Trying to review a book/day…

kuva-8Yes, you read right. Trying. I love writing reviews (and also receiving ones!) so I decided to read and review a book/day but it wasn’t an easy job. And just to challenge myself a bit more I took a step to the wild side and chose also some books that were quite out of my usual reads.

Even though I’m a fast reader some books just can’t be rushed and it took more time to really get into them than I thought. But I did my best, trying to be as objective as possible and keeping my mind open even if the book wasn’t from my favorite genre. And no. I do not always give five stars. I checked, lol, and I have given a two star review as well (once!).

So, if you’ve read a book and you liked it the best way to thank the author is to leave a review! It doesn’t have to be long. Amazon wants you to write 20 words or more. Twenty words! Peace of cake, and on Goodreads you can give stars without writing anything. Seriously, it takes like two seconds of your time. So, grab a book and make someone happy by writing a review.

Couple of things about reviewing a book though…

1. Read the book (yes, this needs to be pointed out as there are people that write reviews (usually the bad ones) without even bothering to read the book).

2. Be honest. If you liked the book say so. If you hated it, you can say that, too, just please, please, try not to crush the author completely. Remember that she/he poured her/his soul into it.

3. Write down notes while you’re reading. I do that all the time! So after finishing the book it’s a child’s play to write the review.

4. Try not to be a pettifogger. Concentrate on the story not the missing commas. Although, if the story is crawling with missing commas, bad grammar etc. you don’t have to ignore that! In my opinion couple of grammar mistakes or typos can be ignored but if it starts to bug you it’s totally a no, no!

5. Have fun! Don’t stress about writing a review. Like said above it doesn’t have to be a novel…

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by Garden Summerland

5 of 5 stars *****

It’s not as easy to write flash fiction as you might think. When the words starts to flow the flash fiction can easily turn into a short story or even novella. And even if you could stop writing it takes a real talent to take you to the journey only using few hundreds of words. Garden Summerland definitely knows how to do that. Her writing style is unique and the reader gets immediately drawn into the story. This was my first flash fiction read but def not the last. I found myself sneaking a peek of the next story whenever I could…Gym’s locker room, queuing at the supermarket…just couldn’t put it down! Excellent read!

The Eternity Cure (Blood Of Eden, #2)

by Julie Kagawa

(24 words! I counted. See…not hard at all…)

5 of 5 stars *****

Action packed, fast paced story that just gets better and better but the ending…OMG! So not fair to write a cliffhanger like that…

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by Chantal Bellehumeur

5 of 5 stars *****

Are you ready to enter into another universe? A place full of magical creatures, such as angels, elves, unicorns, talking animals and pixies. Lina was, though she didn’t know what was waiting for her when she entered Professor Alfonso’s home. But when Professor leads her to a world called Sdrawkcab and asks Lina’s help to save the bright queen’s world she accepts the challenge without a hesitation.

This story has everything a kid could hope for. Creatures beyond your imagination, battle between the dark and the bright and a secret place that no one in the real world knows exists. Well, no one except Professor Alfonso and Lina. I wonder why Pixar hasn’t picked this one yet as this story would be perfect as a movie, too. So, if you have kids say age 9 and up, do them a favor and get this book for them. They’ll thank you later!

The Replacement

by Brenna Yovanoff

5 of 5 stars *****

Unique, beautiful story about a boy who only wanted to belong. I have a copy with a young boy on the cover and I have to say I was looking for some PNR moments. They never came. Well, at least not really. But the storyline is one of the uniquest I’ve ever read and there’s just something heartbreakingly beautiful about Mackie. At parts I was so glued to the story that I totally forgot where I was! Yes, it was creepy and yes, it was weird but it was something totally different so give it a chance. I’m happy I did.

Oh, and I think YA boys might enjoy this one too!

