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Coffee Talk Reviews – Rating System

Coffee Talk Reviews – Rating System

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5 (48-50) ~ A sip of divinity; very near perfection

 

4 – 4.5 (40-47) ~ Hot, strong, addictive; hard to put down

 

3 – 3.5 (30-39) ~ Average cup of Joe; it gets the job done

 

2 (20-29) ~ Tepid and weak; hard to get into

 

1 (10-19) ~ Day old, cold sludge; not worth the time

Review Rubric

The points system below is out of a total of 50 and comprises of the following criteria:

Characters

15 points: Characters are deep and compelling, possessing both interesting attributes and flaws shown through the dialogue, actions, and narrative. The reader feels invested intellectually and/or emotionally.

12 points: Characters are compelling, though perhaps not as deep as the reader would prefer, their attributes and flaws are shown through dialogue, action, and narrative. The reader feels invested but is left with a sense of wanting just a little more.

9 points: Characters are standard. They serve their purpose to show the reader a story though the reader may not connect with them on an intellectual and/or emotional level. The reader may feel as if they are being ‘told’ about characters instead of discovering them through the characters’ dialogue and actions.

6 points: Characters are standard to less than standard. They may feel like clichéd one-dimensional stereotypes. The reader may feel as if they are almost exclusively being ‘told’ about the characters and is not moved to intellectual and/or emotional engagement with the characters.

3 points: Characterization is completely lacking. The reader may not feel invested enough to continue reading.

Plot and Pacing

15 points: The story contains at least one intriguing conflict, an excellent opening hook and a satisfying resolution. The reader wants to keep turning pages throughout the entire book.

12 points: The story contains an intriguing conflict, a good opening hook, and a satisfying resolution. The reader feels the need to keep turning pages throughout most of the book.

9 points: The story contains an intriguing or at least believable conflict, an adequate opening hook and a mostly satisfying resolution. The reader is engaged enough to want to finish the story though pacing may lag at points.

6 points: The conflict ranges from good to poor, pacing lags throughout most of the story, the resolution may be unsatisfying.

3 points: The conflict is poor or completely lacking, pacing is absent, the reader may not feel compelled to finish the book.

Setting/s

10 points: Relevant, rich, multi-sensory details are skillfully woven throughout the story, providing a sense of time, place, and historical context. The reader experiences a vivid sense of ‘being there’ throughout the entire story.

8 points: Relevant, rich, multi-sensory details are skillfully woven throughout the story, providing a sense of time, place, and historical context. The reader experiences a sense of ‘being there’ throughout much of the story.

6 points: Enough relevant sensory details are provided to allow the reader to gain a sense of time, place, and historical context.

4 points: Some sensory details are included in the story, though the reader may be confused at times as to the ‘where’ and ‘when’ of the story.

2 points: Little to no sensory details are included. The reader does not know ‘when’ or ‘where’ the story is occurring.

Technique and Editing

10 points: The story is free of typos, spelling, and grammatical errors; sentences are comprehensible and flow well; clichés (unless purposeful) have been avoided; word choice is varied and engaging; point of view/s and verb tenses are accurate and consistent throughout the story.

8 points: The story has a few typos, spelling or grammatical errors; sentences are comprehensible and flow well; clichés have mostly been avoided; word choice is varied and engaging; POVs and verb tenses are accurate and consistent throughout the story.

6 points: The story contains some typos, spelling or grammatical errors; sentence construction may be clunky in places; there may be an overuse of clichés; there may be repetition of words and phrases that detract from the reader’s experience; there may be shifts in POVs and verb tenses that pull the reader from the story.

4 points: The story contains many typos, spelling or grammatical errors; sentences are challenging to comprehend; overuse of clichés; word choice is poor with an overuse of repetitive words and phrases; there may be errors in POV and verb tense throughout the story.

2 points: Writing technique is so poor that the story cannot be comprehended.


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