Thursday, November 1, 2012

I'M FEATURED! Follow Friday #4: Deal Breakers


This post will be linked to Feature & Follow, a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

This is an early post for Follow Friday, but guess what...



Thanks so much to the awesome Rachel from Parajunkee's View for featuring me!
But first, a recap for the rules:

The rules: 
To join the Feature & Follow blog hop, what you need to do is follow Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read, who are the two awesome hosts; and the two featured blogs on their sites (chosen by random). For this week, they are Love, Literature, Art, and Reason and Fiction Predictions (that's me!)
Then you create a post (like this one), where friends from the blog hop can comment and say hi, link your blog on the Linky Tools (you can do this on the two host sites, or any blogs on the hop that links to it).  
After that, you follow, follow, and follow any blogs you feel like! Don't forget to comment and let them know you are a new follower!


My featured questions!

When did you start blogging?
Fairly recently, actually. To be more exact, September 22nd, 2012!

What is your favorite part of book blogging?
Tough question - there are just so many things I love about book blogging! But my favorite part is knowing that somebody is listening to my opinions, and that I'm helping great books reach new readers they deserve.

What is your favorite book(s)?
This is going to take a while... Just off the top of my head, they are:
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, a fantasy series that I feel need much more recognition.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, my first YA novel.
The Curious Incident of the Dog at the Night-time by Mark Haddon.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
(et cetera, et cetera...)

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
The best thing that has happened to me since I started book blogging is being able to connect with other readers and bloggers around the world and share my love (and obsession) with books. It's definitely a welcomed change from ranting and swooning over a book alone! Not to mention that all the people I met have been nothing but warm and welcoming, so book blogging itself is a great experience for me :)


And here's this week's question!


Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can't deal with bad editing?

A: This is kind of like last week's question about irritating writing device! So the first deal breaker I'll have to mention is a deus ex machina (or when help magically appear and solve everything). I'll also lose interest in a book if it has too many resemblances to another work - what's worse than an uncreative author?
Another deal breaker for me is an unrealistic plot and/or characters. This doesn't stop me reading a book, but will definitely leave me with a grimace afterwards.


What do you think is a deal breaker in a book?

If you've followed me, don't forget to leave a comment so I can return the favor! 

Also, please help me improve the site by checking out my recap post!

129 comments:

  1. New Follower! (:

    http://bookaholicness.com

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  2. I agree, a book that resembles another too much is annoying.

    New follower.

    Congrats on the feature.

    Mine: http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2012/11/follow-friday-46.html

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    1. Hey Jennifer, thanks for the comment! I just checked out your blog, I'm now following you back!

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  3. I can deal with deus ex machina, but don't use your book to preach at me. That's my deal-breaker.

    New follower!

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    1. I'm in two minds about preachy books - I like some, and I absolutely hate others. But I understand your reason, good answer!
      I've followed you back :)

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  4. Congratulations on being featured! I totally agree with deus ex machina. LOL. Cool word! New follower via GFC!

    - Cindy
    http://bookaholicfaggots.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Cindy! Thanks for the kind words, I've followed you back! Your blog looks really cute :P

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  5. Congrats on being featured.
    Good answer!!
    New Follower :)

    My FF @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

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  6. Agreed! Originality should always be there.
    New Follower!
    Here's My FF

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    1. Hey Aman, thanks for the comment! I'm checking out and following you back right now :)

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  7. Congrats on the feature. All great answers! All of those can bug me if they're not done well. :D Old follower. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

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  8. Congrats on being featured this week! Your answer is a good one and I can agree that those are annoying themes. I'm a new follower via GFC and would love for you to visit me when you can...

    The Scarf Princess

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, joder :) I've followed you back!

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  9. Hi Katie,

    New follower here! Congrats on the feature:) Looking forward to talking books with you. Hope you'll stop by The Book Asylum: http://thebookasylum.blogspot.com/2012/11/feature-follow-friday-1.html

    Warmly,
    Meg

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    1. Thanks, Megan! I've just checked out your blog, it looks really beautiful! Now following :)
      Happy reading!

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  10. Congrats on being the feature!! It is funny when magical random help arrives.

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    1. Thanks, Jen! Yes, it is funny - it's like the author doesn't know what to do with his story other than random stuff to end it!
      I'm now following you back!

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  11. Congrats on the feature, it is really exciting!! I can generally get over most of those things, but I can definitely see your point!

    I am a new follower!
    my FF http://yellsworld.blogspot.com/2012/11/feature-and-follow-1.html

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    1. Hey Danielle, thanks much for the follow! I'm now following you back!
      And welcome to Feature & Follow too!

