Scratch-Off List: June 2018

What I read in the month of June:

  1. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  2. The One by Kiera Cass
  3. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
  4. GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction by Debra Dixon

            The Selection Series by Kiera Cass has been popular since the first novel released in 2012. I would pitch this series as The Bachelor with princesses. I picked up the first book, The Selection, after meeting Kiera Cass at Yallfest in Charleston, South Carolina two years ago. I wasn’t quite sure if I would actually like this series because I usually prefer darker fantasy novels, but after reading a few pages of The Selection, I was hooked. The next two, The Elite and The One, were just as good. I read each in just a few short days. I honestly can’t put them down Cass’ writing. If you’ve been considering this series, but haven’t picked it up yet, I would definitely say, do it!


            If you would like a quick summary of the premise, I will leave one here: The Selection series is a young adult dystopian. Prince Maxon must choose a wife from the women who are selected for him from a lottery. The protagonist, American Singer, is one of the women chosen from a very low caste of artists. She came to the selection in order to help her family, but she stays for love. However, she’s afraid she’s not quite princess material, since she prefers pants over frilly dresses, and rebels threaten all of their safety.


            The next book I read this month is a sequel to Daughter of the Pirate King, Daughter of the Siren Queen. For me, all I need to know is that a book has pirates and I will pick it up.

            I went into Daughter of the Pirate King without many expectations. I thought this would be a simple, light read—not much more than what the title implies; however, I was so surprised. Unfortunately, the sequel’s title is a bit of a spoiler. Yes, there are sirens. I was particularly impressed by this element because of their grey morals and creative magic. I also really appreciated that the sirens weaknesses were well represented. Throughout both books, the reader learns more about the sirens and must decide for themselves whether they’ll side with the land or the sea.


            The last book I finished this month was a craft book that I was assigned to read for my Master’s program. Debra Dixon’s explanation of goal, motivation, and conflict was incredibly insightful. These truly are the “building blocks of good fiction.” To a non-writer, it may seem odd to devote a whole book to GMC, but there’s so much to consider. Without these three elements, you don’t have a story. Dixon breaks GMC down into easy steps with easy language free from jargon. This craft book could easily be read in a single sitting; however, I kept having to stop to take notes. If you’re looking to strengthen the core of your story, I would strongly recommend checking this out.

            That’s all for the month of June. I hope you find a book or two that interests you. Happy reading!

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