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Old 04-26-2013, 07:47 AM   #541
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When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soul mate.

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As a person who reads reviews but doesn't write many, I think negative reviews are important to compare my reading taste to the reviewer's. I must admit if a reviewer has nothing but positive reviews (on a blog, Amazon, etc) I mostly ignore them because it comes across that they like EVERYTHING and I can't take them seriously.
Exactly, and this is why I decided not to start blogging. I only respect the bloggers that give their honest opinions, instead of an endless squee-fest about every book they read, but I don't want to give MY honest opinion

Sometimes though, if a book has a bunch of 5 star reviews, but I thought it wasn't very good, or had really bad grammar, I will go ahead and post a negative one, just to balance out the others.
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Sometimes though, if a book has a bunch of 5 star reviews, but I thought it wasn't very good, or had really bad grammar, I will go ahead and post a negative one, just to balance out the others.
*nods emphatically* I couldn't agree more and have done this myself on occasion.

Nixlapi, I bought it for full price the other day when you mentioned she'd been picked up by Penguin. I just returned it [thankfully it's within the 7 days] and will re-buy. Thanks so much for the heads up [both times!]
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I was thinking about starting a blog, but once I started writing reviews, and realized that I really disliked writing negative ones, I gave that idea up. The blogs that I like reading the most are the ones that are honest (both good and bad), but I don't want to be the one to post the bad reviews. I have posted some, usually on self-pubbed books that I didn't feel were ready for publication due to bad editing or writing, but I don't do very many.
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As a person who reads reviews but doesn't write many, I think negative reviews are important to compare my reading taste to the reviewer's. I must admit if a reviewer has nothing but positive reviews (on a blog, Amazon, etc) I mostly ignore them because it comes across that they like EVERYTHING and I can't take them seriously.

But my hats off to anyone who can read and review constantly. That is too much like work to me. I have a hard enough time doing the mini-reviews for the reading challenge at AAR.
I don't mind writing negative reviews (I have written a few myself) but what if I like the author and the book turns out to be not like her others. This was the case here. I do realize different editors can give the same author two different writing styles. This happen when I read Susan Andersen's Her Baby series was amazing. I loved all four books. Her Marine series I read the first book and it was just okay. It's alot of pressure to be honest these days!

I agree with negative reviews help balance out all the fluffy ones. After seeing all the reviews posted for ARCs and how it's done. I am rethinking of how much one can trust a book with good reviews. I suppose it have to be in the numbers but where does that starts? 25? 50? 75? Before when I went to look for Indies I would look at the review amount and I do look at the negative ones. Now I see how the process is done. How a reviewer might feel pressure to like a book. It will make rethink posting indies that might look good. I don't want everyone to wind up with a bunch of junk in their archives.

Then their are some book with bad reviews that I love! Take Suzanne Robinson's one of her books I read had nothing but bad reviews I don't why it's was an amazing book. Now one of my favorite books I have read. It's really hard to know what to believe when it comes to reviews on Amazon or Goodreads even.
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I don't mind writing negative reviews (I have written a few myself) but what if I like the author and the book turns out to be not like her others.
I guess I just think that most authors are grownups. They realize not every book they write will work for every reader and that a review is about their book not them personally. So they expect negative reviews along with the positive and don't take it persoanlly. The expectation that an ARC review must be positive is just pressure you are putting on yourself for the most part. Sure the author hopes you like their book, but the professional ones won't be hurt if you do not. (I say professional because I know there have been some author kerfuffles online about reviews and reviewers).

There are plenty of authors that I consider favorites and auto-buys where I don't like each and every book of theirs. In fact I can't think of a single author on my keeper shelf where I love every book of theirs.

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Then their are some book with bad reviews that I love! Take Suzanne Robinson's one of her books I read had nothing but bad reviews I don't why it's was an amazing book. Now one of my favorite books I have read. It's really hard to know what to believe when it comes to reviews on Amazon or Goodreads even.
There are lots of books I love that get negative reviews. That's why it helps to get to a know a reviewer's taste. In some cases when they give a book a bad review I know it may be one I'll love. I read reviews more for new-to-me authors and to see if the book in question contains story elements which just don't appeal to me. The content of the review matters more than the number of stars/grade. A 5-star "This is the best book ever" review is just as unhelpful as a 1-star "this is the worst book ever, don't waste your money" one. Reviews need the WHY.
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I guess I just think that most authors are grownups. They realize not every book they write will work for every reader and that a review is about their book not them personally. So they expect negative reviews along with the positive and don't take it persoanlly. The expectation that an ARC review must be positive is just pressure you are putting on yourself for the most part. Sure the author hopes you like their book, but the professional ones won't be hurt if you do not. (I say professional because I know there have been some author kerfuffles online about reviews and reviewers).

There are plenty of authors that I consider favorites and auto-buys where I don't like each and every book of theirs. In fact I can't think of a single author on my keeper shelf where I love every book of theirs.

There are lots of books I love that get negative reviews. That's why it helps to get to a know a reviewer's taste. In some cases when they give a book a bad review I know it may be one I'll love. I read reviews more for new-to-me authors and to see if the book in question contains story elements which just don't appeal to me. The content of the review matters more than the number of stars/grade. A 5-star "This is the best book ever" review is just as unhelpful as a 1-star "this is the worst book ever, don't waste your money" one. Reviews need the WHY.
There was author on Facebook complaining about negative review the other day. I have seen even some well known authors link to negative reviews on Facebook. Obviously because they need someone to pat their back and tell them their book is fabulous I totally agree on some reviews not being very helpful.

I thought for a minute... an Author whose books I have read and I loved everyone... Oh I know! Christie Craig! I love her books. So funny and all the heroes are cops or former cops turn P.I. I am a big fan.
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There was author on Facebook complaining about negative review the other day. I have seen even some well known authors link to negative reviews on Facebook. Obviously because they need someone to pat their back and tell them their book is fabulous I totally agree on some reviews not being very helpful.
Sometimes those linkings through tweets and facebook bring out the fangirls/boys and have resulted in the reviewer being harrased and threatened. IMO it's best for authors not to comment on reviews unless it's to address something specific, like the reviewer calling out their historical accuracy wrongly.
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Sometimes those linkings through tweets and facebook bring out the fangirls/boys and have resulted in the reviewer being harrased and threatened. IMO it's best for authors not to comment on reviews unless it's to address something specific, like the reviewer calling out their historical accuracy wrongly.
I totally agree with you. It can get ugly. I have seen it in the past. I have had author contact me once asking me to change my review. I kind of freaked out and just removed it. I at the time didn't realize authors read reviews. I figure it was for the reader but they do read them a lot I know that now.
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