Book Chat #29 – YA Scifi, A Newsletter Exclusive, Chris Fox, and More!

S. J. Pajonas January 26, 2017
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It appears that I can’t trust Amazon and their embeddable code anymore for my Book Chats, which is annoying because it was EASY. But I just looked back at my last Book Chat to remember where I left off, and more than half the images are broken. WTF? I give up. I’m going to download them and upload them to the blog. Sigh. Never easy!

What I’m reading…

Currently I’m reading RED WINTER by Annette Marie. It’s a fantasy series set in mythological Japan! So, of course, I got it and started reading it immediately. I’m already enjoying it with only a couple of chapters in. My reading time has been very limited lately, so this one may take me a while to get through.

What I read…

I managed to finish two books since we last had a Book Chat! THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner was a good way to end the Starbound series. Though I caught a few inconsistencies and the heroine had this knack for making decisions that boggled my mind, I really enjoyed this book. I looked forward to reading it every chance I got. I must say that I’m going to be more careful about buying from traditional publishers and always use the Look Inside. This book was poorly formatted. I have a lot of trouble reading books that are not fully justified, and when the right margin jumps all over the place, it makes my eyes tired. I would almost rather get the book in paperback if that were the case, or not at all. I was disappointed I had paid so much for an ebook that was like this.

I also read IN WITH THE NEW by Tracy Krimmer, which is exclusive to her mailing list subscribers. I enjoyed this one and it was perfect to read over the holidays. I liked that, even though the story was short, we saw both sides, alternating chapters between hero and the heroine. The ending was super sweet too. This is available only for a short while through her mailing list, so pick it up today if you’re interested!

I got an advanced reader copy of X DARE by PK Hrezo in November. I then read it sometime in late November/early December, but I forgot to put it in a Book Chat back then. X DARE was really fun! I like the fact that we follow the protagonist through a world like a video game, and his adventures were thrilling! I just gave this book to my daughter to read as well.

 

What I’m listening to…

I’ve currently queued up HEARTLESS by Marisa Meyer to listen to. I haven’t started it yet but I’m excited to listen! I heard this audiobook was good, and I really liked her Lunar Chronicles series.

What I listened to…

As you know, I’m doing an audiobook challenge this year! This first one I finished in December so it doesn’t count, but the rest do.

I finished listening to THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi. It wasn’t my favorite of the series, but I still really enjoyed it and looked forward to listening to it each time I put it on. I really wanted to find out how it would all end, and he did a great job of tying everything up. I think I just missed some of my favorite characters. heart

My first audiobook for the Audiobook Challenge was BABYLON’S ASHES by James S. A. Corey. I devoured this one! I put off all podcasts so I could just listen to this. God, I love the Expanse series! It’s definitely it in my top 10 for all scifi books. This one had me enthralled. I loved seeing what happened to the rings, Naomi’s ex, and everyone on The Rocinate. I’m already craving the next book in the series.

The second book of the challenge was Chris Fox’s WRITE TO MARKET: DELIVER A BOOK THAT SELLS. I’ve been very interested in how writing to market works and what I can do for my next series that will help it sell better. There were some great tips in this book with lots of exercises to do to help get the information you need. Though some of the tips were a little controversial, all in all this is one book every author should read or listen to. I thought listening to it was a great experience, kinda like listening to a podcast. So I highly recommend it. I bought another book in his series to listen to next.

Anyway, lots of books listened and read! It’s been a productive time since my last Book Chat! Hope all your reading is going well! heart

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  • Oh I’ve actually heard of some of these books. I saw Red Winter on netgalley I think? Or maybe somewhere else and thought it sounded interesting, looking forward to hear what you think of it when you finish reading!

    I only have read These Broken Stars, but not the two books after that yet. I do own the second book in paperback as well. Tat sucks about the formatting being messy. I usually don’t mind that too much, some ARC’s have weird formatting and it depends a bit on how bad it is if is annoying or not.

    I also read In With the New, I review it on my blog this Saturday. It was such a cute and fun read and I loved the animals in the story.

    X Dare sounds good too! There are quite some anime’s with a video game plot line, so it’s fun to see a few books with that plot line as well now!

    I’ve been considering getting some of Chris Fox his books, they sound helpful. I think I got one of them for free, not 100% sure, will have to double check. Glad to hear you thought it was informative.

    • I’m excited to read more of RED WINTER! So far so good, and I’m definitely enjoying it.

      I’m disappointed that I paid $10 for a poorly formatted book. Lots of people love to rant on self-published authors for being unprofessional, but many of us take pride in putting out our work. It’s edited and professionally formatted. I found editing errors and the text wasn’t fully-justified. Sigh. I’m going to be more careful next time.

      I bought the Chris Fox books but they are VERY cheap on audio so they’re easy to stock up on. A few I already had in ebook format and to add on the audio was cheap too, so I did that.

  • The Amazon thing might have to do with ASINs changing. I mean, I use a plugin, so not quite the same as the embed code, but that’s the reason images sometimes disappear for me.

    I’ve read Annette Marie’s other series. I enjoyed it, I gave the first book 5 stars, but I felt like it went a little downhill. It was still good, but it got more YAish, less mature-feeling, and that just wasn’t what I wanted, at least not after the first book set a different tone. I haven’t read Red Winter though, hope you enjoy it!

    I think X Dare is on my possible TBR? Well, I keep track of my TBR with an Amazon wishlist, and I just recall seeing that cover on there I think. Glad you liked it!

    • I went to Amazon to see the books that had broken images and they were all the same as they ever were. But when I clicked on the Associates bar to see the image code for the book, the images were broken there. One of the books was from my critique partner so I know she didn’t mess with the ASIN or anything. It appears to be an Amazon fluke!

      I haven’t had much time to read so I’m hoping I can get to Red Winter soon. And I hope you read X Dare! I did enjoy it.

  • Hey! Thanks for giving the shout out to IN WITH THE NEW 🙂 I am so glad you enjoyed it, especially since you didn’t read it before I published it 🙂

    I have read Chris’ book. I should really reread it.