Today we will be discussing YA, Series, Podcasts and some more fun music so buckle up!
First things first, I promised you a YA series and another series I just finished up. The Chronos Files series is by Rysa Walker and I fell upon these for free as part of Kindle Unlimited’s offerings. Loved them! Book one, Timebound introduces us to Kate, a normal 16yr old (or so she thought) and her time-travelling historian grandmother. Who doesn’t love time-travel, cults (though it feels more like scientology-esque), love and adventure? A really interesting aspect of this story is that Walker isn’t afraid for her characters to meet themselves or people who know them in different timelines. That can be super tricky to pull off but she does a fabulous job. Kate’s grandmother is sick and has basically recruited her to chase down a rogue ‘historian’ who has joined a whole group of people intentionally changing history. I devoured these as audiobooks (also free on KU) and love the voice actor. Great news that she will also be reading Walker’s new series The Delphi Effect. This one just came out about government conspiracies and paranormal abilities. Again, what is not to love? So on my temp scale, these are hot commodities so give them a listen or read and you won’t be disappointed.
Which brings us to 8 bodies is Enough by Stephanie Bond from the body movers series. I have waited forevvvver on this book it seems. You have Carlotta, whose parents left her as a child (as in disappeared one day amid allegations her dad stole a TON of money) and her younger brother Wes (who is always in trouble), a semi-disgraced coroner Cooper, smoldering detective Jack and a whole host of other characters who come and go. The main story arc is searching for her parents and the truth about the money as well as her mixed up love life. These are shorter books so you can read them in an afternoon if you want. I sped through the first few and the how much I liked them has been up and down. They’re kind of like watching your guilty pleasure tv show on Bravo. HOWEVER, I am so disappointed in this last installment. It has taken a long time to get to the real truth (we are on book 8 after all) but it was basically ok, here’s what happened and we’re bringing the real ‘monsters’ down in about 2 pages. Every question is wrapped up and answered but it felt like a conclusion dump and was just unsatisfying. I won’t even go into why her final love choice seems out of left field. I’m glad that she didn’t leave anything hanging but this just felt like an Epilogue that was made to be book length. Just lukewarm for me.
I have really been getting into Podcasts lately as I think I’ve mentioned. There are a couple on NPR I follow but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a few others I’ve come to love. If you’re a bookworm and haven’t discovered BookRiot, you need to get out from under your rock! Not only do they have some great articles and cool clothes (Poe-ka dot socks anyone?), but can I be Liberty Hardy when I grow up? I noticed that every book from the Book of the Month Club I used to get turned out to be her picks and so looked into who she was. Enter BookRiot goodness. She and Jessica from BookRiot do a super fun podcast called All the Books about new releases and books they love. Get Booked is a great podcast they also do where you can ask for book recommendations and they actually answer you with 2 or more choices. (I was irrationally happy when they recommended Rules of Civility by Amor Towles the other day. LOVE That book). So yeah. Check out BookRiot and thank me later. There is so much book loving goodness you may never leave! Another great bookish option is “Book Club Appetizer”. It is about 30 mins with a book club suggestion and then an interview with the author. There aren’t as many episodes of this one but it’s good.
If you’re currently writing anything, you need to also check out a few podcasts like “Writing Excuses” by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells. 15mins of writing techniques that are so helpful! “Creative Writing Career” by Stephan Bugaj (formerly from Pixar), Justin Sloan (videogame writer) and Kevin Tumlinson (author) has great writing advice with special guests in a 40ish minute format.
SHEW! That was a long one today so thanks for waiting for it! I’ll leave you with a fun new artist this week. With great songs like “Halloween”, “Beckett”, and “Lela’s Stars”, Walker Hayes made me laugh with “You Broke up with Me” and “Dollar Store”