Musing Mondays…My Kind of Reviews…

What is your favorite part of a review?

I tend to like shorter reviews which is probably why mine are fairly brief. Since the overwhelming majority of what I both read and review is romance…what I want to know is if the book will make me FEEL, because that’s what I want as a reader. I want to experience the good, the bad, and the beautiful right along with the couple. I also want to know about the main guy. Is he someone I’m going to fall in love with myself?

Along with great characters I want to know if the writer told the story well. Great storytelling that keeps me glued to the book or my Kindle is what raises the bar and earns a 5 from me.

Some bloggers tell what they didn’t like in a book and as long as it’s constructive and not destructive I’m fine with that. The reason I so very rarely ever do that is simple. There have been too many instances where a review I read criticized something that I ended up having an entirely different reaction to. I think the best example I can give you would be to refer you to my recent review of Entwined with You by Sylvia Day.

A few months back I asked what my readers prefer in a review and the majority voted for shorter reviews, and quotes from the book. I try to remember that when I’m writing my reviews. Sometimes I still forget to add quotes, but I think I try to keep the reviews structured the way you guys like them.

Thoughts?!?

Tamie Xo

6 thoughts on “Musing Mondays…My Kind of Reviews…

  1. kim says:

    I enjoy reading reviews that are shorter and to the point but still include some fav quotes… often the quotes along with the cover are what hook me

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  2. I read your reviews. Then go on Amazon and read there’s. And make up my own mind !! There are some small authors ( not a lot of books out ) that have great books ! And some great authors that can put out a bad book !! And I really don’t want to read a review that almost the whole story !!! but if I have already read the first of the series of books. I just have to finish the rest !! I really need a ending to there stories ! But I do love the crossfire series !!

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  3. JMossReads says:

    Short with quotes is my format and fav type of review to read. I have a word count limit for the magazine I review for so that’s what I use for all my reviews. many lengthy reviews are just verbose without actually persuading me to read or not read the book. the quotes are ultimately what really sway me one way or the other. a killer quote will have me one-clicking as fast as my internet connection will load.

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