I recently attended a program on how to write a quality book review. I thought this is great, the more I get into writing and the more authors I meet and know the more I want to support them and help. This typically means read their book and leave and Amazon review.
Let’s be honest, my reviews kind of suck. I typically mention something random about the characters who—because I read romance A LOT—tend to need to either learn better communication skills, or need a clue fairy. Their do-they don’t-they relationships can make me batty, and that’s what typically comes across in a review. I might drop some spoilers, unintentionally.
What I don’t do its say this book was enjoyable because…..
I realized I only mention pacing when I admit to binge reading.
(have you noticed something yet?) I…I…I…I…
…and reviews aren’t supposed to be about me, but about the book.
When reviewing a book, it always comes down to my interaction with the story.
Ok, so the decision has been made: learn how to properly write a review and start adding book reviews to the blog.
I honestly tried, really I did. But I fail so hard at pulling how I interacted with the book out of the process.
The plan was to run a practice review on one of two series I’ve been rereading lately.
So I’m thinking in my brain how I’m going to pull this off as I’m listening to the stories (I love audio books BTW), and I hit a wall. The character mentions not liking redheads. I take a personal affront to this. He mentions the Aventine District and Palatine Hill and I start thinking if these books influenced my subconscious over the Legantum characters and such. Ooh I really need to do more Rome research.
BAM I’m in the middle of it again.
And since I have no intention of turning this into a review site, I have learned that me composing quality reviews is probably not gonna happen.
But here go my reviews (cause I had this slot scheduled for book reviews):
The Didius Falco mysteries by Lindsey Davis
The interactions between Marcus and Helena are delightful. The pacing of the books keep me interested. I can’t believe there are 20 books in this series already. I need to reread them all. Hey, I didn’t know Marsha was a Roman name.
If you aren’t familiar with these books, they are mysteries with a romantic element. They take place in ancient Rome and are a blast. Davis provides enough detail for you to get a real sense of life in the ancient Roman Empire–not so much that you feel the need to bathe immediately, but enough for you to realize modern TP and non-lead pipes are wonderful inventions.
The Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs
Yeah, Charles is yum, but damn Anna can put up with some serious shit. Only Patricia Briggs can make such a stoic scary man be so hot. I swear without Anna, Charles would just be pretty to look at and dangerous to touch, and a complete jackass to be around. I forgot once I got James McAvoy in my head as the model for Bran it was hard to focus on Charles as the book-boyfriend anymore.
Werewolves, double sigh.
Oh and don’t forget to start the series with the short/novella Alpha and Omega from the On the Prowl collection!
See I’m really no good at it.
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