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Review: Blood Destiny by Tessa Dawn

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Blood Destiny by Tessa DawnBlood Destiny (Blood Curse #1)
Tessa Dawn

Published: Dec. 2010 (Charles River Press)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon

Rating (out of 5): 2 stars

Ed. note: This review does contain spoilers, but they are hidden with white text. You will need to highlight the page to read any spoiler content.

Jocelyn Levi is a government agent visiting the Rocky Mountains investigating cult activity. Instead she discovers vampires exist, and she’s destined to be the eternal mate to the one she met just hours ago.

Blood Destiny features two types of vampires, spawned from brothers. One line have souls, but still drink blood and work to balance light and dark. The other line are soulless and murder ruthlessly. Both sides are subject to a Blood Curse. As part of it, each “good” vampire is destined for one human woman in his lifetime. If she does not accept him, his life will be forfeit. This just happened to Nathaniel’s brother. They buried him the day he met Jocelyn, his destiny.

He needs to convince this woman, who he has just met, that they’re soulmates. And that she needs to accept him, love him (oh, and have his kids) in the next 30 days. For his part, Nathaniel seems to understand how insane it is to ask so much of Jocelyn. He wouldn’t force her, but he will do his damnedest to connect with her. The gods have destined them to be together, so he knows once she gives him a chance it’ll work.

Unfortunately, there are added complications with the soulless vampires killing his kind, werewolves arriving to hunt all vampires (and seek to claim Jocelyn, to boot) and the drama of a family of vampires. Nathaniel and Jocelyn’s relationship is reluctant, but definitely unique.

It took me a bit to decide which way to go on this review. Tessa Dawn can write. I like that she crafted a unique vampire mythology. And, I got wrapped up in the main plotline of the story. So, what is my problem? Well, I have two, actually.

First, I’m not one to place boundaries on where fiction can go. If a character’s history or development requires painful, traumatic experiences, I get that. Blood Destiny includes one fairly detailed rape scene and a second attempted rape featuring other characters. Neither are used for titillation, but I’m not sure one was necessary and both could have been done “off camera.” I don’t need the what-goes-where details, especially without the emotional ties that go with it.

My second beef is the big one, and it’s going to require some spoiler-action because it’s about an overall character development. It’s written in white text, so highlight the blank space on the page if you want to read the spoiler content. The big part of the Blood Curse mythology that the novel is pegged surrounds the light or good vampires to bond, mate and have children with their destined human woman within 30 days following the blood moon. There is no question as to who their mate is — she’ll have their celestial sign marked on her wrist, etc. Provided all goes to plan, she’ll fall in love, agree to be the vampire’s one and only forever, be converted to a vampire, get pregnant and bear twins. One of those twins will be light (good) and the other dark (bad/soulless). Immediately thereafter, they are required to sacrifice the dark twin to appease the gods. He’ll just disappear, but they must hand the child off. When told this, no one in the story seems to think sacrificing a child is a big deal. Being destined and expected to be with this one guy bothers Jocelyn, but even when she’s pregnant and her twin boys are kicking in her womb she’s not freaking about the fact they’re going to essentially kill her child. I kept hoping that she’d be special and they’d let her keep both boys.

She does have the maternal “I need to keep him” moment right after his birth, but then the baby is passed off and she decides the innocent child must have messed with her mind. I don’t believe any woman could so readily accept the sacrifice of her child. You die for them. You put up a fight. And the fact that no one in the novel even really considers it as an odd or, you know, horrendous act killed the character development for me.

The overall concept of Blood Destiny is certainly intriguing and the prose well-crafted, the over-indulgence in sexual violence and oversight of character reaction to a major event took away from real enjoyment of the novel. This is one where if I were an editor, I would have cut back on a few scenes and had Dawn take a hard look at the characters’ reactions to all the Blood Curse mythology elements. With hard edits, the premise could have lead to something strong that wouldn’t leave readers feeling a bit itchy. As it is, I can’t suggest others pick it up.

Sexual content: Sex, rape (graphic, but is not for titillation) …definitely only for adults (see notes in actual review)

Readers: I definitely welcome your feedback on this one. In regards to rape in fiction, I highly suggest reading Paul Goat Allen’s great post “Rape in Fantasy Fiction: A Narrative Necessity, A Thematic Taboo or Just Plain Bad Taste?”

