Welcome to Feature & Follow Friday hosted this week by parajunkee.com and alisoncanread.com!

The main idea behind FF is just to go see a bunch of new blogs you may never have seen before, and follow the ones you like (and they’ll follow you back!)  It’s a total win/win, so take a peek around and follow me!

Please follow me on the new LINKY FOLLOWERS WIDGET, in addition to any other methods you’d like (located on the sidebar) and leave a comment, and I’ll return the favor!


To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee &Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
    • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
    • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
    • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
    • If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

This Week’s Question:

Q: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

A.  Absolutely! I know authors bemoan snarky reviews, but I can think of several books off the top of my head whose HORRIBLE reviews made me run right out and buy the book — if for nothing else, than to see if it was really that bad.

I think the first one I ever bought based on bad reviews (and therefore the one that I remember the most) was Dark Prince by Christine Feehan.

THIS REVIEW ON GOODREADS had me cracking up and shaking my head in disbelief that it could be as bad as she described, so I went online and bought a raggedy old paperback and made it maybe halfway through before finally donating it to Goodwill in disgust.

Other titles I’ve picked up based on some of the terrible reviews they’ve received are:  FURY OF FIRE (which I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but reviewers complain is like a bad knock-off of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series), SLAVE (Book 1 Cat Star Chronicles) (which was just as bad as reviews had claimed and yet was more on the “campy” end and therefore something I enjoyed), and pretty much the entire NEW SPECIES SERIES by Laurann Dohner (horribly written yet highly entertaining, by the way).  I also snagged RAINE by Elizabeth Amber because of all of the bad, no, horrified reviews.  I ended up DNFing it, but I had to admit that the author is really talented.  (Thanks to Anna from Herding Cats and Burning Soup for reminding me about this one!)

So what about you? Have you ever read a terrible review and thought to yourself that you just HAD to read it, if for nothing else than to see if it was really “that bad”?

Leave a comment and let me know you’re a new follower and I’ll follow you back! (Please mention the method you’d like me to follow if you have a preference).

What You May Have Missed This Week:

4.5/5 Stars for Lessons After Dark by Isabel Cooper (Historical PNR)

4/5 Stars for The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare (Historical PNR)

3.5/5 Stars for Rules of the Game by Sandy James (Contemporary)

Don’t forget to check out the guest post by Lena Diaz where she talks about the explosion of eBooks on the market, and her newest release in romantic suspense, Simon Says Die.

I’ve also got a fun giveaway this week where three winners will snag a copy of Stacia Kane’s Unholy Ghosts (Book 1 of the Downside Ghosts series) for Kindle!