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?