Remembrance: A Heart Lines Novel GIVEAWAY!!!

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Remembrance is now available and I’m so excited to bring you this story!

This is a spin-off of my Dirty Blood series and while it’s more fun to come in already knowing a bit about these characters, you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can just jump in here!

About Remembrance:

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She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.

Two years ago, 20 year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As Beyoncé would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass.

Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival.

Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.

Book 1 in the highly anticipated Heart Lines series, a spin-off of the bestselling and award-winning Dirty Blood series. Note: you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can start here!

“If you enjoyed the Dirty Blood series, Remembrance is a must-read!”

Available NOW! FREE for Kindle Unlimited!

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I’m giving away some goodies to help celebrate! (There will be more giveaways in the FB group so make sure to find us there too.)

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GRAND PRIZE: custom bracelet + signed swag + e-ARC of Inheritance (book 2 in the Heart Lines Series) By Heather Hildenbrand

2nd PRIZE: e-ARC of Inheritance (book 2 in the Heart Lines Series) By Heather Hildenbrand

Ends 3/5/17 ~ Open International.

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Can’t wait to hear what you think of this story! Happy Reading!

Remembrance: A Heart Lines Novel COVER REVEAL!!!

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Remembrance  by  Heather Hildenbrand

February 27, 2017

She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.

Two years ago, 20 year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As Beyoncé would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass.

Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival.

Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.

Book 1 in the highly anticipated Heart Lines series, a spin-off of the bestselling and award-winning Dirty Blood series. Note: you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can start here!

“If you enjoyed the Dirty Blood series, Remembrance is a must-read!”

Pre-order now at:

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MZGCPMR

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Spy Glass

BOOK 1: Storm Glass  by  Maria V. Snyder

BOOK 2: Sea Glass

Spy Glass  description:

Opal Cowan had been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends and rid the world of blood magic. Though she survives, she is forever changed…

Opal Cowan has lost her powers. More than that, she is now immune to magic. Opal is an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference to the world and were her whole world…

Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes fl ash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or learn if she’s lost them forever…

spy-glassBOOK 3: Spy Glass   5 STARS

There are two things I love about Snyder’s books. How it shows characters overcoming the most horrible of abuses, and coming out of it stronger than ever. First Yelena, and now Opal, show that if you keep fighting, and find those people you can trust in and holding onto them, you can survive whatever the world throws at you. More so, I like that she shows that any who truly seek redemption can find it, one way or another, which is shown in Devlen. I’ve read several reviews that don’t like the relationship that forms between Opal and Devlen, but I understand it. I see it as someone finally getting sober after having done things while in the midst of addiction that no sane person would do, but once sobering up are ashamed of their actions. It was more than just being free of his magic,  because Ulrick who went through similar circumstances shows no ability to take responsibility for his own actions. But you can see how Devlen is one of the few who can understand what Opal is going through, and he tries to help her in the way he was trained to be a Story Weaver. While I’m glad that the characters from the Study series continue to be a big part, I also love how Snyder does mainly focus on the new friends and enemies Opal has gained in her own journeys, and ties up the full arc of the story that we’ve been following through this trilogy. I’m just so happy that she continued to write more in this world with the continuance of the Study series, can’t wait to see what happens next.

Jax Anderson has been INTERVIEWED!!!

  1. What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

Jax Anderson Twitter: @JaxDAnderson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemiViral

Instagram: jaxandersonauthor

  1. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?

Aside from writing, my passion is fitness, anything from mixed martial arts, Spartan races, and just lifting weights. Everyday exercise and writing have been my two methods of escaping my own head.

  1. How long have you been writing? What genres have you written? They don’t have to be published.

I started writing stories in the seventh grade. I remember having a dream about myself raising a dragon for war and just started typing what I could. I’ve spent a lot of time writing teen fiction, short stories, poems, dramas, and even touched on writing some romantic comedies.

