Auto-buy Authors

Auto-buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature once hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl! Each week, a new topic is put into place and bloggers share their top ten (or your own amount) accordingly.

I’m not a big on having an “auto-buy author”, since a lot of the time, I end up not liking other books by the same author. Which is why this list is only eight because I had to think for a long and hard time on which authors would I consider immediately buying a new or perhaps one that I missed book.

  • Rachel Caine
    I basically grew up with the Morganville Vampires and The Great Library series is one of my all-time favourite YA series. Of course, Rachel will forever be an auto-buy. I prefer her YA stuff but I have purchased her adult fiction, I just haven’t got round to reading them yet.
  • S.K. Ali
    Saints & Misfits and Love From A to Z are some of my favourite Muslim YA novels.
  • Madeline Miller
    When you’ve written something as iconic as The Song of Achilles, you deserve to be everyone’s auto-buy author. 😂
  • Tahereh Mafi
    I’m not a huge fan of the Shatter Me series but everything she’s written outside of it has me hooked!
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Book Review: Final Draft

Book Review: Final Draft

Rating: ★★★★★

* I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.  This in no way affected my opinion of the book.

Laila Piedra lives for the stories she writes, and the only person who reads them is her creative writing teacher. Until he ends up in the hospital and he’s replaced by a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who is exceptionally critical and continuously unimpressed. Her strange assignment leads Laila on an obsessive journey to win her praise.

I have a soft spot for Riley Redgate. Seven Ways We Lie, her debut novel, was the reason I started giving contemporary novels another chance and I really, really enjoyed Final Draft. There was something personal yet universal about it.

Final Draft perfectly tackles the anxiety of writers. Laila has no idea what her future holds but what she is sure of is her stories even if she never lets anyone read them. I related so damn much with part of her. I couldn’t also allow anyone read any of the fanfiction I had written when I was younger, even hiding under a pseudonym so it couldn’t be traced to me. Laila yearns to make something that people will love, the same way she loves her favourite series. But she’s never satisfied, even when she’s told she is doing well. She’s literally her own worst critic. But the introduction of the new teacher means Laila must face a different approach and starts to experience more things in a real-life setting to improve her writing.

The only one real criticism I have, which is practically the same as Seven Ways We Lie, was the lack of responsibility the new teacher had. Though technically she can claim deniability since she never told the students explicitly to do the things they do but suggesting students do things that could potentially put them in danger and or upset someone was a bit irresponsible. But she’s a very ambiguous character, so you’ll understand what she’s trying to do while not fully appreciating the ways she does it.

Final Draft is a coming of age story about grief, first love and self-love as Laila learns to manage the fear that holds her back. It’s very relatable, straightforward and entertaining to read. Look out for this when it comes out.


Book Review: Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

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my review:

Rating: ★★★

~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

When a rumour of a teacher-student affair surfaces in Texan high school, this ordinary school becomes much more peculiar when everyone tries to find out who it could possibly be.

Seven Ways We Lie is a really fun and interesting take on a high school contemporary novel. I liked the use of each character representing a different deadly sin. I didn’t really know what to expect from this but, in the end, I really did enjoy this. The first half was sort of confusing due to the different POVs and it did take me a while to learn who was saying what without having to go back to the chapter title. But Redgate did a good job developing the characters and carrying a story with seven different perspectives however I felt like she lost some along the way.

For this review, I’m going to go through each character and their storyline, since I enjoyed some more than others.

Juniper – I had mixed emotions about her. But I did feel sorry for her in the end. Her parts were told in a poem-style, which I didn’t enjoy that much. It was nice but I just don’t think someone would think in poetry all the time

Claire – Oh my, it was so hard to like her but I did understand her. Claire endlessly compares herself to other, always jealous and anxious. And her self-esteem was constantly lowered by the people around her. But her actions within the novel really pissed me off, and although I understand where she’s coming from, what she did makes me wary of her.

Lucas – I was really interested by Lucas. I think this is the first time I’ve read a book with a pansexual character. But I felt like his character was wasted in this novel. And looking back on the book, it focuses more on the others rather than him and I wanted more of him.

Valentine – Similar to Lucas, I felt like he had no proper basis, aside from him being the one who realised the teacher-student relationship, but I quite like them together.

Matt – Matt is that weird kid that smokes pot and has a ridiculously huge crush on Olivia. The scenes with his younger brother were really cute, but I didn’t like how stalkerish his crush with Olivia started out with, but the storyline with his family was interesting to read.

Olivia & Kat – I’m putting these two together since they’re twins. After their mother walks out of them, Olivia and Kat separate themselves from the close family they once were. Olivia becomes subjected to rude comments because of her sexual choices. (there’s a scene where she received a unsolicited picture from a boy, and honestly, her reaction was so funny and I liked how she called the boy out on it) She’s a top favourite, and the way she cared for her sister, despite her distancing, I found admirable. Kat spends her time with practising for the school play or ditching school to play games all day. She doesn’t know how to let go of her anger, and that I can relate to.

Although, I have to say the description makes it seems like the teacher-student relationship is the main focus of the plot but really it’s one of the many sub-plots. Towards the end I felt like we’re steered into rooting for the teacher, but the relationship felt so unhealthy. Though from the way the story unfolds, it’s pretty clear there’s no abuse of a teacher position towards a student, but they were still the responsible adult and, in my opinion, they should’ve known better.

Overall, it’s an entertaining debut, with witty dialogue and complex characters. Riley Redgate is an author to watch.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Amulet Books