Today's "wisdom" is more in the form of inspiration. A few weeks ago I found a fantastic YouTube channel, La Belle Musique, where they remix a multitude of songs into new genre spaces.
An example being "No Diggity" is now a smooth easy listening song that really is nothing like its parentage. I have liked a few of my favorites below but you really can't go wrong listening to any of their stuff, it's all fantastic to work/write to.
The review below is very short, I didn't feel the need to review each story and since they were all beautiful, you'll enjoy them all. Highly recommend this one, any fan must have. And if you have not already, pick this up and re-read (yes, all 35 books) the series again in order. The world and story Kenyon weaves is fantastic!
As always Kenyon does not disappoint. This collection of short stories gave a more personal look at a few of our favorites characters as well as some new ones.
For the fan who wants to read the entire series start to finish, in order, this book is a must have. The stories are referenced in the main novels and without this companion are hard to find. A few of them are free to read on SK's website, but they must be read straight from the browser and this beautiful hardback is much more enjoyable to look at.
This week's review is a book by Riley Banks, The William S Club, which was given to me in exchange for a truly honest review. You can see this review on goodreads or read it below.
5 Star story 4 Star writing
Wow! What a trip! This book has it all; sex, intrigue, romance, murder, loyalty, you name it - it's in here.
Overall the writing was great, I think the style of the writing both helped and hurt the reader at times but there is not doubt that the book was great. Captivating, a roller-coaster ride and very fulfilling.
Definitely worth the read!
The plot was rich, compelling and made you want to keep reading to see whose head was next on the chopping block. The villains were truly evil with no moral compass and the victims were real and you could feel their pain and their despair when they learned what had been happening to them. The explicit sex scenes were contained in a few scenes which made them easy to skip if you're a reader who is not interested in that, but they were also written in a way that lead more credibility to why the characters acted the way they did both on the villain/victim sides.
The story was fast paces as the character traveled the globe and while this offered interesting scene locations and constantly changing subcultures... It created constant change. The book was written with multiple POV and with the location, characters, and in some cases, flashback scenes it was more difficult that I'd have liked to follow the plot. There was an abundance of information given to the reader and at the rapid fire pace, it became a bit hard to digest.
The two "main characters" (loosely called that), Charlotte and Damon were written in a way that helped the background story make sense. Charlotte changed her name/life/living location to escape her father and it makes sense that she is secretive. Damon's family is shrouded in mystery and death and likewise one would think he'd keep to himself. But this leads to the reader also feeling shut out of their experiences and didn't allow me to connect to them as deeply as I would have wanted.
Today I read a book by J.L. Block, The Keepers (no relation and not much in common with my own novel I'll add), which was given to me in exchange for a truly honest review. You can see this review on goodreads or read it below.
** spoiler alert **
4 Star Story 2 Star Writing
The Keepers by J.L. Block is a creative story that is entertaining and has a clear plot line. The main character, Ava, is a young woman who is struggling to balance her home life with her new found magical one and we the readers follow her on that adventure. The magical races and cities were creative and well explained when they were explained. The Keepers city and Ava's classes were described in a way that made them seem real enough. Most of the side characters were brought to life with simple enough motivations and personalities that distinguishing between the many of them was easy to do.
That being said the writing was hard to follow and was the weakest portion of the book. In the beginning I often found myself having to re-read sentences a few time to capture their meaning and overcome some editing/typo problems and the sentence structure was lacking the flow that makes it unnoticeable when reading.
Ava was written in a way that made her feel younger than her 18/19 years and some of her decisions lacked the motivation I was expecting given the scene build up. Overall she seemed to stagnate in her growth and I was constantly waiting for her to step up to the challenges laid before her as the book progressed and as it covered almost a year in time I would have expected more of a character arc. The main plot was straight forward and clear though often left with holes and foreshadowing I am hoping to see filled in the next book.
Take some time today to think about the road you've taken. Was it the road less traveled or was it trampled by the soles of others?
Was it worth it?
The Road Not Taken
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Small teaser for all of you following Onnie's adventure so far in commemoration for reaching 50,000 words this weekend.
Enjoy the tender moment these two share over a delectable cup of tea.
“Oh, um… so last night after you dropped me off…” Onnie looked under her lashes in shame at Gabriel. Gabriel gripped his mug so strongly his knuckles turned white and the ceramic whined in protest. “Walking away from your front door was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.” Onnie looked up into his eyes as a blush crept into her cheeks, “I’m sorry, I would have held it together had I known.” “Don’t ever apologize for feeling emotion Cat, it’s what makes you human. I’m glad your mother was able to help even if I couldn't.” Gabriel relaxed his grip and sipped more of his tea. Shocked, Onnie smiled. “You called my mom?” “Ha, no. Though I would have had I had her number. I called your grandfather and he called her at my suggestion.”