My latest short story "The Night the Lights Came On"

Monday, May 24, 2021

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Book Review

I really enjoyed this book. I read it because all my kids have been devouring the series. There were a few reasons I liked this book and a few reasons I didn't give it 5 stars. I thought the story world was awesome. I've always loved the idea of characters who are (slight spoiler) ancient. I also loved the whole idea behind the lost cities and I love the urban fantasy trope of our normal world but there are other worlds we normal people just don't know about. Super cool. That said, there were a few things that heavily reminded me of Harry Potter but I'd say in comparison this book has way less depth when it comes both to the individual characters and the story world. They're still great but I did get bored a few times while the character was (slight spoiler) getting through school. OK - all that to say I'm a 38 year old and not the target audience for this book so I think most readers will love those chapters because they're very relatable to you if you're still in school. I have also heard that as you keep reading the book in this series get even better so I have great hopes as I continue on to the next one. It's also really fun talking about books with my kids and this series is one they are all excited about so I'm thankful to share that with them. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

My poetry book "Explore: 107 Haikus" is finally published!

I'm still waiting on the proof copy of the paperback to come so I can review it before I publish the paperback version, but you can go and pick up the eBook version now! If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read it for FREE! I had a lot of fun writing this little book of haiku poems and I think readers will get a kick out of it too. I'm most excited about the paperback version as I think this kind of book lends itself more to that medium than an eBook, but I think the eBook version is still a great option. Many people prefer eBooks. For fiction I know I do. 

The paperback is out now! Grab a copy for you and one for a friend!