I thought I’d share a few reviews today. As a writer, I of course love to read, and usually wish I had time to read more. I’ve written a few reviews of novels I’ve read in the past six months that have made an impression on me one way or the other.
Like any writing I do, I look to improve my skill. I’m curious what you look for in a review specifically? For me, I find two things most useful:
- A reviewer who tries to differentiate between subjective and objective factors. For example, if a main character behaves inconsistently, or if a conflict is solved in an arbitrary or unsatisfactory way, versus a style choice, such as one of the main characters who is constantly betraying allies. Some readers like certain styles, and some do not. But regardless of if you like a particular style choice, I feel it unfair to rate the work as good or bad in a review just because it doesn’t coincide with your personal preferences.
- Can the reviewer give enough of a flavor of the style and tone of the story that I am able to decide if it would be interesting to me, yet without too many spoilers. I like surprises. The good kind of surprises, not the my car won’t start in the morning kind of surprises.
As a reviewer the thing I most loath is assigning a star rating. Despite many platforms having a key as to what ratings are suppose to mean, I feel that there tends to be quite a bit of inflation. And it bothers me when I give a rating according to the key, let’s say three stars = it was a good book, I read it all the way through, and might look at the sequel when I have time, yet having the feeling that many readers might associate this with average or perhaps not worth bothering. Rant mode disengage.
And now on to the reviews:
Any comments or suggestions as to either how you like to review novels, or what I could do to improve my reviews would be most welcome.
Have a great weekend!
Harpyness is Only Skin Deep blends outlandish fantasy, the most unlikely of friendships, and endearing characters in a uniquely witty, charming style.
A fantasy novel for adult readers
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