Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What are Reviews?

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What are Reviews? An introduction to my take on five star rankings http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/04/what-are-reviews.html An introduction by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part of a series.
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I only review books I like. If I'm not recommending a book, I'm not going to waste time talking about it. I would definitely watch the movie version of every single book I review. They're all good books. But most people tend to give everything five stars, which skews the ratings and damages reviewer credibility over time. This is how I apply star ratings to my book reviews:

To earn three stars, a good story must be well-crafted and entertaining.

Three stars is the basement floor - good books that I honestly enjoyed. These are books that I think other people might like. I found them fun, interesting, and entertaining, and I want other people to read them.


To earn five stars, a great story must deliver something I've never seen before.

Five stars is the ceiling - reserved for amazing excellence that really blew me away. These are books I devoured and would read again this year. I've never seen anything like them, and I was really impressed with the whole experience.


To earn four stars, a great story must reveal something I didn't see coming.

Four stars, then, is the middle ground - great stories that surprised me with engaging twists and turns. These are books I loved reading. I would read more by these authors, and I might even sign up for updates.

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Given only three ratings to work with, I decided to add in some extra layers. My five star rating is pretty rare, but my four star rating covers all the great books I've read. Some of them aren't even the genres or subject matter I like best. So I came up with a visual way to differentiate books within each rating. Though I use other visual cues on Praise for Awakening, I currently use the following ratings for book reviews:

Three Silver Stars, from What are Reviews? An introduction to my take on five star rankings http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/04/what-are-reviews.html An introduction by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part of a series.
Three Silver Stars:

Good story!
I liked it, and
I think you would like it too.
Three Copper Stars, from What are Reviews? An introduction to my take on five star rankings http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/04/what-are-reviews.html An introduction by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part of a series.
Three Copper Stars:

Good story!
I don't tend to read
this type of book, but I liked it.


Books with three stars are well-crafted and entertaining.


Four Gold Stars, from What are Reviews? An introduction to my take on five star rankings http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/04/what-are-reviews.html An introduction by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part of a series.
Four Gold Stars:

Great story!
I loved it, and
I would read more by this author.
Four Silver Stars, from What are Reviews? An introduction to my take on five star rankings http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/04/what-are-reviews.html An introduction by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part of a series.
Four Silver Stars:

Great story!
I don't tend to read
this type of book, but I loved it.


Books with four stars reveal something I didn't see coming.


Five Gold Stars, from What are Reviews? An introduction to my take on five star rankings http://www.dnfrost.com/2017/04/what-are-reviews.html An introduction by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part of a series.
Five Gold Stars:

Blown away!
I absolutely loved it, and
I would read this book again.

Books with five stars deliver something I've never seen before.

Though I might award the rare five star rating to a book outside of what I would normally read, it felt silly to divide them into two categories. I want my five star rating to shine on its own, reserved solely for books that I'd heartily recommend to any reader, regardless of subject matter. To preserve this quality of endorsement, I opted against creating a five star variant with silver stars.

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  1. Hello there! My name is D.N.Frost, and I'm a fantasy author, cartographer, and world-builder. My love for storytelling drives me to build the Known World, map its lands, and tell its tales. Let me send you my free ebook at DNFrost.com!

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