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Authors have a love-hate relationship with book reviews. Some reviews make you light up and glow. Others make you feel like you’re dying an agonizing death.
Reading reviews of your own books is fraught enough to make even the toughest writer quiver. But what most people don’t realize is that there are actually two distinctly different kinds of reviews. Continue reading
Holy cow! I couldn’t be happier with this fabulous review from Canadian book site www.geekygodmother.ca:
“The characters are fantastic in what I’m hoping is only the first of a series. Dru doesn’t feel she has the great power of her heroes, but she uses all she has to help out those who do. She becomes the best backup she can possibly be. Her friend Rane, a very powerful sorceress, is outrageous, and hilarious. Same is true of Dru’s shop assistant Opal. She is all attitude, but she has Dru’s back. Greyson too is mighty fine, as Opal mentions many times. Even as he fights for his immortal soul, he is helpful, thoughtful and would love to be Dru’s other half… I really like this book and I highly recommend it. It Happened One Doomsday would make a great summer read.”
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Seems like every reviewer has a different currency: five stars, five moons, five thumbs up (which for some reason makes me think of Sha Na Na).
Whatever they are, whenever there are FIVE of them, I sit up and take notice.
Which brings us to this exquisite “five heart” write-up from Foreword Reviews:
“The story unfolds in bold, cinematic strokes. Action sequences, particularly the final car chase, thrum with tension as Dru and her team streak through urban decay, mountains, high desert, and occult landscapes in sexy, demon-possessed muscle cars. Well-executed imagery and pacing make this a joyous thrill ride with a sense of peril.”
Plus, somewhere in there, they call Dru “adorkable.” Which is both funny and sweet. And so true.
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Much to my disappointment, there’s no one here named Harold. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
I love it when a book review gets into the specifics of what makes a book different.
Because let’s be honest. It doesn’t help anyone when a review just says “This book is awesome!” or “This book is stupid!”
We need to know why. What makes it awesome? What makes it stupid?
(And just for the record, yes, once a reviewer called my book — and I quote — “really, really stupid.” All I can say is: Wow. Put a lot of thought into that review, didn’t you, Bubba?)
Anyway. I digress.
I always enjoy reading reviews that point out the exact elements of a story that stand out from the crowd, good or bad.
This review from The Speculative Herald calls special attention to the possessed muscle cars, a road trip through the desert to a haunted mansion with a portal to the netherworld, and a trio of evil demons in hot pursuit.
“It’s an enjoyable read with very easy to like characters, a fast paced plot, lots of action and a healthy injection of wit.”
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Ah, the good old days of building furniture out of books.
I love it when a reviewer picks up on the cool little “Easter eggs” in It Happened One Doomsday.
Things like all of the different crystals Dru uses in her magic, and how they interact. Or the blink-and-you-miss it muscle car details.
I love putting those telling specifics into my books. And when the reviewers notice, I’m always happy.
But my favorite kind of reviewer is the one who loves the book so much they ask for a sequel!
Check out this fantastic new review from Cover2Cover:
“ I liked that Dru is not some special person with the most powerful magic or sorcery. Instead, she is smart, more than a little bit unsure of her abilities but determined to help others. The guy is the one who needs saving in this and it is at times hilarious the things they go through to halt Doomsday.”
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“This is good.”
Some book review websites have a definite attitude, and you can either like it or get out of the way.
I love that.
Book Riot is one of those. Here’s what they said about It Happened One Doomsday:
“A reluctant sorceress. Her Kesha-esque shapeshifting warrior BFF. Her wisecracking employee. A hunky mechanic who is being transformed into one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Possessed cars. Oh, and a dentist. This book has pretty much everything in it.”
Now, the unstoppable Book Riot has put together a list of the top 11 new sci-fi and fantasy books for your summer reading pleasure.
Guess whose book made the cut? Exactly. You can read it here.
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Holy guacamole! I’m just stunned by this amazing book review from science fiction writer Michael Edward Gooding:
“This book totally sucked me in. It cost me some sleep because I couldn’t stop reading it… Good story, interesting characters, a satisfying ending that begs a sequel… The author walks on water in his spare time. Seriously though, the book really is that good.”
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Featured selection of The Science Fiction Book Club
The original Science Fiction Book Club was founded in 1953.
63 years later, they’re featuring my book.
Jeez. Took ‘em long enough.
Just kidding. Seriously, this is a tremendous honor!
If you didn’t know, the book experts at SFBC wade through thousands and thousands of new books every year. They hand-pick only the very best science fiction and fantasy to feature in their book club.
I can’t tell you how excited I am that IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY has been chosen as a featured selection by this amazing institution of science fiction and fantasy readers.
If you’re an SFBC member, be sure to check your catalog when it arrives. (And if you aren’t a member yet, you can join here.)
Just look for the big red book with my name on it. And happy reading!
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