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What do you look for in a review?


The fine folks at Reading Romances asked bloggers what we look for in a review.

It seems like an easy question to answer, especially for those of us who write reviews. My blog basically shows you what I like: a decent, spoiler-free synopsis, followed by the reviewer’s thoughts about the book. I also need to know why the reviewer feels as he or she does.

If it’s a crap book, tell me it’s crap. As I’ve said before, I respect the hell out of writers, and I support them tremendously. But that does not mean that all books are fabulous. Some of them are awful. If it’s a great book that you can’t live without, then I want to know about it. Books such as The Replacement Wife, On the Island, The Next Best Thing, Gone Girl and Girl Unmoored are amazing, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have read them. One Pink Line, the Jessica Darling series, My One and Only – those are books I rave about to friends. But there are some books that I hope I never think about again, and that’s where I want honesty from the reviewer. There have been times that I cross post a review on Amazon or Goodreads and see that other readers gave the books four or five stars, and I’m struggling to give it two. Can our tastes really be that divergent?  OH, Divergent! That’s another good one.

Just be honest. You can be truthful without being hurtful. Tell me if the book is worth my while and my money. Don’t be mean or vindictive with a negative review, but don’t sugarcoat bad books, either.

I love to read. Anything that promotes reading is all right by me. So if reading drivel turns your crank, at least you’re reading, right?

Now, go support some of the blogs below. Check them out to see what they look for in a review.



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