STARS – Alpha Book Club uses the following rating system – the star rating system is based on content, story structure, accuracy of blurb, emotional reaction of reviewer, character development, plot, pacing, and resolution.
DNF – This book was rated “Did Not Finish” this means the reviewer did not finish the book and therefore will be unable to rate it. A DNF does NOT automatically mean a book was horrible – it means for the reviewer who attempted to read it, for whatever reason – they Did Not Finish.
1 Star – This book needs a major revamp – there are many things wrong with the plot, timing, pacing, characters, etc. – the reviewer does NOT recommend this book.
2 Stars – This book needs work, but overall the reviewer was able to follow the story. It is lacking in one or more of the following: plot, pacing, character development, supporting characters, theme. The blurb is inaccurate or misleading. The book is advertised as a standalone when really it is a part of a series that must be read or the book is advertised as a complete story when really it is a cliffhanger. The reviewer does NOT recommend this book.
2.5 Stars – This is a book that with some minimal work, would be a 3 Star read. The story is above an average 2 Star story, but needs further development to be rated a 3 star.
3 Stars – This book meets standards in regards to plot and pacing; however, character development including supporting characters is limited and some scenes felt lacking in detail or were too brief. A decent to good book overall – recommended as “okay.”
3.5 Stars – This is a good book. It is one the reviewer would recommend. The reviewer connected to this story more than a 3 star story although it was still missing a few elements for a 4 Star read.
4 Stars – This book meets all 3 Star standards in regard to plot, pacing, character development, chemistry; in addition, the blurb is accurate and the book is categorized correctly in regards to standalone/cliffhanger. There may be some minor issues with this book; however, they do not take away from the overall enjoyment of the story. The reviewer recommends this book.
4.5 Stars – This book meets all standards of story development. The book has a solid theme, the plot is fully developed, the pacing is accurate and realistic, any time jumps are identified and explained. In addition, the blurb is accurate and does not mislead the purchaser. This story has a solid conflict, conflict climax, and complete conflict resolution. The supporting characters add to the story, the descriptions in the book are realistic and paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind. The author has written in-depth material that allows the reader to make inferences about situations and plot development. The reviewer highly recommends this book!
5 Stars – This book excels in all areas and is a book that could be considered a leader of it’s genre. This is a perfect book. This is a book the reviewer would recommend to anyone. This is a story that would read again and again!
5+Stars – This is a book that we cannot rate high enough therefore we have the 5+ – these books are stellar and will rock your world! Excellent book with the highest possible recommendation to all. A definite re-read in the future.
Any Star Ratings given not listed are due to the book not clearly fitting in one of the above categories based on the reviewer’s feedback. We rate in a full or half star scoring system with the highest rating being a 5+ star and the lowest being a 1 Star. Books that are DNF’d are NOT reviewed.
HEAT – we use a scale of 1-5 when rating the sexual intensity of a story.
- 0 Flames – No Sexual Encounters
- 1 Flame – The sexual encounter(s) is abstractly mentioned and or fade-to-black with no details
- 2 Flames – Sexual encounters included, very basic details would be considered PG
- 3 Flames – Sexual encounters are more detailed and there are some detailed encounters, equal to Rated R
- 4 Flames – Sexual encounters are frequent & detailed – may include more risqué encounters such as ménage, BDSM or other sex play – all consensual. Equal to NC 17/Adult/NR
- 5 Flames – Sexual encounters make up a large part of the book, they are very detailed. May include content that is disturbing to others such as noncon play or actual noncon, degradation, sex slaves, human trafficking, or incest. Level 5 would or could be equal to XXX rating and may be offensive to some readers.