This guest post is by Tahlia Newland, author of the YA contemporary fantasy, Lethal Inheritance. and the acclaimed, You Can’t Shatter Me, a YA novel about inspiring and empowering ways to deal with bullying.
I’m a reader, a reviewer and a writer and one of the first things I learned in my reading was that not everyone will like the books that I do. It was only after many years of reading and discussing books that I also realised that books that I don’t like aren’t necessarily bad—sometimes they are, but they could also be perfectly good books that I just don’t like.
Look at reviews on places like Goodreads. Even if many readers have raved about a book, others can still give it 1 or 2 stars because of writing faults that other readers either didn’t notice or didn’t mention. All those people loved what is actually not a particularly good book in terms of the craft of writing. As a reviewer, I try to evaluate the quality of the writing separately from my personal response, so even if I didn’t enjoy it, if it’s a good book, I’ll say so. I’ll also say what I didn’t like about it.
That brings me to my own work. I know my books are well-crafted because they’ve all made it to the Awesome Indies, a site that lists quality books recommended by publishing industry professionals, but that doesn’t mean that everyone will like my work. It just means that there’s nothing actually wrong with the book.
So, who would like my writing?
You’ll like my books if you like
- a mix of fantasy and reality
- a touch of romance
- a touch of humour
- analogies, allegories and extended metaphors
- gutsy heroines, cute heroes and sleazy, creepy bad guys.
- empowering stories
- uplifting endings (I promise I’ll never leave you hanging off a cliff).
- your read to be an experience
and if you’re interested in
- insights into the nature of your mind and how it creates your perception of reality.
- ways to deal with emotions
- mysticism and meditation
- finding out how to kill demons that feeds on fear
You’ll like Lethal Inheritance in particular if you like
- The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clair
- The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
- a mix of the modern and old world settings
- a highly imaginative world
- demons (not of the Christian kind) ranging from little funny ones to big creepy ones
- flying people
- a touch of science fiction – meet the holograph
- wise old men
- earth and air spirits.
- talking cats
How would you feel if you woke up from what you thought was a dream and discovered your mother missing, bruises on your neck and the creature from your dream hiding in a photo?
Find Lethal Inheritance here
And in paperback at Amazon stores, the Book Depository and by order from your local bookstore.
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What kind of books do you like?