Dear YA Reviewers

Reblogged from Nemo @ The Moonlight Library:

Along with the whole 'Mary Sue' thing where you accuse a character of being a Sue just because you don't like her, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP ACCUSING ALL RELATIONSHIPS OF BEING INSTA-LOVE.


Finding someone attractive is not insta-love.

Fancying the pants off someone is not insta-love.

Having a crush is not insta-love.


It's not love unless they say it is, and even then, use your friggin noggin to figure out whether the character really is in love or just crushing.


Remember crushing? Remember that cute girl or boy in high school you were so desperately 'in love with'? THAT is teenage emotion. Everything is higher stakes when you're a teenager, so a crush feels like love.


Yes, there are a few notorious books out there with insta-love in them. But not ALL YA romances are insta-love.


Stop dismissing relationships because you can't think of a more valid criticism than 'insta-love.'

So funny!

Reblogged from Reading After Midnight:

Image source.

I've seen it a while ago but it still makes me laugh like crazy.


[REBLOG] *ick* more salvos from the cesspool at STGRB...

Reblogged from I'll think of a damn title later:

These are the people who have the nerve to call us bullies!?





[REBLOG] Letting It Go

Reblogged from Nemo @ The Moonlight Library:

A blog post, in response to some of this recent book reviewer ruckus.


"And when I get a shitty review because somebody doesn't like my story, or they think my characters suck, I might call my husband and whine for a minute, but then I dust my shoulders off, put on my BGP's and ask myself if there's something I can learn from their feedback.  Can I learn something from every review, good or bad?  Fuck no.  But it's not a reader's responsibility to tell me how to do my job better- that's my editor's job.  So I take a review and I either learn from it, or I discard it; but in a million years, I would NEVER think, "That reviewer really needs to look back over their job description.""

My fingers hurt

I literally stayed up all night writing. 


I was working on Havoc, and I wrote the beginning in third person, and then switched to first, then back to third.


Why is this so difficult? I think I may stick with first from now on, mainly because this is futuristic sci-fi and I think it works well in 1st, but I like the style of third more.


Also, I didn't sleep, and now I have school in an hour. Today is going to be hell. 

Fight the Power

Dear Goodreads Admins,


I'm still writing reviews about badly behaving authors.


Enticed - Jessica Shirvington These books are my guilty pleasures, I think.

We all have them, don't judge me. I know they're bad, but I just . . . can't stop reading them.
Succubus Blues - Richelle Mead Meh.

I don't have much to say about this. Not great, but not horrible. Whatever, really.
Shadow of Time - Jen Minkman I didn't finish this. I've added it to my 'lost-interest' shelf, although I may give t a re-read in the future.

Jen Minkman is incredibly cool, and I loved her dystopian novella The island so I wanted to love this, but I just couldn't.

Twilight being the sole exception, I've never been much interested in Paranormal romance (PR), and it turns out I'm still not. There wasn't any one thing that made it a 'lost-interest' decision for me. The characters weren't too remarkable, but I didn't dislike them either. The dialogue felt a bit stiff and formal, but I could handle it. I liked the mythology the most, I think, but I don't know . . . I feel like it wasn't moving fast enough for my tastes, but I pushed on because I was hoping it would improve.

In the end, though, reading it wasn't enjoyable, and I read to enjoy myself. This felt like watching an action movie my dad picked out: mildly entertaining, but something I would only do if it were the only option. The voice that had drawn me into The island was missing from this novel, and in thee end I just had to give up.

If you like PR, I'm sure you'll love this, but for me it just wasn't the right read at the right time, and I needed to look for something else. That said, I still think Jen Minkman is awesome, and I'm more than excited for the upcoming sequel to the island, the waves.

So yeah, if you like Pr, like I said, check this out, because it's definitley got it's high points, but if you aren't a fan of the genre, this might not be for you.
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater Lost interest due to reviews and quotes.

It honestly sounds a bit like bestiality, which I'm not interested in reading about.
Untitled (The Wicked Powers, #1) - Cassandra Clare
Opinions aside, I'll copy and paste from my dark artifices review here:

Do I think this will be original? No. Not one bit. I love Cassandra Clare's books. They're mindless and fluffy and easy to spend an afternoon or two on to take my mind off of other things. I don't mind spending $22 on a hardcover of something I've already read repackaged and with only a few major/minor changes made. I really don't.

Books are a lot of things: thy are entertaining, they are magical, they are tools we use to learn about various things, and they are sacred to me. But they're also a consumerist's product just like everything else. Every romantic comedy out there has the same basic plot, and I don't mind watching those. In fact I love them. They're mindless entertainment. I don't read Clare for originality--I read her for kicks and good old predictability.

So yes, I will be buying this.

