Featured: Reading Romance – There is An App For That

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If you are looking to bring your reading experience to a whole new level, well there is an App for that. The creators of the app promise to almost bring your characters (think book boyfriend) to life (well almost). The app is supposed to increase your reading experience. The app in question is CRAVE Romance created by Crave LLC. I am sure a lot of people will find the experience fascinating. But to what extend are romance readers willing to sacrifice their imagination? I look at this way, when I read a romance book and I go by the character’s description, then I create this “person” in my mind that I focus on. I put all my energy into “creating” him/her. I don’t want to have a predetermined picture of what the hero & heroine look like. I want to be able to do that all on my own, letting my imagination and mind take me into that world only books can create. I am one of those people who loves character driven stories, to me a story is only as good as its cravemodel3characters. Therefore I must be able to imagine these characters on my own without any outside “help.”
Keeping that in mind I think if one is to open the mind and allow new ways of reading, CRAVE is probably a good start. Why should I allow someone else to tell me what my favorite book boyfriend looks like? or, how much do I want to get into the character’s mind? How much do I want to know about this character? How much of my reading time do I want to sacrifice on other things related to the book? All these questions are valid and there is a certain level of certainty that we all expect when reading Romance. Also, because characters can establish and give a stronger sense of “reality” to the story and it a way it allows us to free our imagination to what this “person/character” may become. If there is a way in which a certain story can be told I am sure readers in general will feel curiosity and will be more than willing to try it. Romance readers are intelligent, and perceptive. We are critical but fair and we certainly appreciate intensity in everything we read.
cravemodel1My experience with Crave

I read the first few chapter of November 9 by Collen Hoover. The experience is different, you have to turn notifications ON to be able to actually experience what Crave has to offer. It reads similar to other apps (kindle) but the difference is that at some point during the chapter you will have the opportunity to see other kinds of dialog between characters, for example a conversation between Fallon and her mother via text. Later in chapter 2 you get to see how “the guy” looks at her for the first time, the first look, the first smile the first “I SEE YOU”. It was such an interesting and different feeling/take into what we usually imagine it to be like.  There is also the texting interaction between characters that at times I found invasive. There is also interaction between the reader and the book, yes it is exactly that, interaction. The app allows you to vote between situations that will affect the character in a way, I am sure the story itself is not going to change based on votes but this allow the reader to weight in into what would otherwise be playing in our heads. I think overall this can be a very different and perhaps one of a kind of reading experiences, however, I do not see this replacing our the traditional way reading. Not everyone is up to having their imagination replaced by an already established image or preconception of what characters look like, or how they would interact with one another.

I think this is quite innovative, I am up for the challenge but this will certainly be an add-on to the way in which I read certain stories,  but it will in no way replace how I see and experience the stories and characters.cravemodel2
Now if you are curious about Crave, let’s get some info out there about it so you can make a decision if you want to try it. This is what I got from iTunes. You can learn more on their website http://www.thisiscrave.com.

Now let’s see how is works

Each book released on Crave is serialized into bite-sized mini chapters that are sent to you on a daily basis, offering a fun new way to enjoy romance novels without having to commit to hours at a time. You’ll get a notification each day when the next chapter is available, and a new encounter with the leading man awaits.

The first week is Free.
After that you can subscribe for less than a dollar a week to continue the experience.

Features

• Meet your next book boyfriend (this is really happening!)
• Get exclusive extras from the lead character and author including instant notifications, polls, quizzes, videos,

  photos, and more.
• Subscribe to an author and receive daily installments from their latest books over a 90 day period.
• Read books from the best romance authors on the planet, such as #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines, USA Today bestselling author K.A. Tucker and more…You can subscribe to an author’s channel for unlimited access to their stories and other premium content. The subscriptions are $3.99 monthly (less than a dollar a week!). Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off for at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period at the cost of the chosen package. You can turn off auto-renew at any time from your iTunes account settings.

Want to try it yourself? Click this link and download the app!


Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

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