To be honest, I don’t have too much to say about August. Oh…except that I got engaged! My (now) fiancé and I went on a little vacation at the beginning of the month, and he popped the question! Of course, I said yes, but I am so excited! We’ve already begun planning the wedding, and I am finding myself overwhelmed. There is so much to planning a wedding that I didn’t even think about.
What I Wrote:
After much debate, I decided to trunk my YA thief novel. I’d lost momentum and inspiration, and found myself uninterested in working on it anymore. As much as I didn’t want to, I had to listen to what my mind was saying. It was pointless to force myself to write something I wasn’t passionate about anymore.
That said, I did start writing my Foreign Princess WIP, and am currently 18,000 words in! I’m aiming for at least 70k – 80k for this one, and so far, it’s going well!
What I Read:
Wilder Girls by Rory Power ★★★☆☆
I was so eager to read this book and anxiously awaited its arrival. There were so many things about this book that I was loving: survival of the fittest, deadly diseases, mutation – all of it was great. This book should’ve been a five stars from me.
And then the ending came.
While I don’t want to spoil it, the only real thing I can say is that there was hardly any resolution. Almost none of the questions brought up in the beginning were answered. The book ended on a very weird note, and I haven’t heard any confirmation that the author will be writing a sequel. If this remains a standalone novel, I will be very disappointed.
I’ll Never Tell by Abigail Haas ★★★☆☆
I am so torn on how I feel about this book. The novel follows Anna, a high school senior who goes on vacation with her friends. When one of her friends is murdered, Anna is to blame. The novel jumps between different timelines – detailing Anna’s life in school before the vacation, the events during the vacation, and then Anna as she is detained in prison while awaiting trial.
There was so much I loved about this. It was a great read, and I read almost all of it in one sitting. But much like Wilder Girls, once I got to the end, I was stunned at the twist. While it got me totally off guard, there were a lot of loose ends. While I really enjoyed this book, I don’t know if I would read it again.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan ★★★☆☆
I wanted to love this book – and I was. I loved the characters, the world, the magic, the atmosphere – everything about this book pulled me in from the very beginning. And then: the end came. The end of this book felt very rushed; many things were left unanswered, certain magic rules set in place suddenly flew out the window. This was the kind of book that I loved reading in the moment, but once I put it down, I started to notice a lot of inconsistencies within the plot.
Likewise, after every book I finish reading, I read other people’s reviews to see if they felt the same way I did. In reading and watching reviews of this book, many things were brought to my attention regarding discrepancies within the plot, the world, the characters, and with the author herself. It’s clear that the author borrowed many ideas from other source material – which, while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since many authors do the same – the fact that so many different reviewers noticed almost plagiarized ideas made me feel a little uneasy.
All this said, I did enjoy this book enough to pick up the sequel. Considering this is the author’s debut novel, I’m willing to look past some of the issues and give her a second chance.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig ★★★★☆
I really, really enjoyed this book. Craig’s debut novel is a dark fantasy retelling of the classic fairytale Twelve Dancing Princesses. There was so much about this book from the characters, world-building and writing that I really enjoyed. I read 130 pages of this book in one sitting, and when I picked it up again, I could not put it down!
The only reason I’m not giving it five stars are because of a few little, nit-picky things that I can’t mention without spoiling the whole book. But otherwise, I highly recommend picking this one up!
What I’m Watching:
The fiancé and I finished watching Dragon Ball Z Super, which we loved. I’ve been watching The Originals more as well, but as of right now, we have no idea what to watch together as a couple! Any recommendations?
How I Did: August Goals
At the beginning of August, I gave myself several goals:
• Finish revising adult fantasy WIP
• Finish writing YA Thief Idea
• Send adult fantasy back out to beta readers
• Create blog schedule for September and October
• Start writing YA Foreign Princess Idea
• Start plotting new adult fantasy romance idea
• Research literary agents
• Revise query letter for adult fantasy WIP
I’m happy to say that I completed five and a half of these goals!
For starters, I not only finished revising my adult fantasy WIP, but I also sent it out to beta readers! I even researched literary agents and revised my query letter. It still needs work, but I’ve got a good start! I also created my blog schedule for September and already have them my posts scheduled and ready to go. And as I mentioned above, I started writing my Foreign Princess WIP! All in all, I feel pretty good about the goals I accomplished last month.
• Finish writing Foreign Princess WIP
• Organize list of literary agents
• Get submission materials ready for Pitch Wars
• Submit to Pitch Wars
• Plot out adult fantasy WIP sequel
How was everyone’s August? Let me know in the comments!
XOXO – Devon