I volunteer to review books simply because I like to read and I really like free books. ;) However, agreeing to review them is the difficult part. What if you don't like the book? What if it stinks? What if it's the greatest thing since peanutbutter and it makes your own writing look bad? You'll want to throw in the towel and never write another word again.
Well...so I've got two books to read and review. I've finished one, and now at least I have more time to do the next one. Publishing is a low budget thing, ya know? So you got to work with what you've got, and if people are slow mailing the book, there's not much you can do.
The first book was nothing like I thought it would be. Unfortunately, my first thought was that the author should have been part of a critique group, they would have helped her with some small things. Otherwise, I enjoyed it and thought it was a good story.
Have you ever done a review before? Have you wondered how best to talk about it? Do you give the whole story line away? Or do you just give enough to wet the appetite and encourage the readers? What if you can't stand it?
I often wondered what the response would be if I wrote that the author should never have published... grin. Fortunately, that wasn't the case with this book, or any of the books I've reviewed. They were all worth reading, if only once.