Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ringing in the New Year: 2015 Goals

Well 2014 is winding down, and I can't say I'm too broken up over it. This was a rough year for a lot of reasons, and while I'm reflecting, I'd rather not list them all.

Still, this year was good to me. I landed an agent, I grew a year older (hooray for living), I learned I have a green thumb with just about everything but succulents, I bought a whiteboard, I 100% approved of my sister's choice in husband, I found out I'm going to be an aunt, I finished the first draft of my fourth book, I became a redhead and then a blonde, I met a wallaby, Sailor Moon came back, I painted my dining room, I hung a shit ton of art, I reached the 5 year mark in my marriage, I ate crawfish for the first time, I mapped out an entire book series, I went on a ghost tour in Savannah, and I tore up a linoleum floor.

On to 2015!

Inspiration for the year:



My goals:

  • Do more yoga (get back to a minimum of three classes per week whenever possible)
  • Write at least five days a week (or do some action related to writing)
  • Read at least 3 books a month (36 books)
  • Get less irritated with my husband when he talks to me while reading or writing
  • Grow a new type of vegetable--maybe peans or beans 
  • Start an herbal tea or medicinal herb garden
  • Paint another room in my house
  • Write another book
  • Sell a book, God willing
  • Plant a plant just for the beauty of it
  • Learn to leave work at work (whenever possible)
  • Be kinder to others
  • Be kinder to myself
  • Give more kisses
  • See Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters
  • Call my dad more
  • Be okay with not being able to do everything
  • Buy a cute table and chairs for my front porch
  • Frown less, smile more

Here's to 2015!


Friday, December 26, 2014

She's Dead, and other terrible titles

The lovely Tracey Neithercott has pulled me into the "Terrible Titles" blog hop--which I'm thrilled about. I'm not always a huge fan of blog hops, but this one is fabulous. Check out some of the fantastic titles she's found for her current work I'll Shave Your Eyebrows.

Here's how the blog hop works. Writers go through their manuscripts and let their cursor land in eight random places. Those words/phrases become the titles.

I'm pulling from the ghost story I've been picking away at while revising another manuscript. And now I think I have some real winners to choose from when it comes time to name this puppy. Pretty sure She's Dead is a keeper.
  1. She Wants Revenge
  2. We Used Our Phones As Flashlights
  3. Threw Myself Against the Fence
  4. She's Dead
  5. I'm Just As Crazy As They Think I've Become
  6. I'll Melt Some Butter 
  7. Audrey's Porcelain Affection
  8. Our Feet Sticking in the Mud
I'm going to tag Sara Biren, Rebekah Faubion and Stephanie Allen on this one!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Class of 2014: Popularity Contest

I'm excited to be jumping in to this year's Class of 2014 superlatives, put on by some lovely ladies: Katy UppermanTracey NeithercottAlison Miller, and Jessica Love. My entries are going to be a little thin. It's been a crazy year, and while I have been reading, I haven't been reading as much as I would like. And I have only a handful of 2014 books. But I got peer pressured in, so here I am.




Villain I love to hate: The Darkling from Ruin and Rising
Favorite parental figure: Mr. Gray Blue Lily, Lily Blue (I mean, technically he's no one's parent, but I really liked him)
Most likely to start a riot: Wolf from Cress
Biggest flirt: Carswell Thorne from Cress
Coolest nerd: Blue Sargent from Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Fashion King/Queen: Morph from Unhinged
Character I wish I'd dated in high school: Nikolai from Ruin and Rising
Most likely to become president: Gansey from Blue Lily, Lily Blue

YA Superlatives: Head of the Class

I'm excited to be jumping in to this year's Class of 2014 superlatives, put on by some lovely ladies: Katy Upperman, Tracey Neithercott, Alison Miller, and Jessica Love. My entries are going to be a little thin. It's been a crazy year, and while I have been reading, I haven't been reading as much as I would like. And I have only a handful of 2014 books. But I got peer pressured in, so here I am.





Favorite Science Fiction: 


Favorite Historical Fiction: 


Favorite Mystery: 


Favorite Paranormal: 


Favorite Horror (added by me): 




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a weekly blog hop by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. Be sure to visit Jaime's blog to add your post to the link list!



What I'm Reading: I just finished Creed by Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver. So good! Now I'm debating jumping back into my Harry Potter reread (book six) or finishing off the Something Strange & Deadly series by Susan Dennard.