  1. What has been the greatest influence to your writing? Other authors, life experiences, etc…

The greatest influence to my writing was definitely my teenage lifestyle. I personally was institutionalized first for a suicide attempt, then again after a severe assault against me by a local group of kids. I battle each and everyday with my PTSD and depression as a result of the bullying, but I have taken control of these disabilities and I try to map out just how I and many of my friends battled depression and bullying through my characters. Specifically Shaylee and Kel, but in reality most each of these characters suffered to an extent.

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series and the way he developed his characters through his books inspired me to map out my real experiences in fiction where children and teens could easily relate to these fictional characters and my experiences represented by them.

  1. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…semiviral-by-jax-anderson-1943955794

Currently I am working on a few projects. First and foremost, the sequel to SemiViral. I am continuing the adventure of Mathew Stemp and his crew as his story gets even more intense.

I am also working on a few short stories that address common struggles amongst young adults, such as depression and social anxiety, in a way that feels raw and honest but also provides a sense of hope.

  1. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?

Over the years I have begun to write quick outlines for each project idea I get before any of the raw ideas are lost. I then try to write the first chapter quickly after that. I often try to focus on one project at a time. However, I always write down outlines for any ideas that come up. If I find myself with writer’s block, I will write on another project while going through the exercises to beat the block.

  1. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?

I believe my biggest strength in my writing is my ability to debate with myself. I write with characters who don’t see eye to eye but believe passionately in their beliefs. In order to do that, I have to be open minded enough to write believable arguments from each side and research topics that might actually make me uncomfortable to think about. I work hard in my writings to bring out both the worst and the best personality traits I’ve seen in people.

I think my greatest weakness might be that I am a young writer and struggle with my own confidence. Staying motivated to write and continue to work full time to provide for my family while still meeting my writing goals is very difficult. My writing, however, is important to me and I force myself to try new marketing strategies and go speak publicly to build my confidence as a writer.

  1. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?

The most important thing I have learned on this journey with SemiViral is to research marketing and get involved in the marketing plan. Nobody can sell your book like you can. Any author should start locally by meeting other authors and seeking their advice from both good and bad experiences, introduce yourself to the libraries and bookstores, and create a budget. You will need to invest in yourself; whether it is money or time and effort, you must be ready to invest in yourself because your readers won’t just magically know who you are or start reading your book. Make sure you get out in the world, meet people who read, and make yourself known.

  1. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?

The best advice I can give to an aspiring writer is: writer’s write. That means you schedule time to write and you write something. That hardest time I had was finding the time to write but if I wanted to finish the novel I had to write. Even when I struggled with writer’s block, I would still sit at the computer during my scheduled thirty minutes and if I couldn’t think of the next thing to write, I would skip a scene and come back to it or begin reading from the beginning of my story to seek inspiration from previous text.

Continue to follow the SemiViral blog tour tomorrow at BookMarketingBuzzBlog!

Jax Anderson got his start in writing when he began keeping a journal as a kid. After finding his life was pretty embarrassing, he switched to fiction. SemiViral began when he discovered many individuals in his personal life were intolerant people. Without calling them out individually, he wrote a book with cannibal style living flesh eaters, prostitution, drugs, and Mormons to address what he had been seeing his whole life in a neutrally opinionated manner. Anderson resides in Colorado with his wife and young daughter.

For more information, please connect with Jax Anderson on Facebook and Goodreads.

SemiViral is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Green Ivy Books.

