5 – I LOVED it so much. I have a book hangover. I’m an emotional wreck. The writing was excellent. Or even if the the writing wasn’t even perfect, the story was strong enough to suit my fancy that the entire execution came through in a way that made me emotional and invested.
4 – I REALLY liked it and I would probably recommend it.
3.5 stars – There IS potential and there was enough things I DID like about it but it didn’t pack the punch I needed. There’s a chance I’ll read the sequel or other works by the author because I think it’s worth giving a second chance to. This often happens with debuts.
3 – There was potential. The book was well-written, but I’m not emotionally invested/don’t care about the characters. This is more of a neutral stance if I’m indecisive (Nothing made me hate it, but nothing made me love it).
2 – I ALMOST liked it, but then the author ruined it for him/her-self by not even trying. It had an interesting, perhaps even unique concept, but the execution wasn’t there at all (i.e. The writing fell flat, the characters were cliche, the world-building was lacking). Where is the substance? Why should I care about this book?
1– I HATED it. Why was this even published? I need Hermione’s Time Turner or for Future Me to warn me that this book was absolute rubbish in every way.