Book Reviews & a Giveaway!

BookREviewsThis week, I’d like to take a minute to thank all those reviewers who have reviewed my books over the years. I’d also like to thank my readers, who post reviews of my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc. I know it takes time to put your thoughts into words and post them, and I really appreciate your efforts. It means an awful lot to an author if you post reviews–and a good review encourages new readers.  But those reviews do more than just that. Retailers, like Amazon and B&N may decide to promote the book themselves if they see a lot of reviews coming in.  And some ad agencies will only promote books that have a certain number of reviews.  So again, thank you!

BookReviewI’ve read book reviews in newspapers, on reviewer’s blogs, and at book sellers’ websites, but are you familiar with book tubing? That’s where a book reviewer posts a book review on YouTube. Many book tubers have regular posts and their followers eagerly await their reviews. So, the other day, I thought I’d check out any book tubing reviews on my books. It was so much fun listening to what someone thought of my books instead of just reading a review. Kinda like the difference from reading an email and actually talking to someone. But a few of them told a few more details about the story than they might have in a written review.  For me, I enjoyed hearing their enthusiasm, but it got me thinking about reviews and how much is too much to tell?

AlmostMidnight[2]What do you think? If you watched a review, or even read one, and they told a lot of the story (maybe not the ending), does it make the book less enjoyable for you? Do you watch book reviews on YouTube? How much are you influenced by reviews posted at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, etc?  Oh, and have you written a review about Almost Midnight?

I’ll give away one copy of Almost Midnight to someone who leaves a comment. (Sorry, but I have to limit this giveaway to US residents only. And if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you have to go to my website blog to leave a comment in order to be entered.)

Winner!!

The winner of last week’s copy of Almost Midnight is Andrew Redden. Congratulations! Please send your mailing address to me at cc@cchunterbooks.com.

 

29 thoughts on “Book Reviews & a Giveaway!

  1. I don’t like watching reviews- then again I don’t like watching tv so it makes sense that I wouldn’t like watching reviews. I hate when the reviewer gives away too much. It is annoying.

  2. Reviewers can be good and bad, for reasons you already listed, C.C. I wouldn’t want any reviewer to giveaway the best, most CRITICAL part of the entire book, but then again I’d like to know a few things. A good example is what you listed previously in your blog for Almost Midnight. Just a few interesting snippets that catch my attention. When I hear a review reveal “who did what to who” it drives me crazy!!!
    As for being influenced, yeah I’d say I’m swayed by reviews but I do like to see for myself if the claims are true, more often than not.
    *Looks left, then right* That’s why I need a bigger book shelf right now!

  3. I’ve been dying to read this and just can’t afford to spend the extra money right now. I’m hoping I get to read Almost Midnight soon!

  4. I am half and half about reviews because then you know if the book is good or not. I really want to win this contest because I don’t have enough money to buy the book and I really want to know what happens!

  5. Well I have certain book tubers that I enjoy watching because they don’t give away what happens, just suggest certain books. But I have seen some reviews that do give away the ending so it can be annoying. As far as reviews on Amazon I do skim over them so I can see if I should consider buying a book. Hope your having a good day. Love you bye!

  6. I love watching the book review videos of the books I have already read. None of my friends and family are readers, so it’s almost like being able to have a conversation about the books I enjoy with someone. They really capture the emotions behind the reviews.

  7. When I read reviews, I like reading what others have to say about the book, although if the book is by author I have full trust in for a good story(such as you cuz you’re my favorite author) I would disregard negative reviews and read the book for myself anyway. I also don’t mind if they give away most of the plot cuz it reels me more in and motivates me to want to read it more than I already do. I don’t watch book reviews on youtube nor am I really influenced by key company reviews such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I have not written a review about Almost Midnight because I have not read it yet, but I am saving up and trying to do what I can such as sell candy at my high school so that I can finally buy the book. I’m so excited it’s finally coming out in paperback!

  8. I like to read reviews to get an idea if I will like a book, if its a new author for me. Now if its a series I am already reading, then no, I do not want to read the reviews. Generally I just look at the star ratings. If its all bad, I look at the reviews to see why, and even then I give books a chance.

  9. I love to read reviews. I am not swayed for or against reading a particular book that is interesting to me. I just like to read them. I mainly read reviews on Goodreads, because I am most active on that site. However, I do occasionally read reviews on amazon.
    On another note, I didn’t know people posted book reviews on youtube and such! That is definitely something I would look into. I wouldn’t mind if some reviews are a little more in depth that written ones. Sometimes reviews are helpful in determining if you should keep reading a book. Sometimes when I am reading a series and the last book is set to come out, I must know how it ends. So I wouldn’t mind if they shared their thoughts on the whole book. Anyways, I’m excited to finally get to read Almost Midnight!

  10. Book reviews can be good and bad. They are good in the sense that you get an idea of what you are about to read along with opinions of other readers who are interested in the same genres. Reviews can get bad or aggravating when a reviewer doesn’t realize not to put spoilers in a review. If you do plan to put a spoiler simply add spoiler alert to the beginning.

