I am an avid escapist reader, meaning I flutter my way through a multitude of genres depending on whatever is going to consume me next. My rating system is largely based on the excitement and enthusiasm of which I read a book and mostly ignores the more systematic rating points such as plot development, writing skill, character growth, etc. I do key in on some of those points, but mostly when they support my already existing feelings and thoughts. In short, I do what I want.
☆☆☆☆☆ - SPECTALULAR! Rich character building, world building that swallows you whole, riveting plot points, holds emotions hostage.
☆☆☆☆ - Great read, good characters, interesting world building, generally really exciting read.
☆☆☆ - Eh. Good but room for improvement. Will list reasons in detail.
☆☆ - Frustrating, boring, painful to read.
☆ - Abysmal. Failure to live up to it's own potential. Rage inducing female portrayal. Ignorant and vapid characters. Enormous plot holes. Generally fucking awful.
I publish my reviews both here and on Goodreads - Erica Ravenclaw.