What I'm Writing: On Monday I wrapped up a round of revisions on Stars & Stripes (my YA historical fantasy), which means I can get back to revising my ghost story!

What Works For Me:  This week? Fall is finally here. I woke up to this beautiful sight this morning. Unfortunately, we're in for some storms tonight so the rest of the leaves will probably fall much sooner than I'd like. I've also loved having Twitter writing parties this month. They have kept my so accountable!


What Else Is New: Nothing too fancy. Just getting ready for the holidays. I had a lot of vacation time that doesn't roll over, so I've been taking most Fridays off, which has been lovely!

What's up with you?
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Badass Books: Creed

If you like horror stories complete with a full amount of creep, the kind of blood that makes your skin crawl and maybe even forces you to skip over a few paragraphs, plus a good bit of sarcasm, you need to check out Creed by Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver.

Just look a the cover!


Here's a summary to get you excited:

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house. But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

Why I read it: I do like a good, creepy story, and Lindsay Currie shared so many photos on Instagram leading up to Creed's launch, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

ZOMG Yes! This story left me feeling so...well how any good horror leaves you feeling. And it's not good (but of course the book is good). Beyond the plot and the terror and all that, the characters in this story felt spot on to me.

Our main character Dee has her own dark past that informs her decisions and thoughts in this book, and I felt they were spot on. There are several times where her fear, in a lot of ways, paralyzes her. As someone with PTSD, this is a completely accurate response to what's happening. Same thing with actions of another character we meet a little bit later in the story.

Okay so the ending. I'm not going to say much of anything about it, because the worst thing a person can do is spoil an ending to a story like this. But I will say that I sent some Tweets to Lindsay about it. It was well done for a horror ending, that's for sure.

kthxbai All that to say, go buy this book and read it. Just don't do it at home alone in the dark.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Badass Books: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

You guys. You guys. This book. This author. Maggie Stiefvater has done it again. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in the four-book series The Raven Cycle. I won't include a summary of this particular book, because I don't want to spoil anything. But if you haven't heard of this series or you have and haven't started reading it, you are missing out.



Here's a summary of the first in the series: The Raven Boys.

Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble.

Spoilers in white.

Why I read it: I have fallen in love with this series. I love the idea of bringing magic into the real world, of creating a story where of course there are ley lines. Of course there are real psychics. And definitely ghosts. This is my jam, people!

ZOMG Yes! I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Maggie Stiefvater writes some of the most beautiful prose I've ever written. Then, she tops it all off with story.

I adored this book--one of my favorites so far this year. For those of you who've read some of this series: We got more of Adam this time around, and a lot more of Ronan. Maggie gave us some insight into one of The Dream Thieves big reveals--you know the romance one. She also gave us a lot more of Blue's family, which I loved.

And, of course, she gave us more plot twists! Especially: that big one at the end, with that one character coming back. And then the whole third sleeper thing...who the hell is this guy? Anyone else think for a good chunk of the book that it might be Glendower himself? MAYBE IT IS?!

kthxbai: Go read this book. Now. Unless you haven't read the first three. Then go read those. That is all.

Oh yeah, and all the Chiweenies to Maggie. ALL OF THEM.



Saturday, November 1, 2014

This November: Revising

The sun is bright, the morning's crisp, and there's energy in the air. I love, love, love November. I love the changing leaves, the early nights, the hot cups of tea or cider or coffee. And I absolutely love National Novel Writing Month.

I've only done it once, but that's not the point here.

I love the energy in the writing community this time of year, and I'm excited to draw from it. I won't be writing anything new (but I'll be cheering everyone on who is!). Instead, I'll be working up revisions on Stars & Stripes, and hopefully on my ghost story, too.

A friend shared this AWESOME playlist on spotify with me of Civil War songs, so you know what I'll be listening to.

Happy writing!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Representation News

I rewrote the title to this blog post several times, and I'm still not satisfied with it. It's something I've wanted to write, even dreamed of writing after reading similar posts by friends, but now that I'm the one writing it it feels surreal.

I'm excited to announce that I'm now being represented by Rena Rossner of the Deborah Harris Agency--specifically for Stars & Stripes (that Civil War novel I started during NaNoWriMo two years ago, the first and only time I've done NaNO.)



