Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Tempest is "The worst book I've ever read!"

Ah, "The Tempest." One of my first forerays into fanfiction. Originally written just for a few friends and fans of the BBC series, it somehow developed into something much, much bigger - something both loved and loathed. I've read some wonderful reviews of this book. I've developed close friendships over it, and recieved lovely messages and letters from all over the world.

I've also been on the recieving end of some not-so-nice responses. Apparantly, there are some who call the book "Porn" and others who bash it for not being perfectly accurate in terms of history. But today, I read a review that tops them all. It seems that this reader hates my book so much, they can't find enough descriptions to say how they feel. Read it below, and feel free to agree or disagree.

Or to laugh, as I did. I never imagined I would drive someone to such madness! :)


(Review is from Goodreads)

Abaker's review

Nov 25, 2012

Recommended for: I would NOT recommend to anyone

Read in October, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: once was too much

This "book" is hands down, the worst thing I've read in my entire life! There is no real plot, unless you consider completely implausible, rambling drivel, a story-line. The writer fabricates delusive, overblown consequences for flimsily contrived events laboriously dragging the unlucky reader from one venue to another. The characters are not even remotely developed and thus there are no empathetic relationships. In other words; as a reader, you don't give a rat's derriere what happens to them! "Poor Guy! He's been turned into a completely spineless, fool of a mouse!" I DO realize the author is trying to spin-off of a popular British series, so is perhaps relying on that to hook ready-made character development. But if that were truly the case, than the least the author could do is try to stay true to the qualities of those characters. This personal little pillow fantasy has the hero doing, saying and thinking, completely out-of-character deeds, sayings and thoughts! It would have been far better to have given the hero a completely different name, as that is exactly what the writer has done -created a completely different, (and may I say feeble), persona, totally unrelated to the character, (as portrayed), that he is supposed to represent. The syntax of this piece is equally clumsy and inept and critically interferes with what story line there is. Stories written by children use better linguistics than this! This is not so much a book or even a story as it is a very t-h-i-n-l-y disguised personal square fantasy that the author has crammed, kicking and screaming, into the sad-but-true, quixotic round hole left at the conclusion of the fore mentioned series. "Hey, I like him too honey, but what you've given him is a fate worse than death!" I can not in good conscience give this book even a one star rating as that would indicate effort and at no point in the course of reading this piece, did I feel anything but insulted. In all it was a very painful read.

Thanks for reading, Abaker. You've made my day! :)


  1. Hi there Sarah that's awful how can anyone write that so called review. I loved this book and have lost count how many times I have read it. It's just an easy going beautiful love story. Obviously some folk have no romance in their souls. I have also read My Lady Gisborne no end of times and I'am reading The Baron's Lady here and will buy it when it's published. Yes I admit I'm a sucker for Guy but you carry in girl and take no notice.

    1. Hello, ajdaisy!

      What a lovely comment. I'm so glad you enjoy my work. I try not to give energy to negative comments or reviews, but this one was so over-the-top in its angriness I couldn't keep it to myself.

      I'm sorry I haven't updated "The Baron's Lady" in a while, but there will be a new chapter this weekend. I promise. Thanks so much for being patient with me while I was struggling through the madness of the holidays. "The Baron's Lady" should be published soon, and I'll be running a promotion in which readers can get a free copy, so stay tuned.

      Have a wonderful day! :)

  2. What to say about this horrid review. This person has real issues, where did all that anger come from? She's entitled to not liking your book, to each her own; but another thing to be unnecessarily rude.
    You know that I'm among the many readers who enjoy your books. And why do we enjoy them? Because you bring beautifully written romance into our lives.

  3. I completely agree with Summer. The question is: “where does this anger come from”? I regularly visit different kind of social networks: about music, literature, movies and I must admit there is a lot of anger everywhere and about the most insignificant subjects
    :-( Let’s get accustomed to this trend, dear!

    I’m a reader of romances and whenever I find angry reviewers I'm unconsciously attracted and usually buy the ill-advised books instead of avoid it. I'm crazy and illogic, I know!

    I have no skills as a reviewer, I'm too instinctive as a reader - and moreover I read “The Tempest” as a therapeutic support - so I'll avoid praising a book that I love too much, but let me tell you that anger doesn’t help other readers.

    Maybe the reviewer was only angry about romances? I don’t know, but I want to share with you this soothing article twitted by a very popular blog:

    I only stopped recently to feel ashamed because I read romances. There are good stories and bad stories. I read them all, and I don’t complaint. Of course, I’m happier if stories are good, like yours!


  4. I've read The Tempest about ten times now, and my mom read it, too. And you've sold how many copies? And how many of the sequel?

    They say terrible reviews are as good for sales as great ones ...

  5. What an awful thing to say. The thing about this book is that it really doesn't have anything bad about it. It's perfect, the grammar, punctuation etc. What really annoys me is how those teenage cliches get more attention than beautifully written stories like this. It's unique and amazing.

    I think Guy is one of my favourite male characters in fanfictions because in other books sort of like this, the man would not be nice and he meets a woman that he falls for, somehow the split due to society or something and as soon as he leaves he's nice all of a sudden but Guy, well he still sort of heartless but a part of him changes, his character doesn't change. It's like in other books the mans whole character changes but in The Tempest he doesn't instantly change.

    Normally I don't like the lead woman because most of the time they're annoying but Cassia is a strong female character that knows her place and is her own woman. She can be demanding sometimes but when she thinks she's taken it too far she stops where as teenage fanfics or sometimes historical fiction the woman keeps pushing and pushing.

    This is probably one of the best -if not fiction-historical fiction books I've read and I can't wait to finish this and start the sequel.