Suggested by JM:No, a review should be true to the readers experience. It is a huge disservice to the author and the review readers to give a positive review just because it is an ARC. Reviewers owe it to those who read and trust their reviews to give them honest commentary, regardless of whether the book was a review copy sent by an author or not. Any author requesting that a reviewer read their books and share their feelings about said book on a blog, message board, in a book club, or any other review outlet--should be fully prepared for all feedback, good or bad.
I receive a lot of review books, but I have never once told lies about the book just because I got a free copy of it. However, some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review.
Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?
As for disclaimers. In the end it is up to the individual as to whether or not they want to post a disclaimer. I don't think that it is necessary (for all of the reasons I stated above), but if they want to that's fine.
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