I have two new releases this month and they’re both doing pretty good – a big thank you to all my readers! Hellfire is # 20 on Bookstrand’s Top 100 and Kade and the Captives is # 5 on Silver’s Top 10. Kade is doing okay on Amazon as well, but two readers left two completely different reviews – a five-star and a one-star. Both reviewers have followed the series and have valid reasons for their ratings. I can’t argue with that. I’ve always believed that you can’t please everyone. People have widely different tastes. You have to write the story the way it unfolds in your head and hope like hell that you please the majority of your readers.Then I went to Goodreads to leave a five-star review for a book I recently read and enjoyed. I noticed a wide disparity of ratings and being curious now, I looked a few to see if there were comments along with them. Most of them didn’t have any so I looked at a few of the reviewers’ pages to see what genres they read most. I was thinking the low ratings could be for books outside of their usual preferences.
I found a reviewer, who shall remain nameless, who’d read over 400 books from paranormal to YA to classics to cookbooks. It appeared that 90% of them were one-star reviews with no comments. Could this person have made that many bad choices? Or is something else going on here?And aren’t reviews supposed to be about the content? I’ve seen one-star reviews given based on the condition of the book (mail-order) or the price.
Is it okay to use a review as a protest tool? Are people giving ratings to books they haven’t read? What do you think?