Thursday, December 24, 2015

Review: Fostered and a christmas giveaway!!

Title: Fostered
Author: Vanessa Marie
Genre: YA
Release date: November 2nd 2015
Pages: 292

Here we go again.
A new set of foster parents to make my life a living hell.
What number is this? Oh, that’s right, fourteen.
This dump will be no different than any of the rest.
They don’t care about me. No one does.
I wonder what it’ll take to get me kicked out this time.
Only six months left until I age out of this godforsaken system…
Everyone wants to adopt little babies they can mold into replicas of themselves.
No one wants a seventeen-year-old black kid with a rap sheet.
I’m damaged goods

An easy paycheck.
I know there’s an ulterior motive here.
There has to be.

There always is…

I've received this book from the author in return for an honest review

Reading the synopsis, I was immediately drawn to this story. I'm a teacher and I'm always very interested in helping children the best way I can. I'm very curious to see how this book tells the story from this 17-year-old perspective.

You should read this!

Fostered is about Dante who has to meet yet another foster family. It is pretty clear from the synopsis that he is not very excited about that. He has no hope for any positive experience. He is very suspicious about anything remotely good or nice.  There always has to be a catch, because that's how it has always been for him.

I couldn't stop reading it.. after each chapter I felt the need to read the next one.  I finished it in a few days!

Loved the theme of the foster child. I found the story realistically written. The characters were very clear and well described, which made it easy to picture them in my head.

It was very interesting to read about the thoughts of Dante. You can really see the damage that has been done to him. He doesn't have much faith in people, mostly thinks of the worst case scenario,  he doesn't have much self confidence either. He is just a kid who wants to  be loved and wants people to accept him.
It was a very addictive book. Like I said before, I couldn't stop reading. It made me tear up more than once, knowing that there are children who are damaged like that and truly think like Dante does.

This is a fantastic book, I think everyone should read it, because it gives an unique insight in what it's like growing up in so many different foster homes, like Dante. Beautifully and realistically written, great story with incredible character development. Definitely a recommendation!


If you're interested, check out the giveaway!

Interview with Vanessa Marie
I've recently interviewed the author Vanessa Marie, she shares some great tips! check out the Q & A!

Wanna read Fostered? Enter the giveaway below and you might win a copy!


Monday, December 7, 2015

Q & A with Vanessa Marie

Let me introduce you to the author Vanessa Marie!

Vanessa Marie
'Always the cause of shenanigans, Vanessa is a heavily tattooed, sarcastic motorcycle enthusiast who started her career as a Jeep tech at the age of sixteen. The happily married mother of three little monsters—oops, children—lives in Kentucky by way of Las Vegas, Nevada. Once her life took a different direction—sidelined by Heart Disease at 26 and becoming a pacemaker recipient—she decided to write as a creative outlet, and Heartless was born. She realizes life can be dark clouds and acid rain at times, but her outlook on life puts a positive and sarcastic spin on it all.' - information belongs to the author's website.

Q & A

Why and when did you start writing?
I've always written. My sister and I used to make up stories and pass a spiral notebook back and forth to each other when we were younger. However, I got serious about it when I had to have my pacemaker put in and needed an outlet.

What or who inspired you to write?Books have been such an important part of my life. I've lived and traveled to so many places through reading. This creative spark has always lived inside of me. No matter what I was doing I would make up stories and decided I needed to start writing them down.
What is the hardest part of writing a book? The structure and following the rules. Knowing which rules you can ignore, which ones you have to follow to the letter and which ones you can bend for your voice to come through. Writing means rewriting and then rewriting some more. I've learned so much from my first book to this one and I think it's important for future writers to know you're always learning and honing your craft. 
Can you describe a typical work day?
My life is a little different from a lot of writers. I have a chronic illness and it rules my everyday tasks. Some days I can work for an hour or two, some I can't work at all. My body has the final say on what it will allow and what it won't. I tend to write a lot slower than most because of this, but I also make sure I use the time I do have productively. I refuse to let an illness I can't control dictate ever facet of my life, especially my creativity.

What would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years?
To hone my craft more and continue to grow as a writer. I want to push the boundaries of topics and subject matter that need to be talked about. I love flawed characters that are true to life. Those are the kinds of stories I want to write over the next five years.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 
That's like asking me which of my kids is my favorite! I can't answer than question. I've been influenced by so many authors from Penny Reid, Jenni Moen and Colleen Hoover to Anne Rice and Charlaine Harris. They've all shown me having a unique style and voice is what will help you stand apart from the rest.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Become a sponge. Learn everything you can. Network with other authors. Make friends with bloggers and build relationships. Check your ego at the door during the critique progress and when someone offers you advice on your work, even though it will sting at first (because we want everyone to love it) take a step back and look at it objectively. Do their comments have merit and will it make your story better?! Writing means rewriting. You will probably have 10+ drafts before it's ready for an editor. Yes, you need an editor. I don't care if you're the best self proclaimed grammar nazi there is, you cannot see the things in your own work someone else can. Most importantly, so it because you love it. Because without it you wouldn't know what to do with yourself. Never lose that passion. 

What are your current projects?
I have a few projects in the fire. I need to finish thehird book in my series but those characters aren't currently talking to me. I have a couple of stand alone's that have popped up and are demanding attention. Whoever speaks the loudest will be the next story  out.

I want to thank Vanessa for participating in this Q & A. I've just read her book Fostered and it is amazing! My review of Fostered will be up soon.
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Have a great day!
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