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.