In my opinion, when authors volunteer their book for review, they have to be prepared for the fact that the review may not be positive. Most authors are just happy to see their books reviewed by bloggers, but there are also some (thankfully very few) who apparently expect a positive review and are prepared to bash bloggers who post anything but.
I recently ran across Sylvia Massara’s post titled “Authors Beware of Unprofessional Reviewers”. In the post, she went on to name two bloggers, The Book Binge and Chick Lit Plus, who apparently gave her books’ reviews that were “subjective and sometimes downright malicious”. I read their reviews, and did not think they were anything of the sort.
Massara took a simple “I don’t think I deserved these reviews” message and turned it into a personal tirade against these two well known bloggers. She wrote that writers don’t deserve “a smartass who makes subjective comments because they don’t know how to do anything else” and that “people who set up these kinds of blogs have never written a thing in their lives, except maybe a grocery list“.
Well, this smartass will be staying away from Massara’s books…