First things first!
I don’t like it
It was okay
I like it
I love it!
How to Write a Quick & Easy Book Review
Always give your honest and genuine feedback on how a book made you feel.
Add your own voice and personality to your reviews.
1. Start your review with a sentence that includes the book title, name of the author and how much you enjoyed the story based on your star rating choice. (liked, okay, enjoyed, loved)
2. Include at least 2 of the following in a sentence (or more)
GENRE: Mention the genre or sub-genre (mystery, romance, women’s fiction, paranormal, historical romance, small town romance, etc) and if the book is a stand alone or part of a series (number of the book and the name of the series)
This appears in the book description, but sometimes readers skip it and go directly to check ratings and reviews. Book covers can be deceiving. (See why your review is important?!)
CHARACTERISTICS: Use two or three words that best describes the story. (E.g., hilarious, a page turner, romantic, witty dialogue, chemistry, passionate, family drama, gory, suspenseful, dramatic, second chance story, etc.)
APPEAL: what appealed most to you about the story? (Ex. the main characters, secondary characters, plot, topic or subject, location, pets, etc.) Explain why.
WRITING: How would you describe the author’s writing style? What do you like about her voice?
HEAT LEVEL: Let others know the heat level of the book if it has romantic elements. (E.g., sweet, sexy, steamy, erotic)
TRIGGER WARNING: Mention if the story touches on sensitive topics that may cause triggers. (E.g., Domestic violence, abuse, cancer, infertility, PTSD, adultery, sexual assault, etc.)
3. Finally, end your review letting readers know if you would recommend the book or if you look forward to reading more books by the author or the series.
See? QUICK AND EASY!
Here are some examples with extra writing prompts…
If you didn’t like a book, explain why. Some may not like a book because the hero curses a lot, or it’s too gory or the heat level is too steamy. Others may be okay with that, and even be encouraged to read the book!
Put to practice what you just learned, you can even leave a book review in the comments.
One more thing!
I’m working on expanding this post to give more helpful and easy tips.
Book bloggers can use this as a guide to help them get started with their reviews. I’d say this is an appetizer version. They can turn it into a full course meal! 😀
Please leave any questions or comments you may have below. Did you find this useful?
What other questions would you ask about a book? Leave them in the comments…