This Website provides honest critiques of traditional and self-published novels. I primarily review YA fiction, nut I also select titles from a variety of genres including children’s lit, mystery, romance, nonfiction, contemporary fiction, classics, sci-fi, fantasy, graphic novels, steampunk, urban fantasy, and experimental fiction. I think that reading broadly gives people a chance to be surprised and delighted and to visit worlds they might otherwise never have considered.
I review books primarily, but not exclusively, from the following sites, which means I will always look there first when seeking out new book review books:
I use a 5 star rating system that is both simple and subjective. There is no formula for getting a 5 star review on my blog, and no clear list of attributes each 5 star book has, because reviews ARE subjective by nature.
Where you’ll find consistency and specific literary attributes I look for is in the text of the reviews themselves. I always give a detailed account of what drew me to the book in the first place, what my experience reading it was like, and why I gave it the rating I chose.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ = Your book is awesome! I loved it! How did I not know about it before this?
★ ★ ★ ★ = I really enjoyed the book; it was a good solid read.
★ ★ ★ = I liked it, but there were some issues with it.
★ ★ = I didn’t like it, because I found a lot of issues with it.
★ = I really, really disliked your book.
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