Well if January felt like it was an entire year long, February FLEW BY. I can’t believe it’s already March (my birthday month, yay!) But two months in, and I am still making good progress on my goals – writing related and not.
What I Read
GRAND TOTAL: 3
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo ★★☆☆☆
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo ★★★☆☆
So I am combining these two reviews because honestly I read them back to back and I can’t remember where one ended and other began. Which is the main problem with this series. It’s forgettable.
In the second two books, we see Alina having to come to terms with her identity as the all-powerful Sun Summoner. And it’s a bumpy road. Her character arc is well-done, and I loved seeing how she fought and eventually reconciled with her dark side. I just couldn’t connect with her as much as I typically like to with a main characters. As far as the others, Mal sucks, the Darkling was barely on the page, and the rest all sort of blended together. I did absolutely adore the addition of Nikolai though, and I can’t wait to read his story in King of Scars.
The pacing of these two novels was very slow with a few intense action moments sprinkled between. I also felt as if the world building had some pretty major holes that were never explained. I liked how it ended although it seemed a little too easy. Overall, I didn’t hate this series, but it definitely wasn’t a favorite.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne ★★★★☆
I adored Sally’s debut novel, and this one was no different! Here we have Darcy, an ex-wedding photographer with a serious heart condition who has pretty much alienated everyone in her life because she’s selfish. And Tom – her and her twin brother’s childhood best friend who is hired to help Darcy renovate her grandmother’s home.
First of all, if Darcy sounds unlikable, it’s because she is. But I actually found that really refreshing for a romance novel. She does have some redeeming qualities – one being that she’s absolutely hilarious – and her journey is pretty impressive. And Tom… Oh Tom. I loved him. Their friends-to-lovers romance was thick with sexual tension that had me turning the pages like I was on fire.
Now this novel isn’t perfect. I debated between giving it three and four stars. I do wish that the character’s individual journeys had a bit more of an emotional punch. And pretty much the entire novel was scenes – mostly dialogue – between Tom and Darcy, so we didn’t get much setting, backstory, external conflict, etc, so it felt a little underdeveloped. Ultimately, though I am reading for the romance. And it definitely delivered.
What I Wrote
Well, I am happy to report that The Blood Between Us revisions are finally underway and progressing! It took me long enough to start and really pick up some steam, but I got there about halfway through this month.
And I was able to crank out edits for Act One – the first twelve chapters! Yay! It’s already becoming such a stronger story, and I am happy with how it’s coming along.
In other news, 700 Main is still out on it’s second round of submission. Here’s hoping to some news soon!
My deadline to complete revisions is April 12, so March is going to be busy, busy, busy with most of my free time dedicated to The Blood Between Us. So it might be a little light on reading and blogging.
However I am excited to read the following:
- One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
- A Curse So Dark and Lovely by Brigid Kemmerer
- Enchantee by Gita Trelease
How are everyone else’s goals going so far this year?