Thanks for the invite. Yes, I'm a real-life reviewer. No, I don't get paid. Yes, I get free books. No, I don't promise sunshiny reviews for everything and no publisher has ever said a word to me about a not-great review. They're professionals; they know it's going to happen. No one can like every single book they read. Except, apparently, for Harriet. When I don't like a book, I don't rip it apart. I try to criticize constructively. (Thanks, Mom.) The very things that I hate about a book might be the same things that other readers love.
And I hate spoilers with the firey passion of a thousand suns. I put potential spoiler warnings at the top of any book that is part of a series. Harriet (or her minion) has a very nasty habit of including spoiler-type information in the review with no warning.
Since I read/review what I'm sent, I mainly review genre fiction. (No erotica, though!) Mysteries, fantasy, scifi, young adult, paranormal, yes, even some romance. Am I banned yet??
What else can I tell you? I don't highlight, but I do take notes on character names, locations, and pertinent facts to avoid having to go searching for a suddenly-important detail while writing a review. I have zero control over when/if any part of my reviews are used for blurbing purposes. I only find out about it when I get the book with the blurb printed in/on it. I've had my own blog for almost a year and just got my first print-blurb. Before that, I reviewed for a site. My blurbs for that site were all over the place on mysteries. Seeing them, you might think I had some arrangement with mystery authors/publishers. Not so. They use quotes or not, as they please.
For the past couple of weeks, I've been amusing myself by playing a juvenile little game. Once I finish a book and the review, I pop over to Amazon to see if Harriet has "reviewed" the same book. If she has, I quite enjoy reading her review, then leaving a comment, correcting the mistakes she's made regarding plot points. So far, I haven't found one that's free of errors. At least "she" is consistent.
Deb Hern (D.Hern on Amazon)