One Night More by Mandy Baxter

28 Responses to “Review: Blood Destiny by Tessa Dawn”

  1. ASJ says:

    I could not disagree with you more! I read this book and I absolutely LOVED it (as did all of my friends who read it), and I recommend it to anyone who really enjoys DARK Fantasy. I think you missed the mark on this one. I am very disappointed that you tried to HUMANIZE vampires. They are still half animal. You wrote this from a humanistic moral point of view. You are telling people that vampires, despite the fact that they are animals have the same value system and priorities as humans. So, you’re looking at these babies as though they are two normal, human babies which is NOT the case.

    If you read the whole story, you should have seen that this one child ( since you are looking at it from a 100% human, moral point of view) is equal to what a human Christian would call Satan. The author has already woven into the story that this child will grow up to become the Valentine who kills and rapes women for the sheer joy and evilness of it, which could have also included his mother, Jocelyn. I think you need to step outside of your narrow point of view and recognize the metaphor within this very DARK fantasy book. This is not a book about romance and people falling in love and living happily ever after and having these normal babies. I do not like scenes of rape but the character and the sinisterness and the evilness of Valentine was presented to us as readers so that we would see the metaphor of how that second baby would turn out to be. I think in this instance, how would you truly understand the evil of this blood curse or what it truly means to be under it without the very well crafted scenes, including Valentine’s abuse of the girl because that was his character? I think the vampires were very upset by the curse, but unlike you, they understood what the curse meant, to allow the baby to live would keep evil going for generations and continue to destroy and harm women. It was a curse that sprung out of the hatred of women to begin with.

    In all fairness, I feel like you should have read this book for what it is, a dark fantasy and not put it into the narrow focus of your human mind. It’s as though you have blinders on and all you could see is what we human’s would call evil when in fact, it was evil. Step back, take yourself out of it, and see it for what it is. A very, very well written horror fantasy. Based on the review you wrote about Blood Destiny, it tells me and I think it will tell other readers who loved this book that you did not get it at all. I believe you completely missed the mark on this one.

    This was a very complex book that really brought the reader out of their own way of thinking into a world of fantasy that you really had to let go of your own moral judgments to see. From what I’ve been reading on the reviews of this book including the one’s I wrote, most readers caught it, you didn’t.

    • ASJ/Asia Jones (who I’m convinced are the same person, since they both have the RIDICULOUS need to EMPHASIZE the word DARK every chance they GET), could you be any ruder in your comment? “Oh, well it’s good and all that you had an opinion, BUT, SILLY HUMAN, YOU’RE WRONG!”

      Please don’t forget that, just like you, everyone else is entitled to their own opinion and you have NO right to cop such an attitude. I believe that this review gave a fair explanation about what worked and did not work in the story FOR THIS READER. For you turn around and start lecturing someone about how they should have understood the book is like me replying to your comment telling you to shut the f*** up because your opinion is worthless. I won’t do that, even if I think your commentary is indeed worthless.

      I think, if anything, you responding the way you did is going to turn readers away from this story. Be civilized, and perhaps people will take what you have to say a little more seriously.

      Also: “In all fairness, I feel like you should have read this book for what it is, a dark fantasy and not put it into the narrow focus of your human mind.” 1) Omgosh, is this a DARK fantasy, or a dark fantasy??; 2) Correct punctuation is your friend; 3) What are you, a vampire?

      Oh gosh, I know what I just said might start some drama, but I really cannot let that comment slide.

  2. Asia Jones says:

    I liked the whole book and this particular scene i think was necessary to show the darkness of the red haired vampires…I think the author was trying to demonstrate how horrible they are and get the readers to feel remorse for Dalia and anger towards Valentine which i feel sets up the readers feeling for the characters for the whole entire book. It is DARK fantasy not a ROMANCE so of course there are going to be scenes that demonstrate DARK fantasy this isn’t a love book it has violence, sex, action, and romance all wrapped in one. I think Tessa did a wonderful job in hitting all these points very well and getting the readers to have real emotions towards characters and scenes which is what makes the book so great and hard to put down. I don’t rape scene was too detailed to make a reader cringe or want to put the book down it wasn’t as bad as your making it seem. As far as the child sacrifice goes it is called the BLOOD CURSE! it is a CURSE meaning there should be something in their that isn’t pleasant to those who are cursed if they didn’t go through with the sacrifice it would throw the whole book off which is all designed to revolve around this curse. As far as the sex scenes..well the novel has sex in it…sex is a part of life that adults can relate to so i don’t see how it is so horrible to be in this book. A writer is a great writer if they can paint a picture for the reader so i believe with out detail in these scenes her amazing writing with great description and detail for the rest of the book would seem odd if she didn’t write this way for the sex scenes as well. The book is amazing as well as the writer and i couldn’t put it down which tells me it’s a book worth reading!

