Recently, a self-published author sent me a copy of her newest book because she thought it “fit the focus of my blog.” I agreed to read/review the book without reading the synopsis carefully. The book really isn’t my type of novel, but I gave it a shot anyway. I’m three-fourths through it, and it’s actually causing me stress to try to finish it. Should I post the DNF review anyway? Should I contact the author first?
First, think about what your general policy is for reviewing DNF books. If this was just a book you purchased and you didn’t finish it, would you normally post a review? If the answer is no, then I suggest you do contact the author and ask them what they’d prefer.
However, if you normally do post DNF reviews, that’s a slightly different story. I personally think you’re under no obligation to contact the author first. They asked for a review, and a review is what they’re going to get, even if it is a DNF one. However, I know a lot of bloggers that do email the author first asking if they want a DNF review or not. So that’s perfectly fine too!
If it were me, here’s what I would do:
Regardless of the author’s preferences, I would post a short DNF review on Goodreads. Under other circumstances, I ALWAYS post DNF reviews on Goodreads, mostly because I like to keep notes to myself about why I did not finish a book. Then, I would probably ask the author whether or not they want me to post that same review on my blog. I would leave that option up to them.