Out with the Old, In with the New: Book 2, Diary #4

It’s amazing how new characters can pop up and surprise you. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind journey for my second novel. I realized as I was reading through a very early draft that something wasn’t working, and then it hit me. My love interest. My cute, soccer-playing boy from North Carolina. He […]

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Book Review: The Weight of Zero

My heart! Oh, my heart. This book has completely stolen it. Please believe me when I say that the hype surrounding THE WEIGHT OF ZERO is completely deserved. Before I even jump into the storyline, can we just step back for a moment and admire that glorious cover? Have you admired it? Okay, good… It […]

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Book Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

I received an ARC through Netgalley. This book is just as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. I mean, I’m like this: And then I’m like this: It think that’s what’s best about The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett – how it makes the reader feel so many things concurrently. Hawthorn is just so, so real, […]

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Things I’m Loving in August

Reading: I’m halfway through Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Stephanie Tromly’s YA mystery debut, and it is super witty. I’m loving the banter and the pacing… and Digby. Oh, I do love me some Digby. I also read Tanaz Bhathena’s What We Left Behind (previously title Qala Academy) at the beginning of the month, and it completely […]

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Pinterest: Book 2, Diary #3

While drafting If Birds Fly Back, I didn’t use Pinterest at all, but for book 2, I find myself gravitating towards it more and more. Book 2 is so very much influenced by setting that I thought I’d give Pinterest a serious try. And I love it! For me, it really helps with atmosphere – a reminder that […]

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Book Review: Girl in Pieces

Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Just, wow. I’m not sure what impresses me most about Girl in Pieces: the elegance of the writing, the depth and punch of the narrative, or the way we’re pulled into this story so fiercely that it’s impossible to […]

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Book Review: Saint Anything

I’ve read a good deal of Sarah Dessen books, so I don’t think it would be wrong for me to claim that Saint Anything is her best. Like The Truth About Forever, it has a love story—but the book is so, so much more than that. It’s about family struggling to keep it together after […]

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Book Review: Gilded Cage

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW. Think: plus plus This book is seriously hard to put down. The pacing is so quick (in the absolute best way), and it’s one of the most unique concepts I’ve seen in ages. At first I was a bit like, oh sure, it’s being compared to Game of Thrones, yeah […]

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My Writing Process: Book 2, Diary #2

Creating a book (a whole big book with words and pages, oh my!) is rather intimidating. It doesn’t matter if you’ve written a complete book before; what I’ve learned is that the second time is just as nerve-wracking – possibly even more so. A few people have asked me recently about my writing process, so […]

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Book Review: #famous

A summary of my reactions to #famous I honestly believe that readers who appreciate Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins would be hard-pressed not to love #famous, and here’s why: Rachel and Kyle are equally adorable yet distinct people. It’s incredibly difficult to write dual POV that feels nuanced, but the MCs in #famous both have […]

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