The first thing I learned as a blogger for romance novels was how to provide reviews for all the books that I read. Some books from purchase and some books from authors called "ARCs" or Advance Read Copies. This step is key for any author published by companies or self published.
However, lately I'm seeing nothing but 5 star reviews. I know I've been guilty of this myself. I have been finding some great reads. But in my reflection of the reviews, I'm now questioning how many are truly 5 star and what does 5 star mean?
Here is how we rate our books on Ravishing Romances:
1/5 stars: Couldn't finish it
2/5 stars: Finished it.
3/5 stars: Liked it.
4/5 stars: Really liked it.
5/5 stars: Loved it.
So I start looking back on the past reviews I've done. Did I love them all? Or did I Really like it? Is it offensive to the author if I only give it 3 or 4 stars? And if it is offensive, do I care? Of course I care if anyone is offended by my book review. But I'm supposed to be objective and non biased right? So my reviews should be honest and constructive.
I wouldn't change any of my past reviews because the 5 star books that I have read and completed, are books I'd read over and over again. I take pride in my 4 star reviews just as much as my 5 star. I hope the authors appreciate those as well because it's still saying that the book kicks ass. Hell, even a 3 star is a book I'd recommend to a friend.
How do you determine your review rating?
Are you rating books on content or editing or both?