Booking Through Thursday

I receive a lot of review books, but I have never once told lies about the book just because I got a free copy of it. However, some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review.

Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?

I’m sure that it would be nice for the authors (and agents and publishers, too) to get only positive, glowing reviews. However, I for one prefer honest reviews. If someone would make me feel like I’d had to do reviews in a certain way, I wouldn’t be doing reviews for them anymore.

People like different things and that’s not a bad thing. Unless the book has some really bad structural problems, a reader might still decide to get the book after reading a negative review.

I was going to say that what’s the point of writing reviews if you only have to write positive ones. However, even these sort of reviews can tell a lot about the book and if I’d like it: tone, writing style, level of violence, multiple POV or just one POV etc.

So, I’m definitely in favor of honesty.