I have written a few reviews and have been surprised with how hard they are to write. I’ve settled on a layout that suites me and is a bit different from most other reviews I’ve read. If I have loved the book then they are a pleasure to write, but when the book has, in my opinion, flaws then I get a bit conflicted. I like to think I’m fairly nice and I don’t want to be rude about other people’s work but I also want to be honest. These two don’t always fit in well. I am very aware when I write a review it is simply my own personal opinion and I have no great insight. I have read books and hated them when others raved about them and loved books others have hated.
On a recent review which I think I gave the book 3.5 stars, I liked the book but it did have several problems with it. A very good blogging friend of mine nicely pointed out I wasn’t really playing the game and that one day, hopefully some will be writing a review of my book and if I criticized theirs they will pay me back in kind! I really hope he’s wrong when I publish mine I hope I will get honest reviews, I want people to tell me if I have made mistakes, what they didn’t like, I just hope if they really hated it they don’t post the review on Amazon!
When I review books I use this system;
1 and 2 stars.
If I thought it was that bad I don’t write the review!
The book has a lot to commend it like a good plot or characters it does just have it all working together, I often thing books I give this rating could benefit from a decent editor!
A really good book, kept me interested just missing something to make it a great book.
An amazing book I wish I had written.
I always round up my ratings for amazon is 4 stars become 5, after all the author is trying to make a living!