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New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Roxanne

May 21st, 2015 Kristie Posted in Dark Faerie Tales Team 1 Comment »

Our introduction comes today from Roxanne. She answered our call for new book reviewers recently and we are excited to have her join Dark Faerie Tales. Roxanne offers her reading expertise and such wonderful insight to her reviews. Roxanne is going to do reviews for us and you can read some of her lovely work after this post. Please officially welcome Roxanne to the team!

You can also follow Roxanne via Twitter: @Roxanne_Dft

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Hi everyone, I am Roxanne, a 37 year old stay-at-home mom! For as long as I can remember I loved reading. It probably started with fairy tales and the myths my father used to read to me when I was little. I have always been an avid reader since I was little; I have gone through times when I read very little, but that is mostly because of life getting in the way more than anything else. I started where most people my age did with Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and Anne of Green Gables. From there I branched into some fantasy (mostly horse fantasy) such as Man O War, The Black Stallion, and Black Beauty. My absolute favorite from that time was The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West by Mary Stanton. A mouthful right, but I adored that book because well — one it was fantasy and two horses….So as you can see horses and books where my first loves.

As I got older that changed into romance because well you know, teenagers love romance! Bertrice Small was my favorite romance author, and she really made me enjoy history. Her books were filled with accurate history and wonderful stories. It probably wasn’t until I was an adult that I began to read paranormal. I am not sure what book got me into that genre but I do know that Laurell K. Hamilton was my favorite author for a long time. Her early Anita Blake books and the Merry Gentry series just blew me away. Most of that time was spent reading adult paranormal, such as Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series (which I am still hooked on) Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, which the ending of that series was one of the best ending books I have ever read. Seriously the best.

Eventually, YA became a part of my life and I can’t tell you when that happened. I still read a pretty good mix of books from NA, Adult and YA. Some of my favorite authors right now are Sarah J. Maas, Wendy Higgins, Julie Kagawa, Kelley Armstrong, and Ilona Andrews. I hope that you guys enjoy my reviews and I hope to share my love of reading with everyone!

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New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Zed

April 4th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Dark Faerie Tales Team Comments Off on New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Zed

We are very excited to introduce a new reviewer to Dark Faerie Tales! Please welcome Zed! Enjoy her reviews below this post!

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It goes without saying that I love to read, particularly a series of books since I enjoy prolonging a great story. However, waiting eons for the next release is frustrating (hint hint Patrick Rothfuss!) My favourite genres have changed with time but I have a preference for dark, gothic reads and I love learning about myths and legends. I am a collector of quotes so every book I read is covered in highlights (not paperback of course, that would be sacrilege!) I also love to write and have participated (and won) NaNoWriMo two years in a row. My all-time favourite authors are: JK Rowling, LM Montgomery, Cassandra Clare and AG Howard.

Follow Zed on Twitter: @Zed_DFT

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New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Kelly

April 1st, 2014 Kristie Posted in Dark Faerie Tales Team Comments Off on New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Kelly

Our introduction comes today from Kelly. She answered our call for new book reviewers last month and we are excited to have her join Dark Faerie Tales. Kelly offers her reading expertise and such wonderful insight to her reviews. Kelly is going to do reviews for us and you can read some of her lovely work after this post. Please officially welcome Kelly to the team.

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A map of my life would have very few straight lines. I’ve not only crisscrossed the country several times and called more than a few states home, but also followed a bit of a meandering career path that’s resulted in a very diverse résumé. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that this semi-nomadic lifestyle is also reflected in my eclectic reading preferences. In fact, even my love of reading developed indirectly from my mother’s need to remain sane. (It’s honestly not as “Flowers in the Attic” as it sounds!)

While my sisters and friends spent most of summer break splashing around in the lake, I was stuck indoors with seemingly never-ending ear infections. Watching TV and listening to music weren’t options unless I wanted to deafen whoever else was in the house (or within a mile of it) thanks to the cotton balls wedged into both ears, so I was BORED. Which also means I whined. A lot. Finally, in a bout of desperation intended to bribe me into silence, my mother hauled me into our town’s small library. Yet even the shelves lined with books weren’t enticing to me…at first. Then I saw a flyer for the annual reading contest where the winner would receive a sparkly rainbow sticker and my ultra-competitive streak kicked in. Nothing was going to stop me from getting that rainbow sticker (which I DID win) and another book lover was born.

Of course the number of genres in my “fiction addiction” has expanded quite a bit since then. Though the majority of my favorite stories are classified as paranormal romance, I’ve also developed a love of genres I didn’t think I’d enjoy – including science fiction, urban fantasy, historical fiction, and historical nonfiction just to name a few – thanks to recommendations from other readers.

That said, every reader is going to walk away with her/his own opinion of a story and I admit that I’m a bit tough in my reviews. We might not always agree on a review because my ratings are a reflection of how the overall story made me feel. Did the characters feel like real people to me? Does the ending make sense or is it some (excuse the sports metaphor) Hail Mary pass that rings false with everything else in the book? How does the story compare to others in the same genre? Is the dialogue believable?

After all, my hope as a reviewer at DFT is to help you discover stories that are worth your time and money. Hopefully I’ll succeed more often than not  :-)

Kelly (DFT)

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New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Karson

March 9th, 2014 Bridget Posted in Dark Faerie Tales Team Comments Off on New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Karson

Dark Faerie Tales is excited to bring a fresh new voice to our reviews! Today we are introducing Karson (Bridget’s husband!) and his wonderful reviews. You can read some of his reviews after this post. Please join us in welcoming Karson to the team!

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Hey everyone, it’s Bridget and I am actually going to introduce our newest reviewer. Karson is my adorable husband and because he loves me he has decided to help me tackle my huge pile of books that need to be reviewed. We have been married for almost nine years now and have three cute kids. Karson’s favorite hobbies are skiing, both snow and water. He is a podiatrist (yes, he works with gross feet) but he loves it. He’s not the book fanatic that I am but he does enjoy to read. He has to travel quite often for work so to help pass the time he loves to listen to audiobooks. He mostly reads YA, but occasionally he will pick up an adult book as well.

His all time favorite series that he has read and listened to many times is the Harry Potter series, but he is willing to listen to pretty much any genre as long as it is a good story that will keep him awake while he is driving! He has quite the sense of humor, so odds are that will show through in his reviews. I am very glad that he is joining the team here at Dark Faerie Tales and I hope that our readers find him a good addition as well. I think it will be nice to have a male voice join our wonderful team of women!

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New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Kaitlin

November 6th, 2013 Kristie Posted in Dark Faerie Tales Team Comments Off on New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Kaitlin

Dark Faerie Tales is excited about adding another new reviewer to our team. Today’s introduction comes from Kaitlin who recently answered our call for new book reviewers. Kaitlin offers her reading expertise and such wonderful insight to her reviews.  Kaitlin is going to do reviews for us and you can read some of her lovely work after this post. Please join us in welcoming Kaitlin to the team!

Juggling all-star cheerleading, honors classes, and the normal social agenda of a soon-to-be high school student, I still find time to read. In the car, before bed, you name it! I love romance like Twilight, dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games, and of course fantasy like Harry Potter. It’s not hard to devour the written word, and I also love to write. My life is school, cheer, read, sleep, with the occasional friend over or birthday party sprinkled in.

Some of my favorite authors are A. G. Howard, J. K. Rowling, Kiera Cass, Christopher Paoloni, and of course many more! I’m so excited to join the talented gang over at Dark Faerie Tales, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to share the books I enjoy with others. I look forward to doing many reviews in the future!

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