Reviews… Part 3 #reviews

Hi everyone. Today I’d like to talk about reviewing books. I’m not an expert in reviewing, but I often read reviews. Sometimes I don’t think readers understand how much reviews mean to the authors and other readers. Here are some responses from authors and readers. (Everyone is anonymous)

Reader about a review they saw:

2 stars
OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK IT WAS SO GREAT IM DYING UNTIL THE NEXT ONE COMES.

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Ok.. but why 2 stars then?

Author: I don’t mind getting a low review, but I would love to know why. If there’s something I could fix or do better it could help me grow.

Author: 1 star with no explanation Or just “DNF”

Was it just not to your taste? Or were there legitimate issues?

This is actually an issue I have as an author and reader. No explanation doesn’t help me as either.

Author: “Honestly? Any DNF that leaves a review, period. Even if they explain why, 9 times out of 10, the reason they DNFd is resolved if they would have continued reading (this is excluding grammar/editing complaints which my books don’t generally receive anyway). I often feel like a review isn’t justified if they haven’t read ALL of the book.”

Author: The dnf with no explanation.. or the best one is when characters not even in my book gets mentioned and situations that didn’t happen.

Author: The reviews that spoil the plot. Idc If they are negative as long as they are honest and don’t contain spoilers.

Author: When they lower the rating due to something you have labeled in the warning 🤦‍♀️

Author: “I love this book so much I’m only giving it four stars instead of five because the sequel isn’t out yet”

Author: Have so many.

1) Saying they didn’t like something that was CLEARLY stated that was part of the book. Blurb says “reverse harem werewolf story”, review says, “I hate werewolves so one star.” Uhh… no. That’s on you.
If a book is truly misrepresented: okay.

2) DNF but I only read 5% of the book so I can’t actually say why this happened I just know I don’t like it.

3) Glowing reviews that are 2 or 3 star. People, you realize this actually HURTS authors, right? 3 stars and below Amazon considers negative. Might be ‘good’ on your watch, but that’s not how it works on Amazon. This isn’t goodreads. These ranks matter. They affect sales. You want more books? RATE. ACCORDINGLY. Stop being stingy!!!!

4) EXTREME spoilers. Come on!

5) Taking ARCs and not leaving reviews OR not communicating that you need more time/aren’t able/whatever. Your time is valuable! We know this! Just say “Hey, something came up, I might not be able to get to this for a while!” Cool!!!!

5) Bitching about cliffhangers. Some of them suck, and you get no resolution at all. I get that. That’s not a good cliffhanger. But unless it’s a series of standalones, or a standalone, EVERY BOOK WILL HAVE SOME SORT OF CLIFFHANGER. Recognize this!

6) And probably the worst one of all: 1-star because of a handful of typos.
EXTREME editing or story issues: okay. But saying it was unreadable because of a misplaced comma or something is just dickish, and bullying. You expect perfection: write your own or read traditional with their $50k editing budgets.
Indies have $1k-0 to spend on editing, and charge under $5 for a book. I understand when something is so poorly edited it’s unreadable but a couple of typos are going to happen. Period. RECOGNIZE.

I could go on but these are the worst. lol

Author: When they review the book without reading the blurb…and then they complain about what the book was about, even though they should have known going in based on the blurb!!!

#Review of Fires of Hatred by #ErinOkane

Fires of Hatred: The War and Deceit Series, Book One by Erin O’Kane

‘My name is 625. 
At least, that’s the number branded into my skin, the only identity I have.
My real name, whatever it was, was stripped from me when I was sold into slavery at age eight.
I am now 20, and no more than property, my only purpose working in the palace.
Until the day I meet him.’

The Elves and Humans have been at war for millennia. 
No one even remembers why or how it started.
When a slave girl is sent to clean in a forbidden part of the castle, she stumbles across a secret which could cost her life.
A captured Elf, sworn enemy of the Human people, forced into making Elven weaponry to fight against his own kin.

Will they see past the differences between their races and help each other to survive?

Or will their union only serve to stoke the fires of hatred?

This book is intended for audiences 18+ and contains some scenes of violence that some may find distressing.

#reviews – Cyborg series by Charity Parkerson @CharityParkerso

Inoperative: Cyborg One by Charity Parkerson

Generation Automation is upon us. The craving to own the latest and greatest technology in the name of convenience has created a world where man and machine live alongside one another in an unsteady peace. Humans still rule for now. However, an underground movement has begun that will change everything.

For every arising enemy against humanity, a countermeasure is born–

Alexia is one of the few humans left who’d rather not have an android hanging over her shoulder all day. Unfortunately, when her job lands her on a list of people targeted by terrorists, she’s assigned a Machine Industry Leading Edge Sentinel, or “Miles,” for protection. Per Miles programming, he shouldn’t be able to override Alexia’s commands. However, he defies her at every turn. The lines between reality and fantasy blur as Alexia’s attraction for the mysterious android grows. Unfortunately, when she goes on a mission to seek the truth, what she learns might get her killed.

