Not a real review, but just the comments of me and my sons as we have read through the books.
Me: 47 year old man
Ja.: 17 year old man
A: 15 year old half-man
S.: 14 year old boy
N.: 12 year old boy
Me: "The artwork is really good. The binding is very nice."
Ja.: "The books certainly are gorgeous."
A.: "I love the artwork."
S.: "Very pretty to look at, at least."
N.: "The art is nice and the last picture in the PHB is a badger, so bonus points."
Me: "You don't need multi-classing anymore since you can take various options to various classes to emulate a multi-class, which is interesting."
Ja.: "Looks like they have cleaned up a number of monsters."
A.: "Turns out that being almost-dead might actually have longer term effects than just the next long rest."
S.: "Random dungeon creation charts are back, which is great."
N.: "The various tables to help with motivations and background might lead to directions you'd never consider without help."
Me: "...and yet you can multi-class, at least as an option, so let the min/maxing and 14 levels ahead character optimization begin anew!"
Ja.: "Monks can get an hadouken? What the?"
A.: "I've already figured out a way to get multiple spells off in a round and I've only had the books 15 minutes."
S.: "I should be third level after the 3rd or 4th session? So we'd have retired 2, maybe 3, 20th level character parties in just the Blackstone campaign?"
N.: "They nerfed golems? Who nerfs golems?"
Me: " Where do the credits acknowledge Runequest, Rolemaster, HackMaster, and Castles & Crusades 'for their contributions to the "new" content of this book'?"
Ja.: "If you want something for nothing and think character death is a horrible event that should never happen this is the game for you."
A.: "I don't want to play this, even to playtest."
S.: ""The DMG reads as 'we're sorry that 4e destroyed your creativity - here's some charts!'"
N.: "They nerfed badgers? THEY NERFED GIANT BADGERS?! This game is dead to me."
Full review in a few weeks.