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  12. Hurry on the Feature, just hopping by the FF. New follower, Here's my link


    PageGirlsPageofBookReviews
    Thanks

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    1. Thanks for the follow, I've returned the favor!

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  13. Oh a deus ex machina annoys me too! Especially if there is a big build up to the problem, it can feel like such a let down to have such an easy way out! Congrats on the feature, I'm a new follower through GFC

    My FF post

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    1. Glad to know you share my opinions! Thanks for the congrats, I've returned the follow!
      Happy Friday :)

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  14. Even if fantasy, I expect the story to flow naturally, and for events to make sense on some level. Oh, and easy solutions are boring. New follower, and congratz on being the feature!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Sydney! I'm now following you back!

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  15. Congrats on being featured. I have to say that I agree with you on the deal breaker. That is annoying.

    New Follower.

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    1. Hey Amanda (btw, I absolutely love your name :P), thanks for the follow. I"m now following you back :D

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  16. Deus ex machina...such a drag. It takes all the excitement out of the plot! Also...your banner is GORGEOUS! Also, now following. (:

    C.J.
    My FF

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, C.J.! I've returned the favor!
      Love your blog name, by the way :)

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  17. I read 4 books in a row that were all second in a three book series, and though they were all different there was so many similarities between them that I had trouble believing their plots anymore. SO I totally agree with your points above.

    New Follower.
    My FF

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    1. I know exactly how you feel! Hope you never run into such books again, it definitely ruins the reading experience!
      I'm now following you back :)

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  18. I totally agree with you. Deus ex machina can definitely ruin a story.
    Old follower.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Jennifer, and welcome back!

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    1. Thanks! I'm now following you back!

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  20. Congrats on being featured!!

    I completely agree that it sucks when help magically appears and solves everything. It makes the ending too tidy and completely unrealistic. You want a book to have a realistic ending or really what was the point when in real life things don't go back to perfect land lol

    Old Follower,
    Becky @ Book Bite Reviews

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    1. Hey Becky, welcome back! Thanks for the comment!

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  21. new follower here... grats on being featured.

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    1. Hi Lugh! What a shame I couldn't find your blog, but thank you for the follow nonetheless :)

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  22. Deus ex machina. Fancy name for something so irritating, haha!

    Congrats on being featured! New follower :) Here's my F&F Friday post.

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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    1. I feel the same way when finding out about deus ex machina too! I've followed you back :)

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  23. Congrats on being featured, Katie! It's quite surprising to know that you've started blogging recently, your blog is great! :D
    I'm following you now. Great answer too!

    Here's my Feature and Follow Friday post. It would be great if you could stop by.

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, Sarika! I've just stopped by your blog - it looks great and all :)
      I've returned the favor!

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  24. Hi,
    Congratulations on being featured this week.
    Completely opposite to your deal breaker (which I totally agree with), I find it so irritating when a solution to the characters problem is blatantly easy and obvious but the author decides to over complicate things to try to make more out of a boring story.
    New Follower
    Adventitious Reading
    Iona

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    1. Can't believe I miss that in my answer! Books like that annoy me to no end - it's like the author is insulting our intelligence!
      I'm now following you back! Happy reading!

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  25. Yes, an uncreative author makes me so cranky!! Great answer!!

    Here's My FF!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  26. Congrats on being featured! It is so much fun:) I am a new GFC and RSS follower.

    Here's my FF post for this week.

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  27. Congratulations on being featured!

    New follower via GFC.

    My FF post

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

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  28. old follower...congrats on being featured! And great answers too!
    Beth at bethartfromtheheart.blogspot.com

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  29. Congrats on being featured I've been missing off FF for a few weeks but am trying to catch up with everyone again!!! I'm a new follower . . .love triangles are my real "thing" at the moment but only because I've read a series of books with them in . . . grammar and spelling are worse!!! my link is http://kvlovesbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ if you'd like to hop back x

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Kirsty! I'm also trying to catch up, since I'm totally new to FF! Now following you back :)

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  30. I have been reading a lot of similar books lately which is annoying! Congrats on the feature! New follower!
    FF

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  31. Congrats on being featured! :D
    I definitely agree on your deal breakers.

    Old follower!

    Here's my FF!

    Stephanie @ Bookfever

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    1. Hey Stephanie, thanks for the comment! Happy reading!

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  32. I agree, I hate it when a book is too similar to one that I've read already. Be original, grr.

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    1. Yes, it's super annoying, isn't it?
      I'm a new follower at your blog!

