In this week's WG
, Dewey asked us to pair up with another Weekly Geek participant and interview each other about a book we read recently. I was paired with My Friend Amy.


Here are some questions I asked Amy on Up Pops The Devil by Angela Benson.

1) What made you read this book? Have you read anything by this author?
I was offered this book for review by a blog tour group I belong to. I've never read anything by this author, but I've seen her book The Amen Sisters around in the stores. I have to admit the cover and the title were very attractive...I'm easily swayed. ;)

2) I learnt from the blurb that this novel is leaning more towards Christian fiction, do you think non-Christians readers will enjoy this story too? Will you recommend this novel to them? Why?
I have to admit, I was really surprised this book wasn't under the Avon Inspire imprint, which is the inspirational or Christian imprint of Harper Collins Avon. I read a great deal of Christian fiction and it really varies, from books that may only mention God once to books that are a bit more, uh, direct. This book talks about God a lot. My guess is that someone with different beliefs would still enjoy this very human story and struggle for redemption. As far as recommending it, it would depend on the person. Some people enjoy reading Christian fiction because it tends to be free of foul language and explicit sexual scenes even if they believe differently. Others can't stomach any of it. So I would need to know their feelings on that first.

3) What do you think of Preacher, who is the protagonist of this story? Is there any characters you like or hate? Why?
Preacher is extremely likeable as he wants to change his life around and atone for his past mistakes. Sadly, the women in this story get on my nerves. They each have their own agendas.

4) Why do you think the women in Preacher's life are making things difficult for him?
I think they each have different goals and expectations. They want him to be the person he used to be before prison, but he's changed and they have to come to terms with that, and it's difficult for them.

5) What is most inspiring about this book?
That love and forgiveness are the keys to beating the devils in our lives. ;)


And here are some questions Amy asked me on In The Woods by Tana French.

1) Why did you decide to read this book?
I picked up this book while browsing at the bookstore one day. I was hooked by the intriguing blurb, and then of course I am a huge fan of crime thrillers. I did not read this book immediately; I tend to stack them in my TBR pile until the mood strikes do I pick up the books to read. It was after reading a review by a fellow book blogger that I decided to read this book, because she made it sounds so good!

2) Were there any elements about this book that surprised you?
Yes! There are a lot of twists and turns in this book. The psychological element is the one that get to me. You can just feel all the emotions in this story. It makes me ponder about things like: sometimes a person who appears to be strong (both physically or mentally) does not necessary means so, and vice versa.

3) Were you able to empathize with the characters?
Yes, I do. The author has done a great job in weaving this story with very good descriptions. I felt the most with the protagonist amongst all in this story.

4) Was this a compulsive page turner or a leisurely read at will sort of book?
Definitely a compulsive page turner to me. I could not put the book down; I wish I had read it earlier.

5) How did this book compare to other books in the same genre?
Each crime thriller author has his/her own writing style and therefore, each book is unique to me. What I find this story refreshing is reading the issue and the dilemma the protagonist has to deal with, given his profession being a detective and also one of the victims of a disappearance case during his childhood days. I had wondered how the author would pull this off towards the end, and I think she had done it nicely.

6) Will you read more books by this author?
Yes! In fact, I am currently reading her next instalment – The Likeness. It is much better than In the Woods in my opinion.

7) I have this book in my TBR pile...should I bump it up?
I would highly recommend this book! This is one of my favourite reads this year. I am hoping to read your review on it soon.


I would like to thank Amy for these great questions! Please click here to read more interviews by fellow Weekly Geeks participants.

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12 Responses
  1. This is a fun theme for Weekly Geeks. Great questions!! Just the cover of the second book has me intrigued!

  2. Alice Says:

    Hi Melody, interesting Q&A!

    I enjoy Christian fiction. I like the thrillers by Wanda Dyson. :)

  3. Melody Says:

    Trish - It is fun indeed! I really enjoyed this week's theme. I just love that book cover. :)

    Alice - Yes, I'm aware you enjoy reading Christian fiction. I had seen a few of your reviews on them. :)

  4. Icedream Says:

    Great reviews, I would be happy to read either book after reading this post (actually have had In The Woods on my wishlist for a while):D

  5. I really enjoyed reading your interviews. I have In The Woods on my TBR but now I think it will get moved to the top :)

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I just added this book to my Amazon wish list since seeing more than one good review out in blogland! Thanks!

  7. Ana S. Says:

    Lovely interviews. I was already interested in Into the Woods, so it was great to learn even more about it.

  8. Melody Says:

    Icecream - Thanks for visiting! I'm hoping you'd read the book soon. :)

    Joanne - Thank you! Yay for moving up the book from the pile! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. ;)

    Stephanie - I'm glad you've added this book to your wishlist. Now I just hope you'd get this book sooner! ;P

    Nymeth - Thanks! I had a great time doing these interviews. Amy's questions had led me thinking of the story all over again. :)

  9. Julia Says:

    I love the interview done by both of you. That was fun!

  10. Iliana Says:

    Aw, great interviews! I have seen so many good ones from everyone who participated in the Weekly Geeks. I can't believe I didn't get my act together to jump in :)

    And, you are enjoying The Likeness more than In the Woods?! Tara over at Books & Cooks just reviewed it and she said the same thing. I must get to this because now I'm super curious :)

  11. Melody Says:

    Julia - Indeed it was fun! :)

    Iliana - Thanks! :) I really enjoy reading all the interviews by fellow WG participants! So many good books to explore too!

    Yes, I find The Likeness is even better because it is so intense! And I LOVE the plot, because it is so original! I'm hoping you'd read this soon. :)

  12. I don't much like Christian Fiction. I pass it over!


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