Although I have only recently joined Rosie Amber’s review team, I have been reviewing the books I have enjoyed reading for a while now.
Reviewing is easy enough to do and it makes sense to tell the world (and the author) what you thought of it. Something we wish more readers would do, but that’s another post!
Most of our reviews have been well received, which was one of the reasons I applied to be an official reviewer for Rosie Amber to help other authors by spreading the word.
I had read all the guidelines for successful reviewing, but this week I slipped up, and badly. In my enthusiastic response after reading Suzanne Rogerson’s The Lost Sentinel, I included not one but two spoilers in my review! In my defense, when a book is as brilliant as Suzanne’s, you want to share the good stuff with everyone, just not key moments and I will admit, I got carried away… Luckily, this was not one of Rosie’s recomendations, or I would be out of a job…
Spoilers, you see, tell any prospective reader what happens at key moments in the book, and can ruin any desire to read the book. So what I did was bad…
After much red-faced embarrassment and a lot of humble apologies, I have amended the review and pray that I don’t do it again.
Not the first time my enthusiasm has landed me in trouble, but hopefully it will be the last!
Rosie Amber supplies these helpful guidelines, and I must remember them!
Book Title and Author Name
Book Setting – time and place
Introduce the main characters
Describe the storyline in general terms (avoid spoilers that give too much away)
How was the book set out? (If this was obvious) For instance alternating chapters from different characters, or chapters from different time periods.
What did you like about the book?
What would have made it better?
What didn’t you enjoy in the book?
Would you read another book by this author?
Your star rating.
And finally, add links (I’m always forgetting to do this!)