Friday, October 7, 2016

A Book Review By The Book Reviewer (Plus A Couple of Tips!)

Written By: Deanna

First, let me start off by saying that as a writer, I love to read. And I'm lucky enough to be able to get paid to do it. That's right, by trade I am a book reviewer. I won't focus on that too much, though. Instead, I'm going to talk about how you can do a book review.

In the past, I've talked about how you can get free books by starting a book review blog. Now, I want to talk to you about how you can nail your book review, so that authors want you to review their books! So, I will be doing a book review today, but I'm hoping that it can give you an idea for how to format yours and what you can add to your reviews!

1. Catchy intro about why you picked to review this book.
I've been eyeing this book for a very long time. A beautiful woman in leather and a pitbull?! How could I say no?!

2. First reaction.
I got drawn into the book right away. I loved the story line and I love the Russian folklore in this. I also love the fact that there is a dragon in here.

3. Talk about the author at least once.
Overall, I feel like the main conflict didn't completely draw me in. It was interesting and everything, but I felt like a lot of it was filler-y. It was fine with me, because I loved the filler, but I did enjoy it. I feel like the author really made me feel and see what was going on, which was a big plus for me. By page 120, I still didn't quite feel into the main conflict, but I still couldn't put it down. I love the writing of the author. Deborah Blake does an amazing job at weaving in detail and humor in her stories and I'm really regretting not picking this up sooner!

4. Gotta have something in there about characters!
Character wise, I love it!! Everyone is fine, and normally had me actually smiling as I was reading this book. I wasn't even 100 pages in, before I went and got the other book, so I could start it right away. I feel like there should be a long series about these characters and I want to get to know them better. Let's talk about them here.

There may be some spoilers:
Talking-dragon pitbull. That's right, a dragon in the form of a pitbull who talks and you know what else he does? Get people beer from the fridge!
Liam, our sexy hero. Liam is one of my favorite-ish hero's. I wasn't always a fan of his internal dialogue, but I did feel for him and I was totally rooting for them to get together!
A gang of Russian bikers - How can that go wrong?
Baba, our sexy, funny and all over fun heroine. I personally loved this main character and am realllly hoping I get to read more about her!

5. Final thoughts.
I guess my issue with this book was the actual romance. Some of the terms used to describe the attraction between Baba and Liam made me cringe.

To me, this book felt like it should have had a little more back story - like maybe a previse book, but it wasn't something I had a hard time understanding. I ate this book up. I stayed up all night to read it, I put off my responsibilities to read it, hell I put off my own writing to read it!

I highly recommend this book for a light read that isn't quite the same as every other light read out there.

So, the truth is that this is just the way I do it. It's just an idea for how you can do it, but it's important to put your own voice into it. Talk about the world, about what you loved, about what got you excited and why you couldn't stop reading (or what stopped you from reading).

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