Power Search FAQ

Our customized reviews database is very powerful, and we've just made some improvements to it:

  • You may now search using multiple criteria (ie, all B-graded Medievals with Hot sensuality ratings, all authors whose first names are Nora and last names who are Roberts, all reviews written by Ellen in 2003 that earned an "F", etc.)

  • In order to facilitate browsing, you may now search on an author last name that begins with a certain letter

  • You may now sort your search results by Review Date or Author Last Name


How Do I Search by...?

Title | ISBN | Author Name | Grade | DIK Searches | Sensuality
Publish and Review Dates | Reviewer | Book Type | Setting

Are There Any Other Search Mechanisms at AAR?

Quick Search from Review to Review | Author Links | Overall Site Search

Series Help

Please be aware that although search fields and buttons are provided on this page, they are not in working order. They exist solely to illustrate the various search options.


* Title

Whether you know the full title of the book you are looking for, or simply a word within the title, use the "Title" field, with either the "contains" or "begins with" option. This field allows you to search for individual book titles - including anthologies - and short story titles as well. A search for the latter will yield as a result the book's title as opposed to the individual short story. This holds true for authors in anthologies as well.

ISBN (no dashes or spaces)
You may also search for a specific title using its ISBN number. In January 2007 the ISBN will include 13 digits; our system has been upgraded for that event.

Author's First Name

Author's Last Name

You may use the Author Name fields for narrow or wide results. If you are looking for all reviews of J.R. Ward books, type J.R. in the "Author First Name" field and Ward in the Author Last Name field...a results table with three titles will appear. If you know the last name of an author but not the first - or vice versa - simply fill out the field you know. Say you remember you liked a book by an author whose first name is "Rhonda"...type that into the First Name field and your results will include six titles by two authors (Rhonda Woodward and Rhonda Nelson). If, however, you would like to browse among all reviewed books for authors whose last names begin with C, use the "begins with" option that accompanies the "Author Last Name" field; 496 titles across 25 results pages (we provide 20 titles per results page) will appear.


DIK Searches

As we use plusses and minuses in our grading system, you can search for all B+'s, all C-'s, etc. using the drop-down menu provided.

The best way to think about our DIK reviews is that a Desert Isle Keeper is the kind of book you'd want with you if your ship went down at sea. If you wish to view only DIK reviews, click "DIK Searches" so that you won't have to conduct three searches - first on A+, then A, and then A-. Because we grade short stories as well as the anthologies they are part of, you might discover a listing like the one below and be confused. Don't be...two of the short stories in the following anthology received an A level grade.

New Desert Isle Keeper Reviews
Grade Title Author Book Type Sensuality Published Reviewed Reviewer
A- If Only In My Dreams Wendy Markham TT Warm 12/2006 11/29/2006 Lisa
B+ Secrets: Volume 18 Anthology Ero Rom Hot 12/2006 11/28/2006 Kate C
A Angel Rogue Mary Jo Putney Eur Hist Warm 2006 11/26/2006 Cheryl

We think it's important to differentiate between DIK reviews as written by staff and those as written by authors or readers, so we offer that search functionality as well. While author and reader submitted DIK reviews are edited just as staff reviews are edited, we only consider those staff DIK's as "professional," which is why, if a DIK review is written by an author or reader, it is so noted at the top of the review: (This DIK review was written by an author) or (This DIK review was written by an reader).


Some sites utilize movie-type ratings as the basis for their sensuality ratings and therefore they are more "warnings" than anything else. Our readers seem to prefer sensuality ratings more as simply another type of information; some might even feel "cheated" to read a book given a "Hot" rating if it were only "Warm." The idea for our levels was based on a Blush Factor several years ago.. .would your cheeks get redder while reading a book with "Burning" sensuality than they would if reading a book with "Subtle" sensuality?

You may search for all reviews posted on a particular day (2/1/2005), a particular month (2/2005), or particular year (2005). Obviously a search for all reviews posted on a particular day will provide more narrow results than all reviews posted in a particular month or year - three reviews, for instance, were posted on 2/3/2005 while 50 were posted during the month of February 2005.

Publish Date
(i.e. 9/2004 or 2004, although we provide
pub months rarely)
Review Date
(i.e. 9/1/2004, 9/2004 or 2004)

You may search for all books published during a particular month or year (the "month" is only used, though, for books not yet published - or for category romance titles). If a book has been re-issued, the latest pub date is provided on the results table, although the book's actual Copyright Date is [also] provided within the body of the review. See Review Date above for narrowing or widening this search option, however, the majority of our reviews provide only a pub year and not a pub month.

