Here we go again. This is the second time an author has contacted me about a book review I wrote and published on Amazon.com that they didn't like. The first time I was contacted via email because I used to have my email visible on Amazon.com. This time this bestselling-book author commented on the Amazon review.
The consensus at the Book Blogger Convention 2010 held last week was that it is thought to be a bad idea to contact amateur book reviewers or even professional book reviewers about book reviews on websites, blogs, or on booksellers websites like Amazon.com. Most authors said they don't even read reviews and basically concentrate on doing what they do: writing and creating.
I have a major issue with the branding of this book and mixing a book series that was for ages 9-12 for the books that kicked off the series then having mature content in the next installment. The author stated on Amazon.com in response to my review that he thought the age range for readers was 14 and up. On the day my review was published the publisher's site said ages 18 and up. This makes no sense for a book with "for boys" in the title to suddenly be marketed to ages 18 and up and also a series that starts for ages 9-12 to suddenly move to 18 and up. I'm sorry that is deceptive. Who stands to be hurt by this? Kids who perhaps don't need some of these concepts put into their heads.
Today I mentioned this in a blog post comment that has negative opinions of Amazon Vine reviewers, accusing them of always writing 4 or 5 star reviews just because they got a book or product for free. So now one comment rolled in soon thereafter.
Let the criticism of my review continue!
Here's my review as published on Amazon.
If anyone has something to say, especially in support of me, consider commenting too. You might as well chime in too.
Dangerous Book of Heroes for Boys book review for Amazon Vine by ChristineMM published on Amazon.com
Maybe I'm getting burned out of this reviewing....I'm asking myself: why do I bother? For now I continue to feel that some people out there appreciate my views. I've been told that not everyone votes on the Amazon customer reviews even when they do find them helpful and I should not look to the number of helpful votes for verification that my views are appreciated.