Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication date: April 10, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book from the publisher as part of the release day promotion as well as for a honest review as part of a blog tour.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XRJHV86/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
Opinionated, unconventional Ayla Hawkins isn’t the type to use blackmail, but sometimes a girl has to stand up for what’s right. So when she catches Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler doing something decidedly un-perfect, Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on her side—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.
One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the terms of their agreement end, their fauxmance will, too.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.
This book was a very sweet read, as I usually expect from a Entangled Crush book. The characters were all loveable, and the plot was something that I already knew that I loved. Another bonus was that I had already read another book from the author, and already knew that I loved her style of writing.
Let’s start off with introducing Alya, the main female character of the book. She’s fierce, even though she doesn’t accept that fact all the time, and she’s not afraid to stand up for anyone else, but has a bit of a harder time standing up for herself. Luckily, she has her best friend, Chloe who takes care of that part. She’s also a theatre nerd as well as the newspaper editor but in true high school fashion where the jocks take over everything, they are both tremendously underfunded. In order to try and make a change, Chloe convinces Alya to run against the most popular girl for senior class president. Of course, this involves a scheme to make people notice her.
And this is where Luke comes in. Just wanting to let loose and have a bit of drunken fun, he and his buddies end up destroying famous statues in the park, where Alya just so happened to be at, and she catches a video of them. While on the outside he seems collected and the popular basketball jock that he’s supposed to be, inside he’s falling apart. His family isn’t making enough money and he’s the one that’s working long hour jobs as well as taking care of his brother, not to mention having to keep up his good grades in order to keep his scholarship.
It doesn’t take much convincing for Luke to agree to be Alya’s boyfriend in order to save himself from getting turned in for vandalism.
This was a great book about two teens who never would have thought they had something in common, not only overcome their differences, but also realize there’s a lot more in common than previously thought, and this creates an amazingly sweet relationship, even if it started off as blackmail.
One of the things I loved most about the book was Luke’s little brother, Landon. He’s a buffer zone, and asks the difficult (or in most cases, not appropriate questions) that had to be asked anyways. And given his family situation, if you do not feel bad for him at all, I swear, you do not have a heart.
This book reminded me a bit of Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon (or at least the part that I read of Blackmail Boyfriend). The overarching concept is the same, but the settings are different, and while I have not yet completely had the chance to finish reading Blackmail Boyfriend, I liked them both, and if you enjoyed reading Blackmail Boyfriend, definitely give this book a try because it’s probably right up your alley.
There’s so much more to the book, but I hate having to spoil things, and in order to let you find out the ending on your own, I’m going to end the review here.
Overall, I liked the book and I give it a 7/10 (4/5 stars). I liked the plot and all of the characters a lot, and the writing style was one that I’ve already established that I liked, and the author did not disappoint. If you like a shorter romance book, that starts of deception but turns into something real, I am telling you, go and pick up this book and you will probably like it a lot.
That’s it for this review: What did you think about the review? Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as I will have another post up!
Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I have yet another guest post but it's a bit different. This guest post if by Amber Mitchell, the author of the newly released book Garden of Thorns, and it highlights some of the more interesting steps of the publication process. As it is the middle of Camp Nanowrimo, and many of us out there always want to know more, I think this post is perfect for all of us wanting to learn more about the publication process. So without further ado, here's Amber:
Today, I thought it might be fun to talk about a few things I wasn’t prepared for during the publishing process of my debut novel GARDEN OF THORNS. First, you should know that I take comfort in knowledge. When I’m nervous, I research. Finding out facts allows my overactive imagination to quiet down and I can make a plan for what I’m going to face. So, the first thing I did when I got my offer of publication was hit the internet. A few things surprised me because of what I’ve read, and others were things I discovered on my own. In no particular order, here are some of the points that caught me off guard about the publication process.
Thanks so much for having me on The Cozy Little Book Nook today! Is there anything you’d like to know about the publishing process?