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  33. Congrats on being featured :)
    Good answers! I don't like it when a book is too similar to something I've read before but I do sometimes enjoy those books despite being wary of their creativity!

    Old follower :)

    Becca @ Lost in Thought
    http://lostinthought-becca.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/feature-follow-4.html

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    1. Hey Becca, thanks for the comment! I understand your point, sometimes there is no other way for the author to tell his/her story, but a good author should be able to instill some originality in it.

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  34. Congrats on the feature! I answered very similar to you.. I just read a book that was very similar to another and was peeved with the unoriginality of it!
    Here's my FF.
    New Follower
    Ashley
    #BookNerd

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    1. Thanks for the comment and follow, Ashley! I've returned the favor :)

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  35. Congrats on being featured! I'm a new follower via gfc, rss, facebook, and twitter. :) Here's my FF.

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    1. Thanks, Erica! I've followed you back :)

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  36. I agree with deus ex machina...that is annoying! Congrats on the feature by the way. New Follower. :-)

    Tamara @ Shelf Addiction
    shelfaddiction.com

    My #FF
    http://www.shelfaddiction.com/1/post/2012/11/ff-feature-follow-friday-12.html#.UJO4Lm_peil

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! I'm now following you back!

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  37. Congrats on being the feature! Solving problems out of thin air, annoying.

    New follower! :D
    FF @thedailyprophecy.

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    1. Thanks, Mel! I'm actually an old follower of your blog! Happy reading :)

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  38. New GFC follower! I really need to read Stroud's books sometime!

    Our FF is at Book Sake. –Jessica

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    1. Hey Jessica! Thanks for the follow, I just checked out your blog and I love it! I'm now following back!
      And yes, you should totally read his books - he is amazing!

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  39. Congrats on being featured :D New follower via GFC! Great answers too, a lot of your favorite books are on my reading list. Magical/unrealistic resolutions to problems is a good one. I really wish I'd thought to add when a story resembles another one too much; That drives me crazy! Thanks for sharing and here's my FFF

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Micheline! I'm now following you back, happy reading!

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  40. Congratulations of being featured! I'm hoping for the same honour someday! I am a new GFC Follower, and you can read what I had to say this week (there is a blurb about you!) here:
    My FF

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    1. I absolutely love that idea of a blurb about the featured bloggers of the week (and of course I love what you had to say about me!) Thanks so much, I've followed you back!

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  41. Congrats on being featured!! I'm a new follower :) I absolutely love your header! Did you make it yourself?

    -Sarah (Inklings Read)

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    1. Hey Sarah, thanks for the comment! I'm now following back :)
      And thanks for the compliment on my header too - yes, I made it myself (took me half a day to figure it out :P)

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  42. Congratulations on your feature!

    Bad editing is definitely a deal breaker. I've run across books that everyone is raving about and yet I can't get past the first chapter because the editing is so bad. Also, I'm sick of virgins. If I have to read about another virgin (that's not young adult) I'm gonna scream. Ditto in the happy endings that wrap up all neat. A little reality goes a long way with me.

    New follow via GFC.

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

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    1. Bad editing sucks - I recently got a review copy which was so badly edited I think I needed an hour to get through the first chapter! No comments on the virgin though, since I don't think I've read too many books like that :)
      I've followed you back!

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  43. Congrats on being the feature! Unoriginal plot is a deal breaker for me as well. Like if I'm reading and suddenly like: "I think I've read this before," it's just a downward spiral from there.

    New follower!

    Momo ~ Where the Mome Raths Outgrabe

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    1. My thoughts exactly! Thanks for the comment, Momo - I'm now following you back!
      P.s. I love your blog name!

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  44. Congrats on being featured!
    I agree on your bookish deal breakers. Uncreative authors are the worst. Same goes for unrealistic characters (my answer was something like that).
    New follower via GFC.

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    1. Hey Judith, thanks for the follow! I just visited your blog and love the theme and colors you're using! Now following back!

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  45. I hate it when everything wraps up in a neat little bow, especially in contemporary stories. :) Good answer. New follower via GFC.

    Cia
    www.ciasstories.blogspot.com

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    1. I also don't like authors wrapping up things in a bow, but I'll make an exception when I feel the characters have enough trouble for life or I'm too emotionally invested. It's not realistic, but that's just me :)
      I can't comment on your blog ("only for adults" or something along the line), but I've followed back!

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  46. Congrats! on being featured, good answer.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/11/feature-follow.html

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  47. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorites too!

