HOW JUANA REVIEWS BOOKS!!!!
Top of the morning to you Truth Seekers!
I would like to take this time to explain to you all the methods on how I rate and review books. My reviews are personal and based upon what I look for in a good book. As a reader, the first thing I notice about a book is its cover. I like nice and pretty covers. If the cover looks good I may attempt to read it. Next, I move on to the title. Believe it or not, I actually look to see if the cover matches the title. I have seen a few books where the cover and title didn't make sense. They weren't in agreement with one another. Then, I'd say to myself, "That ain't right." Is it a big thing? Yes and no. Yes because it'll pull me in quicker. No because if one out weights the other I'll still read it. Anytime that happens, here is where the synopsis comes into play. If the synopsis piques my interest, I'm definitely reading the book.
Next, I read to see if the story matches the title, cover and/or synopsis. Trust me, I have read some books that didn't have anything to do with either of them. The book was good, but the title and cover were trash and vice versa. While I'm reading, I determine quickly if it's relatable, if I see myself as a character, and how it makes me feel. If I can feel the characters emotions or wound up talking back to the book, I am invested. I like to feel like I am a part of the story. I talk plenty of noise, too. I also try to add a little humor to most of my reviews. If I really like a book, I'll add a shout out to purchase it. With that being said, my ratings are based on all of the above. If a book has everything I just mentioned that's an automactic 5 Stars.
If a book is lacking one or two of the aboved mentioned and I like it but not love it, I'll rate it 4 Stars. I try not to rate a book below 3 Stars. If I rate a book 3 Stars it was ok. It was a decent read. The only way I'll rate a book 1-2 Stars is if nothing made sense in the book or I felt like I was cheated. Being cheated means that I'm paying $1.99 - $2.99 for sequels that are less than 30 minutes long, that could've been a novella or a standalone. This actually happened. I haven't read a book by that author since that incident. Otherwise, I won't rate or review the book. I never read a book I'm not interested in unless the author requests for me to read it. Again, if I don't like it or wasn't feeling it, I won't rate or review it. However, I'd reach out or respond to the author personally and discuss it with them. I'll take quality over quantity anyday.
Now that you understand my style of reviewing, I'll meet you back here for the next one. It will always be worth your wild.
See you soon,