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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Blog Hop: What do you look for in a review?


What do you look for in a review?

Whether you’re writing or reading one, there are certain things you always look for. What are those? What do you think are the most important elements you think the reviewer should include? What would you like see more? Less? What is the role of a review? How important is it?

My Answer: When I read a romance novel review there are three main things I look for, no spoilers, opinion on the storyline, and because they are romance novel reviews, the reviewer's opinion on the chemistry between the characters. If the reviewer thinks the book is great, I want to know why it was so great. I depend on reviews in order to purchase my own books so I really need them to tell me about the story, was it a strong one? Was it believable? Were the characters likable? Most importantly (to me), was the female character a strong one or was she easily manipulated/charmed by male characters in the book? So far I have been very lucky that the usual bloggers that I turn to for recommendations include all of the above in their reviews.

Now, when I write a review I can honestly say I have a checklist of things that I try to discuss, which were mentioned above. I feel it's important to give readers as much information about the book as possible without spoiling it for them. Sometimes it's hard though because if I really loved the book, I want to tell everyone my favorite scenes, quotes and all that so it's hard to refrain from that. I can usually recommend books to people better if they tell me who their favorite authors are, then I can go on that to help them out (this is something new I want to incorporate into my reviews).


  1. Good point, chemistry is important especially in romance. It's one of those things that's key to my read, so I end up talking about it every time even without having a plan to.
    I tend to talk about a couple of things without having a plan to, but maybe I should apply this checklist idea too, it's a good one.

  2. Brunette LibrarianAugust 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    I looove to include my favorite quotes. sometiems I don't, but I love to do it when I get a chance!
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  3. Great post! A weak character can really let a book down so I agree it's important to raise that one!

  4. Melissa RheinlanderAugust 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    I agree when you love a book, especially series it is hard not to give too much away!!

  5. Isn't it?! I usually go looking for other people who've read it so I can talk with them without worry about spoilers!

  6. I need to add that to my checklist of what to put in a review. I've done it once or twice but didn't know if other people did it. I don't always latch on to a quote but I'd like to put one or two in that were memorable to me.


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