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.
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