That's it for this post! I hope all of you guys learned something new that you didn't know before, or at least liked some aspect of the post. I have another question for you guys reading this: Have you done anything involving publishing and what was your experience like? Let me know in the comments below, or find me on social media @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. (I've been a bit more active on twitter lately). Also tell me what else you want to see on my blog! I will be back tomorrow with another post!
Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 10, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review as well as to take part of a blog tour for the release of the book.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XR2BKPQ?tag=entangpublis-20&name=Don%27t%20Kiss%20the%20Messenger
(It comes out today!)
For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.
CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.
Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl...
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. This modern Cyrano de Bergerac retelling will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love.
This book is a...modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, which is something that I have not read, but now that I think about it, I’ve read quite a few YA books with the same backing plot. So while I didn’t know what to expect, I was pretty excited to find out.
The book opens with introducing the characters, first Cece-a volleyball player, her best friend is Tuba and the rest of the Volleyball team, and she’s a major school nerd (nothing bad in that). And then Emmett, a football player who just transferred to the school this year, a musician, and also pretty smart given that he’s in an advanced english class.
Cece likes Emmett, but because of a car accident in her childhood leaving her with a huge scar across her face, she pushes herself, and her feelings down. Emmett, however, only has eyes for the new transfer to the volleyball team, but falls in love with her brain and her writing, little does he know that it’s 2 separate people.
I liked the concept of each of the characters having people supporting them, or at least on their side; the volleyball team for Cece and the football team for Emmett. It was absolutely so sweet how Emmett stood up for Cece about her scar. Emmett also breaks the traditional mold for a football player as he is also a musician, which adds more of that mysterious and depth to his character.
SPOILER: It’s not until the very end where Bryn breaks things up, and tells Emmett the true writer behind her deep and meaningful conversations, that everything is pieced together, and in true YA novel form, they fight and then get together. But in all reality, I love Emmett and Cece together and the fact that they went to the same University that makes it all that much better. END SPOILERS
Honestly, I don’t blame Emmett for not figuring out who he was messageing, and why there was 2 different sides of Bryn. Girls do this type of thing all the time, and if he was suspicious, then that just makes him look like he’s jealous and that would not go over well with anyone. In the end though, it all worked out.
The one thing that confused me to no end was that this school seemed like a college campus, because everyone came to the school from different parts of the country, sports seemed to be a huge deal, and just there were a few plot holes with it. It annoyed me a little bit, but didn’t make any difference in terms of the overall story line.
There’s just too much to give away in this book if I keep on talking here, so I’ll just leave the review here in order to save any spoilers.
Overall, I give the book a 7/10 (4/5 stars). I enjoyed the overall plot line, it was a easy read, and really well written. The only part that I disliked was the inconsistencies in a couple places of the plot, and some things were unclear. It wasn’t anything too major, but still annoying to me. If you want a easy read and a sweet mixed up romance, I really recommend the book to you. If some inconsistencies is something that’s going to drive you crazy, approach the book with a bit of caution, but still give it a try.
What did you think about the review? Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. As always, I will be back tomorrow with another post!
Katie Ray (also known by her previous author name, Katie Kacvinsky) writes teen and new adult fiction novels. Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her screenplay, A High Note, was a semifinalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition in 2015. She currently lives in Ashland, Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and a slightly insane dog.
Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 9, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review on my blog.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Gold-Rush-Jennifer-Comeaux-ebook/dp/B01MSV3XON/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1491757877&sr=1-8&keywords=Gold+Rush
(It’s also free with KindleUnlimited)
Will love wait for gold?
Liza Petrov's entire life has been about skating and winning her sport's top prize - Olympic gold. She's stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.
Until she meets Braden Patrick.
He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?
So originally, I signed up for a book blitz for this book (Or it might have been the cover reveal), but I just fell in love with the cover and the hook of the book that I just knew that I needed to read and review it for you guys. Anyways, I read this book back in February but kept pushing off the review just because of my schedule, but now is the perfect time to post it!
