Throughout the month of March, me and my fellow hosts from IndieAthon will be interviewing some awesome indie authors and self-published authors. This time, we’ll have a Q&A with the awesome Anne Dennish! We are currently hosting a giveaway on our twitter and you can win some awesome ebooks including two of last week’s author’s (Emily O’Beirne) books! So enter here! If you don’t have twitter, you can also comment below that you’re interested and you’ll be entered! Anyway, onto the Q&A!
I am really late with both of these reviews because the books are already out. So I’m doing two mini reviews! Both books couldn’t be more different, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace is poetry and Sneaking out is YA murder/mystery.
Throughout the month of March, me and my fellow hosts from IndieAthon will be interviewing some awesome indie authors and self-published authors. This time, we’ll have a Q&A with the awesome Emily O’Beirne who writes great (queer!) books. I’ve read a couple and loved them! Thank you, Emily, for answering my questions!
I am normally not a huge fan of historic fiction (in the sense that I rarely pick it up) but this book really took me by surprise!
Nothing but Sky by Amy Trueblood
rty only feels alive when she’s dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.
No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.
After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick.
The story follows Grace, who is a wingwalker, which means she does tricks on airplane wings while it’s in the air. I was immediately impressed by her daring but also by her character. She is, in many ways, ahead of her time. WWI just ended and wingwalking is not exactly the most common job for a young woman to have. But despite everything, she still gets on that plane, because she wants to and she loves it. She’s strong, independent and fierce and I loved that about her.
“Men loved to use their height to try and intimidate me. It happened at shows across the nation. Whether they wanted an autograph, a photo, or just a chance to show their distaste for the life I’d chosen, it was a tactic that never worked. I battled rain, wind, and thunderstorms at 500 feet; men didn’t frighten me.”
Grace and her crew are trying to earn money participate in a competition, and I loved how the author showed this struggle within the team, but also showed the external struggles and the changing situation in the world. I loved the setting and how the author described it. I could dream away in cloudless blue skies, stuffy hangars, and cigar-smoke-filled bars and I loved it! It makes me want to pick up historical fiction more often!
“This life we’ve chosen is full of risk. Every day we go up into those clouds knowing there’s a chance we may not come down alive.”
A couple of other things I loved were the romance, which wasn’t take a huge part of the story but added to it really nicely and it was so adorable, and the plot twists: these were so well-done, I really didn’t see them coming.
“May your skies always be cloudless and blue, Grace.”
Overall, I’m giving this book 4.5 stars because it was just so much fun to read! I loved reading about Grace and her crew and all that they were going through. The writing was great and the story kept me really interested in the story at all times! I definitely recommend this book if you are a bit hesitant about picking up historic fiction (like me) but want to try to read more! And also for everyone who already loves historic fiction, of course!
Throughout the month of March, me and my fellow hosts from IndieAthon will be interviewing some awesome indie authors and self-published authors. The first author I have the pleasure of introducing to you is Zøe! She also has her own blog so I highly encourage you to follow her here! Thank you Zøe for taking part!
I’ve probably put off writing this review for way too long. But how am I supposed to accurately tell you how amazing this book is? I have no words.
The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven
Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has…
Do not worry, I am still on this planet earth and have not been abducted by aliens. Nor have I died. I haven’t been able to post last weekend because I’ve been in bed with a fever since Friday. The fever has passed but now it’s just a very annoying cold that has me sobbing and sniffing constantly which is very distracting. Since I’m still not feeling 100%, I’ll keep this post short.
I read little this month. I’m currently finishing up two books which I hope to have finished by the end of today so I’m just going to count them as read.