The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games #2)The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was cute. Not amazing. The love story felt forced. There were far fewer games or puzzles in this book than there were in the previous installment, which was disappointing, because without the puzzles and with a cringe-y love story, there simply wasn't a lot to keep readers wanting more. The characters showed very little growth or depth and the prose was just okay.

Overall, an adequate follow-up to the Inheritance Games.

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On the Twelfth Day of NaNo...

My eyes bug out of my head like this:

The Stats about the Story (Forty Weeks)

Week 14 of 40 - Main Character knows she's pregnant and has told her parents. They were not happy.

Word Count - 23,000 (If I really push myself, I can get to 25,000 tonight!)

Estimated Finish Date - November 25

I'm averaging about 2,000 words a day, which is good, and I'm surprisingly not too tired. That said, work is kicking my bottom these days, so I'm doing most of my writing at night or on the weekend. Case in point, I got about 3,000 words per day on Saturday and Sunday.

So far, I'm feeling good. NaNo has been nice just simply because it gives all us writers something else to talk about. Twitter has been all NaNo all the time the past week. Plus, I've met a few other writers in my area from attending write ins. That's always fun.

Some Cons of NaNo:

--I'm going so fast through this story that I'm not really engaged with the characters as much as I would like. I'm just not feeling the story like I have with projects in the past. That said, I haven't written a new project in a year. I've just been editing. And I feel like you get so much closer to your characters during the editing phase. So, something to looking forward to.

--I feel like I've neglected my short stories. (Sorry babies!) I have three that I really wanted to finish before the end of the year (revise, edit, touch up, and submit.) Right now, I don't think that's going to happen.

Over all though, still a good experience. Ask me how I feel in two weeks!

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