This is kind of a complicated question for me. Yes, I know, it looks fairly straight-forward, but we’re talking about “well-loved” series. I don’t know about you, but “well-loved” series elicit very strong emotions from me.
Take Magic Rises, Kate Daniels #6 for example. I gave it 4.5 or 5 stars (I won’t know for sure until I reread it, ’cause that’s just how I roll), but man, in a review, I could really rip that book up one side and down the other. Why? Because it ripped me up one side and down the other. Things happened in that book that I never thought would happen. Or I was made to believe things happened that I thought never would. Of course, it turned out fine in the end—this is Kate and Curran we’re talking about—but the getting to the fine?
NOT fine. Not fine by a long-shot.
Because I’m emotionally invested in this well-loved series. You jerk my emotions around like that, and I’m not going to like it. I may lash out at the provocation. But as evidenced by my 4.5 or 5 star rating, my tantrums tend to be verbal, rather than detrimental to overall ratings. In fact, I may actually rate a book from a well-loved series that I’m angry about (for whatever reason) more highly than I would a less favorite series or book with the same issues—even if I didn’t like a certain aspect of a particular installment, I still love the characters. I still love the relationships, I still love the whole world that the story takes place in.
So if you read a review of mine and it’s full of vitriol despite of the high rating . . . now you know why. *wink*
So how about you?
Are You Stricter or More Lenient When Rating a Well-Loved Series?
My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.