Writing Reviews: My Rating System (caitsbooks.com)

Writing Reviews – My Rating System

The longer I’ve been writing book reviews, the more confused I get with my own rating system.

Rating are hard. I really struggle with them. Since I use Goodreads a lot (shameless plug- add me as a friend), I wanted to keep things consistent and rate every book out of 5 stars. However, with so many people rating books from 1-5 stars, everyone now has their own meaning behind what a 5 star/3 star/1 star book is. Even my own meaning has changed.

So, for the sake of clarification, I want to explain what my ratings mean, and give some examples for each!

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Caitsbooks Reviews: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett (ARC) - 4 Stars

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett – Not What I Thought It Would Be (ARC Review)

*All quotes are from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication*

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 3.5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Lady Rogue is a funny, lighthearted historical fiction that

“Being enemies was easy.
Falling in love was harder.”

[ Related: Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin – My New Obsession (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Animal Death, Murder //

“I’ve yet to hold the devil’s handiwork.
Everything evil I’ve found was made by human hands.”

Release Date: 9/3/2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 384
Premise:
Theodora has always dreamed of traveling with her father on his treasure hunts, but despite her knowledge of ancient relics, he refuses to let her go. Instead, he takes Huck Gallagher, the boy Theo used to think was the love of her life. But when Huck returns from an expedition for the cursed ring of Vlad the Impaler without her father, they must team up to rescue him. With only her father’s journal for clues, the two end up on a dangerous journey into Romania, where a dangerous society is also searching for the ring. And they’ll do anything to get it.

Read more for all of my thoughts on The Lady Rogue!

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15 September 2019 Book Releases

15 September 2019 Book Releases!

Fall is here and I’m only a little bitter about it. Okay who am I kidding, I’m very bitter. While fall may be my favorite season, I feel like summer went by way too fast!

That said, I’m not bitter about the books coming out this month! A couple of these books I’m about to talk about have become all-time favorites of mine, and I can’t wait for everyone else to read them!

Now, there are a lot of September releases. Seriously. A lot. So much that I have to split up this list into sections. First, we have my top 7 YA standalones and series starters, but I’ve also included a list of 6 sequels as well as 2 non-YA releases I’m excited for.

Read more for my top 7 September 2019 releases!

[ Related: Top 8 August 2019 Book Releases ]

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Wrap Ups & My August TBR (caitsbooks.com)

July Favorites, Reading Rush Wrap Up, + My August TBR!

I think I finally did it. I think I beat my reading slump.

It only took me… five months. But I did it!!!

July was a surprisingly good month for me. At this point, I had given up all hope and thought that I would never regain the motivation to read like I had, but then came The Reading Rush.

Readathons scare me. A lot. So I had never done one before. I never liked the idea of pushing myself to read as much as possible, because I thought it would inevitably cause me to burn myself out.

Looks like I was wrong.

Read more to see how I did in The Reading Rush, plus a list of my favorite July reads, and my August TBR!

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12 Summer Romances (6 YA + 6 Adult)

Okay, before I start, I’ve already lied to you. Well, I misled you.

Technically, some of these books don’t take place during summer, so they aren’t all exactly “summer” romances. That said, they all give me a summer vibe, and I would read all of them on a beach, so I think they count.

For me, summer is the perfect time to dive into romances. I always start my summer with a list of cute rom-coms on my TBR, but come August, I’ve completely gone through it.

I figured I can’t be the only one with this problem, so I’ve compiled a different list of a few of my favorites that you can add to your TBR this summer!

Read more to see 6 summer YA romances, plus 6 summer adult/new adult romances!

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Caitsboosk.com 3 late summer/fall 2019 Review Teasers- The Lady Rogue, Rage, Well Met

Summer & Fall 2019 Releases – 3 Review Teasers

I usually try to write full reviews on Tuesdays, but this past month, I haven’t read anything that I can review. I’ve been focusing a lot on getting ahead and making my way through my BookCon/BEA ARC pile, but because these books won’t be released until later this year, I don’t want to write full reviews just yet.

