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Yikes! Can you believe we are entering into the final week of October? Something Wicked Strikes is winding down, but there are still plenty of awesome giveaways on deck for next week, so don't miss out.
Don't forget to enter the two blog hops I have going on my blog right now: Something Wicked Strikes Hop
Let's see what is new around the blogosphere this week?
I think everyone is buzzing about the weird and disturbing turn of events regarding YA author Kathleen Hale.
If you aren't familiar with this debacle, basically this author admitted in an article on Guardian to stalking a reviewer who gave her book a one star review, she even went so far as to go to her house and call her place of employment. If you want all the details here is the link.
And here is a good strong analysis of the events click here
Bottom line this is a startling and creepy case of what happens when authors and reviewers collide. I usually don't weigh in on controversy, but this time I going to put in my quick two cents.
We live in a country that allows the right to free speech. Whether you like it or not, people have the right to publish one star reviews and say scathing things about books. I know it is hurtful to authors, but is it worth ruining your career over? Ms. Hale has made a grave mistake and I would be surprised to see her book still come out in January 2015, if I were the publisher I don't think I would touch it with a ten foot pole.
Drama between authors and reviewers makes me sad. I know that nasty things get said, but keep in mind that one negative review isn't going to make or break a book. Going onto any social media and lashing out will be the fastest way to kill book sales. I know as a reader, there are plenty of authors that have engaged in this behavior and as a reviewer I am leery. I don't want to get involved with someone who could be volatile, so I skip those books by authors that have "behaved badly". Better safe than sorry. Do I like the negative and scathing reviews that start the feuds? No, most of the time these reviews are not something I would pay attention to. I look for quality reviews, not reviews that seek to totally bash a book. But just because someone writes a hurtful review doesn't give an author the right to stalk them. And at the time of writing this post, the one star reviews are rising on both Amazon and Goodreads due to the author's behavior. She thought one negative review was bad, now they are spiraling out of control. I already read and reviewed this book last year, and it wasn't a fit for me. See my review here.
I don't have a good answer for how to stop the drama, but I can say as a reviewer, I will tuck my head down and stay out of it! What are your thoughts on this turn of events?
Now on to bloggy stuff:
This past week on the blog I featured:
Friday: Friday Forecast
I received for review:
Next week the last week of Wicked is jammed packed on my blog:
Monday: Chaos by Sarah Fine: Audiobook review, guest post and giveaway
Tuesday: Compulsion by Martina Boone: Guest Post, Review and Giveaway
Wednesday: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff: Guest Post, Review and Giveaway
Thursday: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones: Review and Giveaway
Friday: A Cursed Destiny by Cecy Robson: Guest Post, Review and Giveaway!
Saturday: Friday Forecast Saturday Edition
Whew! As you can see a terrific week is in store. So many great books, giveaways and guest posts coming up. It is truly going to be an exciting week. So stay tuned!
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In the meantime, go read a good book and be happy!
See you on Monday!