- I write fantasy. Most often YA fantasy, but sometimes I branch out.
- I was born in Taiwan, raised in Albuqurque, and spent my twenties in Boston, where I studied biochemistry at Harvard and neuroscience at MIT.
- I started my debut novel Midnight Thief in high school, because writing a novel was the only way I could get out of the mandatory camping requirement. I finished about 60 pages. They were 60 awful, awful pages.
- I finished Midnight Thief 12 years later, because writing a novel was the only way I could keep my sanity while conducting my doctoral research. This time, I got to 370 pages, and they were much less awful than the initial 60.
- I write a blog about psychology and neuroscience for writers. You can check it out here.
- Like every good Asian kid, I played the piano as a child. I don’t do that as much anymore, but I still love to sing and dance.
- I’m horrible at any sports that involve fast moving projectiles, and I dislike most sports that involve highly repetitive movements (running, swimming, biking, etc.). This leaves basically dancing and martial arts.
- When I wanted sweets as a child, my mother would give me one M&M. I thought that was normal, and to this day, have very low tolerance for sweets. One bite of chocolate bar, half a scoop of ice cream is about all I can take.
- If I had to choose one author with the biggest influence on my reading and writing development, it would be Tamora Pierce.
- Some of my favorite books: Graceling by Kristen Cashore, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Plain Kate by Erin Bow, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Midnight Thief is the first book in the series by the same name and I thought Livia Blackburne did a great job introducing the characters and getting me interested in the story. There is plenty of action, a strong heroine, and just a bit of romance all tied into this YA Fantasy and I enjoyed every bit of it. I’m going to do my best not to spoil anything here so don’t hate me for being a bit vague at times. With that said, I am also going to spoiler tag this as well.
Blackburne does a great job blending in the fantasy pieces with a bit of romance/swoon. Kyra is seventeen and as she begins to build relationships with the guys in this story, there is just enough romance to keep me interested but not take over the rest of the story. Definitely check this one out when you can, I found myself unable to put this one down until I finished.
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