I spoke a couple of weeks ago about a method I use to take the sting out of query letter rejection (here). Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to read a few books. While I await the release of Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole and Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter, I’ve selected a few free ereads.
For a while now, I’ve been reading like a writer. Sometimes it takes the joy out of a book, other times it adds a whole new level of appreciation. This month, I read one book in each category. Overall, I enjoyed both of them. However, one author has me willing to pay money for the next book, the other not so much.
Here’s what did/didn’t work for me:
The Book I’ll Pass On
- I have to admit, I loved the premise of this story. It was well into the genres I like. The author had a strong grasp on the paranormal creatures in the story and did a wonderful job of staying consistent with the supernatural powers in the world created.
- There was tension and conflict in the story, but some of it felt orchestrated and much was resolved through hap and circumstance.
- This one was a YA book and the author nailed the age and attitude, but it was a little over board.
- The author used regional slang and clichés to the detriment of dialogue.
- Plus, and I might be guilty on this one, the author had multiple scenes of every day things with no underlying tension. For example, the MC was getting ready for a date and that was it. No underlying emotional or mental tension.
The Book That Hooked Me
- LOVED the heroine and the hero.
- The voice hooked me right away. The MC is funny and relatable and freely admits her faults without out sound too self-deprecating.
- The world building is wonderful and information about the setting is doled out in small digestible doses.
- The supporting cast a.k.a. minor characters are intriguing in their own way.
- I cared about what happened to the MC if she failed to reach her goal.
Have you ever picked up a free book which hooked you so well you purchased more from the author (if it’s paranormal romance, I want titles and names, please and thank you 🙂 )? What drew you in? Have you picked up one that turned you off, and if so say why (out of respect, please KEEP TITLES and NAMES ANONYMOUS)?
[Update: Look what I found. Free Kindle books here.]