Sam LaCour hasn’t given up on men, even if they’ve given up on her, and she doesn’t give up on her colleagues either, even when a dead body turns up, and she faints in front of the cameras, her family, and a television audience.
REVIEWER VS. WRITER
I’m rather good at compartmentalizing, and so I look at reviewing and writing as two separate entities. I also look at writing and editing as two entirely separate entities as well (but that’s another post for another time). So my first response would be that I honestly haven’t given a LaCour’s Destiny review any thought at all, until this post. Another aspect that makes this process difficult for me is that as writers we lose a certain amount of objectivity for our work once we start the creative process. We created it, so how could we not love it? I’ve heard the terms babies and children tossed around, and for good reason. Conjuring up words from a blank page or empty space is a natural wonder, and often why writers refer to “our muse.” There’s no rational explanation for it, so we turn to the irrational notion that there’s this person we can’t see or touch but sometimes speaks to us if we’re really, really good, and we eat all of our vegetables, and sit in a chair and stare at a blank screen for hours on end. Instead of being locked up, we’re praised and reviewed and sometimes we end up on the radio or television.
I turned to reviewing, because if I’m going to ask other people to review my work, how could I not create a few reviews of my own? What I discovered was I couldn’t keep my feelings and emotions out of my reviews, and often it shows up even more prominently than in my novels, and the process is extremely draining. Like my writing, it’s hard to get people to pay attention, and I had hoped (rather stupidly) that people would be on the lookout for my next review, and seek them out for their own reading pleasure. If I were really lucky, I could even build my name and add to my platform. I suppose that’s happened to a certain extent, but I’ve fallen flat on my back with that one as well. The bottom line is it’s hard to get people to pay attention, and it’s even harder to get them to stick around. But that doesn’t mean I’ll quit trying. I know I’ll return to it again someday, just not right now.
With all that out of the way, I can honestly say it was an enjoyable read for me. Read into that what you will, but I wouldn’t have started LaCour’s Destiny ten or so years ago (not consecutively) if I wasn’t having tons of fun, and learning as I went along. Maybe most of the fun got lost in translation, but I hope at least some of it made its way to the printed page, because if you’re not enjoying yourself, you’re probably not going to come back for an encore. But keep in mind I built Sam’s world around her, and she’s a bit of an amateur, so she has a bit of learning left to do, as do I. Instead of a straight mystery, there’s a bit more atmosphere and background, and that could have a few readers looking for the exit sign. Her optimism and determination help her win in the end, and I think that’s a good message to keep in mind.
She has to find her place in the world, and like me, she’s still searching for it.
About the author:
Robert aspired to be a writer before he realized how difficult the writing process was. Fortunately, he'd already fallen in love with the craft, otherwise Sam and Casey might never have seen print. Originally from West Virginia, he has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and now resides in California. To find out more about Sam or Casey, visit the author’s website.
When he’s not writing, Robert can be found reviewing, blogging, or smiling. Falling Immortality and Graceful Immortality helped him discover his true love: hard-boiled mysteries. This is his third novel.