Jennifer and Christopher Martucci hoped that their life plan had changed radically in early 2010. To date, the jury is still out. But late one night, in January of 2010, the stay-at-home mom of three girls under the age of six had just picked up the last doll from the playroom floor and placed it in a bin when her husband startled her by declaring, “We should write a book, together!” Wearied from a day of shuttling the children to and from school, preschool and Daisy Scouts, laundry, cooking and cleaning, Jennifer simply stared blankly at her husband of fifteen years. After all, the idea of writing a book had been an individual dream each of them had possessed for much of their young adult lives. Both had written separately in their teens and early twenties, but without much success. They would write a dozen chapters here and there only to find that either the plot would fall apart, or characters would lose their zest, or the story would just fall flat. Christopher had always preferred penning science-fiction stories filled with monsters and diabolical villains, while Jennifer had favored venting personal experiences or writing about romance. Inevitably though, frustration and day-to-day life had placed writing on the back burner and for several years, each had pursued alternate (paying) careers. But the dream had never died. And Christopher suggested that their dream ought to be removed from the back burner for further examination. When he proposed that they author a book together on that cold January night, Jennifer was hesitant to reject the idea outright. His proposal sparked a discussion, and the discussion lasted deep into the night. By morning, the idea for the Dark Creations series was born.
The Dark Creations series, as well as the Arianna Rose series, are works that were written while Jennifer and Christopher continued about with their daily activities and raised their young children. They changed diapers, potty trained and went to story time at the local library between chapter outlines and served as room parents while fleshing out each section. Life simply continued. And in some ways, their everyday lives were reflected in the characters of each series.
As the story line continues to evolve, so too does the Martucci collaboration. Lunches are still packed, noses are still wiped and time remains a rare and precious commodity in their household, but it is the sound of happy chaos that is the true background music of their writing. They hope that their work, though penned for a young adult audience, will be appreciated by the young of every age, and that all enjoy reading it as much as they enjoyed writing it.
on May 08, 2014 :
The book got off to a good start with the attack on Lily which had action and tension and made you think that this was going to be something really good. Sadly we then switched to Arianna and her mother and that quickly changed.
I hated the characters in this book. Arianna's mother was a selfish bitch who does nothing but drink and introduce random men into the trailer that she shares with her daughter. She doesn't give a damn about her daughter's safety and barely remembers that her daughter is starting school. It's no surprise with this role model that Arianna is a pretty cold character who doesn't have much charm about her and is rude to everyone. And of course on her first day at school she manages to make an enemy of Miss Popular and makes an impression on the hot guy. Honestly, this seems to be the only plot that YA authors can come up with! Can't we see something a bit different??? The school is full of snotty bitches, obnoxious teenage boys and the town is full of weirdos, perverts and witch hunters. Lovely!
Most of this book seems to be the bad behaviour of her mother, Arianna and most people she meets being rude to each other, Arianna breaking the rules and crashing her bike. I was bored by this before we even got back to the witch hunters. The book was slow and for me, too much time was being spent on describing things that weren't very interesting like her mother's love life.
I prefer books where I like the characters and root for them so this series is most definitely not going to be my thing.
(review of free book)