I thought it best to describe my feelings about ratings for you. This applies to a rating I might have mentioned on my blog or the rating I have given you when I posted your book somewhere more publicly.
Any questions, don't hesitate to ask me. -kathy
5* To me, five star stories are extraordinary, stupendous, and
special. The subject nor the genre have any bearing on the rating. Here is my personal
interpretation of the attributes extraordinary, stupendous, and special:
-snatch and grab...something grabs my attention from the
beginning. This could be a few pages, or a single page but there can be no
question that this is 100% dependent on the author's writing skills.
-a character that I'll love or
hate, One that the author has crafted enough for me to see, know, and feel.
-dialog that I can follow, be a
part of, and never have to wonder who is saying what.
-writing style. I don’t necessarily
want to read a book that has all of the commas and semi-colons in place.
Unusual punctuation and the occasional colloquialism add a style to me. It sets
me in the picture. Surrounds me with the scene. Unique writing can hold one’s
attention way more than a subject at times. Typos and grammar faux pas are
-and talent, how very important talent
is... I'm not sure that the actual subject of a story is as important as the
emotion evoked, maybe that’s defined as style. Sometimes we tend to almost be
mad at a book, pulled into a story and angry because the author didn't do as we
wanted. Maybe a story made us feel good or happy. Let me tell you, whether you
like it or not, whether you're satisfied or ready to scream, even if you're
crying or laughing, the author that can evoke emotion with mere words on paper
is a talented author.
4* I enjoyed it. It might be missing that extra touch, but
it was well-written, read easily, and kept my attention. I was glad I took the
time to read it, and would definitely recommend it.
3* I got through this, but really didn’t have a good
time. It didn’t have enough errors to
affect the flow of the reading and has a somewhat entertaining story. While
there might not be any glaring problems, I would not recommend.
2* I didn’t finish. Either boring and/or too many errors. Would
1* I don’t give this rating. If I feel from the beginning a book is "bad", I still try
to read at least a couple of chapters if not more. If a book is bad, I return it. My inclusive description of “bad”
-If the book has enough errors to disrupt my reading, I return
it and do not review.
-If a book is unduly discriminatory or biased in any manner, I return it and do not review.
-If I have been told that the book is not erotic or embarrassingly
sexual and have been lied to in any other way, I return it and do not review.