Rating Information

Rating Criteria

I will always rate a book honestly and give a fair and considered review of it.  My ratings will be based upon, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • The plot:  Does it draw me in, and keep me engaged?  Does it make me feel like I am present in the story?  Do I just not want to put it down?  Does it have it’s own uniqueness, as opposed to other works?
  • The writing:  Is the book well-written?  Is it disjointed, or distractingly wordy?  Is it descriptive, or overly so?  Does the writing promote the progression of the story, or hinder it?
  • The characters:  Can I relate to the characters?  Are they believable?  Are the characters well developed and is their “profile” appropriate to the story and thier role in it?
  • Emotional significance:  Did the story evoke an emotional response from me as a reader?  Did it make me think about something in a new light?
  • The conclusion:  Does the story end with enough explanation?  Am I left with too many questions left unanswered?  Does it leave me wanting more?
  • Cover art:  Does the cover grab me, make me want to delve in?  I know that you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, and I don’t, but a striking cover does illicit interest!

Every review will include the following:

  • Book cover
  • Book information (title, series, author, page count, publishing date)
  • Book source (tour, publisher, author, personal purchase, etc.)
  • Author information on the net
  • Synopsis (from Amazon or Goodreads)
  • Review
  • Buy it/Add it links
  • Rating

Rating system

My ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 5 “mugs”, as follows:  

  1. I could not get into this book, and it took a lot for me to finish it.
  2. This book didn’t really appeal to me, but it might to others.
  3. Overall, it was an okay book.  I would recommend it to others.
  4. This was a very good book and I enjoyed it.  I would definately recommend it.
  5. I couldn’t put the book down and it is now added to my personal “favorites” list.  I will be recommending this to everyone.

Updated:  9 August 2013

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