  3. Thess says:

    I loved this book. It’s dark, and it fits me perfectly at this time.

    I read it cover to cover in a day and I’m really, REALLY looking forward to the next one in the series

  4. Kristin C. says:

    This was on my hmmmm…should I? list, and after reading your review, it might go on my shouldn’t. I just have soooo many other books to read!

    Thanks for the review!
    Kristin
    MyBookishWays

  5. Lingeorge says:

    I have not looked at this book as of yet. I do not know if I will, or won’t, but I feel your review is what you experienced, and just correct. The one thing you reported that will turn me of is an explicit rape scene. This does not mean I won’t get “the allegory”, but that such scenes make me very uncomfortable. If I should run into one in my reading, I almost always just skim the pages. If it does not add to the story in a way it could have been by doing it “off camera” as you say, It really does not need to be there. Graphic violence should be in a genre all its own.

  6. Mina B. says:

    Anything with rape and sacrificing babies is challenging to read – let alone review. I don’t care how dark the novel is. As for sacrificing babes – I suspect the writer had a certain purpose to go that route. Maybe because the babe to be sacrificed was soulless, right? I agree that you’d do anything as a mother to save a child. Since I haven’t read the book, my only thought is maybe this was part of a bigger plot. I think your review was more than fair. Your readers (me included) rely on your judgment so if you didn’t like the story then…

  7. be$ says:

    Wow I read that two star review and believe it to be off basr. This is dark fantasy not a romance novel there are good vampires and bad ones. It’s important to establish the bad and this book did an incredible job of doing that . It was so well I say 5 stars and nothing less. For the person who said the were going to put it on the shouldn’t list please rethink you will love it I promises

  8. Jessica says:

    WOW,
    vampirebookclub you have really have started some talk about Tessa Dawn’s book. I have to disagree with what you wrote I’m afraid. Blood destiny is a fantastic story!! I loved the dark parts, they are the main page turners for me.

    I have been constantly thinking about it, I extremely like how Jocelyn’s life prior to meeting Nathaniel was brushed over as if her life is only just beginning and anything before was just an existence.

    When I write a review, if I really haven’t enjoyed the plot, I try and look for some positive aspect that I can take away from it and write about that. I still comment that the story wasn’t for me but in a tactful way. Reviewers, I feel, have to remember that it takes alot of courage to write a novel and to put yourself out there. Even if the reviewer doesn’t like the story they should show some respect to the person writing.

    I really look forward to Blood Awakening to see how the characters develop and where the story takes them.

    • Yes, I suppose we did, but that’s the idea. :) Creative arts are always subjective, and other opinions are welcome.

      As I’ve said in the review, I liked the mythology, writing and main story of Nathaniel/Jocelyn. There were other things that didn’t work for me. I recognized the purpose of those elements, but they didn’t work for me. That doesn’t mean they can’t work for you.

      My job as a reviewer is to give readers my complete honest opinion of the book, noting what does and doesn’t work for me. Others may enjoy Blood Destiny, if they have no issues with the key points I mentioned in the review.

    • “When I write a review, if I really haven’t enjoyed the plot, I try and look for some positive aspect that I can take away from it and write about that. I still comment that the story wasn’t for me but in a tactful way. Reviewers, I feel, have to remember that it takes alot of courage to write a novel and to put yourself out there. Even if the reviewer doesn’t like the story they should show some respect to the person writing.”

      Jessica, first of all, Chelsea stated both positives AND negatives in her review. A reviewer is not supposed to blow steam up a book’s ass if he/she did not enjoy that book, and a faithful reader-base will not expect him/her to. Fact of the matter is, there are plenty of books where readers will not read positive reviews when they are considering buying a book, and I am one of them. Why? Because most 4-5 star reviews are nothing but: “ZOMG DIS BOOK RAWKS!!” which is annoying when it comes to searching for a good book I don’t want to waste my money on.