To start off: Ahhhh I loved this book so, so much. Like legitimately, one of my favorite books I’ve read all year, and maybe since forever (Nope, there’s a couple books that I liked better but this one is up there). Also, if you poke around my blog a little, and been here long enough, you know that any book that involves winter, olympics, ice skating, or hockey are always on the top of my list and this book definitely did not disappoint. (Another thing, someone remind me to talk about my brief time as an ice skater. It was a period of time in my life that I loved and wish I continued).
Liza has always been skating, and knows that in order to achieve her dream of the Olympics, absolutely no distractions were allowed, especially a boy. There’s no room in her intense training, but of course, she has to follow her heart and what seems like a recipe for disaster, turns out just fine in the end.
The characters were all very well introduced and it was done in just a way that we knew they background and had emotional connections. Liza was a main character that you just cheered for all the way to the end, never wanting to see her fail. With Branden, right off the bat he was super sweet, and just right for Liza. I liked how they developed as friends first, and then gradually into a romantic relationship.
I know that the author has a series that precedes the book with the story of Liza’s parents that I know that I am going to read as soon as I can get it and find time, but this book does not have to be read after.
I absolutely loved the writing style of this book. It was easy to read, and just had that type of thing that made you want to continue reading until you reached the end. It was a longer book, but I still managed to read it all in 1 sitting, maybe 2-3 hours.
And..of course I can’t post this review without talking about the cover. Now, yes, yes, I know, never judge a book by it’s cover but I will be honest: the cover was the first thing that drew me in (just look at those shiny new ice skates). The colors blend together so beautifully and just so pleasing to look at.
Overall, I give the book a 10/10 (5/5 stars). It’s really rare for me to give a book a full 10, so you all know that this book is something that you NEED to read soon. This is one of those books where you will push at any stranger you meet, and that’s basically what i’m doing on here :) If you like reading about a sweet romance, skating, a goal at the Olympics, etc… pick this book up. In the meanwhile, i will be picking up a copy of the other book of her parents. (Oh wait, there are 3 books in that series, and another full series by the author. My day has just been made!!)
So what did you think about the review? Will you go and pick it up? Have you read any other books by the author? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will have another post later today with a little excerpt of what I have been writing for Camp Nanowrimo so keep a look out for that!
Hi Everyone! I'm back again today, and I have a Q and A type post, from Chris Cannon, the author of several amazing books, and her newest one, Fanning the Flames. Keep reading to find out about her writing process, her favorite snacks, along with the links to her book at the end!
How do you get your ideas for books?
I like to start off by putting normal people in a funny or absurd situation. People will say, “I was so mad I’m surprised flames weren’t shooting out of my mouth.” My thought was, what if flames did shoot out of your mouth? What would that mean? For Bryn McKenna, the main character in my Going Down In Flames series, it meant that she was a shape-shifting dragon.
What is your process for writing?
I’m a speech therapist by day and an author by night. In the evening, after dinner and dishes are out of the way, I drink a giant cup of coffee so I don’t do an immediate face-plant on the couch. Then I sit down and try to write 1000 words. I don’t always make it, but I try. I’m a pantser so I know the beginning of the story, the high points, and how I expect it to end. It doesn’t always go the direction I think it will, which is half of the fun.
What are your favorite snacks while you write?
Does coffee count as a snack? If not, the granola bars I dunk in the coffee probably do. I also like to eat peanut butter straight from the jar with a spoon. I may or may not sprinkle chocolate chips on the peanut butter.
Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.
She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at www.chriscannonauthor.com.
Social Media links:
Author Blog: http://www.chriscannonauthor.com/blog/
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/ccannonauthor
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chriscannonauthor/
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8285334.Chris_Cannon
Google Play: https://goo.gl/wjFiU0
That's it for this post, and I hope you guys enjoyed it. I always love to have guest posts or interviews from authors, so let me know what I should do next! Also, there have been a couple of schedule changes to my April's A Post A Day challenge, but nothing too crazy. Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don't forget to come back tomorrow with another review!
hey everyone! For my second post of the day, I have a book blitz for At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer which is an exciting new book that's out today! All the info will be below along with the buy links, so I hope you check it out!
