1 star: This book was not good. It had barely any redeeming features and I didn’t enjoy it.
2 stars: This book was OK. There were a few things I enjoyed about it, but overall it wasn’t great.
3 stars: This book was good. It had a number of flaws but I still enjoyed it and the positives outweighed the negatives.
4 stars: This book was great. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a riveting read.
5 stars: This book was exquisite and you need to read it. All the elements of this book worked together seamlessly to create something wonderful. It may have had a few minor flaws, but they didn’t detract from my enjoyment.
How I review
While I like to vary my reviews so they don’t all follow the same structure. To paint a full picture of the book, I mainly focus on characters, plot, pacing, world-building, writing style and narrative.
I also sometimes discuss tone, genre conventions, magic systems, romance, cliches, figurative language and metaphors, endings, how it fits with the other books in the series, and how it compares to other works by the same.
I can’t include every one of these in my reviews, so I select the features that I found most striking and build my review out of those. Sometimes I write more formal reviews and sometimes I have fun with them, it usually depends on how I feel about the book.