Preserving Arts and Literature for the Future

By on 6-21-2015 in Writing

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Image Credit: sarahmaclean.net

One of the greatest and most valuable possessions of any person who is passionate about arts and literature are his or her creative stories, poems and narratives, which are compiled in what we are known to call as books.

Writing a work of art in the form of a book is not an easy feat. Writing the story itself needs motivation and inspiration. Then, when a book is indeed created there is still the process of editing, revising, publishing and all the works just to have your book cater to the world, and these all need a lot of time and patience.

For Sophie, a fellow amateur, writing a book has taken a different meaning for her. She writes books and keeps them to herself, for now. She has a collection of books already that are unpublished. She has forgone publishing because she says she writes not for others, but for herself. She compiles them, because she wants that in the future, her children will be able to read the books and she wants them to be the judge of her works. After all, some of the greatest classics in the world of literature are those that were written for pure art, not for the purpose of publishing and earning money.

She shared that someday, she will have the guts to publish her work, just as her idol, Angela Dennis, has taken the courage to do so. She finds inspiration in Angela, and she hopes that one day, she will be as successful as Angela is.

Though she likes the work of Angela, she likes them as reading materials, but she never really found herself writing in the genre that Angela writes in. She is more into romance novels and books on life and learning.

It was even weird for her when she found herself hooked on the books written by Angela Dennis. She never thought she would learn to fall in love with books in this genre. She always just wanted to write stories that were more “realistic” and does not involve any form of magic, sorcery, and what-have-you.

Now that her mind has been opened to the beauty of Urban fiction and Science-fiction, she is also attempting to write along this genre. Again, she is not sure when she will be

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Image credit: jenningswire.com

Maybe, is she gets a chance to have a one on one conversation with Angela and she gets to be the first to read one of her books, then maybe she’ll have the courage to send it to an editor for publishing.

However, right now, she is just happy that even in her own little way, she is contributing to arts and literature through her writing.

 

Review: Shadow of Fate

By on 5-14-2015 in Reviews

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Image Credit: goodreads.com

The first book by Angela Dennis that I will be reviewing is her urban fiction novel called Shadows of Fate.

Synopsis:

Brenna Baudouin lost control of her Shadow Bearer powers after witnessing her husband’s murder. She started on her penance by catching supernatural misfits that have reached the earth because of a cataclysmic war.

In her quest to round up as many misfits as possible, she was assigned a new partner, Gray Warlow. She builds a wall of distrust because she can sense an inner motive from him, especially because ever since they met, she started losing the people she love, one by one. Warlow, however, maneuvers through the wall of distrust slowly, making sure that he can seek vengeance for her turning against her own kind.

As they break walls, Warlow discovers that she is not the monster they were led to believe she was. He saw a beautiful woman, strong yet vulnerable.

Read the book to find out how the quest ends, and if the sexual tension building up will win its way.

My Review:

This book falls under the genre of urban fantasy. If you are someone with a wide reading spectrum, then you can be quite familiar with this already. If not, then you can increase the number of book genres by starting out on reading urban fantasy novels such as this.

The female lead was portrayed as a strong woman, almost manly in ways, but still a woman, nonetheless, because of her emotional frailty and for exhibiting womanly traits that can reach the border of annoying, if not for the fact that she balances it through her skills and strength.

The build-up for the fantasy world they live in was not congested in the beginning of the story. It was also done slowly, throughout the book. This gave the book an edge over other writers that tend to give away every detail of the realm they are trying to create at the beginning of the story.

It was written in first person, which is something appropriate since it gives the POV of the character. However, it did a head hop, or a transferring of the POV of one character to another. While some stories are effective on using this kind of technique, normally if there are plenty of important characters who’s POV are essential to the flow and mystery of the story, for this one, a head hop did not ruin it, but it also made the novel typical, in that sense.

Head hops are not at all a bad thing. However, it breaks the flow, and when this happens to often in a book, readers tend to take that “break” as a chance to put the book down and do something else for a while. It fails to achieve what writers aim, which is to make their stories so gripping, readers cannot put the book down.

In general, I think this book is an 8 out of a perfect 10. It has a promising story yet it still has room for improvement that could be applied in the following books to come.