Writing a review doesn’t have to be time consuming, and a review doesn’t have to be an epic tome to be effective (in fact, shorter reviews are probably more likely to be read). Sure, some bloggers and reviewers write comprehensive analyses, but you don’t have to. You can focus on one or two elements of the story with a two to three sentence review.
So what do you focus on? Answer any one of these questions, and you have a book review!
1. Did you like the book? Why? Give one or two reasons.
2. What did you like about the characters?
3. Did you have a favorite character? Who and why?
4. How did the story make you feel? What emotions did the story stir in you?
5. What do you think was well done in the story? What did the author do especially well? (Examples: the story line, the characterization, the setting, the action, the sex scenes, the writing).
6. What made this book stand out from others you’ve read in the genre?
7. Would you recommend this book to others and why?
8.Did this book meet or exceed your expectations? In what way? Was it more romantic, funnier, more erotic, more action oriented?
9. Skip the plot synopsis. You don’t need to repeat the plot or story line if other reviewers have already mentioned it (unless you’re writing a review for your own blog). Jump ahead to your evaluation. However, if you are one of the first to review a book a couple of lines about what the book is about is helpful.
Remember: don’t spoil the ending or reveal other surprises in the story. Most reviewers/readers know not to reveal the end, but often surprise twists occur midway through the story. You can allude to them (“I was so surprised by what happened next,” “I never saw that coming,” or “What a plot twist”) but please don’t spoil it for other readers by telling what it is.
If you’d like to see an example of simple, but fun book review, check out The Opinionated Woman’s Musings’ review of Trapped with the Cyborg. The review is short and gets to the point, but it was presented in a fun way.
Do you have other ideas for short, quick book reviews?
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