Books,  Work-In-Progress

April Reading & Writing Update

Updates Time!! 😀 

I had another sad reading month. Lol! Four books read and I didn’t really like any of them. >.<

23: Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories To Stir Your Soul
Author: Nikita Gill
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed: No
I’m suspecting she’s just not the poet for me. I’m not a fan of this free-form word-vomit style at all, and I can’t stop feeling like her poetry is a little shallow – like she doesn’t really believe what she’s saying but really wants to. Maybe she does. I’m just saying I don’t feel it. We all know I love fairytales, but this felt like a chore and like it would never end. There were a couple of things I really liked, but overall, I wasn’t enjoying myself.

24: To Make Monsters Out of Girls
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed: No
Yeah, I’m not a fan of this style either. I call it Picasso Poetry. It’s very fragmented and all over the place, which isn’t for everyone. I don’t know what it was trying to say. I couldn’t connect to it, which I think had more to do with delivery than style. Also, this came with a long list of trigger warnings, and well, I didn’t see a one of them. Maybe it was in the puzzle pieces somewhere, or maybe it just wasn’t clear enough. The whole book is her talking about this abusive relationship she was in, and I can’t tell how it was abusive. I’m guessing emotionally?

25: The Kingdom (ARC)
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Rating: 2 stars
Reviewed: Yes
So, this is about a “human”-android “hybrid” in a crazy futuristic theme park setting. I thought it would be more Stepford Wives – humans with computerized components – and it’s more Westworld – straight up bio-engineered robots – and I hate Westworld so much, you don’t even know. I’m 100% anti-sentience for A.I. and I couldn’t get on the train with this. I hated it. That said, it was well-written throughout and interesting for about 22 pages, before I couldn’t take it anymore. Like I say in the review, if you like sentient robots, go for it, you’ll probably like it, but I don’t, so unfortunately, this is a hard no for me. The android girl “falls in love” and…no. Her programming makes her so stupid and creepy, and I didn’t believe for one second that she wasn’t actually just glitching out, so I’m 100% behind theme park on this: kill it, and I couldn’t care less how.

26: Last Girl Lied To (ARC)
Author: L.E. Flynn
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed: Yes
This was not nearly as interesting or as dark as it sounded. I felt like I was reading obsessive journal entries. The main character had no range, and she constantly whined about her weight and obsessed about this guy she liked and some nutty destructive chick she was friends with for a brief spell who vanished, presumed dead. It was super unsurprising, though the author worked overtime to deceive me and over-hint in equal parts. There were multiple completely unnecessary scenes, rehashing events the author already told me in detail, which made the book way longer than it needed to be. I absolutely didn’t like this, but it was easy to read, went quickly, and was interesting enough to finish, so I didn’t hate it. Maybe I just don’t know what an “emotional thriller” is, but if this is it, it’s not exciting. YA contemporary is probably my least favorite thing. I would not have read this if I’d known it wasn’t thrilling.

So, as some of you know, I’m currently working on three projects. A poetry book, which is just waiting for finalization, and two paranormal projects in the early stages, but far enough along to talk about them. ^_^

Project #1 – Pinewood Falls – about an overworked seer hired to solve a string of odd paranormal events in an isolated mountain town. Though she’s overworked and exhausted to a relatively extreme degree, MC Larkin is possibly one of the nicest MCs I’ve ever had, which is naturally the exact trait that puts her in danger. 😀

Project #2 – “Rewrite” – things fell apart pretty early on when I first wrote this two years ago. I literally only kept the first two chapters, which I, of course, needed to rewrite and move around. The previous version left me feeling totes crazy, and I’m happy to report that things are going much better this time. ^_^ So, I’m finally comfortable saying that I’m rewriting “The Puppet Box” which is about a sorority girl who becomes unhinged at the start of junior year after getting a puppet box from a strange dude at a carnival. 😉

I’m currently further along in “The Puppet Box” but there’s no deadline for either project, and I’m taking a “fun first” approach, kind of a variation of the “write without fear” quote. I can’t really get myself to write without fear or worry, but I can have fun, which still results in less worrying overall and more writing whatever. It’s going well. 🙂

Happy May!! ^_^


  • tyreanmartinson

    I’m sorry you had another sad reading month. I loved your take on the AI book and the theme park – I just had to laugh. I’ve felt that way about a few characters in books.
    Your projects all sound super intriguing. I’m looking forward to reading them! (But, this is not meant to pressure you) Happy Writing!

  • Christine Rains

    Bummer about the not so great books. Hopefully May will bring you some good reads! I had a couple good stories, but some very interesting non-fiction which I don’t often read and should. Good luck with the projects!

    • Krystal Jane

      May looks really good on paper! I read some interesting non-fiction last year. Haven’t read any yet this year.

  • Jodi

    Yay for Puppet Box! I read a chapter or two of that story sometime ago (was that last year, maybe?), and I was totally sucked in.

    Bummer about all four books being a miss this month. I’m with you, I’m not into sentient robots. I don’t think I feel quite as strongly about it as you do, but I do find them boring as MCs because the story may as well have happened to a fancy can opener.

    I agree with Michelle, I enjoy your book rants the most. 😛

    • Krystal Jane

      Yay Puppet Box! 😀

      Lol! Yes, I feel quite strongly about it. I like movies where they get out of control, but don’t try to convince me that those things have feeling! Lol! I love the fancy can opener imagery. ^_^

  • Tonja Drecker

    Looks like a bad reading month. If only every book we picked up was a great read! And wow, aren’t you being productive? I’m a little jealous 🙂 May the writing swing stay in motion a long time for you!

    • Krystal Jane

      I’m being productive? ^_^ I just want a scanner to wave over any book I’m thinking about reading so it can give me a percentage on how likely am I to like it. Is that so much to ask? Netflix does it. Haha.

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