As bloggers, sometimes it is extremely difficult to write a review for a book you didn't enjoy. Of course, everyone is different, but for the most part, we don’t want to hurt the feelings others, especially authors we admire. I've come to realize that a lot of times, low ratings can help just as much as high ones do.
I’m not talking about the people who go into a book looking for something to bash it for, or the snarky comments made to draw attention. There are some one star reviews that truly help other readers and yes, even the authors. The helpful reviews are filled with constructive criticism. Often, many people find lower ratings more useful than higher ones when deciding on which book to buy. In these reviews, you should find both good and bad qualities of the book and an explanation of why that reader didn't enjoy it as much as they thought they would.
That being said, I’m tired of reading about authors who attack bloggers for sharing their honest opinions. We hear about it far too often, and while I understand that it’s hard not to take those judgments of your book personally, I think that the true professionals handle the tough critics and rude comments with politeness and grace, not resorting to verbal attacks or threats over social media sites. Half the time, we find that the reviewer was simply being honest, and honesty is always the best policy, no matter how amazing, mediocre, or simply awful the book was.
Do you look at lower rated reviews when trying to decide on a book to buy/read next?