Authors are readers. They must be, right? Of course. I’m sure I am not the only author of this philosophy. Creative minds must-read creatives. Besides reading is fundamental anyway. It has been said that reading is brainpower (food for the brain). In my opinion, delicous food is a necessity!
Today, I would like to share what I’m currently reading and have recently read along with my reviews.
I am a lover of all things fantasy and science fiction. As an author, I write in both genres, but I do sometimes read outside of those genres.
What I Begun Reading in the Past 45 Days:
- My Soul is a Witness by Yecheilyah Ysrayl: Status: Currently Reading
2. The Earthlander’s Prediction by Abdullah Kazi: Status: Complete
3. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black: Status: Currently Reading
4. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: Status: Not yet reading
5. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: Status: Not yet reading
6. A Song of Wrath and Ruin by Roseanne Brown: Status: Currently Reading: I am loving this story. Stay tuned.
1.There and Never, Ever Back Again by Jeffery Mach: Status: Currently Reading: So far this is a hit with me. I am loving this read. Stay tuned.
2. Clock’s Watch by Michael Reyes, Jay Campbell, MV, Sean Bova: Status: Currently Reading
3. The Daughters of Despair by Andrew Rivas: Status: Complete
Now you might be thinking, how in the world are you reading so many at a time? That is a talent of mine. I can read multiple books and understand the plot of the stories. That’s just me.
Below you will find written reviews for the books completed. All others I’m still reading and I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you.
Creatives should read and support other creatives!
Daughters of Despair: Rating of 4 Stars:
The first section of the story shocked me. I believed the dialogue layout (very unconventional) would end with the beginning of chapter one. I was wrong. The story is told from the point of view of many characters and out of linear order (I actually like this about the book.)
I enjoyed the fantasy, science fiction, and fairy tale soup that was this story. The main character, Princess Ruby was not a damsel in the sense. She was a caring, active princess. She didn’t simply wait around for others to do what was right or to recuse her.
Characters: In my opinion, the characters were well thought out and well written. I enjoyed their original accents based on the region they were from or the job they held. Every character seemed to fit in the story.
Worldbuilding: The world and its technology deserve praise. For one, I appreciate that the author allows it to be known that reading is fundamental, but the Librarians are all-knowing. The histories of the regions were well written and made sense for this type of unconventional story.
Plot: I had difficulties with the plot because every time I thought I understood the goal, I was thrown off. I believe this is directly connected to the fact that there was no true narrator.
Pacing: For me, the pacing was either too fast or extremely slow depending on the chapter. This was my only true complaint.
Overall: I enjoyed the story. I laughed, screamed, got confused, laughed again, and pondered. I think the author wrote a unique story that I could actually see as a script for a show. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes unconventional monologues, nonlinear timelines, action, and excellent worldbuilding.
It is also a quick read. Honestly, I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to prove that my predictions about the story were accurate.
Earthlander’s Prediction: Rating of 4 Stars:
First, let me just say I don’t typically read books by child authors. Abdullah Kazi’s story was pretty good for someone his age. You could not help but to root for the main character George who finds out in the story that things are not always as they seem.
I enjoyed this quick and easy to read. I look forward to the continued development of this young author. I can’t wait for his next adventure.
I will share additional reviews when reading has ended. I will also continue to share other creatives I’m reading.
Speaking of reading, don’t forget to pick up your copy of Dawn of the Dragon! Check it out on my bookshelf!