Staff Reviewer Name
If a particular reviewer tends to have tastes similar to yours, searching by reviewer may be particularly useful. Unless a reviewer wrote at least 30 reviews, though - or remains at AAR in some other capacity - her/his name will not be listed in the drop-down menu for this field. However, you can search for any person who wrote a review for AAR (a reader or author who submitted a DIK review, or a reviewer only with us for a short time)...simply use the "Other" option in the drop-down menu. And, if you would like to search specifically among author or reader-submitted DIK reviews, you can do that too (see our hints above for All Desert Isle Keeper Reviews).

Book Type
(i.e. A.R. Romance, Medieval Romance,
Vamp Romance, etc.)
A drop-down menu lists genres, sub-genres, and certain time settings. As such you may search for all Historical Fiction, for all Shapeshifter Romances, all trad Regencies, or all Renaissance Romances. Historical Romance as a book type exists if a romance crosses locales (England and the U.S.) or historical periods (1800 - 1850). And if a romance spans the historical and the contemporary, it'll likely be found as Romance.

If you plan to search using this field, we recommend looking at the drop-down menu first. If your search is for some type of historical romance, we suggest you familiarize yourself with our historical designations. This is useful not only for Book Type, but also for Time Setting or Locale Setting, and as searching is limited to one search field at a time, you may want to use Time Setting or Locale Setting instead. For instance, if you are looking for all historicals during the Renaissance, you would search on Book Type = Renaissance. If you were interested in simply the Elizabethan period, instead of searching on Book Type = Renaissance, you would search on Time Setting = Elizabethan.

Time Setting Time Setting Hints Locale Setting

We try and be as specific as possible about Time Settings - Early 1700s would be 1701 - 1710, 1710s would be 1710 - 1719, and so on. If we can't narrow it down to a decade, we'll add a King's reign - ie, 1200s King John. For critical events (English or U.S. Civil Wars) or popular romance novel periods of history (the Restoration, Victorian), we'll clarify the years in this way: 1660s Restoration or 1850s Victorian. We can't always narrow the time frame down, but will do our best. If it seems we are too narrow, remember that another reason for providing the detail is this: as the information appears in the review's header, it provides context for the book.

Because the Regency period is such a common one and is so short, we don't bother with the decade...all Regency-set historicals have a Time Setting of Regency. If a book is a trad Regency, we don't provide a time setting at all (unless the book is actually set in the Georgian era, which occasionally happens).

We try to be as specific as possible for Locale Settings too. If a book is a Western/Frontier Romance, we will have entered Oregon Territory or Texas. If a book is a Medieval, we will have entered England or Scotland rather than Europe or Great Britain (or) London or Edinburgh.

Sort By
One of our recent improvements allows us to provide you with the ability to sort your search results. In the past, unless looking at only new reviews, all review results were provided in reverse chronology based on review date. You may now also sort your results by "Author Last Name".

Remember that with our latest datbase improvements, you may now search on multiple criteria, browse alphabetically by last name, and sort your results in two different ways. Once you have decided on which search criteria to use, and have chosen your sorting option, click the "Search" button.



Quick Searching from Review to Review: In addition to the Power Search feature of our custom-built reviews database, a smaller search module can be found on the bottom of every review within the database, as well as all other pages at AAR that are in the format we began to use last December. (All pages in white with the hammock and navigation menu at the top are in the new format.) That smaller search module allows you to search by Title, Author Last Name, or Author First Name. Say, for instance, you have read the review of Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me and would like to see what else she's written. Type in "Crusie" in the small search module you see sampled in light purple here, choose "By Author's Last Name," and press "Go." The module also links you to the larger Power Search page.

Grade Title Author Book Type Sensuality Published Reviewed Reviewer
B Flirting with Pride and Prejudice Jennifer Crusie (editor) Non Fict N/A 2005 09/13/2006 Kate C
B- Don't Look Down Jennifer Crusie/Bob Mayer Fiction Warm 2006 05/13/2006 Pandora
A- Charlie All Night Jennifer Crusie Contemp Warm 2004 12/12/2004 Leigh T
A Bet Me Jennifer Crusie Contemp Warm 2004 02/19/2004 Rachel
B+ Faking It Jennifer Crusie Contemp Hot 2003 08/16/2002 Mary N
B- Sizzle Jennifer Crusie Series Hot 03/1994 04/18/2002 Colleen
B- Fast Women Jennifer Crusie Wom Fict Hot 2004 05/02/2001 Rachel
A Welcome To Temptation Jennifer Crusie Rom Susp Hot 2004 03/15/2000 Jennifer
A Tell Me Lies Jennifer Crusie Contemp Hot 1999 04/11/1999 Deb
B+ Tell Me Lies Jennifer Crusie Contemp Hot 1999 04/11/1999 Mary Ann
A Strange Bedpersons Jennifer Crusie Series Warm 2003 04/01/1999 Colleen
C Crazy For You Jennifer Crusie Contemp Hot 2000 03/15/1999 Ellen
A Crazy For You Jennifer Crusie Contemp Hot 2000 03/15/1999 Marianne
A Manhunting Jennifer Crusie Series Warm 2000 02/01/1999 Laurie
B+ Anyone But You Jennifer Crusie Series Hot 08/1996 12/27/1998 LLB
B The Cinderella Deal Jennifer Crusie Series Subtle 09/1996 01/23/1998 LLB

