and sometimes it made no sense and disconnected me from the story because it didn’t seem to fit. Because the style continued throughout the book with each appearance of Noah, it did fit, but it didn’t feel like it.

Jude’s parts were much easier to understand (once I got past the fact that her parts took place three years later, and I *STILL* had trouble wrapping my brain around that) as she seemed like every moody teenage girl who hated the world and everyone in it. That being said, her connection with spirits and the conversations she had with her dead grandmother were strange at first because it made me think that this was a supernatural book and the girl had powers, but I knew it was a contemporary, so it was just another thing I had to wrap my head around.

The writing style for Jude’s chapters and Noah’s chapters were so different from one another that it was easy to see who’s perspective was who’s. They definitely didn’t share the same thoughts and feelings about things, but again, the flip-flopping of time periods threw me off a lot.

There are several controversial topics in this book: sex between teenagers, coming out and forcing someone else to come out, as well as cheating and affairs. Overall, it conveys all these topics well and we see each subject in a different perspective between the two characters, and we watch them handle it separately as well as together.

What I think I loved most about this book was that it broke the stereotypical setting I see with twins. Whenever I see twins in literature, they look exactly the same and have the same personalities. It’s easy to see the differences in the Jude and Noah’s personalities, and one of the other characters makes his surprise at their being twins known because he expected Jude (who he met second) to look “like Noah but with boobs” as she so elegantly put it.

I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did, and I might go back through it and re-read it so that I read all of Noah’s chapters first and then all of Jude’s chapters second to understand it better because that was the main issue I had with it. I can handle the POV change, but it was the timeline change that killed me. It probably works for others, but it just did not work for me.

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“5,000 Words Per Hour” by Chris Fox Review

Disclaimer: I read the ebook version of this book.

5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting concept for writing and adding to one’s writing, and something I wouldn’t mind attempting. There is heavy emphasis on using an app the author created to make this plan work, but that app is only available to iPhone and Mac users (Apple products) rather than Android and Windows users, which is kind of depressing, but he did provide a spreadsheet that can follow the same process, so it’s not as bad as it could be.

Second Read-Through
I enjoyed this book a little more this time around. I think the only reason I dislike it actually are mentioned in my original review above.

Sometimes, re-reading a book can be a good thing. Both times I read straight through without doing the exercises laid out in the book, but it doesn’t matter if you do them at the end of the book or as you read along. The point is to do them. I don’t remember doing all of them the first time I read this book, but I did see the value in most of them. This time, I completed each of the exercises and I found more value in the book overall. It also helps that I’ve started tracking my word counts in more months than just NaNo months, so I’ve seen the results of what Fox discusses in this book and how I’ve improved over time.

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“A Fox’s Love” by Brandon Varnell Review

Disclaimer: I read the ebook version of this book.

A Fox's Love (American Kitsune #1)A Fox’s Love by Brandon Varnell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ll preface this by saying that I’ve never read an anime novelization, although I watch a lot of anime and read a lot of manga. That said, I really got the anime vibe from this book and there were a lot of anime tropes in here that were recognizable and fun. Random nose-geysers and fainting at the sight of nakedness being one of them.

The story itself is lighthearted (for the most part) and fun.

Kevin is a decent kid, although I didn’t really understand why, throughout the entire book, which took place over the course of a week or two, he didn’t contact his mother. She was out of town, but I can’t remember what she was doing (working, that much I know) or why he never once called her. Teenagers. *shrug* What can you do? Still, I loved his character, although there were plenty of times I felt he made situations worse by not being completely truthful with Lilian from the beginning. A lot of problems might have been prevented if he’d just talked to her. Again, teenagers. What can you do?

Lilian was funny, albeit clingy. She’s super cute, and I love how she doesn’t care what other’s think. In a way, she’s innocent and naive, but in others, she’s completely manipulative and mysterious. I like that we got to see both sides of her. I’m interested to see how she develops in future books. I like her right now, but I don’t like how much trouble she causes Kevin or how he doesn’t really do anything to stop it. Their relationship is… strange…

There were several side characters that didn’t get as much screen-time that I hope we see in future books, because I do plan on reading more of these. I’m not to keen on Kevin’s best friend. I didn’t mind him being pervy, but he was a lot worse once he met Lilian, although I’m starting to wonder if he wasn’t just affected by her being a kitsune more than anything else.

There was a lot of fourth-wall breaking, but I didn’t see much of it until about halfway through the book. Lilian was the one breaking it, and she doesn’t talk right away, but there were several moments, reflecting back upon some of the first scenes she appeared in and spoke, where it would have been great to break it. I didn’t notice her breaking the fourth wall until much later than when it *could* have started. The moments where it did happen were great though and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

Overall, I liked this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series. I’m interested to see what happens next between these two not-so-crazy-about-each-other (at least on Kevin’s end) lovebirds.

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“Truthwitch” by Susan Dennard Review

Disclaimer: I borrowed this audiobook from the library.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to the audiobook, which I’d checked out from my local library.

First of all, the story was amazing. I loved the idea of a world where there were regular people and then those with magical abilities. And not only were there magical abilities, but there was the possibility of war surrounding the abilities one has and even wars started because of such abilities.

The story had a Avatar: the Last Airbender feel to it, except in this case, there wasn’t a “and then the Fire Nation attacked” moment. It was a rich world filled with all kinds of “witcheries” as the magical abilities were called, and it was cool to see so many different people with different kinds of witchery abilities working together in this world.

I thought most of the characters were pretty well-rounded. The only character I really had an issue with was Safi, and that was because I thought she was ignorant and a fool. It was mentioned multiple times that she was a Truthwitch and that her witchery needed to stay a secret because she could be used to start or stop wars. That said, she thought herself useless and couldn’t figure out why the Emperor might want to marry her. Really? I’m pretty certain a blind man could have seen that coming. That said, she grew up a lot in the novel and it was interesting watching her progression and seeing her grow as a character. I feel like she matured a lot over the length of the novel.

The narration of this audiobook was splendid. The woman who narrated did different voices and accents for the different characters, and you could get an honest feel about what lands each character hailed from based on their accent when they spoke.

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