At First Blush
by Beth Ellyn Summer
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: April 4th 2017
Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can't wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.
But sometimes your dream job isn't all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine's feature subject, musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?
Fans of Zoella's GIRL ONLINE will fall right into the world of this YA DEVIL WEARS PRADA and stay hooked from the first blush to the last glossy kiss.
Add to Goodreads
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple | Kobo | Google Play | Bloomsbury
On April 3rd, the Author will be having a FB Book Launch Party from 6-10PM EST! There will be fun, games, and giveaways!
About the Author
Beth Ellyn Summer writes contemporary young adult fiction that somehow always includes the following elements: fame, makeup, and television. She graduated from Long Island University with a degree in Print and Electronic Journalism. Interning for Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon was the highlight of her college years. When she's not writing, Beth can be found swatching eyeshadows, solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles, and playing with her adorable cat, Penny Belle. Beth lives on Long Island in a cookie cutter town that, in an ironic twist of fate, doesn't have a single decent bakery.
That's it for this post! If you haven't already, go over and check out my other post for today, which is a Top Ten Tuesday post, on a wednesday and as always, Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will be back tomorrow with another post!
Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog for day 5 of my April’s A post A Day challenge. I actually have 2 posts for you today, first of which is this Top Ten (Not Really) Tuesday post. I had originally intended on posting this yesterday, when it was actually Tuesday but the review was required to be posted yesterday, and I just thought, might as well post it on wednesday.
Gosh, it’s been awhile since I last did one of these posts, but it should be fun. This week’s topic is FANDOMS and I’m going to be covering some of the most prominent fandoms in both the bookish world as well as the pop culture world. Also if you didn’t know, this meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I’m not really in any fandoms, but the one that I might actually be in is The Selection and Famous in Love. I recently read Famous in Love, and was more than excited to find out that they are creating the book into a tv series on Freeform. I can totally get on board with the series. I don’t know much about it yet, but I want to know more!!
Anyways, this post is super short, but I have another post later today for you guys so keep an eye out for that.
Let me know what your favorite fandoms are and what other ones I should check out. Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will see you later!
Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book in advance from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LM0F3NA/ref=x_gr_w_bb_sout?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_sout-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01LM0F3NA&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.
Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.
Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.
And now it is.
Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.
And she’s not giving up so easily.
A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.
Right down to the thousandth paper crane.
After reading the prologue of the book, my immediate and raw reaction. Oh shit, something bad is gonna happen in this book. Boy was I not wrong.
I felt like I was reading the book at an arm's length. I was a bit scared to see what would happen next, but couldn’t put it down. You know? Like when you see something that you know you shouldn’t be seeing so you look at it from a distance, but can’t look away? That’s how I felt with this book. I couldn’t get into the book as much as I thought I would. I couldn’t really connect with the characters as much as I would have liked.
I liked the raw emotions that were present, and the ending was very heartbreaking to read. So many emotions were happening, and ahhh, overload on my brain. I’m not sure that I can do it justice in words so I’m not even going to try, just read the book lol :)
I loved the plot of the book, and the characters were all very good characters, but I think the biggest problem I had was just the writing style wasn’t something that I liked. I think it was more of what the characters were doing, and their decisions that made me not like them as much, as I can never envision myself in their situation. All of their decisions were split second decisions that if it were me, I would have spent at least 2-3 weeks contemplating. But I guess they really took the meaning of you only live once, and that you just have to go for it.
The ending. Oh the ending was so many things. It was slightly haunting with all the things that happened so quickly. There was so many ways that this book could have ended, and while the thing that ended up happening wasn’t what I had originally predicted, it was still...not epic, but surprising. (Not in a bad way of course).
The book seened like it would take a while to read, given the length of the book, and how the beginning wasn’t as appealing as I had thought, and moved a bit slowly at the beginning, but by the middle, I just wanted
The entire time I was just sort of like, when is the events gonna start happening, without realizing that it had started when they ran away. Like that was the main attraction of the book, and was a bit idiotic, but touching at the same time. A lot of the book was just sitting on edge, not knowing what was going to happen next. I liked how there was a sort of a parallel in the book from the beginning to close to the end, where the events were similar but in totally different context.
