Okay so, book covers. I'm not an art expert. I never studied art. Maybe that means I shouldn't critique art. It probably means that I often overlook meaningful and artsy covers because I don't appreciate them. I'm sure there are lots of art people out there who would disagree with my assessments on covers. That's just fine. Actually, that's great.
See, the only reason I feel qualified to give my opinion on covers is this : I'm a reader.
I read and 90% of the time I picked the book based on the cover. It's unfair to say the least, since authors have little to no say in the covers of their published works. I'm fairly confident it was an author displeased with their cover art who first said, "Don't judge a book by its cover."
Unfortunately we do. I do. You do. We can't help ourselves.
And that's what I'm basing my opinion on. My opinion. :)
Young adult is a huge age range. We're talking 12-18-year-olds and even if the age span isn't tremendous, the maturity and experiences differ drastically. Not only that, but I know a great many grown adults who don't read anything but YA fiction. Therefore, it's not really a big surprise that YA books vary so much. Some YA books are great for like 13-year-olds. Other's are excellent for adults but probably not ideal for a younger audience. When I review books, I'll try to comment on which age I feel the book is most appropriate for.
I mean, I gave Firelight and God's Play both 3 stars for vastly different reasons. God's Play is for an older, more mature audience. Firelight was a little too young for my tastes.
And therein lies the beauty of opinion blogs. My tastes. My opinion. Isn't it great that I can rate a book on a scale of 1 to 5 based soley on my opinion of what I think and what I think other's will think?
Yes, yes it is.
When you read my reviews it's probably important to note that these are the thoughts of a 24-year-old mother who reads YA because I don't want the content of adult books, but I'm not really into mermaids, fairies, and dragons any more.
Here is how I give my stars away-
One Star- I didn't like this book. Probably didn't finish it because it was so bad. How did this get through the intense publication process?
Two Stars- It was fine. I read it, didn't I? If there are sequels I won't read them.
Three Stars- Good book. I liked it.
Four Stars- This book was great. This author will not disappoint you and you should trust the lives of your characters in their hands. I rather enjoyed it and I imagine that you will too.
Five Stars- MUST READ. (I'll specify which age MUST READ.) Either way, 5 stars are far a few between. I mean. I didn't even give my own published work 5 stars. I strive to be a reliable source. :)
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