I know I usually do a book review on Tuesdays, but I didn't really like the book I read this week. It was an interesting premise, and I liked the main characters in the first part of the book, but near the middle it all sort of broke down and I got to the point where I wanted to poke my eyes out with a spork rather than keep reading. (Although I resisted the urge and did finish the book).
You see, every time some really great conflict or action would start, the author would go into flashbacks and it drove me crazy. Not only did it slow down the story, but a lot of it was unnecessary. It just seemed like the author thought of something to add to the story that had made her characters behave in a certain way, so she wanted to explain it to the audience in a flashback.
It just didn’t work for me.
So, today, I want to ask you some questions about books that you review.
How honest are you in your reviews?
Have you ever given a one or two star review on Goodreads?
Would it affect your review if you knew the author would see it?
Would it affect your review if you were friends with the author?
If you thought your review could possibly offer a critique or what could be improved about the author's writing style, would you consider that helpful to the author and something that should be said?
Put on your honesty hat, and tell me true. What do you do? How honest are you?