Editing: Editors

Introduction

EDITORS!

There are too many of them, but also, not enough. Today I’ve compiled a list of just a few. These are the people who will turn your work to gold (sometimes).

Editors

  1. Structural: These are the editors who look (shockingly) at the structure of your story and twist and polish your manuscript until it’s completely different and hopefully for the better.
  2. Line: These editors look at each individual sentence and improve them so your story flows better.
  3. Copy: They get into the details: they sort out your grammar, spelling and consistencies in your book’s timeline.
  4. Development: These editors are useful just before publication, they help with moving the story forward and give you guidance before it is completely perfect for publication.
  5. Sensitivity: These ones are new. This type of editor makes sure that you are not going to offend anyone, especially if you’re writing outside of what you know. It’s always great to conduct your own research but a sensitivity editor just checks over all of that.

Conclusion

There are many more editors and you are not going to need them all, (remember these people will need paying) so it’s important to edit as much as you can yourself and know what you actually need improvements on. Good Luck Xx

Further reading

https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/638/self-publishing/editing/

https://www.bkacontent.com/12-types-of-editors-and-what-they-do/

http://greatstorybook.com/the-9-types-of-editors/

 

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Why Social Anxiety is effecting my Hermit Writing.

Hi Guys!

It’s been a SLOW week. Works has been keeping me busy non-stop and I have not had the energy to sit down and write. Partly because I’ve just finished a huge sections following one of my main characters Valsi. Now…I love Valsi, he spends most of the book wanting the illusion of a normal life back but have a pay the price of murdering his wife’s son to do so. What’s not to love?

However Valsi is a drunk, over friendly, funny man. NONE of things are things I am. Honestly writing social situations is almost as exhausting as being in them. And Valsi has to LIKE being in them. Honestly some days I just want to murder Valsi with a fork.

But I finally moved away from him this week and back to my main protagonist, Jaidev. At least Jaidev is as social awkward as me but I seem to have hit a wall in motivation. So it’s a surprise to me that’s I’ve written 7880 words. I’ve never kept an eye of how much I write per week so I have no idea if that’s good or bad but I’m impressed, though most of that was editing for perhaps not as many original words written.

So back to my more main characters Jaidev and Rajiv this week, once I remember how to write them properly. You may have also noticed this is a completely new format for me, let me know if you want more of these writing updates or what I can improve!! 

Editing: When to involve other people

Introduction

You’ve written your book and edited it until you are sick of looking at its words. Now comes the terrifying part: letting other people see it. And of course, this leads to a pleather of questions you didn’t even know needed answers: how do you find an editor? How many editors do you need? Do you need a CP, a sensitivity editor or a proof-reader? Or should you just not bother. But don’t fret, I will traverse with you through this strange world of people you have to paid to read your work. 

Who?

I’m going to be blunt: this is a shortened list, because the world of beta readers and editors is very large and so there will be types that even I haven’t heard of. These are just the main ones I believe are important. The writing world is surprisingly big, shoot me.

·         Proof-readers: Proof-readers do not offer (usually) any advice on the writing or plotting but only are there to correct any grammatical and spelling errors.  Proof-readers should be used up top so none of the other stages need to worry about something so small.

·         Critique Partners: CPs are another name for Writing Buddies. They are fellow writers who, in exchange for looking at their own work, offer advice on yours and often help to give you a kick up the arse to write and actually finish the damn thing.

·         Beta readers: Beta readers are, what else, readers who look over your book to review it from a reader perspective rather than a writer’s. They are usually volunteers who give their opinion on your story and can give interview style questions that you may to improve your work.

·         Editors: this is the biggest category which requires its own blog piece but there’s a general rule of thumb as to who is an editor: they’re usually professionals and expensive.  

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When?

Honestly, it’s up to you. You can shove your first draft into your friend’s hands to read over, or you can rewrite it over and over to your heart’s content before getting beta readers. It doesn’t matter as long as it is when you are ready to do so. You can’t be still making plot changes if you’re also trying to get relevant and genuine feedback.

However, I’d leave anyone who requires paying until last, so that your work is actually the best it can be, because the shitter it is the more expensive it will be.

