Let’s Talk: Must-Have Blogging Tools

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If you ask me what one of the biggest surprises I’ve had from blogging is so far, my answer would be the amount of time and effort that it takes. When I started a year ago, I didn’t expect that there would be this much to do in any given day! There are the posts (brainstorming, drafting, writing, editing, formatting, scheduling), the images (sourcing, creating, editing), the social aspect (commenting, replying, social media), the actual reading… the list goes on and on.

No matter what your blog is focused on, it takes a lot of time and effort to maintain it.  I don’t post every day and already I spend maybe at least an hour or two daily doing all the above, and I know people who spend triple or quadruple that. Blogging is a demanding business, and personally speaking, it takes dedication to stay committed to it and to work hard at it.

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Book Review: Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

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Title: Nevernight (2016)
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle – Book 1
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Fantasy
Extent: 434 pages
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

Review

Reading Nevernight is a bit of a strange experience. As you can tell from my rating for the book, I actually liked it, but when I looked at my notes, I had more complaints than I had praises! I don’t think that’s ever happened before, but there you go.😛

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Book Review: The Yearbook Committee – Sarah Ayoub

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Title: The Yearbook Committee (2016)
Author: Sarah Ayoub
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 330 pages
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads Description

The school captain: Ryan has it all… or at least he did, until an accident snatched his dreams away. How will he rebuild his life and what does the future hold for him now?

The newcomer: Charlie’s just moved interstate and she’s determined not to fit in. She’s just biding her time until Year 12 is over and she can head back to her real life and her real friends…

The loner: At school, nobody really notices Matty. But at home, Matty is everything. He’s been single-handedly holding things together since his mum’s breakdown, and he’s never felt so alone.

The popular girl: Well, the popular girl’s best friend… cool by association. Tammi’s always bowed to peer pressure, but when the expectations become too much to handle, will she finally stand up for herself?

The politician’s daughter: Gillian’s dad is one of the most recognisable people in the state and she’s learning the hard way that life in the spotlight comes at a very heavy price.

Five unlikely teammates thrust together against their will. Can they find a way to make their final year a memorable one or will their differences tear their world apart?

Review

The blurb of The Yearbook Committee reminds me of The Breakfast Club — essentially five students from different cliques forced to spend some time together and then later become friends. It also reminds me of Riley Redgate’s Seven Ways We Lie, which is a really great example of how multiple perspectives can add to a story. This book, however, is a little shakier, a little more confused, and overall weaker than those two titles.

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Book Looks: A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir

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Title: A Torch Against the Night (2016)
Series: An Ember in the Ashes – Book 2
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Description:

A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

Read the first lines… 

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