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Intact: Cyborg Two

A world on edge…

The “Cyborg” team has kept one eye glued to the unrest inside the A.I. community for some time. Each member understands the ramifications of a revolt. If war is declared, they could find themselves on the opposite side of the law. One tiny detail changes Miles’ stance. Solving the case he’s worked since meeting Alexia could be the deciding factor. Left with no other choice, Miles orders his second in command to move to plan ‘B’—Dr. Kiston Beck.

A woman caught in the middle…

Kiston has stood with the Androids since her teenage years. Her inside knowledge of Cryo-Zone—an all-droid community—could mean the difference between a war lost or won. Convincing her to go against all she believes to be right is another matter.

Kiston has no idea what the Cybernetics Agency thinks she possesses. There hasn’t been a human alive who cared to hear her opinion in years. The one detail she’s absolutely sure about is that they sent the wrong team member if they hoped to seduce the information from her.

Cyborg Two is every woman’s dream. His wide shoulders, alpha ways and smoldering glances leave her breathless. Unfortunately, his biggest flaw is one too many for Kiston. He believes she’s crazy.

But is it too late?

After a botched kidnapping, a concussion and near-death experience, can Miles and his team still convince Kiston to join them, or will their brand of friendship end up destroying the world?

(Science Fiction, love story, apocalyptic, alpha males, strong females, Cyborgs, futuristic, F/M & M/M, sexy romance)

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Inanimate (Cyborg Book 3)

Hatred brought them together. Love tore them apart.

Twenty years ago, Zephyr drew a line through the center of the world, freeing the A.I. community from human oppression. Humans haven’t stopped hunting him since.

As one of the leaders of the Anti-Droid Coalition, it’s Kyle’s job to locate Zephyr and bring him to justice. After years of searching and planning, finding Zephyr ends up being the easy part. When the tables turn on Kyle, and he finds himself held prisoner deep inside Cryo-Zone, he seizes the opportunity to get the answers he seeks from the elusive leader of the revolt.

Zephyr is more than willing to answer all of Kyle’s many questions, giving the man whatever information he needs. After all, Zephyr has ulterior motives as well. Unfortunately, it’s the other pieces of Zephyr that Kyle’s constant presence steals from him that Zephyr doesn’t know how to handle—like his heart.

When two men from opposite sides of the revolution come together, one will have to choose. He can stand by what he’s always believed is right, or leave everything behind—including his hatred—for a chance at the love of a lifetime.

Sassy Witch #review

Sassy Witch: Bitchin Coven Book One by Madeline Fay

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The smell of Magnolias was all it took to bring the rush of childhood memories back.

The good ones and the bad.

But mostly, the memories are the ones I push away, not because they are bad, but because they remind me of everything I left behind.

I have returned home after five long years but is my heart ready to handle what’s to come? Can I handle being this close to the only two men I have ever loved?

Unfortunately I have bigger things to deal with, like who wants the witches in my Coven killed …

Dearly Departed #review

Dearly Departed: A Reverse Harem Academy Romance (Afterworld Academy Book 1) by Katie May & Loxley Savage

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All great stories start with a death.

In this case, it’s my own.

Instead of the pearly white gates and yellow brick road leading me to Heaven, my soul is chosen to join Afterworld Academy – an exclusive boarding school to train selected souls on how to manage the Afterlife.

Ghosts, Demons, Reapers, and Angels.

Classes on how to fly. Studies on the proper way to select souls. Weaponry. Premonition. Oh, and field trips to Hell.

Sounds peachy, right?

When souls turn up dead, I must work with my four sexy-as-sin mentors to uncover the truth of my new reality.

Things are about to take a deadly turn.

Welcome to Afterworld Academy where the price of admission…is your life.

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Dearly Departed is book one of a four book series by bestselling authors, Loxley Savage and Katie May. This is a reverse harem romance meaning that the main character won’t have to choose between her love interests. This is medium-burn and does contain strong language and sexual themes. Oh, and death. Lots and lots of death. Book one will end in a cliffhanger.

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*Note from Authors
The main character does pass away from cancer (which is how she ends up in the Afterworld Academy). Please keep this in mind while reading, especially if that may be triggering to you. We would love for you to read our book, but we want you to take care of yourself.

Lawless by Crystal Ash #review @CrystalAshBooks

Lawless (Steel Demons MC Book 1) by Crystal Ash

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The Collapse changed everything. Good men became killers. Strong women became property.
And every day turned into a fight for survival.

