Saturday, 14 June 2014

Reviews Happen

Reviews don’t write themselves. You need reviewers to do that. RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB has plenty of them (after all, authors are readers first). 

Today's post was inspired by PS Bartlett's Tweet.
This is a summary of 17 indie books I’ve read in 4 months. Yes, 17 books. I was surprised too. I guess I’ve become a fast reader. In fact, I’ve read ‘Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend’ by Nonnie Jules in less than 12 hours. It’s not an easy read because of sensitive issues and brutal and sexually explicit scenes. But they’re the very same reasons why the book is so compelling. 

It’s hard to believe the same author wrote 'Sugarcoatin’ is for Candy & Pacifyin'is for Kids’, a collection of no-nonsense blog posts on how  to behave on social media sites. 

Then I was immersed in the epic fantasy world of Titanian Chronicles: Journey of Destiny’ by Leisl Kaberry. Her fellow Aussie author Dale Furse  shares the same wickedly imaginative writing with 'Curse: Book 1 of WexkiaTrilogy'. They both created fascinating worlds with creatures more sinister than kangaroos, koalas, and Vegemite.

I’ve also read books with massive cliffhangers –The Coming of the Storm’ by Matt Kruze, a contemporary 'whodunit' story with unlikely suspects, and ‘Cross-Eyed Part 1’ by Dawn Skyy, a story inspired by real life experience in joining a fan club run by a scheming leader.

There are also a couple of ‘avant-garde-ish’ writing with Robert Marsh’s ‘Deadly Vows and Garrett Addison’s ‘The Traveller’. The internal struggles clearly manifest in their writing.

Then there are the books that mess with your mind. ‘The Reunion’ by A.A. Pencil is just maddeningly twisted, while It Lives in the Basementbrings back terrifying old school storytelling. 

I’ve had my dose of suspense/thrillers with ‘Ambient Light’ by Lorraine Adair and ‘Revenge’ by Bill Ward. The former is a romantic suspense, while the latter is a spy thriller with complex subplots. Ike Pius has his own brand of suspense with political undertones in  ‘Bomber Boy’.  

I expanded my list of genres to include Chick Lit. Good Intentionsby Kathryn Biel gave me a newfound respect for the Chick Lit genre. And ‘Dangled Caratby Hilary Grossman proved that it was no fluke.

And then there’s the Young Adult powerhouse in our midst – Wendy Storer’s “Bring Me Sunshine’ and ‘Untethered’ by Katie Hayoz. Both convinced me that YA can have depth and complexity that even adults can enjoy and appreciate.

There you go, 17 books written by indie authors. You can read the complete reviews here.

1 comment:

  1. Good Post Kindle Ninja. We all wish more readers would leave reviews, whether good or bad. Thxs for the shout out and have a wonderful weekend.