BookLife Prize in Fiction Reviews TMHP
"Romance comes in many forms--not just the frenzied excitement of a new relationship. Even old relationships, especially the ones we thought had fizzled out, can have a spark. Slightly madcap, suddenly sweet, this novel combines the best of female friendship with soulful exploration of passion in its many forms. Of particular note are the themes of getting lost to find the right path and acceptance of even the most difficult things in life. The dialog-heavy, elegant writing style pulls readers into a world that is difficult to leave."
The only thing is, have you ever wondered if someone who reviewed your book actually read it? That's how I feel about this review. The first and last parts are fine, but like a book that fizzles in the middle and loses readers, this reviewer lost me when she says, "... soulful exploration of passion in its many forms." Well, not really, but I can live with that. That's her interpretation, right? So, okay. Not a big deal.
But then the reviewer says, "Of particular note are the themes of getting lost to find the right path and acceptance of even the most difficult things in life." What? Could a description be any more vague? Not only that, it doesn't describe my book. Now, readers can disagree on what a book means or what themes it's trying to convey (a little), but this seems like a space filler and an indication that the reviewer might not have actually read it.
I could be wrong. I was wrong last week.
So, I'll just leave that right there. At least it's nice to see this fun story finally being recognized and getting more readers. From a grateful author, kudos to Publishers Weekly and BookLife Prize in Fiction for their support of indy publishers.
What's your experience with reviewers? Have you ever wondered if the reviewer actually read your book?