Marion’s Bookshelf

I like historical fiction, especially the World War II era. Also enjoy reading children’s and YA books. Romance is high on my list as well – prefer the Regency era romances but NOTHING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT! Also no zombies or vampires please. My reviews are honest and my personal opinion; in the case of a poor review, tactful. However, I refuse to rate something as four or five stars based on just the story line alone.

For me, a five-star rating needs to meet the following criteria:

– Story Line should be strong, not an obviously shallow story that we can figure out from page one. I like twists and turns. I like surprises.
– The use of good English grammar should be a standard.
– Spelling and punctuation should follow the rules of grammar. Misspelled words only serve to skew the meaning of what is being written. –
– Poor punctuation only heightens an awareness in the reader to look for other errors.
– Sloppy formatting is another problem. If an author can’t take the time to make sure that paragraphs are indented, that there are no run on words, that the spacing is consistent then don’t expect me to take the time to figure out what should be where.

I respond to all review requests. Based on my to-be-read pile I will let you know when to expect a review. My reviews are posted on my blog (of course), on Amazon, and on Goodreads. As an author I may be also involved in writing and research so keep that in mind when asking for a review with a deadline. Looking forward to meeting you!

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