The first question of today and the 4th of the weekend is asked by Younella:
Congrats Younella you won a $10 store credit to Loose Id
Younella: Do you have a set criteria for the star system, or is it totally dependent on the individual reviewers tastes?
While we do have a set description of what each “Love Bytes Heart” rating equates to, they are generalizations that we try to stick to, but each reviewer rates based on their own personal feeling about the book. Some of us rate tougher than others. For me personally, for example, you have to blow my socks off to get a 5.0, and it is hard to do.
While we have always encouraged our reviewers to rate the books they read honestly, we have set up a general guideline for what those ratings mean in terms of stars (or hearts, as our graphics show). It is as follows:
1 heart Strongly Disliked It
1.5 heart — Didn’t Like It / Not For Me
2 heart — Mediocre
2.5 heart — It Was Ok
3 heart — It Was Good / Average
3.5 heart — Liked It / Above Average
4 heart — Liked It A Lot. Would Recommend
4.5 heart — Loved It. Would Recommend
5 heart — Absolutely Fantastic / Amazing. Would Recommend
It is not a scientific measure though, so a lot of the rating comes from the general feeling the reviewers is left at the end of the book as well as whatever other measures they take into account for the rating. It may not be the most unbiased way to rate books, but with so many different people here on Love Bytes we did try to find the easiest and fairest way for everyone…reviewers, readers, and authors alike.
I always use the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ table. I put what I liked as well as what I didn’t like about the book. The number of each determines the rating. It also ensures that it’s fair and balanced. It’s a weird number system I have that makes sense to me but would probably leave anyone else scratching their heads in confusion.
For me, a 5 star rating means that it will be a new “go-to” audiobook when I want a comfort read.
A 2 star for me would have been virtually unreadable because of either the story or narrator. I have never had a DNF
review book, although it was close once.
we are encouraged to give our honest thoughts on our reviews. we have the heart system and we decide what the ratings will be.
What is important is that you have a base of ratings like the one Chris mentioned above, we have a system in place.
Ofcourse you have your personal feeling with it , some will rate a bit higher then others for example but it is good to have a general rating in place I think. I think we never published a DNF one but we do have published 1 or 2 star rated reviews.
I am curious what kind of rating you think should be handled can you tell us what you think ?
for two of you there is a ecopy of an Extasy book of choice as a prize waiting 🙂