Review of Tel – S. Karlan by Kristiana Reed

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. "Your body caught in a wave Turning you over in the thick brine" In archaeology, a tel (Hebrew for 'hill' or 'mound') is a mound formed by generations of people living in the same place for hundreds and thousands of years. Whilst, 'Aviv' is Hebrew for 'spring'. Thus, Karlan's three … Continue reading Review of Tel – S. Karlan by Kristiana Reed

Being fair and balanced in book reviews – Kristiana Reed

You’ve read a book and want to write a review, but the book was mediocre and you are frightened of offending the author. What do you do? For almost a year now, I have written reviews for Reedsy Discovery, Amazon Vine and in support of indie authors. In this time, I have read brilliant books, … Continue reading Being fair and balanced in book reviews – Kristiana Reed

Review of 3 a.m. Blues, Joseph Fulkerson by Kristiana Reed

  Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. 3a.m. Blues is the second poetry collection from Fulkerson - The Glenmore Sessions being a tremendous debut. The approach in 3a.m. Blues is very different to The Glenmore Sessions; divided into three sections - Denial & Bitterness, Acceptance & Forgiveness, and New Beginnings. Fulkerson's focus this time is on the linear journey through and out … Continue reading Review of 3 a.m. Blues, Joseph Fulkerson by Kristiana Reed

How To Write a Simple Book Review – Christine E. Ray

Book reviews can make or break Indie authors.  On sites like Amazon, how many book reviews an author receives for a title impacts how visible their book becomes to someone who is browsing for their next read.  The more book reviews left, the more visible Amazon makes the title to those who have bought similar … Continue reading How To Write a Simple Book Review – Christine E. Ray

Review of Maggie’s Ruse, Anne Leigh Parrish by Kristiana Reed

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  Parrish’s fourth novel Maggie’s Ruse follows the lives of identical twins, Maggie and Marta, and it is a well-written novel you are unlikely to put down. Both young women are living together, as they always have done, in New York, attempting to make something of themselves. Maggie is an artist and Marta … Continue reading Review of Maggie’s Ruse, Anne Leigh Parrish by Kristiana Reed

Review of The Darkness of His Dreams, John W. Leys by Kristiana Reed

Leys is a poet whose work is imbued with lyrical rhythm. Throughout this book, Leys’ words sing and his passion for the written word leaps from the pages. He is also a poet dedicated to his muses and influences, with pieces written for Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg and Vincent Van Gogh. However, the heart of … Continue reading Review of The Darkness of His Dreams, John W. Leys by Kristiana Reed

Review of YOU CAN SEE MORE FROM UP HERE, Mark Guerin by Kristiana Reed

  Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. Guerin’s narrative switches between the past and the present as his protagonist, Walker, attempts to reconcile his memory of his summer job when he was nineteen, and how far his father was involved in the disappearance of a Mexican family. In the beginning, the pace immediately transports you to … Continue reading Review of YOU CAN SEE MORE FROM UP HERE, Mark Guerin by Kristiana Reed

SMITTEN is the #1 New Release in Poetry Anthologies on Amazon!

What readers are saying: Tres Hermanas ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ important book! SMITTEN is one of those books that needed to be made. Women who love women exist but their voices are very marginalized. All of us can relate to love no matter what form it takes and this exquisite collection of women poets is so beautiful. I … Continue reading SMITTEN is the #1 New Release in Poetry Anthologies on Amazon!

Mariah Voutilainen reviews SMITTEN, edited by Candice Louisa Daquin

Indie Blu(e)’s Smitten should be your newest gift of poetry By Mariah Voutilainen Before I begin to review Smitten, a book that lays bare and re-frames (in a very personal manner) the love that women have for women, I must be equally open.  As I formed my thoughts, I realized that I was (and am) extremely nervous about how to respond … Continue reading Mariah Voutilainen reviews SMITTEN, edited by Candice Louisa Daquin

Review of We Died in Water, Meg Flores by Kristiana Reed

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. Flores' memoir is a stunning collection of prose and fragments which, through the use of the ocean as an extended metaphor, document the end of two relationships and the beginning of another when all is thought to be lost. "But so much of any love is questioned because of other … Continue reading Review of We Died in Water, Meg Flores by Kristiana Reed