Reach out

Beta readers are literally anyone you can find reads. So reach out on all your social medias to find people willing to help you. They can even be friends and family. Preferably you don’t want too many as it will be hard to keep track of all the feedback but also don’t just choose anyone, make sure they at least have an interest in reading or else you are both wasting your time.

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Be nice to volunteers

I will say this slowly: Beta readers are using their free time to read over your work without pay. And for that you must love and respect them. They are amazing people trying to help you! Yes, not all of them are going to stick with it to the end and some of their feedback is not going to be so helpful, but it’s always important to be nice and civil with them because they have a right to just leave.

Research

When trying to find editors the first step is simple: look them up. All professional editors will have their own websites with their fees and contact information. But then you have to find the right one for you.

As I have stated above, editors are their own bag of fish, but they are plentiful and varied. It is important to take your time when researching editors. Some editors do the same amount of work for less, but you need to also see the books and works they have previously edited.

Conclusion

It’s always scary giving your work to another human being for the first time but I assure you, your work is nowhere near as bad as that voice in your head says it is. Good Luck Xx

Blog Update: Beating the Horse

Hi Guys!!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. 2018 was an…eventful year, for good and for ill. But I plan on getting through 2019 on top rather than being squashed underneath it!! 🙂

I’ve been manning this blog for a few years now have been doing writing tips for writing for most of that time. And I’d like to peak behind the curtain for just a moment.

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This coming Tuesday’s Tip will be my 226th. It’s kind of hard to imagine for someone can write that many pieces of advice about writing. And the truth is…you can’t. I believe in the beginning, they were all my own ideas, but writing two a week meant I ran out of them quickly. So I started to cut corners. I used author quotes and found whole website dedicate to taking small piece of advice and I just reworded them. I felt if I didn’t get out the tips then something bad would happen (like I said last year wasn’t great).

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But now I come to writing the 227th tip, I just feel drained and cheap. So I want to have a revamp. I’m going to write all the tips myself, but of course that requires changing a few this:

  • For a start they cannot come out at the rate they are right now. I’ve decided to instead release them on alternating Tuesdays and Thursday.
  • I feel trapped by the parameters I set up for myself. I do a lot more than just writing now and if you follow my blog chances are you do too.

And so, to allow myself the freedom to give hints and tips on whatever I want, I’m going to have a name change. Writing Tips are so 2018, 2019 is all about Book Blogger Tips! Small things but it me feel a bit more genuine and real with all of you 🙂

Let me know what you think!!

Thanks,

Kathy Xx

You Only Had to Ask

This Flash Fiction was inspired by Rachel Poli’s Writing Prompt

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“I thought we agreed no more secrets.”

Michal’s words echoed. The tall sunlit archways of the stone corridor should have made it impossible for such a thing. But in the aching silence left when Evan’s sword had sliced through his chest, the words rang around them.

Michal was looking down at the sword that he was impaled on with raised eyebrows only mildly shocked at the betrayal. Outwardly, he didn’t seem to be affected by it at all, still standing and talking as if going about their normal duties. Yet Evan’s arms were beginning to shake on the sword’s handle as Michal’s legs had given out. Only his old friend’s blade kept him standing.

“If you wanted to kill me, you only had to ask.”

Evan laughed, but it caught in his throat making it sound more like a sob. He’d never cried over any of the people he’d killed. He wished it could have stayed that way. Michal always brought out the worst in him but he supposed that was because Michal was the best out of all of them. Even as Evan murdered him, Michal was only upset that he hadn’t told him of his impending doom prior to that moment.

Evan couldn’t hold him up any longer and wrench the sword from Michal’s chest, the sword grating against the hard gristle that it had pierced. Michal was brought into his arms with the force of the action and Evan held him up even then, with his own legs trembling beneath the dead weight. Blood was not an unusual sight to the old soldier but the feeling of the hot thick blood, seeping through his clothes and soaking his chest filled him with shock and fear. As if he hadn’t realised what his actions would cause. Like Michal would walk away from it, like they both always did.

“Orders,” was all he could say, his guilt threatening to close his windpipe. He’d let it, to pay for what he’d done.

And so he held his breath waiting as Michal’s arms fell limp and his voice grew softer, all the while he kept repeating, “you only had to ask. You only had to ask.”

