Erin Hayes is one of my go-to authors for a reason. She's creative, a witty writer, and always keeps me entertained.
Like all her stories, I'm Not AfrErin Hayes is one of my go-to authors for a reason. She's creative, a witty writer, and always keeps me entertained.
Like all her stories, I'm Not Afraid of Wolves centers around a fully-fleshed out female protagonist. In this tale, Christine is facing the big task of protecting her younger sister from an ex-boyfriend in very unique circumstances.
One of the aspects of this story that I really enjoyed was the relationship between the two sisters. I appreciated how the author captured the emotional weight of being the older sibling and in some ways a third parent.
The supporting cast are described with enough personality to make you care for their fates. Though the story is light on romance, the romantic lead is pretty damn hot! The plot moves along in an exciting arc and lands on a solid ending.
Wow. So good. This series gets better and better! I can't wait for the next one. Frankly, this is one of the creepiest of the books, and I loved the cWow. So good. This series gets better and better! I can't wait for the next one. Frankly, this is one of the creepiest of the books, and I loved the character development....more
Though this book is not my usual genre, I read it on the recommendation of a friend and my agent since I'm diving into the world of YA in my writing.Though this book is not my usual genre, I read it on the recommendation of a friend and my agent since I'm diving into the world of YA in my writing. I really enjoyed the characters in the story. They were all very well-defined and I could see them clearly in my mind. I also enjoyed the fan fiction aspect of the story, and how Cather interacted with her online fandom. (I originally published As the World Dies online long before Tor picked it up). The complexities of growing up, moving on, and finding love kept the plot flowing along. I had a few surprises along the journey that really pleased me (view spoiler)[such as Cath holding her ground with a mother who obviously really didn't want the role to begin with (hide spoiler)] and made me cheer. It was a fun book, and I definitely recommend it.
I do want to address the way mental disorders and treatment are depicted in the book. (view spoiler)[The only reason I'm pointing this out is because there might be young people reading this book who might suspect they might be suffering from a mental disorder. Frankly, I don't think I would have noticed anything off in how the treatment of the disorders was depicted if not for the fact I've had someone very close to me struggling with bi-polar disorder and GAD for the last eight years.
A few things to keep in mind if you suspect you have General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) which Cath appears to suffer from in the beginning of the book. Virtually starving yourself to avoid a cafeteria is a very GAD behavior. Basically, GAD is non-stop anxiety about everything and nothing. It is treatable with medication.
Also, medication does not work instantly. It takes about six weeks to start to have impact on someone's brain chemistry and to show if its working or not. It can take many years and different medicines/various dosages, to find the correct cocktail to control the manic highs and depressive lows of being bi-polar.
Mania is not creativity. When my friend used to have extreme manic episodes, he wouldn't sleep, eat, bathe, etc, for days straight because he was writing. He'd then collapse and sleep for days to recover. All that writing he did? Worthless. Gibberish. It was only after the doctors finally sorted out correct meds/dosages that he finally was able to tap into his creativity in a productive way. Eating right, exercising and having someone watch your every move doesn't actually help control bi-polar disorder because it's a chemical imbalance in the brain. I dealt with my friend's manic highs/depressive lows, shoveled good food into him, gave him pep talks, etc, and nothing worked for him until he got the right cocktail of medication.
Again, I am not knocking the book at all, just pointing out that in real life going to the doctor and getting help is a very good thing. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more