I don't have a lot to fill in up there, but here, that's a different story. I'll will be brief, however so as not to bore you.
I am a 33 year old, full time, working mum. My husband stays home with my 3 boys. He cleans the house and cooks me dinner, to put it plainly, he is awesome.
My kids are fantastic.
Oh, and I love writing, but up until now have never taken the time to do it like I wanted to. My inspiration is Brent Weeks and a friend who got me into NaNoWriMo. Thank you, you know who you are.
Well, bye for now and watch this space, because believe me, it will change! :)
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- Who Will Save the Planet?
on June 16, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, curled up in front of my computer, whilst my teenage boys were cooped up in their room not caring one bit about the environment as young Jason Saunders does.
I was a little sceptical at first, as I have my own opinion and beliefs about Global Warming. But, the character development and the way Jason 'grew up' was wonderful. McLennan certainly spent more time focused on the growth and learning of the characters, namely Jason and the PM, rather than the politics of it all. The author did a wonderful job of keeping you focused on the issue, yet ensuring that you stay attuned to the characters and their feelings and ideals.
Jason is a true teenager, believing he is right and sticking strongly to his passionate plea for the PM to be in favour of emission control targets. But, he isn't so naive that he cannot think about the consequences of his choice once he has more facts.
The family dynamic was just wonderful. The fact that he could be upset at his parents, but still ask for their guidance shows a good family background. A nice change from the single families I often find myself reading about.
This is a story that our teens should read, if for no reason than to spark some passion about their futures in their dear hearts.
Well done, McLennan, may your next book be as wonderful.
- Hell's Mercenary
on June 16, 2013
This is a story about Arliah. A young woman who lives in hell, but can switch between worlds without very little consequence. We are told little about her through the story, at most times having to guess at what she could be and how she may be related to the, assumed, tyrannical Tobias.
Although a lot seems to be happening, by the end of the story, I found it wanting. I think the trick here is that this is the first book in a trilogy, but alone, it is not a complete story.
Knowing that this was the first book for this author, I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt. All I can really say is that West was very brave publishing this book in its current state.
There were several grammatical and spelling errors, not to mention the cliches spilled throughout the first few chapters. I found myself reading words on pages and not fully engaged with the characters or the story. I also found that there were issues with the flow of some parts, forcing me to re-read sections.
In my opinion, this book could do with an overhaul to make it more robust and round it off so that it stands alone without the need for its counterparts.