Books, Writing Reviews and Confusion.

Confused (from Pixabay)

This is just a quick post to express my recent confusion . . .

As most writers, I love getting reviews of my books. Whether they’re good or bad, the comments can be helpful as I pursue future writing projects. I’ve been fortunate in having many great comments, as well as one or two that have made me stop and think. But I do keep in mind that all readers are different. What appeals to one may be something another reader dislikes. Even the most popular novels – the best sellers – have a wide range of reviews and ratings.

There now. I’ve just said the word that is causing me to be confused right now. Notably, the Amazon Rating System.

I noticed two more reviews of Book 1 of my trilogy Shadow of the Raven on the Amazon UK site over the weekend. One is great (5 stars) and I couldn’t ask for better. The other has left me scratching my head! It’s a short review, but the wording is nice and complimentary. This is it, word for word:


Couldn’t put this book down. If you like Bernard Cornwell you will enjoy this author who writes in the same exciting way.”

I’m delighted with the comment, of course. Many similar comments have been accompanied by a rating of 4 or 5 stars. But this one came with a rating of 2 stars, so I’m sure you’ll see why I’m bewildered by it.

When all’s said and done, a 2 star rating means you didn’t like the book at all!

So the wording of the comment and the rating contradict each other. Could the reader have simply misunderstood the rating system – or clicked the wrong star symbol? Or is it me who doesn’t understand the star ratings?

If anyone can offer some explanation about this, I’d really appreciate it.