I guess that makes it almost two years to the date that I started this novel, and it's been a crazy, crazy trip: from a horrible first draft; to months of research, rewrites, and revisions; to 9+ months of querying, here we are.



I'm so excited to be working with Rena. From one conversation I knew she understood my book and my characters, and I'm thrilled to start this next chapter. And begin another round of waiting :)

This definitely earns the official seal. Happy Thursday.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a weekly blog hop by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. Be sure to visit Jaime's blog to add your post to the link list!



It's been a while, but I'm still here. I promise! You can check my Tumblr and my Twitter if you don't believe me. Work's been crazy (that's always my excuse, but it's legit, I swear). 

What I'm Reading: I've been doing a reread of the Harry Potter series (because Fall). I'm currently on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (or as many of the movie watchers may know it: Draco Malfoy and the Vanishing Cabinet, but I digress). I'm loving rereading these old books. It's been a good exercise as a writer too--to see how Rowling weaves threads in all the way from the beginning.

What I'm Writing: Still working on my southern Gothic. Ghosts and murder and mayhem are perfect for October, even if they are freaking me out. Currently reading through my draft and making notes.

What Inspires Me Right Now: Possibilities. And new beginnings. I'm going to be an aunt, and I couldn't be more excited!

What Else I've Been Up To: A lot of things around the house--tearing up our old linoleum floor in the basement, repotting my herbs for the fall, trying to figure out how to over-winter my peppers. I've discovered this year that I REALLY like gardening.

What's up with you?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wrapping up RSW

It's been a great summer of writing, and I couldn't have done it without all of you! Thanks to our lovely hosts Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk and to all of you who spent many a night on Twitter with me.



I didn't finish my draft (like I'd hoped) so I won't be participating in Thursday's match-up, but I did get 40,000 words and a path to the end. My goal for now? To have this beta-ready by the end of the year. We'll see if I can do it!

And even though RSW is over, I'll still be checking to see if any of you are writing while I am. I need company, especially on the nights when I'm scaring myself out of the story!

Monday, August 18, 2014

RSW Update #10

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing



1. How I did on last week’s goals
7,246 words! Not only did I meet my stretch goal--I beat it!

2. My goals for this week
5,000 words seems to be working for me. I'm starting to realize that I'm not going to finish by end of August, but that's okay. I'm on track to the end and have a map to get there. 

3. A favorite line from my story
As background, this happens after my main character and two of her friends see the ghost in my story:

“She’s gone,” I said.
We turned to look back at the graves, the ivy-covered gate.
“Jesus,” Jordan said.
“Pretty sure that was Margaret,” Bri said.
“Really helpful,” Jordan said.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
We had a family emergency that landed my brother-in-law in the hospital (prayers and positive vibes please!), which made writing for a couple days rough.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Trying to make my readers afraid to trust anyone.

Monday, August 11, 2014

RSW Update #9

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing





1. How I did on last week’s goals
5,800 words! Overshot it by 800 and am so happy. First time in a few weeks I've made my goal

2. My goals for this week
I think I'm going to stick with 5,000 words. That worked well for me. Stretch goal would be 7,000 (an average of 1,000 a day)

3. A favorite line from my story

When we got to the park, he cracked the windows, letting in the summer steam, and turned off the engine. We looked at each other in silence for a few seconds.

“I wanted to talk to you about something,” Jordan said at the same time I said, “I need to tell you something.”

“You first,” I said.

More stalling. This was a mistake. I knew it, but it didn’t stop me from making it.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
The vortex of self-doubt and loathing. But then I read a little of Writing Down the Bones and that pulled me out of it.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Romance.

Monday, August 4, 2014

RSW Update #8

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.



1. How I did on last week’s goals
Didn't meet them, but that's okay. 

2. My goals for this week
I have more time for writing this week, so I'm hoping for some good progress. I'm shooting for 5,000 words.

3. A favorite line from my story

They all three crossed their arms, right under their breasts, pushing their cleavage as far above their church-approved one pieces as possible.

I caught Jordan doing his best not to look at them but failing miserably, and I had to force myself not to laugh at him.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
My husband is working a lot this week, so I spent as much of my free time with him last week as possible, which ate into my writing time.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Tennessee summers.

Monday, July 28, 2014

RSW Update #7

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.