I absolutely love the cover of the book; it reminded me a lot of the cover of Love and Gelato, with the primarily white/cream (I read it as a ebook so the color didn’t show up very well on my phone) with a center colored icon. I love the minimalistic design, which also reflected the tone of the book a little. The title also reflected the events of the book, Other Breakable Things, with the entire health situation, and how close to the verge to ending it all was. I’m going to leave it vague here in order to save myself from letting out any spoilers.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). This wasn’t an instant absolutely love book but in the end, even though I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped (I always go into a book with some level of greatness, and I think mine for this book was just too high so that’s why i was disappointed), it was a great book, and definitely worth a read. It wasn’t that long and was pretty great and i recommend that you go and check it out. Just maybe have some tissues on hand for the ending? (i wasn’t gonna tell you this but I may have cried a bit at the end).
That’s it for today’s review, and just know that this book is out today so everyone, go over to twitter and wish the author’s a happy book birthday as this is quite a fabulous piece of work.
As always, what did you think about the review? Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for TWO (yes you read that right, I have 2 posts for you guys tomorrow) posts which are both pretty epic. And if you missed it, I also have the 2 posts already up this month that you should go check out! I will see you all soon!
Hey everyone! it's the third day of Camp Nanowrimo and also the third day of my blog challenge: A Post A Day. And I have a special treat for you! it's a guest post by the author of Any Boy But You, Julie Hammerle! Keep reading to find out how she created the world of North Pole, the fictional city the book takes place in.
Also, you can check out my review for the book here: Any Boy But You
Populating the world of North Pole
A little bit of trivia about the North Pole, Minnesota series: The first book in this series is the third one I wrote.
I actually wrote a draft of what will be the second book first—about seven years ago—but the third book in the series is the first one I wrote that was set in North Pole. Book two, then three, then one.
Got it? I’m confusing even myself.
When I signed on with Entangled to write the North Pole, Minnesota series, we decided to do kind of a “year in the life” sort of thing. Book one would be set in January/February, book two would take place in the summer, and book three would take place during the December holidays.
I’d already written the December book (sort of). I was able to take an old manuscript and retcon it to fit into the North Pole world for book two, but I had to come up with book one from scratch.
By the time I started writing Any Boy but You, I’d already played around in this universe. I knew which characters I wanted to highlight in books two and three because I’d already written them. I knew I could use those characters, their families, and friends to fill out the world.
But who would my main characters be?
I started brainstorming—maybe the girl could be the babysitter of someone’s little sibling, or the boy could be the babysitter, or maybe the boy could babysit the girl because she’s a mess and her parents don’t trust her at home alone.
Basically, my first thoughts had a lot to do with people babysitting. No, I don’t remember why.
I got rid of those ideas pretty fast, and I started to focus on the town itself. What if there were two stores of the same kind on Main Street—kind of like where I used to vacation as a kid and there were, like, three craft stores that sold the same wares. What if the families were feuding? What if the kids wound up in a You’ve Got Mail-type situation where they fell in love without knowing it?
The story filled itself out from there—I could highlight as many townies as I wanted as they dashed around town playing the game Oliver created. I could bring in people I already knew from book three for comic relief. I could stealthily set up book two in the epilogue.
I started to think of North Pole as Springfield. In the early seasons of The Simpsons, there are a lot of random one-off characters who show up for one scene or one line, never to be seen again. But as the show progressed, those roles started to be filled by characters we’d already come to know. Why have a random nobody running the bake sale, when Chief Wiggum is right there? It creates a sort of shorthand, bringing in the same characters, using their archetypes and idiosyncrasies to enrich the scene. That’s why Craig (one of my favorite North Pole residents) tends to pop up for comic relief every so often in all three books. He’s everyone’s foil. He’s the bee in North Pole’s collective bonnet.
