Today I have a really interesting a food for thought guest post all about whether reviewers should give authors 1 star reviews for their books. I can imagine this topic will cause some divide and a mix of opinions and that’s great – as long as we all respect each others’ individual opinion! Yu can also find information of M.L Sparrows book at the bottom of the post!
Are one star reviews fair? As both an author and a reviewer, I can see this argument from both sides of the fence, however, both parts of me rebel against one star reviews.
As an author I know how crushing and confidence destroying such a low rating can be, especially in the early stages of your career. It is doubly frustrating when given a one star rating without a proper review explaining why. Even if you don’t like a story, even if it’s riddled with errors or is simply not your style, the author has put their blood, sweat and tears into it. In many cases they have also poured in a lot of money that they may not make back for years.
I’m not saying that reviewers should not give bad reviews; honesty is always the best policy, however, I feel they should also be fair and tactful, understanding of all the time and effort that authors put into their work. Several times, I’ve read a book for my blog that I just can’t enjoy, however, if I find a book so awful that I’d consider giving a one star review, the chances are that I will stop reading it. In which case I won’t write a review, since I also don’t believe it’s fair to write a review for a book you didn’t complete.
All in all, I personally don’t think it’s fair to give any book a one star review. I feel it shows a lack of disregard for the work that has gone into a story, no matter your opinion of it.
Taiyo is a normal high-school girl living with her Grandmother in Sendai. She goes to school, partakes in club activities and hangs out with her two best friends, twin brothers Ryuu and Kairi. However, her perfect world is shattered when she begins dating Kairi but quickly discovers she’s already in love with Ryuu.
A tangled web of lies surrounds the pair, but everything is suddenly knocked into perspective on March 11th when they are caught up in a natural disaster that devastates the country and robs thousands of their homes, their possessions and their lives… Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Website | Google + | Twitter | Facebook