Book Reviews- Honest or Mean? Nice or Fake?
So… Recently I joined a Book Tour, my FIRST ever, and I was SUPER excited.
But then something happened. The book was pretty disappointing! Now, if you come here and ever see my reviews, you would notice that I RARELY rate something low. I mean, c’mon, I haven’t posted even ONE 1 Star review, and only ONE 2 star review.
Any book that is good- gets a 3 Star review. If it’s GREAT it’s 4, and if its Absolutely AMAZING in every way and I will read it more than once, its 5.
But this book was NOT good. It read like a rough draft. There were SO many problems with it that I felt bad writing the review. And I kept thinking, what I would I do if I got a review like this on my book?
It was honest, and not mean, but… probably hurt the author’s feelings, HARD Core.
I opted out of the Book Tour.
Now, I still plan on posting my review at some point, but it made me think,
How honest is too honest? How mean is too mean? How nice is too fake?
I would have been more upset had I bought the book. I would have felt cheated. I wouldn’t have even finished the book if it hadn’t been for this tour I was a part of.
On the bright side (I think) the author emailed me, and thanked me for reading her book and opting out of the tour. She explained that this was her first book (which I knew) and she appreciated my honesty and wanted to know my thoughts about what was wrong with her book. (I thought very highly of her for this, this was very professional and made me think more of her as an author!)
So I replied with ALL my Constructive Criticism, all 3 pages worth.
I only hope she doesn’t hate me now.
So what about you?
Have you ever written a book review that you felt was too harsh?
And this cartoon, because it reminds me of... ME... :)