Also at the bottom of each review in the database, in addition to the small review search module, is a listing of any articles or interviews that may have been written by or conducted with the author. Those articles/interviews are not part of the database itself, but we built this feature into the system to aid navigation throughout the site.

Our Jennifer Crusie interview
Use Freefind to locate other material at the site

Overall Site Search: In addition to providing the mini-search module and links for authors on the bottom of each review at AAR, we've also built in a site-wide search engine known as Freefind (see above). If, for instance, something is mentioned in a review that you would like to search for outside the reviews database - tstl heroines, for instance - you can type that into the Freefind search engine. The first three of many, many results are as follows:

1. All About Romance: Patricia Rice on Too Stupid to Love Heroines
ran across your discussion of stupid heroines. Nothing will make me toss a book faster than a ... without any problem, if the heroines learn from their mistakes. That's the Big One, as
2. All About Romance Novels: At the Back Fence Issue #192
up featured heroes and heroines ready to tear each other apart. I'm ... back for more. Heroines It has been bandied about that Julie Garwood's heroines are TSTL. Now, I can see where
3. All About Romance: Laurie's News & Views #78
browser. Focus on Heroines: We've done a number of ... shrift to heroines. We talk about feisty heroines, virginal heroines, even tstl (too stupid to live) heroines. But we don't talk

Origin In Death
J.D. Robb
July 2005, Futuristic Romantic Suspense
Putnam, $23.95, 339 pages, ISBN 039915289X
Part of a series
Series Help: To the right is the header information that appears at the top of each review in the database. If a book is part of a series, we include that information in the review header, as you see highlighted for J.D. Robb's Origin In Death. If you would like to piece together other titles in this or any other series, you can do so by typing in the author's name in the mini-search module - as described for Jennifer Crusie above. If, for instance, you are interested in a list of Robb's In Death series, type in Robb for Author Last Name, and press "Go." The results include two pages of titles, the first of which is shown below. By looking at the pub dates for books in this series, you can fairly easily determine its order.

C+ Bump in the Night Anthology Paranormal Varies 04/2006 03/16/2006 Blythe
B Memory in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Warm 01/2006 12/15/2005 Cheryl
B+ Origin In Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Warm 07/2005 06/30/2005 Blythe
A Survivor in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Hot 01/2005 12/13/2004 Jennifer
B+ Visions in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Warm 2005 08/02/2004 Jane
B- Divided in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Warm 2004 01/27/2004 Leigh T
A Remember When J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Warm 2004 10/03/2003 Liz
B+ Imitation in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Warm 2003 08/25/2003 Ellen
A Portrait in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Hot 2003 02/26/2003 Shelley
B Purity in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Hot 2002 08/23/2002 Blythe
B Reunion in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Hot 2002 02/17/2002 Jane
B+ Seduction in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Hot 2001 08/13/2001 Jen
A Vengeance in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Hot 1997 08/01/2001 Jen
B Out Of This World Anthology Paranormal Warm 2001 07/18/2001 Laurie
A Betrayal in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Hot 2001 02/08/2001 Jennifer
A The Apothecary Rose Candace Robb Medieval Warm 1993 02/03/2001 Jen
A Judgment in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Warm 2000 08/14/2000 Lori-Anne
B+ Witness in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Hot 2000 02/22/2000 Andrea
A- Loyalty In Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Warm 1999 10/12/1999 Claudia
B+ Conspiracy in Death J.D. Robb Fut Rom Susp Warm 1999 04/02/1999 Liz

If, after experimenting with some or all of these hints you still have trouble making use of our reviews database, you may contact us via this online form and we will try and answer you as soon as possible. The best way to learn, though, is simply by playing around with the various search fields.

Use Freefind to locate other material at the site



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