Book Review: No Heroes by Jon Mayo

***I voluntarily received a free copy to give a honest book review***

The Locke twins possess a peculiar power: they can pass pain and injuries to one another. Despite this flaw, Aries Locke dreams of becoming a superhero one day, to the chagrin of his twin, Ezra. But after performing a heroic deed they soon learn why there are no heroes in the world.

With the help of their mother, they run away from the shadow of The Purity Project–an organization devoted in controlling and regulating superhumans.

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I loved this book that was divided into three parts. Part One showed Aries and Ezra living with their mom, Gracie. She turned out to be more than a pill-popping, sad person. She had been hiding a secret forever. Part Two showed the twins as teens, growing up with their foster sister, Caylee. She had a secret of her own. Part Three focused on Barry and Theo of The Purity Project–the villains.

My favorite lines: 1) It looked painful, but he knew that all origin stories began with trauma. Aries just got his. 2) “Suffering is part of life. It is what makes us strong.” 3) It was a murder scene without a corpse. 4) There was a chill that crawled up Aries’ back. 5) One bullet shattered his breastbone. Another popped his right eye open like a squeezed tomato.

I loved Aries and Ezra, and I was really rooting for them throughout the book. It was a wicked scene when Ezra fell from the tree but Aries’s arm got broken instead. I also really enjoyed when Aries saved a cat from a fire. After that, it was nothing but drama. The author did a wonderful job of showing how crappy their life was, always on the run with their mom. I was sad about what happened to Gracie.

I thought it was a cute moment when the twins met Caylee for the first time. I’ll admit in Part two I was asking myself: is this book a super hero origins story or a romance? But, the devastating scene Ezra and his loved one faced broke my heart. This section of the book made sense at the end. Readers needed to feel Ezra’s pain to understand why Aries was gung ho on becoming superheroes.

I really enjoyed the ending, but Part One was definitely my favorite section of the book. It was cool that the book ended on a cliffhanger.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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#IWSG Blog Hop–My Self-Doubt Hitting Me Like a Mack Truck Unexpectedly

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It’s that time again. IWSG hosts a blog hop the first Wednesday of every month. Writers get to discuss their doubts and fears they’ve conquered, their struggles and triumphs. Even though writing is a lonely activity, it doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through.

Showing vulnerability makes you strong. If you’d like to read more from bloggers who shared their personal experiences, then please click IWSG sign-up sheet.

March’s question–How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?

When I achieve a writing goal or finish a story, I do a happy dance. Then I sit down to catch my breath and pat myself on the back. Me, the biggest procrastinator ever, actually finished something! No just talking about it. No just stalling by doing loads and loads of research on my story topic. No just keeping it in my head but not putting it down on paper. I actually FINISHED!

After the excitement wears off, I always treat myself to a notebook or sketchbook at Books-A-Million. I used to treat myself to a chocolate muffin or a brownie, but I’m not allowed to have chocolate anymore because of the caffeine in it. So, now I treat myself to blueberry muffins or cinnamon buns.

I would love to say I’m one of those writers who loves the craft so much that I only write for the pleasure. If I said that, I’d be lying. I totally need incentives to finish a writing goal. An incentive can be getting to watch TV or Netflix after so many words written for the day. Or taking a road trip over the weekend if I write 3 or 4 days in a row.

Back in December, I was so excited for 2018. I just knew I’d create a better writing schedule for myself, making me more productive. I’ve failed miserably so far. Still being artsy, I’ve been sketching and outlining a comic instead. Doing that won’t help me publish more novellas though. I feel disappointed like I’ll never get out of this ‘publish only 1 book a year’ rut if I don’t focus on fiction writing. Unfortunately, I don’t really know how to get out of this rut…

I thought I had conquered my fear, but it’s definitely haunting me again. I’ve allowed my fear to cause self-doubt and totally mess with my self-confidence. I guess it started when my new release, Six Plus One, didn’t have a good debut. Now, I’m back to thinking my writing sucks even if that may not be true…it just seems like the advice of ‘when you produce more books, you get more sales’ isn’t holding true for me. Every book had a decent release except Six Plus One. I often wonder: what if I have bad luck–where for each new book I publish, I’ll keep getting lower sales?

I’ll get out of this rut, I promise…

That really felt good to share. Letting it all out may very well be the first step in getting my productivity back 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby