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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!

RULES

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!

55 Comments

  1. Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Well, congrats on the feature!! I’m following through networked blogs and RSS, now. Have a great week!
    Kate @ Ex Libris recently posted..Feature and Follow FridayMy Profile

  2. Kayla Graham @ Benga
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I have read a book because I read a bad review on it! I ended up LOVING it :D I just followed you via Networked Blogs and Linky!

    I hope you stop my and check out my #FF Post, it is my first time participating :) Thanks for sharing, and Congrats for being a featured blog!!!

    Here is the link to my #FF post: http://www.bengalreads.com/2012/04/feature-follow-1.html
    Kayla Graham @ Benga recently posted..Interview with Jessica ShirvingtonMy Profile

  3. Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t read that book yet but have read a few in the beginning of the series. I can’t imagine anything C Feehan writes as bad.

    New linky and NB Follower

    Froggy
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  4. Jussy Who
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi there :) just hopping through… I didn’t mind that book actually. I read if way before I got into reviewing and reading reviews.

    Here is my choice…

    Feature & Follow

  5. Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I love how you included some books you’ve picked up as a result of bad reviews! I am a new Linky Follower. Here is my FF: Mom Reads My Books
    Amie@Mom Reads My Bo recently posted..Feature and Follow Friday #30My Profile

  6. Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Ha. I just picked up a Feehan because someone was complaining about how similar her and Maya Banks new book were. Had to find out for myself why they were so upset :)

    Congrats on being featured! I’m an old email follower :)

    Here’s mine at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
    anna recently posted..Follow FridayMy Profile

  7. Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on the feature!!

    Great answer!
    My momma LOVES Christine Feehan so I must read these eventually!

    I’m a New Linky follower!!:)
    Happy Friday!
    My FF

  8. Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    I am now following you on Linky! Congrats on being a featured blogger!
    The Literary Lioness recently posted..Feature and Follow FridayMy Profile

  9. Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    I’m also following you back email subscription too!! I don’t know why I didn’t already, we read the same books, I hope you love Downside btw..they just get better and Terrible gets more delicious with each book!!! :)

    Thank you for the follow, if you ever want the Published version let me know and I’ll send them to you!! :)
    Miss Vain recently posted..Feature & Follow #13My Profile

  10. Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on being featured!!

    New follower via NB and Linky!!!

    My FF

  11. Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the feature! I’ve heard all sorts of interesting things about the New Species Series from a few of my hardcore fan friends.

    Longtime follower via everything. Happy Friday!
    Jessi recently posted..Follow Friday & TGIF #19My Profile

  12. Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    LOL… That’s interesting. I definitely can say I have never had to buy a book because it got a bad review just to see if it was really that bad. I have bought a book regardless of bad reviews, just because I’m still interested in reading it and making my own opinion on it. =D
    Cassie recently posted..Follow Friday (15)My Profile

  13. Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    First of all I must say that your introduction on Parajunkee’s blog made me snicker because that’s exactly what my parents DIDN’T realize. They would take everything from my room except books, clothes, and a bed and think they were punishing me. But nope. I had my beloved books. Laura Ingalls Wilder brought me great joy, as did the Olsen Twins in those days.

    While I have never bought a book because of a bad review, I find it funny that you have just so that you could see for yourself. It’s fun when people think for themselves!

    New Follower and Happy Follow Friday.

    Congrats on getting featured.
    BecAlora recently posted..page 75: Follow FridayMy Profile

  14. Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    I actually tried to read that book based off all the good reviews it had and I didn’t finish it. I guess it is really a love it or hate it kind of book. But I had to try cause there is a large Feehan fan base out there. It just wasn’t for me.
    New linky follower
    Jennifer recently posted..Feature & Follow #9My Profile

  15. Posted April 6, 2012 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    I can understand, I’m also curious when it happens. But I confess I’ve never bought a book for a bad review. Maybe someday, but for now I have too many books to try one.

    old follower

    Here is mine
    Melliane recently posted..Feature & FollowMy Profile

  16. Posted April 6, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    New follower:)
    Ah, Christine Feehan. Thanks for reminding me about that one. Total DNF, thank God I didn’t actually buy it.
    Here’s my FF http://fictionflaire.blogspot.in/2012/04/follow-friday.html

