Okay, lots of links, starting with a review that I don’t think was specifically part of the blog tour; I just happened across it. Anyway, here it is, at Popcorn Reads, which is a great name for a book review blog, don’t you think?
This is the kind of review I like: longer and more detailed and more thoughtful rather than just a quick plot summary. You may have noticed from the kinds of “reviews” I post that I think plot summaries are boring. This may be because when you read a lot of reviews focused on just one book (your own), you get very, very bored with repetitive plot summaries. What matters is the *reaction*. In this one, I like the way MK quotes tiny bits of the text so I can see what kinds of things caught her eye when she read the story.
Okay, another review here, at The Bookish Outsider. “If you like your YA fantasy with an original spin on a well-known supernatural creature, with great characters and unique world-building and without all the usual love triangles/insta-love then you should definitely give Black Dog a try.”
And yet another review here by Ria at Bibliotropic. I get a kick out of Bibliotropic’s subheading, btw — “leaning toward books as flowers lean toward the sun”! Yes, I didn’t think of that instantly, but that’s certainly what “bibliotropic” means, all right.
I really liked this bit: “No flashbacks, no long info-dumps about a history that is relevant but not an immediate concern, the way history is to most of us. The characters were aware of that war and the history behind it but had more pressing concerns to deal with. The story, after all, wasn’t about the war or vampires or all, but something that took place in the aftermath. Neumeier gave us hints of an interesting hidden history but left it as the tantalizing hints they ought to be, and it added a good amount of realism to the story.”
I’m glad that worked, because I do think long infodumps, especially as prologues, are terribly, terribly boring. I know this kind of don’t-explain thing doesn’t work for everyone, because now and then a reviewer complains that they want to know the full, detailed history of the world, but as a reader, I prefer to have just hints dropped to give a sense of depth, never a long explanation.
I also really loved Ria’s comment about this: “And I was thrilled with a minor plot twist near the end where Alejandro’s black dog is completely removed from him, and he no longer feels the anger that plagued his life and made things so difficult for him, but at the same time he feels incomplete and bereft at the sudden absence of something that he’d lived with for so long. … Neumeier gets much love from me for showing that even the removal of a difficult thing can throw a person off and make them feel loss and grief.”
Okay, one more review link this morning, here, with an interview here. Leeanna’s the first person to ask me about the blood kin; it’s interesting that hadn’t happened to draw any other questions. I had no idea what the blood kin actually were while writing this book (that probably doesn’t surprise those of you who know how I work.) I will say, now that I’ve written the sequel, I do know all about the blood kin.
And one more brief interview here, about how I got started writing in the first place.
And that’s it for the moment! It’s certainly enough, I know.