Book Score Guide

I’m not a fan of scores, but they do offer an overall impression of the reviewer’s own personal opinion. As everyone has their own values attributed to number and star scores, we do things a little differently here at Scribe Cat!

Each review contains two parts: the review of the content and the review of the physical book or eBook.

The Story

When looking at the story and its components, the reviewer might examine and comment on any of the following: structure, character, setting, plot, pacing, dialogue, description, figurative language, clarity, POV/voice, and even the Author’s intentions.

The Book

When looking at a physical book, we examine the exterior and interior design. This includes the cover, front and back matter, fonts, layouts, and readability. When looking at an eBook, most of those same elements are looked at, but usability is also an issue.

Final Word

Includes both a summary and pros/cons list to give an overview of the book as a whole as well as links to where the book may be purchased.

Rating Scale

Taken together, the reviewer sums up their thoughts on a 5-point scale as well as offering their opinion if the book is worth a read and for what readership. We tend to judge a book on whether or not it’s worthy for our shelves!

5I loved to read this book. Most, if not all, of the components of the story were well-executed and the book design is well done. There may be flaws, but they’re minimal. Giving this book a read is highly recommended if it interests you. It’s definitely on my shelf to be read again and again.

4 I enjoyed reading this book. At least some of the story components were well done while the rest was pleasant and/or decent. There are some faults with the design or style, but, if you enjoy the genre, overall the book is worth a look and it’s certainly found a spot on my shelf.

3 While the read was enjoyable, it may or may not make my shelf for various reasons. I have many critiques about the story and/or design, but overall it is readable and may be enjoyable if you can overlook its faults.

2 I had difficulty getting through this story because many components were poorly executed. There are many design flaws and it will not be on my shelf. Despite this, I made it to the end of the book.

1 I struggled to get to the end of this book for reasons described in the review.