Friday, January 25, 2013

Book 1

The first book I chose to read for The Artful Readers Club is 


My review:
5*
A fantastic read. The story was a nice pace and action packed. The author kept my interest with well-placed twists and I couldn’t stop reading until the end. I loved the main character Kasadya and how she developed throughout the book. The male characters however I feel they didn’t have time to develop properly as they kept popping out of Kasadya’s life but I suspect we’ll see more of them in future books. And hopefully some more romance as well.

I don't usually summarize books because I don't want to give away any spoilers but the blurb for this book is so ridiculous that you can't even imagine what it's about.

Ok, so you have a non-human teenage girl Kasadya put in a "frat house" so to speak so she can learn stuff, mostly how to fight demons. Of course she's extraordinary and she has two coaches falling for her so we get some romance going on to spice things up. Then she gets transported, by accident, to some demon that makes her fight in some sort of supernatural gladiator style arena where she proves herself best of the best. When she's not fighting she's clubbing with her demon master and one night after years of imprisonment, she escapes. She stumbles upon this group of demon hunters and joins them on their missions. Something else happens and then we have cliffhanger until the sequel.

I had plenty of supernatural to choose from. Hellhounds, shapeshifters, demons, vampires, fea, hunters, gladiator arena and so on. I chose to draw Kasadya in her warrior outfit.

And I actually can't even believe I'm writing this but here we go. I have around 60 reviews posted on Amazon and I don't really give a shit about statistics but Amazon put this statistic on my profile "Helpful votes received on reviews" and I didn't even know what the hell it meant.

So I decided to investigate and I found out there is this option with every review where people can rate it with a "yes" or "no" according to whether they found the review helpful or not. And some people didn't find my reviews helpful. :)

I understand a couple of them since I’ve written a poor review as in not extensive enough even though the star rating was high. But the rest of them is my opinion of the book. I’m not even bashing the book but apparently some people didn’t like it cause I’ve given it only 3*.

Unhelpful to me means the review didn’t give enough information or it gave irrelevant information to the book NOT that you disagreed with reviewers opinion.

Not that it matters to me. I was just surprised as I felt like I was in high school being chastised by others for having unpopular opinion. It's just ridiculous. :) Ok, so chastised is a little strong but you get me, right?!

Linking to Artists in Blogland and Paint Party Friday.






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49 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS image Natasha!!!...and I never comment on product reviews, like you said,they are peoples opinions, which they are entitled to :D XXX

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  2. Fabulous image and an interesting concept from a book perspective, I wouldn't worry about other people's opinions although can understand why you found it somewhat frustrating! Will look forward to your review next month!

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  3. Great artwork Natasha... and a fabulous and honest review... am really enjoying reading everyone's thoughts on the books they are reading... happy weekend...

    Jenny ♥

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  4. Nice futuristic piece!! Love the purple!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  5. You Rock, Gina -- yet again! xoDonna

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  6. The artwork is great, really unusual. You know, there is something standing behind her, I can see its legs, and it seems to fit your description of the book!
    The review and the artwork give a great insight into the book, and it's interesting to read (and look) at something different from one's usual book choices. Learning a lot from these reviews.

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  7. Brilliant piece of art! Love it.

    Janet xx

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  8. This drawing/painting is absolutely STUNNING! I would have that on my wall like a shot, I love it!!!

    And the book sounds like a lot of fun too, kind of Buffy-ish, and I do love me some Buffy :)

    as for the peeps marking you down on Amazon, pah, send your demon hunter after them :)

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  9. Nice...makes me want a warrior outfit of my own!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  10. I know you are a great artist (that's why I joined your workshop last year) but lately you've managed to surprise me again. Your Art seems to grow up, or something... This piece is fabulous! ♥
    Not sure if I'm tempted to read this book, not because of your review, more because I'm not all that into vampires and demons and stuff! :)
    Some people suck and don't know how to do meaningful things with their time and rate you down, don't let them get to you! It isn't you who's doing anything wrong!!! ♥

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  11. Gorgeous painting, the purple is so evocative. Happy PPF!

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  12. I love the artwork! The type of book is not really my normal reading material but it sounds as if you enjoyed it!

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  13. Love your artwork....doesn't sound like my kind of book.

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  14. I love the post and that your kasadya is hanging her head after being chastized for writing a not-so-perfect review. It doesn't seem to squelch her super powers too much though.

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  15. Creative post, Natasha May. Love the drawing/painting with the purple. I wish I'd take the time to read more. We all have 24 hours a day, don't we? Good for you to do the reviews.

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  16. sounds like a fun read..love your art to, wicked pose.

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  17. Like your warrior lady. Nice drawing/painting. Happy PPF!

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  18. ah yes-she is a warrior-great choice of colors for her!And I get you about the review thing-I've only ever written a few but boy-you are so right about the helpful thing etc. There are some really ardent fans of specific musicians and authors-and if you dare give just an ok or not so ok review you get your fingers slapped.oh well.Happy PPF!

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  19. she makes a terrific warrior Natasha and enjoyed reading your post. Enjoy the weekend, happy PPF, Annette x

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  20. First of all, wow! Terrific image - the pose, the boots, the wings, so great! And as for "people on the internet" including those who didn't appreciate your reviews, I have just come to accept that some people are perpetually crabby and they use the anonymity of the internet to be big jerkfaces. Don't let it bug ya! :)

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  21. well how rude of them!! Your opinions are your own and you are entitled to express them anyway you see fit. A review should be honest, and should be about whether you liked the book, they in my opinion, are not about summarizing the book. anyway I think you did a great job and made this book sound interesting. Totally love the artwork too, the minimal background with the drawing over it just works perfectly.

