With that said, what are some things you do or don't like to read in a review?
Myself personally, a synopsis if there is already one quoted. For example, if I copy a synopsis from Goodreads, Amazon, the author/publisher's Site, etc., I won't add any more to that. I just jump right in to the review. I feel if a reviewer copies a synopsis, then goes back over what happened then it just become a book report.
I generally keep my reviews short, I am not an English or a Literature major (Accounting and Math major, to be exact! LOL), so I don't go through the nuances of the writing. My aim is at every day Joes and Janes who just enjoy a book and are not out to dissect every word, line and paragraph and that is the majority of readers. I just try to keep it simple, direct and to the point.
I have received some pretty snarky comments in regards to my reviews essentially being half assed and honestly, I don't care if the person reading my reviews doesn't like how I review. If they disagree with the review, that's fine. Bring forth the discussion, I agree to disagree. What I don't like, somebody else will and vice versa. As said in the paragraph above, I just keep it to the point and the bottom line is "Did I enjoy reading this book?". That's what's important.
The joys of being on the 'net, eh?