Generally, most writers write for themselves. I would never tell an artist who paints how to paint on their blank canvas and it is the same for writing. However, I do read each and every review and if there is something in there regarding structure or edits I can make sure is better next time, I will take that on.
Something I don't love is this.
Today, I checked my book stats and reviews. As I'm doing that I notice a 2 star review. My first 2 star review. I begin reading this review and I get a massive case of deja vu. I start to think to myself, I have read this before. I have read these exact words before. What, did I have a premonition? No, no.
This person received a copy of All The Colours through a new adult book club. This person posted the exact same review a week ago, maybe two weeks ago at most as a 3 star review and they have gone to the trouble of deleting that review and re-posting the exact same review. The only differences being it is now a 2 star review and the last line reads, "I give this 2 stars," when it previously said, "I give this 3 stars."
Now, I'm not an overly fussy sort of person and I definitely concede not only is every individual entitled to their own opinions but also, not every person will like my books.
That is fine.
What isn't fine is to come at a writer twice with the exact same review.
When you send your books out for reviews, the unspoken rule is you have to put up with whatever shit they fling your way, but I would have thought another unspoken rule is they don't keep digging in and changing the star rating and re-posting the review at random.
Be professional with your reviews. Act in a credible way.
If you're going to review books, be aware of this:
Whether the story is a fluff light-hearted piece or something darker that rips you apart, no matter the story or the writer behind it please be aware that writer bled from their soul to put those words out. This I can assure you of. So please be mindful of that when wording your review.
Make sure your English is well constructed, your grievances actually make sense and certainly think long and hard about what star rating you believe the book deserves and stick to it. And while you do this, think about how many hours the writer spent bleeding and ripping their hair out. How draining the editing process was and how much they put into those words you're reading before you carelessly fling out some of your own.
I don't personally believe this review in particular made any sense, but I tried to see it from the reader's point of view, I really did but when one particular thing they have to note is, "There weren't much characters in the book, just good to get the story going but... I don't know."
Review once and stick to it and I will try to write likeable characters next time, deal?