Book Review: Unforeseen by Allison Barnard

Great new review!

The Misplaced Selchie

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

While reading All’s Fair, I also began Unforeseen (or well, vica versa). It was definitely interesting to be reading a fey YA fantasy and then jump into a YA dystopia. The differences were definitely stark. I just recently began Brandon Varnell’s A Fox’s Love, D.R Perry’s Barely Awake, and AJ Downey and Jeffrey Cook’s There But For The Grace so those reviews should hopefully be upcoming within the next week or two. (And let’s be honest, we all know I am reading more than just those three, right?)

“I’ll have to apologize and lie about being stressed or hormonal. Men usually don’t ask questions once hormones are mentioned.”

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I did it.

Guys. I can’t even think right now and my cheeks hurt from smiling so much, but guess what?!

My book is out there!

That’s right, Unforeseen went live this morning. I had a super crazy day stalking my kdp site and cleaning so I haven’t had much time on the laptop or I would have told all of you earlier.


Anyways, here’s the link if you’re interested.


I still can’t get over the fact that I published a book. I spent the past week chained to my laptop to get proofs and formatting done (which was a huge headache by the way), but it’s done.

So, on to book two!

Publishing… so many options, so many opinions

Final edits are done *throws confetti* I’m currently waiting on one more read through by a friend before I got through to do proofreading and formatting, before hitting the publish button. Whoah.

I’ve been working on my blurb which is way harder than writing the entire novel, by the way, and I’ll share it at the end of this post. What I’m worrying about today is publishing. Obviously, I’ll be using Amazon, but should I enroll in Kindle Select? I asked a large group of writers I’m in, a lot of which are indie published, and have received mixed reviews about it. What are your thoughts? Opinions?

I’m beginning to realize that writing the book is the easy part. The real work comes long after the ink is dry on the page.

Here’s my blurb, as promised, though I’m still not completely satisfied with it. Any critique would be appreciated.

For the citizens of colony 412, most of them live their lives outside of Paradise’s wall, never to see where the richest of the colony live. Most have accepted their lot in life. Some citizens live right outside the wall, some a few miles away, but all know their place. Citizens die in the classes they are born in, with almost no chance of bettering their lot in life. Not without a helping hand.

Nineteen-year-old Brandon Fletcher and Octavia Salzman are polar opposites except for two commonalities. One, they don’t meet standard beauty requirements for their class, and two, they were switched at birth.

Octavia is an Elite girl with the wrong dress size, shape, and coloring. Nothing about her is fashionable. In fact, she’d rather be working as a nurse than shopping or socializing. She’s continually at odds with her mother, who is willing to suffer to meet the beauty standard, and forces her views on her daughter with strenuous dieting, and body-altering clothing. Still, it’s never enough. Not even a surprising proposal by one of the Elite’s wealthiest young men helps them bond. If anything, it puts more pressure on Octavia.

Brandon is too pretty and tall to be the average middle-class boy. He finds life as a farmer’s son boring, and spends late nights at the Pits fighting to make extra money or spreading seditious papers around the slums, all to turn the head of a pretty girl. He’s enlisted in the military, but quickly learns it’s not the adventure he was looking for.

When the switch is discovered and rectified, Brandon and Octavia must learn to adjust to their new lots in life. But a mutual acquaintance has other plans for the two citizens, and will use their changes in fate to start a revolution.

The never-ending process

So my laptop is fixed and the computer guy put Word on it for me, which makes my life so much easier! I’m halfway through final edits of Unforeseen, the plots for books two and three and coming along nicely though I need to tie in book two with the overarching plot and then actually write the darn things.

But I’ve been doing my research for what’s coming next and my eyes have been opened. I thought writing and editing was the hardest part, but there’s also proofreading, formatting, writing acknowledgements, dedications (I’m sure I’m missing something),  before I can even think of publishing and marketing strategies. But the hard part is done, right?

I need some Dr. Pepper and pretzels to get through this process.

Sad Day

So remember how excited I was to get those edits back? Well, I got them yesterday, which is the day my laptop flashed me the BSoD and has refused to turn on since.

I’ve been mourning my little refurbished laptop in between looking at Bluetooth keyboards for my Kindle since another laptop just isn’t in the cards right now. Any recommendations? But for the time being, I’m going to put Unforeseen up on Wattpad and try to build up a following.

If you’re interested in checking this story out, here’s the link to the first three chapters. I’ll post more next week sometime.

Here’s the link. Feel free to tell your friends. A couple votes would go a long way in cheering me up 🙂




I have some fantastic news! Not only did I finish my own rewrites and edits for Unforeseen, I sent it to an editor not even three weeks ago. She should have it back to me next week. It’s a rather long story at 110k words, but I’m hoping she’ll help me trim some of the fat. I’m scouting agents and mulling over queries, but I might just self-publish this one. I’m not sure yet.

I am also working on books two and three in this series. The first two chapters of book two are written, but the rest of the plot is escaping me at the moment. But camp Nanowrimo starts tomorrow and I’m using it to get some of this first draft down.



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