Friday, June 28, 2013

GUEST POST: Jessica from Lovin’ Los Libros

Yay for guest blogging! I am so excited to be here chatting with you guys here at Turning Pages! You’re probably wondering who the heck this person is so- I’m Jessica and I blog over at Lovin’ Los Libros, which I started in February. I love to read (obviously!) so I decided to start a blog so I could remember everything I’ve read lately. I read mainly YA and NA, but I do throw a few adults in there every now and again.When Heather contacted me about doing a guest post I was all for it! Except I’m not very creative so I had to enlist the help of some others to come up with a (hopefully) neat post!

I thought I’d do a short little blurb about themes that I love and hate in books!  Having read so many lately, I’ve really been able to pinpoint what I love and what I don’t, so it makes choosing books to read a lot easier.

Let’s start with a couple of things I love in books:
  1. Dual POV’s: I am a huge fan of dual POV’s. I really have yet to find a book where it’s been done poorly.  I really like getting in both of my MC’s heads because I feel it’s important to be able to see exactly where both of them are coming from and what they’re feeling.   My MC’s have to be relatable to me and I know a book is really awesome when I become invested in them heart and soul. When I feel every emotion that the MC does, and I want to cry when they’re sad, or smile when they’re happy, I know the author has done a great job. Dual POV’s allow that, where single POV’s, I always find myself wondering about  the other person’s thoughts and if they’re genuine or not.
Examples of my favorite dual POV’s:
Faking It by Cora Carmack (NA Contemp. Romance)
Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M. Ross (NA Contemp. Romance)
Dare You To by Katie McGarry (YA Contemp. Romance)
Defiance by CJ Redwine (YA Dystopian/Fantasy)

  1. Well-done Love Triangles:  I know so many people that absolutely hate love triangles and I can definitely understand.  I feel that so many authors just throw one in their story these days, but they do not serve a purpose other than just to add extra angst. Let’s be honest- life gets messy sometimes. Sometimes there are multiple love interests. It’s unrealistic to think that there shouldn’t be love triangles. Sometimes you need that other person to really realize just how right the one you should be with is. I have read a lot of books where the author has introduced a love triangle but then let it fizzle and didn’t go anywhere with it. What was the point? I think so many people have gotten bogged down by poorly done triangles that they can’t even stand them anymore. Which stinks- because when they’re really well done and you are absolutely torn between which team to be on because you’ve come to love them both? And you are heartbroken when your ship doesn’t happen? Yeah, those are what make good books in my personal opinion. I know not everyone will agree with me, but that’s ok.

Examples of my favorite love triangles:
The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (YA Fantasy/Steampunk)
The Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent (YA Paranormal)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (YA Paranormal)
Examples of Not So Well Done Love Triangles:
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi  (I’d better defend myself here. I just don’t get how Warner can even be a choice. After all the crap he pulled? Whatevs.) (YA Fantasy)
Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer (I really just don’t like how she handled it really) (YA Paranormal)
The Immortals series by Alyson Noel.  (YA Paranormal)
**Ok, so I like love triangles a lot more than I let on because I can’t think of ones that were done poorly at this moment. **

And now for the things I don’t like in books:

  1. Insta-Love: Ah, yes, the dreaded insta-love. Not a fan. I believe that people can be instantly attracted to one another. (It happens all the time or we would not get anywhere!) But to know each other for the span of a week or so and them boom you’re in love? Not so realistic for me. I like seeing that build up, that development over time for my characters. It makes it so much worthwhile in the end when they finally admit their feelings.

Examples of insta-love:
Dragonfly by Leigh T. Moore (NA Contemp. Romance)
Good Vibrations by S.L. Scott (NA Contemp. Romance)
Immortals by Alyson Noel (YA Paranormal)
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (Adult erotica)

  1. Info-Dumping: There is a difference between world building and info-dumping. And some authors really toe that line.  The trick is to inform us but not give us too much at once. I personally do not like to get bogged down with details all in one setting. It overloads my brain and then takes away from the major plotline. However, the author doesn’t want to leave too many questions to be unanswered because then we as readers feel slighted. Again, this is very tricky because you want your reader to get a good sense of setting, background information, etc. Also info-dumping through dialogue is a big problem. I’ve read a lot of books where the characters will have a very strange discussion, just to fill you in on more things. But it doesn’t feel quite natural.
Examples of info-dumping:
Rush by Eve Silver (YA Sci-Fi)

Those are just a few themes I both love and hate in my books! Thanks so much to Heather for letting me do this today!


Thank you so much to Jessica for taking the time out to put together this post!
Be sure to check out her blog Lovin’ Los Libros


2 Responses to “GUEST POST: Jessica from Lovin’ Los Libros”

  1. Sheri Boston

    I heart dual POVs so much. I get slightly disappointed when a book doesn’t have one.

    And I’m a HUGE fan of the triangle but like you said it’s gotta be done right or I become violent with the book 🙂

    Insta love…I’m on the fence about. One of my favorite paranormal series has an insta love and in book one and once I got over it I’ve devoured the other 4 books. So it depends on how solid the rest of the book is for me.

    Info dump is ALWAYS a no no. And to counter that, lack of world building is also major suckage.

    Yay for guest posting Jess 😀 <3

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