People love to read. Yes, they/we still do :-).
People read reviews before purchasing a book. Yes, quite often.
Do people love to post reviews? Rarely.
When I was only a reader I didn't know how important is to write my opinion when I liked a book so that others could pick it up too. As an author, I can tell you that reviews are bloody important.
Luckily there are now people that are so much aware of the hard work put in a book and the necessity of a review. People like Leonard Tillerman (Author, Book Blogger, Book Reviewer) are rare (or at least I didn't come across them yet), and I have only big words for his dedication.
Below is his review for my debut novel "Magnetic Reverie", which I post in here not because it is 5 stars, but because he is such a great writer too and I am proud of this review.
You don't have to be such a master with words when you write a review, it is enough to write just a few simple sentences: I liked it, I loved it, I enjoyed it, etc. Just do it and you will bring a smile on the author's face and help a reader find its next read.
"Have you ever had a dream which was so vivid and intense that you felt it simply had to be real? A dream which made you forget about your current reality in hopes of continuing to explore this exciting land of milk and honey? Were you really able to fully distinguish the dream from the real world? If so… which one did you prefer? Powerful thoughts indeed! If this sounds intriguing to you, then you will absolutely love author Nico J. Genes’s novel, Magnetic Reverie.
The story essentially travels back and forth between the main character Lana’s romance with her husband Greg, and a mysterious woman in Slovenia known as Claire. While one of the relationships appears to be based in reality, the other one only comes to Lana in her dreams. Throughout the story, Lana is emotionally torn between her two loves. A handsome, loving and supportive husband- and the fantasy woman of her dreams. She continually struggles between being content and following societal expectations with Greg, as opposed to succumbing to the forbidden lust, craving and love affair with Claire.
Make no mistake, Magnetic Reverie is an erotic love story which will engage and captivate you from the very first page. Genes does a wonderful job in developing characters who are truly in crisis mode. Lana in particular struggles throughout the story with the conflicting emotions of lust-guilt; sadness-joy; anticipation-expectation. She hates herself for what she is putting both Greg and Claire through, but is really unable to control it. The journey she undergoes in discovering herself and confronting her reality is quite powerful and enlightening.
While all novels will tend to have an overriding theme, Magnetic Reverie has a number of secondary motifs as well. For instance, the suffocating chains which come with behaving within the confines of typical societal norms is one such theme which is explored. This is clearly shown by the way Lana and Claire continually attempt to conceal their relationship in public and disguise their true feelings. If they step outside such norms they risk exposing themselves to ridicule and judgement. This is further revealed when you compare this relationship with the one Lana has with Greg. That match is perceived as “normal” by society and their public displays of affection are numerous and obvious. Be that as it may, the most powerful theme which exists in the novel is the pursuit for love at all costs. By pursuing her fantasy romance with Claire, Lana is virtually risking everything.
One important point which should not be overlooked when reviewing this excellent book, is the author’s unique ability to describe the setting. This is no easy feat as the story takes place in two worlds, the United States and Europe. However, Genes does a superb job in presenting both. For example, the Croatian holiday had exquisite descriptions which flowed with the story. They were not added just as mere filler. They were integral to the storyline and weaved into the powerful emotions which the characters were experiencing. Without a doubt, the author crafted this beautifully.
Magnetic Reverie is indeed a story where nothing is truly as it seems. Indeed, that is one of the charms of this novel which will leave the reader spellbound and captivated throughout. Unquestionably, this story receives 5 dreamy stars!"
Follow more of Leonard's work on http://leonardtillerman.com/.
Life teaches us lessons continuously.
Do we pay attention and acknowledge what we learn? Do we strive to improve ourselves and hence our lives, relationships and by this positively influence everyone around us?
Life's an ongoing process.
We should consciously stop sometimes to reflect upon the situations we find ourselves in and the experiences life gives us. Could we have done things differently? What did we learn from these? Should we change something, and achieve a different outcome next time?
Do you want to change your life...
but don't know where to begin? Are you in an unhappy relationship? Do you feel lonely? Can you imagine what your life would be like, if you discovered what makes you feel fully alive? Are you stuck in a job you don't love? What's stopping you from getting the life that you’re dreaming of?
Life's a roller-coaster.
Let's transform it into genuine fun, by finding and offering only the good within us. As odd as it sounds, it takes a little effort to be a good person. It demands self-awareness. It requires perseverance. You must keep an open mind about things and develop an acceptance of everything that is different, even if you don't fully understand it. Though at times it requires nothing more than just an honest smile.
LESSONS IN LIFE
"In hope of a world, that does not celebrate the fake & the cold
In hope of a world where true emotions can be uphold
In hope of a world where truth is told
In hope of the world where sugar coated abuses are not sold
In hope of a world that does not force you to fit in & fold
In hope of a world where tears are allowed to unfold
You are not told to fake happy when your heart can no longer hold
In the hope of a world that doesn’t go numb & cold,
While faking positivity & not being bold
In hope of that world where you & I can be true to our core
We are not judged for being human
And not expected to be a bot, running on a computer code
Let the beauty of true emotions and the warmth of real unfold
Sweet, sour, bitter, happy, sad, high, low, cold
Sincere bonds and true connects
Let us not turn the world into a fake emotion(less) zone"
by Vanashree Yadav