Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

Where to even start with this amazing read? Allison Saft is a talented YA author from Philadelphia, PA; Down Comes the Night is her debut fantasy novel taking place in a snow-drenched kingdom where wicked plots threaten the life of Wren Southerland and the prospect of love could prove more dangerous than she imagined.

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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

Favorite books. We all have them. We all love them. They’re that special read that sticks with us no matter how many years go by. Well, starting today, I want to celebrate those amazing books with Throwback Thursday. Every Thursday I’ll choose a book I’ve read that I think deserves special attention. I’ll go over all the aspects of what I think made the book so great from character development, to plot, to description and dialogue. If you want to join in on the fun, head on over to Instagram and tag your post with #ThrowbackThursdayBooks. Heads up to those who have not read the book. There will be occasional spoilers.

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Let’s Get Historical: The Starting Point to Historical Fiction

Ah yes, historical writing; it’s one of my favorite genres, because this is where we can see our text going beyond what we have written. History is already a story our job, as the writer, is to give it that extra flare while maintaining the actuality of the events. Even in regular fiction novels we become the link to readers and real world topics, whether it be facts around a certain city or topics of discrimination. Our words hold power and knowledge.

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