Review Policy

I'm still working on this new page o'mine. But for now...

Reviews by request...

Unfortunately, at this time I'm not doing reviews by request. Subject to change, but at this time I just have my hands full and can't make it work.

Reviews/Rating System...

I'm not a professional type reviewer, whatever that means.  I'm just someone who likes to read, a lot. I know what I like, and I know what I don't. What "does it" for me may differ from what "does it" for someone else. My reviews are just my thoughts or opinions on what ever book I've read. I don't give long winded, lengthy reviews, I don't write a synopsis of the book, sometimes I don't even know how to explain why I like or dislike a book.  But I try, as best I can.

My reviews are a constant "work in process" as I am still trying to figure out what works best for me. At this point my "rating system" looks like this...

Amara's Place Rating System

5 stars: I loved it. love Love LOVED.
4 stars: Really liked it. May even reread.
3 stars: Good book, I liked it.
2 stars: It was OK, but something ruined it for me.
1 star: Couldn’t even finish it.

When I start a book, I start it with the expectation, or hope at least, that it will be a 5 star book. My rating goes down from there depending on any number of things. Each book is of course different, but it could be things such as...

  • Was there something wrong with the book?
  • Did something pull me out of the book?
  • Did the characters just not "do it" for me?
  • Was the world building sub-par?

And so on and so forth.

When I read a book, I'm wanting a book I can get lost in. I want a book I can get excited about. I want characters that grab me and don't let go. I want a book that will leave me completely satisfied. A book that can manage to do that, to me, will get a 5 star rating from me.

As far as my reviews go... that's it, for now at least. :)


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