With literally three days left for the start of NaNoWriMo 2016, you might think it’s too late for prep. But the resources I’m listing here are ones that can help you during the writing month- whether you’re stuck, need inspiration or simply need something to make the process easier for you. In fact, you can very well use most of these things for any type of writing endeavor, not just NaNoWriMo.
A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales. In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter.
Although this is my first time doing NaNoWriMo, I’ve actually attempted to write many novels before this (Keyword: attempted). The story idea I have now though is one I’m most serious about and that’s why I’m more motivated than ever to write 50,000 words this November. I have done most of the outlining, but I still have a lot more to plan. I have only 7 days for prepping and I’m officially freaking out but still kinda excited.
I think Yelena is my favorite protagonist. I have a lot of others whom I adore, but Yelena is kinda on another level. She’s one of the strongest and most badass female characters out there. I loved her passion for acrobatics and I love how that talent helps her throughout; it reminds me of Inej in a way (which is a bonus). She’s been through so much (including sexual, verbal and physical abuse. So if that bothers you, steer clear from this one) and her reactions were very realistically put. She is truly strong-willed, she is clever and if she wants something, she works hard for it.
All the characters are the same exasperating bunch they were in the first book. I loved all their banters and I loved the dynamics they have with each other- especially the ships. I don’t want to spoil anything when it comes to the couples so I will only say that you should expect a lot of heart-fluttering moments (if you’ve read the book you know which scene especially applies to this), a lot of frustration, heartbreak, heart-mending and some warm fluffy times.
I was immersed deep into the dark, twisty world of Camorra and I found myself so attached to the characters that I feel as though they will never leave me. Add in the rich detailed writing, the unique humor, the seat-gripping suspense, the violence, the awfully clever heists – all intricately woven- and you have A LITERAL MASTERPIECE.