About a year ago, I started reviewing fairytale retellings on Instagram. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve had the opportunity to read some perfectly wonderful books. (You can check them out here: Instagram.com/OneLastPetal.books) Because social media is so fleeting, I’ve decided to start sharing these reviews here on my blog as well. To that end, I figured I should clarify my rating system.
Five Roses – Absolutely loved this book! I want more, and I’ll definitely be reading more by this author.
Four Roses – I enjoyed this book a lot, but it didn’t make my heart sing. I’ll probably read more by this author.
Three Roses – I liked the story, but there is something particular I didn’t enjoy.
(If a book is lower than three roses, I won’t post a public review.)
I’ve adopted this system from the Clean Fantasy Romance group on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cleanfantasyromance)
I try to give details on swearing, intimacy, and action. My purpose isn’t to judge for you, but to include the information so you can make informed choices for yourself.
0-3 Is all still considered clean. Think of this like movie ratings. You have G, PG, PG-13.
0 – No foul language at all. (Made up insults/swears are acceptable)
1 – One “damn” in the entire story
2 – A few curses
3 – Mild cursing throughout
0 – No kissing or innuendos
1 – Chaste kissing
2 – Making out/passionate kissing (references to any body parts are vague)
3 – Keeping it above the sheets/fade to black scenes (still no graphic references to certain body parts)
0 – No fighting at all
1 – No blood
2 – Mild blood during fight scenes
3 – Heavy action with blood during battle/fight scenes (gore is mild if included at all)
Hopefully this will help me be more clear in my reviews so you can decide if a book is one you’d enjoy reading!