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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King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo – Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: King of Scars absolutely blew me away. It was everything I wanted and more, and I don’t think I’ll be able to function normally until I can read the next book!

“The monster is me and I am the monster.”  

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My February 2019 TBR

There are so many amazing books I want to read, but I managed to narrow my TBR down to my top 5. I tried to mix it up with ARCs and new releases, all of which I’ve been dying to read!

Last month, I got to one book from my TBR, but hopefully this month I’ll do better. I’ve already started King of Scars, so maybe this momentum will continue throughout the month.

Read more to hear about each of these amazing-sounding books!

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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo – Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Shadow and Bone is an amazing introduction to a fascinating world and complex characters that will take over your life. I’m serious. This series (and universe) will ruin you.

“‘Fine,’ he said with a weary shrug. ‘Make me your villain.’”

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