Reviews in general are useful. They give you an idea of what others thought and potentially what you might think – though not necessarily the way the reviewer may have hoped. For example if I read a review on a book and it mentions ‘love triangle’ or ‘angst’ or ‘strong brooding male’ I shudder and click to the next book. But that’s just me ;p
Occasionally you do of course get the shill reviews; like the recent review on my second book, Awakening. I don’t know if the author paid for a review or someone else did or it’s genuinely just a mistake but it’s a tad amusing… I have left a comment pointing out that the reviewer has given a four star review to the wrong book so I hope no one paid for the review – because they sure aren't getting their money’s worth *lol*. Then on Goodreads today I was having a glance over the books I've reviewed and saw a fellow indie’s book that I’d loved and placed a five star review on – Lunar Light by Penelope Fletcher. I clicked on to see what recent reviews had been like and stopped short when I discovered my own review copy and pasted under someone else’s name with four stars. Well.
Not entirely sure what I think of that but I am tempted to pop a comment on along the lines of ‘I’m really glad you liked my review so much, word for word in fact’ *grin* but I’ll probably leave it. Has anyone else had their review pinched? Or is this a new thing? Do you think I should pop a comment on…?
Take care all!