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Do you have a threshold on books where you will offer the author feedback but won’t review?
(Submitted by Heather @ MM Romance Reviewed)
My answer to this question is complex. I hope it makes sense 🤷🏻♀️:
Generally, any book that I read but would give only 1 or 2 stars to, I do not review. If it’s so bad of a reading experience that I would give it such a low rating, I generally do not finish it. I read the story until 20% and then DNF.
If I request a book from NetGalley or from a publicist/author who offered it, but I am having a hard time reading it, I do provide feedback as to why – to the best of my knowledge – I am having trouble with it. I try to provide constructive feedback.
If an author sends me a review request, and I tell them I will check it out on Kindle Unlimited or read a sample on Amazon, I don’t say anything about it if I don’t like it. Typically, these books, I find, are riddled with forced dialogue and overwriting, which I struggle with. I want to edit those books, not read them for enjoyment.
If an author were to ask for my feedback, I would gladly provide them with my thoughts in a more constructive manner than a review would provide. I don’t have any issue with that except for time, and I am very used to giving feedback.
Do you offer feedback to the author when you DNF or don’t like a book?