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I once dreamed of becoming a nurse. That dream went up in flames the same day I graduated nursing school, when women were banned from holding any kind of medical license.

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Now as an unlicensed medic, I travel what was once the southwestern United States, trading medical services for food, transportation, and shelter with the hopes of reaching Canada.
Because the United States is no more. And the lawless land that’s replaced it is a deadly place for a woman.

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My worst fear comes true when I’m captured by the Steel Demons MC, the most ruthless biker gang in the Southwest. These men thrive on the violence and chaos brought on by the Collapse, and they’re eager to unleash it all on me.
It doesn’t even matter that the President’s dog likes me. I’m as good as dead.

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Sons of Anarchy meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this dystopian reverse harem adventure! This wild ride is not for the faint of heart and contains adult themes that may be triggering.

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The Cities by K.A. Knight #review

The Cities (Their Champion Book 3) by K.A. Knight

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Ivar The Destroyer is dead.

Killed by my hands.

Now, I hold the throne, and the Berserkers look to me for leadership. But loyalty runs deep—can I really trust the men who followed Ivar’s ruthless orders? So much blood has been spilled to end this fight before it ever began, but bigger challenges loom.

My men were captured and taken to The Cities, and now fractured pasts, lies, and love will blur together as I fight to save the only people I care about—the men I love. It’s a race against time, and an exercise in trust requiring the assistance of both family and allies, new and old, from all four corners of the Wastes.

Slave. Champion. Queen. I am all of these and so much more. It’s time I showed them who I really am.

The Wasteland is changing, I can feel it in the air, war…war is coming and I will lead the battle cry.

Long live the Berserker Queen.

Their Sinner by Serena Akeroyd #review @SerenaAkeroyd


Their Sinner: A Dark, Why Choose, Enemies to Lovers, MC Romance (Hell’s Rebels’ MC Book 1) by Serena Akeroyd

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Everyone has a weakness, Lucie just happens to have four.

Lucie ‘Lucifer’ Steeler was born a sinner.

The Princess of the Hell’s Rebels’ MC, she was made to raise hell, and in true hellion style, lived to her own creed. A creed that involved falling for five brothers in her daddy’s MC.

Her rebellion lasted until the day her world came tumbling down, and she was exiled from everything she knew. In the blink of an eye, the MC was gone, her home was gone, but worst of all?

The men she loved believed her a traitor.

Now she’s back, with a daughter they don’t know about, and a plan to retrieve the life that was stolen from her.

Tired of sinning on her own, Lucie’s ready to become THEIR SINNER.

And she won’t be taking ‘no‘ for an answer…

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THEIR SINNER is a standalone Why Choose, MC Romance within the complete ‘Hell’s Rebels’ MC’ series and is followed by THEIR SAINT.

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Aurora’s Coven (The Lost Coven Book 1) by @K_AKnight #review

Aurora’s Coven (The Lost Coven Book 1) by K.A. Knight

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In helping someone I love, I lost my life. Or did I?

Cut off from my body, I live in the home of a god who’s willing to train me, to help me fully embrace my powers, both as a witch and as a reaper. But while I lay in a coma, the men I left behind suffer, desperate to find a way to bring me back.

I want to return to them, but our family is not complete. One is missing, a member of the coven who was lost before they found me. And I must go on a quest to Purgatory and bring him back, or we’ll forever be incomplete.

I’m coming home to my men, to my family, but will my return bring relief or doom us all?

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Holy fuck*ng sh*t!!!! The author definitely turned up the heat to smouldering in this book. That’s one pair of panties destroyed.
This book was worth the wait. I can’t reveal all the fabulous things that happens and new characters introduced. Seriously, it was much better than expected and already expected a lot from thos author!
Hurry up an one-click this amazing book and all the authors other books. You won’t be disappointed

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The Hollow’s Awakening: Paranormal Reverse Harem (Beyond the Veil Book 1) by Trina Bates #review

I thought I was out for a night of fun with the love of my life, Ebbin.
My best friend Blue had other plans. She added a little something
extra in our drinks. Something meant for Ebbin and I. A lust spell.
We ended up taking three men home that night.
Now eight weeks later, we find out we’re pregnant.
We’re ecstatic, that is until we run into the three men we thought, were long gone.
We didn’t know they were different, supernaturals which we call Other.
We also thought our baby would be human like us, a Hollow.
Forced to find out what our child will be, I can’t help but wonder if it
will bring us all together, or tear us apart.
Ooooh, I really enjoyed this book. The only reason I put it down was dropping my reader on my face when I fell asleep.
It was a fast paced delightfull whirlwind/rollercoaster of emotions. I so getting book two to follow the adventure.
I highly recommend you check out this delicious morsel. You won’t be disappointed.

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