What do you look for in a review?:
Calling all loyal PBA readers, or even new readers to our page. I need your input. I want to know what you look for when you are reading our reviews.
I have different things I look for depending on the book.
For a new to me author, I look at those middle of the road reviews. Those reviews that tell me what a reader liked as well as what they disliked as far as the content goes. I look for reviews that talk of glaring editing mishaps or huge plot holes that leave the reader confused or dissatisfied.
For an established author, I usually do not look at reviews. I have already read their works and have formed my own opinions. The only time I will look at a review for an author for whom I have already established an opinion, is if a blurb of their new works captures my attention. Then, I am looking for the same things as for a new to me author. I want to know what other readers liked and disliked about the content.
For stories that appear to be heartbreakers or overly emotional, I will actually read the reviews to gauge the amount of crying I may be in for. A spoiler here and there is often welcome because I much prefer a cry if I know the outcome is happy. I do not care for bittersweet or sad endings, so often, I will read reviews to figure out if the book fits in with my likes.
In all these cases, I look for books with reviews in the 2-4 range. If I find a book with all 5 star or 1 star ratings, I tend to shy away from them for a while. A book with all 1 star reviews usually indicates true fundamental issues that even the most forgiving reader cannot get over. A title with all 5 star reviews builds up this high expectation that then generally leaves me feeling let down if I do not agree with a 5 star rating.
Finally, the most important thing I look for in a review is honesty. I am looking for those reviews that may not be perfectly written or well thought out but that indicate the reader felt enough about a story to tell you why they like or disliked it. I am not interested in those superfans who love it because of who the author is to them. Or those super haters that beat down a book for the same reason. I want to read the review that shows me the reader has actually read the content and is commenting on the story rather than anything external to the work itself.
So now that you have read my rambling, please take a moment to tell me what you look for when you read our reviews. If you would prefer your response be private, feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or message me on Facebook. 🙂
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