1/31/2014

Posts in January

January was a good writing month. I had many great conversations with Aleksi. We've made a huge progress in a few weeks. I'm very happy right now. Co-authoring has been an amazing journey so far.

I also wrote more blog posts I have in last few months. One of the best day in January was the day I posted a review of Stalked by death. The review made Kelly so happy she cried. I'm so glad I could give her something special, because I love Touch of death series and the way she contacts with her readers.

Here are the posts:


That's it for me. How was your January?

Coming in February

February is going to be full of reading and writing. For my studies I'll read classics, plays and a dissertation. I'd love to read some fantasy books but I don't know if I'll have the time. On February 11 I'm off to Tenerife, again. This time I'm traveling with my mom. It's been almost ten years since the last time we were abroad together so I'm really excited about this. On our holiday I'll read The Passage by Justin Cronin. One of my friends recommended it and said he thinks that Cronin is the most talented writer he knows. It's not a wonder I'd like to start to read it NOW.

Then the writing. I have to write a summary and an essay, and make plans for another one. This weekend I'll start drafting the first chapter of the new story. I also have few ideas to tell Aleksi. And of course many, many blog posts to write. 

Here's a summary of my goals for February:

1. Read two classics
2. Read The Passage
3. Start to read Face of death
4. Read two or three plays
5. Write two reviews
6. Blog more about the new manuscript I'm working on with Aleksi
7. Blog about one of my favorite authors

February, here I come!

1/21/2014

Review: Stalked by death by Kelly Hashway

Jodi knows that any slip-ups made by the Ophi - a special group of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac - will fall on her shoulders... and that Hades is just waiting for them to screw up so he can wipe out the Ophi line.

Unfortunately Jodi has only convinced one Ophi to join her school: A hot guy named Chase, who jeopardizes her relationship with Alex. Jodi loves Alex, but Chase enhance her powers with just a touch - making her stronger than any Ophi has ever been. 

Her mixed emotions send her powers surging out of control, and the dead start rising without her conscious summoning - exactly what Hades doesn't want! If she chooses Alex over Chase, she may lose the battle to Hades, leading the Ophi race to extinction. If she chooses Chase, she might be able to stop Hades for good... but lose everything else.

Jodi needs to figure things out fast - because death is stalking her at every turn.

The first thought in my head after reading Stalked by death was 'Kelly, I love you!'. This book took my breath away and it was really hard to put it down. I enjoyed every part of it from the plot to the character development. It's an exciting and moving read that will make your heart beat faster and faster. 

As the leader of the Ophi school Jodi is responsible of keeping them all safe and alive. She tries her best, but when Chase arrives everything goes badly wrong. Chase has an effect on her that she can't control. Her powers work on their own and her emotions run wild. The way Kelly describes Jodi's feelings and the scary physical consequences of using her powers is amazing. The language is vivid and Jodi's voice is even stronger in this novel than in the first book. And I can't repeat too many times how great imagination Kelly has. It was very interesting to get more information about how Jodi's powers work. 

Stalked by death is full of action and surprising, even shocking events but there's also space for character development. Especially Alex grows in this book. It's heart breaking to see how he comes in the wrong place in wrong time and suffers because of the control Chase has over Jodi. There were many times I could've cried. And Chase... mysterious, annoying and scary Chase. There's no words to tell you how I felt about him. Read the book and you'll understand.

And the ending. THE ENDING!! I loved it. I had to take few long, deep breaths after reading the last pages Stalked by death is a great YA novel that won't leave you cold. I'm happy that Face of death, the last book of the series, comes out soon  (Amazon ships it today) so I can find out what happens next and if Jodi will survive or not. If you haven't started this series, start it now. You don't want to miss it.

My rating: 5/5

1/17/2014

One day in Kaisaniemi

I was spending time with two of my friends, Aleksi and Maria, in the center of Helsinki in May 2012. We were talking about our favorite topics: books, reading, movies and writing. When we came to Kaisaniemi, Aleksi told us about a fantasy novel he had been plotting many years ago. The complexity of the world amazed me.

But that wasn't all. After his story Aleksi looked at me and said:

"It would be great to see what kind of book this story could become. But I think I don't have the patience to write it. So, if you want, you can write it with me."

For a moment I couldn't say a word. I had heard of a story that was full of potential and had came out of my friend's mind. I could imagine myself reading it all night long, but I never would've guessed I would get a chance to write it. I said something like this: "Are you sure? Me? Of course I want to do it, this book must be written!"

This is how I became a co-writer of the novel I told you about before. I'm really excited about this. I believe we'll learn a lot during this new adventure and become better both as writers and humans. This opportunity is a privilege and I appreciate it very much. Aleksi has shared something unique with me. Books are written in the soul, somewhere deep down in there, and I know how much the author can love them. That's why I'll do my best with this story and give it all the attention it deserves. I hope we'll write a book we both can be proud of.

P.S. My favorite band, Daughtry, is coming to Finland in March! I couldn't be more excited!

1/11/2014

New year, new projects

I'm starting a new writing project and I need your help. To find inspiration I'm searching good fantasy, paranormal, dystopian and science fiction books. As you can guess, the new manuscript has something to do with those genres. Leave a comment and give me your list of your favorite books and authors!

I've also decided to set up a travelling blog. Travelling has always been a part of me and my writing so I think it's worth of discussion. I'll let you know when it's done and give you the link.

Next week I'm going to post a review of Stalked by death by Kelly Hashway and give more information about the new book.

Stay tuned!


1/04/2014

Hard decision

I was thinking of the year 2013 and realized that my writing hasn't gone well. Honestly, it hasn't been easy at all. Most of the year I was struggling and feeling like nothing happened. I couldn't concentrate or find the words to say what I wanted to say. Few months ago the process stopped completely.
To get my creativity back I've decided to put Young Fighters aside for now. I won't even look at the manuscript until I think I can really finish it. I will do something else: maybe only research for another book or start writing something, I don't know yet. But I'll tell you when I've figured it out.

This was a hard decision to make, because I love the series and the characters. I'm feeling a little bit empty right now, but I think this is the only way to get my writing on track again. I don't want to force myself to write - Young Fighters deserves better. Some day I'll finish the book, but it's not today.

I will continue blogging anyway. I only changed the title. Time will show what kind of posts I will write in the future. I guess I'll focus on book reviews for a while.

See you soon! I wish I have a new idea to share with you next time.