I had always admired Kristi at the Story Siren, but in light of recent events, I an shocked and apalled! I am so thankful I had stumbled across this.
Things like this make everyone unnerved. If she copied those pieces then who's to say she hasn't copied anything else? I don't know what to think. Kristi definitely lost many fans, though I do think that some aare being to harsh. She's only human. On the other hand, what she did was wrong and her denies have inflamed my irritation. Evidence has been shown and still, she says she didn't plagiarize! Her apologies aren't apologies. There's no "I'm sorry I did this" it's "I'm sorry even though I did NOT copy". I don't know why, though I suspect it has something to do with her image. It may be ruined in the blogosphere, but perhaps not in the publishing world. Making this worse is that Kristi had always been against plagiarism, and this just...well, I hope no one does this again
What's worse is the fact that so many people looked up to her. The Story Siren had great influence in the blogging and book world and could've gotten any book she wanted a year early and publishers jumping at the chance to have their books reviewed by her. But it's not only that. It's that she wrote amazing reviews and wasn't afraid to share her opinions. Admittedly, I wish to be as great a book blogger like her. I am still confused as to WHY she has done this. EDIT: Nocturne Romance Reads has written this post about the TSS scandal and I agree with her completely!
And because of this, I no longer will continue In My Mailbox until things are settled and Kristi has FULLY apologized. Now, I still need a mailbox meme. Does anyone have a suggestion? I am thinking of Mailbox Monday, but I'm up to other suggestions as well!