Updated: Jan 10
We all have different ideas of what truly makes a page-turner, but I personally rely on (about) three things that can truly make or break a book for me.
Now I'm not talking about how important the FIRST LINE of a book is... that's a whole other blog post.
I'm talking about the nitty gritty of the book that makes you want to read the entire thing in one sitting!
1. Magic: That doesn't have to be literal, as in the fantasy genre, either. It also depends entirely on the genre. For example: in romance, I like strong women. The couple must be a good match- as in their strength of character. Chicken-head females and over-the-top a-hole males personally make my blood boil! We're moving into 2022 people, we deserve better, magical love.
2. Humor: In the fantasy genre, I always enjoy a little humor. Fantasy books tend to be so dark, that when I find an author who makes the magic of their world easily explained, believable, and with bouts of comic relief, that's a winner to me. In romance genres I love a little humor because let's be honest... it can't be perfectly romantic all the time.
3. The Twist: When I became an author, it completely ruined the way I digest my books and movies. Oops! Now I find myself dissecting the plot and predicting the outcome! However, when a story hits me with a 'Holy crap! Didn't see that coming!' it really doesn't get much better than that.
What are some elements of a book that you search for every time you open a new cover?