Review Rating Scale

My personal review rating scale is based on 5 whole stars in an effort to be consistent with Goodreads and Amazon:

5 STARS – Amazing!

I LOVED this book and could not put it down. If given the chance I would talk about it with my friends or even strangers. I will most likely re-read this book or already have. This book is definitely a favorite.

4 STARS – Really, really liked it!

While I loved this book and had trouble putting it down for work/sleep/food, there was something about it that irked me, such as grammar and editing mistakes that distracted from the story, weak dialogue, need for more character development, or I just wasn’t a fan of a particular character or the writing style. Still a good book and worth a read.

3 STARS – Enjoyed it

I enjoyed this book, it kept me entertained and held my attention, but it was predictable at times or the plot/character development could be improved on.

2 STARS – It was a struggle

I found this book difficult to finish. There were moments of redeeming quality, but they were too few and far between to make me love this book. It may be that this book is just not for me, but more likely there are horrible grammar/spelling/formatting mistakes that consistently distracted me from the story. This book may also have major plot holes, making the story difficult to follow or the story is drowned out by exaggerated twist and turns that ultimately detract from the book.

1 STAR – Not my cup of tea

Rarely will I post a written review of a book with a 1 star rating because I don’t want to harshly critique someone else’s work that they have spent a great deal of time or effort on. If the book excited strong negative feelings in me, I will write a review to express my opinion while doing my best to remain polite. The majority of my 1 star ratings will only show in my Read list on Goodreads.

Advance Reading Copies

Occasionally, I receive an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of books prior to their release date. I always give an honest review. If the book is not my cup of tea, I will alert the author or publisher prior to posting the review. I do not charge for reviews or receive discounts in exchange for a review. All  books are acquired by personal purchase unless specifically noted in the review.