Reposted from my blog on Goodreads.com
So, there I was just minding my own business killing time on Facebook and I saw a wonderful and enthusiastic review of my novel Resurrecting Cybele that a former student of mine had left on iTunes and then reposted on Facebook. Right now, in Winnipeg, it is cold and raining, and it seems like spring will never come. Despite my best efforts to look on the bright side that at least there was no snow left on the ground, I was feeling a little down. Then I saw this review and it was like rays of sunshine pierced the clouds and brightened my day.
Below is the review exactly as Laura Soriano posted it on iTunes and then on Facebook.
“Hey! I read this cool book and felt like posting this! Must read if you want to keep being my friend haha jk!
Resurrecting Cybele will definitely lower your mental inhibitions. I think the way the story was developed is brilliant. A lot of unexpected things happen. I really enjoyed the female empowerment. Matriarchy definitely felt sweet whenever she spoke in the rituals and loved the symbolisms. You can actually feel empowered.
I related to almost ALL the characters,
I really loved Cassie since the moment she decided to stay out of trouble. I wish I had been Cassie many times in life! Cassie seems to be a really good friend. Although she doubted a little bit too much by believing Cyb was delusional. I would love to have a friend like Cybele. I liked hearing Cybele expressing herself when she was feeling concerned.
“You are the most wildly romantic person I know. Idealism seeps through every pore of your body” That’s how Cassie described Cyb.
Janus! What a smart guy! I wish I was as good as Janus playing his games. He has like super powers. Unfortunately I really suck at that and you always end up hurt. Better not to attempt it, Janus was a good reminder of that. His emotional detachment was thrilling in the story
I also felt identified with Achates, a successful lawyer. Not sure why but I was actually happy when he broke up with Janus at the very beginning. As opposed to Achates I would love to be surrounded by Cybele’s kind in my professional and personal life.
And finally Cybele! Cybele is a such a sweetheart!! Although she denies being a good person at the beginning, as if she was ashamed to admit it, she actually is. Very unique, smart, talkative and wise. She is has an awesome sense of humor and the best of all is that she loves wine! I relate myself in her attempts to defend her moral code.
Gabe… He’s too good. I couldn’t avoid feeling jealous of Gabe. That Gabe doesn’t leave any vacancies open haha. But what can you do!.
Oh and not to forget the mindless minions hahaha. They played a very important role throughout the story. It is a good reminder to beware of brain-washers.
This book gives a lot to talk about and certainly revived me.
I got my money’s worth” – Laura Soriano.
Although I try hard not to take reviews personally as everyone’s reading tastes are different, it’s still wonderful to realize that I created something which had a positive impact on and empowered another person. To return the favour, let me say, thank-you, Laura, for lifting my spirits as well with your enthusiasm for my book.
Happy Star Wars Day to all my fans who are also avid viewers of The Big Bang Theory. As it is May 4, all I can say is, “May the fourth be with you.” 😉