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Subject: Less Than Three Stars? Please Review Book!
Date Posted: 6/25/2008 12:00 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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I have a request to make.  I've noticed lately that a few books I've been looking at for my daughter have gotten low "star ratings".  Like a half-star to one and a half-stars.  But there's no review for the book, so I don't know what was wrong with it!  Reading the description on Amazon makes the book sound like what I'm looking for, so I went ahead and ordered one of them for her, but a review explaining the low rating would have been so helpful.  For example, if the book about ballet got a low rating because it was too simplistic, I wouldn't have had any hesitation since my daughter is only five and simple will be fine.  Fuzzy photos, mis-spelled words, or other problems of this nature would have given me second or third thoughts.  So, please give a short review if you give a book a low rating.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 12:04 PM ET
Member Since: 1/1/2006
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Hm.  Good point.  I know that I either didn't rate or rated two books pretty low this past week.  My problem with them was, as an adult, the preteen fantasy fiction could not hold my attention.  As an avid reader of this genre, I see no point in forcing my child to read something that makes me want to jump off a cliff.  From now on, I'll make sure I review these books before I jump/post.  Whichever comes first.  :)

Kerry

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 12:19 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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Lol...that's all I'm asking.  And please don't jump, but good luck in your next choice of fantasy fiction!

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 12:33 PM ET
Member Since: 1/1/2006
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I think the worst part is that we are currently listening to Septimus Heap in the car.  Which made me want to climb the hill towards the cliff, just in case, the whole time I read it, a year ago.  But the 4 (and final) book in the series that we had been listening to wasn't availible at the library last time, and Septimus Heap was the only book availible that I had prescreened.  It's been a LONG, SLOW 10 CDs, but we are on the last chapter and we physically have the other book in our hands, so the trip over to gymnastics today should be cause for celebration.  And I have a book that that is suppose to be a follow up to the series we have been enjoying that I can read as soon as that 4th book is done. 

I know that Septimus Heap has been clouding my judgements and lowering my tolerance for other preteen fantasy.  I'm hoping that I can distract the kid quick enough that he'll be able to read the book himself before he finds out this is a series.  :)

Kerry

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 9:48 PM ET
Member Since: 4/22/2007
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Oh, I've read that series!!  I've never heard the audio, but I really liked it, althogh I'll admit it's not the best.  It took me two or three times reading through it before I grew to like it, it is a bit slow and/or confusing in places.  Have you tried Dragon Rider or Inkheart by Cornelia Funke?  Or the Warriors series by Erin Hunter?  I don't know how old your kid(s) are, but my 12-year-old sister really liked them. 

I have also noticed that there aren't many reviews, and many are just "Good book", no description or reasons or anything, so I've made my Reading Challenge for 2008 to write a review for every book I read this year.  I have a bunch in a notebook that I haven't posted yet, but I'm working on it as I have the time. 

-Rebekah