Pain is all I know at this point: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson Review

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world

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I must confess at the time of writing this review I have yet to finish Hero of Ages though I do very much intend to, I feel so comfortable in this series, it’s like slipping into a warm bath at this point, even if it is a warm bath of PAIN, but my schedule doesn’t care about any of that. I will assume that there is a twist coming up that will no doubt make everything even worse for our characters, more so than it already is. Because these books are definitely an exercise in trying to make people go through the worse possible situations, trying to get them to crack. However the reading experience of each book has just kept getting better: Final Empire was great, Well of Ascension was brilliant, Hero of Ages was amazing, (maybe I’m just a sadist).

It’s strange that I’m always surprised by how much the books keep expanding, like new cities with new politics, the kandras, the koloss, everything has a deep lore that we have barely scratched the surface of. This book broke my heart, if you have read any of my previous reviews of this series you may be able to guess why. A part of me really wants to give this book a one star review because of this. However I feel I must give this book a five star review for being so good at breaking my heart.

OH THE PAIN OF IT ALL

I’m going to start sounding like a wind up doll: once again this book just does terrible things to these beloved characters. There is an overwhelming sense of doom from the prologue to the end and its unnerving to start a book that practically screams that it won’t end happily. And I do love these characters at this point and I will be very sad when this is all said and done. I enjoy how easily empathic all the characters are, of course I don’t agree with all of them (and some of them just need to pull it TOGETHER) but Sanderson makes them all very human, which makes it easier, maybe not to agree with them but at least understand them. They all need a ruddy hug and instead they are just punch further into the ground, with everything they have ever worked on being warped and twisted by an invincible villain. All the characters have matured and sobered, just like the description of the land around them – bleak and dying.

Of course at this point it isn’t unexpected there is going to be a twist or two, though usually I’m hard pressed to figure it out, (I still have no idea how this will end). But I did work out a couple of things in this book, long before I think I was supposed to. there’s a certain fun in having the rug being pulled from under your feet with a twist, knowing the rug is going to be pulled is just childish and annoying. But I may have just guessed by chance because I found myself paranoid of EVERYONE in this book, when the enemy can subtly nudge your emotions and thoughts, how can you even trust yourself? There are (however brief) moments of levity in the book, allowing the reader a chance to breathe, and believe me they are necessary.

MY PROBLEMS WITH VILLAINS (VERUS ANTAGONISTS)

I don’t like the term villain. Most ‘villains’ are antagonists. They are not forces of pure evil and the epitome of horror. And those that are, are usually terribly unrealistic because it’s impossible to be someone who is pure evil. Evil is a force rather than a personality trait. Which is why Ruin is so horrifying. It’s just gruesome and powerful and without mercy, of course how do you find mercy in a force? And when that force of pure evil is put in a human form, that’s when you get a great villain.

Worldbuilding: Fauna and Flora

Introduction

Within any story told, a world is created. Even set on Earth, your book needs to show the world around it from the smallest creature to the society and culture of your main characters.

One of the importance aspects of this is the fauna and flora in your book and how it can enhance your writing.

Why Include?

There is a lot you need to put in your story to make it stand out, it’s exhausting I know, and it’s easy to forget the small things. BUT small things, like animals and plants, will help bring colour to your world and of course the small ideas only need small additions to be put in. It’s normal to stick rigidly to just your plot and find when reading it back that it appears all your characters are floating in space. Adding in a few details will help solve this.

What to include?

  1. Food

Of course, shockingly, most of your characters are going to eat at some point. Try adding in a line or two about an alcoholic drink or a stew their mother used to make or just plain fruit eaten on a long journey.

  1. Terrain

The world isn’t just made of buildings and empty roads, there are plants and trees and probably the simplest of all; grass, surrounding your characters and settings. Not to mention the sea and coast line if your story takes place there. From the highest mountain to the bottom of the sea, no matter where your book is taking place, your characters are never alone.

  1. Animals

Animals come in all shapes and sizes and it’s good to include one of each of the main types: predators, prey, domestic (dogs/cats) and farmyard animals.

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How to Include?

Don’t go over board

You don’t need to give the reader a lesson in the zoology and horticulture of your world, it’s not about quantity it’s about quality. Just enough to make your world feel real, not enough that I could write a biology essay on it. A sentence here and there is enough to allow the reader to build your world in their mind without you having to do it for them.

