Ahhh… the infamous one-star review, there’s an art to doing it well, if you’re like me, you get no joy out of bashing an author’s dream, but you feel compelled to warn other readers. Honestly, there’s probably more value in a one-star review than a five star, if it actually makes the author aware of how to improve their writing and thought processes.
It’s funny, but I have no problem castigating an author for shoddy work like spelling errors and bad grammar that show that the writer doesn’t care about me as a reader. I’ll state the problem in one or two sentences and be done with it.
For me, it’s much more difficult when you can tell the author poured their heart and soul into a book and still, fail monumentally. That’s why I’m reblogging By Hook or By Book’s one-star review of Keira Drake’s novel The Continent. The reviewer clearly details the flaws of the book, without personally attacking the writer. Authors, readers, and bloggers, I give to you the perfect one-star review, feel free to take notes!