5 STARS means the book was flawless. The characters, setting, plot, and dialogue all worked seamlessly together. I enjoyed the book so much that it will eventually be re-read and it will have a lasting place on my book shelf. This book will definitely be recommended to everyone!! I will most likely Fangirl hard over this one 😉 It had a real BOOM!
4 STARS means the book was a really enjoyable read, but not a die hard favorite of mine. There’s a good chance I might reread this book and it will most likely be staying on my bookshelf. I’ll definitely recommend this book to others. While not a major favorite, it’s still worth the shoutout! Something about it really POPPED!
3 STARS means that the book was relatively enjoyable. It may have some flaws or drawbacks, but I didn’t feel like I wasted my time reading the story. I probably won’t reread this story. I most likely will still recommend this book as something to try out if the plot/characters/genre etc. interest you. The book was solidly created, but nothing made it stand out among the crowd overly much.
2 STARS means that the book was a rough read, but a concept was there. It needs a lot of work character, plot, or dialogue wise. Usually a two star book means that I struggled to finish it. I really had to push my way through to get to the end of the story. Usually I decide to continue on reading because it has a good concept behind it or some redeeming quality that makes me stick with it. These books are definitely not rereads for me. I most likely won’t recommend the book. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that others might recommend the book. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.
1 STAR means that I didn’t finish the book (which is a rare occurrence) or it’s a book that I really hated (another rare occurrence)–meaning that I didn’t find anything redeemable in it at all. This book won’t be recommended at all.
Sometimes a book is almost there to another star or sometimes it’s pretty close to removing a star, but something redeems it to the middle-ground stage. Those times bring out the half stars. My reviews will most likely explain the reasoning for including a half star.