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Sorry about the lateness of this post! I mean’t to write the review this weekend so I wouldn’t be scrambling to do it now but going to a movie, sherlock marathons, sickness and MORE ARC’s kinda distracted me from what needed to be done! But, no matter. Here is todays book review of ‘Counted Worthy’ by Leah E. Good
Heather Stone lives in fear of repeating the past, yet she continues doing the one thing that could trigger another disaster. When the police trace an illegal Bible to her house, Heather’s world begins to crumble.
Her father’s life hangs in the balance. No one with the power to help knows or cares. If she tries to save him, she could lead her friends to their deaths. If she does nothing, her father’s fate is certain. Can she evade a hostile police force and win public sympathy before it’s too late?
This book was fantastic! I will admit I was a tiny bit un-sure about this book when I first started it. *ashamed* But that was very quickly turned around when I was dragged into the world of this book and was doomed to not return for hours…..Sorry to all those people I kept abandoning when you texted me…I really truly am sorry, but this book… *flails* (But in the process of ignoring said people while reading has got them interested in the book. You win some, you lose some.)
Anyways. The plot for this novel was really great and well written. I felt like the story itself could have been a bit longer but it was still a good enough length and told the story. (But I just would have liked a little more backstory for a certain event and such)
I loved the characters very very much! And there might have been a ship where a ship could potentially exist… (but didn’t happen in the novel. *sad face* ) Just saying!
Heather was such a great character who has suffered a lot and is putting her life at risk every day because she is a Christian. On top of that, Heather has suffered a lot of pain and you just can’t help but feel sorry for the poor girl *gives the character a hug* She was a great character, I just wish that the pain and sorrow that haunted her from previous events was better explained and I just felt her pain a little more. (But I still felt it…trust me, the FEELS)
I really liked Bryce’s character. He was really smart and a fast thinker but he, like Heather, had his moments where he was extremely stubborn and really only liked his own way/idea of how to do something. I really liked the friendship between both Heather and Bryce too. Really great. (and maybe nearing the end of the novel I was shipping them together, okay?)
Okay, Miss Lucy was a great character. If you have read this book, raise your hand if you want a short story or something about her!…If you haven’t raise your hand anyways cause you will want it!
Anyways, I loved Miss Lucy. She was such a great character and extremely clever and yeah…just amazing.
I am hoping that there is a sequel for this novel because the ending (Cliffhangers, GAH!) hinted at there being a possible sequel? I’m just sitting here hoping that there is another one and it will come very soon.
My rating for the novel is…… *drumroll*
Why 4.5? I say 4.5 because I would have liked a little more backstory and more view into what happened to Heather and a deeper look into the pain she was feeling (and a couple more things along that line) but other than that it is an absolutely wonderful read and I highly suggest you read it as soon as you can 🙂
Have you read this book? Wanted to read it? Or is this the first you’ve heard of it? What are your thoughts on it?
So, Until Next Time!
Today I am interviewing yet another author and I am pleased to get this opportunity to talk to Laura L. Smith, Author of novels ‘Hot’,’Skinny’, ‘Angry’ and the ‘Status Update Series’
Hi Laura, So great to have you here! Could you tell us a bit about your novel?
It’s Addicting is the third book in the Status Updates series. It revolves around four college roommates and the struggles and triumphs they encounter as they navigate the demands and freedoms of college life.
What inspired you to write ‘insert title’?
I live in a college town and am surrounded by vibrant college women. They are so full of potential, energy and life, yet plagued with so many pressures to perform, to fit in, to juggle school, social and family life. These women inspired me to write this series tackling some of the things they have to deal with like relationships and homesickness, grades and finances, sharing a small living space with new friends and knowing how far is too far. Specifically, It’s Addicting deals with the little things in life we enjoy or use to comfort us or build ourselves up. What happens when those small pleasures become vices? When we rely to heavily on a habit or a relationship or a mindset? When do they cross the line to become addictions that dominate our decision making? And how do we deal with that? It’s Addicting follows Claire, Hannah, Palmer and Kat in their sophomore year of college. It explores the various coping mechanisms and pleasures they seek ranging from exercise to boys and how that changes them. It is a faith-based novel, so it really explores how worldly things can come in conflict with our faith and how challenging it can be to balance living in this world, but not being of this world.
Did you write an outline before writing the novel?
No. I’m not an outline kind of girl. But I always have an idea, a sketch of what the book is going to be about. It’s Addicting had characters, and each of them had a specific “addiction” she was going to deal with long before I started writing it. Since it was the third book in the Status Updates series, several of the ideas evolved as I wrote the first two books, thoughts like, “at some point Claire is going to have to face this,” or “Kat’s going to have to watch how hard she trains. It’s awesome, but it seems to control her sometimes.” I took those ideas and nuances of the characters and started brewing their sophomore year. I had some ideas for a spring break trip, because it’s an integral part of college, and an international travel program to Germany, because all of these books have an international element, but the details come as part of the writing process.
What was the hardest part of writing It’s Addicting?
I always find the editing process to be the hardest part. It’s difficult to cut scenes or dialogue that I worked so hard to craft. It’s also challenging to add to scenes that I’d hoped were completed. But editing is also so rewarding! It’s like taking a rough, rocky gem from a stream and polishing it until it’s smooth and glossy. Editing truly improves writing. In fact, it is an integral part of the writing process.
Editing is definitely a struggle for me but once I do it it feels great to have finished 🙂 So,I absolutely love the characters in this series meaning I have to ask, what is one way you relate to your main character(s)?
Wow! There are a million ways I relate to all of my characters, and yet, they are also so different than me. There are slices and shreds of me in all of them. I was a ballerina, like Claire. I am a writer, like Palmer. I have a close relationship with my older brother, who is my only sibling, like Kat. Hannah is kind of the “mom” of their group, getting people tea, writing notes on their white board. I actually am a mom, so I do those kinds of things for my family all of the time. I love to travel, and all of the places the characters have ventured are places I’ve visited; Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, the beach. I love chocolate and coffee houses and going for runs and music, and the girls all find themselves doing these things, because these are experiences I want them to have.
That is great! I love how as the writer you are also a little bit of all your characters. 🙂 So, is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My hope with this novel, with all of my books really, is to remind readers that they are beautiful creations in Christ, that their identity doesn’t have to be wrapped in the world’s expectations, but can be wrapped in Christ, that they are wonderfully and fearfully made by their Creator, and that we need to keep our eyes fixed on that, because when we do, all of our struggles are easier, there is more peace and strength and joy in our lives.
What is one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?
God. He is the author of the universe. All of my ideas come from Him. Literally. I’ll be sitting and writing and entire scenes and characters spring forth where there was nothing. He gives me divine inspiration. I write for Him.
Do you have any advice for other writers out there who are looking into publishing or just writing a story in general?
Write. Write. Write. And then write some more. The more you write, the better you get. The more you comment on blogs, write your own blogs, write letters, enter short story contests, write poetry, etc., the more you’ll exercise your writing muscles.
Where can we as readers stalk you on social media? (Pinterest, Goodreads, FB, Blog etc etc.)
Just about every where 🙂
My website and blog are http://www.laurasmithauthor.com
LAURA L. SMITH, author of New Adult/Young Adult Fiction
Laura L. Smith loves God, her husband, her four children, writing and speaking. She writes real stories for real girls. Her previous books include Skinny, Hot, and Angry. She is a featured columnist at Choose Now Ministries and speaks at schools, churches and campuses around the country. Smith lives in the college town of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.