GOOD VIBES

GOOD VIBES PIC

 

Recently I was given the opportunity to blog for a writing curriculum that I’m an alumni of. The One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) curriculum is something that helped me in my writing pursuits the most, and is what taught me what I needed to know in order to get moving. It’s fantastic, and if you’re ever in the market, this is what you need.

Writing for the blog was a challenge, but also was incredibly enjoyable. I was asked to write about this idea that as writers (and not only as writers, but as readers of writing) we jump to this automatic place where the first thing we do is criticize the thing we’re looking at.

We book bash, we say “if only” this and “but” that. We say, “I don’t normally read this kind of thing…” and we discredit the fact of other people enjoying it because of that. But reading is personal, and writing is personal. And so there is, in my opinion, no reason for any of this. I don’t hate any book I’ve ever read, because I love books. 

This is one of the topics that’s the most important to me when it comes to reading/writing/books/blogging/anything literary, so I’m glad I got to write about it.

Interested in reading more? You can find the post I wrote for OYAN here. 

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The Lost Girl of Astor Street Clue Hunt, Clue #: 2

I know what you’re here for: your next clue. Because you’re a detective, right? And detectives look for answers.

Well, I have some for you. But! Patience is a virtue. So read on.

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  • Author: Stephanie Morrill
  • Publisher: Blink YA Books
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre vibe: Jazz age society mystery!
  • At a glance: Piper’s best friend has gone missing. Mysteries just don’t get solved fast enough, so Piper takes matters into her own hands, looking for answers in a lot of the wrong places.

So the One Year Adventure Novel program is a thing that I did, and their Summer Workshops are a thing that I have attended. This is where I met Stephanie and heard her speak–and then I met Piper.

This is a book that just feels very nice to hold onto. You know the sort. Just the right heft and weight and amount of pages. And to top it all off: she matches my outfit.

lostgirlFast forward a few months of somehow managing to ignore the ARC I was so lucky to acquire, and here we are nearing the launch date, and I’m given the honor to join in and help send Piper out into the world. Enter Linnea, stage right, furiously reading. But this was by no means a difficult task.

This book is amazing. Jazz age YA fic is kind of my gig, and there’s not a lot of it out there, and even less of it that’s a mystery. So this book was like an answer to my little bookish prayer.

This will come as a surprise only to newcomers: It’s super hard for me to fall in love with Strong Willed Female Characters. This is generally perceived as a shortcoming of mine. And, true to form: Detective Cassano is my favorite thing about this book…HOWEVER.

Piper Sail is a glorious creature. Sometimes, characters with her type of situation and even her temperament make me want to pull some hair out along the way, but I can’t remember a moment I was annoyed with her. I enjoyed her position as a narrator, I believed her decisions and emotions, didn’t ever hate her for looking for answers, and I didn’t feel cheated out of a poignant story moment because she was being “~driven~”, and that ends up not being her only character trait, as well, which is a bonus.

That being said: Detective Cassano. If miss Piper is a standout lady detective, Cassano is her perfect match in a multidimensional, easily-fallen-for supporting role. The twisting roles he plays in getting Piper her answers thicken the plot quite nicely–and just make him all the more fantastic.

It’s difficult to review the plot of a mystery without screwing it up for everybody, so let’s just skip to the end, shall we? Stephanie was amazing and allowed me to have her fill in my wrap-up points for this post, so before you get your clues, have some authorly insight!