Monday, January 12, 2015

Interviewing the Reviewer

When you're an author, part of getting the word out about your books means being interviewed and working with reviewers. Well, today I'm turning the tables, and I'm interviewing the reviewer.

Please welcome Teen Book Reviewer to the blog! So, tell me, how did you get into doing reviews?

Well, it began a few years ago. I have always loved books and at the time wanted to be a journalist. I thus formulated the idea that if I practised by doing reviews, I could learn to view things more objectively, as a reporter does. I don't know really what triggered me to start a blog, per se, but it just seemed like the obvious choice.

What genre do you like best?

This is tough. Ok, well within YA I love realism and hard-hitting modern novels. I also like supernatural to an extent. Okay, sue me, I like a cliché.

List your top reads of 2014

My top ten list, in no particular order, is as follows. I know some of these weren't published this year but I read them this year, so here goes:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Endgame by Nils Johhnson-Shelton and James Frey
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Paper Towns by John Green
The Prophecy by Erin Rhew
Withering Tights by Louise Renninson
Tethers by Jack Croxall
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

I have to confess, I've only read one book on that list.

If you could pick an author to write any novel for you, who would you pick and what would you want them to write?

I'd have to choose one of my favourite modern classics authors, Malorie Blackman. I would ask her to write me a horror story because of her wonderfully unadulterated and unprecedented way of writing. I am certain she could produce a fantastic horror or even a fantasy!

What kind of book would you like to see more of?

I'd really like to see more books like Malorie Blackman and John Green's, for example, because they write so truthfully and don't embellish anything. What I really want is more books who dare to be controversial and different because it's the beauty of the stark nature of the novel which makes it so good.

That's a great wish for a book!

What kind of book would you like to see less of?

I know I said I like supernatural, but I suppose I want to see less of the same novels about lovers and werewolves and vampires. People, if you're going to write a supernatural novel, move into some new territories! No more Twilight, please. It's been done.

Anything else you want to share with us?
Sure! If you want to hear more from me, remember to check out my blog at to see my interview with Mary and keep tuned for a couple of blog tours!

And there you have it, Teen Book Reviewer. Be sure to check out here reviews [one for FAERY MARKED can be found HERE!


  1. Wow thanks Mary! I enjoyed working with you!

    1. I enjoyed working with you, too! Thanks!!!

    2. Remember to just email me if you need anything!

  2. It's fun to see the behind the scenes. What moves a reviewer. Thanks for the interview!


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