Book Review Kit — Just Add Adjectives!

Have you noticed how alike many book reviews are? Aside from recapitulations of the plot, the same words might apply to almost any book. Therefore, as a service to discerning readers (and a hoot and a holler, besides), Book View Café presents the newest innovation in book reviews. Design your own inimitable personalized reviews using this cutting-edge technique!

First, you will need to assemble a number of words. The exact order doesn’t matter, so long as you match nouns with nouns, adjectives with adjectives, and so forth. By mixing up the order, you can create even more variations, so you can use the same basic review for almost any book!

First, select words from the following lists (or make up your own). It’s best not to peek at the review itself until you have them written down so you can’t change your mind when you realize how hilarious they are. (Think of this as lit-crit mad libs.)

“A” List Adjectives (select 3)

intriguing

thrilling

fascinating

enthralling

evocative

heart-warming

sensitive

suspenseful

“B” List Adjectives (select 2)

heroic

sympathetic

transcendent

exotic

post-apocalyptic

memorable

powerful

gut-wrenching

“C” List Adjectives (select 3)

flesh-eating

magical

disturbing

fully-rounded

romantic

reincarnated

clever

doomed

 

You’ll also need:

2 words which are the name of a genre (like fantasy or horror)

an adverb

2 plural nouns (like cats or galaxies)

2 verbs

an adjective describing action (like frantic or slow)

an adjective describing a historical period (like Colonial or prehistoric)

a type of character (like villain or sidekick)

6 nouns of your choice

Got them ready? Okay, insert them in the appropriate slots and let’s go! Remember, you can mix and match to use your book review for just about any occasion!

This is a (A) and (B) (name of genre) novel, and the (A) story line enhances the (adverb) tale. From the onset, fans will welcome the (plural noun) as each character struggles to (verb) the (noun) of the (C) (plural noun). The characters are then caught up in a (adjective describing action) (noun) to (verb) the world. The author makes the setting seem as if it comes from (adjective describing historical period) books rather than her imagination. The cast of characters is (C), especially the (type of character). However, it is the (noun) and the (noun) that spellbind the audience as no one knows the (A) secret of the (C) (noun). Loaded with (noun), fans will not want to put down this (B) (genre) novel.

Ta-da! You have just created your very own book review!

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Book Review Kit — Just Add Adjectives! — 2 Comments

  1. You forgot poignant, lush, and lyrical.

    Hard-hitting, important, postmodern.