Book Review: Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

We’re back for another book review on Saturday; the novel for today is one that’s been sitting on my kindle bookshelf for a while. Now that we’re in quarantine, I figured what better time to start the first one in the trilogy? So, without further delay, let’s dive into Melissa de la Cruz’s amazing historical fiction novel, Alex & Eliza.

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Audiobooks vs Physical & Digital Copies

I’ve always been a person who never saw themselves getting behind the whole audiobook movement; rather, I never had the patience to sit and listen to an audiobook without my mind wandering elsewhere. I’d tried it once before, in middle school where you could borrow the audio versions of certain books and listen to them, but I always had to rewind and rewind and rewind until I just got sick of it. I returned the audio version and vowed that they just weren’t for me. Then, I found myself with an hour-long ride to university while studying in Japan, and listening to music and podcasts got boring day after day. I broke down and signed up for a free Audible trial and downloaded Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

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Fleshing Out Your Characters: How to Make them More Realistic

We’ve all been there. A great idea pops into our head, giving our heart a jump start. Our thoughts race as timelines lay themselves out. We think of every scenario we can put our characters through—wait, characters? Yep, those people who our readers become so invested in they cry with them, laugh with them, sometimes get so frustrated with them they wanna smack them. They’re one reason our stories exist and one way we hook our reader into continuing on. How do we get to that moment where our readers become that invested in our characters? Read on for your answer.

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Book Review: “Parachutes” by Kelly Yang

Where to even start, that’s the question here. I first discovered Parachutes by attending BookConline and watching the Raise Your Voice panel feature multiple talented authors. I have since added all of their books to my TBR pile. Kelly Yang’s book, however, was already available for purchase, so I bought it for kindle immediately. I knew what type of book I was signing on for; she’d spoken about it during the panel, which had only made me that much more eager to read its contents.

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Throwback Thursday: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Okay, raise your hand. Who here wishes they could have a hot Indian prince show up and whisk them away on a grand adventure? I can’t be the only one, right? Colleen Houck takes us on a magical, suspense driving, swoon worthy read over the span of six books (Tiger’s Curse, Tiger’s Quest, Tiger’s Voyage, Tiger’s Destiny, Tiger’s Dream Part 1, and Tiger’s Dream Part 2), and one novella (Tiger’s Promise). Today, we’re going to be discussing all those things that really made this book, and the ones that followed, so amazing.

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Book Updates: Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

Today, I’m not covering the second day of BookConline (Sunday, May 31) as I could only catch one panel because of family matters. I‘m so glad everything was recorded and uploaded to the Facebook page and group. As soon as I get through those, I’ll make another post about it. In the meantime, I wanted to post a new Book Updates. The single panel I caught—Contemporary Fictions and Modern Day Storytellers—has inspired this post.

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