Yesterday I published on my other blog a review of a book I'd recently read.
I struggled in writing the review because I couldn't give it the accolades that I know every author wants. There was a lot of interest in the book, but it really needed editing so I sweated blood in trying to give an honest opinion without sitting on the baked cake.
That's from something I read a long time ago that was attributed to Danielle Steel. The famous author said: "A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it."
I never want to demolish anyone's best effort so I carefully compose each book review I publish.
Authors pour their heart and soul into books. They never set out to write a bad book. Sometimes, the end result just doesn't match the vision within.
I hope if you publish book reviews that you'll remember writers are real people with real feelings. Choose your words carefully.