I find it really hard to figure out how to handle reviewing series. If I’m reading a series you can presume that I’m enjoying it a lot. I’d like to tell people about it. But how?
Reviewing the first book is easy. After that, I run into issues like:
- How do I talk about what happens without spoilers?
- Even if I can avoid spoilers would anyone have any clue what I’m talking about without knowing the rest of the series?
For example, I recently read Spelunking Through Hell by Seanan McGuire. I have thoughts. However, it is book 11 in her Incryptid series. How am I even supposed to start talking about that? I figure most people would shut down as soon as I mentioned book 11. I probably would if I hadn’t even heard of the series.
So what are the options?
- Confine series reviews to Goodreads where only people who are interested in book will see it?
- Just ignore reviewing books that are deep in a series?
- Wait until the whole series is done and then review? That doesn’t really help for long term series though.
I’m not sure what the right answer is. Has anyone found a great solution?
I’d say go ahead and review it if you want to. People who are interested in the series will want to read your thoughts. Others might avoid it, but no harm done, right?
I agree that reviewing series is difficult after number one. We don’t want to give spoilers and it’s obvious we liked it (and we’ve explained why in the review of book #1). I guess the only thing left is to say what has been done better (or worse) in the ensuing novels. Mini reviews for the win!