And now . . . OPINIONS:

It's so annoying seeing all the reviews for this popping up on my news feed. Like, we get it guys, you're pissed. Know what? You don't need to keep rehashing it. I don't know why people who hate Clare and her books are so focused on this. Like, yeah you have damned good reasons to dislike her, but if you do, why not just concern yourself with the doings of authors you enjoy? You hate her and her books and yet you're active in the fandom, interacting with fans and writing reviews of her books that amount to a few sentences of how annoying and greedy her and her publisher are? Sorry to say, but it's her publishers job to be greedy. They aren't there to make art, they are there to make cash. It's the authors job to make art, and in this case it may be the same cheap art being changed slightly and then re-packaged, but that doesn't make it not art. It just makes it bad, cheap art.

Really, focusing on how angry this makes you just makes no sense. Go and do something that makes you happy. all this negativity will give you a headache and ruin your day. Jeez.

But honestly, I think it's fine for her to write as many series ass she would like. She has created a detailed vibrant world, so why not use it? We have a bazillion books set in the real world, so why is it so bad to have a bunch set in the shadowhunter world?
Wishing Stars: Space Opera Fairytales - Nenia Campbell 4.5


I like chicken. Put a nice juicy cut of poultry before me and I will be your best friend for life. The thing is, even though I love chicken, I can't eat it by itself. Although I love it, I have rules, restrictions, certain ways things have to be done for me to willingly eat the chicken. It needs certain spices, or I need a dipping sauce, or it needs to be served with certain other things.

But one type of chicken defies all of my poultry-oriented rules and gets away with it. Beer battered chicken. I can eat the stuff plain, with no sauce or anything to go with it. I can eat it hot, I can eat it cold. It's like the messiah of chicken.

And if sci-fi is like chicken (for me it is) then this book is beer battered chicken.

Nenia has been one of my go-to reviewers for months now. If I'm going to read a book, her review can either seal the deal, or make sure I never go near the thing, even with a ten foot pole. So naturally, I really wanted to like this. And I had high expectations.

Now, like I said, Sci-fi is like chicken for me. Whereas I like my chicken with barbecue or ranch sauce, I like my sci-fi to be served up a certain way as well. I like my main characters to be human, or at least partially human. And I typically like a certain type of science to be used. I really really like giant robots.

(This book delivered on that bit, actually. With a wonderfully enraged giant metal dragon. That scene was amazeballs.)

But the thing is, for the most part, this book is not the type of sci-fi that I like. New, alien races? Cool from the outside, but using an alien as the narrator? Not my thing, really. Using names I find hard to pronounce and presenting me with new cultures that could be hard to grasp? No thanks.

But this book slapped me in the face and said Look, ignorant human! Look at what you're missing out on!

Something about the first story reeled me in, and made me keep reading, and by then I couldn't stop. The idea of not finishing wasn't even being entertained. This book was beer battered chicken. And I knew it.

So here't the deal: Nenia can write humor really well. So I was laughing at some of the awkwardness in the first story between the two characters present, because they were so strange and foreign to me--and, I could tell--to each other. It was cute, it was awkward. It was fun. Which is why I never expected the carnage that would come later. Because it turns out Nenia isn't just funny: she's merciless.

It's a really good thing I grew up on horror flicks, so I'm mostly desensitized to things like this, or I might be scarred for life. And the only book that's ever managed to truly scar me for life is American Psycho. Granted, that was also a horribly written piece of shit that wasn't worth it in the first place, but this book is. The gore was balanced with great storytelling a humor, and it was fun realizing what fairy-tales I was reading.

If you like sci-fi, picking this up should be a no-brainer. If you are, however, a picky, reluctant twerp such as myself, I'll tell you right now that you need to throw away your reservations and read Wishing Stars.

Also, can I just say: B A S T I O N.

I don't care if he is an Alien, he's at least humanoid, and I would marry him in a heartbeat. He made me laugh every few seconds, and when he pinned the aliens tongue down with a fork, I was ready to cry with laughter. I literally was clutching my sides. Also, Bastion's back story with his past loves made me sad.

So, yeah. I'm a pretty emotionally detached reader, but this gave me a whole slew of emotions to deal with. I'm definitely reading more from Nenia in the future.

And now for something extra:

I swear, I'll never forget what was possibly my favorite part of the book, but was also the part that made me cringe and go "ughhhawww" and jump off the bed to pace around the room nervously--what happened to the sun queen.

No I am not one to get nauseous easily, but the moment you start talking bout muscles and tendons is the moment I throw up. Still, it was great for dramatic affect. Also I made myself laugh imagined her zombie-self going in for a manicure. "Oh darling don't worry about it, just prop my hand up with that wooden block! Don't mind my exposed tendon just give me the regular buff and polish!"

Wow. Review to come, if I don't faint from the gore of the last story first.
The Ruins - Scott B. Smith the movie version fucked me up for life, so idk.

plats scare me now.
Dangan Ronpa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei - Spike I have never cried so much before.

This thing fucking wrecked me.
The Divide - Aubrey Clark, L.J. Smith Jesus. Are they just going to keep fucking with L.J. Smith until she loses it? First she lost the vampire diaries, and now the circle books too???

This is truly sickening and infuriating.
7 Myths of Working Mothers: Why Children and (Most) Careers Just Don't Mix - Suzanne Venker, Laura C. Schlessinger This is bullshit.

There are so many things wrong with it that I want to just find a copy and burn it.

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