Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles 01) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl


I chose Beautiful Creatures as my easy holiday read for a recent trip to Hawaii. 'Yes', I thought at the airport, 'A Ya gothic paranormal-romance read, that does sound like perfect escapism for a twelve hour plane trip, no stops.'


Instead, I wanted to escape the book. I read it through to the end because I do not like letting books defeat me, and I didn't want to miss out on a big reveal or anything that would happen that was so amazing it would make reading this book worth it.

My main problem with Beautiful Creatures is that it kind of sits at one level for it's one trillion pages (exaggeration). Nothing really happens. At least, I can't remember anything happening. The idea is a good one but the execution was kind of boring. The characters didn't grab me, in fact the only one I think who makes any kind of bang is Ridley.

And our two love interests - well, they don't have the smultzy teeney love stuff that I find commonly infuriating in paranormal YA, but they don't really have any sparks either. I honestly just didn't care how their relationship would end up by the end of the book; the stakes weren't high enough, and trying to connect their love story with the historical love story as played out by the ghosts in the locket - well, sorry, but I don't think much depth was added there either.

The writing is decent, the ideas great, the gothic atmosphere has a definite allure - but the story is dull. I understand there is a lot to build on in the future books, but I found Beautiful Creatures to be written a little lazily, and I don't have much inclination to follow the series through.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Writing

Author news

I will have some exciting news soon about my next writing project. Stay tuned!

Also here is the link to a really beautiful review by Vicki Stanton, writing for Buzz Words. I love this review because she really seems to understand the raven and what I hoped to convey when I wrote the book. Thank you Vicki for your beautiful words. Link here: Buzz Words Review

Guest Post on 'The Great Raven'

Author interview

Author and blogger extraordinaire Sue Bursztynski interviewed me for her blog 'The Great Raven' (apt name, right!?)

Here is the link:  Author Interview

I really enjoyed doing the interview and it was great to be able to talk a little about myself as well as the book.