Remember when you were young and taught not to say anything if you had nothing nice to say?
Well, I was recently given an opportunity by an indie author. My first free book in exchange for an honest review on Amazon. How exciting as a newbie blogger! I couldn’t wait to get started.
I’m someone who likes to be honest and sometimes it bites me in the ass. But in this case, it paid off. I struggled with the book. In fact, it took me a of couple tries to get past the epilogue. By the time I reached the third chapter, I gave up. It turned out to be a romance novel about a woman who tries to leave her past behind by turning to a new career in yoga for Hollywood stars. Gag. Romance and yoga are soo not my scene. At this point, I thought, do I give my honest review of 2 stars because of my own personal distaste for yoga and romance? If I do, it’ll ruin this author’s rave reviews AND it’s her first book. Besides..it was my fault for jumping the gun and not asking what the book was about.
I didn’t want to blind side her by leaving a negative review. So I decided to do what I felt was right and contacted her first. I’m so glad I chose this route, because it turned out to be a very pleasant conversation and ended on a positive note. Other reviewers weren’t as nice, which can be discouraging for a newbie.
Moral of this story? It’s ok to hate a book. But if you don’t have anything nice to say..at least think about what you’re saying before you hit send/post. 🤓
Hope everyone’s havin a great day!