This week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Are your reviews more of a rehash of the story or do you comment on writing style, characters, and reflection?
Well, I certainly aim to do more than just retell the story! I generally do include a paragraph or (for very complicated plots!) two of storyline, so readers will have some context when I start talking about characters or other aspects of the book. However, I feel like plot summaries are what the back of the book, or the Amazon description, are for. In a sense, that’s the objective part–what happens in the book.
I feel like my job as a reviewer is to provide the subjective part. Duly noting after our last blog hop discussion that this is just my opinion, my goal is to let you know how well the story was carried out. Was the interesting premise actually interesting, or did it end up dragging? Was the awesome-sounding heroine as cool as I hoped? Did the romance hinted at in the plot summary turn out to be believable, or ridiculous? Was the book funny, sad, or moving–sometimes the contents of a plot summary will hint at those things, but did it turn out that way?
Knowing what happens in a book does help me decide whether to read it or not–but I’ve read plenty of books that were terrible despite great premises. Only retelling the plot means only looking at one part of a book, and only one aspect that can make it worth reading–or not.
And now I’m curious what other people are expecting from reviews! When you read book reviews (not just mine!), are you mainly looking for a description of the story, or do you also want to know the reviewer’s subjective opinions? 🙂