In the last couple of months I've had a few authors email me and ask me to review their books. Some are first time authors, some are not. I feel extremely privileged to be asked and most usually, of course, say yes. That is the whole reason I started this blog in the first place. But now, I'm very much stuck between a rock and a very uncomfortable place (Like perhaps the back of a Volkswagen).
One of the books that I've been asked to review has a great premise, and some very lackluster editing. I'm having serious troubles reading more than three or four pages at a time. I don't know what I should do. I want desperately to read the rest of the book and do what I told the author I would, but at the same time I can not see the review being a good one. I have good points to say about the book, but they are drowned by the bad points. I also want to tell the author that they have great ideas, really, but need a lot more editing. I'm finding myself editing the book as I go, which makes the reading experience less fun, personally. What do I do in this situation? Do I just read the book, give my honest review and be done with it? Do I email the author and tell them my feelings so far?
I want to be an honest reviewer and I feel that I am. But I don't want to hurt anyones feelings. I'm feeling extremely torn and need some advice. Any you could offer would be greatly appreciated.