A couple of weeks ago, I signed up to review a new book as part of a blog tour. I did it for two reasons: 1) I love free books, and ARCs count (even if the ARC is distributed digitally), and 2) I’m always up for helping and promoting new and indie authors. There are some real gems out there and I’d like to help them get noticed.
If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll probably notice I’m not a pushover when it comes to giving my honest opinion about a book, especially one that’s been mass-marketed or published by one of the Big Six. I don’t derive any gratification from giving a negative review to a popular book, and it certainly doesn’t endear me to my audience, as someone recently pointed out on Twitter. And yet, I gave Lisa McMann’s The Unwanteds a one-star review because it just really rubbed me the wrong way. I simply can’t help myself–when I don’t like a book, I really don’t like it. When I love it?
I’ll be the best cheerleader an author could ask for. (more…)