How I Wrote A Review Of A Book By A Hopeless Reviewer


How I Wrote A Review Of A Book By A Hopeless Reviewer

Reviewers Block


If like me, you want to write a book review but struggle to make it sound good then maybe my article may help you. I won a book a few months ago and it was a brilliant read, I looked forward to reading the next part every time I had to put it down, it really was that well written. You would think I would have whipped up a review in minutes after having been so enthralled with it but every time I went to write the review I suffered reviewers block. So here is my plan to write that review, I am going to list everything that is important to put in a review, search for good descriptive keywords and quotes and then try to mix it all together to get my review done.

So What Is Important To Add To A Book Review?

There are three main things to a book:

1 Story Line: Describe briefly what the story is about, is it believable, it's location if it matters, the main plot and sub-plots, what makes it good, is it easy to read or did you struggle to finish it.
2 Characters: Who are the main characters? Describe them and their mission in the storyline, can you relate to them, are the characters strongly written and believable and will you miss them now the story is over.
3 The Authors Abilities: The Authors writing style, was it easy to love or hate the characters, did the book flow with easy or did the plot over twist and turn like an deformed bouncy ball.

Thats it, thats all that matters, the story, the characters and the authors voice but some how I am still lost for words, so lets add the keywords and hopefully I can use some of them for my review. You can see the list at the bottom of the page, I don't know if they helped me or not, maybe I read them and they did make me think more descriptively.

But I am still stuck and I bet you are too with your review, ok time to cheat, I will use the blurb from the back cover as my guide.

The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye

Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting.

The Waiting Room Amazon.co.uk

Oh No! It is a very small description, I guess I could go read all the other reviews but then my review will be just a copy of theirs. Going by the blurb, I don't think the author wants an explanation of what the waiting room is and to be fair to the other reviewers, "yep I sneaked a peak of what they had to say," they think so too, so I guess I better start writing what I think of this book.

Storyline and Characters Simplified

Jude and Nina are married and very much in love. Jude dies and finds himself in the waiting room, not in heaven, not in hell and not out of existence which some people believe happens when we die.

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So anyways Jude is in the Waiting Room and while other souls appear then get called by Ruth the receptionist and leave to start new lives, he starts to think why hasn't he left yet as does the receptionist who is very aloof to him. That's it I cant go further the author might put a hit on me for giving the game away, this writing a review thingy is starting to get me down, so what if not the plot and location can I blooming write about.

The Author and Their Writing Voice

OK whinge over, I will go to the next item on the list: about the author and her way of writing, how well she has written this book and how I felt about reading it which is easy.

Alysha Kaye has written one of the best story's that I have come across. It is about love, relationships and the afterlife. The two main characters are well written you can not help but fall in love with them and the same can be said for the supporting cast, even Ruth the sour mysterious receptionist becomes a person you want to know more about, her character is extremely well written and by the end of the story you will miss her as much as you will miss Jude and Nina. The main setting for The Waiting Room is the waiting room which makes sense but throughout the book we get to meet new characters that interact with the storyline.

I liked the idea of how Alysha Kaye sees the afterlife for this story, souls popping into the Waiting Room briefly while waiting to start again, knowing that all they remember about past lives and the waiting room will be forgotten each time they start a new life but remembered in full when they return.

Now I better make this review more personal by adding my feeling about the book.

For 30 minutes a day every day I allow myself the time to read a book, while supping a coffee or two after breakfast and before I start my daily routine of work, work and more work. Upon waking every morning I would be eager to enter my reading time and get back into the lives at the Waiting Room, like I have said it is well written with strong characters, a believable storyline depending on your own beliefs and abilities to accept other peoples ideas. In parts I would find myself lost within the book experiencing the joys and sadness of the characters, I didn't want it to end and it was an heart-warming read throughout.

That's it, my review, maybe not the best review, maybe not that well punctuated or structured but it is my own work and it does tell the author how much I enjoyed her book. I hope someone who likes the books I like will read it and buy the book, the author deserves it.

I managed to tell the storyline without giving the game away, I talked about the characters and the authors style and I managed to say how it related to me and made me feel. Yes I know it is a very short review, they are not my thing and other reviewers can say things far better than me, the main thing is, it is another review that expresses an honest opinion about a book.

P.S. At the time of publishing this article Alysha Kaye was not a member, I could not bring myself to ask her to join ReadersGazette while I had not written a review of her wonderful book, she knew I had read it because I had told her so. Maybe she will join at a later date or maybe never at all, who knows that is up to her and her marketing strategy. All I do know is I won a book that I didn't read for many months and when I did finally read it I fell in love with it, it brightened my days and left me wanting more when it was over.

As you can see my list of keywords etc. It does not really relate that much to what I ended up writing but when you write your review, it might help to have a list of descriptive words to use.

fast paced, thrilling, chilling, suspense, twists and turns, Engaging, Powerful, intriguing, fascinating, recommend, wonderful, atmosphere, passionate, heartrending, easy to read, captivating, intriguing plot. Nice and Clean, an entertaining read, romantic, tender-hearted, fun book, drama suspense and comedy, cried, gentle love, touched my heart, fabulous, pretty predictable, humorous, amateur, Christian inspirational novel, nice, laughed and cried, intriguing plot, great sex, enjoyed, wonderfully entertaining, hilarious, Engaging, Fun read, delightful, laughed my butt off, already have the next book, sex, well formed plot, comical, hot, great new author. passion, family drama, characters are well drawn and realistic, Realistic, enjoyed, well constructed, enticing, strong believable characters.

Relentless and powerful, the story grips from the first page, allow your imagination to explode, storyline loses direction, creepiness, supernatural aspects, Every page had me gripped, fall in love with the characters, compelling dystopian novel,a gripping story that keeps you wanting to know what happens next.

This is an exciting, fast-paced read, This fast paced and enthralling thriller, great novel that's full of suspense and action, well written and formatted, It's a real thriller, The plot just pulled me in, This story had every element a good story should have, well-written and well-rounded character development, This captivating and praiseworthy effort had me immersed from the beginning, story flows from scene to scene with ease, non-stop until you get to the end, pure reading pleasure. the characters find themselves right in the middle of a huge dilemma, The tension in the story is established from the very beginning, great narrative, It's a perfect blend of adventure and suspense, the protagonists, captivating and will keep you on the edge of your seat from front cover to back! Whirled me away with amazing imagery and wildly exciting action, Nice twists and turns keep it interesting, inspirational story, will leave you wanting to read more, sweet, sorrowful and inspirational, The author did a superb job with the setting, This book just wowed me.

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