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This Or That: Book Genre Edition

Prose or poetry?

I’ve read more poetry this year because I took a contemporary poetry course in university. I’ve also written a lot of poems this year as well. But I love reading prose more than anything.

Young adult or adult?

This is tough. Some of my favourite books are young adult. Now that I’m older, I enjoy more mature stories as well. That said, it’s easier for me to relate to young characters.

Romance or paranormal?

I’m not the biggest fan of either. Please don’t come for me. Depending on my mood, I’ll probably reach for a romantic story instead of a paranormal one.

Fantasy or mystery?

These may be my two favourite genres in general. I’m a huge sucker for mystery stories. I can’t write one to save my life though.

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Game’s End – Natasha Deen | A Book Review

Game's End - Natasha Deen

Title: Game’s End

Author: Natasha Deen

Genre: YA Paranormal

About the book: The third novel in a trilogy. I received a copy through the Goodreads giveaway program.

First impressions: It took me time to get into the story’s world. I haven’t read the first two books, so I didn’t know what happened previously. But once I got caught up and had a better sense of the world, I enjoyed the plot more.

Summary: Maggie Jackson has a lot on her plate. She’s a guardian helping people transition from one plane of existence to another. But when more people start dying, Magge finds herself at the center of it all.

Characters: I like the cast of characters because they’re different and flawed in their own way. They also develop over the course of the novel. Maggie is the female protagonist. Like the author, she’s a person of colour. I liked the banter between the group of friends: Maggie, Nell, Craig, and Serge. The varying relationship dynamics work well together.

Quote:

“Sometimes trying to avoid your destiny brings you to it.”

Conflict: In hindsight, I probably should’ve read the first two books before this one. I still understood the plot about soul-eaters, but having more backstory might have helped me better appreciate the book as a whole.

Writing: The language is simple and straightforward. Deen does a good job on the dialogue. I wouldn’t have minded more description or worldbuilding. Even though I spotted a couple of formatting errors and missing punctuation marks, there aren’t any major errors.

Final thoughts: The ending answers some questions, yet poses new ones. If you’re looking for a quick read with supernatural elements, give Game’s End a try.


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Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld | A Book Review

Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld

TitleAfterworlds

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Genre: Paranormal (Young Adult)

About the book: It’s told in alternating chapters following a young writer’s journey as well as the ghost story she wrote. Darcy is a young writer who has her novel published. Her story is about a girl named Lizzie who wills herself into the afterworld during a terrorist attack. Then everyone falls in love fairly quickly.

First impressions: I like the concept of a novel within a novel. Unfortunately, that also sets up the likely possibility I prefer one storyline over the other.

The beginning was promising. I liked the first chapter of Darcy’s novel because of the action and suspense. The scene moves along quickly. Then the book slows down.

Characters: Darcy has to navigate the city of New York as a soon to be published novelist. As a writer myself, I enjoyed and related to her struggles as a writer. She isn’t extremely confident about her writing. Who is? She has to suffer through edits and rewrites. Who doesn’t? Lizzie deals with being able to see ghosts/spirits. In fact, one is living with her. She tries to help Mindy move on from her unfortunate past.

To be honest, I enjoyed Darcy’s journey as a writer more than Lizzie’s experience with ghosts. I’m not the biggest fan of paranormal, especially when there’s romance involved. I’m even less of a fan when two characters meet and love each other immediately. Darcy and Imogen fall in love quickly. Lizzie and Yamaraj fall in love even quicker.

Quote:

“The things we write, they aren’t always really us.”

Writing: There are indirect references to NaNoWriMo, which makes me happy. Westerfield balances description and dialogue. Although the beginning is strong, the story slows down in the middle. The book weighs in longer than an average YA book at 600 pages. Then again, it’s basically two novels in one.

Final thoughts: I went in with high expectations because I liked Zeroes so much. That’s why I thought I’d enjoy Afterworlds a lot. I still like the premise of a novel within a novel. In general, I found the story relatable. I hope other young writers will too.

Let me know what you think about the novel in the comments down below. Have you read it? Will you?

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A Q&A About Book Genres

Questions. Answers. Book genres.

What’s your favourite genre?

That’s a tough one. As of right now, I have to say thriller. Any type. Legal, medical, even political. I’m not the biggest fan of politics, even though I took a class in high school. Shudders.

Least favourite?

Romance. Or anything remotely resembling it. Thanks but no thanks. Maybe when I have a boyfriend, I won’t roll my eyes while reading romantic scenes, but I can’t make any guarantees.

What genre(s) do you write?

Realistic fiction because contemporary young adult is all I know how to write.

Which ones do you read?

Almost everything. You name it, I probably read it, unless the book involves two main characters falling in love within the space of two pages.

What do you want to read more of?

Historical fiction hands down. I don’t read enough about history, but whenever I do, I tend to enjoy the story.

Read less of?

Chick lit romance. Duly noted.

The first genre you fell in love with?

Realistic fiction in general. I went through middle grade chapter books like a girl with nothing better to do. Because I had nothing better to do.

Any you’ve fallen out of love with?

I used to read manga and comics. I haven’t fallen out of love with them per se, but perhaps I’ve fallen more in love with other genres. Maybe I’ll pick them up again in my retirement.

The genre associated with your favourite book or author?

Young adult fantasy and science fiction. I’ve come to appreciate these books more than I used to when I was a narrow-minded kid.

The genre associated with your least favourite book or author?

I kid you not, it’s a young adult fantasy and science fiction. Huh.

The most hit or miss genre in your opinion?

This might explain my two previous answers. Fantasy and science fiction by far. The author either hits the mark or misses it completely for me.

An underrated genre?

All of them. Sports fiction specifically.

Most challenging genre to read or write?

An epic fantasy because I don’t have the chops to pull that sort of book off. Exhibit A: what’s world-building…

As always, I’d love to know your answers in the comments below. Or you could write a blog post answering the questions above.

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The Gathering – Kelley Armstrong | A Book Review

The Gathering - Kelley Armstrong

Title: The Gathering

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Genre: Fantasy (Young Adult)

About the book: It’s the first in the Darkness Rising trilogy. Strange things start happening in a small Vancouver Island community with unexplained deaths and deadly secrets. A normal girl in a normal town realizes she isn’t all that normal and her town isn’t either.

First impressions: I felt as though the beginning read more like a contemporary novel with the main character attending her local high school where everyone knows everyone. Not much happened early on.

Characters: Maya, the protagonist, is flawed but likeable. She is trying to figure out her own background and history while dealing with the weird things happening in the present moment. I could not for the life of me picture how anyone looked like. I wanted more character development overall, so I could get to know everyone a bit better.

Quote:

“But I don’t want to see you beating yourself up every time you make a mistake.”

Writing: Armstrong really loves the word “though”. The writing is simple, easy to read. I do wish the author described people and places in greater detail, however.

Final thoughts: I hoped to have more answers by the end. Instead, I just have a ton of unanswered questions. But I think this book probably sets the stage for the sequel. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a realistic story with relatable characters and elements of the paranormal.

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