      The beauty with Chelsea’s review is that she not only said what worked for her, but she stated what didn’t, which is what *most* readers want to know. We want to know WHY a book did and didn’t work. There will be plenty of readers who see this review and who will turn around and say “hmm… well what Chelsea said is fair, but the killing of a demonic child/the mother’s reaction doesn’t bother me, so let me check this book out!” And others will feel the complete opposite, despite their human reaction. I would think the author would appreciate both kinds of reviews because, despite being positive or negative, a review = free publicity. And, contrary to popular belief, plenty of people buy books after reading negative reviews.

      So long as the reviewer is respectful, that writer is entitled to say WHATEVER HE/SHE WANTS. Like I said earlier, reading (and reviewing) is so totally subjective, and that’s what makes book review bloggers so diverse. I would suggest checking out some other snarkier blogs if you think that this review was anything but kind and you’ll see right away that this review is a godsend in the reviewing community.

      If you think Chelsea wasn’t being respectful in any way, Jessica, then pick out the the lines she wrote that are disrespectful. I’d love to see in what way you think she was… I’m ready for a laugh.

  9. Nicole says:

    I disagree with your opinion. I loved the book! It was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and I read quite a bit. I believe it deserves 5 stars all the way! I feel like if these scenes had not been placed in the book, the reader would not have truly understood what the author was trying to say. The rape scene emphasizes just how truly evil the Dark ones are. Also, the scene where a baby is sacrificed just reminds the reader of the Blood Curse which was placed upon them so many years ago. It shapes who they are as a race and keeps the vampires from forgetting where they came from.
    I understand what you’re saying though; a mother should try to save her children and do everything in her power to prevent harm from coming to them. However, this is a fiction book. It doesn’t necessarily need to be based on truth.
    Also, everything is placed in literature for a reason. It may not always be obvious to the reader, but there is a reason.

  10. Cindy says:

    Okay, now I have to read it…all this discussion has gotten my attention.
    Cindy

  11. Amy S says:

    I felt this is one of the most fair reviews I have ever read for someone having not really enjoyed a book. Both good and bad points are registered leaving it completely up to our own discretion to read the book or not.

    Yes, I realize this is a completely fictitious story (and no i have not read the book), but what I have gleaned from this wonderful review, I have to agree that an improvement would have been a more in depth look at the curse, and as a mother, honestly at least one protest about the killing of a child. If the mother was one human, she would still retain very *human* views about the preciousness of life.

    But that’s just my opinion. Chelsea, I loved your review! Keep ‘em coming! :)

  12. Steph says:

    I haven’t read this, but another book I read recently by Michelle Hauf has a similar ending, where the funky kid is given to the elf who did something for the father. THe mother just left the room. The difference might be that the child wasn’t being killed but…

    Then I think of Eleanor of Aquitaine who gave up two daughters by the King of France to get a divorce and be able to wed Henry, the British King.
    She realized she would probably never see them again, and who knows whether she gnashed and wailed. But in the end she went off to Henry.

    I love it when a review gets people stirred up. And the problems the reviewer had were controversial issues. No one likes to read rape or be raped. If a writer chooses to include it it is an artistic decision.
    No one likes the idea of sacrificing an infant either, but, also an artistic decision.

    Like a decision by a painter to paint the sun black, to make a smile enigmatic, or a musician to play an entire piece in a transposed, minor-key, some viewers, listeners, readers are going to say it is brilliant and others that it is not.

    I think it is perfectly legit for a reviewer to raise the issue in a cultural context. If the review is not accepted by all, controversy results. If the author doesn’t want controversy, they shouldn’t write a controversial book.

    Salman Rushdie COULD have changed a paragraph or a few paragraphs and lead a much more normal life. A poorer life, but perhaps one with out a hit being taken out on him. Controversy serves someone’s purposes: raising interest and sales, breeding sensationalism and raising sales,and bringing up legitimate cultural issues.

    And, sometimes it just is what the person writes.
    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    email: steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com
    Twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  13. Sarah says:

    This is a great discussion and everyone should respect each other’s opinions! including respecting the people who disagree with the review. The reviewer didint “pull anypunchies” and the readers shouldn’t have to either. Fair is fair. I actually think the review WAS fair (even though I totally disagree with it) because she did say the author was a very good writer (which she is awesome) and the plot between the two main characters pulled her in and that she had a hard time deciding which way to go with her review. I think the problem is that she then discounted the entire book based on the two problems SHE had that alot of others did not but that is still her right!

