If you haven't heard of Cassandra Parkin, you will. She's a 2011 Scott Prize winner -- the glorious cover on the left belongs to her upcoming collection of short stories -- but we didn't know of the award when she answered our plea for a book reviewer. If we'd known she had those kind of writing chops... well, we'd still have sent the manuscript to her. Desperation and all. But we'd have been seriously intimidated.
We hoped to get a good review. And so we did. You think we're gonna write a post about a crappy review on our own website? Well, yeah, we probably would, if it made us laugh. Sometimes, we display absolutely no commonsense. And we're not going to repeat the lovely things she's written 'cause we seriously hope you'll click on the link and read those lovely things on your own. So, if you haven't, please do so now.
Here's why her opinion matters to us so much: The reviewer liked our story for what it was, not what other people thought it should be. The title didn't bother her, the lack of romance wasn't a problem, she didn't mind that our characters were flawed, frightened, and often unsure of themselves. Despite Kristin's ability (her "Speshul skills", per CP), despite the monsters around her, everything else is grounded in reality. And Cassandra was not only okay with this, she welcomed it. We lost no review-stars due to lack of sparkle.
Plus, she says we kick Twilight's ass. So we got that goin' for us, which is nice.