Monday, July 29, 2013

Reaper's Rhythm: A fun dance for YA fans

Last week, I previewed a look at Clare Davidson's new young adult urban fantasy novel, Reaper's Rhythm. This week, I have a review for you. Enjoy!

Reaper's Rhythm tells the story of Kim, a teen whose sister Charley has apparently committed suicide. The only problem is, Charley had been happy, and Kim doesn't believe her sister killed herself. But other than the nagging sensation that something is wrong somehow, Kim can't prove anything, and no one believes her. Worse, Kim is suffering from a form of amnesia. Even though she discovered her sister's body, she can't remember anything from the time she arrived at home until she wakes up later in the hospital.

Trying to make sense of what happened, Kim begins talking to Charley's friends. She is hit on by the creepy Gage, hated on by mean girl Tia, pitied by Charley's close friend Amy, befriended by Kevin, an older teen who Charley had fought with the day she died...

But the real mystery is Matthew, a cute guy with a winning smile that no one else seems to notice lurking around except for Kim. The otherworldly Matthew warns Kim from trying to find out what happened. And of course, she ignores him. That's how she discovers there is magic at work...and with her stubborn need for closure in the death of Charley, Kim gets caught right in the middle of a magic mess...

Reaper's Rhythm is a lot of fun. The beginning drops us right into the middle of the action. Now I'll be honest: that felt a bit abrupt to me personally. But I quickly got my feet grounded in the story, it moved along nicely, and I didn't mind the quick start so much. For young adults, the target audience, I expect the quick start will be greatly appreciated.

In a typical YA novel, you want a hint of romance. Author Clare Davidson provides this deftly. Kim is drawn to Matthew, but Kevin is cute in his own way too. And then there's Gage, who is clearly a bad boy, but he has a certain charm that is hard to ignore. You wonder which, if any of them, Kim will end up with.

The magic in the story is also handled well. It never overpowers the main drama, which is how Kim solves the mystery of what happened to Charley and comes to terms with it. But the magic is a key to what happened, and Davidson weaves it into the story so that it makes perfect sense in the urban, English setting where the story takes place. My only criticism is that I wanted to know more about the magical, demonic and angelic creatures who are players in the story. We do get an explanation of sorts, and it works, but I'd like to more. Perhaps that's an area Davidson will explore in a sequel someday.

All in all, Reaper's Rhythm is a solid book that teenaged fans of Twilight (by Stephenie Meyer) and City of Bones (by Cassandra Clare) are sure to enjoy!

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Next week, I'll share some thoughts about critique groups...and why maybe you don't need one as much as you might think. See you then!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Upcoming Book Review of Clare Davidson's "Reaper's Rhythm"

Looking for a new YA novel to read? Next week, I'll be posting a review of Reaper's Rhythm, a new novel by Clare Davidson.

Here's a sneak peek at the novel's cover art and a glimpse at what the book is about:


When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered.

Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her investigation is putting those around her in danger.

The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work with Matthew to discover how Charley died – before it’s too late.


Sounds good, doesn't it? And it is. I'll tell you more next week. For now, you can check out Clare online:

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Clare Davidson is an independent writer, based in Lancaster. Clare is a high school teacher, mother and character-driven fantasy writer. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter, a cranky grey cat and an insane white kitten.

She published her first novel, Trinity in July 2012. Trinity is a young adult, fantasy novel, which currently has seventeen five star reviews on Amazon UK.

Her second novel, Reaper’s Rhythm, is due to be released on the 26th July 2013. Also aimed at a young adult audience, Reaper’s Rhythm is an urban fantasy with a dash of mystery.


Have you ever read any of Clare's work? Do you have a favorite young adult novel? Share in the comments!

See you next time.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

5 Timely Reads for Writers

Charles Demuth - Figure 5
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Yeah, I know; I haven't posted much lately. But I'm making an effort to get the blog back on track. Today's not my normal day for posting either, but who cares? Once a week any day of the week is a good thing at this point.

So, what I have for you today is a short list of five interesting Internet reading that you might like, especially if you're a writer.

Let me know what you think of these articles. And if you have other articles you've read this week that have helped you, share them in the comments below.


1.  How to Be Prolific (from Fast Company's blog)

Otherwise known as advice from Joss Whedon, the undisputed King of Productivity. All hail the creator of Nathan Fillion's career.

2.  16 Fancy Literary Ideas Explained by Disney (from BuzzFeed)

Otherwise known as the only explanation you need to watch cartoons as an adult (if you ever need it).

3.  Hell with What Sells (from Chuck Wendig)

Otherwise known as four-letter-word justification for writing what you love from the master of dirty-mouthed, but excellent, writerly advice.

4.  A Chat with Bestselling Author David Webber (by Bryan Thomas Schmidt on SF Signal)

Otherwise known as advice and thoughts from a BIG-TIME author whose name you should already know if you like science fiction.

5.  150 Summer Steals (from Open Road Integrated Media)

Otherwise known as a really cool ebook sale from well-known authors like Alan Foster Dean, Timothy Zahn, and Robert Silverberg. Get on it, because the sale is only on for a couple of weeks.

See you all next week! And thanks for sticking around!

The Chipper Muse

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