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Friday, March 24, 2017

My Ramblings: Negative Reviews Can Be Positive

Negative Reviews Can Be Positive

Being critiqued is hard for everybody. It may get even harder when it's a book that you've worked the better part of 2 years to finish and put into the world. I believe that when a critique is well explained and worded nicely it can be a stepping stool to helping you evolve.

I've seen book reviews where the reader starts to shame and be aggressive towards the author for something he/she didn't like that happened in the novel. The book may have been written by that author, but nothing gives you the right to call the author names and make threats. 

Instead of making threats and using profane language why doesn't that person list the things that he/she didn't like in the book and how the author could have made it better. That's a much more positive and reasonable approach to the situation.

In my negative reviews, I try my best to critique the story, the character's actions and the writing style. I explain as nicely as I can what bothered me. My hope is that the author sees it and that it helps them make future storyline choices and writing style choices in future novels. 

I had an experience with sending an author a bad review in the past. This author has contacted me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing a specific title of hers. I said yes because it sounded very interesting. Two weeks before I had to have the review up I sent her an email with my negative review and explained that unfortunately I didn't like the novel. She replied with a thank you and that she appreciated how I worded it. That was one of the hardest emails I've ever had to send, but I hope we both learned something from it.

Have you written a negative review or do you avoid it? 

Let me know in the comments below!

Movie Review: Fallen (2016)


Rating: PG-13

Based on the worldwide bestselling book series, "Fallen" is seen through the eyes of Lucinda "Luce" Price, a strong-willed seventeen-year-old living a seemingly ordinary life until she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Sent off to the imposing Sword & Cross reform school, Luce finds herself being courted by two mysterious students to whom she feels oddly connected. Isolated and haunted by strange visions, Luce begins to unravel the secrets of her past and discovers the two men are fallen angels, competing for her love for centuries. Luce must choose where her feelings lie, pitting Heaven against Hell in an epic battle over true love.
Not available for purchase in the US as of this post being scheduled. 
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My Review:

I remember reading this book a few months after I finished reading Stephanie Mayer's Twilight series a few years ago. This was around the time I had finally discovered that I really enjoyed paranormal novels. At the time I can confidently say that I was indifferent to the novel, too bad I can't say the same of the movie.

Somethings just felt off about this movie. I don't know how to put it into words. I think it was way too fast paced and glossed over too much of the story. At times it felt like the acting was strained because everyone seemed monotoned and emotionless. I'd also like to point out the CGI wings. What was up with those? They were so strange. I also didn't understand the random fog in the pool scene. If it was to add drama and make the scene overall spooky, it did the complete opposite for me.

From what little I remember of it all Cam was a much bigger part of the initial storyline. It felt like he had 5 scenes in this whole movie. I despise movie Daniel more than book Daniel. I can't tell you how Daniel is in the books because (let's be honest) I didn't like him all that much. If he's half the jacka** in the book as he was in the movie I'm better off alone.

Conspiracy Theory: For a moment (when Luce was "picking") I thought it would have been fascinating to make her pick Cam. It's a fantasy and most people will probably hurt me if it ever came true, but I still think it'd be a better story. Luce and Daniel's love seemed so forced in this movie.

My Rating:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Power Of Book Covers: Through the Veil By Colleen Halverson

They say don't judge a book by it's movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Through the Veil
(Aisling Chronicles #1)
By Colleen Halverson 

Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she's studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.

As Commander of Trinity's elite warriors, Finn O'Connell isn't used to having his authority challenged. He doesn't know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth's abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he'll risk everything to help her.

At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Review: Blind Tiger By Rachel Vincent

Blind Tiger
(Wildcats #2)
By Rachel Vincent

Robyn Sheffield wants her life back.

As the only female stray in the US, she's had to deal with bloodlust, flashbacks, a lack of impulse control (which might not have anything to do with being a shifter), and weeks under house arrest for crimes she never meant to commit. But when she overhears the territorial council plotting to marry her off to an eligible tom? It's time for this chick to fly the coop.

Titus Alexander wants recognition.

He’s spent the past year carving his territory out of the Mississippi free zone, forming a community for strays exiled and forgotten by the US Prides. As the first stray Alpha, he’s sworn to bring the toms under his authority the rights, support, and respect that official confirmation from the council will bring. But then the council’s precious female stray sneaks into the free zone in the back of his car and demands sanctuary.

The council gives Titus a choice: send Robyn back and have his Pride acknowledged, or prepare for war. Citizenship for his men is within his grasp. So why is it so hard for him to let one rebellious tabby go?

This can be read as a standalone.
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My Review:

I loved the original Shifters series by this author. I'm so glad this book didn't let me down. The overall pace of the story kept me from wanting to put this down. I'd love to read more stories set in this universe from different character's point of views.

I adore Titus. He's exactly the right amount alpha as he is caring. It's hard for most authors to nail it (from my years of experience with romance novels), but this was amazing. 

Robyn was very entertaining and sneaky (when it was beneficial to her). I liked her overall, but I didn't enjoy her martyring herself at the near end. It left a bad taste in my mouth. I understand that fighting wasn't going to end well, but living a life she knew was going to be terrible and controlling doesn't level things out in my mind.
I would love to see a novel with Justus as the main character. He's been through so much. I'm sure he deserves a happily ever after, or in the least some company to help him through it all.

The very ending was awesome, but not surprising. Considering this is a standalone I wasn't expecting anything to be left to the wind. I didn't know how the author would pull it off, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

My Favorite Quote:

"False hope is never better."

My Rating:

Top Ten Tuesday: Eight Of The Best Shortest Books I've Read

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's Topic:
Eight Of The Best Shortest Books I've Read

* Book titles are linked to my review.

This will come as no surprise, but this list will include series prequels and novellas in its entirety. I'm not a very fast reader and I get distracted a lot, so I usually take a few days to finish a book of 200+ pages.

I still wish I had started this series with this book. It would have made the overall series more emotional and heartbreaking. I ADORE this series and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to read about demons.

This is a very quick read (the audio book is an hour and half). I enjoyed this story so much. I'd love to see more of the universe that Jeaniene Frost created.

3. Adulthood Is a Myth By Sarah Andersen

This is just a comic strip kind of "book". It's entertaining to an extent. If you come across it, I'd recommend you paging through it.

I love anything this author writes pertaining to The Veil series, so I may be biased C:

I adore the Midnight Liaisons series and have read most of the short stories that goes along with it. This is the one that I liked most. 

This is one of my first book boyfriends! I can't help but love this series. The original series is very young adult, but I'd still recommend it to the moon and back. I adored this little glimpse into Derek and Chloe's future.

This was the first book I read by this author and she's had me hooked ever since. Though I lost touch with the Mercy Thompson series, I still adore the first two books in the Alpha & Omega series.

This prequel was an incredible start to the series, but it goes downhill (in my opinion) after the first book.

Have you read any of the books on my list?
Let me know in the comments below!
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