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Feature Follow 11.25

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This Week’s Question

What are you most thankful for (in the blogging world)?

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Agent Annie says…

I am grateful for all the opinions on blogs that give me really good insight on what I should read next or totally stay away from. I lam grateful that blogs seem to be unbiased and I’m especially grateful for our blog because it allows me to connect with the reading, writing and publishing industry that I love so much and takes my mind off my day job.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

I’m thankful that I’ve been able to meet, talk with, and, in some small way, help so many indie authors. I’ve loved reading all my life and it’s a nice feeling to be able to “give back” to authors, whether it’s buying the book, leaving a review, giving feedback, or just sharing a friendly and encouraging email.


Nervous Nellie says…

Firstly, blogging has opened up my world to a lot of new authors I’d never have found.  I used to wander around bookNervous_Nellie_100 stores wondering what to read next and nothing was appealing.  That was because most of the good stories haven’t been picked up by major publishers that supply the book stores.  The Indie authors were always the ones to take the chance on and I didn’t even know it.

Secondly, I have learned a lot about how the publishing business works.  It’s a tough business and I’m grateful I’m not an author because my nerves would be shot.  There are a lot of great people that work in the business too.  When I went to BEA (which was an awesome experience), there were so many people to talk to and they all wanted to talk books! That in itself was fantastic!

There are many other reasons why I love my secret little reviewing life.  The last thing that I’m going to share is the fact that I get to talk with authors and join in their enthusiasm for their work.  It’s hard work, being an author.


Kat Mandu says…

Kat_Mandu_100I am thankful for authors I’m able to help out just by reviewing. Marketing is one of the hardest things an author can strive for, especially for independently published authors. Each review – even if it’s bad, good, or in between, even if it’s a review that says “This is great” is a small form of help to the author, especially on Goodreads. I’m thankful to be able to read such wonderful works by authors and in return, helping them inch a little closer to the spotlight they deserve.


Luna Lovebooks says…   Luna_Lovebooks_100

I am thankful that I have been able to read so many new authors and let others know about their works as well!

 


Ruby_Lee 100Ruby Lee says… 

I am always thankful when I find out about a book or an author that I normally would never have found on my own.  I have found some really great favorites by reading blogs.

 

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Feature Follow 10.28

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This Week’s Question

What are some of your favorite creepy/twisted/dark covers?

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Agent Annie says…

I’ve always thought the cover of VC AndrewsFlowers in the Attic cover from the 80’s was creepy. It had that old Victorian house with the girl’s face in the top window. The story itself is pretty creepy and I think the cover design really captures the darkness, the weird factor and the looming house that took over those children’s lives in the story.

Flowers in the Attic


Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

The covers I don’t like usually ends up being the books I don’t read. So, instead of creepy for me I am going with darkly awesome.

Any of the covers from The Inquisitor series, The Whisper King series, and also the Hellequin Chronicles series.

The Whisper King


Luna Lovebooks says…  Luna_Lovebooks_100

Being a horror fan I have plenty of creepy covers to choose from but I decided to go with Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard. Hopefully I don’t give too much away here, but the main character Jeff has a secret. He wasn’t really born, he was made with Jeffrey Dahmer’s DNA. I think the cover captures the creepy vibes from the story as well as Jeff’s struggle with his identity.

Project Cain


Ruby Lee says… Ruby_Lee 100

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid has caught my eye a few times.

Also, I always found the original covers of the Sookie Stackhouse series disturbing, which is why I didn’t start reading them until it was strongly suggested that I was missing out on a good series. They really spooked me. I don’t know why.

Dead as a doornail


Percy Procrastinator says…Percy_Procrastinator_100

Since going electronic, I don’t see many covers anymore! Well, more like it’s limited. I think Iron Druid, Libriomancer, and Dresden Files are the only ones I have seen in recent years.

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the-awesome the-last-battleThe Awesome Eva Darrows: For such a kinda lighthearted summary of this book (which I haven’t read yet but fully intend to), this cover weirds me out.
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MythOS – Kelly McCullough – Even though I love this series (and Christian McGrath) the cover of Ravirn’s fourth adventure has always kinda given me the willies. I think it’s the AI in the corner, plus the glowing green eyes that Ravirn has while he’s looking right at you.
Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle (Book 7) – Unicorns are innocent, or at least they’re supposed to be? This one always gave me bad vibes when I was younger because the image of a beautiful unicorn with blood dripping from its horn? CREEPY if you ask me.

