2/25/2013

Not so good luck

I haven't had good luck lately. First I was too busy to write and now I'm sick. This terrible flu ruined my plans. Well, now I have a lot of time to think of what I'll write next. 

In the next post I will tell you more about the computer chip that changes Amy's life. Hope I'm able to write the post soon!

2/18/2013

Updates and plans

I have now 8314 of 65000 words written. Complete word count is about 102000. Not bad. Still a lot work to do!

This week I'm going to write at least 1700 words and do some research.

2/12/2013

Busy and inspired

My life has been busy lately! I've spent five days in Helsinki, few days in Joensuu and four days at home in Imatra. I've had really inspiring time, and now I'm going  to tell you what kind of effect it has had on me and my writing.

First, I've watched five movies (King Arthur, Drive, The good shepherd, Catch me if you can and Memoirs of a geisha) during last two weeks. Movies tend to give me something to think of, and that's what they did this time, too. King Arthur made me think of emotional issues and action based chapters of Young Fighters. Being violent, Drive made me think of different ways to describe violence. The good shepherd gave me inspiration for mysteries and secrets, and Catch me if you can made me ask myself how the humour works in the first Young Fighters novel. Memoirs of a geisha lead my thoughts to themes like sacrifice, love, fate and loss. I've also been thinking of what kind of role all these themes play in my characters' lives.

During my trip to Helsinki I spent a day with two of my friends, Maria and Aleksi, in the center of Helsinki. They like reading and writing, too, so it wasn't any wonder that we talked a lot about books and our writing ideas. I also bought some materials for two presents - one is a wedding present and the other is a combination of a birthday present and a Valentine's day present. I've already started making the wedding present, and I'll post some pictures of it as soon as I finish it.

I've also had few motivating conversations with a friend who would like to write a novel. Our first conversation took two hours and was full of interesting questions about writing. I encouraged my friend to start writing and see where her ideas could take her. Now she has read a manuscript she wrote years ago and started to work on it. She has asked me many great questions on my Finnish Young Fighters blog and I'm going to write a post about them here too. I'm so glad I can help and motivate her! It's amazing  and motivating to see that my blogs are useful for others. 

All this is making me want to write all the time. Fortunately I have more time to write this week!

Writing is wonderful.

2/06/2013

Review: Touch of death by Kelly Hashway

Amazing cover, isn't it?
Title: Touch of death
Author: Kelly Hashway
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: January 2013
Buy: Amazon, Amazon UK

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Jodi Marshall isn't sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she's in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she's being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.

After the stalker, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he's not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she's part a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch  of necromancers that are descendants of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.

Jodi's deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn't difficult enough, Jodi discovers she's the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can't figure out how to control her her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.


My thoughts:

I loved Touch of death from the first page.

The characters are interesting and they all have unique voices. Jodi's life goes from normal to dangerous, but she stays strong and doesn't let anything or anyone to break her down. It's really easy to relate to her feelings; they are so real. When I was reading Touch of death, I didn't only understand Jodi's feelings, I also felt the way she felt. Jodi also has a really good heart, which is one of the reasons I like her so much. I love Alex, too; he's mysterious and protective, and is always there for Jodi. I admire him for his patience and wish him all the best. I loved to see how Jodi begins to trust Alex and lets him in.

The plot is great throughout the novel. The beginning is really exciting and makes you wonder what is going on. All the things that happen to Jodi are so bizarre. There's no way you couldn't understand why Jodi is so afraid of Alex. The story gets better and better when Alex reveals himself and tells Jodi who she really is. Touch of death is a really surprising novel that made me hold my breath so many times that I can't even count them. Every time you try to figure out what would possibly happen next, it shows you something you didn't expect. The storyline works perfectly: this is a book you just can't put down.

I love the way Kelly Hashway describes Jodi's powers and the effects they have on people. The things Jodi learns about herself and the ways her powers work are really fascinating and described with vivid language that makes your heart beat faster after every page. Hashway has built a deep, fascinating world that contains   many secrets, an interesting take to mythology and the most fascinating - and heartbreaking - descriptions of zombies I've ever read or seen.

This novel gave me inspiration that leads my thoughts to the right track every time I think of it. Touch of death makes me want to write. It's definitely a brilliant book that will stay on your mind for a long time. Needless to say that I can't wait to read the sequel, Stalked by death!

Touch of death is a convincing start for a series. It shows the difficult parts of being teenager, deals with family issues and dating issues, and also reminds of hope. I love the fact that Jodi isn't alone in her darkest hour. Touch of death gives space to character development and makes a reader want more. If you love YA  and paranormal and are interested in Greek mythology, you should read this book!

Five stars out of five!