We have a serious issue. A few months back we were approached by an author who asked us to review his Indie book. The book seemed to feature a lot of the elements we love in a book: Multiculturalism, World building and an Epic easy to relate to hero.Cool, Right?
Currently we've been getting around to our Indie review requests and of course we literally jumped on this one. But after reading the first couple pages, both of us agree, The book is not really that good. The grammar is probably the worst we've ever read in a book, but there are other issues that make the story hard to recommend to others. Inconsistencies, stereotypes, writing style, too often writing dialogue or details that have nothing to do with the plot, and the worst of all, the author spends the ENTIRE time TELLING not SHOWING.
On other review sites , this book has gotten no less than 4 and 5 star reviews but it makes us think that they aren't reputable because a book this poorly written may not get anyone's attention if the author wouldn't request it.
I'm afraid if we both leave a bad review, the author will take it personally, especially since the author follows us both closely on goodreads and social media.
If anyone has any advice, and we mean ANY ADVICE, it would be gladly appreciated.
Our goal is not to bash the author but to be honest about the book. We both think it would be completely unethical to endorse a book that doesn't meet typical standards.
How do we come to a compromise?
Over at Kirkus: Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman
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