I loooved Sally Green’s ‘Half Bad’ trilogy – I ended up finishing the last novel just before I started this blog, and Green took the series in a completely different direction to where I thought she was going with it. So I was really excited to find out she had a new series coming out! I grabbed my copy of ‘The Smoke Thieves’ not long after it came out – I’m also trying this new thing where I actually read new books I’ve bought rather than let them sit on my shelves for years.
After hearing so much hype about this novel when it first came out, I bought it to add to my to-be-read pile. Where it has stayed for the past two years. Then when I was checking out the list of authors coming to the Hay Festival this year, I saw Sarah Crossan’s name on the list. She was also going to be there on the same day as my favs Derek Landy, Holly Bourne, and Jojo Moyes. It was fate – I had to finally pick up ‘One’ and give it a read so I had an excuse to go and see Crossan as well. Seeing as I now don’t live that far from Hay-On-Wye, I kind of had no excuse not to.
Recently, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about bad things that have happened to me in the past. Mostly to do with both my relationships, as both partners were emotionally abusive. Mistake #1 was worse, but Mistake #2 was showing the same type of behaviour after only two months or so. Ever since I’ve realised something horrific about that first relationship, something which I talk a little about in a previous blog post, I just keep getting these horrible flashbacks to bad stuff that has happened to me. After reading some wonderful blog posts on the same topic from my friend Around the Ward in 80 Days, I thought I’d also commit my horrific memories to print in the hopes that it will help someone else realise what they’re going through isn’t right. I would also recommend taking a look at Holly Bourne’s “How Do You Like Me Now?”
So last month, just like the month before, was focused on editing my first novel. I was actually a lot closer to finishing my first readthrough towards the end of last month than I thought I was! I was also surprised that there was a much more cohesive plot throughout the whole thing, as I thought that there were large chunks missing. Though it was clear that I’d rushed to finish the ending, as pretty much the last chunk of chapters weren’t very long, and only really gave me a vague idea of what I’d wanted to have a scene about.
I was sooo excited to read this book! After that fantastic finale at the end of ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’, I was eager to see where Sarah J Maas would take these characters next. Though this next instalment in the series was bittersweet, as I didn’t realise that this was only a novella. Which in hindsight makes sense, because the last book did seem to tie everything together nicely and felt like an appropriate place to end it. I was still going to read this book, though!
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