It seems every day there is a new story about authors becoming upset with getting a bad review and they don’t think its warranted. I read a news item where an author claimed it was a personal attack against him. The reviewer replied that she had never met the author, had read several of his books and this one was the only one she didn’t like. She explained why she didn’t like it (and quite frankly I had read the book and thought her comments were spot on) and it was all in the review.  Just because you get one bad review doesn’t mean your whole volume of work is being attacked, it just means one person did not care for one story. Easy Peasy.




Now, I’ve been lucky in that most books that I have read for review, I have really enjoyed. One of my recent favorites, from a debut author is




The Trouble With Half a Moon View a preview of this book online

The Trouble With Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante





I loved this book. I choose to review it because it was in one of my favorite genre, Young Adult, and was by a debut author. I love reading work by a new author. And I did love this book. I’m a big fan of YA fiction so I review quite a lot of it.  Now if I wasn’t a fan of YA, I wouldn’t agree to read and review a YA novel. I believe that is where some of the bad reviews by people come from. They pick out a book that they wouldn’t normally read, and they don’t like it. I still haven’t figured out why you would pick a book in a genre you don’t care for to review, but lots of people do it.





Of course, that is certainly not the only reason a bad review is written. I have been a big fan of Tom Clancy‘s work for years. I usually love his novels. They are well researched, the story picks up pace as it moves to the big bang ending, the characters are always a colorful lot, with a good amount of bad guys in them. When I picked up




Against All Enemies View a preview of this book online

Against All Enemies (Max Moore #1)  by Tom Clancy, Peter Telep




I thought I would love it. And boy was I wrong! I was so disappointed with this book. I wrote my review and it was bad, but the next time Tom Clancy has a new novel out, I’ll be one of the first in line to get it. I didn’t like one of his books, but I’ve loved all the rest of them like Clear and Present Danger, Executive Orders, The Sum of All Fears and more. Now if there is an author whose work I don’t care for, I would never offer to review it. I don’t care for Suzanne Collins work, I haven’t read any of the Hunger Games trilogy and can’t picture reading any of them in the foreseeable future. I have read 4 or 5 of her novels before, and have not cared for any of them. Now that doesn’t mean that I think she’s a bad author, far from it, I just don’t care for her work. And because of that I would never offer to review one of her books.





The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins





And one last thing, I don’t think bad reviews are bad. They help people as much as good reviews do. If you are looking for a book to read, I always check out a range of reviews, from 5 stars down to 1, just to see what the reviewer has to say. And I’ve got to admit, I have picked out books to read because of a bad review, I wanted to see if it was as bad as people said (some were).





Bad reviews aren’t, or shouldn’t be, a bad reflection on the author. Everyone is different and we all have different likes and dislikes. I think its best to always keep an open mind.