What do you expect in a book review?

When I do my reviews, I pretty much rely on the 1-5 stars rating.  I do a brief writeup of what I liked and what I didn’t about the book.  I try very hard to not give spoilers.

I have seen reviews where the entire book is paraphrased.  Start to finish.  I hate these.

The books generally already have a short synopsis of the plot, written by the editor/publisher/etc.  I think that these sum up the books and the reviews don’t need to.  The review should be, “did you like it or not?” in my opinion.

What do you think a review should be?

One thought on “What do you expect in a book review?

  1. I try to give a brief overview and then what I liked or didn’t like…anyone can look up a blurb, but no one else can say how the book make you feel!

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