Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Favorite Review Lines

These gems are from online book reviews. They make me smile. And a few are just cool.

Violet Dawn

Caveats: disturbing mental images of abuse and struggle with a corpse. Otherwise, it's just peachy.

You'll find yourself talking to the townspeople and advising them; however, they don't follow your advice.

Brandilyn has woven a town that I’d like to visit someday. It’s a shame there’s a rotten murderer skulking around on the main strip.

You will never look at a hot tub the same way.

The discussion questions provided on the Kanner Lake website provided me with better insight as to how this could be used for a church Book Club discussion of damaged, hurt people and how they might face and begin to overcome a past that simply cannot be erased or forgotten.

Coral Moon

Nothing like a little murder to totally twist a sweet little tourist spot into a mutated pretzel of doom.

Brandilyn has done a masterful job of ... wetting your appetite.

Love the suppence.

Crimson Eve

Carla Radling, Kanner Lake real estate agent, takes a dashing Englishman to look at a reclusive property, but instead of buying the house, he tries to make Carla buy the farm.

Hard to put down ... I can't wait to read Amber Dawn.

Amber Morn

Apparently, the hostages are people who appeared in previous books.

Eyes of Elisha

Collins, a general market crime author turned CBA novelist, pens a chilling tale of suspense that makes a worthy contribution to the sparse genre of Christian mystery fiction. [First line of the Publishers Weekly review. I love it because of the word "sparse." How the genre has grown in seven years!]

Brink of Death

More jolts than an IV bag full of Turkish coffee.

She kepted me in suspense.

Ms. Collins appears to have very little general education.

Web of Lies

You'll need to make sure you have the nightlight and extra bulbs. And if you're like me, you'll want to sleep with the 9MM under your pillow.

I am one of those suspense readers who actually prefers to guess the ending, and this book had so many plot twists and turns that I was unable to do so. [Well drat.]

Don't read the book in your bare feet.

Finally, I have to conclude with this for Eyes of Elisha. I'm quoting the whole thing because ya just gotta read it all. This one makes me smile on so many levels. (Written by a teenager?)

An awsome christain Novel!

I'm not into reading books out of our church libray because i thought all the books were just about God. I know that its good to read about him and learn about him but its not always the fun thing to do. when i read this book i was not only learning about the power of the lord i was also reading a book i enjoyed. I truly think that when and if you read 'Eyes of Elisha' you'll really love it.
Also recommended: the holy bible, left behind, Huckaberry fin


Karen said...

"Disturbing abuse of a corpse"?? I thought it was hilarious. Guess I have a warped sense of humor.

Pam Halter said...

I laughed at the "Apparently, the hostages are people who appeared in previous books."

Ya think?

Lynetta said...

All were intriguing, but I did take offense to the comment "Ms. Collins appears to have very little general education." Obviously written by someone who has no idea what it takes to make a book readable, much less marketable and entertaining. Not to mention all the amazing forensic research. Sounds like a pretty general education to me.

Whew! Thanks for letting me get that off my chest :-)

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Oh, Karen, hahaha. The reviewer didn't mean abuse of the corpse. She meant disturbing images of abuse (of the child in the story), plus struggles with a corpse.

But I like your interpretation better. Makes me laugh even harder.

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Lynetta, thanks. But no need to worry for me. That's actually my favorite line out of all of them. I do have a warped sense of humor, and when reviews get that wacky, they give me a good laugh.

Katie Hart - Freelance Writer said...

The mutated pretzel of doom wins the prize - for multiple mixed metaphors.

Gracie said...

Those are all great, but I like the one for Brink of Death: "More jolts than an IV bag full of Turkish coffee." Ain't that the truth? (For your books, and the coffee.)

Pammer said...

Okay, I laughed out loud. My son is probably wondering what I'm doing since I'm supposed to be editing.

One of those sounds strangely familiar. :D

Thanks for sharing these.