Reading the Reviews

What persuades you to read a book, especially a book by an author you’ve never read before? If the book is on a bookstore shelf (not likely for most of today’s fabulous indie books) you might have been drawn in by the cover design or the intriguing title. You pick up the book and browse through it, maybe you read the inside front jacket or the back cover for a synopsis.

With the many great books that are not on your local bookshelves but are available through online retailers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords, authors have a harder time catching your eye. We use blog posts, tagging, video book trailers, and online apps such as fReado; fReado allows you to “browse” through the first chapters of a book before you buy so that you can decide for yourself if it interests you.

Authors like to build the “Buzz” about our books to get our readers to notice us. Part of that “Buzz” is the almost always dreaded review. Authors pour our heart and soul into our books and we hope that our finished products will be met with loads of approval – unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Authors AND readers have to learn how to read the reviews.

First of all not everyone likes the same kind (genre) of book – do YOU have a favorite type of book to read and perhaps a type you just won’t touch willingly? That might affect a reviewer’s reaction although many professionals base their reviews on different aspects of a book (believable characters, flow, clear storyline, etc.) and not just the genre.

Sometimes even a poor review might indicate a book worthy of a read. One of my books once received only a 3 (out of 5) and the reason given was the genre and style – the reviewer was honest and said she was not attracted to romantic suspense and then compared my style to Danielle Steele! I was quite pleased and gladly accepted the 3. As an author, I appreciate reviewers’ honesty and really like it when they tell you the whys of their reaction to the book and go a step further and suggest how things might be better.

Many readers get the opportunity to post their opinions on books on sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and GoodReads. Authors and readers should read them all, the good and the bad – but both readers and authors need to keep an open mind. Many of these reviews come from serious readers and are worth considering, but be careful how much stock you put into their responses. Read the full review to judge its quality and worth, learn which ones might not be meaningful. Personally I toss out the reviews from “anonymous” sources (using cutesy “codenames”) AND are snarky without valuable CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Unfortunately many new writers are often discouraged by these reviews that seem to be plain ol’ mean.

If you are unsure how much you should rely on a particular reviewer’s word, see if they’ve written other reviews (this is usually a clickable find on the individual sites) and see what their normal style is. By all means research the book, use, see if the book has won any awards or honors, and often you can even communicate with the author (look at their website for contact info). You never know, sometimes that book that some stranger couldn’t stand might just turn out to be one of your faves.

My novel, Bartlett’s Rule, received five 5-star reviews on Amazon and was named one of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top Ten Reads for 2009 on

Please read the reviews for Bartlett’s Rule
by clicking HERE

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A Minute from Bartlett’s Rule

I’ve been inspired by fellow authors reading from their works online…

This is the first of my “Minute Reads” series (& now that I’ve said it, I’ve really got to do it!)
And if this intrigues you (the story – NOT the acting!), read an excerpt from Bartlett’s Rule for yourself right here online

Bartlett’s Rule is written from the heart of one who understands fear and courage, the power of love, and the intricacies of relationships just beginning to unfold.” ~Brenna Morgan

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I Write Because That is Who I Am

My name is Chelle Cordero and I am a writer. Author Pic

I love writing love stories and I have a few romance novels on the market: Bartlett’s Rule, His Lucky Charm, Within the Law, Courage of the Heart, Hostage Heart, A Chaunce of Riches & most recently Common Bond, Tangled Hearts.

My murder-mystery thriller, Final Sin, was published in May 2009.

To learn more about ME, please visit my website at

To check out free samples of my books, just go to
my page on fReado

Be sure to come back Sunday (May 9) – I will be participating in Blog Jog Day.

Read a FREE Sample of Hostage Heart

Life was hard after the hurricanes swept through, destroying her parents’ home and livelihood… An errand for her boss – a chance encounter with a crew of bank robbers – a kind man who tried to help her … a man who isn’t all he seems…no, he is so much more

E-Books on Smashwords

Print from Amazon

Another great tale from Cordero5
Take a young, innocent southern girl and put her into the busy metropolitan city of New York, toss in a couple of bank robbers, and a really hot guy and wow.

Deanna and her family have already survived (except for an elderly grandmother) the devastation of the hurricanes in Louisiana so she came to NYC to try and help her parents back home with money. She shows amazing courage during a bank robbery and she winds up being taken hostage.

But one of the bank robbers isn’t like the others and when he and Deanna get together, sparks fly. I kept turning pages because I had to know what happened next. The author didn’t let me down.

(an Amazon review)