I must take a moment out from reading to voice an opinion.
I began reviewing books as a hobby about a year and half ago. It is something that I genuinely enjoy, and have no intention of quitting.
Book reviews are very important to a reader. No intelligent person judges a book by it's cover. They go to sites such as Amazon, Goodreads, the Historical Novel Society and read reviews. There are always good reviews, bad reviews, apathetic reviews-always. No one likes every book every time. I so admire a person who has the dream of writing and sits down and gets to work to do so. I can imagine the time and effort, the blood, sweat and tears and love and passion that go into the creation of a writer's work. And every other reader imagines it too. Therefore no one WANTS to dislike a book. No one wants to sit down with novel and not engage with it. Not only are writers passionate, but readers are as well.
I have found as I further myself in reviewing, that there are countless kind, reachable authors who adore and appreciate their readers, and likewise their readers do the same.
I have also come across authors who resent readers who express disappoinment in their work. I understand. Their life's blood has been poured into this work, and this person didn't like it. It is heartbreaking for the author, I am sure.
However, that does not make it acceptable to be rude or snide (especially in a public forum) to your readers. You alienate your current and potential audience.
I will always give a fair and honest review. I will try my best to enjoy a book. I will read a book through 100 different eyes to gain a different perspective if I feel myself drifting to the "dislike" side of a book. But the fact remains, if there was something I found to be disappointing in the book, I will say so in a professional manner. I am not trying to hurt anyone's feelings; I am not trying to lessen an author's income or do anything else harmful to for or beacuse of the author. But as a lifelong reader, I appreciate honest reviews, and so does every other reader in this world.
We WANT to read your books. Don't alienate us.