As I work toward having Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) ready for November 30 (and bring you a couple more excerpts from the book before then), I'm announcing that I will also be doing a book recap on this blog after its release. No, I will not be recapping my own book.
As I stated in my last post, I've been wanting to do a book recap on this blog for quite some time but didn't really have a book that I would say drove me to want to do weekly recaps. My original choice was going to be Jessica Sorensen's Death Collector series. I've only read the first book in that series, but it was enough for me to start thinking of the stereotypes and tropes of the goth culture that is prevalent in much of modern entertainment because this particular series seems to have lots of it.
FOR THE FIFTY MILLIONTH TIME, PEOPLE (Thank you YouTuber, Leahmouse for this):
Yes, the stereotyping surrounding goths in a lot of entertainment is atrocious and I do plan to squash much of that in the third Birthrite Series novel which is titled Rapture.
So I was set to recap Ember X (The Death Collector Series, #1). But the other day when I was browsing in one of my favorite thrift stores (where I found winter shoes for $4.00. Yeah baby!), I found a book that I am inspired to recap. And that is Jillian Larkin's Vixen which is the first book in her Flappers series. Even though Vixen is straight up YA and I don't really consider The Birthrite Series YA (though some might consider it that given the ages of a lot of the characters in my series), I figured that since a good portion of my own The Birthrite Series takes place right after the 1920s and given some of the subject matter within book her book and my books, I figured it would be appropriate and I actually found myself wanting to recap this even more right now.
Before I get into why, here is the cover and blurb:
Jazz... Booze... Boys... It's a dangerous combination.
Every girl wants what she can't have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle--and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she's engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago's most powerful families, Gloria's party days are over before they've even begun... or are they?
Clara Knowles, Gloria's goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch--but Clara isn't as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she'll do anything to keep hidden...
Lorraine Dyer, Gloria's social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria's shadow. When Lorraine's envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone's going to be very sorry...
Okay, now why am I doing this?
I think that book recaps can be an interesting way of looking at a popular piece of literature and getting an insight to how things like the world and history in general are viewed. A great example would be Jenny Trout's Recaps of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Will I be harsh in my recaps?
I'm usually harsh when I read so there are times when I probably will be. Though I do try to be honest and combine the positive with the negative.
Does a harsh recap of a chapter mean I hate the book?
No. In fact, when it came to Jessica Sorensen's Ember X (The Death Collectors, #1) there was actually much I did like about the book. My main bitch was with the characterizations. Same thing with Vixen (The Flappers, #1): there are things I'm liking and things I'm finding problematic.
While cliches and tropes aren't completely unavoidable (I do admit to using some in The Birthrite Series), there are things I'm seeing in a lot of modern fiction, especially ones that are in a historical setting that really aren't offering the entire picture of what was going on in the given era. Of course we may never have the entire picture, but there is much that tends to get ignored. I don't know why this is; perhaps because some things aren't as universally accepted? I'm actually kind of tired of certain things being used as a crutch.
(SIDE NOTE- A couple things that happen in The Birthrite Series:
- a guy from the 1950s falls for a 21st century goth girl
-there are actually quite a number of characters living prior to the 21st and 20th centuries who, while might have some antiquated views, are not bigoted assholes. Some are and some aren't.
-My 21st century characters aren't complete angels either and are unenlightened in their own way.)
I will be getting into a lot of this stuff in the recaps which will start after I release Descent.
I also plan to get back into a regular blogging schedule in the new year. And also stay tuned for another excerpt from Descent this week. :)