Please keep in mind that all of my ratings are very subjective. They tend to deal more with how I felt for the novel overall, my emotions afterward, than the actual quality of the novel's content. Sometimes a book has a fantastic plot, setting, etc. but it just doesn't capture my interest. My ratings represent my personal feelings towards a book, not its literary value.
A low rating does not equal a bad book.
5 stars: This book is a new favourite. It held my attention throughout and was very memorable because of storyline/characters/setting/writing/something. You can bet that I will be demanding you read this one at the first possible opportunity.
4 stars: This book was fantastic! While it wasn't one of my absolute favourites, it was enjoyable and had some great elements going for it. I will probably be looking into reading other novels by the author.
3 stars: It was a good book, but nothing extraordinary. The characters were most likely okay, but I might have had some issues really connecting with them. There might have also been things off with the plot and/or just generally how I felt about it. That being said, I did enjoy the story.
2 stars: Honestly, I didn't like it. I would have continued reading the book because something captured my attention (most likely a smaller plot point or type of scene) but it wasn't a book that I really had fun reading. It is almost certain that I had difficulties connecting with the characters.
1 star: First of all, it is very unlikely that you will actually see me use this rating. If a book gets one star, I did not enjoy it AT ALL. There was nothing to keep me going, and I contemplated stopping the book several times.
(Obviously, books I DNF will be 1 star, but I only review books that I have completely read)
Also, please note that I am extremely fond of half stars. I'm not going to go through and define 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, etc. but just know that it's somewhere in between the whole numbers.
As always, if you need any clarification, feel free to contact me!