  17. Posted April 6, 2012 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    New follower, congrats on the feature, I have to say that that the Christine Feehan series is one of my fav’s, I’ve never read a book because of a bad review, my ff

    http://headstuckinabook.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/feature-and-follow-friday-22.html
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  18. Posted April 6, 2012 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    ROFL!!! That review of Dark Prince was hilarious!!! Thanks for sharing the link! Oh and, I never thought that a person would go buy a book just because they read a negative review of it, but I kind of see your point now ;)

    Stop by my Follow Friday post!
    Vanya D. recently posted..Follow Friday #11My Profile

  19. Posted April 6, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    HAHAHA that review on Goodreads is hilarious! That book sound truly awful. I think you make a good point though- bad books wouldn’t have not anywhere or any notoriety or money without the bad reviews! People like to see a car crash!

    My FF: http://pocketfulofbooksblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/follow-friday.html
    Pocketful of Books recently posted..Follow Friday!My Profile

  20. Posted April 6, 2012 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    P.S- New Follower :-) x
    Pocketful of Books recently posted..Follow Friday!My Profile

  21. Posted April 6, 2012 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    I actually haven’t read those books but it hasn’t been because of any review I have read I just haven’t really heard of them.
    Congrats on the feature :)
    New Follower
    Heres mine: http://katesbooklife.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/follow-friday-17.html
    Kate@Kates Book Life recently posted..Follow Friday #17My Profile

  22. Posted April 6, 2012 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Hi! I’m a new (Linky) follower ^^ I read your review about dark prince and I had to laugh a couple of times. That sounds like a horrible book..
    Melanie @thedailypro recently posted..Feature & Follow (1)My Profile

  23. Posted April 6, 2012 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    Hello! Congratulations on being a feature. I’m a new follower. I think we all have morbid curiosity when it comes to bad reviews. I tend not to take much notice as they are so subjective. Look at the Twilight saga. I hated it, but loads of people loved it!

  24. Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Wow! That’s a lot of books you’ve gotten just because of bad reviews. There have been books that I’ve wanted to get because of the bad reviews just never got around to it.

    New follower
    My FF Post

  25. Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on being this weeks feature! Is Dark Prince the one that is supposed to be like Beauty and the Beast? Sorry it didn’t work out. I followed through Linky:)

  26. Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Hey! Congrats on being featured!

    Bad reviews always make me curious. The really good ones and the really bad ones alike, there’s something about a book triggering an extreme reaction in someone that just screams “You must read this!”, right? lol.

    New follower here. Have a fab weekend!
    Livia @ Butterfly-o- recently posted..Review: Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFeversMy Profile

  27. Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Congrats on being featured! Bad reviews can turn me off, but only if they’re a lot of them. I know not everything is right for everyone. Only case a bad review has made me want to read a book was Hush, Hush.

    My FF
    My Life isa Notebook recently posted..Follow Friday #2My Profile

  28. Posted April 6, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Hi, new follower via FF. Your tossing the book across the room cracks me up. I’ve never read a book because of a negative review, but it could be a good hate-reading experience!

  29. Posted April 6, 2012 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I’m a new G+ follower!
    Billy recently posted..Happy Easter, Goosebumps, Secrect Circle, Books, and Follow FridayMy Profile

  30. Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I tried to read Dark Prince as well…though based on a friend’s recommendation. Couldn’t get through half of it!

    Old Twitter and Goodreads follower; New email and Linky follower.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews
    http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/follow-friday-22-and-tgif-11.html
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  31. Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Congrats on being featured!
    New follower :)

    Bri @ Kindling the Fire
    My FF
    Bri recently posted..Follow Friday #14My Profile

  32. Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Reviews matter a lot to me. Not unless the book became controversial that I would really feel the need to read that book.

    http://iwrightleia.blogspot.com/2012/04/feature-and-follow-friday-2.html

  33. Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Congrats on being the featured blog! :)

    hahaha… that does sound really bad. I may just have to give it a shot myself. ;)

    New follower. Here’s mine!