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Feature Follow 10.21

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The Feature and Follow, hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read, is the premium BLOG HOP of Book Bloggers. Running for over five years, the Feature and Follow’s goal is to promote the book blogging and author community to join together and support each other – even if it is just through a simple follow. The FF also promotes creative post options by offering interesting topics we can all talk about and comment on! Come join us.

This Week’s Question

What are the most important qualities of a book boyfriend?

Fickle_Fiona_100Fickle Fiona says…

A guy that sticks up for the underdog, makes a character that feels neglected/like an outsider feel special. Especially if he has a good sense of humour, too. Having their own quirks are always a plus.  Also, someone that the nerd girl can make open up and either be himself or learn to be silly and have fun being a goofball and not so serious all the time.

For girls, they have to be feisty and sarcastic and have good comebacks to those who annoy/bother them.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

The characters I usually crush on are those men who love their women so deeply it’s almost painful. Love them because of, and in spite of, who they are.  Love them through all their crazy emotions, bad ideas, and ridiculous situations they get into. Who are in awe of their woman’s talents and capabilities and also accept their foibles. Love their woman for exactly who they are and are willing to stand beside them as partners, no matter what comes. What woman wouldn’t fall in love with that? 😉

Jamie Fraser of Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander, Tybalt of the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, and Clay Danvers of Kelly Armstrong‘s  Otherworld series come to mind as examples of this kind of character.

I’m very lucky to have the real-world version of that in Jon. 😉


Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

My favorite qualities in a book boyfriend?  Whoo…. that’s a tough question because the qualities that are appealing in a book are not the necessarily the same qualities that are appealing in real life.

In a book, I enjoy reading about the alpha lead.  I like the protective qualities, the romantic, the thinker/strategist and snarky sarcasm.  I enjoy the old fashioned gentleman, though I’ve never encountered one in real life.  I might change my mind if I ever meet one, though.  Who knows?


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says… 

 My book boyfriend qualities: I like boys that start out a bit less than confident and then build it up when it matters most. I like them FUNNY – they’d better know how to make me laugh. Like in real life, I’d also want my guy to be nerdy – a video gamer or superhero lover, maybe even good with computers. Plus, he’d better be adventurous and creative, whether that be when he’s trying to figure out how to defeat the bad guy, survive high school, or even make me swoon.


Luna Lovebooks says…  Luna_Lovebooks_100

It depends on my mood but I am not going to lie, the bad boy with a heart of gold or the class clown usually sets my wings all a flutter. A tall, dark, scruffy, and handsome who can make me laugh and be tender when I’m feeling down but also kick ass if the situation calls for it. Some examples, you say? Daemon Black from the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout and  Will from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Four from The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth , just to name a few.


Percy_Procrastinator_100Percy Procrastinator says…

Without getting too political, I will say that how books were marketed to me as a kid, and how I responded to them, is probably very different than for women.  Sadly, there were very few “real” women in the books I read as a kid, even into my 20s.

Having said that, I wanted to be the hero, the wizard, the Jedi, or the investigator.  The main characters were usually smart and had adventures and that sounded fun!

Talking about this with Jennifer, I think I was more visual with this.  Dana Scully, therefore, was my TV crush.  Smart, skeptical, and sexy!  (Just like Jennifer!)


Vagabond Vahn says… Vagabond_Vahn100

If I’m your target audience for some romance, for the love of any and every thing you hold dear – skip the love triangles.  They’re everywhere, they’re frustrating, and they exhaust my desire to continue the story.  The stereotype that men can’t communicate their feelings is dominant in our entertainment, leading to misunderstandings, but we can – I promise!  When it come to romance I say what I mean, I mean what I say, and there’s not usually anything that needs reading into.  It’s few and far between to encounter this in protagonists involved in some romance without the other person trying to read into things that aren’t there (and introducing misunderstandings as a result), and a welcome relief when I come across it.

