četvrtak, 20. srpnja 2017.

Review: Anna B.Doe: Lost & Found

Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time since I've started blogging and reviewing books, I've got the honor to review a novel that I've previously been beta-reading. The novel is ready to be published on July 22, so I hope with this review, you will let me say a word or two about it.  
Today, I'm writing about Lost & Found, a debut new adult novel, and the number one in New York Knights series by Croatian indie author Anna B.Doe.

This post brings you a review, an interview with the author and the chance to win one copy of the novel Lost & Found. Enjoy!

If you've ever got the chance to beta-read a novel (find out what beta-reading is here), you know it is, in the same time, a great honor and the great responsibility. You are to give an honest review, to criticize and praise, to look into the smallest detail etc. But the thing is, the novel you're analyzing isn't just a 'book', it's somebody's hopes and dreams you're reading, somebody's open heart you're commenting on. You start to see those novels differently from the ones already published, already read by others. You realize you are special to be chosen to read it, and the novel is special to be, in a way, raw and unpolished, and offered to you as such. That makes you appreciate it more. And when it actually gets published, there's that special kind of feeling- pride.
Today, I'm so proud of Anna. I don't know her personally (we didn't want to get to know each other before reading so our relationship wouldn't influence my reading), but today I'm proud of her.

Anabel is a young student who finds herself wondering about the choices she has made in life. Her life is good, but she just isn't happy anymore. 
That's why Anabel makes a decision to move to USA for a year to work as an au pair.
And she meets him. William Price. 
He has it all. Fame and money. Girls and wealth. 
The only thing he's missing is a Super Bowl ring.
Or not...
They meet and they fall in love.
They finally find each other.
But they come from two different worlds.
Can they stay together or will their love cost them more than they are ready to risk?

After reading only a few pages of Lost Found, I felt it: envy. That spark of jealousy that made my blood flow faster, made me burn, made me work more, try harder- try to be as good as reviewer as Anna is writer. It was a felling that, ultimatelly, inspired me.

 Anna created a story about growing up and maturing, about the struggles and questions that all of us who lived a college life could relate to, sooner or later. Who am I? What am I? What do I want to be? Who will I disappoint? Is it all worth it?
What do we do after everything we thought we wanted changes? After we lost?
Who will help us find our way?

And then again, this is the story of taking risks. The step into the unknown. So it gets more complicated. The love is born. Yet again, all the plans, everything changes.

I'm Anna's character. You are too. All of us who changed during the time when we were supposed to know what we were doing, we're all Anabel.

This warm, beautiful love story between two young people who weren't happy with the way they lived, will make you question the power of true love.

This is where you can find Anna and read more about her novel:

Email: annabdoe@gmail.com

After reading the review, I'm sure you still have many questions about both the novel and the author herself, so I'm happy to be bringing you the exclusive interview with Anna B.Doe.

Anna, you were born in Croatia, and you live here. Why did you decide to write a novel in English?
Writing in English seemed like a logical next step. When I was younger, I've written two YA novels in Croatian, and send one of them to various Croatian publishers, but I've never got an answer from any of them. So unfortunatelly, or luckyly, depending on how you see it, non of those novels were ever published.
After I've read everything there was to read in my local library, I've started reading in English. I've been studiing English since forever, so I said myself: "If not in Croatian, why not try to write in English?" I thoght more people could read my novels that way, and since in Croatia it was impossible to find a publisher, maybe I could succeed as an indie author, so that was what I did. 

Who are your ideal readers?
Everyone is. My book is for all of those who like to read. It's a New Adult novel about two people trying to find their place in this world.

Can we expect the novel to be published in paperback?
The ebook will be available on Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing and the paperback on CreateSpace :)  

Is there anything you would recommend for the new aspiring authors?
Honestly, I don't know what to say. It's very hard to find a publisher here in Croatia. But I believe every story should be told, and there are many ways for people to share them with the world (blogs, Facebook, Wattpad...).

Are you planing any project related to the publishing of Lost Found?
I don't have any official plans right now, since this whole situation is so new to me right now, but I'm always open for suggestions. 

What was the hardest part of making this novel see the light of day?

Definitely editing. I'm a perfectionist so I could always find a thing or two that should somehow be changed or made better. Besides, Lost & Found is my first novel written in English, so I had a few problems with finding the right way to express the thing I wanted to say.

As an author and a book lover, you must have met many people that share your love for literature. Could you count on their support and help while writing this novel?
It's very hard for an author to share their work with other people. I can rarely say I'm 100% happy with what I write. I can be satisfied with a chapter or with a character, but will never be completely happy with the whole novel. There are always doubt and insecurities about different kind of things, descriptions, dialogues et. So it's always useful to hear another opinion. You and Nina (Life of a Bookworm) were of great help with the comments you've send me. So were some of my friends who have read the book or listened to me continuously talk about it. But I was really positively surprised with how bloggers and other authors were always ready to help. All of them invited me into their society open handedly.

Where can bloggers get their free copy of the Lost & Found?
They can always contact me on my Facebook profile and page or via email. Every blogger tah wants to read and review my novel is more than welcome because they mean so much to me because it helps sell my novel.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Only that I hope you'll like the novel. It took so much time, effort, emotions, doubt and hopes to finish it. A lot of myself. I hope you find it interesting and come back for more.


You can win an electronic copy of Lost & Found for your Kindle device (you need to have a kindle account) if you:

1. add Lost & Found on your TBR list on Goodreads
2. follow Anna B. Doe on at least one platform (links are above the Interview with the author)
3. like 'Kljuc za knjigu' on Facebook or follow 'Kljuc za knjigu' on Instagram
4. comment this post with 'done' after performing all of the steps and send me a message on Facebok (this is necessary because some people use different user names on different platforms and I can't know who did what without cheking it first)
5. do all of this steps until midnight July 26. This giveaway is international.

Be sure to get your copy of Lost & Found ASAP, and leave us a comment afterwards. 
Have fun reading and good luck!


2 komentara:

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