Welcome Inkers! Here at our new book club, we'll read a new novel of a different genre every month and discuss our thoughts and opinions on the plot and writing style!
Jadin, a Marker, has been tasked with labeling soon-to-be victims and has mastered the art of leaving before they die. By now it is a tired routine, the horror of the idea long-since wrung out. Marking Alli will be easy. Merciful, even. But Alli has never done things the easy way.
Hey guys, I'm so happy to finally get Inkitt's brand new online book club up and running! Now, let's get to it...
We will read a third of the chosen novel each week. Therefore, we will finish by the end of the third week of the month. At the end of each week, we discuss what we've read so far.
As you can see, our first book club read will be 'These Lovely Forms' by LeKat, which I hope you will all enjoy! Once you have finished reading this book, ... See More it'd be great if you could leave LeKat a review and give her some feedback.
Here's the schedule for this month's novel:
End of Week 1 - Read to the end of Chapter 9
End of Week 2 - Read to the end of Chapter 20
End of Week 3 - Finish the rest of the novel
In the next week, feel free to post a little bit about yourself, including when and where you plan to read the book and your initial thoughts after reading the blurb. Next Friday, we'll begin discussions on the first 9 chapters.
I hope you all enjoy the experience and I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts and opinions!
Happy reading :D
I really enjoyed reading this book (finished it in one sitting, haha). The characters were realistic and developed through the book. I did feel the scene with the Elder disappearing was a little anticlimatic, but I also did appreciate Alli's self-awareness during that scene in particular.
Congratulations on your novel, Lekat. I'm afraid I haven't been able to read the balance of it, but what I did showed lots of potential. Keep writing and keep honing your craft. Good luck.
It's quite amazing the amount of feedback this novel received. Posting your writing and receiving constructive criticism from other writers is one of the best ways I know to improve - and the least expensive. I would encourage reviewers to be try to be more specific about what they liked and what ... See More they found lacking. Every writer appreciates positive comments, but it's really helpful to have readers point out where you're succeeding or failing.
Hi, Chloe! I have a question. I'm a new member and I was wondering how I get a copy of the book if you saved one for me?
Hi Lekat, I honestly don't know anything about plot lines and all so I'm gonna express myself how I can. In answer to Chloe's questions...I think I need to reread the book to properly understand the title. Your book made me laugh, face-palm myself and think. I don't think I have a favourite part to be honest. Although parts that stood out for me were:
Your description of the kiss, especially from Jadin's POV was really good. His emotions were tangible..I could understand what he was ... See More feeling. His inexperience and shock.
Alli's death. Jason finally understood why "we humans" loved. Why we cried when someone died.
The book was ALIVE. It's just almost...real. Like that's what actually happens to people when they die.
Lekat...I want you to know that I absolutely love your book. I love your imagination. Sure.. there's a few mistakes here and there but it's nothing that can't be fixed as long as you listen to the right people(not me.. I'm hopeless at book advice). I want you to keep writing so you can get better. You did an amazing job. Thank you.😀
I have a question though...Is there going to be a sequel? The ending was a bit abrupt for me and I'm curious about the other woman.
I enjoyed this story. I did like the plot. It was unusual but I have to say that I didn't really warm to Alli. Jadin was much more interesting. The story could have been fleshed out more with a bit more tension. It had good twists. It didn't really invoke strong emotions even though I enjoyed it. Good luck in the future. A really talented author.
The ending was predictable. More drama and one more twist would have added an extra punch. LeKat, there was a movie in 1990 called Ghost. You can see the final scene on youtube. The scene was remembered by movie goers for years. That's what happens when you produce a good scene in a movie or book. Just for fun, you should watch it. One more comment:. It would have higlighted Alli's growth if Chris had been mentioned in the last chapter. (Full circle sort of thing) It's always beneficial to tie ... See More your last chapter and first chapter together. That being said, it was a delight to read your book, and I wish for you only the best. Good luck on your journey.
These Lovely Forms is Dead Like Me with a happy ending. It's funny and sad in a way that draws you in. I believe it would benefit from some editing to tighten up the beginning, adding tension and making the turns more dramatic. I think this would make a great YA novel and should be published. I can see it as s Netflix series. LeKat does a great job of telling the store using alternate narrators to draw the reader in. Young Aduts would love this book.
