This week’s topic is Should You Review A Sequel Without Reading The First Book?
When selecting ARCs do you ever choose sequels where you haven’t read the first book in a series? Do you think it’s fair to review a sequel without the context of the first entry in a series?
I don’t read ARC’s but if I did, I wouldn’t seek out anything that’s part of a series without having read the first book. Not only would I not be able to review it properly but I don’t think I would enjoy being out of the loop. It wouldn’t be fair to other reviewer’s of the series, or potential readers, to essentially review only half of a series without ever having read book one.
Do you take someone’s review seriously if they mention they haven’t read the preceding books?
Nope! As soon as I see mention of that, my eyes glaze over the review or close out of it entirely. It’s not that I wouldn’t take the review seriously, just that I don’t want to read something that is mostly speculation.
Should reviewers even be allowed to do this?
Reviewers can do whatever they want, especially with their own website and blog. I think it’s up to the reader to determine whether that’s the content they want.