How to Write a Detailed Book Review




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Are you trying to figure out the best way to review a new book? Don’t worry. It can definitely be overwhelming. You don’t want to forget anything, but you also don’t want to rewrite the entire book. This is how I organize a book review.

A Picture

It may sound simple, but I’ve noticed a lot of reviewers forget to put a picture of the book in their review. I pick up a lot of my books just because I love how the cover looks. I would also recommend linking it back to Goodreads. That way your reader can add it to their “must read” list.


We should probably know what the book is called and who wrote it. Just saying.

Date Released/Series/Genre/Goodreads Rating

These are things I include because I know I look for them when I first look at a book. I’m not a big fan of horror and so I usually won’t pick books under this genre and I would like to know before I take the time to read the back of the book.

How it was Acquired

Extremely important! If you are planning on posting a review, you need to state how you got the book. Did you buy it? Did the author give you a copy to review? Did you borrow it from the library? I’m more likely to pick up a book someone purchased with their own money than one they got for free. If they loved enough to spend money on it, you bet your boots I’m going to spend money on it too. 

“I received an ARC via Josie Jaffrey in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my opinions below.”


Please, Please, Please include the summary from the back of the book! You could have an extremely detailed review but the back of the book was written from the author. It’s what they wrote to hook their readers.


–       Ok this is where your readers will probably look first. (Well, this is where I look first) If you have a 5 star rating, I want to know why. I want to know why you loved it and why it got the best possible rating. The same goes for a 1 star rating. Why did you hate it? Why wouldn’t you recommend it?

o   I break up my star reviews into categories.

§  Writing – How well is the book written. Are there a lot of errors?

§  Plot – Does the plot make sense? Have I already read the same plot in 5 other books?

§  Romance – Is there a romantic aspect to the book? Does it make sense? Does it leave you rooting for the couple?

§  Reading Level – If it labeled as YA but has very descriptive sex scenes, it should probably be in the Adult section. Not something I’d want my 13-year-old reading.

§  Ending – Did it leaving you hanging? Will you miss the characters? How well did you enjoy the ending?

§  Overall – Overall, how would you rate the book?


This is where your review goes. Talk about what you loved and hated, the questions you were left with and what you think others would want to know.

                    o  Spoilers!

Make sure if you have spoilers in your reviews to state that at the beginning! There is nothing worse than reading a review with a spoilers and realizing you can’t go back. Many people won’t read a book after they’ve read a spoiler.

Example 1

Example 2

These types of reviews take A LOT of time! It’s not easy. I won’t pretend it is. Especially if you decide to write a review of every book you read. I used to write a review for every book like this and it completely drained me. Now, I write these detail reviews for authors who have given me a free book in exchange for a review, book tours and for books I desperately want to talk about. (Usually my 1 & 5 star books.) Looking for an easier review option? Don’t worry, I have another option I’ll be posting in a couple weeks!

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