|Follow her on Twitter, but loved her book--honestly!|
I'm totally guilty of avoiding bad book reviews. Not just of "friends," but of all writers. Why? A couple reasons:
1. With Google nowadays, you can't mention any writer without it getting back to him, and I've had that come back to bite me--even when I wasn't saying anything specifically critical about the book. Honestly, I'd prefer people not to hate me and hate on my books out of "revenge."
2. From reviews of my own books, I've come to realize that different reading tastes do not an awful book make. Yes, some books are genuinely poorly written (I've run across a few that make me laugh out loud in their awfulness), but most I dislike are just not to my taste. I still remember the person on Goodreads who read my Everliving and crapped on it because s/he didn't like ghost stories or romance. My recommendation: stay out of the paranormal romance genre in the future, or risk further frustration.
|This one annoyed me, but, hey--he's dead.|
Occasionally I receive advance copies to review, and I give the publishers the same allowance. Meaning, if I don't like the book, I tell them so privately, offering the option to still review it. Don't some people think there's no such thing as bad publicity? Apparently they do. So far not a one has written back, "No, please--do go ahead and trash the book!"
It's a compromise, yes. You don't know how many times I've thought of making up a phony profile, so that I could leave honest reviews on books I was not so crazy about. But I've decided the world--and the Internet in particular--already has enough negativity to go around. It doesn't need my two cents'.
If only criticizing weren't such fun! At least, with the NBC coverage of the Olympics, there are still plenty of things to find fault with besides books...