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?

2 Replies to “How Do You Review Series?”

  1. 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!

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