Question – Are You Stricter or More Lenient When Rating a Well-Loved Series?
I’ve been sitting on this Question ever since Archangel’s Consort released in January of 2011. As I read that book, I remember feeling disappointed. So disappointed. I found it so slow! But man, I felt so guilty for even thinking that about a book in this series as I absolutely adored the first two installments to date. When it came time to rate the book, I was torn. If this was a book one in a series, I easily would have rated it 2 to 2.5 stars. But how could I fathom doing this to a Guild Hunter book? What was so wrong with me that I was even considering rating it less than 4 stars?! So I rated it 3 stars, mentioning in my review that the previous books saved this book for me.
That is the not the first time I felt this way while reading a book from one of my go-to series, but it was the first time I actually paid enough attention to feel bad about it. When I read Iced by Karen Marie Moning, I found myself feeling the same way. I was not a fan of that book but felt horrible about not loving it as much as I had the Fever books. I mean, I absolutely ADORED those books! But Iced…I’m not even sure I’m going to read Burned. I did rate Iced 3 stars and that is also because of the Fever books. Again, it would have been a 2 or 2.5 star read had I not adored the Fever books so much.
But don’t go worrying about whether or not you can trust my ratings. If I rate slightly better than I would/should have because of how I feel about a series so far or because I have a bit of a crush on the author, I will say so in my review. I am always honest with my explanation.
So how about you guys? Are you stricter or more lenient when rating a well-loved series?