I am struggling to write this post today, my brain is refusing to work, AGH. I always expected this 30 Day Challenge to be hard, but it is surprisingly exhausting as well. How do people manage to post every day?!
I’m a little unsure about what this question is trying to indicate, it is hard to judge how much a book has been read by the public without looking at sales figures, and whichever book I choose is probably being read by many more people than I think! So, I’ve decided to just pick an author that I love, because you always want your favourite writers to be read more, right? 🙂
My choice for this post is Kelley Armstrong, a fantasy author with a focus on the supernatural – werewolves, witches, necromancers, the lot. I would say her work leans more towards the sub genre of urban fantasy but I’m not entirely sure if she counts herself in that bracket. She writes both YA and adult books in this style and seems to be equally fantastic at doing both!
I feel like it might be a little premature of me to class Armstrong as a favourite author of mine yet because there are so many of her novels I have yet to read; she’s a prolific writer! Having said that, the four of her novels I have read Bitten from the Women of the Otherworld series and the three books in her Darkest Powers Trilogy impressed me beyond measure. Her books are full of action, swoon worthy guys that will make your heart race and kick ass heroines with tough backbones and a talent for sassy banter. Armstrong seems to be a master at creating believable strong female characters whether it be physically, mentally, their ability to be compassionate or simply because they refuse to give up in some of the most dire circumstances.
The first book I read of hers was The Summoning which followed a protagonist named Chloe who could see dead people. After a particularly spooky encounter it becomes apparent to those around her that she might be psychotic and she is labeled as Schizophrenic. Distraught and betrayed she is sent off to a centre for troubled teens. However, it is not long before she notices that the other residents have abnormal ‘problems’ too, and Chloe begins to wonder if the centre knows more about their patients than they are letting on…
I had never read a book that focused on necromancy before and the way Armstrong handled it was incredible. I didn’t read the blurb beforehand either so I had no idea what was in store! I was caught off guard when other supernatural powers and creatures made an appearance in the series, and what I loved most was having no clue where the story was going. It twisted in different directions, tricked me, mislead me and surprised me. The trilogy took me on a whirlwind journey from start to finish, they felt so fresh and vibrant in comparison to many other books in the genre at the time. I read all three, one after the other and became attached to them for a week straight that summer. Refusing to be interrupted by others I lurked off to the quieter areas of my house where I could read in peace, only stopping for necessities like food. I felt like a total book glutton. When I finished them there was this massive empty space in my bookish heart, even though I hadn’t had much time to grow attached to them. I walked around my house like a zombie, I needed MOREEE, MOREEE BRAINS KELLEY ARMSTRONG. I had to hear what happened next to Chloe, Derek, (Fictional crush alert!) Rachelle and Simon.
Searching the internet for answers I discovered that there would be another trilogy set in the same world (The Darkness Rising) but that it would follow a different set of characters. *SOB.* WHHHYYYY. I still desperately wanted to read them though, but I had to wait so long for the release dates of the trilogy that I forgot the details of the first set of books. I have been putting off reading them ever since. I may have to reread The Darkness Powers Trilogy just to make sure. (Ohhh the effort. ;))
As much as I loved her YA Darkest Powers Trilogy, Kelley Armstrong is most famous for her Women of the Otherworld thirteen book series aimed at adults. I have read the first book Bitten (it was the second EVER review I did on this blog, it seems so long ago now) and I was very impressed by it. I haven’t gotten around to the others yet because I’m so easily distracted, seriously, it’s like “Ohh yeah I love Kelley Armstrong she’s great, you should give her books a chance they’re- OHHH LOOK! ANOTHER NEW SHINY BOOK. *Forgets about awesome older books sitting on bookshelf.*”
Yepp, short attention span would be a word you could use. 😛
Is there an author out there you wish people would read more? Do you like Kelley Armstrong’s books? 🙂
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Darkest Powers Trilogy: http://alphareader.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/where-are-they-now-author-updates.html
The Darkness Rising Trilogy: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2012/12/10/it-matters-if-youre-black-or-white-the-racism-of-ya-book-covers/