What do you like in a book review? Do you like them long or short? More details or less? How do you feel if they have spoilers in them and don’t state as much?
When I write reviews, I like to keep them fairly short, introduce the characters, and give a hint about the storyline. I don’t like to include spoilers or give too much away. In my opinion, that is not a review. Reviews should only entice the reader to want to read the book (in the case of a good review), or in the case of a bad review, let the reader know that the book may be a disappointment for them. Giving away too much about the storyline of the book ruins it to me, making it not worth the investment of time or money to read as it leaves nothing for the reader to discover on their own. Spoilers, at least in my opinion, do not belong in reviews.
I usually don’t read reviews before purchasing a book. I choose what I read based on word of mouth, blurbs on the cover, or the name of the author. However, as I find new authors to read and review, that is more difficult to do. I also don’t read reviews because I don’t want to bias my own reviews by doing so. I have found when reading reviews on other things that my opinion often differs anyway. Sometimes I will read other reviews after I have written mine to see if others agree or disagree.
Now. Tell me your opinion. I would love to know your thoughts. Authors…what are you looking for when someone reviews a book for you? Readers, what do you like to see when you review a book? Reviewers and bloggers, what do you put in your blogs and reviews, and why? Let’s share some helpful hints and tips to make each other better.