Writing

Camp Nanowrimo

It’s that time of year again! April Camp Nanowrimo starts in three days and my plan for the book I’m going to write is so far non-existent. I’ve done a lot of planning for the first book in the planned trilogy, the one I thought I was going to rewrite in March before Camp started (spoiler alert: it didn’t happen) but haven’t quite done the planning for the second book yet. So I’ll be finishing the planning and then apparently writing both books in April.

Well, I always do like to set myself impossible goals.

Luckily I’m in a cabin with other members of my writing group (who I met in a Camp cabin) and some new members as well so it’s a pretty busy cabin. All the activity in the cabin is both inspiring and guilting me into finishing my plans for both books. I also use mywriteclub to keep track of my writing goals.

And I’ll be trying to post more regular posts on here as well.

Like I said, impossible goals.

Books

Dark Metropolis

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder’s mother is cursed with a spell that’s driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city’s secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they’re not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

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Books

Legend

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

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Books

Frost Hollow Hall

‘The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer-looking flowers. And they were very definitely shut.’

Tilly’s heart sinks. Will’s at the door of their cottage, daring her to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Rumour has it that the house is haunted . . . Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. But Tilly never turns down a dare.

Then it goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks, Tilly falls through and almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful angel appears in the water and saves her. Kit Barrington’s ghost.

Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death, so that his spirit can rest in peace. In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It’s all about the dead here, she’s told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets . . .

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I finished this book in a day. I wanted to know what happened next and how the mystery was solved. It was easy to read but in a different way to Alfie the Doorstep Cat.

I loved Tilly. She was impulsive and emotional, her emotions felt very real to me and she didn’t get on my nerves (too much). Her complicated relationship with her family was part of the story and of Tilly’s character without taking over. With Will I didn’t get the feeling like she was intentionally avoiding the issue, or rather the author was intentionally writing around the issue in order to build the tension, it felt like Tilly had other things to worry about rather than her love life at the present time.

In general it worked out for all the characters and it may have been a little too neat and perfect, but I think a lot of the characters earned their happy endings. I thought the secret would be something else but the foreshadowing was done well and the mystery kept unfolding at a nice pace.

I really liked this, it was a thoroughly enjoyable book. Five stars!