How do you like your reviews?

Regardless of the other posts, funny or serious, this is a review site and I take your temperature from time to time to see if we’re giving you what you want.

Unless this is your first visit to the site most bloggers know that our reviews are pretty long. We cover characterization, plot, dialogue/prose, pacing (sometimes), what worked and what didn’t. As readers (and this includes authors because they are readers too), I’m assuming that you check out our reviews ( and those on other sites) because you’re trying to decide if you should buy a particular book, and not because you like our prose and dialogue. :). So the question is – are we giving you what you need to make that all important “buy” decision?

Leslie pulled the numbers together a couple of weeks ago and we had reviewed about 170 books during the first 3 months of this year, but for me quality is more important than quantity. So in this vein, have we met your needs?

Is the content what you’re looking for?
Do you like the plot synopsis in the reviews or would rather we mostly eliminate it? *(We can’t delete it altogether but we could reduce it). 🙂
What elements would you like us to change? Be specific.
How can we improve our reviews? Be specific.
What do you want more or less of?
Would you like shorter reviews (like those on most other sites)?
Are there specific types of M/M books that we currently don’t review which you would like us to review?
What did I forget? (Sorry, this is not the place to ask for a hot guy even though today is Friday) 🙂

Tell us what you want and we would be happy to try and give him (sorry, I meant ‘it’) to you 🙂

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49 comments

  • I’m commenting late, but I appreciate all the comments about the reviews, though no one mentioned me specifically. pout….grin I model my reviews after the reviewers here before me. And I probably am easier on books I like and harder on those that I don’t. I have only reviewed 3 so far, but I’m confident I’ll get better.

    Thanks again for the opportunity, Wave.

    • Hi John

      >>I appreciate all the comments about the reviews, though no one mentioned me specifically. pout< < You have to give the readers the opportunity to know you like I do. On second thoughts that won't work either. 🙂 You're doing fantastic - I just wish you had more time to review more books but I know that farming must come first.

  • I think that every review I have read (read: all) at Wave has given me exactly what I need to know about the book and characters and author. No matter who reviews the book, there is a thoroughness that I appreciate. It may have something to do with the fact that each reviewer seems to know what “I” need to know to entice me to read a book lol! You all are doing a great job in my opinion, and *trying not to sound like a suck up* I don’t really read any other review sites cause I find what I need/want right here!

    • Elaine
      >> You all are doing a great job in my opinion, and *trying not to sound like a suck up* I don’t really read any other review sites cause I find what I need/want right here!< < We love the last bit (even though we tell all the readers to check out other review sites we love it when you like what we say).

  • What I like best about the reviews here is that, in general, your reviewers explain WHY a book did or didn’t work for them as a reader. I have a very strong sense of what I like and don’t like, so I want to know WHY the reviewer liked it, so I can make my own determination. A review that just says “it was great-4 stars-buy it” is worthless.

    I like that the reviewers often include information on any “niggles” they had (eg, typos, squick factors, pov shifts, annoying nicknames, incorrect information, etc.).

    >>Do you like the plot synopsis in the reviews?<<
    YES!! I often see books here first and I want to know what they are about without having to click through all the time to the various publishers unless I'm interested in buying.

    • Hi SCSPAINE

      Thanks for letting us know what worked for you as a reader.

      >>Do you like the plot synopsis in the reviews?< < "YES!! I often see books here first and I want to know what they are about without having to click through all the time to the various publishers unless I'm interested in buying." One of the reasons we include the plot synopsis is that most blurbs don't explain what the story is about or they are misleading, so I'm happy you like how we structure the reviews. Also you like that we tell you WHY a book didn't work for us. As you said, the reason why a reviewer didn't like a particular book might be the same reason you would want to read it. Different strokes. 🙂

  • Hi Kendall
    Thanks for the comments.
    >>Rarely, a book with no real flaws is rated 4 stars, or one with only a few minor flaws is rated 3 stars. This confuses me. Even reading “meh, nothing wrong with it–just didn’t really ‘wow’ me” would help. Again, this is RARE!< < Sometimes this is because individual reviewers rate differently. For example, Kassa and Kris are the toughest reviewers so their 3 stars or 3.5 stars could be another reviewer's 4 stars. As you get to know each reviewer's personal rating style and taste it becomes easier to figure out (I think). I and a couple of other reviewers are probably on the other end of the spectrum although that's a generalization. >>If the blurb has a lot of detail, sometimes the synopsis is a bit redundant and could be trimmed. This may be uncommon (i.e., I haven’t noticed it enough to get frustrated).< < As blurbs get longer we will obviously cut the synopsis, however on many occasions the reviewer's synopsis has nothing to do with the blurbs because on many occasions the blurbs bear no relationship to the story. But we will try to reduce the synopsis if the blurbs are accurate representations of what's in the books. >>Unless I can’t find a review here, I don’t read other M/M review sites. Y’all do so many reviews, it’s almost one-stop-shopping.< < Thank you Kendall. We appreciate readers like you. 🙂

    • Thanks for ‘splaining. I’m not good at tracking review styles, etc.–which is silly because I try to pay attention to who writes each review I read. I’m a flake….

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