Embracing the Bad and the Good

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I didn’t really have any plans to do another post so soon but I felt compelled to do this considering I have received my first bad review for my work, An Orman’s Revenge, today. This bad review came from a critic that read my book for free during The BookLife Prize contest I entered into around two weeks ago. The deadline for this contest is August 31st, 2021. I will provide the link below if you are interested in entering the contest.

Why did I decide to post a bad review? As an author, you have to embrace the good with the bad when it comes other people reading your work. Whether it’s a reader, a critic, or even another writer, An author needs to take the good with the bad and the bad with the good when it comes to the reviews. I just so happen to be one of those people who embraces the bad just as much as I embrace the good. I know that not everyone will like my work and that’s fine. Who cares? I don’t write to please critics, I write because I love what I do, period. If I did write just to please critics, then I would be a very unhappy writer.

Anyways, here is the review the critic at BookLife Prize wrote on August 14th, 2021 that I am just now reading and posting on this website:

Critic’s Report

Title: An Orman’s Revenge
Author: Dominique Gibson
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Audience: Adult
Word Count: 61751


Plot: A dead woman, having been injected with Animan three-hundred, wakes up on Truson, the island where the Ormans and other inter-species beings are hiding. This woman holds an unexplained, powerful attraction for the scientist Ford Mayfield, who wants nothing more than to find out who is responsible for the death of his wife a decade ago. Dominique Gibson starkly outlines this premise in the first ten pages of An Orman’s Revenge, Book 1 of The Truson S.E.T. Series, with little attempt to create a setting or an atmosphere where it might be believable.

Prose/Style: The prose oftentimes feels inelegant and juvenile in both its sensibility and its expression.

Originality: This is a blend of unintegrated themes—werewolf-type beings, undeniable and yet unfathomable love at first sight, a mystery about one woman’s death and another’s identity, amnesia, mad scientists at the clandestine Truson School for Shapeshifters, reincarnation, and murder most foul.

Character Development/Execution: Readers will know these characters only through their actions and their own explicit explanations of their behavior, not through subtlety in the author’s presentation. They need to be more sufficiently developed for the reader to care about what will happen to them.


  • Plot/Idea: 5 out of 10
  • Originality: 5 out of 10
  • Prose: 5 out of 10
  • Character/Execution: 5 out of 10
  • Overall: 5.00 out of 10

Date Submitted: August 14, 2021

So, That’s it for this post. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and wrote her first book out of sheer boredom at eight years old. Years later, she decided to go get her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is obtaining her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When not writing, she is busy teaching two year olds at a daycare center in Skokie, IL. For more information, check out her website at https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/ for more information.

Published by Dominique Gibson

My first love has always been writing since I was eight years old. After getting my Bachelor's Degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and struggling for years trying to get published the traditional way, I decided that the only way to promote my work was to promote myself which is why I am self-publishing my paranormal romance The Truson S.E.T. Series.

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