Positives Please!

This is a short post about Reviews.

When I read reviews about a book/film/product, I only ever read the 4 and 5 star reviews. I never read anything lower. Why?

I work in the hospitality industry and have discovered that people who leave 1 star reviews or who complain a lot in reviews, have issues. Sometimes they have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes they bought the wrong product (eg a small B&B room instead of a luxury spa hotel spa) and don’t like it.

Having survived cancer, I believe life is too short to waste my time on reading complaints that often are irrelevant to the product I’m buying.

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When I read a review about a book, I want to know why the reviewer enjoyed it. I’m really not interested in story and character arcs. I read a lot of books that don’t conform to accepted ways of telling stories (JRR Tolkien and Patrick O’Brien for instance) so I don’t need to know if someone else found these things important. I want to know if it’s a page-turner or has an unexpected plot twist!

And these are the kinds of reviews I’m looking for for my own novels. Can you help? Silver Fire is a FREE download. Why don’t you start with this and post your review on Amazon or Goodreads? You never know, I might find your novel and read and review it myself!

© Freya Pickard 2019

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6 Comments on “Positives Please!”


  1. I’m with you, Freya!

  2. Claudia Messelodi Says:

    Congratulations on The Day of Weird upcoming release Freya! I love the picture on its cover so much!


  3. I agree with you about those people who go out of their way to post 1- or 2- star reviews. I mean–for some products it’s important to know if a product doesn’t meet standards, like baby equipment or something like that!–but not for books. Not for someone’s creativity. If you didn’t like it, then that is a subjective opinion and can’t possibly help anyone else because it is so unfair.


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