I'm going to start off and say that I really enjoyed this book. I was immediately pulled into the world and couldn't put it down once I started (I had to a few times because I was sneaking in reading it while I was at work, but I just couldn't wait until the end of the day to finish reading). I will admit, that despite loving the plot I did skim a bit in the woods over Sage's training.
I'm going to jump into the characters. All of whom were well written and compelling.
OMG, this book was amazing. I started reading this once I was reminded by a friend's post on Instagram that she was also reading the ARC. I went crazy reading this. I unfortunately had to read it on Adobe Editions, so I was slowed down by not being used to the software and having to click every time I wanted a page turn rather than hitting the arrows or better yet scrolling on my phone.
Anyway, what was I saying? Oh, right. Amazing. The plot was fast, questions from Book 1 were answered (and like a hydra, for each answer, 3 more questions sprouted in its place). Caitlin didn't whine as much, she (and readers) get to learn more about vampires, and most awesomely: meet new vampires! And she grows closer to Julian, which I thought was nice because despite his prickly attitude in Velvet, I wanted them to become friends.
Today was the day The Matchmakers was supposed to be released into the world in all its edited glory. Unfortunately, school, work, and some good old procrastination (if I'm being 100% honest) have prevented me from finishing this book on my projected schedule.
I seem to have run into a creative writing rut, and although it's highly recommended against, I have decided to go back to the start and edit what's there to reignite my fire about this project, start fixing some major issues I already know will be changed, and will then plow ahead to the end, editing, and eventually publication.
Thank you for understanding. In the meantime, you can start reading The Matchmakers on Wattpad, and add it on Goodreads.
Let me start off by saying that I am so happy for Lindsey Summers for getting her book published. I loved The Cell Phone Swap on Wattpad, and devoured it and everything related to it (the short stories: TCPS Tales, Talon's POV shorts: iAmTalon, and the in-progress sequel that tells Zach's story: Gambling With Hearts).
Second, I received a print ARC from the MaximumPop because I (and others) won a giveaway. My opinions here are my own, and not influenced by the fact that I received a free copy of the book.
I liked how this was streamlined from the Wattpad version, but I think removing the main reason Kelley breaks up with him in the middle (of the Wattpad version) had a lot more gravitas than just the issue that was toward the start of the Wattpad story and was kept.
You may remember me making a Beautiful Books 2016 post a little while ago about The Matchmakers, and today, Cait (PaperFury) has called for an update, so here it is:
1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?: Truthfully, my mental state is shot to Hell (and not because I'm trying to promote The Belgrave Legacy which has Hell in it). I'm going crazy because I unexpectedly became the head costume person on a show I volunteered as an assistant for, have an exam tomorrow (which I've barely studied for), and 2 papers due next week (which I haven't started yet). NaNoWriMo hasn't even been open on my browser since it started—if I ever get on top of this work, and have time to write, I'll have a lot of catching up to do.
2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?: My sister looks like a goddess as she waits for the tailor to appear. Her waist-length hair is braided in a Dutch crown and diamond jewelry hangs from her ears, wrists, and neck. The only thing missing is a smile. Instead, she frowns at the holographic display of her outfit. “You’d think that after seventy-five years, the Matchmakers would become more flexible with the color scheme.” She whispers the last part, but not quietly enough.
I can't tell you all how excited I am about being able to share this.
I've been friends with Sierra for about 5 years, and became a beta reader for her 2 years ago for another story (which I edited—and am still waiting for her to either
I also beta read this story and absolutely love the story of Bee and Levi, and know everyone else will too.
About 2 and a half weeks ago, Sierra announced her decision to self-publish The Color Project, formed a street team (known as the Glitter Bombs, thank you very much), and has been teasing us with all the things we will eventually be sharing on the internet (it's some awesome stuff, so I'd keep an eye on anything related to this book).
The first thing on that list is, of course, the book description. While it's been up on Goodreads for about the same time (and since cracked the top 100 in 6 of the 7 Goodreads lists its on—Including #1 on this list), it hasn't had an official blurb posted yet.
And that's what you're here for today! Unfortunately, I have no idea when a cover will be ready, so we all will have to wait for that exciting day. In the meantime, add The Color Project to your TBR list, and follow Sierra all over the internet (see buttons below) to keep apprised of any forthcoming news about this story.
(Spoilers in second-to-last paragraph)
I didn't expect to like this story. Beauty and the Beast had never been my favorite Disney movie, and in 8th grade, I had written a whole paper about fairytales in culture and how Disney changed a lot of the original tales they adapted. Beauty and the Beast was among them. The original tale isn't great, but in the Beast isn't exactly awful towards the girl other than keeping her captive (which is still A BIG THING). After writing that paper though, I couldn't see the Disney film without thinking "Stockholm Syndrome" and how it encourages girls to stay with abusive beasts because they can change.
I also was skeptical because I read this soon after the news of the live action remake had come out. Why fix something that you Disney Princess movie standards wasn't broken? At least with Cinderella, they "modernized" the story by having Cinderella meet the Prince beforehand so she's not marrying a complete stranger after just one night. That adaptation introduced issues of its own, but at least it was new enough to separate it from the animated version. Beauty and the Beast, on the other hand, does not need a reinvigoration of its brand. Almost everyone can sing "Tale As Old As Time" and knows that Belle is the only princess who is known to be a bookworm.
Anyway, I read it and liked it. The plot was a lot darker than the Disney movie (it's tone actually was more reminiscent of the often-bashed Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas which featured an evil organ named Maestro Forte). Mixing with fairies and magic of more traditional fairytales, I was glad to see an original side to the story (although the first part was strangely structured and had me wondering how any of it could have happened if no one in the original Disney movie knew any of this—the answer, the spell cast on Beast's castle made everyone forget about him and magic).
It's happened! I read Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (book 1) of James Patterson's NYT Best-selling series back in 2005. 11 years ago! Even though I know that the prose isn't amazing, it's engaging (same as the Twilight saga, whether you like it or not), and Max was one of my first literary role models in addition to Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series) and Lyra Belaqua (The Golden Compass).
And when I first joined MoviePilot as a staff writer 4 years ago (before it became an open-source platform), Maximum Ride was listed as "in development." And then, there was radio silence. And more silence. So much so, that I gave up hope it would ever happen.
But then... a poster popped up in my instagram and Facebook feeds.
First and foremost, what I really love about this book is that it immediately immerses you in the world. Even the epigraphs before each chapter are from an essay (or maybe book) titled Man's Quest for Destruction: A Case for the Prime Initiative by Doctor T.M. Omori, the creator of the Prime Initiative.
I will admit, I read this book rather slowly. It took me almost a whole week to read the first half, not because it was uninteresting, but just because my life has been recently crazy. Truly, it was a page-turner, But, due to an unexpected change in plans, I was able to finally plow through the final 50% of the novel. It ended way too soon. I can't wait to read the next book in the I Am Sleepless series.
I've been done with college/finally home for about a week and a half and I unfortunately haven't been able to go back to writing The Matchmakers because I've been more busy than I originally thought I would be.
But I haven't completely unproductive. For one, I've been busy providing feedback to my finalist in the
And second, I finally finished editing (and formatting) The Belgrave Legacy. You can see some of the pretty screen shots below. This book won't be published until October 31, but I can finally completely focus on The Matchmakers... Yay! You can start reading that book on Wattpad.
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