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Review Guidelines

Reader To Reader (RTR) welcomes your review. This is the perfect place to share your comments about a book you just read.
What should you include in your review?
  • Character(s) names:  who are the main protagonists in the story? Telling the reader a bit about these characters can also be helpful. For example: In Till the Cows Come Home, Susan Wheeler spent the first 25 years of her life working on a dairy farm in Vermont. But Susan always dreamed of becoming a star on Broadway, and one day she decides to do something about it. So Susan packs up her trombone and tap shoes and heads out to New York City.

  • Category: Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, etc.:  In other words, what type of book is it? Sometimes a book won’t fit neatly into just one category so let readers know this too. For example: Winds Across Manchuria is not only a richly detailed historical novel that introduces readers to the fascinating world of late 19th century Manchuria, it is also a beautifully written love story about two people, who never expected to fall in love.

  • Publication Date

  • Publisher

  • Brief Synopsis of Story: Synopsis should include setting, timeline, storyline, and main characters, Most readers do want to know something about a book before they will invest their time in reading it. But do not give away the entire plot. You are setting the stage for the reader with your review not giving them a Cliff Note’s version of the entire story. In particular, if the author shines at one particular aspect such as setting, be sure to let readers know this. For example: in Down in the Pitts in Georgia the author excels at evoking the hot, humid, and sometimes sleepy atmosphere of small town life in the south so much so that many readers will wish they have a fan in hand while turning the pages of this leisurely paced cozy mystery. Another example: Characters are the key to Oops, There’s a Body in My Basement, and the author has a definite gift for crafting endearingly quirky yet easily relatable characters right down to zany aunt Tilda and her pet ocelot.

  • Tone: As a reviewer, the tone of a book–sometimes this is referred to as the "author’s voice" - isn't always easy to discern, but this can be an important factor for many readers. Is the writing lighthearted and funny? Is there a dark, ominous feeling to the book? Does the author write with a lyrical elegance or is their type of storytelling more plain and down-to-earth?

  • Pacing: How fast does the plot move? When it comes to some genres, there is a built-in expectation as to how quickly the story will unfold. For example, readers expect a suspense novel or thriller to have a fast-paced plot. If this is not the case, this can be something to mention in your review. For example: readers will find that in How to Get Bloodstains Out of Wool Carpeting, the author takes a more leisurely approach to plotting compared to other thriller writers. On the other hand, fans of other literary genres such as historical fiction may expect (and want) a slower pace to the story. For example: in Je Suis the King, the author slowly and methodically introduces readers to the glittering court world of Versailles at the time of Louis XIV.

  • Review Length: Maximum review length is 300 words. If you find yourself going over this word limit, go back to your draft and see what you can trim from your plot summary in order to bring your review under word count.

  • Sex, language, and violence oh my! Let’s be realistic: graphic language, graphic violence, and graphic sex can be a concern for some readers. The trick is letting readers know about these potential red flags in your review without sounding judgmental about the book. When it comes to sex, using words like steamy or vividly detailed to describe the love scenes between characters can help clue readers in as to the level of sensuality in the book. Conversely, using adjectives such as sweet, charming, and gentle with regards to the romantic component of a novel can let a reader know that this particular book’s romantic elements may be more of what they want. This technique can also be applied to the amount/level of swearing and violence in a book. For example: Throughout the book Ship Ahoy, Captain Tom Anderson swears like the grizzly old sailor he is, but once readers get to know him, they will find he really is a marshmallow at heart. Another example: I Married a Serial Killer is definitely not for the faint-of-heart reader since the author slowly yet surely ups the nail-biting tension in the story with each and every grisly murder the protagonist’s husband commits.
     
Other Things to Keep In Mind while writing your review:
  • Don’t review the book if you haven’t read it. Yes, this sounds like basic common sense but it is important.
  • Review the book you read not the book you wanted the author to write.
  • Books are subjective. Just because a book doesn’t appeal to you as an individual reader, doesn’t mean other readers will not enjoy it.
  • Don’t be afraid to mention any potential stumbling blocks you may find in the story. Not every book is flawless. But be prepared to back up your opinion with specific references to the book itself. For example: In Lost in a Crowd, the author introduces readers to an fascinating cast of secondary characters. But since the author dedicates so much time in the story to differentiating these minor characters, some readers may find that they really don’t get to know the protagonist as well as they might wish.

Note:
  • Single-word reviews will not be posted. We want to know why you liked or disliked the book.
  • This is a public forum but, we will not post reviews or comments that contain profanity, obscenities, or are purposely unkind.
  • We reserves the right to edit a review for grammar and readability. We do not rate books with numbers of symbols! We reserve the right to reject a review if the review fails to meet the guidelines.
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