I already posted a review as I finished the book in the first week--the first day actually. I really liked it but I thought I'd post something more to try to answer the questions asked in Chloe's email.
Firstly, despite having read the Prelude, I didn't notice the relevance of the title until I read it in the comments last week. If I'm honest, it's not a catchy title and I actually couldn't remember what the book was called.
I thought Jadin was a stronger, and more ... See More developed character, though I would have liked to have learned more about his background--perhaps his human life etc. More of what made him who he was. Alli's character: I felt the author was trying a little too hard to make her seem unlike a regular teenager.
I don't think I had any particularly strong emotions while reading though I thought the ending was bittersweet. I like endings like that though. Bittersweet would probably be the word I would use to describe the book.
My only really criticism, and I know it has been mentioned and I've also mentioned it in my review, is the repetition of the story from the other protagonist's POV. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable read.
I haven't had a chance to read more than 14 chapters of this book so far. Life got in the way. I will finish the book as soon as I can and write a review. I'm just sorry I wasn't able to contribute to the weekly conversations.
“These Lovely Forms” is a very good book. The story was interesting, the characters well fleshed out and believable, whether I liked them or not. I have met teenagers like Tyler and Chris, and I have had bosses like The Elder. Alli and Jadin are complex characters who change before our eyes. The plot is unusual. The book is well written. Once I started reading I could not stop. I always read more than I intended. “These Lovely Forms” deserves to be published. It needs minor tweaking,
but no major rewrite.
I wonder if LeKat had thought out what would have happened if Alli had not returned. Whether one or two bodies were found, Jadin would have been accused of Alli’s murder, with no way of proving his innocence. Gosh, did I say I have had bosses like the Elder? Why yes, I have.
The book is billed as a “romance”. There is some romance in it, but it is a coming-of-age story, whether LeKat intended that or not. The story is how their experiences, and the ways they have to deal with them, change Alli and Jadin. Thus it is important to understand who they are at the beginning. Do NOT start with Chapter 3. What happens before that is vital in appreciating their transformation. In any case, as someone who, as a teenager, had to watch several relatives die slowly and painfully from cancer, Chapter 1 is a searing story. It was intriguing seeing Alli and Jaden change from being children into young adults. At crucial stages, each of them made a decision which would affect their whole life, and they accepted the responsibility for it. I doubt if either Tyler or Chris would have managed that.
Some reviewers have complained that the technical aspects are not good enough. Of course, we all post stories on Inkitt to receive feedback so we can improve, (I would love to get feedback on my stories), and I have certainly voiced my opinion of some of the techniques. Yet I think some people are being too harsh. We are not rating this book as great literature, that will last a millennium. We are rating it as to whether it was a good read, as compared with the trash being published nowadays that is unfit to grace the wall of a privy. The problems with the book are very minor in view of how delightful it is to read. Compared with books that are actually being published, “These Lovely Forms” is excellent, dispelling the ugly mists and vapours of the mediocrity that is trying to smother what currently passes for literature. LeKat, in a boot camp I took with a literary agent, she said, “I can fix editing, but I can not fix lack of craft.” You have the talent for your craft. Yes, we all need to learn, and we have all been given good advice at your expense. Yet always remember that you can write, that your stories are very interesting, and you can create good plots and wonderful believable characters. Editing can be fixed; skill at the craft you already have. While remembering the “normal structure”, do not be tied to it. If you write to a formula, the book will show it and be boring. Keep your originality and your spontaneity, and keep writing.
Enjoy reading new and exciting works, embrace the opportunity to share ideas and respect the opinions of other readers
Every month a new genre will be chosen and a choice of two or three books from that genre will be uploaded onto our social media accounts for you to vote on - whichever book shows to be the favourite will be read that month
Different goals will be set every month depending on how long the book is and once the goal has been achieved, we can then begin discussions (therefore, book discussion won't begin until the start of week 2)
If the chosen novel is entered into our free writing contest - in order to keep the contest fair and treat every author equally - the reads that have come directly from the book club will not affect the author's chances of winning
NO spoilers - please do not ruin the story for other readers, feel free to discuss whether you're enjoying the story or not but please wait until the goal deadline has arrived before you begin discussing plot-lines
When you have finished the novel, it'd be great if we could all leave the author a review
Make sure to join in with discussions to become a member and earn a Book Club Member badge on your profile
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