Reviews are amazing to receive. You pour your heart and soul into a story and when someone takes time to read it--and more so, takes time (in detail) to tell you what it meant to them and the parts they liked, disliked, loved and adored--there is no better feeling in the world. And a great, thoughtful five star review? Well, obviously they OWN me!
A few weeks ago Eversea was offered on Read It Review It on the New Adult Book Club on goodreads. The NA book club has over 2500 members, making it one of the largest groups on GR, so I was pretty nervous about just throwing Eversea out there. But I did, and offered twenty copies for review. They were snapped up right away, which was a relief because I had nightmares of crickets chirping and having to post plaintive messages to remind people it was a free read. LOL!
Anyway, the first review rolled in with five stars, and my proud mother emailed it to everyone she knew. Sarez Tomoan ~ thank you and you are kind of famous :) The next few weeks consisted of the reviews trickling in (I think there are a couple more to go) with 4 and 5 stars (yes, yes, I know the ending annoyed a lot of people). I read and appreciated the comments in every single one. There has been some amazing and thoughtful feedback, and I am eternally grateful to these folks for taking time out of their lives to enjoy the story of Jack and Keri Ann and give meaningful feedback.
"Eversea is the kind of book you read with a carton of ice cream , to escape for a while and daydream for hours afterwards. It's the kind of chick flick you'd watch and swoon over (and over) with your BFF's on Girls' Night." ~ Laila, Goodreads, 5 stars
In the meantime, the book has also been offered as an Advance Review Copy to reviewers and bloggers (happening throughout June). Reviews have started coming in from them too ~ and so far, it has been a wonderful experience. My all time favorite blog post so far was on Naveah's New Adult Book Blog, she not only totally got it, but she also loved the Lowcountry setting.
I pretty much had a smile on my face from start to finish and couldn't put it down ~ Naveah
In fact, Naveah also unwittingly added another song to the Eversea playlist :
Anyway, suffice to say that I am a little in awe and overwhelmed by the initial response to Eversea. And despite being so nervous about next week (as Keri Ann would say "feeling like I was naked at a fair"), I am also super excited.