  34. Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Congrats on being this week’s feature :D
    sarah@catchingbooks recently posted..Follow Friday # 26My Profile

  35. Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Loved your answer and your blog! :P New follower – I followed you through networked blogs and Linky blogs. Have a great Friday!
    Steph recently posted..The ChaosMy Profile

  36. Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see you featured today! I’m a new follower! Happy reading this weekend!
    Lady Bluestocking@3500WordsPerPound

  37. Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read books with bad reviews before, it was a have to see it to believe it thing I guess. I just couldn’t understand how it could be that bad without trying it for myself. I followed you through Networked blogs, and by email. Have a great weekend/holiday
    Melissa/The Book Add recently posted..Waiting on Wednesday (22) Destined – Aprilynne PikeMy Profile

  38. Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    That’s great that you take chances like that! I will read a book if I think I’ll like it (bad review or not) but I don’t usually buy one just because of a negative review:) Following you by Linky as requested:)

    My F&F
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  39. Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I prefer buying books and then forming my own opinions on whether it’s good or bad.

    New Follower :)

    My FF: http://bibliophilesthoughtsonbooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/follow-friday-9.html
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  40. Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the feature! I follow you on Networked blogs! Please return the favor?

  41. Posted April 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    That’s a lot of books that you picked up because of bad reviews. Congrats on feature. I followed via Linky
    Jen recently posted..Feature & FollowMy Profile

  42. Posted April 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the feature. New Follower. And a wonderful answer I might add! Have a wonderful weekend :D

    Shortskie
    My Follow Friday
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  43. Posted April 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    New follower via NB

    Check out my FF @ http://falln2books.blogspot.com/2012/04/follow-friday-9.html
    Amber recently posted..Follow Friday #9My Profile

  44. Posted April 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Hopping by to say have a great weekend!
    New Email follower :)

    The Muggle

  45. Posted April 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    I tried reading some of my Mother’s romance books when I was a teen (one of those books that have half naked men and fainting women on the covers) and couldn’t stop laughing. It was just too ridiculous. I still chuckle whenever I see one. I’m much more a paranormal romance YA reader and even those sometimes have girl characters I can’t stand.
    Patricia recently posted..Feature & Follow – Bad Reviews?My Profile

  46. Posted April 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on being featured!

    Unless I know there is a chance that I will enjoy reading a book I won’t buy it. But I can see how an amazingly bad review could make you want to read. Like a car crash, you can’t look away from it kinda thing.

    New follower!
    Sarah recently posted..Follow Friday #3My Profile

  47. Posted April 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on being Featured! =) New Follower through Linky.
    I haven’t read that book yet…I’ll have to add it to my TBR list. =)

    -FranJessca
    Book Lovin’ Mamas
    Our FF: http://booklovinmamas.blogspot.com/2012/04/feature-follow-10.html
    FranJessca recently posted..Feature & Follow #10My Profile

  48. Posted April 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi! New follower and congratulations on being featured! Great job!

    I’ve never bought a book upon reading a bad review, though your answer is really funny! ( : – here’s my Follow Friday

    Romi.x

  49. Posted April 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by and following back! Love your comment!
    Romi.x
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  50. Posted April 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    hi! im a new follower!!
    Megan recently posted..Feature FridayMy Profile

  51. Posted April 7, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Following via the blog hop – nice to meet you!

    http://books.rachelcotterill.com
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  52. Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Congrats at being the Feature this week.

    I like reading reviews before buying as I want to kow if I will like the book.

    Life is too short to read terrible books.

    New follower.

  53. Posted April 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi, already a follower but not sure that you are following me. I would not buy a book BECAUSE of a bad review but I will definitely read a book with bad reviews. For me it depends on the author and the book.
    My FF: http://bellesbookbag.blogspot.com/2012/04/feature-follow-friday.html

  54. Posted April 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Hello! Congrats on being the featured blog! Im new to FF and a new follower!

    Brianne @

    http://memoriesovertakingme.blogspot.com/2012/04/feature-and-follow-1.html

  55. Posted April 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you might be a great author.I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back sometime soon. I want to encourage continue your great work, have a nice day!
    Kari recently posted..bought one hereMy Profile

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