Though, like a lot of writers, I write mostly because I love telling myself stories and getting immersed in worlds of my own creation (otherwise known as ‘daydreaming’), a bonus of making the stories available to others is the feedback.
When somebody totally gets what you were trying to say, understands how your world works, and bonds with characters you gave birth to, it’s like a little bit of sparkly magic.
Here are two favourites out of all my favourite reviews – one by a journalist, and one by someone who is so completely my target audience. With thanks to Hilarie and Georgina.
I hope you don’t mind a little bit of showing off. I don’t do it very often 🙂
The Blackwood Crusade
Book Review by Journalist, Hilarie Stelfox, published in Huddersfield Daily Examiner
“I was hooked from the first few pages – and mightily relieved to discover that it is extraordinarily well written by someone with a finely-tuned sense of humour. In fact, it’s every bit as good as any fiction for the young I’ve read in recent years, including the novels of JK Rowling and Eoin Colfer. As well as being a natural storyteller, Jo never patronises her readers, an attribute that will endear her to teenagers. Nor does she shy away from the odd bit of violence and unpleasantness, another plus for young readers.”
The Curtain Twitcher’s Handbook
“I read this book in three chunks, over a period of two days! I was hooked to the story and literally could not put it down! It’s the perfect read for many teenage girls like myself what with it covering dilemmas we can relate to and also including the interesting element of the ghost story that leaves you desperate to read on to find out what happens next.
I fell in love with Daisy the main character almost instantly and could relate to her throughout the book, I didn’t see the ending coming at all it took me by surprise and completely blew me away! I felt so emotionally attached to both Will and Daisy throughout the book and found myself almost in tears on a few more occasions in the book.
It was by far one the best books I’ve read in a while, for the reason that not only did it have a phenomenal story but it took me on a journey with the characters as I felt I knew them so well and not many authors i know can portray this skill to take the reader on an journey and make them feel emotionally involved with the story but Jo has done this flawlessly and the book has been lingering in my mind since…
Definitely up there in my top 10 best reads and I have already recommended it to two friends, and passed it on to one of them already 🙂 5 stars!!!!
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Wow! Those are great reviews…and I loved the title of this blog post. My curiosity was piqued.
Also, this stuck out to me as super important: “As well as being a natural storyteller, Jo never patronises her readers, an attribute that will endear her to teenagers.”
I think a lot of writers (myself included) patronize readers, whether they are teenagers or adults. We’re too excited about our genius and want to make sure they don’t miss it. *facepalm*
Once again, congratulations on these awesome reviews!
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Barbara, thanks for your lovely comment! It certainly takes some work to say just enough and not too much. I don’t like being spoonfed, but at the same time I don’t like reading something and going ‘huh?’ 😀
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