New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult recently teamed up with her daughter Samantha Van Leer to write the young adult fantasy romance novel Between the Lines, a story about a real girl and a prince from a fairy tale who fall in love. I can’t tell you how long I’ve waited for a story like this. With fan-girling about fictional characters now the norm, it seems only fitting to have a book where the character reciprocates the crush. Or maybe that’s just me.
Like Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart, the story’s main struggle is discovering a way to travel between the book world and the real world. But unlike Funke’s novel, Picoult’s tale is a romance and told from dual points of view, denoted by colorful text specific to Oliver, Delilah, and the storybook she reads. In addition to the struggle between worlds, the story raises the important points of accounting for other people’s feelings. What one person wants is not always the same as someone else’s wishes.
I personally loved this book. Crime, Greek mythology, and romance all rolled into one? Bonus for me was the nature of the serial killer ("The Butcher of Broadway") because I love theater.
Anyway, Nemesis/Helene was a strong, yet vulnerable woman whose internal struggle was artfully portrayed. I found myself rooting for her throughout the whole story. I never got annoyed with her, which can happen often with me, and that in itself was a great feat accomplished by the author.
Where do I start with this book? I stayed up way to late to read this from "cover to cover" (I put that in quotes because I received an early copy PDF from the publisher in exchange for an honest review). This novel sucked me in so completely, into both the past and present.
I can't talk too much about the actual reading experiences without spoiling the book, but I can talk a bit about what's hinted at in the book description:
Regarding the jilting... it involves sex... and it is HOT. There are definitely books I've read where I skim the sex scene, but this was not one of them. It was tasteful, but no one would be able to call it chaste, either.
What happens when two old friends, now “enemies” collide and are forced to confront their shared past? Sparks fly. Two Roads by L.M Augustine is a sweet New Adult novel about friendship, forgiveness, and free will. Cali and Logan’s story also inspired a newfound respect for poetry.
Cali Monroe hates herself but loves poetry. Ever since her older brother committed suicide, her parents have pushed her to into the uncomfortable of “perfect daughter,” when she feels anything but. To cope with her anger, she writes poems about herself in third person and publically hates her brother’s best friend, Logan Waters, who she also blames for her brother’s death.
I loved this book for multiple reasons. 1) the cover by Mae I Design is SO pretty! 2) The awesome synopsis is just the beginning. 3) There's so much kick-ass action that I felt like I was on an adrenaline high while reading this story. 4) Annie Fox is one fearless girl, and her story rocks. A must read for fans of action, conspiracies, and mild SciFi.
Annie Fox has unlimited power. Part of a secret Organization with other super-powered agents, she’s used to tough situations. But when someone from her past returns, her beliefs are are challenged to the point that she begins questioning everything she’s known.
Yesterday I finished the third draft of The Belgrave Daughter at 260 pages. The first was 320, and the second 300, for anyone who was wondering. Tomorrow I will start on the 4th round of edits (and hopefully last, but probably not).
Anyway, I'm excited.
To my fellow authors: where are you in your writing journeys?
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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