So recently I've been reading the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I read Cinder a while back, and just a few weeks ago read Scarlet (book 2), just in time to realize the third book, Cress, was coming .
So of course, I had to read Cress the day it was released.
I have writing deadlines, for crying out loud!
Marissa Meyer created a book that I just couldn't put down. I loved Cress, dang it. Loved her characterization (and now have a new book crush in Captain Thorne). And after reading it, I pulled myself back to my work-in-progress and felt very small.
All of a sudden, my writing sucked. My characters sucked. I've been scowling at my manuscript, wishing it was better. Do you all do that? After you read a good book, do you pummel yourself with self-doubt?
So... nooooo. I don't REALLY hate Marissa Meyer. She's now become one of my favorite authors. My daughter is now speeding though the books (she's finished the first two and is on the third).
My one complaint about Marissa Meyer is now that I have to wait until next year for WINTER to come out. :o)