Series: Pledged Series

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Nov 17
{ #Review } Handpicked by Dani Oden @MsDaniOden

{ #Review } Handpicked by Dani Oden @MsDaniOden

Handpicked is the first book in the Pledged Series, which are all going to be in the New Adult age category. The college I went to had a very large greek life. I thought about rushing my freshman year, but ended up not doing it. So the rush aspect of Handpicked made me feel like I was getting an insiders view of sorority life after all. I liked that this book was written by a sorority alum (or greek life lady?? Not sure the proper terminology here) It added an air of authenticity here. But I do want to point one thing out, I have noticed a few people with low reviews of handpicked hating on the book for some of the stuff it portrayed about greek life. And I have to say, I don’t think that at all. I thought the characters were fine. I loved how close of friends Jill and Lindy were. And the “mystery” is not something that is going to happen in every sorority house,… Read more »

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Aug 10
{Interview+Deleted Scene+Giveaway} Handpicked by Dani Oden @MsDaniOden

{Interview+Deleted Scene+Giveaway} Handpicked by Dani Oden @MsDaniOden

Is HANDPICKED based on events in your own life? Yes and no. I had a sorority experience of my own in college, though it was nothing like what our main character goes through. She’s suspicious and skeptical and constantly questioning things, with good reason to. Though, I did tap into my memories of things like rush and pledge education and bid day to bring some realism to the story.   How did you come up with the title of your book or series? I wanted to play off the exclusivity stereotype in sororities and –spoiler alert!—there is a pretty big plot point involving a hand, so it was a natural choice.  Who is your favorite character from your book and why? I feel closest to our narrator Jill, since we see everything through her eyes. But, I have to admit I liked writing Hannah, with all her f-bombs, snark, and fraternity connections. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why? I would have loved… Read more »

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