What I’m Reading: Fat Vampire by Adam Rex

Young Adult book review: Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story, by Adam Rex

I picked up this audiobook on a whim before a long road trip, mostly because it was available, but also because it sounded interesting. Fat Vampire follows Doug, a fat, fifteen year-old with very low self-esteem as he attempts to adjust to his new life.

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At first, I thought the book was quite funny, and I was interested in Doug, in seeing him become a better person (or vampire). But in the end, I found his lack of growth a bit off-putting. My favorite character was Sejal, Doug’s crush and an exchange student from India. This book was a case of secondary characters being stronger than the main character. This book may have worked better if it hadn’t been written mostly from Doug’s point of view, since after a while he just felt whinny. It wasn’t a bad audiobook, it was well read with a fair bit of action, but definitely not among my favs.

3/5 Stars

JEH

Conferencing the Weekend Away

I spent the past weekend at the annual When Words Collide readers and writers conference. This was the third time I'd attended, and, as always, I had a great time. I got to listen to various speakers, some of headliners being Guy Gabriel Kay and Jennifer Estep, who both write genres I love. I had plenty of time to visit with friends and meet new people, and even stayed out late to listen to some up and coming writers read their work.
If you love reading or writing, and have never been to conference like that before, I highly recommend it. It will be an experience you won't forget.

JEH

Writing 365,000 Words in a Year Update #28

Well, it’s been a long time since I updated. Probably the longest gap yet. I’ve been feeling pretty guilty about this, yet telling myself that it’s alright because it’s summer and that means I’m on summer vacation, right?

Wrong.

A goal is a goal and I’ve been slacking. A lot….

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As you can see from the chart, writing has been sporadic at best. This weekend I’m blaming it on spending most of my time building a patio. But that’s done now, and I have four weeks left to make up 60,000 words. The good news is that I already signed up for the 3-Day Novel Writing contest, which means I will likely write at least 20,000 words at the end of the month, during those last four days I gave myself. I’m also going on real vacation – the kind one gets at a day job – this Thursday. First stop is a writing conference, which will hopefully get my mojo going and most of those words written.

Meanwhile, I’ve also spent a bit of time taking pretty pictures of my books. What do you think?

Here’s to a very busy month. I hope your own goals are going well.

JEH

 

What I’m Reading: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Young/New Adult Book Review: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Either Young Adult books are becoming more and more edgy, or there really needs to be a new category of book. I vote for the later. There has always been edgy fiction, but these days there is a certain class of fiction that has young adult characters, is shelved as young adult, but has very adult themes. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios is one of those books. Exquisite Captive is a paranormal fantasy that follows Nalia, a Jinn, on her quest for freedom from her captor.

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I listened to this book as an audiobook on a solo road trip last month. I really enjoyed it, but looking at the other reviews out there, at lot of people did not. Their main pet peeve seemed to be the somewhat abusive relationship in the book. Now, in my opinion, and abusive relationship is not a reason to put down at book (unless you’re a really sensitive reader, I’m not). How that relationship is treated may or may not be. As I don’t believe the relationship is glorified in any way, I didn’t find it a reason to stop listening. I liked the book, so I kept going.

For fans of darker young adult fiction (the stuff that is often called New Adult), such as Sarah J. Maas or Laini Taylor, Exquisite Captive may be for you. Of course, there were somethings I didn’t love about the book, like how it things just kept not working out. I mean sure, it’s fiction, that happens, but it was almost like that happened one time too many.

Still, it was a pretty decent book. Exquisite Captive is the first book in a trilogy, the third book of which was release in February this year. Which is great, since sometimes I just hate having to wait for all of the books to be released.

JEH