I appreciate anyone who takes the time and effort to rate or review my novels. I admit it usually takes a 4 or 5 star rating to put a bounce in my step, mainly because I like knowing my novel was enjoyed, but also because rating averages are displayed prominently and can influence future purchases. Today, however, I find myself smiling brightly over a 3 star review of Dark Knowledge that I received on Goodreads.
I don't typically read books like this, and yes I figured it was going to have something to do with the paranormal, but I didn't think it would go the route it did. The fact that the author used a mentally challenged main character was the big draw to get me to read this book. I was intrigued on how he would present this character, and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the author's writing style and characters - he made you really care about the main character Wesley, and his progress/challenges though out the book. I gave this book this rating only because of the subject matter. Paranormal is not my cup of tea, but I liked the author's style.Characters are kind of my "thing" as a writer. Yes I enjoy creating a high concept plot, tense situations, and eerie scenes and visual images, but my biggest joy is developing well-rounded, relate-able characters. In this case, I know I succeeded in making a reader care about Wesley and Dark Knowledge's other characters. And she liked my style. *smile*
So yay! for this 3 star review of Dark Knowledge. It's not a high rating, but it delivered a welcome message. And I guess I'm delivering a message here too: Don't forget to leave a rating, especially if you enjoyed a novel. And if you're comfortable adding a few words to explain your rating, do it. A rating with no review can leave an author wondering why someone loved, liked, or didn't care for the novel. Even a few words can help the author absorb the input in a more meaningful way.
Please don't get me wrong here. Any rating is welcome and greatly encouraged. Don't withhold rating a novel just because you don't want to leave a comment or review, but consider adding even a short explanation. After toiling away for so MANY hours in isolation on our novels, authors crave input.
If you've read any of my novels, I hope you'll consider posting an honest Amazon review.