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Friday’s Internet Goodies: To Read Or Not To Read – That’s a silly question!

InternetGoodiesTo Read Or Not To Read is a book review blog run by Marcie, Steve and Nancy. Marcie started the site in 2010 as a way of sharing my love of reading. Here is what she says about herself:

I’m also a coffee addict. I’m married and a mother of two. My favorite T.V. series are The Vampire Diaries and Downton Abbey. Some of my other hobbies include knitting and sewing. I love history and am a proud geek.
Read more at http://www.2readornot2read.com/p/about-me.html#Ozce2Y53yO0jw1F3.99

Steve describes himself as “a big old nerd.” Here is what he says about himself:

I love Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly and played Dungeons and Dragons as a kid. We even drew pictures of what our characters looked like. Even today I love role playing games on my xbox 360. I try to read books across many genres but I always go back to sci-fi and fantasy. I guess about the only books I would absolutely turn down are period period pieces, romance and anything with sparkly vampires.
Read more at http://www.2readornot2read.com/p/about-me.html#Ozce2Y53yO0jw1F3.99

Nancy describes herself in this way:

I am a day dreaming, adventure seeking book junkie for hire. My rates are cheap. I like space travel, gum shoe detectives, epic and cowboy movies. The same goes for the books I read. I have to include fantasy to fairy folk and middle earth to futuristic. English mysteries, historical fiction and a touch of Jane Austin.
I love my family get togethers, good cooking and fellowships at church and with friends. My little kids are four legged and furry and are spoiled rotten. My husband is a truck driver, which leaves me plenty of time to read. He is spoiled too
Read more at http://www.2readornot2read.com/p/about-me.html#Ozce2Y53yO0jw1F3.99

2readornot2readTo Read Or Not To Read has a policy about the content on its site. Here it is:

To Read or Not To Read will accept books for review, author interviews, author guest posts and contest/giveaways in the following genres: fantasy, romance, YA, Gothic, supernatural, classic, historical fiction, sci-fi, PNR, steampunk, and some biographies.  I usually pick books based on my interest.
Read more at http://www.2readornot2read.com/p/for-authors.html#ktctkYLD2Wm6BRI8.99

To find this site, point your browser towards: http://www.2readornot2read.com/

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Friday’s Internet Goodies: The Secret Life of Books Reviews

InternetGoodiesLucy has loved reading all her life. Here is how she describes herself:
I like most genres but I love romance! I’ll be reviewing books, stalking other blogs and taking part in weekly memes which I recently discovered and thoroughly enjoy! Let me know if you’re hosting any that you think I’d be interested in and I’ll check it out 🙂
Lucy’s blog The Secret Life of Books Reviews has a review policy. Here it is:

After being asked to review a book by the author I thought I better set up a Review Policy! I just want to point out that I am not a professional reviewer or writer. I just review books because I love to read and to discover new books. The review will be based on my own personal thoughts and interpretations of the book. I promise to write an honest review including what I liked or disliked about the book. While I do discuss certain aspects of a story that I didn’t like, I never write overly critical reviews. I don’t like to upset an author by trashing something they love. If I really don’t like a book I would prefer to not post a review.

ForgottenBookmarksEach review will have the following components: Photo of the Book Cover, Title, Author, Type of Book, Release Date (if applicable), Summary of the Book, My Personal Review of the Book, A Rating on a 1-5 scale.

The type of books that Lucy likes to review are: Adult Fiction, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance,
Erotica, Young Adult, Fantasy, Humorous.

To find Lucy’s site, point your browser at: http://lily-bookhaven.blogspot.com/

Image: brainpickings.org.

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Friday’s Internet Goodies: Books Like Breathing

InternetGoodiesGrace is  25 years old and lives in NYC. She has a Bachelor’s in History and Women and Gender Studies from Pace University and a Master’s in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute. She describes herself as a “fairly voracious” reader, and hopes eventually to find a job in the publishing industry as an editor or a publicist. Here is the rest of what she has to say about herself:

Most of my “fun” classes in undergrad were English Literature classes. I will read just about anything but I lean more towards romance (all forms…regencies, contemporary, highlander, paranormal, anything…) and YA. I tend to avoid science fiction and mysteries unless it is a very unique book or of particular interest to me. My favorite author of all time is Jane Austen. Her books are my salvation. I read them over and over again. I also love Jane Austen sequels. I have over 100 in my bookshelves and they will all be reviewed here eventually.

Grace accepts  review requests of both print and e-books:

I do accept a very limited number of self-published titles mainly of the romance persuasion. Preference is always given to books in my preferred genres. as well as to authors and publishers I love and have worked with before.
BooksLikeBreathingGrace’s preferred genres are: Romance, especially
  • Historical (esp. Regencies, Highlander, Victorian, Irish, Pirate…anything really)
  • Contemporary
  • Western
  • Paranormal
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Steampunk-Just read my first one and…so good.
  • I have a particular love for romances with particularly bad rakes and rogues. The badder the better.

