Tell Me Something Tuesday

Welcome to another week of Tell Me Something Tuesday, a meme that was started by the lovely Cambria Hebert.  This is the meme where she asks us a question, and we answer it.  Pretty simple, right? Well, it all depends on the question!  Sometimes they are super easy to answer, while others can be quite difficult.

This week’s question, is I would have to say, on the more difficult level.  The question of the week is:

How do you feel about negative book reviews? Writing them and reading them…

As an author, I absolutely HATE negative book reviews. Period.  No question about it.  They can hurt sales, and sometimes, depending on the reviewer, can be down right hurtful. I’ve been on the receiving end of negative reviews, and so I can personally say that they stink. BUT it also depends on how they are written. 

I don’t know about you, I HATE reading reviews that have a ton of name calling.  I just don’t get it.  Don’t you guys know that your reviews are PUBLIC, and it can and will ruin your image as a reviewer?  I see this not only for books, but for apps as well.  I once downloaded an Iphone app for the game, Deal or No Deal.  I LOVED that game show, so I thought, why not?  I read the reviews, and they were just terrible. BUT NONE of the reviews stated WHY it was terrible. So, I purchased the app (it was only .99 btw), and decided to see for myself.

Well, it was an awful app, but in my review I made sure to tell the creator of the app what needed to be fixed. I hope that they appreciated my review.

As a reviewer, (I review books for Literary Lunes Publications and Paranormal Poison), I personally HATE writing negative reviews. BUT, as Heidi mentioned in her blog, we are all entitled to our opinions.  Sometimes I just don’t like a book I’ve read, but I usually try to highlight BOTH the positive AND the negative. Unfortunately, in some cases like 50 Shades of Grey, there just aren’t any positive points, and in those cases, I usually just leave the reviews on my blogs.

I absolutely DO NOT condone authors outing reviewers.  I was absolutely disgusted when I heard that last week via twitter. Author Stacia Kane kept going on and on about how awful it was.  It turned out, I was in one of those groups causing the drama on goodreads, and promptly left the group when I realized who it was.  I just don’t get it.  What’s the purpose of outing people?  Reviewers are an author’s best friend and can also be their worst enemy.

Honestly folks, why can’t we all just get along?

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Book Review: Blind Sight Series

Hey everyone! How’s your weekend going so far? I can’t believe that tomorrow is Sunday already!  Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I posted up a dual review on my Literary Lunes Publications blog that I think you should check out 🙂 It is a blog dedicated strictly to authors and their books and my reviews of them.

The books that I reviewed were:

Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes

and

Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson.

I gave Leocardo’s book 4 stars and Aniela’s book 4 1/2.  Hop on over to http://www.literarylunespublications.com to find out why! Oh, and I also reviewed the series as a whole in addition to the individual books.  Enjoy!

Book & Movie review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief)

So, I’ve decided that I am going to start reviewing books that I’ve already read, and haven’t reviewed yet.  I’d like your input at the end of the posts, ESPECIALLY if you’ve read the book or have watched the movies (if said book I am reviewing has already been turned into a movie.)  Without further adieu, I give you my first review on this blog!

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Miramax

My rating: 4 stars

My Review:  This was a wickedly great book in my personal opinion.  I love books that have to do with Greek Mythology, and this was right up my alley.  I unfortunately, however, watched the movie version before I read the book.  BUT, once I sat down to read the actual book, I fell in love with it.  The movie made so much more sense after I read it.  Rick Riordan’s characters come to life in this action packed book. Would I read the rest of the series? Of course! Would I read it over & over again? Probably not.  At least, not until I’ve read every other book on my selves first.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a really well written book, and it held my attention from start to finish. BUT, I have to be honest…I didn’t really care all that much about Percy Jackson.  I enjoyed reading more about the evil, underlying plot behind it.  Now, it could have had something to do with the fact that I made the mistake of watching the movie BEFORE reading the book, but something tells me no, that isn’t the case.  All in all, if you’re a mythology buff, I’d recommend the book. It’s a fast-paced, easy YA read that will leave you wanting to know more.  There is a lot of action and adventure, and I would totally recommend it.

Book Vs. Movie

My rating: 3 stars

The movie did not do the book justice.  In fact, in my personal opinion, the movie down right stunk. Yes, there was action, and a decent storyline, but unless you’ve read the book, and know anything about Greek Mythology and the gods, you will probably be lost.  BUT, if you’re already a fan of Rick Riordan, and are looking for a good time waster, then you will probably enjoy watching the movie.  The three stars mostly go towards all the action and special effects.  The acting was decent, but like I said, the storyline butchered the book in my opinion.