Be Creative

It’s easy to stick to the simplistic: there were trees, the plane was barren. No, no, NO. You became a writer to imagine worlds beyond imagination.

Don’t fight that, write that!

Getting into nature

Think about why certain animals and plants occur in certain areas. You can’t a furless cat living in a frozen wasteland and if you do, why? The plants and animals will build themselves if you know what the weather is like where your book is set.

Research your area

It is a piece of advice for any aspect of writing: If you’re stuck, research. The internet is a pleather of lists of ideas if you know where to look. And I know you know this, but it’s about understanding when to use the internet instead of just not bothering to write.

Reality not Fantasy

If you have set your book within the fantastical realm we call Earth, you’ll find it a slightly easier to find your inspiration, literally just look outside.

Finding Fantasy in the real world

Writing in fictional settings is almost as easy. Anywhere a book is set will mimic the conditions of SOMEWHERE in our little planet.

Conclusion

No matter what genre or type of book you are writing you will always need life in your books. Make sure to remember that it’s the little details that make the story. Good Luck Xx

Just Pain in a Book: Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson Review

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Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. Three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

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When I review books, I like to make notes as I go so I don’t forget anything that comes to mind. One of my early notes was a simple prediction: ‘this isn’t going to end well.’ And quite frankly that summarises my entire feelings towards Well of Ascension. That is not to say it wasn’t a brilliant reading, in some ways much better than the first book. Actually one of the problems I had with this book is the fact I didn’t get to write many notes because I was so busy just being glued to my kindle, telling myself, one more chapter, one more chapter.

From page one, we are back to the races, set a year after Keliser’s and the Lord Ruler’s deaths with Elend as King. And for a while I was worried this sequel was going to be a straight forward fantasy, (not that I would have really minded), but it becomes clear that Well of Ascension doesn’t forget its roots and we get back to the cunning politics and devious people. Because really that is what Final Empire was about, it had fantasy elements but it was about politics and rebellions with magic just happening to also exist. Which is what this book is too, it may well include the end of days but its really about how the Kingdom will survive.

While W of A carries over the same elements of Final Empire, it is not the same book and definitely feels like a continuation rather than a repeat. There are new character interactions that obviously, given the society in Final Empire, could never have interacted and it’s great to see these people bounce off each other in a way we’ve never seen before.

But the best thing about this book is definitely the fact I had no idea where it was headed. Usually I have a vague idea about how a book will end and where the characters are going, (I did with Final Empire), but honestly, all of my predictions were horribly wrong. In a good way though, I probably don’t read enough outside the YA genre to have read enough books with an unhappy ending. But to me it felt bold, how many bad things just keep battering our main characters down. And then when you think it’s all going swell-OH WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT MORE BAD THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

‘Elend: I kind of lost track of time…
Breeze: For two hours?
Elend: There were books involved.’

~Ah the story of my life

The Good

Like I said, the book feels like a continuation and the characters feel the same, Vin especially. She is still very insecure after her life on the streets but she’s maturing and learning still, which is great (mostly) to read about. She, along with the rest of the crew are bitter for Kel’s death, still feeling its effects a year on and even though he is dead, what he did is never forgotten both the good and bad, given he’s left this horrible mess for them to fix. Yeah the Lord Ruler was evil but there was infrastructure and patrols to police bandits and now all of that is gone and it’s Kel’s fault.

The chapters are shorter which I’m grateful for, I prefer being able to have the option to read in smaller chunks.

The villains are perfect, we have quite a few and we’ll talk about Zane later but both Lord Cett and Straff are excellent in different ways. Straff is just a dick and unforgivably evil, it makes him easy to hate and I like that, I’ve read about too many complicated villains with a soul, it’s refreshing to see a straight forward bad guy. Cett definitely takes a more active antagonist role and is actually really fun to hear talk, he’s very blunt and doesn’t have any illusions about himself. I wish we had more time with the council Elend sets up, there are clearly enemies and internal battles going on there that we don’t get to see, but what we do see I like.

Anything else…oh yes, Spook continues to be the best character ever.

‘”I killed their God,” Vin said quietly […]

“I helped too,” Spook said, “I even got my nickname from Kelsier himself! But nobody cares about poor little Spook.”’

