Let’s Talk About YA Stuff.

Book 'Reviews', Memes, Thoughts

YA is such a prevalent genre these days. Why? It’s awesome. Let’s talk about it.

This is the Voice of YA Tag created by Caitlin LambertMelissa Gravitis tagged me (thanks!) So here we go:

Here are the rules:

1) Thank the person who tagged you
2) Link to the original creator
3) Answer the ten questions
4) Tag AT LEAST two other YA writers/bloggers



#1 – What draws you to YA?

I think its the variety. Literally, you’ve got fantasy, dystopian, historical fiction, contemporary… all the times and places and things. But not just with adult characters, but with characters in my age range. Often times, they deal with things I struggle with or know about, and I learn from that.


They’ll also struggle with things like dragons and super powers and murders and overpowering dictators. Which, you know, I can’t relate *that* much too, but hey, you never know. Tomorrow I could discover my hidden powers, slay a dragon (or make friends with one) prepare to go on a quest but be held back by an oppressive dictator with an army of unicorns and labor camps. *shrug*

#2 – Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you? 

They’re often a mess, but outlines are my BFFs. I love them. It helps to have a wide overview of where the story is going, not just where its going to take me. Although, the latter does happen quite often.


#3 – How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I’ve been writing since the third grade, where I wrote about a lady bug who lived on an island and there was a waffle stand, a cave with crystals, and an evil cupid flying through the sky. Spoilers, but she ends up on a cruise to FLORIDA (gasp) as the cliffhanger.

You’ll have to wait for book two to see what happens next. 😉


But I’ve only been writing seriously since November of 2015. That’s when I took a look around, realized I was writing a series, and wanted to do the thing write. I buckled in, learned about editing, tried to find a community of writers, and started blogging.


#4 – What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

Need? I “need” music. I can write without it, of course but it’s so nice to have my soundtrack playlist going for whatever specific thing I’m writing.


I but things I actually do need are trusty macbook and/or a notebook. Preferably my mac, as I’ve been typing away on this thing since 2012. The majority of my 300k words that have been written during NaNo over the past years have been written on it.


#5 – If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be? 

Write, even if it sucks. Do NaNo and write a crappy 10k story. Explore ideas and stories and places, and write what you have “in your heart” to write. You’ve gotta start somewhere. No one writes a beautiful star studded absolutely perfect manuscript their first try… even if it does feel like gold while it’s coming out of your fingers.

So yes. Writer, go write. Lay down the iPhone and whatever else distracts you. (creative people? Get distracted? pfft…)



#6 – What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

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Weel… I’d have to say Storm Siren by Mary Weber. I’ve since finished the series, but seriously… that plot twist had me wanting to drive to the library even though it was closed and late at night. O_O

#7 – What books are you most anticipating this year?

Meep. There are so many books that I want to read that already have been published, that it’s hard for me to say! I’ve not looked much into books coming out this year. I’m still catching up on YA books most people have already read. XD

But, that said, I’m most anticipating Renegades by Marissa Meyer, or The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson.


#8 – In your opinion, what YA book/series has the most unique premise?

Excluding Harry Potter because, pfft, it set the stage so much…


I’d have to say the Lunar Chronicles. It’s just so… odd. Fairy tale retellings set in the future and on the moon and with andriods?! I mean really.


#9 – What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit?

I am so horrible at keeping track of quotes… thankfully Goodreads is wonderful at it.

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#10 – What book do you most hope will have a movie adaptation?

I’d have to say the Lunar Chronicles all the way. It would be so stinking cool to see that as a movie. I might be too busy fangirling and pointing out any inaccuracies… but so cool.

ALSO: Not really a YA book, but I think the Percy Jackson series deserves a better movie. One that doesn’t make me want to cringe and scream and point at all the things they messed up.

Ya know.


I know this is Heroes of Olympus, shhhhh.

Thank you so much for reading!

If this tag looks cool and want to do it, feel free to do so! Takes some of the questions… take half of the questions… just whatever you do, link me to your post so I can read them, too. 😀

See you all next Sunday. ^.^



The Rise Tour// A Time to Rise *GASP*

Book 'Reviews'

TWO DAYS GUYS. It two days time… it will be here. A Time to Rise.



Welcome to the The Rise Blog tour. This blog tour will cover all the books in the Out of Time series… leading up to the RELEASE of A Time to Rise.

Guys I’m so excited. This series, if you haven’t read it before, it ISN’T your standard, creepy, hopeless Dystopian. It’s an amazing, intriguing dystopian with real hope, not just depend-on-the-15-year-old-girl-to-save-us-all-hope. (I wrote a post on the Christian Dystopian genre, because that’s my genre. You can check it out here.)

We’re on our third and FINAL WEEK. That means we’ve reached the climax in the story and in the tour. Meet the cover to A Time to Rise.


If you haven’t read A Time to Speak, it’s probably better you shouldn’t read this review. Unless you don’t mind me talking about the blurb and how AMAZING THIS BOOK IS.

What more can you sacrifice than your life?

Parvin Blackwater is dead.

At least that’s what the Council and the world thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.

Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?

This book though… it really met my expectations and GAH. I really enjoyed it.

Things I enjoyed:

Parvin’s faith walk grew, and she struggled, and she grew some more. It encouraged and inspired me the whole way as she, quite literally, trekked across the globe. Solomon and Parvin grew and IT’S SO SWEET AND PERFECT MERLGH.

Also, Willow really hit me hard this entire book, too. Dang. Happy tears, but they were a long time coming. Her and Elm? :’) I loved that she even carried through with Kaptor and Frenchie’s subplot.

And let’s talk a bit about Skelley Chase. This man… the entire novel my throat was clenching up because I could not decide how I felt about the dude and then? You must read this book as it… wow.

It’s beautiful. Brandes really worked out each well-rounded rounded character plot and tugged my heart strings numerous times. I was tearing up about 40 pages in, and let’s not mention me sobbing at the end.

But not only that, just about every chapter ends with some form of gut-wrenching cliffhanger that makes you think, “Gosh, I’ll just read one more chapter.”

It’s a vicious cycle. Vicious.

If you haven’t ordered it yet, it comes out in two days. If you pre-ordered? Lucky lucky you, the pre-orders went out early. 😉

A Time to Rise

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If you want to find out more about Nadine, you can do so here:

OH and hey, there’s a Facebook party happening on the 18th. There will be copies given away of books at said party, sooo… 😉


FREAK OUT WITH ME: Have you read A Time to Rise yet? Are you planning on it?