I was looking at some of my old reviews and got to wondering: What made me give a book 4 stars instead of 5? Or, what made me give it 5 stars instead of 4? Some of the books I gave 4 stars were books I LOVE, so why not 5?
- Characters: I might LOVE a plot, but struggle with a character. Either that person is a douchecanoe, a whiny brat, or otherwise annoying AF. Even if the character is redeemed by the end of the story, I tend to still hold a grudge.
Example: Matt from Hard Sell by Lauren Layne. He said some really ignorant things to Sabrina and it just pissed me off!
- Unnecessarily long: If I find myself skimming, or at the end I think “Well, that was 200 pages too long”, I usually give it 4 stars instead of 5. I don’t know if an author feels like they have to have 400 pages in a book or if they just think that giving us every detail of that character’s thoughts is crucial to the story.
Example: Pretty much any Kristen Ashley book. I almost ALWAYS find them way too long and filled with drivel.
- Angsty AF: I just do not love the angst. I hate the pining, the lack of communication, the drama llama crap that just serves to make you emotional. I want a book with a plot that is gripping on its own, not one that relies on melodrama like a daytime soap opera.
Example: From Here to You by Jamie McGuire. Ugh the angst. Overall, it was a good book-the fire, the crazy government place he worked for. But the angst…ugh.
- Abrupt ending: I like a book to feel finished! I like when all the details are wrapped up, everyone is happy, and if I get an epilogue I am in heaven. Books that have a ton of build up but the actual end is quick and dirty is a major let down and I feel cheated. Also, I find that if there is no epilogue, I am not as likely to give a book 5 stars. I know this is just a me thing, but in looking back at my ratings, it is totally a trend for me!
Example: Rescuing Sadie from Susan Stoker. I think this one did have an epilogue (I can’t remember) but I did note that the ending was a tad abrupt compared to the build up. Also, I think this was partly due to the crossover nature of the book, but my thoughts still stand!
So, those are 4 of my reasons I rate a book 4 instead of 5! What makes you lower your rating on a book you loved? Share with me in the comments!