The Broken Quill – Review Ratings

My review ratings for whatever I review will always be out of five stars. Each level is broken down for your reference for books, film and TV series/streaming shows:

0/5 Stars

This is the lowest review score I will ever give for a movie, tv-show (per episode), book, comic or graphic novel. This score represents the very worst the medium has to offer – something I wouldn’t bother with even if it was free to watch or read. It doesn’t get any worse than that.

1/5 Stars ⭐

Slightly improved upon from zero out of five stars but only just. This rating would be given for the medium showing some promise perhaps in the writing, cinematography or graphics or for featuring an actor or actress that I consider worth investing time in.

2/5 Stars ⭐⭐

Two out of five stars are given if the medium contains the following criteria; some structure to the story or plot, at least one interesting character, solid artwork or graphics.

3/5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

Now we’re getting to the good stuff – stories that are written with purpose which is easily recognisable, multiple characters that are interesting, a plot that doesn’t meander or mislead the reader, a clear beginning, middle and end and imagery that supports the main plot or characters of the book or graphic novel. A diamond in the rough.

4/5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Four out of five stars are given for work that is outstanding and stands either above or alongside other recognisable works in the genre. Books that are almost too good to put down, movies that can transport you outside of yourself – work that doesn’t get written every day. It’s rare, but it exists.

5/5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The crème de la crème – that work that is above all others, the movie you can’t keep dreaming about or talking about. A book with the capacity to change your life, a comic that you’ve kept close to your heart, fictional characters you wish were real. The very best of the best, there aren’t too many of these around but when you read it or see it, you know it’s the one. It’s an experience.


I have a technical background in IT, and I am therefore happy to review technical books relating to Cybersecurity, safety and awareness for the individual, ethical hacking, hacking or the Dark Web.

I will review these books with the following criteria:

1. The audience the book is aimed at and how it is written for that audience – would this book make sense to someone that knows nothing about tech?

2. The language used – is it simple enough to understand?

3. What can be gained from the book – does it educate the reader?