Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Guest Post and Blog Tour: We Other




We Other

Book Blurb:

A gripping fantasy for young adults and anyone who enjoys a journey into a twilight world. Sue Bentley is a master story teller.

Family secrets, changelings, and fairies you never want to meet on a dark night.

Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic. When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans – ‘hot-bloods’ – are disposable entertainment. Life on a run-down estate – her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend – become the least of Jess’s worries.

We Other



Book Review:

Thank you to the author and Rachel's Random Resources for this book.

I am just going to come out and say it. I loved this book!!! I was excited to read it and the author did not disappoint! I am going to gush on the story for a bit. I hope you don't mind.

The characters were well written. I felt all the humans had a lovely character arc and had grown throughout the story. The Fae did not have any character growth, but then again we can't expect them to as they are Fae after all. Jess went from a lonely teenage girl just trying to get by to becoming powerful and developing meaningful friendships. I loved how the author had her trying to fight the changes but in the end embracing her adventure. Caleb Farmer had grown tremendously into himself. I enjoyed his character as he seemed like such a kind young man. Alice was the most surprising for me. The reader sees from the beginning how she is struggling with alcoholism and drug abuse. The description of the hardships faced is very real. The struggle to sobriety also felt very real.

The settings were described beautifully. I can just picture Jess running in the city to the old mansion to the woods behind. The descriptions of the Fae were captivating. I loved the magic that they had. I loved the good and the bad Fae. I loved the imagination of developing the different Fae.

The story arc was well done. It kept me reading all night. There were tons of twists and turns. I didn't know what was going to happen next. I felt the conclusion was satisfying, but I could have kept reading. I hope there is a second book planned as I had unanswered questions by the end of this one. Definitely, it was a cliff hanger.
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We give this a 5 paw review as we just loved this book!

Guest post on how to write memorable characters:

Check out her YouTube Video

Memorable characters are at the heart of every novel. Sometimes a marvellous
setting can appear to take on a life of its own, but however well described or real it
appears, it will always be the characters in a book with which we connect. After reading a good novel, strong characters with whom we’ve shared good times and bad, often stay with us. We don’t want to let them go. They live on in our imagination – sometimes so strongly, that we decide to join an appreciation society or begin writing fan fiction. We are impelled to talk about the characters we love and
to share our enthusiasm for them with other people, sometimes with cos play events. Quite a tall order, for a writer to create characters such as these? So where to begin?

A good place is to look at the people in our own lives. We know them so well, that we
may need to stand well back and be objective. To ask ourselves what makes each person an individual. What are their passions, their likes and dislikes? What are their strongly held beliefs, their interests, the things they care most about? In essence,
their motivations. We all have to make a living in some way – in this we’re all alike,
although chosen professions may differ and be affected by barriers of class, gender,
religion or culture. There may be other things which affect us in finding our vocation. Physical barriers, like illness or disability. Lack of confidence, and shyness.
We all want to love and be loved. We hope for a fulfilling career and a safe, comfortable home. We try for a balance between work and free time. And we all
want our children to be happy. People the world over, share the same hopes and
dreams, but may go about achieving them in different ways. It’s good to explore the
things that set us apart, the small or unusual things are of most interest to the
novelist.

Think of particulars. An unusual job – what challenges could it bring? If someone’s a
collector, make the object of their desire something rare - like18 th century, signed first editions. What if a particular obsession has taken over their life, so they have run up huge debts? What would they be driven to do, to hide the fact? Or perhaps someone’s love of animals takes them around the world, searching for endangered birds, bats, or insects in a rain forest. What dangers might they encounter? What would make a character act rashly and later regret it?

From asking oneself such questions, plot ideas are born. What would the collector of
rare books give for a one-off chance to own the book of their dreams? How would
they react if circumstances prevented them acquiring it? A calm philosophical person, will have a very different reaction to one who is hot-headed. Think of the particulars that motivate people, it’s these that distinguish them. Strong feelings of joy and satisfaction will follow if needs are met, perhaps anger,disappointment, even violence when needs are thwarted. Make your characters have strong passions and strong reactions to the things that matter to them and readers will understand that and care about what happens to them. We don’t have to like every character, readers will see through people who are too perfect. It’s often more interesting to dislike or even hate a character, but if we understand their motivations we’ll be swept along by their story and they will linger in our imaginations after we finish reading.

When creating the main characters for We Other, I got to know them really well. I
gave Jess and Caleb their secrets, hopes and dreams. I gave them troubled home
lives and made them struggle with challenging circumstances. I knew what each of them wanted, but the difference in their characters would determine how they went about finding it. And I gave them dangers to overcome, hills to climb before they reached their goals. I put unexpected obstacles in their way, made them fail
sometimes and make mistakes before they dusted themselves off and kept on going.
I allowed them to be rewarded in appropriate ways, disappointed in others. I wanted to keep readers guessing with plot twists and turns, and to feel satisfied by how things worked out. I hope readers will love the characters in We Other, as much as I do.

Thanks so much for hosting me on the We Other blog tour.

Author Bio 
Sue Bentley discovered a love of books at an early age. She worked for
Northamptonshire Libraries for many years, while teaching herself the craft of writing. She is the
author of the worldwide bestselling Magic Kitten, Magic Puppy, Magic Ponies, Magic Bunny series
for age 5-9 years. She also writes for children and adults under various pen names. A lover of English
Folklore, her books often contain elements of the otherworld and the darkness within the everyday.
Her books have been translated into around 20 languages. We Other is her first book for Young
Adults.
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7 comments:

  1. This sounds like an awesome read. Good characters really can make or break a book.

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  2. This looks intense and tasty, how did I miss it?

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  3. This sounds like a fab read. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

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  4. So glad you enjoyed your read! High five!

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  5. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Great post, I absolutely love books that have Fae's in them, and this one looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and my kind of book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

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