Friday, April 6, 2012

Follow Friday

The Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. The lucky, lovely and illustrious features for this week are The Romanceaholic and The Talking Tea Cup.  Don't forget to follow them so they can the full measure of their potential glory.

This week's question: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

I think the answer is probably yes, however I'm having trouble summoning up the name of the exact book. Generally by the time I'm buying a book I've already read it twice, so I've formed my own opinion, but sometimes I do look at user reviews on Amazon. If the reviewer is in a snit because the word "vampire" appeared in the text despite the fact that there is a well-muscled, pale, topless guy on the front with blood dripping off his fangs, I feel I can safely discount their opinion, especially if I'm looking for a vampire novel. Also I know I've bought books (or at least checked them out of the library) when the first reviewer in the list's complaint was something along the lines of "The story is too slow moving and there is too much description and too much time expended on character development instead of action." I like books like that. Big, ginormous, slow-moving tomes with lots of character development, lots of color, lots of description, and brief spurts of action now and again.

As to professional reviews, I admit (without shame, I might add) that I only rarely read them. Mostly because I've yet to find more than a few where I agreed at all with the reviewer's assessment. Usually they leave me wondering if we even read the same book.


  1. I too have come across a few books where the reviews were so drastically different, I wondered whether it was the same book, lol! Thanks for dropping by my FF. New Follower!

  2. Great answer. I agree. thanks for stopping by and I'm following you back!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. Following your blog too.

  4. I don't think I've ever done something like that, not just because it was a bad review.

    Here is mine

  5. I love your answer! It is really true that it totally depends on who is reviewing and why they are complaining! I have read books with awful reviews at the top on goodreads and I have loved them!

    New follower :-)

    My FF:

  6. New follower hopping through! Great post! I followed you through GCF and Linky Tools - you can return the favour over at :) Happy Friday!

  7. I've never bought a book because of a bad review, but I really only read reviews from my goodread friends. I get enough reviews and suggestions form them to last a lifetime. I do get frustrated with reviews that judge a book based on what they want to read, not what the book is. If a book is a fun and frothy book and a quality fun and frothy book GOOD. Not everything has to be the great American novel.

    My follow friday

  8. I don't read pro reviews either. I find them too stilted and arrogant.

  9. I agree, reviews should be taken in stride. If I find someone that have very similar tastes, I will follow their review and not read if they didn't love it. Thanks for stopping :) and adding my button to your sidebar.

    1. As someone who regularly has dates with books I felt I couldn't pass it up ;)

  10. Gosh, do people complain about things like that? Just shows how little time I actually spend reading reviews... lol

    Following from FF - sorry it's taken me a while to get round to you! It's my first week joining in, I hope you might have time to visit my FF post.