~Never change Spook, never change

The Bad

Once again, I had no idea what the hell was going on in any of the fight scenes. And given this book is like two thirds fighting and death, it becomes tiring and I end up glazing over swaths of chapters.

But that really doesn’t matter compared to ZANE. Let me take you on my journey with Zane. Almost immediately I had the niggling sensation of a love triangle between him, Vin and Elend. And I thought Vin would be better than that…BOY WAS I WRONG. I just couldn’t work out why Vin liked Zane AT ALL, he clearly is evil. And yet I had to sit through Vin pining between Zane and Elend, while Elend just sat there telling her he supported her no matter what…you’re a bitch Vin. Seriously, Elend, THE PERFECT MAN, is right there and Vin seems unable to communicate any of her thoughts to him in a way that makes Vin seem so stupid despite how wary and clever she is in the rest of the book. Also, without spoiling anything, the twist with Zane is just jarring and clearly done for shock value. But in the end all of this is for the good, Vin and Elend come out of it stronger than ever before, and after thinking about it, I enjoyed the turmoil Vin went through for the outcome.

‘He found insanity no excuse, however, for irrational behavior.’

~Tell that to Vin, Zane

And the Ugly

So as I started in this review, this book isn’t one I’d describe as happy and the pain I went through for these characters is both horrifying and amazing. I love watching characters not succeed, or rather I prefer my books with high conflict and stakes. This isn’t the kind of book where the characters can avoid every shot thrown at them. But still the amount of characters who die or are severely changed by what happens shocks me. Literally ‘had to put down the book and walk away’ shocked. But everyone who dies, dies for a reason, no one is made just to be killed like so many often are. Even those who live on with the terrible consequences, it’s all for the sake of character development, even if it kills me a little inside.

(At least Spook doesn’t die, that’s all that matters).

Writing: Keeping Consistency

Introduction

Writer’s often suffer from ups and downs in their writing style. It can change dramatically over the course of a book, especially when reading different genres and writing different POVs within the same book. It is a persistent curse when I realise chapter 3 doesn’t look like it comes from the same book as chapter 5 (ones usually a fantasy the other a noir). So here’s a few tips on how to hammer it back into shape.

Writing for your genre

Tone is everything. You may want to write a gory horror, but it could come across as ‘edgy’ and ‘RAWR XD’. Or you may want to write a romance that only comes across as a creepy stalker thriller. It’s important to understand the key aspects of the genre you’re writing in, this is why you should be constantly reading within that genre to help you develop in your own story.

Understanding your style

I’m still a new writer (despite writing for seven years, I’m still new to this) this means I’m still unsure as to how my writing sounds. And so, I find myself almost stealing writing patterns and ticks from other books I read. Not improvements, just lines and ideas I just think sound cool. To combat this, before writing I usually read over snippets of my own work to remember how it sounds before diving back in.

Also, don’t make the same mistake that I did and read books in a different tense to your own work. Seriously, half of my book is in past tense, the other in present.

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Always keep editing

Your own writing is going to be constantly changing on its own despite everything you may do to keep it consistent. And that’s a good thing. If you can’t look back on a piece you wrote a month ago and see how shit it is, that’s a bad sign.

So, keep editing. Make sure everything is kept up to the same level of standard. Once you think you’re done, edit backwards. Editing from the last scene of your book helps you gain a new perspective, as when you edit chronically, you’re usually out of steam by the last page.

POVs

Within your own work you may have different characters you follow the point of view of. Here’s the thing: I hate it when authors essentially keep their style the same between characters. It’s just confusing, these are meant to be different people and yet they think the same, I just think there’s a lot that can be done to distinguish between characters.

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Practice character sentences

But how do you keep those character identities distinguishable? I usually keep key sentences written as those characters to keep myself on top of what they are meant to sound like.

Conclusion

No matter what you decide to do with your book, just remember to be confident within your own writing. Good Luck Xx

The Curse of Hype: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson Review

Final Empire

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

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The annoying thing about going into a book series like this is the standard it’s held up to. I’ve heard people hail Brandon Sanderson as the greatest fantasy author of all time with the Mistborn Series being on par with Lord of the Rings…

It was good, I liked it, but I think I would have liked it more if I’d gone in without any expectations. Right off the bat the book is amazingly involving and engrossing, I mean who isn’t immediately invested in a plot about freeing slaves. But it is a long book, of course, it’s a fantasy epic, but it does make it a quite intimidating read. I’m an incredibly slow reader at the best of times so I had to really push myself to read it.

