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  1. A Lesson for All Authors

    June 1, 2012 by Kiersi

    Kiera Cass's agent Elana Roth, calling a reviewer a "bitch"

    Kiera Cass's agent Elana Roth, calling a reviewer of Cass's book a "bitch" on Twitter

    As a reviewer, I’ve experienced an author’s wrath first-hand. In my particular case, my negative book review spectacle was more fueled by said author’s rabid pack of fans than by the author herself–later incendiary comments on Goodreads by someone named “Marilyn” even accused all of us who wrote negative reviews about the book of “colluding to ruin this good woman’s reputation.”

    Regardless of that hilariously absurd allegation, the whole situation got me to thinking in broader terms about the blogosphere and the ramifications of its naturally low barrier to entry. To set up a blog these days, all you need to do is visit a site like wordpress.com or Blogger and create an account. Pick a theme, add some content, and you’re up and ready to post some book reviews. Social media networks such as Goodreads lower the barrier even further, so anyone with a computer can sign on and review a book.

    By the same token, authors use these platforms to great success. Kiera Cass (who I will talk about more in a moment) keeps an online journal where she talks about book releases, signings, and more. I recently added a book to my Goodreads’ “to read” list after reading a fabulous blog post by that book’s author. I’ve built relationships with other debut YA authors on Twitter over things like cover reveals and critique partners. Social media–including my Twitter, my Facebook, and my blog–have all done a lot of my marketing for me, because I simply enjoy using these mediums to talk about my passion. (Which means I am always working, and by the same token, never working.)

    My friend Abi over at A Hunger to Learn pointed me to a much larger-scale debacle than my indie-pub incident. This controversy stars Kiera Cass, New York Times best-selling author of The Selection (to which I gave a panning review here), and a high-profile blogger-slash-book reviewer who goes by Wendy Darling. (more…)


  2. The Selection is Formulaic, Yet Entertaining

    May 17, 2012 by Kiersi

    "The Selection" by Kiera Cass

    The Selection by Kiera Cass

    This book gets: ♥♥♥ out of 5

    The Selection, Kiera Cass – With this tagline, it’s fairly straightforward to guess what Cass’s The Selection has in store for readers: “35 Girls. 1 Crown. The Competition of a Lifetime.”

    For every girl but America Singer, the Selection is an opportunity of a lifetime: an opportunity to compete with 35 other girls for Prince Maxon’s heart and become crowned princess of Illéa. But entering the Selection for America means leaving behind her love for a boy from her hometown, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

    When America is pressured to enter and manages to win a spot in the Selection, all her expectations of the castle, the king and queen, and Prince Maxon are shattered. Now America has to compete to stay in the race for the sake of her lower-caste family, but constant rebel attacks on the palace and America’s growing attraction to the prince may undo her plans. (more…)