It's time for my monthly update on all things happening in the Writer's Nest!
What I've been reading
Diana Wynne Jones is one of my all-time favourite authors, and as soon as I saw this collection of essays, I knew I had to buy it. *goes off to reread Howl's Moving Castle again*
I'm a huge fan of Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant series, so I knew I'd love Demon Road. Amber thinks she's an ordinary teen, until she turns into a demon. This could have been cliche and predictable, but as it's Derek Landy, the story is anything but. This is a fast-paced page-turner with snappy dialogue, dark humour and creepy monsters. I'd thoroughly recommend this fun, dark paranormal adventure.
Queen of Shadows is one I've been looking forward to for a long time, and as I predicted, it swept me away from the first page. This series has developed so much from the world shown in Throne of Glass, and I was so invested in the characters, I barely paused while reading this 600-page book. Despite the book's length, the pacing is great, with every character getting their chance in the spotlight. While I predicted early on how the love interest-subplot was going to develop, it's handled maturely and doesn't detract from the thrilling, action-packed plot. There were so many heart-stopping action sequences, badass characters and thrilling twists. My only criticism is that I thought things wrapped up a little too neatly for Book 4 of a 6-book series--but given Maas's exceptional writing skills, I've no doubt she has great plans for the last two books!
I picked up this book on a whim because I was in the mood for great fantasy. Luckily, Twelve Kings delivered! The world-building is fantastic, and the intrigue kept me turning the pages.
I loved These Broken Stars, and I was so excited to read the sequel. This Shattered World follows two teenagers on opposite sides of a vicious conflict on a terraformed planet--Jubilee, a soldier, and Flynn, one of the rebel group native to the planet. Again, I was completely swept away. This is an action-packed read from the outset, and the character development is fantastic. This series always leaves me with a major book hangover, and with some intriguing threads left open, I'm excited for the third instalment!
What I've been writing
I sent first-round edits on Darkworld 4 back to my publishers.
I did final edits on Books 2 and 3 in my YA post-apocalyptic superhero-fantasy series, which I finally got to announce!
Total words written in September: 41K (+ 13K added in edits)
What else I've been up to
Plans for October
- Demon Heart (Darkworld, #3) releases on the 19th. :)
- Final edits on my YA post-apocalyptic series.
- Final proofread on Collision (Alliance, #3). Formatting and pre-order upload. Order proof copies.
- Finish this draft, and start another one (I'm still deciding which project to focus on next!).
And in next month's newsletter: Demon Heart release, Collision pre-order, and more information about the Indestructible trilogy. :)
Plans for the rest of the year
Darkworld Book 4 is with my editor, so I should hear back about Round 2 edits at some point. Also, cover art.
Speaking of cover art, I got the designs for the first in my YA post-apocalyptic trilogy!
As I'm launching Indestructible in January, I'll be doing the final proofread, formatting, and making promo plans.