Do good reviews matter? If one's first book sold few copies, but received excellent reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and others, will a publisher take that into consideration when deciding whether to offer a contract for a second book?Yes. As long as we're in agreement about what "excellent" means.
I know some authors who think the world is ready to crack open and give them an oyster the size of Hong Kong if a reviewer simply refrains from impaling their book on a bloody spike.
Most really glowing reviews are starred reviews, and that's what really makes a difference to how ready I am to overlook bad sales history.