All right. Here goes nothing.
- Whenever I review books, it is done without any payment or compensation, and it is based solely on my own individual opinions. If I buy a book, borrow a book, or receive a book from a contest or an author/publisher/anyone else, or through any other process, the process through which I obtained the book will be specified in the review. Again, the review itself is all based on what I think.
Originally, I started this blog with the intentions of not reviewing books because I still do not like making authors feel bad. But then I changed my mind for several reasons:
1. There are some pretty good books out there. I mean, many people love books, right? And there are a lot of blogs out there that review books. There are blogs only for reviewing books, blogs that hold book-related contests, blogs that hold character competitions, etc. Unfortunately (or fortunately; it really depends on how you look at it), this blog isn't one of those blogs. Well I mean, starting now, I might post a few reviews here and there, but I'm not going to dedicate everything I have to book reviews. The point is, good books = compulsion-for-people-to-know-about-said-books. Which also brings us to reason two:
2. There are some pretty bad books out there. As well. And I mean awful books. Horrible, whiny books that make you want to throw it at a wall, or burn it, or do other violent things to it. Haven't you always wanted to rant about the crapiness of a book? I know I have. And frankly, sometimes the urge to complain overrules the guilt of insulting a piece of work someone poured their heart and soul into.
3. Book reviews are inspiring. Because they're all opinion, and they can even make authors or would-be writers question their own WIP(s). I know they have for me. (This is going to sound messed up and sadistic-ish, but I love reading the 1-star reviews of bestsellers on Amazon or Goodreads, especially of books I loved. So interesting.) (I'm not sure how this really pertains to me wanting to start reviewing books, unless I somehow manage to be inspiring.)
4. There's this one book called Hourglass by Myra McEntire. And other books similar to its genre/themes. That I really. Really. Want to write. About. Maybe this goes along with reason #1/2.
So guys, that's all there is to it. Four reasons on why I'd like to review books.
Oh, here's the review list thing in case you're wondering:
- Cover (o' course)
- Title, author, genre
- The very important "How I Obtained Said Book" part
- Series: Yes/no (if it's a series, the name of the series will be stated. hopefully.)
- The Blurb
- THE REVIEW (*cue epic music*):
- First, overall plot summary
- Then a bit on characters
- And a bit on the plot
- And a bit on the key elements/themes/creative ideas/premise/whatever else that was/was supposed to have a long-lasting effect on the reader
- "In conclusion...!" part
- Rating--and what it means (this will go off a 10-point scale)
- 1: No. Bad. Never again. Shrivel-up-and-die-worthy of a book. A-b-o-m-i-n-a-t-i-o-n. Grr.
- 2: The appeal of this book was equivalent to the appeal of kissing a(n) (fill in blank here with horrific creature), though after being paid $20 (<-- why, you could buy another book with that money. ahem.)
- 3: This was flat out awful. Save a few parts, I suppose. But very few.
- 4: So much potential, eh? Too bad it failed to reach it.
- 5: I could care less.
- 6: Hey, you. Unless you just have absolutely nothing else to read, I would recommend passing this book on the bookshelf.
- 7: Now this, this is a book. Just a book.
- 8: Hey there. I think I'll read you again another time.
- 9: I love you.
- 10: The light of my life. Currently.
I'll be reviewing Hourglass next week. Heh.