My Rose Rating System For Reviews

Hey fabulous people,

I have started using the blog a lot more and will be posting full reviews here as well as mini reviews on bookstagram.

I wanted to take a chance to explain my review rating scale and give you a few examples of books that I have loved, loathed and enjoyed.

I really like the star rating system but I use roses instead because they are prettier. They also match my logo and bookstagram aesthetic so that’s a plus. I would like to highlight that if you hated a book I loved, or if I hate a book you love, that’s totally cool. We all like different things and I won’t think less of you if we disagree or have different opinions on a book. I will however think less of you if you start attacking people who don’t agree with you. I am all for constructive conversations but if I see people being bullied for their reading tastes, I will call it out. Life is to short to put up with people who put you down.

Here is a break down of my Rose Rating system.

1 Star/Rose – Don’t bother 
Hated it and it was a waste of my money. This book had major issues for me that can’t be overlooked. It can be plot holes, writing style, world building or character issues. Some books may open strong but fall short in a spectacular way.  Books I do not finish (It’s pretty rare I actually abandon a book) will wind up here too. These are the books that make me want to set them on fire and if I could get my money back I would. I have only had a few of these in my life and below are a few:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Aurora rising by  Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

2 Stars/Roses – Bad 
Books that I didn’t love but still finished. This book would have fallen flat on world building, character development, writing style or plot. While I didn’t hate it with a burning passion (1 Star/Rose) it didn’t hit the mark for me and I would not recommend it to fellow readers, friends or family.
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Fallen by Lauren Kate – This goes for the books and the movie
All the bright places by Jennifer Niven
The Cruel Prince By Holly Black
Looking for Alaska John Green

3 Stars/Roses  – Okay to Good
These books were okay to good but nothing to write home about. I enjoyed reading it but didn’t fall in love with it. I wouldn’t do a reread of it, once was enough. The characters, writing style, plot and world building were good but lacked in some areas. There could have also been part of the story that was forced or jarring that didn’t fit well with the rest of the book. Also slow burn books with rushed endings tend to land here. Great books with major plot issues will also land themselves here.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
The Last House Guest by Megan Mirander
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
The Astrid Notes by Taryn Bashford
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

4 Stars/Roses – Great 
These books I really enjoyed. I think they were well written and worth spreading the word about. These books have great plots, characters and worlds and if there were any issues, they were leveled out by the rest of the book. These are books I recommend to friends and family and regularly feature them on bookstagram.
You by Caroline Kepnes
The Last time I Lied by Riley Sager
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5 Stars/Roses – Excellent
These books are perfection and everyone needs to read them. These are books I adore and books that stick with me. Sometimes it’ll be an incredible plot twist that keeps me up at night or an incredible world I am not yet ready to leave. I’ve fallen head over heels for the titles for various reasons and I buy them regularly as gifts. I might have occasional issues but the overall book is excellent. These books often give me hangovers and I need to take a break between this and the next book. These are also book I will reread over time.
The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Me Before you by Jojo Moyes
Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Hobbit by Tolkien
A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J Maas



As I said before these are just my opinions and experiences with theses books. If you love some I didn’t then that is cool. We can’t all like the same things because that would make life boring.

I hope this helps anyone wanting to understand my grading system.
Kimberley xx


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