1. How I did on last week’s goals
Awful. I got in about 900 words. 

2. My goals for this week
I'd like to reach 30k, which means a little over 7,500 words. 

3. A favorite line from my story
A little more from last week's scene.

I looked at her fingers, which were beginning to waver between bone and skin then back up to her eyes. The pupils had taken over and soon they’d be all back.
“I’ll go with you, but you have to keep your skin on,” I whispered.
I really was losing my mind.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
I wrapped up a scene, got stuck, and then had a lot on my plate outside of writing.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Ice cream.

Monday, July 21, 2014

RSW Update #6

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.


1. How I did on last week’s goals
Succeeded at writing every day. Stretch goal of 2,000 words a day? Not so much. Ended the week at 6,343 thanks to last night's Twitter party.

2. My goals for this week
I have another bachelorette this weekend, so instead of write every day, I'd like to do 4,000 words this week.

3. A favorite line from my story

Margaret stood in front of me, pale and a bit translucent, but at least she was wearing her skin this time—not that I knew how long that would last.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
Motivation. I just hit the middle...so you know how that goes.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Revenge

Monday, July 14, 2014

RSW Update #5

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. 


1. How I did on last week’s goals
Pretty good. I missed Saturday because I spent the house cleaning, but wrote every other day and managed 6,000 words for the week.

2. My goals for this week
Sticking with last week's goal. Write every day. I'd like to average 2,000 words a day to get this summer back on track but I don't know if I will be able to manage it.

3. A favorite line from my story
This is a line about one character deciding to join my MC and her best friend in solving a murder:

It seemed Jordan’s choice was me and Bri. Or ghosts and murder. Either way I’d count it a win.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
World Cup Party! That's why I was cleaning on Saturday. :)

5. Something I love about my WIP
Uncertainty, totally justifiable rants, breaking and entering.

Monday, July 7, 2014

RSW Update #4

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. 



1. How I did on last week’s goals
Not so hot. I was going strong until my husband gave me his summer sickness. I've been down since Wednesday. I did manage to outline two scenes, but my brain was not letting me write.

2. My goals for this week
Sticking with last week's goal. Write every day. I'd love to regain some ground and be at 22,000 by next week but we'll see.

3. A favorite line from my story
A few lines of dialogue:

“So we’re going to rely on a ghost that chased us out of a cemetery, haunted my dreams, and followed us to his house?”
“Oh hell no,” Bri said. “We’re going to rely on us.”
“And how are we going to solve a murder?” I aked.
“Google, of course."

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
That whole being sick thing I mentioned earlier.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Ghosts. Sorry I know I've used it before but I really do love it.

Monday, June 30, 2014

RSW Update #3

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. 



1. How I did on last week’s goals
Success! I wrote for a minimum of 15 minutes every day and got a few hours in on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday for a total of 5,793 words this wek! I just crossed the 10,000 word mark and one of my major turning points.

2. My goals for this week
Sticking with last week's goal. Write every day. 
Stretch goal: I would love to be at 17,000 by next Monday (average of 1,000 words a day).
Also, I find outlining scenes before I write them helps a lot.

3. A favorite line from my story
The old wooden steps creaked under my feet and filled me with that sinking feeling that I wasn’t alone. If that ghost had followed me out of the cemetery, maybe she’d take up residence here. Then I wouldn’t have to fake a haunt.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
I struggled with words. I wrote some pretty crappy sentences, but I had to push myself to keep going. You can't fix what you never wrote.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Best friends. Strawberry cream slushes. Murder.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Badass Books: We Were Liars

I'm still getting back into blogging, and while I should be reading over posts from Monday's RSW updates, I'm posting a book review instead. So there. 

Summary (from Goodreads):

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.



Why I read it: I spent most of the week before last at the beach (and am wishing I was still there). Everyone has been talking about We Were Liars, and it seemed like the perfect book.

ZOMG Yes! Everything about this book. I loved the characters—I loved how flawed they were and how real they were. The setting was beautiful and well-crafted. The narrative style blew me away. E. Lockhart wove these fairy tales into the story (short, italicized intros to certain chapters) as a way of dropping clues and hints. Well done.

And then the ending. Oh the ending. I won’t say anything about it beyond that, not even in white text because I was blown away. I had no expectations coming into this other than that it was excellent, and I don’t want to ruin that for anyone.

kthxbai: If you’re even remotely interested in this book, read it. I’m still thinking about it—which tells me it was a good book. You won’t regret it. If you do, well, I can’t really help you there.


