Why review? I think most folks who love books, myself included, love to talk about them. Reviewing gives me that chance on a wider scale. Plus, there’s the bonus of not only FREE books, but all the stories I can read!
The fact is, I rely on reviews to choose what I read, especially when it comes to new authors – and there are SO many new names out there anymore; ePublishing has really opened the floodgates. So, how to do you choose where to spend your money and your time?
You ask a friend! And, really, that’s what reviewers are: other book lovers with an opinion.
We all have our favorite books and authors, and while I gravitate toward them, one of the best parts about reviewing is discovering new authors without risk. Yes, reviewing takes time, especially if you’re writing a really well composed, coherent and interesting review. But it’s worth it! I’ve dipped my toe into the pool of genres I’ve never read before, and never thought I would because of reviewing. For instance, I discovered that zombies are pretty cool (Ashley Drake, Zombie Hunter: A Plague on All Houses by Dana Fredsti), and that a good ménage is a keeper (Rough Justice by KyAnn Waters), two genres I’d never even considered until I started here.
I love a story that grips you, that makes you HAVE to turn pages to find out what happens. One with characters that you become fully invested in, ones that MUST have a happy ending after they overcome any conflict that’s thrown into their path. What a wonderful opportunity for me to find these gems, to be allowed to choose any story that intrigues me, and then … I get to talk about it.
Reviewing is an incredible job… a joy and ridiculously fun. I highly recommend it.