Gemina (A YA Book Review)

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the mixed media sci-fi sequel to the hit Illuminae. This is the second book in The Illuminae Files trilogy. This story follows a new male/female lead, but no worries if you loved Kady and Ezra as they do make an appearance.This book follows NIk, a drug dealer who's done time, and Hanna, the seemingly spoled-but-not-what-she-seems Commander's daughter who buys drugs from Nik. Despite the dark undertones, Nik is definitely an anti-hero and he was by far my favorite character. AIDAN also makes a reappearnace as Hanna and Nik's ship is taken over and meant to be wiped out. The story is told through instant messages, video surveillance, and a tribunal he

Illuminae (A YA Book Review)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is a science-fiction YA novel that is set in the future. The protagonists are Kady and Ezra and opens on their mining colony being destroyed by a big corporation. The story is mixed-media and told through emails, video surveillance transcripts, and multi-perspectives. At first, I was a little leary as this was heavy sci-fi for me and it was difficult for me to keep everything straight (planet names, good ships, bad ships, good people, bad people), but I ended up enjoying it. Really Ezra and Kady carried this book fr me. The format is a little tedious for us, OCD types, but I liked it enough to read Gemina. And I liked Gemina even more. That review w

Book Boyfriends

Character development is an important part of an author's job. In this short video, I discuss three of my favorite book boyfriends. Do you have a favorite book boyfriend? Let me know!

Indie Tips: Social Media

Three tips for indie authors navigating social media. Marketing is important for an indie author, so how can you market yourself and your books, without coming across as pushy or overbearing? These are the three tips that I've come across most often, and that I have found the most useful.

Ruin & Rising (A YA Book Review)

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardguo Ruin and Rising is the conclusion to the Grisha trilogy. In this book Alina is on the hunt for the third amplifier, the mythical firebird. The Darkling returns with more of a presence in this one as things come to a head after the Darkling has taken over the throne. Throughout the book Alina grows into her power, but with her power comes both responsibility and cost. Nikolai returns for a good portion of the book, providing oft needed laughs. I had a feeling Mal would have something important about him or his history and that proved true—but I couldn’t have seen what the reason truly was! So that was a nice surprise. I love the ebb and flow of Mal and Alina’

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