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5/5 Stars: I LOVED IT. This book is not only going on my "keeper" shelf, but I probably ordered copies of it in every format I could get my hands on. I harass friends and sometimes even strangers until they give in and read it. I would never regret the purchase price of a 5-Star book.
4.5/5 Stars: I really, really liked it, but there was something that held me back from fangirling all over it. I definitely felt like I got my money's worth, even with a high-priced Kindle version or hard-cover copy.
4/5 Stars: I really liked it. I’d probably read it again in the future, and while there are certainly things I would change, it was at least quite entertaining. I definitely felt like I got my money’s worth for a paperback.
3.5/5 Stars: I liked it. I probably won't re-read it in the future, but I'd recommend it to a friend who enjoyed the genre or specific tropes in the book.
3/5 Stars: I kind of liked it. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really good either. There were likely quite a few things I would have changed, and/or one or two of my "pet-peeves". I probably felt my money could’ve been spent better elsewhere.
2.5/5 Stars: It was okay. I finished it, but it won’t go on my “keeper” shelf, and will not likely recommend it to others. I felt that my money could've been better spent elsewhere.
2/5 Stars: It was barely okay. There was a lot wrong with it, or there was at least one of my "pet peeves" in great abundance. I had trouble finishing it, and will not likely recommend it to others. I’m probably resentful that I paid for it, or glad that it was a free copy.
1.5/5 Stars: I probably had to force myself to finish it. I resent that I paid for it, or am very glad that I received it for free.
1/5 Stars: I didn’t like it. I had to force myself to finish it. I definitely wish I hadn’t paid my hard-earned money for it, or thanked my stars that it was free. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
I couldn't force myself to finish it. Something about the book was so unappealing that it either couldn't keep my interest, or I wanted to throw it across the room in disgust.