Saturday, December 15, 2012

Welcome to Reviews by The Vixen

What? The Vixen is reviewing books?

That's right my sassy ones. I've decided to jump right into the crazy world of a book reviewer. I know what you're thinking. Do we really need another smart-ass posting their opinion about someone else's writing? Can't you just stick to blogging, promoting yourself, your alter egos, and other authors? 

Yes we do and no I can't.

How's that for being a smart ass? LOL

All kidding aside, I thought it would be a great idea for me to start putting the reviews I've written in one place. I'll still copy them to Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords, or wherever I purchased the book, but this blog will be one stop "shopping" for authors and readers alike. The posts can be linked to, referred to, copied and reposted as long as I'm given credit for the review, it can be used as you see fit. Well, unless you start chopping it up and completely altering what the original review said. Now, if you just use snippets, that's fine. But if the content of the review is turned on it's ear...Houston, we'll have a problem. A BIG one. 

What kind of books will be reviewed?

As you know, I write poetry, erotic romance and erotica. I read everything I can get my hands on across all genres, from YA and mainstream fiction to the smoking hot erotica. This site will have an adult warning because I will post reviews of books that are meant for those over 18 years of age. That doesn't mean I won't post a review of a YA book. Those may be few and far between for a bit since I do have many adult content novels waiting to be read. 

What will be the rating system?

I'm going to use hearts for the symbols. I tried to find something like flames or hot peppers, but I can't figure out how to make the image repeatable in blogger. I can get one image, but when I try to put another next to it, blogger won't let me. LOL  So we are going with the hearts since I can make that symbol without a problem.

 Yes there are some books out there that need a 1 heart rating because they are that awful, but you won't see those posted here. I'll just choose to say nothing at all. 

♥♥ This would be the books that I finished but would not read again unless some serious revisions were done to it. I also wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. This would have to be one that has no clear cut direction or plot, characters I just can't follow or care about or those books out there that are so full of editing nightmares I want to bang my head against the wall.  Have I received a two star rating before? Yep. Do I know why? Yes. The person who rated my book preferred M/M erotic romances and this particular book of mine was M/F. The person NEVER READ THE BOOK!!! They just gave it a 2 because it didn't appeal to them. You won't get that from The Vixen!

♥♥♥ Now for this site, a three heart is a good book! It's one that entertained and I rooted for the characters. There's a plot and the story moves along. To get a three and not higher, there have to be some things I just couldn't ignore. Usually these things would be repetitive phrases, head hopping, switching from 1st person to 3rd person and then back again in the same scene. 

♥♥♥♥ These are great books that I would pick up again and definitely recommend to a friend. There are probably a few things that didn't sit well with me, but overall a fun read. I would recommend the book for others to give a try. Four hearts from The Vixen means overall you did your job well, author!

♥♥♥♥♥ Five hearts from The Vixen means you rocked my fantasy world! I was transported to the world you created easily and grew attached to your characters. I cheered them on, wanted to shake them when they did something stupid, and overall I could see myself in your story. You made your characters REAL to me. I would highly recommend a 5 heart book and read it over and over again just to see if there were any details I missed from the times before.  Five hearts means TELL ME MORE!!!

So that's the site in a nutshell. I'll post my first set of reviews soon. 

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