Book Reviews

Book Review – Novelist’s Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book from Boring to Bestseller by Todd A. Stone

This is the first writing book I ever read before, and I think it is a good one. It covers basically every point of writing a book except for publishing one (and it explains why it does that too). It was easy to read, and talked about a lot of techniques of writing that I had never heard of before.

Like the title suggests, a military theme is present throughout the pages. It has a little pictures of battle scenes, and stories of military practices that relate with what the lesson that Stone is trying to convey. And of course, he suggests a lot of push ups if you don’t agree with him.

Through twelve main missions and countless of drills for each of them, I have learned a lot about writing. Not all of them will fit with my style, but a lot of them have helped me.

Character Spotlight

Character Spotlight #2


Name: Ignatius Perrish

Book: Horns by Joe Hill

Get to Know Him: Iggy is a rich kid who’s been in love with his long term girlfriend. He lost her in a violent death for which he was the prime suspect. The man suffers like no one I’ve ever read about. Oh, and he also has horns growing out of his head. Why? He doesn’t know. But they’re there. And now people see them and confess their darkest urges and secrets. It’s not known whether Ig is human or demon or the devil himself, but he doesn’t care. He does what feels right to him.

Why I Love Him: I love Ig because he’s not a bad guy despite the fact that he has every reason to be. I felt so much sympathy for him. I wanted him to be okay. I loved the way he interacted with his friends and family. With his girlfriend. He wasn’t a good guy, not at all, but he was good. He cared about people. He tried to help them. Granted, he had his share of evils, but he mostly stuck to helping those he could.

Favorite Quote: “The best way to get even with anyone is to put them in the rearview mirror on your way to something better.”



Women Authors

I got to thinking: How many women authors have I read so far? I’d always figured that most of my favorite books were written by women, but making this list proved to be difficult. And that made me ashamed of myself. I’m a woman. I’m a writer. Why am I not reading more novels by women? I felt it was necessary to spotlight these twelve women authors who have made an impact on my life so far.

  • Rainbow Rowell

Who doesn’t love Rainbow Rowell’s novels? She crafts her stories with beautiful words every time. Her characters feel real. And her poetic narrative always leaves me smiling.

Eleanor & Park

  • Julie Anne Peters

This lovely author writes lgbt novels that I adore. She writes from the heart, and she writes impactful stories. I think everyone needs a little bit of Peters in their lives.

Far From Xanadu
Keeping You A Secret
By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead…
Define “Normal”
Between Mom and Jo

  • J.K. Rowling

I don’t think Rowling needs much of a description. If you haven’t already heard of her then you might be living under a rock.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Casual Vacancy

  • Jane Austen

Although I’ve only read one of her novels, Jane Austen is my queen. She is incredible. And I completely believe that she was a feminist.

Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park
Northanger Abbey

  • R.J. Palacio

Yes, Wonder is one of my favorite novels. And I am still waiting for this wonderfully talented author to write more! Perhaps a sequel?

365 Days of Wonder
The Julian Chapter

  • Suzanne Collins

The woman who created the memorable Hunger Games. Ah, yes, the cause of my pain and tears. And yet I still love her.

The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

  • Victoria Schwab

AKA the woman who makes me feel terribly guilty for not writing. If you don’t already, I recommend you follow Schwab on Twitter. (@veschwab) She’s amazing and she’s a constant motivation to keep writing. Also, her books are fantastic.

The Archived
The Unbound
The Near Witch

  • Tahereh Mafi

I love her. I love her shoes. I love her books. I love her words. I’m so ready for her new books! And maybe also for another Shatter Me book, if that’s not asking too much.

Shatter Me
Destroy Me
Unravel Me
Fracture Me

Ignite Me

  • Victoria Vantoch

Here is a woman I would love to meet someday. Not only is she a wonderful author, but she is also an incredibly unique individual. She’s bizarre in the most beautiful ways. She’s adventurous. She’s creative. She’s intelligent. She’s a person worth looking up to.

The Jet Sex
The Threesome Handbook

  • Gayle Forman

Ever since I read If I Stay, I’ve been so into this woman’s writing style. I love the way she creates so much with so little words. Those are the best types of books to me. And her characters always leave a trace with me.

If I Stay
Where She Went

Just One Day
Just One Year

  • Lois Lowry

The Giver was incredible. So much that it left me thinking about it for weeks after I finished it. And no, I wasn’t forced to read it while in school. I picked it up on my own, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I can’t wait to finish the rest of the books in the series.

The Giver
Gathering Blue
Number the Stars
The Silent Boy

  • Sylvia Plath

After reading The Bell Jar, I felt different. I can’t really explain how, but I did. That book made me think of so many things I’d been trying to ignore. I think of Plath as an enigma. And I wonder about the type of stuff she must have dealt with in her lifetime.

The Bell Jar

Letters Home
Crossing the Water


Character Spotlight

Character Spotlight #1


Name: Dante Quintana

Book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Get to Know Him: Dante is a Mexican-American teenage boy. He’s also a gifted artist. He likes to draw and to paint. He’s a big reader, and he’s really into poetry. Dante is confident, bright, and very honest. He’s a reliable friend, and a good son to his loving parents. He’s brave. But most importantly, Dante is comfortable in his own skin.

Why I Love Him: Where to start? Dante Quintana is not only my all-time favorite character, he’s my everything. Dante is perfection, especially because he isn’t perfect. But he’s so easy to love. He’s sunshine after a rainy day. Dante is the type of guy who will be kind to you on your worst day, he’s the kind of guy to make you smile when you’re down. Dante is beautiful, inside and out.

Favorite Quote: “Birds exist to teach us things about the sky.”