The truth is, we can’t predict how a book will make us feel. Book Valkyries like us are unpredictable, insatiable, and always on the hunt for stories to covet. Because we’re so complicated, our rating scale is rather simple.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ = WE’RE OBSESSED. EMOTIONAL. HUNGOVER. IN LOVE. We’ve devoured the story like starving thieves, and now lick the lingering ink off our fingers. WE COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN — AND GODS, WE DIDN’T WANT TO! We want more. We need more. GIVE US MORE.
This rating is our highest. It means we LOVED the book. The plot was captivating. The characters were memorable, well-developed, and worth rooting for. And that romantic subplot? Totally, undeniably delicious. The twists were unpredictable, the pacing was fantastic, and the writing style is unforgettable and gorgeous. This is a book we will NEVER tire of re-reading.
★ ★ ★ ★ = WE WOULD SPEND ALL NIGHT WITH THIS BOOK. We really liked it. There are some scenes we definitely loved. There may have been a few things we weren’t crazy about. Or there may be nothing wrong with the book, it just didn’t blow us away. We would recommend this book to most people and think most people would really enjoy this book. Go read it and tell us your thoughts!
★ ★ ★ = IT WAS OKAY. Overall, this book was good. We didn’t love it. We didn’t hate it. There may have been more than a few things that bothered us while reading this book, and we may not have been able to put our finger on all of them. We would still recommend this book; it just wasn’t a favorite of ours.
This rating isn’t necessarily negative, but it’s not wholly positive. The characters may have been a little unlikable or inconsistent. The plot might have had a few holes or may have been too predictable. And the pacing? It may have been too fast or too slow. There are a million reasons why we give a three-star review, one of which is that it simply wasn’t 100% for us. We’d still recommend it to others who like may enjoy this kind of book.
★ ★ = WE MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS, BUT IN THE END, IT WASN’T OUR CUPPA. There may have been a few elements or moments we liked. However, what we disliked outweighed what we enjoyed. This rating is often reserved for books that are lacking in areas that make or break our commitment to them: the writing style, characterization, world-building. and/or problematic plot lines. We may have liked a few moments in the story, but our warm and fuzzies were overwhelmed by whatever it’s lacking.
It’s rare we give this low of a rating because we reserve it for books we struggled to finish and couldn’t find more than a handful of reasons to love it. We wanted to like it, but due to flat characters, inconsistent plots, or some other issue, we just….couldn’t.
★ = DNF. We disliked this book and had several issues with it. There wasn’t anything about the book that we enjoyed. Some things in this book may have been offensive to us.