TGIF: Writing Reviews 101 with Mila 2.0

TGIF was a feature at one of my favorite blogs, GReads. It’s a way to recap the week, talk about fun book things, and celebrate the weekend. Each week a bookish question was proposed as a way to get to know fellow bloggers and write about issues we care about.

This week’s topic is Writing Reviews 101: How do you approach review writing?

In general, I write a review immediately after I read, which takes me about 20 minutes. Sometimes I wait a few days if I’m having conflicting feelings about it, and other times I write what I like to think of as a “skeleton review” before I fill it out completely. I’ll use Mila 2.0 as an example:

Title: Mila 2.0
Author: Debra Driza
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Pages: 470
Genre: Sci-fi/thriller
Source: Library
Rating: 4/5

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

– loved Mila; quirky and sarcastic

– exciting, fast-paced

– love blend of thriller, sci-fi, and romance

– wished Lucas was a little more involved in story

– liked how Driza handled Mila’s struggles/relationship with “mom”

– really liked Hunter

– Hollander good villain

– why was Mila ever friends with Kaylee?

– Mila’s struggles with being android believable/heart-wrenching

– not sure if ending believable (try for no spoilers!)

and so on…

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