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  22. Your art work really looks great, love the way you have used a restricted colour palette It is something that I should try to do more often! Thanks for a really good and enlightening review. I agree with you re Amazon comments, some people can be so rude and nasty without any cause to be!

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  23. bugger other people's opinions... a book review is like a movie review... when you find someone who thinks in a similar way you stick with their reviews... people are grumpy buggers in general I think and should be ignored...

    and I love the drawing... the manga/ anime style is perfect...xx

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  24. I love the sound of the artful readers club... 2 of my favorite things! That is a powerful drawing of Kasadya :)

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. The whole Amazon thing is aggravating - I will never understand what motivates people to be so rude for no reason.

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  25. lovely drawing and great, serviceable review! I think it's tragic that we, in life, must somehow take such petty and insignificant things so personally! I know theres stuff like the Amazon helpfulness thing for me too - like when I'm doing this art blogging and I maybe dont get as many comments as I think I deserve (LOLZ) or even on facebook when something doesnt get liked - and sort of in spite of best intention and desire to be reasonable or 'let it go', the damn thing gets me anyway --- I wonder why we humans are made that way?

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  26. Wonderful image, strong and imagination-inspiring! <3

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  27. Looking at your lady -- I can only imagine the ferocity on her face as she readies to face battle. Very powerful. Happy PPF!

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  28. Wonderful fierce warrior lady - Happy PPF

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  29. I get you! Keep writing what you feel! Who cares what other people think! I love your painting! She is so cool and wicked!

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  30. Love the artwork for the book. You've done a really nice job.

    As for the reviews, if you give anything but a 5-star, people will say it didn't help or comment. Especially if it's an indy author or something because friends will help to try and make it sound bad. BUT, if you are honest, fair and point things out -- people who matter will know the difference!

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  31. Fun depiction of this books heroine! I think those reviews of the reviews have more to do with whether or not that particular genre of book appeals to a reader or not. I don't think you need to take it so seriously, as a personal affront to you, or your review.

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  32. Very cool! I'm not familiar with that book, but I do love your Kasadya in warrior costume. I review books and other merchandise on Amazon too under the pen name of Latin Pod, so I know exactly what you mean about the "not-helpful" votes. Therefore, don't take it personally. Blessings!

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  33. Firstly I do Amazon reviews too - pay not a single heed to the ratings given to you on Amazon. I found out a while ago that some fans of books/authors sometimes rate reviews down if they are not gushy glowing reviews and in some extreme cases authors call on their fans to write those gushy reviews and to bash the low raters or even write low reviews for the competition. I don't know why because 3 stars still means that you liked the book. Anyway it just means that nowadays I check out the low stars more than the high rated as I find I get a more honest opinion and some of those have actually convinced me to buy the book. So don't worry - just continue being honest.

    I love what you created - not sure if the book is for me as I think I kinda overdosed on that style of book a while back but I really love your interpretation of Kasadya - love the way you've coloured it all.

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  34. This book sounds likes fun - in that demon hunting way...Love the purple drippies around her- gives it a great layer of movement with her strong pose!

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  35. Great art and an honest review :0) Which is what I look for in a review to begin with!

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  36. Lovely drawing of Kasadya!

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  37. I guess that is what happens when you express your opinion, not all people grow up and out of taking pleasure bashing other people. It always hurts but I hope you are able to brush it off fast and keep your lovely reviews going. I find it helpful when I read an honest review. Nice art work.
    ManonX

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  38. Makes me want to join in oN the artful readers club, not so much the reviews for amazon. I do love the purple drips behind her! Great job!

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  39. Like the artwork and your review is great. Not my type of book though.
    Jen x

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  40. I am really into doing water color washes and drawings on top also...very cool review and art. I even recommended this book to a friend who just can't get enough of supernatural or science fiction...especially when it involves young women. About the review ratings of your reviews...who cares? I know how childish computer stuff can make us at times...but we all have the right to choose...we all get to express ourselves how we want...we all have taste. How weird would it be if we all liked everything? Do you think it's helpful for bugs when we walk across the grass? Does that stop you from walking?

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  41. This isn't a genre I generally read so it was interesting to see your review. I enjoyed your warrior picture. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Michelle Vanstrom

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  42. I want Kasadya's boots!

    Hm, now I'm curious about whether or not people find my reviews helpful. I don't write many on Amazon, but I'm off to take a look-see. I'm such a cat ;-)

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  43. Interesting review and artwork! It sounds like a great escape sort of read to me.

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  44. Fantastic artwork and a great review. This book sounds like an enjoyable read.

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  45. This book sounds great, I'm going to have enough books to keep me going for quite a few years at this rate! I love the artwork, I love the colours you've used for her.

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  46. love, Love, LOVE your artwork from your book selection. I really love the way you applied the watercolor. I'm on Goodreads as well and will be sending you a friend request. I always love seeing what books people are reading and their ratings (which is what I feel is more important than Amazon comments, they should just be happy that you took the time to write a review).

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  47. Absolutely adore the art work and although not usually my sort of book I think you have tempted me to add it to my list!

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  48. Love the drawing. Getting unhelpful votes made me laugh. Who are the insane people clicking unhelpful because of how you rated the book?? Silly, you are meant to give everything 5 stars clearly!

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