Despite being a fan of short stories, I don’t often find myself reading them all that much. When I received an email from short story author Chris Sarantopoulos asking me if I was interested in reviewing two of his short stories, I was immediately interested. My intrigue only heightened further when I saw that his stories fell under the horror genre, so I went ahead and jumped at the chance to have the opportunity to read his work and hoped to get a few chills out of the experience.
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I was emailed by author Shalia Patel asking if I would like to complete a review for her books ‘Soulmated’ and ‘Fighting Fate’. Needless to say, I was intrigued by the summaries that she provided, and I felt that the plot held a lot of promise and had a need to be explored further. I’m not a big fan of romance in itself, but the words ‘YA paranormal romance’ caught my attention pretty easily and made me want to experience the story for myself.
Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big fan of poetry. Despite loving studying certain aspects of literature throughout my education and having fun exploring different genres, poetry isn’t something that’s ever necessarily caught my eye. Some poems take me off guard completely and I fall in love with them, but, most of the time, the genre goes overlooked by me. Therefore, I was hesitant to take on the request to review the poetry collection ‘Unrequited’ when the author approached me and asked me to do so. Though, I threw caution to the wind in the hopes of expanding my reading experience and decided to take on the book anyway.
When I firstly received an email inquiring as to whether I’d be interested to review this book, I admit that I was rather wary of taking it on. This is not due to the book not sounding appealing but, more so, due to the fact that I personally don’t have all that much interest in short stories. When I get involved in a story, I like to be able to take time to immerse myself and get lost in the narrative as the world, the story, and the characters develop around me. Therefore, I didn’t know how good I would be at judging a collection of shorts as I don’t have much experience with it. Though I accepted the request as somewhat of a challenge to myself and I’m glad I did as the collection made for an easy, fun read which was better than expected.
I was offered a free digital copy of this book by Russell Brooks in return for an honest review. When reading through the provided synopsis in the review request, I had suspected that the story was going to be quite thrilling and generally rather riveting. Even though the story is based around a fictional premise, it’s quite a real threat at the same time – especially when you consider the advancements that technology and science have made in the last couple decades. Admittedly, I didn’t think it was all that much of an original premise at first because it has been looked into and done before. Though I wanted to see how this book had been constructed and how it has it’s own specific take on the premise, so I gave it a shot despite being hesitant of the potential repetition it may hold.
With Easter just having passed, I think it’s rather suited that I was recently contacted by Leen Lefebre offering a free copy of her book ‘Ebba, the First Easter Hare’ in exchange for an honest review. I’ll admit, at first, I didn’t think the premise of the book sounded all that much like it would suit me as a reader personally but, as I’m always looking to expand on my reading preferences and experiences, I decided to give the book a shot either way. It’s definitely not a book that I would pick out for myself, thought this gave me all the more incentive to accept the review request and give it a read – so I did and, pleasantly, it was a nice journey.
If you caught my previous review detailing my opinion on ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m reviewing the second book in the series so quickly due to the first book taking me rather off guard. The sequel, in ways that I this time did expect, definitely lived up to what I expected of the continuation of the series – though I don’t think it quite lives up to the hype it gets.
This is another book that was picked out and sent to me by my mother because she thought the premise was interesting and that I would find it somewhat entertaining. Never having heard of the book or the author before, I went into the story without even reading the blurb and just hoping my mother’s recommendation was going to live up to my rather minimal expectations. Once again, I was definitely not let down by my mother’s taste in books. This novel was a completely hectic ride and I wish I had heard of it sooner – it truly does deserve more exposure.