Have you ever read a book that you really hate, but couldn’t bring yourself to leave a review? I really hate leaving bad reviews. As an author, getting a bad review is horrible. The trouble with bad reviews is that it can put people off buying the book, but at the end of the day it is that persons opinion. There could be several reasons why they didn’t like the book. It may not be their typical genre, but they had decided to try something new and didn’t like it. That doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t enjoy reading it, someone who actually likes that particular genre.
It’s difficult, especially when most people rely on reviews before purchasing. I have bought books that have had terrible reviews, yet really enjoyed them. I know authors like to have feedback so it can improve future WIP’S but perhaps considering your words would be kinder. I have seen reviews where books have been totally ripped apart, is that really necessary? Fine, you don’t like the book, would it kill you to just say, ‘not to my taste but maybe others will enjoy it’. If I really don’t like a book, I generally refrain from leaving a review. I know all the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into that authors work. It’s heartbreaking to have someone point out every little mistake.