Also, while I’ve been told again and again this is the best fantasy series some people have read, it’s not that fantastical. It is a low fantasy, a very low fantasy indeed, it’s more about politics and the first half definitely feels like ocean’s 11.

Something I found refreshing was the book wasn’t too heavily invested in the emotional struggles of the characters, not in the way the YA books I usually read commonly are. I know it can be done well, but by God it is done way too often, my poor heart can’t take it. So, this book was a breath of fresh air, focusing more on house politics and devious plans with twists and turns than a ‘heart-breaking’ love triangle. That is not to say there weren’t emotional stakes, it just doesn’t feel like the emotional state of the characters is the most important thing in the world. These characters are definitely more rounded and stable than the people I usually read about which makes them instantly ten times more likeable.

I do have to say I find all the fight scenes really confusing, I have no idea what’s going on, but I think that’s because the magic system loves its rules and I just think if it held back slightly, it would be easier to see what is happening.

 

“How do you ‘accidentally’ kill a noble man in his own mansion?”
“With a knife in the chest. Or, rather, a pair of knives in the chest…”

~Just casual murder and fun things like that

 

WORLDBUILDING AND SO MUCH LORE

From page one it opens up the wider world bursting with life, class, politics and mythos, it really keeps you hooked but mostly (we’ll get back to it) it doesn’t bog you down in worldbuilding. It’s given to the reader on a more need to know basis, so while you’re never really confused it is obvious there’s a lot more to this world than you know, which I like, its spread out rather than dumping it on you all at once.

At first I liked the magic system as it felt very straight forward, all the rules were explained and grounded. But as I continued to read, and more rules and philosophies were attached to it, I wished the reader could be left to fill in some of the gaps themselves. It’s too much science for my fantasy tastes.

Now, most of the book is fine when it comes to exposition, except for the ending. I get it had to be done to make the end reveal work, but it just felt like it was page upon page of people explained new information to each other with too little time to actually do it naturally and in the end, it just exhausted me.

 

“You should try not to talk so much, friend. You’ll sound far less stupid that way.”

~I intend to use this in my everyday life

I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS

What this book does so amazingly well is its characters. The main characters, Vin and Keliser are easily empathetic without even trying because they let you into their lives immediately and the authors knows their flaws, rather than trying to hide them as if they are perfect people. This means I let a lot slide that normally irritates me.

I usually have a lot of issues against main characters who are without reason are extremely powerful, but with Vin, who ticks this red flag, it doesn’t bother me. I think it’s because Vin is very paranoid and hurt by past experiences, like actually hurt rather than the atheistic hurt most main characters are labelled with. Here. there are actual stakes and consequences if Vin messes up. People, both she and I care about, can and do get hurt.

Again, another cliché I hate, the star-crossed lovers, is done well here. For starters they don’t immediately fall in love with each other, like the other is the most important thing in the world, it’s more that they get along. Plus I like the love interest, Elend is snarky and an active character, rather than just a pretty face.

But no one is pretending the other main character, Keliser, is perfect either. In fact he’s worse, and the characters know it, they even openly discuss it. He is horribly stubborn to hate the nobility, just as much as the nobility hate the skaa and he’s proved wrong, which I loved because I was calling him out the entire book!

The rest of the team is great, they are unique and eccentric making it easy to hear their distinct voices. Spooks is also adorable, I just want to say it, he’s very sweet.

 

“And Vin liked solitude. When you’re alone, no one can betray you”

~Oh my sweet child, you need a hug

THE ENDING I KNEW WAS COMING

Annoyingly I knew where the book was going because, (without giving it away), the thing that should happen in Act 3 started in the beginning of Act 1. It worried me greatly and I called it, I knew what was coming, but once again it didn’t irritate me. It wasn’t because of any betrayal or anything to tear at the heart, it happened because of human error and I prefer to not have to roll my eyes when Evil McEvilson finally betrays them.

Rating: 4 stars

I can’t wait to read the next one!