I’m so pleased to be a part of the blog tour for CINDERELLA NECROMANCER, and to bring you a guest post from the author, F.M. Boughan! See below for information about the book and author, and of course, for the guest post!
For months, I was champing at the bit, hoping to get an ARC of Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight. The cover is beautiful, I love YA, the title reminded me of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and the author is a hoot on Twitter. So, I wanted the precious. WARNING: If you have not read the book, this review contains information some may consider spoilers.
Thanks to F.J.R Titchenell, Matt Carter, and Twitter, I have the opportunity to be a part of the book cover reveal of Splinters, the first book in The Prospero Chronicles.
So, without further ado, here is the cover:
Yesterday, I read this article called “The Gatsby Curve: How Inequality Became a Household Word.” I initially clicked on the link on Twitter because it mentioned The Great Gatsby, and since I’m a nerd, I’m a sucker for when people use literature to explain things in society (see original tweet below).
I read the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. I should correct myself though and say that it is “young adult literature.” I suppose, though, my problem is that I’ve read so many series recently (Hunger Games, Matched, etc.) that I’ve sort of grown tired of the post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre.
However, I will say that I did enjoy reading the finale of Roth’s series. I was surprised at her choice of ending, and that was actually refreshing. You see, when one teaches literature, one is often stuck in a rut of “Oh, this is going to happen,” and one figures out the ending before it happens, and one also analyzes every character’s archetypal meaning…but I digress. I said that the ending was refreshing, but her choice of the dual narrative is also refreshing. The finale of the Matched series utilized the same perspective-changing method, but it was less effective, likely because Roth’s prose is much more balanced and, well, in some places, just beautiful.
At any rate, if I had to choose my favorite dystopian trilogies, Roth’s is right up there with The Hunger Games. Even THG had the issue of becoming over politicized at the end, and I feel that with the focus more on the characters’ perspectives, reactions, and interactions than the political/social subtext, Roth may have just succeeded where Collins fell short.
So. While I’m not commenting on literature in the traditional/canonical literary sense, at least I’m writing, right? Baby steps back to writing more…baby steps to being a real blogger…