So, as anyone who has been following me already knows, I have been working on the third book in The Keepers of the Orbs Series while also writing a standalone Sci-Fi book at the same time. I’m about 50% complete on the next KOTO book, but my focus lately has been on the sci-fi book as I am over 83% and looking to wrap it up.
I know, you’re asking “so what’s the big decision”? Well, I have struggled with the way I was planning on ending The Saukarian Children (that’s the sci-fi story). This was always intended to be a one book thing. That was it. Write it…and move one. The only problem? I don’t think I can. I have fallen in love with the characters, but at the same time I don’t think a happy ending is coming their way. Don’t get me wrong, the three MCs are the heroes of the story and they will get the credit they deserve. But I can’t just leave it at that.
Along those lines, I am changing how the story is going to end. I still have 5 chapters to go, and the way I had intended for it to end when I sat down four months ago, has been scrapped. Without giving too much away, I just don’t think the human race would ever accept the Saukarian Children for what they are. There would naturally be some form of prejudice and hatred coming their way and I think it just makes sense. Then again, it also leaves it open for me to write additional stories down the road 🙂 which is never a bad thing.
Anyway, the story hasn’t even been released yet, but I know there will be some hatred coming my way for the ending and I just wanted to explain myself ahead of time to calm the storm. Not everything can end like a fairy tale, and I think this just makes more sense. If you hate the ending, blame me for falling in love with my characters, and for not wanting to give the final farewell.
The Hungry House by Elizabeth Amelia Barrington is in a genre that I wouldn’t normally read. I am so glad I overlooked my normal barriers and sat down to read this fabulous tale. It has taught me a lesson that sometimes it is okay to travel outside your personal box by trying something new.
The primary characters are well developed, and the plot line was intriguing. I did find a few of the plot points to be predictable, but it wasn’t enough to detract from the overall story. The setting was well established by the supporting facts and intricate details related to Portland, which helped to set the scene and create a visual in my head.
The main character, Vicky Howell, was developed in a manner in which I could relate. She faced numerous struggles that began with the prologue, and continuing through to the end of the book. I found myself sympathizing with her situation, and pulling for her in the end. I think the reason I could relate so well was because I have had friends who have faced similar hardships. I have seen similar transformations as they struggle to deal with the losses, and it is painful to witness. I think this was what made her such a realistic character.
My favorite character in the book was the antagonist, Frank. He wasn’t my favorite because I could relate to him, or that I was pulling for him. Rather, he was my favorite because I truly despised him. I think Elizabeth did a wonderful job creating a true villain. The second we are introduced to Frank, and his lascivious nature, I developed a deep hatred for this man and I wanted to see him punished for his crimes.
Overall I enjoyed this book. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Don’t let the 4 fool you. I would recommend this book to anyone. I am interested to see what else Elizabeth will have in store for us in future books