 

Greyson Gray: Camp Legend

Greyson Gray: Camp Legend  by  B.C. Tweedt  description:

At Morris College All-Sports Camp, Greyson Gray discovers intense athletic competition, quirky huddlemates, and budding romance to distract him from the loneliness he has felt since his father’s mysterious disappearance. The lighthearted camp atmosphere turns, though, when Greyson stumbles upon a terrorist’s sinister plot brewing in the observatory – a place already haunted by a chilling camp legend. Suddenly, Greyson toils with two dueling worlds – one of lurking danger and mystery, the other of competition and hormones. Spurred on by his father’s words to do the good that ought to be done despite the danger, Greyson and his faithful friends must mount a cunning and coordinated heist on the observatory in order to save thousands of lives.

greysonBOOK 1: Camp Legend   4 STARS

For a book that’s basically aimed at middle school boys, this story was pretty intense. Felt like a spy thriller complete with evil scientist, gun wielding henchmen, multilayered save the world plans, and cool gadgets. I liked that it was all pretty much within the realm of possibility for kids this age to do, and all the characters in this book felt real. Greyson is just just your normal everyday athletic boy that is a genuinely good guy, who wants to do what’s right, and the friends he makes at camp are a colorful collection of odd kids that you can’t help but love. And while a lot of the girls come across as ditzy and the worst stereotypes of single minded boy crazy girls, Sydney really helped balance it out by being able to keep up with the guys, and showing the boys that girls aren’t just there to look pretty. I even liked that while there are plenty of bad adults, or just easily fooled adults, Brandon, their counselor, was there for them in anyway he could be. It’s a nice change from a lot of books I’ve read like this. However, my main complaint for this book is in the writing style, where there’s nothing to indicate a transition between scenes. It flip flops between the action happening at multiple places without even a “meanwhile back at the ranch” to let you know you’ve moved. It was especially frustrating when it came to the dialogue during these instances, trying to figure out who is saying what to which person. Regardless, it was still an exciting book to read, and I can’t way to see what happens next.

B.C. Tweedt has been INTERVIEWED!!!

Profile Pic - BC Tweedt1. What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

B.C. Tweedt

www.GreysonGray.com

www.TweedtSpot.com

Twitter: @Greyson_Gray

http://www.Facebook/GreysonGraySeries

  1. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?

I love working with young people! On Sundays I volunteer at the youth group where I met my wife six years ago (she was the director, not a student). The junior-high students bring so much enthusiasm, hilarity, and joy to my life that I lead a small group of them outside of Sunday meetings. We’ll make music videos, serve the community, tube down rivers, or even tackle my to-do list together. In all this, I look for every opportunity to impart wisdom and help them through the trials of being a teen. There are not many adults who are blessed with the ability to enjoy the company of junior-high students, so I’m happy to give my time when I can. Also, the crazy kids keep my writing current, giving me great ideas for off-the-wall characters and witty humor!

  1. How long have you been writing? What genres have you written? They don’t have to be published.

I’ve been writing stories since sixth grade (often while the teacher was teaching). Throughout junior-high I was writing books hundreds of pages long—mostly science fiction stories about a space bounty hunter or a fight-to-the-death match that predated The Hunger Games by a decade (but with aliens races instead of districts). Once I hit high school, my writing took a back seat to filmmaking—another way I could create stories while still staying behind the scenes. It wasn’t until college, when I started as a summer sports camp counselor, that I tried my hand at writing again, this time armed with a plethora of wacky characters and stories that would translate to Greyson Gray: Camp Legend. Though I haven’t written outside of young adult realistic fiction, I would love to return to my science fiction roots once the Greyson Gray Series comes to an end.

  1. What has been the greatest influence to your writing? Other authors, life experiences, etc…

I squeeze every good drop from my life experiences, mix it with my love of cinema, then season it with C.S. Lewis and the Animorphs Series (anyone remember these books?). The content is predominantly made up of characters and settings that I have seen in real life. Camp Legend takes place at a sports camp modeled after one I counseled at in college. Fair Game sets the kids (and terrorists) loose in the Iowa State Fair, a place that is dear to my wife’s heart—and mine, now! Deadfall sinks a cruise ship (I love cruises); Rubicon finds Greyson in the Rockies (my vacation place) and Dallas (my birthplace). In all the books I work toward a cinematic feel with an emphasis on endearing characters who have been sucked into a world much bigger than they are (like those Animorphs).

