Dear Ms Snark
First off, 3 yapps for Killer Yap!
What do you make of repected book reviewers who take your back cover copy and modify a few words and make it their own review? Doesn't that fall under the realm of plagiarism? A book review house did just that with my book. Not just that, there was a quote from another author at the back of my book and they generously used words and thoughts from that at the beginning of the review. Should I confront them or would that offend them to the point that they might give me bad reviews for future works? For me, their review is useless although their name means something in the industry.
What do you think reviews are for? Are they to make you feel good? (think carefully before you answer). Are they to validate your work? Are they to bring attention to your book?
If you start calling reviewers and telling them they've plagiarized the back cover text in a review you're going to look like a nitwit. They won't give you bad reviews in the future...it will be MUCH MUCH worse. The ENTIRE purpose of back cover text and blurbs is to get people to notice and read the book. The fact that a book review used that text is making who ever wrote it jump for joy (unless of course YOU wrote it in which case Miss Snark says, get out the rope, we're calling for the lady with the alligator purse+).
And what the hell is a book review house anyway? Michiko Kakutani's cottage?
There's a reason "there is no such thing as bad publicity" is a cliche. It is because it is true.
Miss Snark has sold her share of books that fell into the great maw of unreviewed silence. Count your blessings...you can do so while we jump rope.
If you don't like the reviews you're getting you can always try what a couple folks have done: write several and include them in the press packet as samples.
Miss Lucy had a baby
And she named him Tiny Tim.
She put him in the bathtub
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water.
He ate up all the soap.
He tried to eat the bathtub
But it wouldn't go down his throat.
Miss Lucy called the doctor,
Miss Lucy called the nurse.
Miss Lucy called the lady with the alligator purse.