A Guide to The Ratings
This blog uses a 5 star rating system without half star increments.
5 stars: A masterpiece.
A must read. This book is among the best in speculative fiction.
4 stars: Great to Excellent.
I really enjoyed it and it’s highly recommended. It engaged me all throughout and it’s an all-around excellent read.
3 stars: Okay to Good.
Recommended. This is a good book, it’s just that I was more engaged by other books. You may be more interested in this book if you’re looking for something specific.
2 stars: I didn’t enjoy it.
You could read this book if you’re a big fan of the genre, but otherwise it didn’t interest me enough to consider it worth recommending.
1 star: No one would enjoy it.
This book at its current form is a waste of time, and it needs some serious edits.
Good books get 3 stars and higher. Books that are not enjoyable or have serious problems get 2 stars and less.
Books do not get bonus stars for being “more well-written than other indies” and pricing is irrelevant, because good storytelling and a polished book are elements that should be taken for granted. The written book review itself is more important than the rating, because it tells who the book is for and readers can judge for themselves if they’d be interested in the story.
What do the tags in the reviews mean?
They’re tropes and details in the book. If you don’t understand it, there might be a corresponding TVtropes wiki page that would explain it. It’s another way to browse for your next read.