That said, I still want to talk about them. So while we wait for their release dates to grow closer, here are some quick teasers for a few of the ARCs I’ve been reading.

Read more to hear about some Late Summer/Fall 2019 releases!

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A Super Late April Favorites + May TBR

The month may almost be over but I can’t not talk about my favorite reads in April, or not set a goal for myself for May. Admittedly, I don’t have much time to complete that goal, but lets be honest, I never actually read everything on my TBR.

Read more to see the best things I read last month, and the books I’m hoping to adore this month!

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Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett – ARC Review

First, I just want to thank Ashley at StudyingIsMyRaisondetre on tumblr for sending me the ARC!!! I’m eternally grateful!!!

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Quick Stats:
Overall:
 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Serious Moonlight is an adorable, realistic, and fun book that is perfect with a slice of pie.

“Judging people unfairly doesn’t define them; it defines you. And in the end everyone will be disappointed.”

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My Top 8 Reads of 2018

So I’ve made a post about my Top 18 2018 Releases, but now I wanted to shine a light on some of the books I read this year that were published in earlier years.

This list is in no particular order. I just wanted to mention a few of the books and series I loved this year!

8. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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Rating: 4.75/5
Series: N/A
Review: Yes
After reading Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, I knew I had to read her previous books. Alex, Approximately was so fun and really cemented Jenn Bennett as an auto-buy author for me!


7. Velvet by Temple West

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Rating: 4.5/5
Series: Velvet #1
Review: Yes
Not enough people know about this book series. I know people are hesitant of vampires after it became the trend to hate on anything vampirey after Twilight, but this book was just so entertaining. It never takes itself too seriously, includes a lot of fun tropes, and has a really interesting take on vampires that I absolutely love. I’m still dying for book 3!!

6. The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken

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Rating: 4.7/5
Series: The Darkest Minds #1-3.5
Review: Yes
I had been wanting to read these books since 2013, and I kept putting it off until I had no choice but to read it because the movie was coming out. And I absolutely loved it. While I’m definitely still in my post-2012-dystopian-boom exhaustion, I really loved this series (I think US politics at the time I read it also played a part in why this book impacted me so much).

5. Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco

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Rating: 5/5
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1-3
Review: Yes
I’ve never been one for murder mysteries, but I have always been fascinated with the Jack the Ripper case. I think this book made me a fan of murder mysteries. It’s so dark and twisted and gruesome but has plenty of wit and adorable romance.

4. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Rating: 5/5
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Review: Yes
I was going to include The Dark Artifices #1 and #2, but Lord of Shadows was just so amazing that I felt it needed the extra shout out. Don’t get me wrong, Lady Midnight was absolutely fantastic, but Lord of Shadows brought it to the next level. I’m so glad I waited until Queen of Air and Darkness was out to begin reading because that ending killed me.

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

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Rating: 5/5
Series: N/A
Review: Yes
I have been hearing, for so long, how perfect and amazing this book was. When I went into it, I knew nothing except that everyone loved it, and that beautiful first paragraph. It definitely wasn’t what I expected, but in the best way. This book exceeded every expectation and blew me away.

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Rating: 5/5
Series: N/A
Review: Yes
This book. Not only is it well-written, but the message is so important, and this story is one that absolutely needed to be told. If you haven’t picked this up yet, please do. No matter what your political beliefs, you need to read this.

1. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 

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Rating: 5/5
Series: The Raven Cycle #1-4
Review: Yes
Hello, Katie from high school. You told me to read this back in 2014 and I put it off. This is my apology. I should have listened to you and read this when you first mentioned it because it is so freaking amazing. This series is so beautifully written, with amazing characters and a fascinating plot and setting. Everything about it is perfection.

What were your favorite 2018 reads?