Hello! I’m a high school senior living in Southern California, wishing to be somewhere that actually has four seasons instead of Summer and Summer Lite. I spend most of my time reading, writing, playing music, and running this blog and my bookstagram. This blog began as an outlet for me to express my love of reading (while also giving age ratings on reviews), but now it’s mostly evolved into critiques of books based on content instead of appropriateness. I’ve also made sure to be more active about my writing on here, which is an important part of my life.
My favorite series of all time is Harry Potter and my favorite of the series is The Order of the Phoenix. I also have a soft-spot for The Raven Cycle, The Mortal Instruments, Radio Silence, and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
I would also like to note that these reviews are pure opinions. You do not have to agree with me and I’d love to hear your opinions as well, but please leave the comments section friendly and courteous.
My rating system (just a note, I don’t do half ratings!):
5 stars-I give a lot of five star ratings, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have criteria for it. There are a few things I need in a five star book. First, it has to have an original or at least good plot that keeps me hooked. Then it has to have creative characters that make you feel something, that make you love them or hate them, and make you care about them as if they are real people. Finally, it has to be written well (not like J.K. Rowling well; I’ve gotten used to the idea that not every book is going to be as great as Harry Potter).
4 stars-Four star ratings usually mean one of those parts are missing. Maybe the characters aren’t realistic enough or it wasn’t written well (though, I gave Twilight five stars and that was written horribly–I typically contradict myself). The only exception is plot line. Usually if the plot isn’t executed well…see three stars.
3 stars-As mentioned above in four stars, if a plot line isn’t good or is good but not executed properly, I’ll give it three stars. Three stars means I didn’t like it very much, but would probably read the next book if there is a sequel. It’s basically the equivalent of “okay” in my opinion.
2 stars-The book has to be really bad for me to give it two stars. Chances are, two star rated books are going to be either boring and uncreative, written terribly, written with a really bad plot, or all of the above. If I rate a book two stars than the chances of me picking up the next book is very slim. It’s not even funny how bad two star rated books are to me.
1 star-I generally don’t give away only one star. Being an aspiring author myself, I have to appreciate the effort it took for an author to write a book and stick with it. I don’t want to give a book such a low rating because I know how much work it is. If I were to rate a book one star then that must mean the book is really really bad. If I give a book one star, I probably didn’t finish it. Yep, I have a few of those…books that I couldn’t bear to read any more of because it was so slow.