Following my post about the importance of book reviews, I think you may all find this useful too! I certainly did.
I’ve been recently involved in a few discussions about bad book reviews, so I thought I’d address the issues. The basic premise is whether or not a reader LIKED the book, and why or why not. A book review has nothing to do with the author’s character (or lack thereof), so personal comments are not appreciated by said author OR by other readers.
A book review should contain a few sentences (or a couple paragraphs) about the story.
A book review should include commentary on what the reader liked, or didn’t, and why.
A book review COULD, in addition, give a recommendation or a warning to avoid.
Most book reviews follow this format, and most are honest. The storyline is the easy part, especially if a reviewer has read the book – and most have done so. If it’s been awhile, reading the back cover blurb or synopsis should be…
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