I really like Tristi's method of reviewing because I value her opinions on books and because she's an awesome person too!
Visit her blog post on Writing Great Book Reviews and read what she has to say. I especially like this part:
"After I've written the synopsis, I will make a criticism sandwich. That is to say, I share something I liked about the book, something I felt could have been stronger, and then I close with another thing I liked. I rarely just praise without mentioning something I would have improved - I am a critical reader, and so I spot things." (Tristi Pinkston)
I get review requests often and it's so hard for me to offer constructive criticism because, let's face it--swallowing criticism, no matter how constructive, is hard to do. At the same time, if I'm offering criticism it's because I truly feel the writer will get better and I'm looking forward to seeing what else they can do in the future with their writing chops. Even if I dislike a book, I can always find something in it that was done well and I also realize that some people may LOVE the same book I hate.
You can read several of the reviews I've done in the past if you click on the sidebar link that says, Rachelle's Book Club.
So, go read Tristi's blog if you haven't already and be prepared for more great book reviews in the future.
If you would like me to review your book, please email me at and if your book sounds like something I'd enjoy reading, I'll see if I can fit you in Rachelle's Book Club.
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