My thoughts on the book: Okay, I really don't get this. Did I even read the same book everyone else did?
Yup. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.
I recently decided to write well-balanced book reviews with a The Good, The Bad, and The Pretty layout (like one of the reviews I did last year), but I can't do that for this book because I'm not sure I can think of anything good to say about it (which is why I'm not mentioning the author or title).
Here's what I found:
- Typos - a proper proofread could fix this.
- Missing commas - not a big deal to some readers, but I find it annoying.
- Sentence structure - there were a number of sentences that just could have been written in a better way.
- Tense mix-ups - you can't mix up is and was!
- Weird formatting - You know how just the first line of each paragraph in a book is supposed to be indented? I think every single chapter in this book had an entire paragraph that was completely indented. Very weird.
- Unrelatable characters - well, that could just be me. Obviously some readers did relate to these characters.
- Predictable storyline - one reviewer said she thought she had the whole storyline figured out and then wham, the author managed to surprise her. So I read this thinking, even though I think I've got this figured out, I'm sure there's a great twist coming up. But no. The 'twist' that was impossible for the main character to figure out seemed pretty obvious to me.
To summarise: this book read like a first draft. With more work it could have been great.
Fortunately, I wasn't asked by this author to do a review, but what if you are in that situation? What do you do when an author asks you to review a book, or you offer for a blog tour, thinking the book will be great, and then it turns out to be pretty bad?
Do you write a good review anyway so as not to hurt the author's feelings?
Do you write an honest review of exactly what you think of the book?
Do you speak to the author privately and decline to do the review?
It's a toughie...