book-reviewA review should not tell the story, although the plot itself is okay… but I have found that each person that has reviewed my books has taken something with them, and in all cases, I did not even see it. Their reviews were outstanding. Be honest with your review, did the book make you laugh, cry, did a scene horrify you, did you enjoy a few scenes or many? Without giving away the story you can mention those scenes, “I especially enjoyed the interaction between Tarzan and Jane, but more so, the action between Tarzan and boy.”

For instance one saw murder, one saw friendship, one saw vengeance, another saw love, each person seems to read any book different from others. Foremost do not base your review on what others have said, many pay for the reviews, and the reviewers never actually read the book. That is a sad but true fact.

Never tell the ending of a book, but you can say things like “The ending will rip your heart out.” or “The ending tells the entire story.”

Do you recommend the book, and if so, who do you recommend it to? What quality of the book do you think people should know about? Authors are their worst salesperson.Yet, I have based my promotions on what others have said. Used their words to promote the book, in a way that I never imagined.

You have seen good reviews, where the book was read, whether the reviewer liked the book or not. “I didn’t like this book” “This book grabbed me but it sucks” – those are not reviews, those are statements from people that have no idea what the book is.

A review should easily take 250 to 500 words. You can do more than that if you wish, but at 500 words someone reading your review knows you actually read it!

Lastly do not pick on the author. I don’t even mention errors in a book, but many do. How sad that someone doesn’t read a book because of a few errors. For instance, Edgar Rice Burroughs in a 4th edition of one of his books, had three errors in it that I know of. That does not make a book bad. It makes the editor not so great.

  1. Include title, author, place, publisher, publication date, edition, pages, special features (maps, etc.), price, ISBN.
  2. Hook the reader with your opening sentence. …
  3. Review the book you read — not the book you wish the author had written.
  4. If this is the best book you have ever read, say so — and why.

I hope that helps.

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