Wendy A kais-journey-cover-finalKai’s Journey: The New World Chronicles (The Kai and Clover Series)

by Charles Siefken, Wendy Siefken

5 of 5 stars *****

Seven years ago the zombies attacked spreading death wherever they went. Only few survived but Kai and Clover were among them. Kai was an exceptionally good fighter, a young man who couldn’t take his eyes away from Clover since the first moment he saw her and Clover was…well, Kai wasn’t sure what she was as she obviously had a mysterious secret she wasn’t ready to share with him. Yet. But Kai had a secret of his own, too. Something so horrible he wasn’t sure anyone would ever forgive him if they found out about it.

I am not particularly fond of zombies but I’m glad I gave this story a shot, as it is so much more than just a zombie story. It is a story about surviving, forgiving and love. Definitely a must read!

 

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by Brenda Perlin

5 of 5 stars *****

Sometimes life doesn’t go as we planned. Sometimes the decisions we make carry on way longer than we thought, impacting strongly on the lives of others even if we didn’t mean them to do so. Crap happens and sometimes we can’t do much about it but just follow the flow and hope something good and beautiful will eventually come out of it.

When Brooklyn met Bo she suddenly became `the other woman’. She became the object of someone’s hate. Someone that she never thought she would be. A home wrecker.

Brooklyn begins a painful journey but with her love and determination she can cross whatever objects life throws on her way, finding out what she really wants from life and what kind of person she wants to be.

A touching story that pulls you in from the minute you open the book! I read it on one go and can’t wait for the sequel. Excellent read!

If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)

by Amy Plum

3 of 5 stars ***

Three and a half stars. I’ve had mixed feelings about this series from the start. In some parts I was totally awed and loved, loved, loved it, but in some parts I think the story is quite depressing. There is this heavy curtain of sorrow hanging just above the characters heads that makes me so sad I want to cry all the time and yet there are some quite interesting twists in the plot that just urged me to read more.

Beautifully written and unique in its genre. If you’re looking for something different and need a quick trip to Paris this is a must read!

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by G. Mitchell Baker

5 of 5 stars *****

The Involvement of Emerson is a journey to Jon Emerson’s life. Inner battle what should be done and what not to help him become a better man. Wandering on the streets of Seattle Jon bumps into the people he normally would’ve walked passed without thinking them twice. But his new lifestyle and determination kind of forces him to acknowledge them and soon his previous quite meaningless relationships are exchanged into meaningful ones. Something real and honest.

G. Mitchell Baker has the talent to captivate the reader from the beginning. The story is exceptionally well written and draws you into the philosophical discussion what really is important in life and if there is a turning point to start taking control of your own life and start changing the course by deciding what do you really want to do with your own life.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s wrestling with the core questions of life and need something intelligent to read.

 

And right now I’m reading Just.Another.Common.Killer

by Chantal Bellehumeur  and so far loving it!

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About jenniferloiske

Jennifer Loiske lives in Finland in Naantali, which is a small sunny town on the southwest coast. She is a pre-school teacher by profession but she stayed at home when her youngest daughter suffered brain fever, which developed severe epilepsy in 2004. She is a workaholic Teen/Young Adult author, who loves dark fantasy, teen movies, chips and candies and warm sunny days. She’s also very keen on charity work and a big part of her royalties goes to the charity; mainly to help families with epileptic children but also to the epilepsy units in the hospitals. As a huge fan of dark novels Jennifer's bookshelf is full of books from L.J. Smith, Alyson Noel, Stephanie Meyer, Chloe Neill, Michelle Rowen, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Amanda Hocking and Lauren Kate. She’s also a huge fan of music from Evanescence, Linkin Park, Within Temptation, OneRepublic and Disturbed. But her hunger for music is endless and depend on what mood she’s in or what kind of book she’s working on. She can be pretty much an omnivore when it comes to music.
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One Response to Trying to review a book/day…

  1. Brenda Perlin says:

    The page looks great Wendy and Jennifer!!!! It is so kind of you to take the time to review so many books. You have no idea how much I appreciate your 5 star review of Home Wrecker. You made my day!!!!!

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