Five chiweenies to E. Lockhart!

Monday, June 23, 2014

RSW: Update 2

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. 



1. How I did on last week’s goals
Horribly. But that's okay. I managed to almost finish writing one scene. That's it.

2. My goals for this week
Write every day. Even if it's just for 15 minutes.

3. A favorite line from my story
I'd never screamed so loud or so long or so desperately in my life. The sound was ripped from my lungs. It tore through my throat and burst from my mouth but the thunder and the heavy pounding of rain silenced it. I was screaming, but the noise wasn't coming out.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week
Finding time. I didn't even get a chance to visit all the blogs. With one of my best friend's weddings happening last week and me just getting back from vacation, I had a lot less time to write than I thought I did.

5. Something I love about my WIP
Revenge.

Monday, June 16, 2014

RSW: Update 1


Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. 





1. How I did on last week’s goals

Success! All goals accomplished—stretch goals included. Managed to knock out chapter one on Wednesday morning and some in the car on the way to the beach Wednesday afternoon. Wrote chapter two on Friday evening when we were taking a sun break. Outlined the next scene on Saturday at the pool!

2. My goals for this week

I would like to outline and write five scenes this week. I used to do word count goals, but I’m trying something new to see if I have better success! 

3. A favorite line from my story

She was death itself, come to claim me, to pull me from this world and never let me return, to rip away my peace my hope my chance to say goodbye.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week

My final stretch goal: outlining the first scene of the third chapter. I’m trying to be a little more of a planner this time around. It’s hard for me, but I think it’s actually making  my writing better.

5. Something I love about my WIP

Ghosts, friendships, and snarky remarks.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ready. Set. Write! Kick-Off Post

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive--hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison MillerJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk--that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.



First: I'm so thankful these lovely ladies are hosting this yet again! Last year I was able to finish the rewrite of the current manuscript I'm querying. This year? I'd like to write an initial draft of my latest shiny new idea: a ghost story!

So in the spirit of focusing on writing rather than blogging, I'll keep this short and sweet. I have a bachelorette party that kicks of Wednesday, so I won't be able to get in a whole lot of writing. What I'd like to accomplish is to write the first chapter for my new WIP. Stretch goal: write chapter two and then outline the next one.

Let's do this!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bad Ass Books: The Killing Woods

First, this review is a little overdue. My blogging has been sporadic at best over the past couple of months. Hoping this summer is better for writing and blogging both, but I did want to share my thoughts on this book so here we go.

Summary (from Goodreads):


Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary, the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.



Why I Read It: A while back, I saw a number of people mention this book in tandem with Dangerous Girls. I read Dangerous Girls and absolutely loved it, so I picked up The Killing Woods.

ZOMG YES! The opening chapter for this book is amazing. And I liked the mystery part, too. You want to believe Emily's dad is innocent, and you're pretty certain he is (or at least I was)...because if he's not well that just sort of sucks. So I liked following along to learn who it was.

This was also a pretty quick read for me--easy to get into and follow along. While there were some characters I really wanted more from...characters that I thought would have been better from a romance perspective, overall I enjoyed this read. But...

Let's Be Honest: Ok so most of this section is in white. For this next bit, I'm not giving any spoilers, but I am talking about the end of the mystery, so please read on only if you really want to.

I wasn't satisfied with the end of this book. It felt a little gimicky to me. I did figure out who did it, but I didn't figure out the why/how part. Still, I think I would have enjoyed it more if the ending had been far more sinister. Not sure what that says about me. 

Alright this next section is true spoiler, so don't read it if you don't want to know. It has to do with the romance.

I wasn't a fan of the Emily/Damon relationship. I got that they had a lot in common, and while I liked that they were able to work through that, I'm just not sure it's believable to me that she would fall for a guy who hated her father so much. Of course, she had those questions too, which I liked.

All that to say, I enjoyed reading this because I'm working on a mystery, so it was good research. I really don't like being negative in reviews, because I write. I know what it's like to put so much into a story. But I also want to be honest. This wasn't my favorite book. That being said--if you like unexpected romances, murder, and mayhem, it's a good quick read.

Did you read this book? What did you think?