How to Write a Great Book Review?
September 6, 2010 § 10 Comments
Credit to eHow.com
Review books that really move you one way or the other. It doesn’t matter if the book made you angry, exhilarated, sad, or simply left you saying, “Wow.” You need to have a passionate point of view that will come through in your writing, even if it stirred mixed feelings in you.
If you are familiar with the author’s previous works, compare this book to his other(s.) This will give the reader a richer feel for the author’s style and a good basis for comparison.
Grab the reader in the first line of your review with something engaging that also reveals the essence of the book.
Comment on things such as plot line, strengths and weaknesses of characters, flaws, sub plots and inventiveness of the author’s writing.
Refrain from giving away any secrets or plot twists. You can talk about whether or not they worked for you, but don’t reveal what they are.
Use a unique voice, whether that means injecting humor, sarcasm, or any other point of view that is in line with the book’s genre. In other words, if you’re reviewing a cook book, use creative and enticing language.