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New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Kelly

April 1st, 2014 Kristie Posted in Dark Faerie Tales Team Comments Off

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

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

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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New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Stephanie

November 4th, 2013 Kristie Posted in Dark Faerie Tales Team 2 Comments »

A few months ago we put out a call for reviewers and several wonderful people applied. Today’s introduction comes from Stephanie.  She recently answered our call for new book reviewers and we are excited to have her join Dark Faerie Tales.  Stephanie offers her reading expertise and such wonderful insight to her reviews.  Stephanie is going to do reviews for us and you can read some of her lovely work after this post. Please officially welcome Stephanie to the team!

My name’s Stephanie, and I live in Central Illinois with my husband and three cats (or zoo as some friends have been known to call it). I’m a full-time research assistant, spending my days proofreading research articles and doing other reference work, pretty much the perfect job for an introverted English major like myself. I love coming home and curling up on the couch to read something that doesn’t involve statistics and scientific vocabulary! If I’m not reading, you’ll most likely find me playing video games or watching movies.

I’ve always loved to read. I remember going to the library every week when I was in fourth grade, checking out 4 or 5 Nancy Drew books at a time. It wasn’t long before I had read their entire collection. Then in junior high, I discovered Stephen King and officially fell in love with books my family lovingly describes as “weird.” Shortly after that, I discovered urban fantasy with L.J. Smith’s Forbidden Game trilogy and never looked back. While I do read the occasional historical or contemporary romance, my favorite genres by far are paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and dystopian.

My favorite authors at the moment (it constantly changes) are Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, and Seanan McGuire. I think everything they write is pure gold! I’m very excited about having this opportunity to write reviews for Dark Faerie Tales. I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on many different books with everyone!

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New Dark Faerie Tales Team Member: Meet Jessie

October 22nd, 2013 Kristie Posted in Dark Faerie Tales Team Comments Off

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

Hello! My name is Jessie and I live in Idaho with my husband and two, soon to be three little boys! My husband works a ton and I’m super grateful for that, it allows me the opportunity to hang out with my boys all day. My family is everything to me, but needless to say, I get a little starved for entertainment sometimes, and the late nights with kiddos and babies just seem less tiring with book, whether it’s a new adventure or an old favorite. I’m just not a huge television fan, I’d much rather read a good book! I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education, with a minor in English. I have always enjoyed reading, and I love the challenge of writing. Writing about a book just makes you delve deeper than you would otherwise, and see the book in a different way. So I think writing reviews will be a great way to keep my brain happy and occupied.

I read to escape, and if the book I’m reading isn’t more exciting or happier than my life, than I have a harder time with it. I like happy endings, and I can do creepy, but I’m not a huge fan of scary. Just a warning, that might reflect in my reviews. I will give most books a chance, but my favorites are happy, and not too predictable. It’s been an interesting journey already to explore some different genres and to review books that I might normally never even hear about or consider. I’m a huge nerd, especially when it comes to parenting, and I actually read more non-fiction than I do fiction. There’s nothing like being a mom to make you thirst for more answers. It has been fun to get back into the fiction world, but I’m a little pickier about substance now, even in the fiction world. I get really into the background behind the storyline, the author, and even how the book fits together. I really appreciate it when an author really has his or her story figured out, and it could really be happening, even if it has supernatural or fictional elements. I’m not as patient when an author relies on a good premise, but misses the details. I guess in a nutshell, my reviews might tend to lean towards the critical side, even if I quite enjoyed a book.

I’m a girly-girl, and my favorite color is pink. I collect pink antiques, and my book collecting is similar. I really appreciate the classics, and I think it’s pretty fun when an author can include some piece of history in his or her writing, and really tie it together with something new and exciting. My favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice, I think it just represents my book personality through and through. I love a book with a little romance, but I like my romance old school, I’m not into anything too vulgar. Another favorite author of mine is Orson Scott Card, mostly because he is brilliant. Although I naturally gravitate toward a book that’s less manly, he really creates an atmosphere and suspense. So action and old school romance are totally my things. I don’t do boring.

I’m really excited to be a part of Dark Faerie Tales. I was introduced to it by my awesome sister-in-law Bridget, and she has loved reviewing for the blog so much that I just had to take advantage of an opening! So that’s me. I would love to have any critical feedback from anyone regarding my reviews. That’s really what I’m about and really why I am taking on this new adventure, to reignite my reading and writing skills and to improve, or at least keep them alive. I hope that my reviews will help our followers make accurate decisions about what book they will pick up next! Happy reading!

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