Genre: Gothic, Supernatural, Romance
Publication Date: January 4th 2016 by D. Alyce Domain
When Tortured Souls Collide…
In an unforgiving society where the hint of madness is all the damning proof men need, Dominic struggles to live a peaceful life, away from prying eyes, and damning innuendo. Gifted with uncanny abilities, yet also cursed with the taint of madness, Dominic must walk a fine line. After the horror of his past, his fractured soul is safe only in solitude…until one day, his refuge is irrevocably breached by an ethereal beauty haunted by demons of her own. Dominic is torn between protecting himself and his brothers from exposure and persecution and following the desires of his heart…
Readers are smart, we’ve only become smarter as time goes on. Why? Well, between movies and new ideas rolling out that we devour rapidly, we’ve progressed which is fantastic but also presents a trying time for authors to come out with a new idea. Something that doesn’t have readers rolling their eyes, sighing or going been here, read this. So, authors have a great challenge trying to come out with brand new ideas that jive. Right?
We all have our favorite genres and within those genres, we all have our favorite book[s]! However, as time has gone on and more books have been produced, more new stories have come out and these ‘fresh’ ideas are born, readers have become critical! They are demanding more new themes, more original ideas, more and more and more!
Which is understandable.
Readers are smart, we are! We’ve fed our brains countless stories and there is always that new something that is in high demand, but soon all the ideas will eventually be recycled which makes this quite hard on authors…
As a reviewer, I have noticed how fellow reviewers will cut down a book due to its lack of originality, but there is a difference – a fine line between the Hunger Games and the Hunger Pains. There is mimicry and then there is creating something and breathing a life into it. Easy enough for me to say when I’m not the one writing a story, right right, I know you authors are eye-balling me. Trust me, I’m on your side! Just hear me out.
It is no easy task to do that, to breathe a life into a world, to make the mechanics, laws, and patrons seem real. Sometimes it only takes one try and sometimes it takes countless others. That is the craft that can turn a recycled or half recycled idea into something extravagant.
I’ve read many stories in my two years reviewing and I’ve read some that had promise, I’ve read some that have recycled tropes. Those tropes make it difficult for readers [not all because some actually like reading these tropes! to each their own…] to settle into the story because of:
The Jerk Alpha
The Sarcastic Loser
The Unlikely Hero
The list really could go on, but my issue always is this when people begin to sound off about Tropes. What happens when you take away ALL of those tropes? Either new ones are made and those become tiresome or you take away chunks of plots altogether. So really, what I’ve found out personally is that there are right and wrong ways to weave these tropes and characters or plots into a book. Easier said than done, I know, I KNOW. I’m just speaking from a readers standpoint.
So what is that new way? You tell me. I’ve read a few interesting ways to resolve some tropes and I have no problem listing those. [Ask me in the comments!]
In closing, really this discussion, rambling or what have you is about being kind to authors. We’re greedy, us readers, we always want more, want something else to stimulate our ever growing imagination and minds, but we have to be kind to our authors. There are some brilliant writers on the rise, you know who you are! But we have to be patient, too, they are learning as well.
There will always be a book and a genre for everyone. We all have our guilty pleasures, too.
Mine just happens to be dark hair, light eyes, dry with a cutting wit and always falls for the witty female. 😉
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Expected Publication Date: March 28th 2017 by Snowy Wings Publishing
When the girl with the golden hair betrays everyone, not even she has hope of surviving.
The stories say that Goldilocks was a naïve girl who wandered into a house one day. Those stories were wrong. She was never naïve. It was all a perfectly executed plan to get her into the Baers’ group to destroy them.
Trained by her cousin, Lowell, and handler, Shadoe, Auluria’s mission is to destroy the Baers by getting close to the youngest brother, Dov, his brother and sister-in-law and the leaders of the Baers’ group. When she realizes Dov isn’t as evil as her cousin led her to believe, she must figure out how to play both sides or her deception will cause everyone in her world to burn.
If her allegiances are discovered, either side could destroy her…if the Society doesn’t get her first.
Genre: Fantasy, Folklore, Retelling, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 19th 2015 by Del Rey
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
Genre: Time-Travel, Fiction
Publication Date: December 6th 2013 by John A. Heldt
In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.
Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Fantasy, Mystery, Retelling
Expected Publication: March 13th, 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
When Bellamy McGuire is offered a summer job babysitting for the wealthy Baldwin family, she’s reluctant to accept. After all, everyone in town knows about the mysterious happenings at the mansion on the hill—including the sudden disappearance of the Baldwin’s eldest son, Tate. The former football star and Golden Boy of Wellhollow Springs became a hermit at the age of sixteen, and no one has seen or heard from him since. Rumors abound as to why, with whisperings about a strange illness that has caused deformity…turned him into a real-life monster. Bellamy wants to dismiss these rumors as gossip, but when she’s told that if she takes the job she must promise to never, ever visit the 3rd floor of the mansion, she begins to wonder if there really is some dark truth being hidden there.
Tate’s condition may not be the only secret being kept at Baldwin House. There are gaps in the family’s financial history that don’t add up, and surprising connections with unscrupulous characters. At night there are strange noises, unexplained cold drafts, and the electricity cuts out. And then there are the rose petals on the staircase. The rose petals that no one but Bellamy seems to be able to see. The rose petals that form a trail leading right up to the 3rd floor, past the portrait of a handsome young man, and down a dark hallway where she promised she would never, ever go…
As Bellamy works to unravel the mysteries of Baldwin House and uncover the truth about Tate, she realizes that she is in way over her head, in more ways than one. Can her bravery and determination help to right the wrongs of the past and free the young man whose story has captured her heart?