Writing and Reading Wrap-Up – March 2017

I haven’t been keeping to my schedule this month due to a few reasons and tons of excuses. It hasn’t been an easy month for me. Being a non-summer (anti-summer?) person and allergic to pollen, I’ve been tired and sick for most of it. Hopefully, April will be better (I’m not hopeful about the temperatures coming down before June, but I’ll survive), at least in terms of blogging. Apart from getting baked under the tropical sun, this is what I’ve been up to in March.

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Book Review: DIY MFA

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Title: DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community

Author: Gabriela Periera

Genre: Writing guide, prescriptive nonfiction

Published by: Writer’s Digest Books

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: King Ottokar’s Sceptre

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Title: King Ottokar’s Sceptre

Author and Illustrator: Hergé (Georges Prosper Remi)

Genre: Comic, adventure

Series: The Adventures of Tintin #8

Setting: Syldavia

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: The Cursed Child

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Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Authors: J. K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Series: The Harry Potter Series #8

Setting: Wizarding World (Britain)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Note: This review may contain spoilers

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Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora

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Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora

Author: Scott Lynch

Genre: Fantasy, Heist

Series: The Gentlemen Bastard Sequence

Setting: Camorr, 78th year of Aza Guilla

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: The Hidden Oracle

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Title: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Mythology, Young Adult

Series: The Trials of Apollo

Setting: New York, Present time

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: AMBER WAKE – Gabriel Falling

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales

Stars: 5 out of 5 stars

Setting: London, 1705

Favourite Quote: ‘He was, to me, an extension of myself. Perhaps he was speaking to me from somewhere inside of my mind that I didn’t want to listen to…’

AMBER WAKE – Gabriel Falling (Goodreads | Amazon) is an action-packed adventure that narrates the tale of Captain Gabriel Wallace, who, along with his loyal crew, takes on a life of piracy following his court-martial. It explores the themes of revenge and character transformation brought upon by desperate circumstances.

I finished this book in a little more than a day, which in itself is a reflection of how enjoyable it is. It is fast-paced and easily turns into a movie in front of one’s eyes as the sea battles and raging storms paint quite a picture. The plot is solid and well-worked out. The characters are a delight to get to know. I could relate especially to Maddox Carbonale, a young, resourceful man with a rebellious streak who helps out Gabriel in several situations. But the character I loved the most was that of Miles Jacobs, who is Gabriel’s best friend and first mate. His character arc is beautifully written.

It is a tall order to get the first person POV right, but the authors manage to do it perfectly. I took some time to get used to the Old English language and pirate tongue. A little nautical knowledge is a pre-requisite, in my opinion.

To sum up, the book was a thrilling ride and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes the genre or has enjoyed a pirate tale and fans of Disney’s The Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Authors:

P. S. Bartlett (Goodreads)

Ronovan Hester (Goodreads | Blog)

I received this book from the author, Ronovan Hester, in exchange for my honest review.


I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Ronovan Hester through his WordPress blog. He runs a Haiku challenge and a fiction prompt challenge on a weekly basis. His prompts have brought out several good pieces of fiction from me. His support and advice have encouraged me in my writing journey. When I was offered a chance to read his debut novel, I ceased it immediately. I loved the writing style, the characters and the emotional as well as the moral conflict in the book. I’d recommend it to everyone reading this post (as long as you’re comfortable reading fiction). To all the avid readers, writers and poets out there, don’t forget to check out his blog (link provided above).