This is a scale that I created for reviewing books. It is based on a 5 star rating system, only in a more creative manner. A cupcake rating is given to a book based on the genre of the book. The type of publishing is not considered, nor is a factor when rating the book.
When I rate a book, it is based on how I view that book within the book’s genre. It is understood that a 5 star rating in Chick-lit will certainly look very different to a 5 star rating in Historical Fiction. There are elements in each genre that I look for when I am rating the book.
Occasionally, a book will transcend it’s own genre and be a book that is so incredibly wonderful that I give it an Ultimate Cupcake Supreme (or a 5+) rating. This means that particular book is not only a 5 star rating in it’s own genre, but overall.
If I decide to read a book and finish it (not a DNF rating-which you can read about below), regardless of who requested I review the book (author, publisher, blog tour host), I will give it a rating and there have been times the rating is not a 3 or more (on a 1-5 scale). However, it is only my opinion and as a courtesy, I will not post my review on any other sites, since it is subjective and I do not want to be disrespectful to any author.
For books that receive a 4 or 5, I will post a partial review on Amazon & Barnes & Noble. As always, I post my reviews on Goodreads, Library Thing, Twitter, Books in the Burb Facebook Page, and Books in the Burbs on Facebook (two different things on FB). I do my best to promote a great book!
Finally, I have received many compliments on my cupcake scale. It is my own creation and I do not give permission for any other blogger or company to use it. It is copyrighted and I ask that be respected as it is my own work.
My Cupcake Scale
Burnt cupcake!– The storyline is too predictable, the writing was not enjoyable for me, the characters are not developed, and overall not a book that held my attention. I would not recommend this book to anyone. (1/5 rating)
One bland cupcake!– The story started good, but then just falls flat. The characters and plot are not fully developed, which made it challenging for the reader to be completely engaged. Not a book I’d recommend. (2/5 rating)
A good cupcake with a little icing.- Good storyline, could connect with the characters, but it was missing something….sprinkles! I was left with questions that the book did not answer. This is a book that I’d recommend to those who like this particular genre, but with caution. (3/5 rating)
A great cupcake with sprinkles on top!– The plot is original, interesting, and fully developed. I connected with the characters and could understand their personal struggles/experiences because of the author’s wonderful writing style. It is a book that I really liked and would recommend to others. (4/5 rating)
An excellent cupcake with sprinkles AND a cherry on top!– Storyline, characters, plot, and writing style are superb! I could not put the book down and shared it with everyone I know. I found myself thinking of the characters long after I finished reading the book. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone!! (5/5 rating)
The Ultimate Cupcake Supreme! – Every once in awhile, I come across a book that is not only amazing, but it deserves special recognition. This book is the cream of the crop, undoubtedly one of my top favorites, and a must read for anyone! This book is one of my Personal Favorites! (surpasses a 5 rating!)
What is a DNF Rating:
*Overall book– Did not hold my interest, couldn’t resonate with the overall storyline and/or plot, couldn’t connect with the characters and understand the reasons behind the decisions made, didn’t flow in a natural, authentic way (in my opinion)
*Characters- not fully developed, predictable behavior, too much dialogue (reads like a theater script and not a book), the characters were difficult to understand and relate to their choices made
*Plot-too bogged down with details (reads like a History book) or too little information that doesn’t set up the scene adequately, very simplistic, too predictable ( I can read the first few chapters and know what is going to happen), too difficult to follow with switches in time period/dialogue
*Language– is not relevant to the time period or character, has too many obvious grammatical errors, too explicit
*If I were to finish the book, it would most likely receive a 1 or 2 rating. However, this does not mean that a DNF book is a 1 or 2 rating, it simply means that based on what I have read so far, the rating would not be positive. It also means that I just couldn’t relate to the book, characters, and had a difficult time understanding the decisions made and where the storyline was headed.