Book Review How-To

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

If you are new to writing book reviews, it might seem daunting. However, if you follow the tips below, which are based on an examination of hundreds of Amazon reviews, you can quickly write a helpful review in no time.


Award stars as follows:

5 Stars= I'm glad I read it, or I loved it (this doesn't mean it was your favorite book ever).

4 Stars = I liked it. It was sufficiently entertaining reading. It was really good but maybe not great.

3 Stars or less = The book had many grammatical errors. The story didn't match the description. The story made no sense. You could not follow the plot.


Write a fun and compelling title for your review.

Compelling title examples:

"Full of action and interesting characters."

"A nail-biter that kept me up all night."

"A real page-turner."

"Fantastic story with fun graphic illustrations as well."

"Perfect for anyone who loves crop circles, UFOs, and fun paranormal adventure."


"My favorite book since . . . "

"I hope there is a sequel."

"You will be hooked . . . "

"UFOs and crop circles, what could be better? An alien conspiracy, yes."

"LOVE IT!! Mystery, suspense, action, and so much more."

"Roller Coaster Ride of Fun, Action, and Aliens from Outer Space!"

"If you believe in UFOs or even if you don't, it's a fun ride."

"Brilliant, fast-moving fun."

"Couldn't put it down."

"Great buy for action fans."

Poor title examples:

"Really good book."

"Three stars."

"Pretty good."

"Quick read."


Length of Review

A review of between 100 and 400 words is probably plenty. You can reach that word-count easily with the (1) opening, (2) body, and (3) conclusion as described below.



Single Sentence Summary

"One thing leads to another as teenagers Natalie, Fletcher, and Chase pursue clues proving the existence of aliens and a sinister plot to rule the world."

"This book is about fun camaraderie, teenage mischief, and, of course, solving the mystery of the crop circle, plus a hint of girl meets boy."

"Natalie Dailey is a teenaged Agent Scully (X-files) to Fletcher's Agent Fox Mulder in the entertaining book about chasing the paranormal, deciphering clues, and solving mysteries."

"Natalie and her younger brother befriend their new foreign exchange student and join him on solving the mystery of the crop circle and alien conspiracies."

"This book is full of suspense as Natalie, Fletcher,