Recently, I was going through my goodreads updates and I came across a Bad Review for Hades by Alexandra Adornetto. Basically this person did nothing but tear the whole book apart. Literally, had NOTHING nice to say about the book at all. Then I decided to check out Hades page on goodreads...Needless to say it only gets worse. Not only do some reviews tear the book apart, they also go as far as taking pot shots (in my opinion) at the author. Now I know that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but still? Do you really need to go so far as to put things like the passages below in your reviews?
"I've thrown my rose-coloured glasses in the trash, and if Alexandra isn't careful, her book will be in there too." Tenae
Or please check out this "lovely" screaming review. Or even this gem.
The worst part? Reviews like these in some circles seem be celebrated.
I thought that the point/purpose of all this reading and posting reviews was not only to post our honest feelings whether they be good or bad, but to find even the tiniest sliver of good in a book that you have to review that you REALLY don't like? Do we really need to go so far as to tear someones work completely apart? I think at times there are people out there in the book blogging community that forget that behind every book is a living breathing person who not only put a lot of time into that book but also has feelings too.
So readers, Have you ever come across a Bad Review that you think was "over the line?" Have you ever said or done anything when/if you come across reviews like this? Do you personally write bad reviews? How do you go about the process?