Trust and communication, being able to rely on someone to have your back in addition to the lovey-dovey bits, is incredibly attractive.  Most of the novels we review on this site involve adventure and danger.  The damsel in distress motif is played out – lets have some badass characters who have each other’s backs, and communicate well.  You don’t have to be physically weak or inept to be vulnerable, just because the story requires vulnerability.  You can be strong, you can kick butt, and by sharing a personal weakness become vulnerable for the scene.  Strength of character is sexy.  I’d like to see that more.

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Feature Follow Friday for 10/7

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This Week’s Question

What’s your favorite book world?

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Agent Annie says…

I would have to say the Universe of Stephen King. It’s so fascinating how interconnected his books are, not just the surface stuff that takes place in Maine or New England, but the underlying tapestry of monsters, heroes, travelers and everyday folk. I will also read his books and have re-read several!


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

Man, that’s a hard question.  My first instinct is to say the worlds of either The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley or Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, both historical fiction with some fantasy elements.  Yet, I know enough about history to know that living in either medieval times or the 18th century would NOT be pleasant for a modern person.  Lice is all you have to say to make me adore the modern world.

So many of the urban fantasy worlds I read are gritty and harsh, and though I enjoy visiting them, I don’t think I’d survive living there.  I certainly don’t want to live in a dystopian or post-apocalyptic world.

I think my choice would have to be living in the wizarding world of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, after He Who Must Not Be Named is defeated the second time, because I LOVE the magic. I’d have a house elf, whom I would treat VERY well, and an owl, and an incredibly smart pet rat (who is not an animagus in hiding). I would learn all the household magic so I didn’t have to wash dishes or clean the house ever again (just in case something happened to my house elf), and I would become excellent at apparating so I never had to waste time traveling if I didn’t want to. 🙂


Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

Wow.  What world?  Well, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to live in any of the worlds I read about because I would never survive.  All the heroes and heroines are kick ass and I am anything but.  If I had to choose my favorite world…to visit…ONLY to visit via a book, I would choose J.D. Robb‘s world in the In Death series, The Hellequin Chronicles series by Steve McHugh or the Scanguard Vampire‘s world written by Tina Folsom.


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Kat Mandu says… 

Favorite book world – This is a tough one for me. The first one that popped into my head was naturally, Harry Potter  (J.K. Rowling). But I feel like the wizarding world is a pretty standard answer for most fantasy fans, so I’ll donate another answer. I really love Patricia C. Wrede‘s fantasy world that you discover in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Here, dragons will be your friends, princesses are badasses, and magic always leads to the best adventures. It’s a four-book series I used to immerse myself in when I was a kid.


Luna Lovebooks says…  Luna_Lovebooks_100

My favorite book world would definitely have to be that of Cassandra Clare‘s Shadowhunters from Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy! I love the idea of a world within ours that ordinary people can’t see. A world where angel warriors keep demons and other things that go bump in the night at bay. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should!


Ruby_Lee 100Ruby Lee says… 

It is so hard for me to pick just one because I think half of the force that draws us to a particular series is the desire to be a part of that world.  When I read I want to escape into the story so I really only want to read books where I would like the book world.

1) Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.  In all truth, part of me would want to be in this world just to see what Reyes looks like.  I also know that this world would be stressful and require a lot of caffeine but how awesome would it be to be among the army that stops Satan.  What an adventure.

2) Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham.  I would love to be part of an FBI team that has paranormal abilities and stops bad guys while falling in love with their partner.  That would be the ultimate.

3) Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.  I know this is a finished series and I really don’t want to be part of the world at the end.  I would like to be with Sookie and experience the entire crazy vampire, shape-shifting, werewolf, fairy world from the start.

I could go on and on because there are so many worlds I would love to live in.  Fortunately for me I can go anytime I want by just turning on my kindle.


Vagabond Vahn says…  Vagabond_Vahn100

For me it’s a tie:  Brent Weeks‘ world from his Night Angel Trilogy & Brandon Sanderson‘s world in the Mistborn Trilogy.

Traditional Fantasy has always seemed a risky genre to me for World Builders.  The author is in charge of building everything from scratch and striking a balance between providing the reader enough details to envision and experience the world, and bogging them down with too much information.