  11. I usually don’t like to read reviews because people have different opinions and when I read them, it’s one sided, so it could be really good but the person might make it seem terrible because they might not like the genre or the writing style and I might miss the chance of reading a good book because of a biased review.

  12. You are MY type of Author! I love books based in love and the paranormal/myth rhelm. I would LOVE a chance to win your giveaway and read your books! Thanks so much for thinking of your fans, new and old!

  13. I only watch a review to see if the person liked the book or not. After that, I turn it off, or switch to something else. I’d rather make up my own mind on how I think the book will progress.
    I’ve been waiting to read this book untill I get enough money. I’m exited to get it in my hands and read it.

  14. I watch reviews for book on youtube and enjoy them and I also read them on goodreads to and also on barnes and noble and amazon but when people do reviews on books and they give away to much away about the story it can ruin it for others who haven’t read the book so if people are going to do reviews that might have spoiler in it they should warn people that there could be spoiler in there review . and sometimes if someone might not like certain books and give it a bad review I still might read it anyways because its there opinion not mine and if I like genre and like what the story is about i’m going to read it and not let other people decide what i’m going to read and not let others tell me its bad when it might actually be a good book it just might not be there kind of book everybody and different tastes in books.

    • I watch reviews for book on youtube and enjoy them and I also read them on goodreads to and also on barnes and noble and amazon but when people do reviews on books and they give away to much away about the story it can ruin it for others who haven’t read the book so if people are going to do reviews that might have spoiler in it they should warn people that there could be spoiler in there review . and sometimes if someone might not like certain books and give it a bad review I still might read it anyways because its there opinion not mine and if I like genre and like what the story is about i’m going to read it and not let other people decide what i’m going to read and not let others tell me its bad when it might actually be a good book it just might not be there kind of book and everybody has different tastes in books.

  15. So, I haven’t read ‘Almost Midnight’ yet. But I plan too very soon. Just as soon as I’m done with Unspoken I plan on going out an getting a copy. I feel so bad for not reading it sooner, but I’ve been very busy with life and school getting in the way of reading. Love all your books by the way.

  16. It’s hard to believe that almost two years ago, I picked the first book in the Shadow Falls : After Dark series up off of a Walmart book shelf, on a whim for an upcoming road trip. And since then I’ve read the entire series, and highly anticipated Almost Midnight. And now I can’t get it for another two weeks because of stinkin’ paychecks.

    I absolutely refuse to go to the Barnes and Nobles sit, Goodreads, or any other type of place where there are spoilers. I absolutely hate them, and I feel that they totally ruin a book, movie, show, and everything in between! I’m definitely one for a good surprise, and I’m still counting the days until I can get Almost Midnight!

  17. I don’t watch reviews for anything but I feel that reviews should give a summary of the book that tells only slightly more than the book cover.
    I know a bunch of people who get offended by “spoilers” or even a tiny spoiler, but I don’t seem to be offended by them. I might be a little upset if someone spoiled one of these books for me though but I would still read all of it. Someone could tell me the ending of a book and I would still read it to find out HOW the ending happens. I rarely meet others with that same opinion. Isn’t there a saying that goes it’s not about the ending but about the journey?

  18. As long as they don’t give away HUGE spoilers I’ll still read and enjoy the book. I don’t usually watch book reviews though, only read written ones.

  19. I like reviews because they tell you if the book is good or not and you get a gist of it. I want to win this book because in each book CC hunter writes it teaches you a life lesson from the characters. from kylie I learned to be kind and take everything one step at a time. From Della I learned that if you believe something don’t give up until you know if it is true or not. From Miranda I learned that you go through struggles through your life but always stay strong. so I want this book because I want to know what the brilliant mind of CC hunter is going to teach us from Frederica’s POV. So I would like to thank CC hunter for creating these books and teaching us all important lessons. thank you very much.

  20. i kinda like book reviews because you see the opinion of a book from someone. i want Almost Midnight because CC hunter never disappoints me. EVER. Because of her i go off into my own world and imagine. what she has is a gift that i am really glad she has. So, i want to know what she has in store for Fredrika. And also i have to wait 4 months until i can buy the book because i am short of money. So thank you CC hunter for having the brilliant mind you have of creating these series that i basically live off of.

  21. Until now I never even knew that video reviews of books was something people did. It makes since I guess but I never thought of it. Now that I know it’s still not somethings I would watch. I do read book reviews a little bit. I read them mostly when I’m not really sure I want the book or not. I don’t like reviews that are super long and practically tell you the whole book. I like short and sweet. If a reviewer adds a few little teasers like you or other authors would give that’s good too but please don’t tell me stuff that’ll spoil the book.

  22. I’ve watched many Booktubers on YouTube who have gone on for years reviewing, and talking about books from popular authors, and debut authors. They are truly fantastic, and the amount of passion that they put into their reviews is outstanding! This inspires me to go out on goodreads, and search up the book. I’m always left intrigued, and fascinated by what I stumble upon. I’d also take the time to read some of the reviews posted by goodreads members, and see what I find. All in all, I agree that reviews are a wonderful way of getting a short synopsis of a book across to fellow readers.

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