Literary Lures is a new feature here at Wastepaper Prose that will run every Wednesday into the fall. Some awesome bloggers will be stopping by to tell you what hooks them on books and give some recommendations of books they love.
Abigail from All Things Urban Fantasy is here today to talk about why books get her attention. She'll divulge she choses her next reads, what genre has he heart, and the reasons she'll walk away from a book.
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List the top three things that hook you into buying a book.
Well, the cover is the first thing to catch my eye (I'm a sucker for gorgeous cover art. Dan Dos Santos and Tony Mauro are two of my favorite cover artists). After that I go by recommendations. If a blogger I know, or an author I love raves about a title that pretty much guarantees I'll buy it. And of course the description will grab me if it promises good worldbuilding and a strong protagonist. A few of the recent covers that have grabbed me are: Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger, WILLFUL IMPROPRIETY: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal and Romance, and Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews.
What type of storyline never fails to grab your attention?
I buy anything fictional about Atlantis, but I also love stories about Greek Mythology. I live for good paranormal books, but I'm loving the genre blending stories that are coming out lately including paranormal steampunk like the Vampire Empire series by Clay and Susan Griffith and The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.
What kind of love stories do you always fall for? What makes you want to root for those couples?
I'm such a sucker for a good Alpha Male. I also love heroines who get pulled into crazy worlds that they had no clue existed. I'll fall for a good sacrificial act. Some kind of selflessness on the part of the hero or heroine. I'll root for an HEA in that case every time. Some of my favorite romances that I rooted for are Sam and Grace from the Shiver series, Chess and Terrible from the Downside Ghosts series, and Kate and Curran from the Kate Daniels series.
Some books get released as quickly as you snatched them up. What makes you put down a book and how do you know it’s time?
I have a three chapter or 50 page rule. I figure if a story hasn't grabbed me by then, odds are that it's not going to. That being said, I hate not finishing a book, so it really has to be completely dull or off putting for me to let a book go.