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Review Policy

I’m not a professional reviewer. I write reviews for the love of books, video games, and movies. I started this blog because I was reading so many books that I was having a hard time keeping track of the details about each book in my brain, and why I liked or disliked it. So, of course, I reviewed books on Amazon and Goodreads (and still do) but needed a place where I could post more in-depth commentary and hopefully spark more in-depth conversation with others about particular books. I will be adding video game and movie reviews, particularly of those in the science fiction and fantasy genres very soon.

If you would like your book reviewed on my blog, please read these FAQ’s:

What are your preferred genres?

I’m more likely to review your book and like it if it’s in one of my preferred genres, which are:
  • fantasy
  • sci-fi
  • speculative
  • paranormal
  • dystopian/apocalyptic
  • romance (no sex scenes or erotica)
  • some historical fiction
  • some non-fiction (biographies and how-to’s)

What do your reviews include?

My reviews usually include my opinion, thoughts, and feelings on the book (i.e., characters, plot, pacing, style, premise). I like to include a high-res picture of the cover and preferably of the author as well. I usually try not to disclose any spoilers.  I will post an honest review, which means that if there’s something I don’t like about the novel, I will mention it. If something about the story irritates me, I will mention it. I’ll mention anything that I liked or disliked but I won’t disparage your book. I understand how hard you’ve worked at it and I respect that. I am a writer working to get published, so I offer a unique, educated perspective on the books that I review. If your book has more than 30ish swear words, any sex scenes, or the kind of violence that’d be found in a rated-R movie, I’m not the best person to review it.
I post links to my reviews on my Facebook and Twitter pages, Google+ account, Pinterest and Instagram boards, as well as on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley, which is specifically for book publishers and bloggers.

How do you rate books?

I rate books on a 1 to 10 star scale, with 10 stars being the best, because it’s easier for me to assign scores for individual characteristics of the book. So, I assign one to two stars in each of these five categories:
  • premise
  • plot
  • pacing
  • characterization
  • style

If I’m going to be rating your book three stars or less, I probably won’t publish my review of it. Sometimes, I’m unable to finish a book if I really can’t connect with the writing or characters. For this reason and others, if you submit a request for me to review your book, I cannot guarantee that it will appear here. I no longer accept requests for reviews of self-published books.

I prefer e-books but hardcopies are also appreciated. For e-books, my preferred medium of receiving them is through Netgalley or as a mobi.

How long will you take to publish your review of my book?

Give me some time to review your book. I will try to finish it as soon as possible but I do have other commitments, including other books I’ve committed to review. This means that I cannot promise you a date by which I will have read or reviewed your book. It may take a few days, weeks, or months to get to it (although this is very rare). I give priority to ARCs and books that I have personally requested. I will e-mail you the link to my review as soon as I post it.

Please note that when I accept a novel to review, it does not guarantee that the novel will be read or reviewed. I try not to post negative reviews. If I really don’t like a book, I usually don’t post a review, unless I’m obligated to. If you want me to send you the review regardless of whether it’s positive or negative, please let me know.

If you’re an author/publisher looking for someone to participate in a blog tour or host a giveaway, I would love to help! Click here to e-mail me regarding blog tours or giveaways.

If you’d like your book reviewed, please submit your request here.