24 February 2017

I don't want to write books

I don't want to write books, I don't want to be an author. And I never dreamed of it. Yes, I love reading books and writing/talking about them, but that never led to me being interested in writing a novel myself. 

I use my blog posts as a vehicle for my thoughts, the written word is a means to an end to share my thoughts on books with others, nothing more and nothing less. I'm not the kind of person who loves the writing process, never did and probably never will. And that's totally fine for me. Of course I try my best when writing blog posts, but for me there isn't much joy in the writing part. 

Of course for other book bloggers things are completely different, I'm sure that many started their book blogs because of their passion for reading and writing. Going from writing your blog to writing your novel seems like a logical step for those bloggers. 

So it doesn't surprise me that many book bloggers are working on their own novels, are getting publishing deals. So far most books by well known book bloggers (and especially booktubers) haven't interested me, however I'm sure one day one will. 

And yes, then I'm planning to give the novel a fair chance. With the hope that I will be able feel the author's passion for writing, for creating wonderful characters and complex words. And I will have the same standards for the book as I do for others, there is no book blogger book bonus, at least not for me.

Do you want to write a book?

23 February 2017

Lodestar - Shannon Messenger (a middle grade fantasy series worth a second look)

middle grade + fantasy
I loved the first three books
struggled a bit with the fourth book in the series
book #5 worked for me better than #4
this time it was once again easy to reconnect to the world and characters
to get into a good reading flow
I always enjoy meeting Sophie, Fitz and the others again
to see what they are up to
to watch them grow up
to applaud when they get stronger through their adventures
and strengthen their connections with each other
however not all plot developments worked for me
this was also an issue with the story in the fourth book
I still think that extending the series to seven books instead of five
was maybe not the best decision
I still enjoyed the reading experience "Lodestar" gave me
because I love the world and characters Messenger created
and that's why I plan to read the next two books in the series
and hope that in these final books the series will be back to being fantastic.

My reviews on other books in the series:
Keeper of the Lost Cities (#1)
Everblaze (#3)
Neverseen (#4)


22 February 2017

Pucked Off - Helena Hunting (intense romance, not as funny/entertaining as expected)

Pucked Off
part of the Pucked series
can be read as a stand-alone
even though it's better
if you know the previous books
so far I have loved the series
because the novels are sexy, a bit crazy, very funny and so entertaining
Pucked Off is a bit different compared to the other books
it's less funny and light-hearted
more intense
the mood of the book reminded me of the Clipped Wings novels
another series Helena Hunting is writing
a series that didn't work for me
Pucked Off offers an intense love story
one I enjoyed reading
but didn't love
I missed lough out loud moments
which I'm used from this series
I didn't smile and laugh as often as expected
I missed sexy and absurdly funny + crazy moments
the scenes with Violet were my highlights
but there just weren't enough of them
I wanted everything to be a bit more light-hearted
couldn't completely believe in what happened to Lance in the past
especially with Tash
Lance was my least favourite hero in this series so far
I'm not saying that I didn't like him
however I couldn't warm up to him completely
couldn't connect to him
always felt as if I was missing some important facts about him
I still enjoyed reading "Pucked Off"
but expected something else from my reading experience. 



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