Reach for the Stars

A quick look at what I look for in a good book and how I rate with stars

Last week I was completely blown away by being asked by the lovely Hayley Walsh, author of Crayons and Chaos (whose book I will be reviewing in the coming weeks) to participate in an interview for her blog page. Really? Me? I’ve been blogging for all of a week and am so new to this reviewing game that I really was surprised she’d asked me. She, however, was sure about it and so I agreed to the interview. I found that one question in particular made me explicitly aware of what I look for in a good book and how this then relates to my star rating. Something I have learned through Twitter and the amazingly supportive #WritingCommunity, is very important to all you authors and readers out there.

So I thought it prudent that I share with you what I consider are the 5 main points that comprise a great book, for me. These are in no particular order:

  • A plot that keeps me guessing until the end. I want to have some idea of what is going to happen but a twist to the plot really pulls me in.
  • Great dynamic, chemistry and dialogue between the main characters, whether it’s a romance or not. The sizzling desire between a romantic couple or the contemptuous hatred between enemies hooks me to a storyline.
  • Originality. This to me is so important as too many books churn out the same premise with just a tweak to the characters, setting and plot.  I want something new to grab hold of and explore.
  • Great pacing and consistent flow to the story are vital to keep me wanting to turn the pages.
  • And if it’s a series, then I’m looking for an outstanding cliffhanger to leave me hungry for more, or for a standalone, especially a romance, I do love a Happy Ending.

Now how do these points relate to star ratings?

Your book is epic, engrossing and I couldn’t put it down. You’ve covered every one of the points I’m looking for and I’m gushingly eager to read more from you.

Your story was great, I loved it. You’re so close to hitting absolutely every aspect that I’m looking for and I want to read the next book you bring out.

I thought your book was good, had good characters, plot and storyline although I perhaps wasn’t completely hooked or gripped by it, but I would be happy to read more from you.

If I thought that your book only warranted 2 stars then I would have felt your storyline, plot or characters could do with some more work but that I could see the potential in the story.

I would have to find this book very difficult to read, have no consistency to the storyline or find I’m just not able to keep turning the pages.

So there you have it, this is what I’m thinking of when I read and now review a book. I’m conscious that I’m not a writer, however I am a prolific reader and I know what I like. I hope this helps you to understand how what I’m thinking about when reviewing a story.

You can read my interview with Hayley on her author blog and don’t forget to check out my video reviews over on Youtube.

Thanks for popping by.

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