Monday, August 27, 2007

Voice of Crow an RT Top Pick

Following in its predecessor's footsteps (do books have feet? I mean, they have spines and sometimes jackets, so...), Voice of Crow has just received a 4.5 Stars Top Pick rating from Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine.

Here's the review (if you're a subscriber to the magazine you can go directly to the site to see that I'm not making this up):

Smith-Ready has outdone herself with the second book in the Aspect of Crow trilogy. Events unfold quickly but with enough backstory for new readers to grasp what's happening. The characterization is impressive. Book one focused primarily on the heroine; now we see the action through other characters as well. Readers will relate to these sympathetic people as they face heartbreaking challenges.

A summary follows, but like many reviews it gives away a plot point that doesn't take place until almost halfway through the book. I'm not including it here because if I were a reader, I'd want to be surprised. And go, "Oh my God, no!" instead of, "Oh, I was wondering when that was going to happen."

But I realize it's hard to write a decent review without giving anything away, so no complaints here. Besides, it's partly given away by the paragraphs on the back of the book.

I'm very relieved at this rating, because reviewers tend to be a little harder on sequels, I've noticed. Partly because their expectations are higher, and partly because sequels don't always stand alone very well.

So that's two reviews that have said it's better than Eyes of Crow. So far so good, sophomore slump averted. But it's the readers' opinions that really count, so I'm anxious to see what everyone thinks. Not Valium-popping anxious. Just chamomile tea-sipping anxious.

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You go, Girl! (hmmm, I think I say that a lot.) I'm so pleased for you, but this review is totally deserved.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 8/27/2007 9:49 PM

Congratulations! Can't wait to read it.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 8/28/2007 2:56 AM

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