For all book reviews, I use the following rating scale:
1 – I suffered through this. I really tried to like it, I did, but in the end I only dragged myself through to the last page because I have a compulsive need to finish every book I invest any time in.
2 – I didn’t find this book to be unbearably unpleasant and/or terribly written, but there were enough flaws that I’m seriously questioning the person who gave it the green light.
3 – This book was okay. I didn’t necessarily look forward to reading it, but I didn’t dread opening it either. I hung on for the ride, and the plot and/or writing had strengths even if there were some problem areas.
4 – I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. The plot kept my interest throughout the entire work, and the writing was strong. If my friends are looking for something good to read, there’s a pretty good chance I’m going to throw this title their way.
5 – I’m having trouble verbalizing how amazing this book is. I mean, this is the art of storytelling at its finest. I spent all day at work looking forward to going home and reading this book for hours at a time. Now that I’m done I feel empty because I’m back in the real world and I don’t know when I’ll ever find a new book I love this much. I will probably read it again at some point, perhaps multiple times. If you’ve got criticisms, lay ’em on me, because I will defend this book to the proverbial death.