She also likes:

  • Young Adult (mainly paranormal romance)
  • Historical Fiction (limited)
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Horror(limited)
  • Memoirs/Biography (limited)
  • Chick Lit
  • Cookbooks especially about desserts—I am a baker and will bake and review a recipe from the book with photos.

Grace doesn’t accept:

  • Science fiction
  • Self-help
  • Any type of religious or political book
  • Mysteries or Thrillers
  • Straight fantasy
  • anything “mob” related. It’s just not my schtick and quite frankly, as an Italian-American, I find most of it offensive.

BooksLikeBreathingThe most striking thing about her very detailed policy on books she reviews came in the form of a special note about self-published and Indie authors. Here is what she says:

Note about Self-Published and Indie Authors– I used to review these books as often as traditionally published books but now, given the rather hostile climate, I will accept a very VERY limited amount of self-published books for review because I am not ready to close that door completely…yet. I will accept books within my genres of preference only–there are no exceptions to this. I will also be more cautious about the authors I do accept. The books I currently have will be reviewed. I am just not willing to take the risk of being attacked if I don’t like a book or don’t get to it quick enough. This is a hobby and it should be a fun one but some authors seem to forget that.

It’s too bad that some self-published and indie authors have soiled the nest for the rest of us who are struggling to promote our own books. People who write books should always remember that their work is for public consumption, and be prepared for a certain number of people who are just not going to like what we write. That is life. We all have to accept it, be polite about it, and move on.
To find Grace’s site, point your browser to: http://bookslikebreathing.blogspot.co.uk/

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Friday’s Internet Goodies: Livin’ Life Through Books

InternetGoodiesFelicia is passionate about every thing in life. Here is how she describes herself:

I enjoy reading, mostly YA books, and I love listening to music. I am always trying to find the latest adventure, something new and unique, and something that will change my point of view. Books and music rule my life.

I initially started this blog to start a reading challenge from a different blog I followed that required to have a way to view the reviews. I loved reading and I loved writing, and what better way to combine the two? At first, this blog was just for me, and I never dreamed that anyone would be interested in what I had to say about books. Then the comments started flowing in and the followers started piling on, I thought, ‘Wow! How awesome!’ I’ve seen other blogs, and never thought I could be a book review blogger. But then, the requests started coming in, and I was ecstatic!

Reading and reviewing books is just a hobby that I love and wouldn’t have an awesome group of friends with a great community if it weren’t for the authors and publishers. I love writing and hope to actually complete a novel one day, but that’s a long ways off! If you have the time, feel free to leave a comment, and am always looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 🙂

*In no way do I claim to be a professional book review blogger. This is a hobby for me, and I am not paid in any way except for the books provided from authors and publishers. This also does not sway my opinion of the book. My reviews are all honest, and my own. Thank you.

LivinLifeThroughBooksFelicia is most interested in reading young adults novels, specifically those that are paranormal, horror/ghost stories, romance, dystopian, thriller, contemporary, or psychological. To view her site, point your browser to: http://dream-wish-live.blogspot.com/

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Friday’s Internet Goodies: Dark-Readers

InternetGoodiesDark-Readers is a review blog written by three women, Casey, Andrea, Hayley. At least one of them lives in my hometown of London, England. (Had to give a plug).

Dark-Readers does giveaways and will make videos for the books they are promoting. Details about these videos can be found on the Navbar by clicking on “The Bitter Productions.” Some of these have won awards. Something to think about if you have a book to promote.

Dark_ReaderThe Dark Garden Girls (as they call themselves) read novels that fall into the genres of young adult, teen, romance, supernatural/paranormal, fantasy, adventure, mystery or thriller.

To find this site, point your browser to: http://www.dark-readers.com/.

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Friday’s Internet Goodies: The Book Hookup

InternetGoodiesThe Book Hookup is a blog written by a group of five women spread over North America. Amy, Ana, Celeste, Christina and Jag are all passionate readers, and so they read and review books. Here is what they have to say:

What really compelled us to start the Book Hookup is the recent rush of amazing indie books that seem like undiscovered gems just waiting to be shared. Our mission is to bring focus to writers that might otherwise be overlooked. We hope our reviews will expose you to books that don’t bear a power-house publishers name but whole heartily deserve the same admiration.

TheBookHookupThe Book Hookup has a professional, yet friendly feel. It hosts blog hops and giveaways. It has a rating system for the books it reviews. These reviewers have wide-ranging interests in the books they want to read, which includes paranormal,
urban fantasy, dark fantasy, romance, contemporary fiction, historical romance, young adult, and new adult.

