Friday, 25 August 2017

[AUGUST UPDATE] Cephalopod Book Club & Goals







This month it was difficult to choose between the two novels I read. In the end I've gone with Katie McGarry's Dare You To, Book #2 in the Pushing the Limits series and actually my favourite to date. The honourable mention was Nyrae Dawn's Façade (Games, #2). Click HERE for my full GoodReads review of Dare You To, which contains spoilers.

I wasn't really sure what I would think of this book, since I'd recently re-read Book #1 and remembered why I loved it...and why I didn't. I can't remember Book #3 very well, but I think I'm safe in saying Dare You To is my favourite.

A problem I had with Book #1 was the patheticness of the heroine, Echo. Beth is a totally different kettle of fish; she's no shrinking violet, and doesn't faint against walls or black out. Wow, what a meanie I am! Poor Echo. ;) But seriously, I like that Beth didn't need to be constantly caught (literally, caught before she fell over) by the sexy hero. Ryan also gets major stars for not calling Beth "baby". He didn't, right?! I only remember Noah doing that with Echo... Disclaimer: I love Noah.

Dare You To cracked me up on many occasions - Beth's language is just as foul as mine (well, okay, I'm worse), and she was so fiery. Her early exchanges with Ryan were hilarious - she was a real force for him to reckon with. I also found it refreshing that Ryan was the 'innocent' one in this story, as opposed to the usual 'good' girl / bad boy dynamic in this series. Ryan was still sexy, so there was no letdown there. But Beth taught him a thing or two about life. That said, of course I adore bad boy characters - as long as they're not total assholes.

I remember reading Pushing the Limits and always wishing that Echo would become more of a rock for Noah. The school counsellor did that instead, while Noah was always having to be Echo's rock. Not that he was complaining. I was the one complaining. And I'm not really sure that Beth went much further in this regard than Echo did, but she had her moments. It was such a relief when she finally realised Ryan was right about her fear of having a new life...and possible happiness.


One downside to this read was seeing Isaiah so forlorn, but since I knew this gets addressed in Book #3, it wasn't really a problem.

I gave this book five stars!

This is the GoodReads blurb:

"If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs-until the day her uncle swoops in, and Beth finds herself starting over at a school where no one understands her. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does. 
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. 
But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image is risking everything for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...."


Currently Reading: City of Glass,
Book #3 in The Mortal Insruments series
(a re-read so I can finally read the last three books).








First up, some news! There is a new blog for this blog hop, rather than us going straight to Misha's blog. Check out the new Do You Have Goals? blog, and join our hop if you want to have some extra motivation for achieving your goals. :)

Now, some updates on my own creative goals:

  • Music - Somehow I believed I had recorded a song for our new album that I had never even downloaded the instrumental track for. Apparently I hallucinated an entire thing where this song was totally done already. So I still have one more song to do... Thankfully, Billy is happy with the other two, so no more work required on those!
  • DAPHNE - I'm continuing to post stuff at Absolute Write. I've had a lot of help from people with my opening few scenes for DAPHNE. It's been a hard slog (and isn't over yet), but I feel like I'm finally getting to the right place with the opening scenes.
  • Critique Partner! - In other exciting news, I appear to have found myself a new critique partner, one of the ladies who's been helping me on AW. So that's great! I'm excited at the chance to start getting some more in-depth and focused help on my work again, and to give said help in return.
  • ON THE OUTSIDE - I've been revising the first chapter of OTO, which has been driving me nuts. As usual with my stories, there's a lot of bloating that needs culling, and the first scene possibly needs to be merged with a bit of the next scene. I've whittled it a lot so far, but have a way to go. I wanted to post it on AW for critique, but my perfectionist self won't allow that till I've got it into better shape.

So, that's about it for August. How are you all going with your various creative / other goals? And yes, I have some catching up to do with your blogs too.

21 comments:

  1. Awesome on all your goals! Its all great news!

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  2. I don't read much in this catagory as a tend to like a little supernatural in my books but glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I like supernatural stuff too - but I am a big fan of contemporary character-driven romance.

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  3. Hi Trisha - good luck with the extra track for the song - oh how often do we do things in our heads - but never actually do them ... mine is usually writing letters that need to be done. Great you've found a critique partner - now good luck with the other two projects - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary :) I hope you get some letters written soon!

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  4. Ooh! You did great! It's a bit weird that that song just disappeared. (I'm going to assume you didn't hallucinate it.)

    But maybe it's meant to be so you can do it even better. :-)

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    1. Quite frankly, I think I probably did. haha. The version I had in my head sounded strangely similar to the old demo I originally sent through to Billy. So I'm thinking I just imagined that I had done that song, for some strange reason. :P

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    2. I'd been listening a lot to that demo so that probably got in my head as a finished product. It is quite a 'lush' sort of demo after all, with many tracks to it.

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  5. The Limits series sounds intense.
    I haven't made it past book 1 in the Mortal Instruments yet.

    You're doing great with your goals. Keep it up.
    I have several of my own, some going well, others not so much. Still, I move forward.

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    1. It was a hard slog getting through book 3 again. She did that whole Jace/Clary thing rather ickily if I do say so. Just a tip if you're interested and haven't seen the show - the TV show does that stuff much better, so it's far less icky. :)

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  6. Way to go!!! You rock! Best wishes in September with all that you do!

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  7. Congratulations on finding a CP. Good ones are wonderfully rare, I hope it works out for you.

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  8. You are getting things done Trisha! Congrats.

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  9. Yay for finding a critique partner! Too funny about the song. I've done that to scenes in books a couple of times :-)

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  10. The book sounds interesting.

    Sounds like the writing goals are on track. Way to go!

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  11. Sounds like a fun book. Pretty in Pink, kinda, but with more intense back stories?

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  12. Great to have a good critique partner who understands your writing. Good luck on the new book and edits....and song. That's so cool!

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  13. Sounds like you're on top of things!

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