Reviewing: I wanted to post some helpful tips to start readers out in reviewing. I keep seeing so many that thinks re-telling the story is reviewing. Remember you’re not doing a book report as you did in school; you’re doing a critical analysis on what you just read.
Here are a few helpful things you can address when you’re reviewing a book.
The whole story: Did you like it or not? Why did you like it or not?
POV’S? Was it first person, second persons or third persons? You’d be amazed some people don’t like reading first persons POV.
Who is the attending audience for the book?
Would building: Was it easy to understand or not?
The characters: Did you like them or not? Why did you like them or not?
Tell some about how you pictured the hero and heroine. Like were they strong, sloppy, or just mean?
Other characters: Did you like them or not? Why did you like them or not?
Was the sex hot or not? What did you like about it or not? Was it too much and why was it too much. Was there taboo things in there you know others won’t like or will like.
Did the setting draw you in and why?
Was there too much story being told and not enough romance?
Make sure you keep your word count down as much as you can. Good rule is under 500 words. Just keep in mind people doesn't have all day to read a book before they get to the book.
Villains: I love a good evil villain, so tell me some of what the villain was like without spoilers.
Would you recommend the book or not?
Most of all, please don’t give out spoilers unless it’s necessary.
You don’t have to do everything listed above but this is a good start. Basically you need to sit back and think about the book you just read and then start writing your feelings. Now, if it’s a book you really hated, than I do suggest thinking about it a few days before you write the review because sometime things will settle in your mind and you just might start liking the things you hated, if not just be kind. Remember to have respect while you write your review, you have no clue how many hours or how much money that author put into that book, besides someone else might just like it. I have bought a many books others didn’t like and loved it.