  1. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…COVER -Rubicon (front only)

I’m in the planning stages for the fifth book in the Greyson Gray Series. I can’t tell you too much without giving the ending of Rubicon, but it will be bigger in every sense of the word. The country is at the edge of civil war, a hidden organization is pulling strings in the highest offices, and our hero is forced to grow more dangerous to keep up with his enemies. Just like Rubicon introduced new weapons and drones, the fifth book will give us even more cutting-edge technologies—including human exoskeletons. And after the divisions caused in Rubicon, the characters must choose sides for the coming war and face the consequences.

  1. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?

First, the stories begin as little nuggets of ideas I note in my phone as they come to me. They may be jokes, characters, twists, or plot structures. I’ll then refer to these as I outline the basic plot. As the series has progressed, my outlines have grown in length and complexity, with plenty of meat in them. I spend enough time on the outline that I rarely refer to it once I’ve started writing. Sometimes the story takes twists and turns I didn’t expect, and the characters grow in ways I didn’t anticipate, so the final product deviates quite a bit from the outline.

I occasionally get ideas for other books, but I can’t see myself working outside of the Greyson Gray Series until it is finished. When I’m writing it, my mind works ceaselessly, playing the scenes through my head over and over as I drive, lay in bed, or talk to my wife. When I’m editing, I envision changes in the story and characters, resulting in even more worlds vying for my mind’s attention. When I’m done editing, my time is consumed in marketing and brainstorming the next in the series. If I added a whole other story with a whole new world and new characters to the mix, I think my brain would explode!

  1. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?

I’ve had several reviewers mention that my books read like movies in their minds. I attribute this to the fact that I earned a Cinema minor in college, produced an abundance of videos, and created my own book trailers. When I write, I visualize the scenes like a movie, and I use pace, description, and other techniques so that others will, too. The younger generations crave video more than any other medium, so I see this as my strength.

My weakness may be my lack of long, lyrical prose. I’m not very good at making my sentences beautiful. Thankfully, I don’t think young adult literature demands it. Young adult focuses on character development, intriguing relationships, and exciting plots rather than style.

  1. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?

I’ve tried everything at least once. There’s the necessary stuff everyone does—like setting up a website and managing social media pages. I’ve also purchased a few reviews from the bigger companies. I’ve had a book launch party with family, friends, and fans. I’ve produced two live-action book trailers. I’ve continually created compelling images and videos, ran contests, and blogged to make the content fresh. I’ve bought email lists (didn’t work) and email promotions through places like BookBub and FreeBooksy (did work). Besides all the digital work, I’ve also traveled to dozens of school and public libraries to donate the first book along with a snazzy promotional flyer featuring reviews and the links to buy the rest of the series. I’ve even sold books at multiple fairs—including an arts and crafts fair (surprisingly sold well!). After all this, I’ve yet to achieve enough momentum to help me quit my day job. If it weren’t for all of the great reviews I have received, I would have given up long ago.

  1. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?

Let real life inspire you more than books and television. You want a unique voice with fresh content, so find unique places and people, and spend time with both. Of course, don’t give up reading and watching, but understand that everything you take in may become ingredients for the next book. Do you want the recipe to use natural and organic ingredients, or processed and packaged ones?

Also, if you want to have a lucrative career in self-publishing, be prepared to spend a lot of money in marketing. While there’s a very small chance you’ll make it big just by posting serials or by making social media accounts, there’s a slightly bigger chance if you hire an editor, a cover professional, a publicist, a website designer, and a weekly masseuse (or therapist). The influx of self-published authors is a double-edged sword. Your voice is ever smaller, and the pool of people seeking your money is ever bigger. Start saving your money as you write your first best seller.

