Jessica L. Brooks
Jessica L. Brooks is a lover of books, coffee, and all things owl-dorable. She writes young adult books about near-future dystopia (Pity Isn't An Option, Cozenage #1, available now) and magical realism (the Flora series, If I Speak True, Flora #1 & By Sun and Candlelight, Flora #1.5 available now), and loves to serve virtual cookies.
Connect with Jessica on her blog, Let Me Tell You A Story, Tumblr, or anywhere else on the interwebs by doing a search for her username: coffeelvnmom.
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Open Thy Heart
Summer in Shaver is boring, until Dahlia's Embarrassing Incident seems to set a ball rolling in Ambrosia that brings everyone's secrets out of the woodwork. When conflict arises between the Townsends and Rochforts, Dahlia realizes that the truth--not secrets--is their greatest strength. Little does she know, however, that the biggest secret is yet to come.
By Sun and Candlelight
A threat, a missing book, a traitor, and an attack. Even when you choose the light, things aren't always so black and white when they involve matters of the heart.
Rowan has some decisions to make.
If I Speak True
After ten years of strange, lonely dreams, Dahlia Kennedy is convinced they can't get any weirder. Then, on her sixteenth birthday, she meets someone. It doesn't take long for Dahlia to realize her connection to the mysterious Rowan is beyond physical. But... is this real? Is HE real?
It's only a matter of time before the truth comes out. And, as secrets go, this one changes everything.
Pity Isn't An Option
Seventeen year-old Jonas' blood disorder has taken away everything that matters. Sixteen year-old Hattie's father has gone and lost his marbles. But when Jonas' perfectly healthy twin brother and Hattie's crazy dad are drafted into the President's army, Hattie's dad disappears. Jonas and Hattie embark on a journey to find him, and find something they'd lost long ago in the process.
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- The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
on March 09, 2013
This compilation of information is priceless. Really. I can't imagine the time it took to put all of these facts together! I am adding it to my very short list of writing material that will always be recommended to any writer who asks which books they should keep handy at all times. They even went above and beyond... Like the additional note/descriptions at the bottom of the "sympathy" category, for instance: physical signals between males listing reactions guys might have! Love it. Highly recommended!
on April 03, 2013
"Today I'm officially brave, which is what you are when you're scared but you still show up."
4.5 stars. I came across INVISIBLE while perusing Amazon a few weeks ago (it was and currently still is available as a free ebook). Seeing as it was
1) a young adult book
2) written by an indie author
I knew I had to check it out as I am an indie YA author, too. I wasn't prepared for the kind of story Cecily wrote, to be honest. The blurb pretty much explains the jest of the storyline; but when you read INVISIBLE, feelings come into the picture, too. You feel how Jazmine feels. You get how numb she's become, how lacking the relationship between her and her mother is, how sad it must be to not allow herself to have emotions most of the time.
I don't want to give anything away, but this is one of those books where you want to applaud for the MC at the end because you're so proud of how much she's learned. Cecily does a great job of getting you inside Jazmine's head. The Secret Garden references are neat, but most of all I truly enjoyed watching the little bubble Jazmine kept around herself expand and grow wider, allowing more people and feelings in the further the story goes. The book is a little slower paced through the first half, but as these types of stories go, it wouldn't work if it wasn't. You have to get to know the "before" Jazmine in order to see how far she's come.
One last quote:
"Later, as I'm supposed to be copying safety rules for using the power drill off the board I'm secretly and strangely happy. I never realised before that when someone says 'see you at lunch' it feels like sunshine."
And that's how this book feels by the time you reach the end: Like the darkness around Jazmine and her mother is gone and the sunshine is beaming down on you, empowering you to move on.
Sidenote: Cecily is from Australia, so there are a few references that kind of throw you off if you're from the US, but they're hardly worth mentioning.