Suggested by JM:
I receive a lot of review books, but I have never once told lies about the book just because I got a free copy of it. However, some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review.
Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?
I think reviewers are doing their readers a disservice if they are not honest about the books they review. I have seen backlash over negative comments though. Over on Shelfari, I was reading the reviews of Breaking Dawn to see if I was the only one who was disappointed. The shear number and harshness of replies to negative comments was shocking. And these were replies to a very respectful and non-inflammatory negative review. Many people said, "If you don't like it, don't read it." How the hell would someone know ahead of time that they wouldn't like a book?
Not everyone likes everything they read. Authors need to grow thicker skin if they can't handle negative reviews.