    I'm a new follower via GFC
    www.bibliographyblog.com

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    1. Yay! Another Alice fan! Thanks for stopping by, Courtney, I'm now following you back!

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  48. I almost put deus ex machina on my FF post, but then I realized there was something else that was more of a dealbreaker for me! :) I'm glad to see someone else doesn't like this plot device either, though! New GFC follower :) Congrats on the feature!
    My FF

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I've followed you back!
      And I love your blog design - it looks more than amazing, if that's an expression :)

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  49. Oo, good one! I recently read Blade Song which was so freaking similar to Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels series that I was like... uh... wtf?? I finished it because it was a review copy, but that element severely lowered my opinion!

    Old follower, congrats on the feature :D New GFC follower though! Here's my FFF: http://www.onstarshipsanddragonwings.com/2012/11/02/feature-follow-friday-3/

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    1. Glad to see you back here! I've also had my share of books that are just too similar to others, but fortunately not that recent! The most notable was Eragon by Christopher Paolini, which is so damn similar to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings it's not even funny. Needless to say I did not finish the series.
      Happy reading!

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  50. Great FF this week!! *New Follower*

    LOL I have a hard time listing my favorite books!! Alice in Wonderland is definitely one of my favorite cartoon movies but I've never read the book!! I really need to do that!! ^_^

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    1. Yes, you definitely need to read it! It's a bit different from the cartoon, but it's amazing in its own way :)
      I'm now following you back!

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  51. I couldn't agree more with the whole book resembling another thing - I understand that when a book is a huge hit, there is an opportunity for both older and new books that fit within that niche to come forwards.

    At the same time, if I have to look at one more Fifty shades re-write, I might scream! Some of them are so similar I don't know how they can get away with it!

    New follower via RSS :)
    Faith - My F&F

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    1. I was lucky enough to have never come across a 50 Shades re-write - though I've seen loads of blogging friends complain about it. I think 50 Shades sort of earn a bit of extra popularity from those books, so that's why they are allowed to be published?
      Thanks for the follow, I've returned the favor!

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  52. Hi new follower via GFC
    www.bookblogandstuff.blogspot.co.uk

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  53. I agree with you! Mine are editing and POV. New Follower!

    My FF: http://bibliophilesthoughtsonbooks.blogspot.com/2012/11/follow-friday-22.html

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    1. I don't have that much of a problem with POV - considered that my favorite book series changes POV often! But I completely agree on the bad editing though :)
      Now following back! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  54. I agree! I am a new follower via GFC : )

    My FF

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  55. I think the deus ex machina can be well played, but a lot (and I mean a LOT) of authors use it as a cop out when they've lost their mojo. It is intensely frustrating.

    Congrats on the feature! New Follower via GFC.

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    1. Unfortunately, I've never read a book where deus ex machina is used for a good cause - I'll be on a lookout for it though :)
      And thanks for the follow! I've followed you back!

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  56. Congrats!!!! Great interview. :)

    New Follower via GFC. Would love for you to stop by blog and check it out and follow back if you could.

    Christine
    Rainy Day Reads
    www.rainydayreads.com

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    1. Hey Christine, thanks for the compliment! I just checked out your blog, and I love the design! Did you make it yourself?
      Followed back!

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  57. Congrats on the feature! How can you not like the deus ex machina ??? It can solve ANY problem in the blink of an eye! ;)

    I'm a new follower on GFC. You can read my FF here

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    1. Haha! I certainly wish I could have some deus ex machina in my life, would definitely make everything easier!
      I'm now following back!

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  58. Congrats on the feature! I can't stand to have an unrealistic plot or characters either. I'm a new follower on GFC. I hope you stop by my FF

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  59. Congrats on the feature! I never though about deus ex machina, but you are so right! Super annoying. New GFC follower.

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  60. Congrats on being featured!

    I'm a new follower. I hope you can drop by:

    Sídhí News & Gossip
    A Blog Hop Place for Books

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  61. Congrats on being featured! :)
    Old follower here

    Check out MY FF

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  62. Awesome feature! :) New follower here. My deal breaker is mediocrity in general. Hate it with a passion! Check me out at:

    http://diamondinroughcoal.blogspot.com/2012/11/follow-me-friday-14.html

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  63. Congrats on the feature!

    new follower

    -Amanda P
    Paranormal Romance

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  64. I find it difficult to deal with too many point of views, too many characters in just a few pages and plot roles. Also I don’t find bad edited books very attractive, and this can turn out to be a deal breaker in the end. Love triangles I can deal, but I’m getting tired of reading the same things in romance books...

    Maeva
    Murphy's Library

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