Wednesday, March 20, 2019

I Blew It

My New Year's resolution was to write one blog post a week. Not only did I miss that mark, but I didn't manage a single post for the entire month of February.

So now the question is: Do I get back on track with my resolution and try to write that one post a week? Or do I succumb to the fact that I'm just not going to do it?

Black Lilies is currently at 118%. It's turned into one bad dream where I'm running and running but not getting any closer to my destination. I stopped updating my word meter because, what's the point? I'm doing an author's booth for Jamboree Days in July, and months ago I assumed I'd have Black Lilies at the event too, instead of Chasing Echoes alone--my one hit wonder. But now I'm having to face the fact that Black Lilies might not be ready in time. Even if I finished the book tomorrow (which I won't), the process of editing, revisions, beta reading, publishing...that's all going to take months. 

I'm being house-blocked at every turn. The time I should be spending on writing has been devoted to home improvements. Right now I'm painting all the ugly brown wainscoting in my house white, and it's turned out to be the most grueling project ever. Why can't I be one of those writers who's perfectly content in a whatever-house? Why do I have to want everything pretty? Like, I'm sure Hemingway was surrounded by total disarray and filth, yet continued to happily tap away at his typewriter.

Cornerstone by Misty Provencher

Holy crap, I just figured out how to post my Goodreads book reviews here on my blog with one fail swoop! I can't believe I've never done this before. You seasoned book reviewers are probably laughing at my ignorance. Anyway, now that I know how to do this, I'm slowly going to transfer all my book reviews here. I'd eventually like to delete them from Goodreads. I just don't think it's in an author's best interest to leave reviews on Goodreads...especially the occasional poor review. Or am I wrong about this? I could use an outside opinion.

Anyway, onto my review:


  Cornerstone (The Cornerstone Series Book 1)Cornerstone by Misty Paquette / Misty Provencher


*0 stars* DNF at 50-some %.

This book started off so awesome. I was goose-bumpy while reading the first chapter because the plot is super unique and the exposition executed so well. Nalena's obsessive-compulsive mother with her non-stop writing--not to mention her insistence on hoarding every sheet of paper--is totally mystifying. You just know as a reader there's more to all this than a mere psychosis, and you can't wait to find out what's really going on. I enjoyed Nalena's personality in the beginning, because though her mother embarrasses the bajeezus out of her and has created a lifestyle that most would consider intolerable, Nalena loves her mother and rolls with the punches. She's a normal teenager dealing with some heavy bullying issues at school, but she's also a good daughter.

Then Garrett enters the novel, and the entire thing plummets. I can not even begin to describe how much I hate insta-love in YA lit (or in any lit, for that matter). But I could have coped with that if it wasn't followed by chapters and chapters of Nalena obsessing over Garrett, thinking about his gorgeous skin or his amazing smell or deep blue eyes or how badly she wants to kiss him....it goes on and on and ON. If this isn't enough, Nalena loses her entire personality. The protagonist who started out as a relatively strong teen becomes this overly emotional, angsty, weepy thing. Garrett can never say the right thing without Nalena's entire world crashing down because "He doesn't really like me after all." It's nauseating. Like, girl, have some self-respect. Why do authors have to ruin a perfectly good strong heroine by having her entire existence suddenly wrapped around a boy?

Long story short, Cornerstone went from something special to yet another contrived, boring teen romance. I just can't suffer one more minute of Nalena's whining and salivating after Garrett like a dog in heat. Sorry.

As usual, I find it unfair to hit an author with a one-star review when I never finished the book. Who knows...maybe if I had kept reading, the whole thing would have redeemed itself. So, as to not effect this author's average rating, I'm awarding this one 'no stars.'

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