B.C. Tweedt lives in North Liberty, Iowa, with his wife, Julie, and their son, Maverick. When he’s not working on his next book, Tweedt volunteers at his church’s youth group as a mentor of young boys, several of whom served as the inspiration for characters in The Greyson Gray SeriesRubicon is the fourth novel in the series, preceded by Deadfall, Fair Game, and Camp Legend. Tweedt plans to continue expanding the series, following Greyson as he grows up in an increasingly divided and threatening world, and is currently working on the fifth Greyson Gray novel.

For more information, connect with Tweedt on his website, or through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, LibraryThing or LinkedIn.

Greyson Gray: Rubicon is now available exclusively on Amazon. It will be available online at Barnes & Noble and iBookstore in November 2016.

The next step of this blog tour will be at Addicted to Reviews

Sea Glass

BOOK 1: Storm Glass  by  Maria V. Snyder

Sea Glass   description:

Like the colorful pieces of sea glass washed up on shore, Opal has weathered rough waters and twisting currents. But instead of finding a tranquil eddy, Opal is caught in a riptide. Her unique glass messengers which allow instant communication over vast distances have become a vital part of Sitian society. Once used solely by the Councilors and magicians, other powerful factions are now vying for control. Control of the messengers equals control of Sitia. Unfortunately that also means control of Opal. If that isn’t enough of a problem, Opal’s determination to prove blood magic is still being used is met with strong resistance. The Council doubts her, her mentor doubts her, and even her family is concerned. When her world is turned upside down, she begins to doubt herself. In the end, Opal must decide who to believe, who to trust, and who has control—otherwise she will shatter into a million pieces and be swept out by the tide.

sea glassBOOK 2: Sea Glass   4 STARS

This book definitely kept you guessing. Who is bad, and who is just being fooled? And how can you tell if someone is who they actually say they are with all this soul switching, or possibly just all lies. Opal changed a lot in this, and I’m not sure if it’s for the better. She’s not as sweet and trusting, which is good for survival, but is bad for dealing with friends. However, the mystery of why everyone is acting the way they are, and the plans behind it all really drove the book forward. The return of the regular characters are still remaining a great cast, though Devlen was ultimately my favorite part. He seems fine with whatever happens, and is just curious to see what Opal will do next. I hope he continues on in the next book, but really what Devlen brings to the story is the question of what makes a person bad. Without his powers he claims to no longer be power crazy, and honestly regrets all that he does, so is it the magic that makes the people bad or is it just the people? Which of course Janco keeps bringing up as well, should people fear magic? But also then there’s the trouble of people being driven by fear of things they don’t understand. Altogether, continuing to be a great series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Ice Kissed

BOOK 1: Frostfire  by  Amanda Hocking

Ice Kissed    description:

In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

ice kissedBOOK 2: Ice Kissed   4 STARS

It had been so long since I read the first book it took me a little bit to remember everything and get into it, and I eventually went back to the first book and looked over it to remember, so yeah never a good idea to go that long between books. I like how Bryn is evolving, and beginning to see her world in a new way. Realizing that being the person who is completely loyal to the kingdom can mean going against what you feel is morally right. She begins to see how even the best of people may do the wrong things just because they’re ordered too. It’s great to see so much of the Skojare and Kanin, and how the rules and standards so often make the people there feel trapped, and pushed to lie and sneak around. Plus the romantic angle is truly sweet. Not just Bryn and Ridley, who are getting to be great, but even Tilda and Kasper’s relationship gives a good reflection against Bryn’s views to see and change how she approaches love.

The Watering Down of Classic Literature

I was recently in the public library’s children section, which covers literature from the cardboard books, that get chewed on more than read by toddlers, to young reader books. Young Readers book, not Young Adult, so Goosebumps but not Twilight, if you know what I mean. So imagine my surprise when I found so many classic novels over in this section. I thought that was strange, but I’m not really good at judging reading levels of books, especially since there is such a fine line between the two. I mean half the Harry Potter series is in Young Readers while the other half is in Young Adult, and as you read that series you can see how the writing grows and changes (one of the things that makes me consider J.K. Rowling one of the best writers out there to have a series that can grow with the reader), but it’s also a bit murky when one does finally switch from one level to the next.

