Blogger Interview: You're Killing Me

About the Blogger(s):

Our names are Kayla and Cyna, and we're two 22-year-old bookworms from Arizona. Kayla's a wife and mother of two, who likes to pass the time that the kids are passed out with books. She's read casually all her life, but got really into it (and paranormal romance) a couple of years ago when she got Twilight for Christmas. Her favorite books are the Vampire Academy Series, the Sookie Stackhouse Series, the House of Night series, the Kiesha'Ra series, and the Sweep series. And she still has a bit of a soft spot for Twilight.

Cyna is your average everyday nerd who has no idea what she wants to do with her life (yet) except that it must involve books. She's been a bookworm forever and an amateur author off and on, when she isn't being distracted by something equally nerdy like anime, manga, comic book-based cartoons, video games, the internet, zombies, or a shiny set of keys. Her reading interests vary, but right now, obviously, she's into paranormal romance. Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, Howl's Moving Castle, (almost) anything by LJ Smith, the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and the Sally Lockhart Mysteries. She does have any soft spot whatsoever for Twilight.

About the Blog:

You're Killing Me is our review blog for paranormal romance books (and other stuff that falls in the same-ish category, like urban fantasy), both YA and adult. We do our best to give very complete (translation: long) and snark-filled reviews, because, let's face it, a lot of PR and UF books have it coming.


1. How long have you been blogging?
About five months now. Our start day was April 27.

2. Why did you decide to blog?

Because we have very boring lives, lol. We enjoyed bitching about books we read to each other, and thought it might be fun to bitch with other people. Also, we were very angry with Patricia Briggs >:(  Really though, we'd been talking about writing something together for months, and we couldn't really work out how to do that with fiction, so we thought we'd try our hand at blogging.

3. What books do you blog about and why?

We specialize in paranormal romance, both YA and adult, plus some urban fantasy every now and then. Basically, if it has vampires, weres, fairies, shifters, or witches, we're there. We blog about PR because it's what we love. We both got into reading through paranormal romance series, and it's what we want to write about someday. Somehow. Eventually. When we figure it out.

4. What memes can be found on your blog?

Uh, just Top Ten Tuesday at the moment. It's harder for us to get together on a specific day every week due to work schedules, so we're taking it slow with those, lol. Plus, we don't want our blog to get clogged up with them.

5. What is your review style like?

Our reviews are kinda bitchy. And sarcastic. And long. We like to go into detail about why we do/don't like a book, because we think a review should give you a good reason to seek out/avoid a book, So yeah...we tend to rant a lot. But we also get excited about the ones we like! It isn't all negative.

6. If you can describe your blog in one word, what would it be and why?

Oh, that's easy: bitchy. When we talk about books together we usually complain about the things that bugged us (or who we're in love with), and with paranormal romance nowadays, there's not exactly a shortage of those. So that's usually what our reviews focus on, too.

7. What advice can you give other bloggers about blogging?

Haha, we're not sure we're exactly qualified to give advice, since we're new to this too, but if we were gonna say anything, it'd be this: be descriptive. Don't be afraid to tell people what you thought about a book and why. Also, memes and networks are by far the best way to get your blog and opinion out there, so don't forget to participate in them!

8. What kind of promotion techniques do you use to get followers?

We relentlessly pimp at every available opportunity! Seriously. We've got it all over our Facebook accounts, Myspace, Twitter, and other blogs. We also comment on other book blogs, especially when we come across reviews of books we've also read. But we got most of our followers from the Ning Book Bloggers network (where we also relentlessly pimp reviews), and through participating in the Top Ten Tuesday meme.

9. If there was something you’d want your readers to take away from reading your blog, what would it be?

Well, obviously that we have good judgment and they should come back, lol. But maybe a slightly different perspective on paranormal romance, as well? Not to get all serious face, but there are a lot of horrible, unhealthy tropes and portrayals of both men, women, and relationships in paranormal romance and urban fantasy these days, and if we can make readers think about that a little, we'd be thrilled.

10. What can readers look forward to from your blog in the future?
More bitching about Patricia Briggs! We have the first book in the Alpha and Omega series, and will probably read it eventually. Also, there will probably be other, non-Briggs related reviews sometime in the future. Maybe even some *gasp* GOOD BOOKS. We just stumbled onto the Wicked Lovely series, and we actually like that one. We're also working on a new feature, where we compare first vs new impressions of older books that are being re-published (like Christopher Pike's The Last Vampire series).

Blogger Remarks:

I always love reading reviews from Kayla and Cyna because they can be brutally honest. They give me a different perspective when looking at a novel. So, I would like to thank the both of you for your blog and your reviews, and thank you for granting this interview. To visit their blog, you can click on the blog name at the top of this post. Next week, you'll have the chance to read about Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel.


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