How Long Should a Review Be?
by Charley P.
As with everything concerning the art of reviewing, there is no hard and fast rule for how long reviews should be. But what I do know is that four or five sentences couldn’t possibly explain your entire reading experience. At least, I’ve never read a review that short that helped me make a decision about reading the book or not.
I guess it all boils down to, what should you cover while writing a review? First, the plot. You should share with readers how you thought the plot flowed and how well you felt the ending tied everything up. Maybe there was a cliffhanger. Say so! Cliffhangers have become quite a controversial thing, so definitely take advantage of that.
Next, the characters. I don’t know about anyone else, but for me, the characters in a book are everything. Take us on their journey. Explore their personalities and share their weaknesses. I’ve found that readers take better to characters that they can relate to. So if you find a wonderfully flawed character in a book, share it with potential readers.
Last, the author. Bottomline: Can they write? If so, tell readers a little bit about the author’s style and how well they conveyed their plot and characters. Good writing makes reading easy even when the plot is complex and the characters are intense.
So how long should a review be? As long as you want it to be. But if you want to help readers, then just make sure you cover all of the bases. Talk about things readers actually want to know. Not just how much you liked the book in general and how excited you are for the sequel. Though, excitement of any kind is always welcome.
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