The seasons and the main characters change in each story, but the townsfolk are the threads who tie the books together.
That's it for this guest post! I hope you enjoyed learning about Julie's writing technique for her book Any Boy But You, and let me know what you think about it. Have you read it yet? Will you be picking up the next book when it comes out?
Again, if you haven't read my review for the book, You can read it here: Any Boy But You
Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will be back tomorrow with another post! Want to know what it is? Check out this post: April's A Post A Day Schedule
Hey everyone! It’s the second day of April, and today’s post for y’all is something that I haven’t done in a really long time: a more discussion, life update post. I think the last time that I really had one of these that were a bit more in depth was last year, in like December.
Anyways, the first thing that’s a huge announcement, that if you follow me on twitter, then you already know is that I’m participating in Camp Nanowrimo this month, which is something that I haven’t done before. I did Nanowrimo back in November last year for the first time, and it was an experience that I really enjoyed, but was also a bit stressful at the same time. I like how Camp Nanowrimo allows you to set your own word goal, or if you don’t want to measure your accomplishments in words, you can also chart how many hours, pages, lines, etc… you wrote which is definitely really cool. For now however, I’m going to stick to counting words, but for next year, I’m definitely thinking about setting a goal of a certain amount of hours. Another thing that I really like is that Camp nano sorts you into a cabin, if you would like, and you can choose to be sorted into a cabin with people of your similar age (which is what I did) or goal or genre (I think).
Now of course, you probably want to know what the heck I’m writing about, and my goals. Well hold your horses and I’ll tell you right now :) Before even knowing about Camp being in April, (which my timing could not be worse because I’m writing a novel and 30 blog posts in April, on top of homework is probably not the most ideal situation), I had read The Distance from A to Z, which I really liked the idea of going to a summer intensive program, and I had a couple books on my TBR list that featured music, as the lifeline of the main characters. I fell in love with both of these ideas, and one day in class, i started thinking of how I could incorporate both into a book, that I would write for Nanowrimo in November. Well my opportunity to write it came now, so, well...I’m doing it now.
The summary of the book is that the main character, Joyce goes of to a summer intensive music camp for singing that is one of the most prestigious programs available for high school students that attracts from all over the world. It is set in New York, and Joyce is from a small Oregon town which is quite a different change in scenery. She meets Cameron, someone else who is in the program and while they have an undeniable attraction, they know they are at competition for a scholarship to another program in the fall, so they stay as enemies. Something happens, and eventually they work over it, and are together by the end. I absolutely love the YA contemporary genre, and while I feel like the book is going to be a bit cliche, I’m hoping to be able to add a bit more depth to the characters and the overall plot of the book. If you have any ideas on what i could add, please let me know because even though it’s only the second day of writing, I’m already out of ideas.
A little update on my personal life. Quite a lot has changed since I last update you on my life, and the biggest one is I started a new sport. I don’t really want to say what it is yet, I want to see how it goes first before i actually say anything, but I will say that I absolutely love it, and hopefully it will be something that I do for the rest of my life. It takes up about 7 hours a week of my life, which is a minor setback as that means i have less time for blogging and writing and reading, and for homework as well as practicing piano. So the main reason that I haven’t been able to blog as much is because this is taking up more time that I originally thought.
Some of you may know that I utilized my planner like it was a life or death situation before...but i’m afraid to say that i’ve let that slip a bit since the beginning of the year. So this month, I’m also starting a bullet journal, which hopefully will allow me to keep everything together and somewhat organized. I have a post near the end of the month that will detail my experience with bullet journalling. Let me know if you want to see it :)
April’s really the month of change, challenges, and trying new things and a bunch of other crazy stuff that i know i’m kind of dumb for trying all this month. But you know, go big or go home so I’m going to take everything and hopefully at least some of the things i do this month work out to be successes.
As always, Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s post where I have all schedule of all the posts I will have in April, and come back tomorrow for a guest post by the author of Any Boy But You. I will see you tomorrow!
Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.