Jennifer Lyon

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Review Chat

I got the early review from Romantic Times (June issue) for SINFUL MAGIC. Here’s a snippet:

Jennifer Lyon
4 1/2 stars  HOT

Fans will be delighted to find only a month’s gap between installments
of the newest Wing Slayer/Magic novels. The power of undying love
truly shines through here, adding plenty of emotion to an otherwise
dark and action-packed adventure. Another Lyon triumph!

I am HUGELY relieved! I was more worried about this book than NIGHT MAGIC.  Isn’t it amazing how we can love something so much, like writing, and yet it’s so hard to do? I was so exhausted by the time I’d finished with Key’s book, I simply had no perspective.

Here’s a snippet of another review on NIGHT MAGIC from Joyfully Reviewed This is the second to last paragraph and it made me tear up because the reviewer really “got” Phoenix and Ailish.

Phoenix and Ailish simple sizzle in Night Magic.   These two set the world on fire with the passion that erupts between them.  Night Magic’s pages are filled with strong emotions and gripping suspense.  Jennifer Lyon has created characters filled with such depth it’s impossible not to identify with them.  Phoenix is this strong indestructible slayer out to save the world yet he’s filled with guilt and it eats at him affecting everything he does.  The glimpses into his mind are intense and powerful.  The feelings within Phoenix are set to a boil and they all bubble over when Ailish enters his life.  His gut reaction may be ‘hell no’ when he meets her but it’s impossible to deny the connection between them.  Ailish is also a strong character.  It amazes me when I think about the fortitude within Ailish.  She knows her situation is her fault and it’s her responsibility to fix it.  Ailish lost her sight in this evil battle and is willing to give her life to keep evil from gaining her power.  Phoenix turns Ailish’s world upside down.  He makes her feel things like never before and she just doesn’t know how to handle it.  She has had one goal for so long she doesn’t know how to do anything but fight.

So while we’re talking about reviews, do you all even read them? What are you looking for in a review? I’ll answer first–I only read reviews when I’m unsure about a book,  or AFTER I’ve read the book and I want to see if others agree with my opinion.


10 comments to “Review Chat”

  1. Dawn
    April 7th, 2011 at 2:50 am · Link

    Congrats, Jen!! What great reviews. Let’s pass the appletinis to celebrate :D

    I rarely read reviews. I prefer to make up my own mind about a book. If I see a title or cover that catches my interest, I’ll read the synopsis. If that interests me, I’ll buy the book. Most of the reviews I read are the ones I read here :)

  2. Amanda
    April 7th, 2011 at 6:20 am · Link

    Congrats! I know the book will be great.

    I rarely read reviews before I’ve read a book because even not meaning to sometimes they give things away. Unless it is a reviewer that I know I have agreed on the majority of the books in the past I don’t really take them into consideration at all. I will sometimes read one after I have read the book just to see how much we agree.

  3. B.E. Sanderson
    April 7th, 2011 at 7:38 am · Link

    Awesome reviews, Jen. =o)

    I generally don’t read reviews – unless someone like you posts them to their blog. I like going into a book fresh, without any preconceptions. And after I’ve read the book, reviews just irritate me because if I find a negative comment for a book I liked, I want to flame the person who wrote it.

  4. Jen Lyon
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:07 am · Link

    Dawn, thanks for the congrats! I’m like you, I usually prefer to make up my own mind.

  5. Jen Lyon
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:08 am · Link

    Amanda, I hope readers like the book. But onto reviews, I do the same thing! I’m much more interested in reviews after I’ve read the book.

  6. ban
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:10 am · Link

    WOW – that’s all I can say … that second review has left me speechless. CONGRATS !!!

  7. Jen Lyon
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:10 am · Link

    B.E., LOLOL!! You probably shouldn’t read reviews after you’ve read the book then! And I love your honesty! I’m still laughing…

  8. Jen Lyon
    April 7th, 2011 at 10:53 am · Link

    Ban, thank you! And speechless? Really? LOL!

  9. ban
    April 7th, 2011 at 11:16 am · Link

    yep – I’d love to someday get a review like that ;)

  10. Jen Lyon
    April 7th, 2011 at 11:47 am · Link

    Ban, I so relate to that feeling! And you will, if you keep at it. And keep in mind that opportunities are really opening up in the electronic markets. Even the traditional publishers have launched, or will launch, electronic lines. And these are very valid opportunities!

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