Feature Follow Friday: Good Character Development or Great Writing?



Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! This is a blog hop that allows bloggers to gain new followers and find some awesome new blogs to follow themselves!

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host has a blog that they feature each week!


So, if you're a blogger, come join in on the fun!
This weeks Question:

How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer: (1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or (2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing

Kimi
Great characters and plot with lousy writing. For me, I find the plot and character more important than the writing, as I think it's a lot easier to learn how to write good than to understand people and turn them into characters of a story. It's also harder to learn the basics of how to develop a plot, rather than have good writing. Plus, there are always editors who can help you with your writing, whereas the characters and the plot, that all boils down to the author and how he/she understands the story- and that is a lot harder. I could read a book with great development even with bad writing. I'd be way more invested in a well-developed story even with lousy writing aside from a story that is just perfect in all aspects except the development. That'll be like going nowhere. The writing can be improved, but if you're bad at telling stories (which is basically the plot and the character development) then the book is not just tolerable.

Beryl
Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing. The writing style is a very important to me. I don't think I could read a book with bad writing. I wouldn't be able to take it if something were in bad grammar or something.

Audrey
Great character development with lousy writing. When I read a book, one major factor to whether or not i will like a book is if I like the way the characters change and mature throughout the whole book. Also, if the character is able to develop well, the writing can't be all that bad.

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Blog Tour: Branded by Abi & Missy



Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

A Sinners Series



Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best. 

Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home. 

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain. 

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me. 

I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. 

My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.





Excerpt


I turn on the faucet for a long while only to discover ice-cold water rushing out. The water never warms and I begin to understand. 
The Commander thinks he can wash away my soul by freezing me to death. He thinks he can destroy me by stripping away my possessions. But he can’t and I won’t let him take my memories, my ambition, and my pride.

He thinks I’m so easily broken.


The Commander doesn’t know anything about me, what I grew up 
with, what I endured—the father I lost, the mother I hate, the brother who walked out of my life, and the stepfather I was forced to accept. He thinks since I was rich, making me poor will cause me to give up. What he doesn’t understand is that, after my father passed away, I grew up behind walls of hatred. I had nothing, but had everything at the same time. I owned expensive clothes, enjoyed good schooling, and lived in a nice home. But my body was just a shell protecting an empty, desperate heart. My life was a colorful fa├žade.


I had so much time to sit and think. I spent the majority of my life between four walls. I was abandoned, neglected, starved, betrayed, and abused. I’ve already been treated like the scum of the earth, so the Hole is nothing new. He wants to erase every sign of my existence on this earth, but I won’t let that happen. He can strip me naked, but he’ll never reach my soul.


It’s personal, completely personal.




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About Abi and Missy 


Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.



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Book in Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mylnowski

 Don't Even Think About It
Title: Don't Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mylnowski
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Hardcover: 336 pages
Rating: 2/5

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

 Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have).

We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening.


This book has so much promise. The plot was unique and the writing was good but the way the story played out was, for me, unsatisfying. There are a lot of things that Mylnowski could have done with this story that would make me give it a 5-star rating. She could have made this a story that was so extraordinary and  utterly unforgettable but she didn't. I had such high expectations for this book but in the end, I was sorely disappointed.

I felt like this book didn't stand out among all of the books in this genre. Though the writing was good and the pacing was okay, the story wasn't able to draw me in and keep me in. They found out that they have telepathy and they don't even put it to good use. Instead, they use it to find out some utterly mundane things like whether or not someone liked them back. Also, thoughts are, well, they're thoughts. Not every thought is verbalized. When I think of something, that thought doesn't appear as words. It was simply unbelievable that they would find these thoughts in  people's minds in verbal form. I'm not sure if you can understand what I'm trying to say here. It's quite hard to explain. Another thing is how they were so adamant to keep this telepathy thing a secret. At first, I could understand why they wanted to keep the telepathy thing a secret. People would think that they were crazy or playing a prank. But even when they knew that the people from the place that did something about diseases (I don't know what it's called) knew about the telepathy and was looking for them and would believe them and would want to give them the cure, they still wouldn't tell. It frustrated me to no end. 

When I started this book, this was one of the first lines I saw:  
Maybe you think Olivia is telling the story. Or Mackenzie, or Cooper, or someone else in our homeroom you haven’t met yet.
It could be any of us.
But it’s not.
It’s all of us. We’re telling you this story together.
It sounded so cool. I thought that the book would be sort of sci-fi-ish with lots of science-y stuff involved but I was wrong. It turned out to be quite ordinary. Just a story of mostly ordinary teenagers with completely ordinary problems and issues that just happen to have telepathy. I was just hoping for something a little more out of the ordinary.

Also, they never really explained the science behind the telepathy and how they made the cure. They explained that it was in the flu shot but never said how it got there. They didn't even say what it was. They also didn't tell us how the cure worked. I was hoping that they would because that would make the story much more interesting and plausible.

But, on the other hand, I guess that this is a story that a lot of teenagers can relate to. All of their insecurities and problems, well, we've been through it too. Well, not the telepathy thing but the other problems. Worrying about saying the wrong things. Wondering what other people really think of you. The relatability (is this a word?) factor was one of the two stars I gave this book. The other star was because you could completely understand each character's motives. I didn't dislike any character in this book which is because I could understand them.

Have you read Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mylnowski? What do you think about it? Leave a comment!

 

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