I have a question about book reviews. As a reader, I rarely choose a book without knowing something about it, at least when I'm trying a new author. Now if the author is known to me, and I enjoy their books, then I will usually buy whatever new release is out there. One of the ways that I 'filter' new authors is to read blogger book reviews. I do this because a blogger typically has genre specific knowledge- All Things Urban Fantasy focuses on urban fantasy, SciFiGuy deals with UF, paranormal romance and SF&F, VampChix is all vamps. You get what I'm saying, right? I'm trusting that their interests might be similar to mine which means that I can trust the reviews to steer me in the right direction reading-wise.
As some of you may know, I occasionally do book reviews over at VampChix. This leads me to today's question:
What sort of book review do you prefer to read? Do you enjoy it when a reviewer absolutely trashes a book? Do you want your reviews to be bluntly honest, good or bad? Or would you prefer a sugar-coated review?
I'm also curious to see what format for reviews you prefer. What is your ideal book review like?