I love reading reviews. I especially love reading reviews that challenge me to work on improving my own writing. There are some bloggers out there that just totally blow me away with the way they review a book. And a review can definitely encourage me to read a story I might not have had any interest in. Imagine having that kind of power.
But what I'm noticing more and more frequently in that there are some reviewers out there who are heavy on the TMI. Which is fine, especially if I've already read the book, but they don't even alert the visitor that there may be spoilers. So twice lately, I've had books that I really want to read "ruined" for me because the reviewer decided to be very detailed in revealing the plot of the story. Come on people! If you're going to share the book gossip, please wave a red flag first.
Another reason I'm thinking of this is that about a month ago, an author on Twitter discovered that RT Magazine had given away major plot points in her upcoming release, and she was not thrilled about it. Can't say that I blame her. Unfortunately I never did find out what action, if any, the author took about it, but she was extremely unhappy about the reviewer giving such a detailed description of the book, and I will say that I'm a little relieved I got the heads-up before I read the review. Since this author's book is one I am DYING to read, I didn't want to be unpleasantly surprised by a review.
Now when I review, I admit I am vague. I don't want to give away much more than you'd read on the back cover of the book, but when I do post a review more revealing, I try my best to provide a spoiler alert just in case I inadvertantly give away too much. Because sometimes I admit I want to talk about a particular scene or event from a book that affected me in some way, and I want to discuss it further. Case in point is a post I recently did on a book I read that bothered me. I specifically put a spoiler alert just in case someone wanted to read it and didn't want me to give away significant details. I did because I know how I'd feel it I'd read the post and the plot was ruined for me.
So how vague or revealing do you like your reviews?
What portions of a review are the most important to you?
And which reviewers would you recommend for the most effective and enjoyable that you'd recommend?