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Q.Book Appeal:
When you’re browsing goodreads, the library, or another blogger’s reviews, what grabs your attention to make you want to read it?

Ooh now this really depends because sometimes I’ll see a book cover and I know I have to have it (I’m looking at you UK hardcover of The Night Circus) and others I’ll see an astonishingly gorgeous cover and actually be a little dubious of it. You really can’t judge books by their covers, especially not when you’re quite fussy with YA, who really are the major culprits, because more often than not they will contain all the insta-love, pointless love triangles (yes, I do believe that some love triangles work. It’s rare though), mysterious guys, flat characterisation, and so on and this is exactly what I’m out to avoid.

So I see something that peaks my interest, perhaps a 5 star rating from a blogger or a beautiful cover design and I go to Goodreads, Amazon, blogs that I trust and I read up on different opinions. Why didn’t people who gave it a low rating like it? Was it personal opinion or was it something that would bother me too? Why was it amazing? Those kinds of things and from there I can work out if I do or don’t want to read it.

Of course, if it’s the library, it’s free so what have you got to lose? 😉

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Q. Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kick ass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?

You know something? I’m quite a sucker for a hot Alpha Male. I never used to be but the more I read urban fantasy featuring these Alpha werewolf guys.. *fans self* Alcide, Clay, Lord Maccon. ZOMG! Right?!

But I think the main thing is down to the environment. I look at my favourite books at they all feature a fantastically inventive alternate world whether it’s Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, the Kingkiller Chronicles, Morganville, it’s the world building that initially drags me in. I want to know more about how everything works, why everything is the way it is, and oh my god the magic systems! I love a great magic system. And I suppose that yes, a strong protagonist that you can connect with such as Elena in Bitten, Vin in Mistborn, they can really make a novel something special.

Different stories and authors work best with different characteristics and so it all really depends.

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Recap of the Week

This week Once Upon A Time received a makeover. I was staring at my design and wondering why I’d gone for pastel when I’m really not a pastel person so I tweaked my background in Photoshop and came out with the new colour. I love it, it is probably my favourite colour, but it was still missing something and Ravven offered to help me out, so I gave her a few of my ideas and this was the end result. I absolutely adore it! Love Ravven.