This is something of a lie. There is no next part of this story this week. In theory, I have time to get the next chapter lightly edited and scheduled, but, in actuality, I’m putting myself into pretzels over Tuesday’s review, so I’m choosing to forego posting Sisters this week so I can write that review and then recover from it. And then write Thursday’s review, which isn’t quite so much fun.
Normally, reviews are relatively easy. A quick 30 minutes of writing a brief description in my own words; what I liked and didn’t like about the characters, setting, and story; and then finishing up with an Overall section at the top. But Tuesday’s review is for a novel by one of my favorite writer bloggers. I’ve adored their short stories and flash fiction for the past few years, so, to say I was excited when they announced their upcoming novel, would be a gross understatement.
Technically, I’ve been closed to review requests since the summer, but I couldn’t not jump on offering everything I have to offer to Will Soulsby-McCreath and Merry Arlan: Breaking The Curse. Today I’m honored to have posted an interview with Will and tomorrow is my review.
This review has been twisting me up for the past few days. Trying to make sure my review is perfect for a book that touched me in so many ways. Trying to just do a review that does the book and the author justice. Trying not to let my adoration for the author’s writing and stories to not get in the way too much. Trying to express how much I love this novel without simply posting: AAAHHHH! You’d better read this or else!
Yeah, I don’t think that would go over too well. At least, not in the context of what my reviews usually are, which is, um, less shouting and more detailed (or so several authors have told me).
Anyways. I feel so blessed to have gotten to know and read authors like Will, authors who start off with posting their writing online and then finally publishing their novels. But it does make writing the reviews surprisingly agonizingly difficult. How do I write a balanced review when I’ve already fallen in love with that they can do?! Which might explain why I still haven’t written a review for Jennifer M. Zeiger’s Quaking Soul. I can’t figure out a way to do write a review to do the book justice, so please wish me luck as I work on wrapping up my review for Merry Arlan: Breaking The Curse.
Well, check back tomorrow to enjoy a review of one of my favorite novels this year. I hope it won’t sound like a crazy person wrote it.
In the meantime:
Catch up on Sisters of String and Glass
Check out Queen of the Garden of Girls