Book Review: A Different Kind of Courage by Sarah Holman

51OplPfEXoL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_A Different Kind of Courage is a book that was full of surprises. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I began reading, but needless to say, this book now ranks high in my top 10 historical fiction books.

 

Plot/Storyline: 5/5

Not only was it historically accurate, but extremely engaging. And, I felt like I learned a ton about the Revolutionary war era.

 

Characters: 5/5

One of my favorite 1st person stories ever. Somehow, Sarah was able to write it so that even though the readers are in William’s head, it feels like you are living in the other character’s heads as well.

By the way, Selah is awesome. I want to meet her.

 

Writing: 4/5

Prose could have been tightened in some places, but no huge complaints.

 

Dialogue: 4/5

Sometimes a bit jumpy and hard to understand, but that was mostly as William was listening to others talk.

 

Want-to-read-ability: 5/5

I couldn’t set this book down. It was SO good. I stayed up WAY TOO LATE finding out what happened to William and Selah.

 

This is an amazing story. Any history lover will appreciate the little details thrown in here and there, and even if you don’t love history, I bet you’ll like this book.

Book Review: It Took a War by Emily Ann Putzke

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I have been wanting to read this book for a good long while, so when I was given it for Christmas, you can guess at my excitement. I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

 

Plot/Storyline: 5/5

The internal/external conflict was perfectly played out in all the characters.

 

Characters: 5/5

I really liked all of them. And I want to know what happens with Coralie and Levi!!!

 

Writing: 5/5

If I didn’t know that this was the author’s debut novel, I never would have guessed it. The writing style is beautiful and I was completely drawn in from page one.

 

Dialogue: 4/5

Well done.

 

Want-to-read-ability: 4/5

About halfway through, this story really took off and didn’t let me put it down. It was amazingly good!

 

One thing I really loved about this book is all the little details that the author threw in. It totally made the book. The author obviously spent a lot of time researching for this novel, and it is easy to see the difference it made.

 

Happy New Year!

Back up a moment…perhaps I should start by saying Merry Christmas. :)

How was your Christmas? For the first time in four years, we had a white Christmas…I was SO excited!  Did anyone else get a white Christmas?

My parents gave me a sweet little Kindle Paperwhite, which I absolutely love. I’ve never had an e-reader before, other than the Kindle app on my phone, and I must say that I’m thoroughly hooked. Of course, I’ll take a hard copy any day, but if I must read an e-book, the Paperwhite is the next best thing.

Also, I got three paperback books, which I have already read. *sheepish grin* They were all A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

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I have spent the past four days totally relaxing. Trust me, it has been divine. I lost count of how many novels I’ve read, but it was at least seven in a three day period, all of which I’ve been wanting to read for some time but haven’t had the chance to. And, thanks to my new glasses, I was able to read for hours upon hours without going cross-eyed. :)

Purposely, I put writing away for those four days. It was hard, but I’m glad I took the time off. My brain was exploding with ideas (halfway good ideas, too!) for my stories. And since I’ve allowed myself to write again, I’ve been typing up a storm!

Happy New Year! :)

I Finished NaNo!

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I am extremely excited to announce that I have completed, and won, my first NaNoWriMo. Considering that it took me 3 years to write 120,000 words, I am pretty proud of myself for persevering and getting through 50,000 words in one month. In fact, I finished the month of November out with a grand total of 56,000 words. Yipee!!

I estimate that the story is about half done. I am hoping to have the remaining 44,000 words completed by the second week of January. Then edits will begin. Yay. My least favorite part of this entire writing deal.

My ultimate goal is to have Clara’s Story (which will likely be getting a new title) published by June of 2016. I am going to have to push myself, but I think I can do it.

At the beginning of this month, I told myself that I desperately needed a break from Never Alone #1. When you’ve been working on something for a solid two years, it is hard to look at it with anything other than, “I JUST WANT TO BE DONE!!!!!”

It was hard, but I didn’t allow myself to look at any documents that had anything to do with the trilogy. Don’t get me wrong…I was thinking about the story as much, if not more, than when I am actively working on it. I missed my characters terribly!

Something funny happened about three weeks into November. I was furiously typing away at Clara’s Story in my writing cave (bedroom) when my fifteen year old brother walked in. After chatting for a few minutes, I whined, “I miss my characters from Never Alone sooooo bad!”

And my dear bro, logical as he is, raised an eyebrow in that my-sister-is-a-nut-job way and, very slowly, said “Then open up the document and say hi.”

Though I giggled at his logical-ness, I didn’t heed his advice until November 30th. :)

 

Books I read in November: Ha! Maybe two.

Books I plan to read in December: The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman, Through the Tunnel by Rebekah Morris, Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, A Different Kind of Courage by Sarah Holman, Counted Worthy by Leah E. Good…those are a few that I am mostly looking to. Others, such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit I am not so excited about. :)

This blog post is getting very long. Kudos to you if you’ve read this far. :)