As soon as I received an email from author James Wallace Birch, I knew that his book was one that was going to capture my attention. He made the story sound interesting and captivating from the get-go without giving away the details of the plot or the characters themselves, and so I knew the read would be one that I wanted to experience for myself. As a fan of books that look into society and the issues that the world has faced throughout different time periods, I knew that I would be happy to read and review the book after the author described it as ‘contemporary fiction’.
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I was emailed a while ago by Ro Esterhazy asking if I would be interested in completing a review of her book Queen Of Corona’. Thinking that the premise of the novel sounded interesting and wanting to expand my own reading preferences to explore more new authors, I happily accepted her request and added her book to my ‘to be read’ list.
Recently, I was contacted by Candace Wondrak inquiring as to whether or not I would be interested in honestly reviewing her just-published novel ‘A Mark Unwilling’. After reading through the synopsis she sent me and instantly taking an interest in the sound of the book, I happily accepted the request. The blurb of the book itself tells you that the story is going to be a hell of a ride, but I found that I was still rather taken off guard at certain points. At first, I thought the book would be a great suit for me, and I found that it did indeed fit into my preferred genres, though it wasn’t all to my personal taste.
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.
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.