As a reader, I've read hundreds of book reviews. Most good, some bad. Many I agree with, several I don't. Though as a new book blogger, I haven't written many reviews. So, in your opinion, what makes a good book review? Long, medium or very brief? Do you like summaries in the reviewer's own words, or would you rather see the back cover blurb in quotes? How much "emotion" do you like to see (gushing with praise/distaste or just the facts)?
There's a (famous) reviewer I've seen on Amazon that has written 1000s of book reviews, and each one typically follows the same formula: Three brief paragraphs. The first two are a summary of the story. The third paragraph is usually a positive summary of the first two paragraphs. Though that's somewhat helpful, I feel that those reviews lack depth. I'm looking for a bit more. I ask this question because I've already been dinged a couple times on Amazon for posting an "unhelpful" review.
What do you think?