Of course, these are my personal guidelines, the one’s I use when I write a book review. They work for me because they reflect what I think a book review should contain. They might not work for you and they certainly might not reflect what you think makes a good book review.
Ten Pointers to Consider
- Be honest
- Don’t be offensive (there is a difference between being blunt and rude!)
- Concentrate on the positives but…
- …if something really doesn’t work in your opinion, don’t be afraid to say it
- Would you recommend the book? To who?
- Were the characters believable and engaging?
- Was the setting described in enough detail for it to come to life? Or, on the other hand, was there too much detail? Did it drown out the storyline?
- Pace: was it fast or slow?
- Was the storyline engaging? Did it offer anything new? Or could you draw any parallels with other books/ characters / themes?
- What genre does the book fall into? Does it fall into one or more categories?
What do you think makes a good book review?