Reviews are rated on the following scale:
I loved it. Be it book, tour, or product, it’s one of the best of its kind, or an excellent example of the form. It’s well-done, a professional accomplishment, and has no (or very, very few) issues / errors. The information is very helpful, the stories come alive through skillful writing, or it’s very well designed. Its case or premise is clearly presented, has exceeded expectations, and is completely worth the purchase. Around 20% of products get this ranking.
I liked it. It’s very good, but may have some small flaws or issues that keep it from being highly recommended. These can be easily overlooked, since the case, premise, or design is mostly clear. The information or stories are worthy of closer attention, but might lack a spark or occasionally miss a step. It’s definitely worth purchasing if the topic is of interest to you. Around 60% of products get this ranking.
Recommended with reservations
I thought it was fine. It has flaws, some possibly serious, but has enough redeeming factors to be worth the effort and time to some. The information is helpful, but the book / app / tour might suffer from being repetitive, unfocused, or full of common knowledge. It may still come alive, but it requires a bit more imagination to see it through. It may have some formatting, grammatical, spelling, technical, or other issues, which may interfere with a person’s ability to enjoy it. Even so, it may be worth the time to explore with some caveats. Around 15% of products get this ranking.
I have serious concerns. It may have a number of issues or simply didn’t measure up. Grammatical, spelling, or technical issues may be the issue, but most of the time it’s the content or attitude itself that doesn’t measure up. The information may be unhelpful, unfocused, plagiarized, or the like. The content rarely comes alive or rambles beyond the reader’s patience. These things are mentioned here not to look down on an author’s or company’s work (nobody’s perfect), but to offer a guide to readers – pass on this one. Around 5% of products get this ranking.