    What isn’t fair to the author (or the reviewer) is all the comments by people who have not read the book! Honestly you are agreeing or disagreeing with things that might not even be true because they are someone elses subjective opinion. For instance, I totally disagree with the statement that there even was a “baby” sacrificed in this book!!! First, whatever does happen happens OFF of the screen and to me it is VERY clear that it is not a baby but an evil monster without a soul that was created by a demonic ghost thing centuries before. Thats the whole curse thing (and really good horror writing by the way). To me its like being chosen to have the devils kid and having no choice. It sucks to be cursed but not enough to fall in love with and want to save the devil! They love thier baby and the hero cries his eyes out over the pain of the sacrifice even of the devil kid, so I also have to disagree with the idea that no one cared, too. I saw it totally opposite. Everyone cared!

    In other words, everyone who is commenting about a sacrificed baby, first see if you even think that happened because that’s one persons an opinion not a fact. And everyone will not see it the same. Same with this whole rape scene thing. Ive read much more detailed scenes in other vampire books and I think this one was so deep and necessary and critical to the book and not at all like the review painted it. (I was actually shocked by this review) and to give another opion, for the record the book is totally about honor and loyalty and family and good verses evil, and not everyone would agree that those “two” things are even in there the way they were painted. So let everyone have the right to an opion.

    Mine is like a whole lot of people who think that its one of the best books I’ve ever read and I think thats why people are so passionate and emotional. Which by the way in my opinion is the sign of a great writer to stir up so much feelings. Well I hope we can be nice to each other and understand that real life has bad things in it and controversy. Real monsters do horrible things and i think it takes courage not to run from the darkness in the world when writing such a deep book but I respect evyone who disagrees. Sarah

  14. Karen says:

    I have not read this book but based on Chelsea’s review I think I might. I think she gave a very fair assesment and complimented the author on her writing (which would be the most important aspect to me) She informed us of the things that didn’t work for her. They might be fine for me. I actually found the book intriguing based on this review.
    While we do have to be fair, I personally don’t want to read reviews that go overboard to find something to love about the book just to be kind to the author. I want honesty. I spend a lot of money on books, I don’t want to waste it if I don’t have to.
    I disagree with other bloggers all the time about books – doesn’t stop me or them from reading them. Nor should it. Reviews are just a guide.
    An author friend had said once (I’m paraphrasing a bit) It doesn’t matter what your intention as the writer was, it only matters how the reader feels about it in the end.
    There can be 20 different readers and 20 different responses to the same exact book. And really…who cares?
    I think Chelsea did her review perfectly. I got the information I needed to make an informed decision and I normally read dozens of reviews for a book so one bad would not weigh against the other 5 star reviews.
    She even hid potential spoilers.
    Not that anyone cares but that’s my two cents.

  15. I think the author needs to work on that “maternal” issue.

    You just helped me avoid a pitfall, thanks for sharing your honest opinion!

  16. Auga Damenture says:

    I read an exerpt from the book and I greatly enjoyed it. I have yet to purchase the book, but will do so as soon as I finish reading my current stack of vampyre novels. I take pride in allowing myself the opportunity to read other people’s opinions, whilst still being able to have my own individual perception. I feel that there are quite a few people that have commented on the original review, and responded in a rather harsh manner. I understand that there are people that are die hard lovers of the super natural creatures that rule that dark side. BUT, I also think it is important to respect everyone that has written their particular ideas as it relates to how they felt about this book.

  17. CC says:

    I agree with your comments completely Nicole, I loved the book too and thought it deserved 5 stars. It is what it claims to be and the dark parts I feel were important to understand the depth of the evil and were relevant to the characters. And as you mentioned, it is fiction, but what happened may also be relevant to something in the next book. I am looking forward to see how decisions that were made effect the characters in the future.

  18. Glynda says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was, after all, just a fantasy. No mother wants to give up a child, until they become teenagers (LOL), but we don’t know what the author may have in mind for the child later on. The child was not killed, so who knows.
    As far as, this book being dark. Well–yes, it is. But folk, we are talking about vampires. They are violent, relentless, and evil, basically. The real fantasy is a “good vampire”. So, if you can disregard what vampires really are and pretend they are sexy hunks who give worthy females orgasms when they take their blood, you should be able to get over the child sacrifice with no trouble.
    If you are looking for something else to read, I highly recommend Bonded By Blood, Ascension, and Blood Born.

