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The Mad Reviewer- A Brand New Blog

  1. The Mad Review is my brand new blog in which I review YA novels as well as novels that can be read by both adults and teens. I post a new review every day and I really appreciate other people stopping by and telling me their thoughts on my reviews or on the book I'm reviewing. If you comment on my blog, I will also check out yours since I'm looking to network with bloggers that have similar interests. If you're a book reviewer, please tell me!

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  2. *The Mad Reviewer. Ugh, sometimes my fingers go faster than my brain.

  3. I've reached the milestone of 25 reviews up on The Mad Reviewer! I've reviewed books by famous YA authors such as Scott Westerfeld, Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer, Christopher Paolini and Gordon Korman, but I've also covered the lesser-known YA authors like Julie Kagawa, Pauline Gedge, Beth Fantaskey and Karen Bass. Here are my top five best reviews:

    1. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

    2. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

    3. The Twice Born by Pauline Gedge

    4. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

    5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

    Please check them out and tell me what you think! I love to connect with fellow readers.

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  5. I checked out your blog, whatsmyappagain. Unfortunately, I do not own an iPod Touch or an iPhone, so it's not very useful for me. However, I did check it out and will recommend it to my friends that could use it!

  6. Today I've taken a break from posting book reviews and instead posted an article about the YA genre in general. If anyone wants to check it out, I'd really appreciate some other perspectives:

    Some Thoughts on the YA Genre

  7. Today I just posted a list called My Favourite Villains. It's part of a weekly series I'll be doing called "My Favourite..." In future lists (which will be published every Monday), I'll include my favourite heroines, heroes, sidekicks, etc. But for today, I'm sticking with my absolute favourite type of character: villains.

  8. I posted an article today called The Many Diseases Found in Fiction (YA Fiction in Particular). It's a semi-humorous article about the most annoying things I come across in fiction.

  9. Since I published a list of my favourite villains last week, I published a list called My Favourite Heroines this week. Good heroines are hard to find (not as hard to find as female villains), but I managed to put together a list of my top 5. Next week I'll probably be covering my favourite heroes.

  10. Today I published another article in the "My Favourite..." series. This time it's called My Favourite Heroes and it lists my top 5 favourite heroes from the YA genre. You know, I think it's a miracle I managed to find 5 male leads in a female-dominated genre.

  11. Yes! Finally! Today marks a really nice milestone for me: my 50th book review. So I'm promoting my blog today like crazy, I know. But it's my 50th book review, so I reviewed a book that I really, really enjoyed:
    The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

  12. Last night I was inspired by another blogger's post saying that YA fiction is too dark. So, being a YA reviewer, I posted a rebuttal of that claim today:

    Is YA Fiction too Dark?

  13. Today I actually posted something that required more brain power than a simple book review. I also drew upon knowledge I obtained from school. Knowing what an 'allusion' is was actually relevant! Who knew?

    The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

  14. I've tackled a pretty weighty subject in my article today. Why is the Hunger Games so popular? What makes it so appealing? That's what I try to answer.

    Why is The Hunger Games so Popular?

  15. Again I'm off on a rant. This time it's about writers using their creativity (*gasp*) to insert some diversity into fantasy fiction. I'm sick of writers who keep ripping off Tolkein. I'm really sick of dashing heroes gallivanting around quasi-Medieval European worlds. Which brings me to my title:

    A Plea for Diversity in Fantasy

  16. Yep, I hit another milestone. 100 book reviews in less than four months. So, of course, for my all-important 100th book review, I reviewed one of the books that I love from one of my favourite series.

    The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

  17. I've given out some pretty bad reviews in the little time that I've been reviewing. No matter how great an author is, they will get a bad review. So what should they do when they get a bad review? What shouldn't they do? What do they need to know about bad reviews? Well, in my article today I try to answer some of these questions.

    Things Authors Should Know About Bad Reviews

  18. Do people still read books? I read e-books or audiobooks from the iPhone, or look it up online....

  19. Yes. The majority of people still read books. And reading an e-book is still the same as actually reading a physical copy of the book. The material doesn't change; the format does.

  20. Self-publishing...the topic is controversial to say the least. Traditionalists dismiss it, other people embrace it. So what's my opinion as a book reviewer? Well, it's pretty complex and it has changed over time, I must admit. Where do you stand on self-publishing? Do you think it's a good idea or would you rather read a book that's been traditionally published? Let me know!

    Self-Publishing: A Reviewer's Perspective

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