Requesting Reviews

I really love to read fantasy (e.g., Harry Potter by JK Rowling; The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix) and dystopian fiction (e.g., The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; Red Rising by Pierce Brown), particularly those within the young-adult age group. I also like fairy tale retellings, particularly those with a modern twist (e.g., Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman; The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer). Asides from my main interests, I also enjoy light science-fiction that’s not too full of jargon and paranormal thrillers.

I like characters that have a strong voice, and I particularly like female characters who are 3 dimensions (neither “strong” nor “weak”, but human). I do tend to lean more towards the kick-ass females though. I enjoy romance so long as it’s not too heavy. I’m not into the whole traditional romance novel scene, however, if the romance is mixed in with some fantasy or within a dystopian society, I’m a sucker for it. Just be warned that I do have a low threshold for cheesy, cliched moments.

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I really love young adult fantasy or science fiction novels (e.g. The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix, The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley) as well as children’s fantasy novels (e.g., Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling, The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney). I love fairytale re-tellings (e.g. Beauty by Robin McKinley, Beastly by Alex Flinn). One of my special interests is where any of these also happen to contain LGBT characters, plot, anything (e.g. Ash by Malinda Lo, anything by Megan Derr). Probably unsurprisingly, I am also a huge comic and graphic novel fan, anything from Marvel/DC to manga. Other random interest includes mysteries (Cuckoo’s Calling by Roger Galbraith) and anything paranormal (e.g. In the Forest of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes), which can both range to the adult reading level. Lastly in the fiction area, I am a huge sucker for Shakespeare.

I will also read some non-fiction. This can have some sort of relevance to literary characters or authors, or even collections of information (e.g. How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction by Liisa Ladouceur, Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the First 50 Years). I will also read true crime novels, as when I am not blogging I am a Forensic Psychology Researcher.

Like France, I love strong female characters. I tend to favor anything where the females are kicking butt, and if there is any cross dressing that is a bonus. Unlike France, I do not care for anything with too much romance. Love triangles, and the plot where the main story focuses on a couple getting together are not for me.

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If you would like us to review a particular book that’s been published and isn’t on our website, feel free to request the review in the comments below. You can specify who you would like to read the book based on our interests above, or simply post the book title and let us decide.

Our reviews will always be honest, but, importantly, they will also be balanced. It is a rare occasion when we read a book and like nothing about it.

If you are an author and would like us to review your book, feel free to email us at francesandlynne@gmail.com. Again, you can specific who you would like to read the book based on our interests above, or simply send us a summary of the plot and let us decide.

2 thoughts on “Requesting Reviews

  1. Stan Schatt says:

    Dear Frances:

    I’m writing you because sometimes you choose to review mystery/thrillers. Here’s my brief blurb: Haunted by her past, Detective Francis “Frankie” Ryan must race against time to solve a double homicide and find a sadistic killer. Besieged from all directions, the only person she can trust is a tabloid reporter who also writes the Midnight Whisperer’s psychic column, Ask Miss Myrna. He finds to his surprise that he not only has psychic abilities, but that only he can see the sexy ghost serving as his rather inept guardian angel. Is he crazy if he develops feelings for a ghost?

    Imagine a female version of Michael Connelly’s Detective Harry Bosch stepping into the zany world of tabloid reporting where sightings of Big Foot and UFOs are taken just as seriously as photos of celebrities secretly filmed on nude beaches. When Detective Ryan’s search for a killer forces her to go undercover at a notorious S&M club, the two worlds collide. While one of the themes in this book is the complexity of gender identity in a world where social norms are changing, the novel does not contain any profanity or erotic passages that might disturb your blog’s readers.

    Silent Partner, published and professionally edited by Pen-L Publishing, is a police procedure mystery/thriller with as odd a pair of partners as you’re likely to find. I’m the author of Egypt Rising, Journey to a Different Dimension (an Amazon best-seller), Michael Connelly: A Reader’s Guide, and Paint Your Career Green as well as several books on technology topics. My varied careers including autopsy assistant, police department administrator, market research executive, futurist, college professor, and software trainer have given me ample material for my fiction.

    My publisher and I would really appreciate it if you would consider reviewing this novel while it is in digital ARC form. It will be published September 1st. You’ll find a link to more information about the book below. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Regards,

    Stan Schatt
    http://www.stanschatt.com
    @stanschatt
    schattstan@yahoo.com

    http://www.pen-l.com/SilentPartner.html

    • Frances says:

      Dear Stan,

      I would be delighted to read Silent Partner in its ARC form. Silent Partner sounds right up my street! I love a paranormal mystery. This genre is quickly becoming one of my favourite genres to read. I think you had me as soon as you said the main character’s name was “Francis” to be honest. If you could email the ARC of your book to the blog email address (francesandlynne@gmail.com) that would be fantastic. An ARC that is compatible with a kindle would be perfect!

      Looking forward to diving into Silent Partner!

      Frances

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