  19. Luziana says:

    Drama is not the objective for this forum. A book is to be chosen, read and an opinion expressed on reviewers take of the book. Obviously a few did not appreciate Chelsea’s review. Respect her, don’t trash her. For the one who trashed ASJ, your actions is no better than what you think of ASJ. This is silly. A first timer to the site, who followed link to Tessa’s Blood Destiny, will not be back, if all I will see is online drama mommas dishing it out over an OPINION.

    Thank you Chelsea for expressing your opinion. Although I do not agree with it, thank you for bringing up a point, that I had made notes of for my review on another site. It is something, that I will address, when I talk to Tessa.

    As stated a review is one persons opinion, don’t let it and drama sway you from reading something you initally was iffy about reading. As from the rape that was necessary to prove how deviant The Dark Ones are and how capable of insinuating themselves into the lives of unsuspecting humans. The issue is how graphic is graphic, to one it could major and to another less. The sex scenes were longer and more graphic that the rape and near rape scene.

    Readers on the fence regarding this book, if you let the opinons of others sway you, mine included, you could be missing a treat or avoiding a bomb. I have read the book several times for research and my review…it is well written, the mythos is a cool concept and the pace just flows. Take a chance on something today and let it be Tessa Dawn’s BLOOD DESTINY. Take that first step and decide for yourself. I bet you will be glad you stepped up and enjoy a good story.

    Enjoy
    Luziana

  20. Luziana says:

    PS. Do you think authors want to see all the drama queens fussing and fighting over who’s review was better or offensive? NO! They just want to know how their book was received. Leave the drama to soap operas. Read the books, review them and suggest them and movie on. Tessa Dawn has done a splendid job with this dark fantasy story. Getting off soapbox. Back to reading.

    Luziana

    • I’ve stayed out of this as a whole. But I wanted to step in quickly to say two things:

      1. Reviews are for readers, not authors. While they certainly help sell books (both positive and negative reviews accomplish this), my purpose is to help others decide what to read. One of my favorite authors, Stacia Kane, recently explained it really well. Here’s her post: http://www.staciakane.net/2011/01/31/reviews-are-for-readers/

      2. As long as commenters stay on topic, move the discussion forward and are not personally attacking anyone, we’re happy to let the comments be a place for discussion. I love reading multiple viewpoints, and as reading is so subjective, there should be many.

  21. AspenMom says:

    WOW!!!!! When I first saw the 2 star review, I had to blink….and….blink…..and blink my eyes to see if I needed glasses. I’ve read about every type of Vamp books out there and I can’t stand to see them turned into tongue wagging weak creatures. Tessa Dawn has written an oustanding book. I rank it right up there with Interview With A Vampire. I finished it in 2 days and was so sad to see end, but thrilled to see the next book, “Blood Awakening”. It was as good as the first one….if not better. I’d buy a Tessa Dawn book any day! It should go right on the Must Read list!!!!!

  22. Rachel says:

    Thank you for the review! I read an excerpt of it from the author’s website. The excerpt didn’t really move me so I thought I would check other viewpoints before I decided to purchase it (or not). I like to read both “negative” and positive reviews because I get a well rounded view of how the book *really* is and if it will be something that will ultimately appeal to me. Anyhooo, that being said, I have to say, I was extremely shocked by how you were treated in the comments. Are all of these people related to the author or something? I was especially shocked by what appears to be someone above who works for the author, the publisher, or has a direct line to them. I agree that reviews are for readers not authors and once people who seem to be associated with the author start getting involved like this, it is a complete turn off for me. I was also extrememly disturbed by another comment whose sole purpose seems to be to promote the 2nd book – which was conveniently released on 7/15/11 (one day after the comment was made). I’m flabbergasted. Both of those comments above turned me off so much that I will not read this book or purchase any books written by this author. I hope the author is aware that these people are doing her more harm than good.

  23. Steph says:

    If we disagree with a reviewer we don’t have to shoot her down. We disagree.
    That is what reviewers do.

    We should also read the review carefully and see whether she/he noted good and bad. That is the hallmark of a fair reviewer.

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