Example BookLife Prize Critic's Report
This is an example of the Critic's Report that each entry receives.
Title: Hell's Bells
Author: J. M. Smith
Word Count: 67322
Characterization: The characters are fully developed and believable. Readers will root for the book’s protagonist, plucky sleuth Jackie Trueheart, and find The Jackal to be an evil but complicated villain.
Plot: Smith’s novel is furiously paced and meticulously plotted. The story will keep readers turning pages and provide plenty of twists and surprises, while never seeming contrived.
Prose/Style: Smith’s skillfully crafted prose is at times lovely, and at times blunt and sinister. Told in the first person, Trueheart’s voice is believable, unique, and haunting.
Originality: What sets Smith’s book apart from the pack is its originality. The characters and plot are both unique and refreshing. Readers will find all the elements of a classic murder mystery present, but tweaked and made fresh.
- Plot: 9
- Originality: 9
- Prose: 10
- Character Development: 10
- Overall: 9.5
Report Submitted: March 14, 2017
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