My Review Star System
I always start with five stars. Then depending on certain criteria I add points or deduct them.
A) Minus 0.5 star, if the book has less than ten missing words, misplaced punctuation, spelling errors, or extra words.
B) Minus 1 star, if the book has more than ten missing words, misplaced words, spelling errors, or extra words.
C) Minus 0.5 stars, if the above errors drew me out of the story.
D) Minus 1 star, if the book is less than 50,000 words, unless it’s promoted as a short story and reflected in the price.
E) Minus 1 star, if I didn’t enjoy reading the book and maybe had to give up.
F) Add 0.5 star, if the book maintains my interest.
G) Add 0.5 star, if the book invokes strong responses, such as suspense, tension, fear, sadness, sympathy, empathy, happiness, or is thought provoking.
H) Add 0.5 star, if the book flows.
I) Add 0.5 star, if I felt it was a reasonably good read at the end.
J) Add 1 star, if I thoroughly enjoyed the book
The Secret, Karen Mossman 4****
(B) minus 1 (C) minus 0.5 (D) minus 1 (F) Add 0.5 (H) add 0.5 (I) 0.5
Kerry was part of an ordinary, happy family until her father died. Struggling on her own and with few choices left, Kerry’s mother eventually accepted the shelter of another man’s home, a man who loved her until things turned sour. In hindsight, it was probably the wrong move, but sometimes you have to live through these circumstances before you realize it’s not what you want. It certainly wasn’t what Kerry wanted.
The way this author wrote about one family’s life in 1970 Manchester was authentic and enjoyable. It was an easy read but somewhat short for me because I prefer a longer read. Nonetheless, I enjoyed being lost in nostalgia for a short time and wallowing in the memories of that era’s music and singers. The well-developed characters seemed realistic and the places were vividly described. I based my star award system on editing, book length, flow, maintaining interest, reading enjoyment, and whether it invokes strong reading responses like fear, suspense, happiness, sadness, etc. For this review see:https://carolec55.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/reviews-ive-given/