Around the Bookish World : News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on January 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 18 comments

Welcome to this week’s news post and for the first week of the New Year it has certainly been eventful with another YA author and reviewer meltdown of epic proportions and with news that Barnes and Noble is thinking of spinning off their Nook side of their business. We also have excerpts and covers of books to watch out for!

I thought since last year’s whole YA Mafia brohaha would be the last of this type of thing for awhile – but a Goodreads reviewer, Kira faced the wrath of the agent of author Julie Cross and some YA authors because of her negative review on Tempest. However Julie Cross reacted gracefully to this and responded beautifully to this mess but the fallout on this review caused authors such as Dan Krokos to create a hashtag to bash Goodreads.

However this wasn’t the last of the fuckery – oh no. It seems this year it has really got going with the bashing of reviews and reviewers because another reviewer on Goodreads, Stephanie  found herself being forwarded an email which was part of a loop from the  author of the Carrier of the Mark, Leigh Fallon, who called her ‘a cow and a toe-rag’ with the subject of the email asking her friends and family to vote down the review. This caused another ugly moment on Goodreads.  I really hope there isn’t anymore of this kind of shenanigans but I doubt it.

Barnes and Noble have announced they are contemplating that they may sell of their electronic arm which is the Nook and its website because of sales. This will affect their future projections of sales and I am quite surprised they are considering this move, but it looks like their battle with Amazon and other readers isn’t as smooth as previously expected.

I think this is going to be fantabolous! There is plans afoot for a Musical albeit unofficial and a spoof take  for one night only based on Twilight! And the most awesome thing –  whether this will go ahead is another matter especially with the pesky thing called Copyright infringement but I think it is hilarious and the proceeds will go to charity!
News in Brief:

We have an exclusive excerpt from The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark – a gothic paranormal.
A must-read for paranormal romance fans: THE DEMON LOVER: A Novel by Juliet Dark (excerpt)//

I forgot to mention this over Christmas but Nalini Singh has posted a short story which was a Christmas Present to her readers. It’s called Movie Night and features Brenna and Judd having a quiet night in. It will be posted on her short stories section very soon but you can check it out on her blog here.

Patricia Briggs also had a very cute short story, Orville the Christmas Pig (not related to her Fantasy or Mercyverse books) but is just as fun and cute at her message board.

AND TODAY is the last day to download the free novella featuring Kate and Curran by Ilona Andrews. There wont be a chance to read this until Gunmetal Magic is out which will be out in the summer, which Magic Gifts will be included. You can download the novella here.

And now for the books to watch out for!

Vengeance Born by Kylie Griffin is definitely pinging my radar! I am a sucker for Fantasy Romance and this looks really good!

There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not pure bred is virtually powerless. Until an unlikely champion is born…

Annika, half-blood daughter of the Na’Reish King, longs for more than her tormented life among her father’s people. Conceived in hatred and bred as a tool of retribution, she’s gifted with a special talent that can heal as well as destroy…

With the Na’Reish vastly outnumbering them, Kalan, a Light Blade warrior, knows the future of humankind depends on him alone. Incursions into human territory and raids for blood-slaves by the Na’Reish Horde have increased. As Chosen-leader, he faces the task of stopping the demons-and convincing the Council of aging Light Blade warriors that change is necessary for survival.

When Annika learns Kalan is a prisoner in her father’s dungeon, her dream of escape seems within reach. She agrees to free him in exchange for his protection once they reach human territory. Now, marked for death for helping him, Annika must learn to trust Kalan as they face not only the perilous journey to the border but enemies within the Council-and discover a shocking truth that could throw the human race into civil war…

Stephanie Tyler’s new series also looks good – and it looks like a good hawt PNR

The full moon is their mistress. They are predators of pleasure and pain. Feared by humans, envied by werewolves, the Dire Wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures. Once they were many, but now only six remain, a dangerous wolfpack forever on the hunt… 

Rifter leads the pack, embracing the lifestyle and ethics of an outlaw biker even as he battles an ancient enemy who has become a new, powerful force. But with his Brother Wolf raging inside him, howling to be unleashed, he needs to satisfy his hungers. And when he meets a drop-dead gorgeous blonde drinking alone in a bar that caters to both human and inhuman, Rifter’s primal instinct is to claim her.

Gwen has her own desires, long unfulfilled. She hopes a passionate night with the leather-clad, Harley-riding biker will ease her suffering. The seizures that have wracked her body her entire life are incurable—and they’re killing her.

But none of that will matter if Rifter can’t stop the growing threat to them all–trappers who are determined to enslave humankind and use the Dire wolves as part of their nefarious plan.

And finally we have Jami Alden’s final book in her Romantic Suspense trilogy. Run From Fear.

With each step she takes, he tracks her every move, waiting for the perfect time. The perfect revenge. Until then, he’ll watch her . . .


More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.

Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn’t need his protection anymore, but he can’t get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her torturous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe-even risk his own life to save the only woman he’s ever loved

What do you think of the Goodreads fiasco? Have you encountered a negative response to a review you made? And what books would you like to see made into musicals? The crazier the suggestions are welcome! 😀 

About Has

Has is a bookaholic and feeds her addiction whenever she can. She usually can be found lost in a Romance or an Urban Fantasy novel. Her favourite sub genres are Paranormal, Fantasy and some Scifi. Her most treasured authors are, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, Lisa Kleypas and Tamora Pierce. She loves that discovery of finding a brand new author and falling in love with their books. Has also blogs a The Book Pushers - Book chatter and reviews

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  • miki January 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Oh my.. i will be even more shy to write my reviews now. i’m quite new at that so i won’ t have a big support it somethings like that happen ( and i’m really really emotional)

    But really a review is our opinion of course we can love or hate a book it’s not the author we judge but the book and it’s not because all seems to love one that someone can’t have another opinion ( and the opposite of course) I think a good author should appreciate all kind of review because they all say something about its works. I recently saw a guest post where the author says that the one who should review the book didn’t finish it because she didn’t like it but she still did the guest post and explained she wasn’t angry. I thought that reaction really great and now wish to discover her more
    They ask us to be honest so they should accept our opinion no need to become angry or violent…this kind of reactions won’t make me want to buy the book that’s the complete opposite.

    • Has January 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Never ever ever be shy about your opinions for review – and most reviews are well written and its about the book be it positive or negative. Trying to be nice or not to review a book that is bad sanitises reviewing. I recently did a book review with one of my book pushers and we had opposing views – she disliked it – and I enjoyed it. I love those kind of reviews because it can bring out different forms of views and discussions on the book. Authors who are sensitive about this have to suck it up. Their book is in the public sphere and they cant win EVERYONE.

      I am soooo glad that no one has gone crazy over a review I have posted. I mean it is only opinions! Do authors really only want glowing reviews? Cos I would never buy a book that everyone loves. That would smell fishy to me

      I think this thing will happen to everyone sooner than later – happened here with me when I reviewed a book and on Goodreads. LOL
      And ANOTHER author YA at that got caught out with a rant on her blog although she has since removed it – but there are screengrabs and its being talked on twitter. I Swear theres something in the water this week

  • blodeuedd January 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I am soooo glad that no one has gone crazy over a review I have posted. I mean it is only opinions! Do authors really only want glowing reviews? Cos I would never buy a book that everyone loves. That would smell fishy to me

  • Has January 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm
  • Kylie Griffin January 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Glad VB is pinging your radar, thanks for posting about it! 🙂

    • Has January 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

      I haz pre-ordered it and my radar is pretty good with finding good books! 😀

  • Lauren DeStefano January 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Hey – Lauren here. I wanted to clarify that the comment in question was taken out of context and had NOTHING to do with the Tempest review, or any review, and I’ve been spending the last two days tracking down any mention of this and trying to assure my readers that I in no way meant to bully or attack or be a part of this in any way. If you’re so inclined, please read what I’ve said here:

    • Has January 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Lauren, thank you for responding and for clarifying your comments – we really appreciate this and I have removed the comments linking you to this brouhaha.

      • Lauren DeStefano January 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        Thank you for hearing me out! 🙂

  • draconismoi January 7, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Oh man, if you can’t handle harsh reviews, you shouldn’t publish your work. Show a little dignity people!

    • Has January 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      I know and the sad thing – this is not an issue that is going to go away. Some authors are going to take things personally.

  • aurian January 7, 2012 at 3:51 am

    I am not on Goodreads, so I haven’t seen the riots there, and am glad about that. I have not often wrote a negative review, but luckily, no comment on it from the author. The new Stephanie Tyler sounds extremely promising, on the wishlist it goes. Also Vengeance. Love the cover, and the premise.

    • Has January 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Its not only goodreads – amazon and other blogs can have this type of wankery going on and I’ve seen crazier examples of this happening. I do think its sad that at the moment the YA authors are getting a bad rep because of a minority of those who should know better. And I have seen crazy reviews from reviewers too but it is really best for the author not to respond.

  • Tamsyn January 7, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I thought reviews are suppose to be just that, reviews. Whether it is positive or negative, that’s the opinion of the reviewer. BTW, I love the books you introduced. Hope I’ll remember to check them out. I’m so absent-minded these days!

    • Has January 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm


  • Mary Kirkland January 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve posted a few reviews…not many and am not afraid to say what I think. I could give a damn what others think because it’s just my opinion and I’m allowed my opinion. I have thick skin and can be quite sarcastic at times…which is probably why it’s a good thing I don’t write many reviews on my blog…lol

    Heck, I didn’t even know all that had gone on…

    • Has January 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Some people have thicker skin while others are really insensitive. And I am just hearing about another storm with the author of Beautiful Disaster going apeshit because she received a bad review. She was tweeting that authors is the only profession who expects to get abuse and then say thank you at the end.
      I think that insults those who work for public service or the service industry who have to deal with abusive customers face to face.

  • Jan January 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Thankfully I’ve never had a bad response to a review I’ve written. I am a co-admin of the site though, and it’s not open to comments.

    The most classy response to a bad review I’ve seen was by Leslie Kelly. It was over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. Ms Kelly’s comments were a big reason I bought her book.

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