Either way, this story starts when a man asked if I knew where books by H.G. Wells were, and I’ve read several by him so the first thing I said was that they would be on the other side in the adult section. He brushed me off and went looking for them himself, curious I did go to the shelves and there they were in Young Readers. At first I was like wow, now I don’t feel so bad about reading so many books from over here if H.G. Wells is classified as such. But then I got to really thinking about it, and as I flipped through the pages the writing style just didn’t seem right, plus of course it had several pictures throughout the book. Which isn’t that big of a deal, but you can see how it was definitely being formatted for a younger audience. So as I began to really investigate such I came across Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and that I instantly knew was in the wrong section. And as I opened the book I knew why it had been placed there.

Instead of the well known first line:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

I read:

“It is a fact, everyone agrees, that a young man with money should have a wife.”

I’ve known they’ve done this to books before, and I never gave it much thought. I accidentally bought a Tarzan book that was written for kids, but it didn’t really bother me because Tarzan has been in books, movies, shows, comic strips, and cartoons, and so someone writing a little kids book about Tarzan isn’t really that big of a deal. It’s just taking a well known character and putting him in different settings. But rewriting a classic piece of literature to basically dumb it down for a younger audience feels wrong. Some kid out there thinks they’ve read Pride and Prejudice, and they really haven’t. Plus, you kind of ruin the book for them later when they reach that reading level, because now they know how it all turns out. Though, if you’re anything like me that’s not that big of a deal, but there are plenty of people who wouldn’t want to read something they’ve already read once. I mean some people won’t read a book just because they’ve seen the movie, no matter how many times I tell them they’re nothing alike. So if they’ve already read one version, no matter how watered down it was, will they be willing to read the original?

I know it was probably someone’s good intention to try and bring a piece of that classic literature to more people, and not just a younger crowd, but even for people who just aren’t on a high enough reading level. But dumbing it down doesn’t push someone to be better; it allows them to stay at the same level they are with no goal in mind of wanting to read the higher pieces of literature. Why push yourself to read the written word in the way Jane Austen intended you too, when you can basically get a summary of what she meant. This is no better than when I was a lazy bum in school and would just go to spark notes online to find out what a book was about, because I didn’t feel like actually taking the time read it. Yes, my crazy reading self didn’t want to read some books.

I feel like this is just a huge step in the wrong direction, it’s stemming from an age where we want everything quick, simple, and now. Why have a full discussion when you can just send a quick tweet. Why really delve into the meaning of a person’s emotions and thoughts when you can just use an emoji. Why take the time to read a book as it was meant to be read when someone can give you a summary right now and you can pretend to have loved it. Maybe I’m overreacting, but I honestly think it should be obvious how wrong it is to rewrite a book to suit a new generation, because in time the original will be lost and what will be left will be just a shallow veneer used to cover the fact that nothing remains of what once had made it so worthy.

Storm Glass

Poison Study  by  Maria V. Snyder

Storm Glass    description:

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it’s time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan’s glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal’s unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she hadn’t known she possessed… – powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.

storm glassBOOK 1: Storm Glass    4 STARS

While this is a separate series, and Snyder does a good job of filling in explanations when it does reference the Study series, it would definitely ruin the series for you to read this before it. And Poison Study is too good to be spoiled like that, so read that trilogy first and then come here. Opal is very different from Yelena, and so it made this book very much its’ own thing. Opal is unsure of herself and her powers, a little whiny to begin with about it, but there’s a lot of growth for the character in here. I loved all the characters from Study coming back, and it was great meeting new people as we went. Some of the things about the new characters felt a bit predictable, but the plot definitely managed to pull off a lot of surprises so I felt that balanced it out rather well. Altogether, I’m snatching up the next book as quick as I can.