Jul 26, 2011
Then it sat on the shelf for a couple months while I caught up on some other reading and did some major overhauls on my book, The Crystor.
Not so much.
This blogger ripped the book to shreds. Apparently she didn't like how the main character, Calla, couldn't decide between her two love interests, Ren (the alpha wolf and boys she's supposed to marry to bring their packs together) and Shay (the human boy with a mysterious past that might just get her killed). This blogger/book reviewer had very little to say that was good about the book and it made me sad. It made me wonder if I'd made a mistake with this purchase and if I'd hate the book. After all, I was only a little hooked after the first five chapters.
It took me a couple days to pick the book back up--mostly because I was busy with other things--but when I did, I found myself questioning everything. I was suddenly watching for flaws and reading this bloggers opinion into every decision Calla made. I hate that. I want to enjoy the book or hate the book without someone's bias invading my brain.
It made me wonder if book reviews are such a great idea. Sure, they get the word out and do the author some good with advertising it, but what about that rare bad review. If I'd just read her review, I may not have bought the book. That's really sad because I'm about 3/4 of the way through the book, and now that I've FINALLY gotten that blogger's voice out of my head, I'm loving it. I will probably finish it tonight.
And the best news ever . . . WOLFSBANE, the second book in the series, comes out tomorrow . . . TOMORROW! I won't even have to wait to continue the story.
What do you think of reviews? Do they sway your opinion of a book when making a purchase or when reading?