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Each review I write is completely honest.  I don't "go easy" on books I disliked.  If I disliked it, I'll say exactly why.  If I loved a book, I won't hesitate to praise it, either.  Though I occasionally receive ARCs and other free books from various online giveaways, this is no way affects my rating.  I receive no compensation for my reviews.  (There, will that stop me from being sued?)  I am not a professional reviewer, nor do I pretend to be.  If you stick around for my reviews, you can expect GIFs and the occasional rant.

(Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for my "thoughts and reactions about movies".)

I rate books on a one to five star scale, with five being the best. 

One star books are books that I just plain disliked.  They contain poor writing, characterization, plotting, and more.  They might have even made me angry for some reason independent of being poorly written.  View all one star reviews.

Two star books are a little better than one star books.  They have a few redeeming qualities, but overall I still dislike them.  (Note the difference between this rating system and Goodreads': on Goodreads, two stars denotes an "okay" book.  I don't use the Goodreads system and I don't adjust my ratings when I rate a book on Goodreads.)  View all two star reviews.

Three star books are okay.  There are aspects I like and aspects I don't like, adding up to a sum total of "meh".  As a whole, I neither like nor dislike the book.  View all three star reviews.

Four star books are good books.  I enjoy them, and would recommend them.  They aren't perfect, and I don't outright love them, but they're worthwhile.  View all four star reviews.

Five star books are amazing.  I love them.  Any faults they have are insignificant, considering my overall impression of the book.  Highly recommended.  View all five star reviews.

I review most books using several different categories.  In the summer of 2011, I stopped using category reviews for sequels because I felt it would give me more freedom to discuss how the sequel improved/didn't improve on the previous book.  The categories are as follows:

First Look: I discuss my first impressions of the book (before reading), the cover, what prompted me to read it, and so on.
Setting: I discuss the book's setting and whether or not I felt immersed in the world in which the book was set.
Characters: I discuss any feelings I might have toward the main and secondary characters.  I talk about whether I liked them, whether I could connect with them, and whether they acted like real people.
Plot: I discuss the structure, pacing, and conflict of the book.  I touch on whether it went too fasts or too slow, or even if there was a plot at all.
Writing: I discuss the style of narration and the author/character's voice, and whether it kept me engaged in the story, or if it distracted me.
Uniqueness: I discuss how different the book is from other books I've read, and how original the book is.
Likes/Dislikes: I discuss any specific likes or dislikes that I might have that don't fit into any other category.
Overall: I give a short summary of the main points of my review, and I discuss my overall feeling toward the book and if I would recommend it.

View reviews by genre (view all reviews here):

Thoughts And Reactions About Movies (sorted alphabetically by title, but with series grouped together)

How my movie reviews work: I make a numbered list of thoughts, reactions, criticisms, etc.  I review mostly new theater releases as I see them, but I'll occasionally throw in something I saw on DVD if I have enough to say, or I think people will be interested.  No star ratings.  No categories.  Just uncensored thoughts with a few GIFs thrown in.

All reviews are the property of The Epic, The Awesome, and The Random. 

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