It was an honor for me to sit down and do an interview with The Indie View. I have attached the interview for those of you who missed it.
you can tell a lot about a reviewer through their reviews. You can get a sense of what they like to read and things they don’t before you even send a review request. Some times I think authors get bad press because they chose the wrong reviewers. Crystal Rants – 1 May 2013
About ReviewingHow did you get started?
I started blogging just to have a place where I would channel my own thoughts about books. I wanted to rant and rave about any book without being restricted or ridiculed for my opinions. I have always just wanted a place where I could just be me. No face, no names just my opinions about any and all things pertaining to books.
How do you review a book? Is it a read first, and then make notes, or do you make notes as you go along?
I don’t make notes while I am reading a book or after. Once I am done reading a book I go right into writing the review. I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing. I do highlight my favorite parts or sections I might want to include in my review but I will always read the book first before I gather my thoughts on the completed work.
What are you looking for?
I am always looking for a story that entraps me emotionally.
I need to be able to connect with the characters, whether I love them or hate them. I have to feel something for them otherwise the book is meaningless to me.
If a book has a great plot, great characters, but the grammar is less than perfect, how do you deal with that?
I am not an English teacher so I don’t critique grammar. I have read many books that had minor grammar issues but the stories were amazing. So honestly, the less than perfect grammar did not take away what I felt for the book, its characters or the storyline.
How long does it take you to get through, say, an eighty thousand-word book?
That would all depend on the book and how engaged I am in the story. Sometimes I become obsessed with a story that I would stay up all night just to finish it. I honestly finished a three books series that was 500 pages per book in Read More >>>>>
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Happy Ranting and Raving!!!