Rating System

So, in order to bring a little order to my reviews, I am making up a rating system. I've seen it on other blogs and find it helpful. Feel free to email me with any questions. emsbookshelf (at) gmail (dot) com

One Star: I am not so enthusiastic about the book. It may have some good points (like, thank goodness it ended after only 100 pages), but it doesn't stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Two Stars: This book has some really great moments, but suffers at a few places. Maybe a certain character isn't built up enough or the plot is wildly unbelievable. Overall, though, the book is a good read.

Three Stars: I couldn't put this book down. This is a book that I want to tell all my friends about.

Four Stars: This is highly entertaining and literary in a way that keeps me thinking long after I've finished reading. This is one that I will want to re-read over and over again and that I'll keep forever.

Five Stars: A book that receives Five Stars is one of my all-time favorite books. It has an engaging plot, superbly written characters, and is a standout in teen literature. Definitely worthy of awards and accolades.