I once read a Traditional Fantasy story where the character was traveling away from town.  The author started writing about a bush the character was passing by, and I realized 2 paragraphs later that I was still reading about that bush.  That pulled me out of the story completely, and was a jarring realization.  I put that book down and moved on.

The two trilogies I mentioned above really stick out in my mind.  They are beautiful representations of the right balance in the creation of those worlds.  There is enough history, geography, and lore present to provide a solid foundation for the reader that gives them a good grasp of the world and it’s rules.  It’s the right amount to allow me to lose myself in that world with the characters, without pulling me out of the scene with a textbook style dialog about that history, or a bush.

The story is the most important, but I can be pulled out of the story if the world building doesn’t find a good balance.

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Feature & Follow Friday 9/30

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This Week’s Question

Is there a book/series that everybody seems to love, but you can’t stand? Why?


Ruby Lee says…

Ruby_Lee 100I am a little afraid of the backlash that might come with some of my picks.  I am very picky about what I read and certain time periods or genres make me feel sad.  They might be great stories but if I feel sad reading them, they are a no for me.  The first series you might not believe – Harry Potter (by J.K. Rowling). I know everyone everywhere loves this series but at this point in my life, I really don’t.  I know this is probably missing the point, but being an orphan that is abused by the family you take it is really sad to me.  The second is The Dresden Files (by Jim Butcher). They just don’t speak to me. The third is the Outlander series (by Diana Gabaldon).  You know some people that get bad feelings walking into certain houses or buildings, I get bad feelings when I start reading some books and then I have to stop.  I can’t always say why I can’t keep reading, I just can’t.  That’s just the way I am built I guess.


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Just as I think Ruby Lee and Nell are both crazy for not liking their picks, Kat and Luna will think I’m crazy for not liking mine. I have not been able to get on board with the young adult genre as much as some adults have. I have tried to read a few, and like a couple, but overall, it’s just not my favorite. There is a lot of YA dystopian and post-apocalyptic, and those genres aren’t my favorite either. So that could be one reason I avoid it. I think the other is that many (not all) young adult protagonist whine a whole helluva lot. I am not interested in listening to a young adult, or an older one (*cough*Thomas Covenant*cough*), whine.


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Nervous Nellie says…

Book or series I hated?  Hate is a really strong word.  If I don’t like a book, I usually stop reading it and decide it really isn’t my thing.  It could be someone else’s, just not mine.

I guess the series that I just could not get into was Felix Castor by Mike Carey.  I tried both written and audio and I could not get the hang of it.  Ivana will be very displeased with me since she is a big Mike Carey fan, but *shrug* I just didn’t get it.

Since I put this little meme together, I get to elucidate my opinion about Ruby Lee disliking The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.  Really? Seriously?  What alien planet did you come from!?? 😉


Luna Lovebooks says…

Luna_Lovebooks_100I wouldn’t say I hated it but to be honest I didn’t really enjoy the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth as much as everyone else. My friends were raving about it – I saw readers of all ages with a copy in their hand, but to me it was  just an ok book. I could put it down and not feel bad if I didn’t get back to it for a few days. I’m not sure exactly what made me feel this way because I enjoyed many of the characters, the world was interesting, and the story flowed. Sometimes you can’t exactly pinpoint why a book doesn’t catch your interest as much as others – or at least I can’t. Maybe it’s a fairy thing?


Kat Mandu says…

Kat_Mandu_100I’ve never been a fan of the Twilight series. And not just because it became a huge fandom where we had things like “Team Jacob” and “Team Edward.” I was NOT fond of Bella or, really, any of the characters. Bella gives the YA characters a bad name for being compulsive, naive, and super whiny for the most part. Teenage crush? I get it. But do we really need to hear “He’s so pretty?” every page? Naw, I don’t think so.

I only read the first book and it was a struggle because I thought Bella was so stupid that if it were real life and she existed as a person, I’d probably hate her. Maybe even punch her in the face to knock some sense into her. Also, Cullen is overrated. I don’t need a possessive, overprotective, and frequently emotionally abusive vampire who sparkles to be my book boyfriend. In fact, Twilight kind of killed vampires for me to the point where I couldn’t even read vampire literature for quite some time. Overall, I just was not impressed with the story and didn’t see what the big deal was.

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