Since I have been posting a lot of reviews lately I've decided it's time to post my guidelines as far as what I look for when I'm reading a book and my rating system. So here it goes!
What I look for when reading a book:
- Character development: by the time I'm done reading a book I want to feel like I know these characters, and that their actions and demeanor can be explained because the author has developed their personality naturally like I was getting to know a new friend. I hate when characters seem robotic or they tell you their emotions instead of showing them to me through their actions, facial expressions, etc. Consistency in the development is important too, don't make a character who is hot headed all of the time all of sudden be stoic and rational with no explanation. People change, but not from one paragraph to the other with no reason.
- Details: when a character walks into a new scene I want to be able to picture the background perfectly, I get some should be left to the reader's imagination but explain to me what is around them. If these characters walk into their house I want to know exactly what the house looks like and how it reflects this specific person. Background details to me are essential to every story and help make the plot more well rounded and believable.
- Emotions: I want books to make me mad, or happy, or sad, or scared. Something!!! Books that give me no emotion suck, even if I'm mad at the author or the character that's fine with me at least it's some sort of emotion. Put me through the ringer, please I beg you! If I'm hooked on a story then I'm smiling and crying right along with those book characters. Make me question my own morals, make me cry, give me the biggest book hangover that ever existed!!!
- Pace: Books that have tons of lulls in them are just bad. I get some really awesome books have one or two lulls and that's fine but if I get really really bored then I just get angry and distracted and it takes away from the plot and the overall book for me.
- Sentence Structure: Constant fragmented sentences pisses me of so much, and when I get angry I can't really get into the story at all and I hate that. I don't like when the writing is so bad that I can't even like the characters in a book let along fall completely in love with them. It takes away from what an author is trying to show the world and I kind of get mad at editors more for that than authors. Editing mistakes don't really bother me that much it happens if it's a couple times but if it's every page then I'm going to have an issue.
- Sex Scenes: I really don't like when books are under the erotica genre and the sex scenes are skipped over completely or not consistent. I don't like when a sex scene goes into massive detail with the foreplay but glides over the actual part, it's not level throughout. If a book isn't considered erotica then I'm okay with less details its the consistency of the scene that bothers me.