I just received an outraged comment a few minutes ago on my review of Windwalker. I deleted the comment, but I must admit that perhaps my review was too snarky. I published it right after getting back from a week in Baton Rouge and the stress of Erin's surgery and dealing with her set backs left me in a less than positive mood.
The comment did not change my view of the book. It did make me think about reviewing a book with such petulance. The anonymous commenter mentioned that I should not read books about soul mates or reincarnation if I don't like the topics. It isn't that I really dislike the topics; I've read books about both that have appealed to me, although I find the single soul mate concept and the search through centuries to locate that individual a tad difficult to make ring true . Truthfully, I believe that writing good stories about either are difficult, and so when I read a good one (meaning one that I like, one that makes me suspend disbelief) I'm especially appreciative.
I can't always tell from a book's description whether or not the book will be one that I will enjoy. Even if everything about the description sounds appealing, it doesn't mean that the book is one that will, after all, meet expectations. We don't always like the same books. Even readers with similar tastes, and who usually agree about books they read, have different responses to certain books.
The commenter must have read my review on Goodreads because I don't give stars on my blog, but I rarely give one star reviews. One star on the Goodreads site means "I didn't like it" and two stars means "It was OK." I didn't like it.
Which brings me back to my negative review. I usually make a comment in my more negative reviews to the effect that my review is just my opinion, that the author has plenty of fans, that other reviews are positive. It didn't happen with that particular review. Mea Culpa -- I will keep this in mind.
Dang, I can't win for losing. More comments on Windwalker review. I sure made someone angry. Even trying to mediate didn't help. You'd think I was the only one that gave the book a less than stellar review.