I got an e-mail the other day that had a pretty provocative subject line: THE BEST FIRST CHAPTER YOU'LL EVER READ. Now, normally, such hyperbole would make me hit the trash button pretty quickly, but as I needed to kill a minute, I opened it up.
Inside was an invitation to read the first chapter of Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Penguin - Razonbill, due out 1/11/2011). To my great pleasure, this was a link to a PDF rather than a Flash site (thank you, thank you, thank you--I know it means people can keep it, but it's more manageable to access)--and to my great pleasure, the first chapter of this book was--though certainly not the best first chapter I'll ever read or have ever read--an intense and harrowing one. It's YA, so if you're a YA reader, give it a look!
Oops: I forgot the link the first time around. Read the chapter here.
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The question of the week is: Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?
I don't, at present, have a rating system, and I probably won't. This is for a couple of reasons. First of all, I enjoy reading and reviewing books, even if I'm not, as I like to say, "book friends" with particular books. I like to match people with good reads! Second, I often like books, even love books, for personal reasons, and I'd have a hard time giving consistent ratings. Third, I tend to skip reviewing books unless I think they have enough value for me or for others to recommend them; it's pretty rare for me to spend time reviewing a book I really didn't like, unless I am curious why others might like the book, and then I'll review and solicit feedback. I have other reasons, too, related to occasional conflicts of interest.
Instead of a rating system, I'd prefer to give a quick overview and my thoughts, and hope that I can do that in a way that's interesting. I do appreciate it when others have a rating system, though, because it means I am able to get their take on a book and keep it in mind as I read their review.