So, I’ve been watching my writer friend, Kendall Gray, on her journey of self-publishing. I’ve been lucky enough to read an ARC of INHALE, the first novel in her JUST BREATHE trilogy and, man, I just want to shout it out to the world how AWESOME Kendall’s writing is.
If you don’t believe me, check out the book trailer HERE.
Awesome, right? Seriously, you need to pre-order the entire series NOW. *waits while you go to Amazon*
*squints at screen to make sure you’re at Amazon’s website*
Okay. Glad you’re back.
What makes me love INHALE so much?
The characters are clear. They are goal-directed (sorry, that’s a psych term, but you’d be surprised how many characters are just wandering around their novels like post-lobotomy schizophrenics). They have faults. There’s great smexy scenes. There’s a TON of action and conflict.
All those things keep me reading on. It keeps me thinking about the characters when I’m not reading. I even picture myself hanging out with the main characters, Gavin and Zoe. In Australia. On the beach. Yeah. And heck, if I can picture myself hanging out with the characters, that means their writer has made it into my inner circle of favorite authors.
(Pssst, that includes YOU, KENDALL!!!!!!)
We know books sell based on word of mouth (yes, there are other things, but go with me on this one). So, I wanted to review INHALE. I wanted to support Kendall.
I wanted to really capture how I felt and why it was important for me to recommend INHALE to other people.
…And then I realized I kind of suck at writing reviews.
I worry about writing spoilers. I worry about sounding trite or saccharine. I worry about rambling aimlessly (sort of like what I’m doing now). I worry about not conveying the essence of my reaction.
So, I wrote about what I liked (as I just did above) and left it at that. Better to be short and sweet, than ambling and confusing, no?
Still, I feel like my review fell short.
Now I open the forum to you.
How do you review? Is there a certain template you follow? Do you only write positive reviews? Or do you “tell it like it is?”
Check out Lydia’s response to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog topic of the uses (or misuses) of Prologues!