In Part I of Ratings and Reviews, I shared my mindset about various topics a reader can consider when writing a review and/or setting a rating. Part II introduces my personal list that I take into consideration in the actual writing of the review.
This is one of the most important aspects to me in a novel. When I talk about originality, it has little to do with the plot of the book. Some of the most amazing authors take common tales and make them their own. What I look for is the author’s presence in the story. I appreciate bold new ideas that stretch what is the norm in literature. I truly believe books are art. Authors paint a picture for the reader to envision. Whether it is the book cover, formatting, style, or word choice, I love being able to say, “I see what you did there.”