Saturday, September 8, 2012

Interview with one of our reviewers Carridwen

Our next reviewer interview is with Cerridwen. She has been reviewing for about a month now and is really going at it.We meet in person a couple of years back at a local book signing and had became friends on goodreads. Books signings are a wonderful place to make new reading buddies.

 First off please tell the readers a bit about yourself, please.
I am a 33 year mother of 2 teenagers and a preschool teacher with low income children. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 17 years.

Besides reading what do you like to do in your spare time? 
Hike, gardening, bow hunt, geocaching

What the hardest thing to do when it comes to reviewing a book?
 I don’t like to say when I find a book bad. I know that maybe I just didn’t’ like it and someone where will, but that’s part of it.

What is the biggest thing you look for when you review a book?
 If it can “send me away” If I can fall into the book and not hear what’s going on around me due to the story, it’s a hit with me.

What are some of your favorite authors?
They are not all PNR authors: Sherrilyn Kenyon,  Gillian Flynn, Charlane Harris, George RR Martin, J.T. Ellison,  Anne Rice, Allana Knight, Karen Marie Moning, Deanna Raybourn, Diana Gabaldon

Questions from Bitten’s Facebook users
Venus Batista- I would ask with so many titles available to them, what is the determining factor in choosing which to read next? :) Always my problem
I actually read in the order I receive them, unless there a deadline. As far as which I choose, if it sounds like it may be different or offer mythology I’m pretty much sold.

Debra Smith- What things separate your favorite authors from the ones that are just "okay"?
I love the authors that can create a world through their series. They intertwine yet hold their own as a stand-alone book.  It makes me feel as though I’m  a vacation.

Dominique Eastwick -When you review what constituted a 5, 4, 3, etc. in your eyes.
To receive a 5 it’d better blow me away and leave me thinking about it after I put it down.
A  4 is usually a book that has a interesting topic or twist to it.

J.v. Altharas- What's your length preference? (giggity) How short is too short, how long is too long?
I actually do not care much novella’s or short stories.  They don’t’ seem to have enough time to create that comfortable environment for me to get lost in. They always leave me thinking “Wow, they really could have made a full book from that and done something great with it”.
As long as it keeps my interests I can read some pretty thick books. I love the Fire and Ice Series by George RR Martin and those are huge.


  1. I agree about novellas and short stories. I actually like longer length novels.

  2. I have tried over and over again to get the same feeling from short stories that I would regular lenth books and just can't. Even from my favorite authors. ~sigh~

  3. I love George RR Martin too!

  4. I really didn't think that I would like George RR Martin at first. I started reading them because the HBO series looked good and I wanted to read it before I saw the series. I can not explain ho wmuch I fell in love with it. I am waiting until a little closer to the 3rd season to read the 3rd book. I feel that the children and the female characters are very strong and I love that.

  5. Hey Cerridwen!

    What is geocaching? Sounds like a new name for an old outdoor activity.


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