They are NOT interested in nonfiction, science fiction, erotica, autobiographies/biographies/memoirs, or titles with religious undertones.

To find this site, point your browser towards http://thebookhookup.com/.

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A VINTAGE AFFAIR by Isabel Wolff

A VINTAGE AFFAIR is the story of a friendship that ended in tragedy. Or rather, two friendships that ended in tragedy, both causing a tremendous amount of survivor guilt to both women involved. One story takes place in France during the second world war. The other is a contemporary story set in present-day London. But author Isabel Wolff is a talented story-teller who manages to weave these plot threads together in a way that does not seem cliched or predictable. And although I am generally not fond of contemporary fiction (I tend to find it too depressing), I did enjoy getting to know the protagonist Phoebe Swift, who not only opens a vintage clothing store in London, but also goes on a emotional roller-coaster of a ride during this novel.

If you love reading about the recent past, especially about beautiful clothes, and if you enjoy reading something that will stir your emotions and cause you to think, this is the book for you. Perfect for a curl up by the fire during one of those cold days we are having now.  Five stars.

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THE SILVER LOCKET by Margaret James

Margaret James’ THE SILVER LOCKET is the story of a spirited young woman on the eve of World War One who decides that she can no longer bear the tedium of waiting to be married to the right gentleman, and leaves home to become a nurse during the war.

What is really great about this novel is the detail about what nursing was like during the 1914-18 war. What is less great is the plot, which provides the predictably unpredictable happy ending. What really needs work is the pacing of the story, which doesn’t work at all. What I mean by that is that events happen suddenly and abruptly with no setup. For example, when Rose returns to her home in Dorset with Phoebe’s baby, her mother immediately assumes that it must be hers. When Rose protests that it isn’t, her mother won’t believe her.

The problem with this is that the reader isn’t given much basis for judging this incident. We know that there are the inevitable mother-daughter tensions, and that Rose’s mother wants her to marry well, whereas Rose would prefer to educate herself. But we don’t get much interior monologue, because the book is replete with tells, in which Ms. James tells the reader what to think. In the example below, the tells appear in BLOCK CAPS.

“Mummy, don’t be ridiculous!” ROSE COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT SHE WAS HEARING. SHE SHOOK HER HEAD AS IF TO CLEAR IT. “This is not my child! I wasn’t pregnant, I—”
“You expect me to believe you?” Lady Courtenay turned her head away.
“Mummy, pregnant women are enormous, they have bulging stomachs, they—”
[At this point, Rose’s mother makes a long speech.]

This passage would have been better if it had been re-written as follows:

“Mummy, don’t be ridiculous!” Rose scrutinized her mother’s face. Where was that warm smile she’d come to expect? Why was Mummy staring at her in that way? Her light blue eyes had gone cold, the color of an icy lake. Rose’s stomach clenched.
“You expect me to believe you?” Lady Courtenay turned away.
She moved closer. “Mummy, pregnant women are enormous, they have bulging stomachs, they—”
But Frances Courtenay wouldn’t look at her daughter. She twisted her white hands, pulling and tugging at her jeweled rings.

The result of using tells as opposed to interior monologue means that we don’t really know in detail what Rose thinks about her mother, or what her mother thinks about Rose. And so this clash seems abrupt, jarring and not believable. Three stars.

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Why not give yourself a special treat this Valentine’s Day?

(Time for some shameless self-promotion:)

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Why not give yourself a special treat and immerse yourself in an era where high fashion meant pointed headdresses with fluttering silk veils, where gentlemen greeted ladies with a courtly flourish, and where everything was handmade and homemade?

It is the summer of 1441. Cecylee is twenty-six years old and has been married to Richard, Duke of York for four years. Richard has just assumed the role of Governor of Normandy, and he, Cecylee, and their entire household have crossed the channel to take up residence in Rouen, the capital of English France.

During that summer, Richard sets off for Pontoise to teach the French a lesson. Cecylee is left to hold court in the castle of Rouen with the wives of Richard’s generals. Nicknamed The Rose of Raby on account of her beauty, Cecylee’s life laps placidly onward during those sleepy days of high summer, when suddenly, a mysterious young man appears. She soon loses her heart to this charming stranger.

Cecylee’s private name for him is M. Beaujambs, because of his long, and very shapely legs, but history knows him as Blaybourne. Who is he? Is he an aristocrat of the House of Savoy? Or the son of a humble blacksmith? And if the latter, where did he get his exquisite manners? And his university education? And what is he doing in Rouen? By turns baffled and enchanted, Cecylee finds herself confronted by an intriguing challenge.

What happens when Cecylee’s husband discovers she’s had a love-affair with an archer? Does he lock her up? Or worse?

Give yourself a treat and find out by clicking here.

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