So, it seems you can review your own work on goodreads. I did that :)
Larkspur: A Necromancer’s Romance by V.M. Jaskiernia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So, Goodreads lets authors review their own work. I thought I’d give it a go.
Now this review is obvious bias in many ways. You can decide for yourself whether it was ‘amazing’ as I have claimed with my 5stars. But I do want to tell you why I think it’s amazing.
Larkspur took me two years to write on-and-off. Mostly off. I wrote a bit, decided it was junk, and stopped for a few weeks. I thought about writing, about the story, but putting words to computer screen was difficult.
It isn’t a perfect book. That isn’t what I mean by 5stars at all. Every time I look through it I see things I want to change. For the first month I did rearrange sentences, change small details. I even added a short half-page scene explaining something that wasn’t as well detailed the first time around.
I feel like I rushed the ending too. That’s bothered me a lot all this time Larkspur has been out, and I’ve thought about whether to go back and add more several times. In the end I decided not to. This is the first section, the prologue, for the series. And this series first and foremost is about Pierre and Lizzy. So while I could have expanded on the magic, the other characters, the world– I feel it’s ok that I didn’t. All of that will get discovered and discussed in future, longer, books. But this was for Pierre and Lizzy (ok, and the necrocræft. There was a reason I balanced each romance scene with a bloody one.).
So if you want to know how the books rates from ‘this is shit’ to ‘I would cut off my arm to be able to create this’ I’d give it a 4. It could be better. I think I can do better (and so far Delphinium [book 2] is looking to hit that level as I’m writing it).
But there are parts that amaze me. I forget how I phrased something and reading it again weeks later, I think ‘huh, that’s pretty good.’ My characters surprised me, the world opened up far more than what I had in my head, even after all these years. Parts made me tear up. Parts I love reciting to myself just because I think I managed the perfect rhythm if only for a sentence or two.
Larkspur is two years of work, and many more previous years of planning, thought, and dedication… I suppose in that way all books are amazing.
I really truly hope you like Larkspur, and that even a little bit of it amazes you like it did me.
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