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Review/ Policies

What you can expect from my reviews.
I  am not an expert reviewer, but I do read books often. I don’t like to call myself a book reviewer because it sounds clinical as if I’m going to dissect the book and not put it back together again. I prefer the term Book Blogger. I’m not interested in doing a critical analysis of the books I read. Because writing is creative and building a story from nothing is difficult ( even a rubbish book) so the process is to be respected.


My reviews mostly consist of my thoughts and feelings about the books I  read, as a result, my reviews are very subjective. If those are not the types of reviews you are looking for/prefer to have from a book blogger  blog, this is probably not the place for you. Many other book bloggers whose review are objective and just the facts maam may be a better fit for you, if my style is not to your liking. I tried objective in my reviews breaking  everything down it didn’t fit me.


My reviews are honest, I will not compromise my integrity as a book blogger. I review every book that I read, so please be aware that those sometimes include negative reviews. I don’t take pleasure in negating someone’s work, but it a part of the process to impart valuable feedback to the writer that he or she may consider for the next book. Each review includes cover art, publication details, a synopsis of the book, and my personal thoughts about the book. I also try to post my reviews on GoodReads, Amazon, and barnes and Noble as well as Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes I also do an oral review on YouTube.
Rating System:
  1. Not worth your time. Don’t even pick it up.
  2. Pass,writing weak,  major flaws . wouldn’t recommend.
  3. Decent written book. Make a  library run if you’re curious about it.
  4. Really liked it. Has spot on my shelf, add to my faves and recommend.
  5. Loved it recommend to everyone !
Note: Half stars are given when a book is better than average but still doesn’t measure up to a four or higher rating.
Types of books I accept/ do reviews for.
My blog  is mainly a Young Adult literature blog but I do (accept) review Adult fiction as well a limited number of Middle Grade literature
Genres that I prefer:

Paranormal (all of its subgenres)

Urban Fantasy

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Romance (a select few)
  • mystery/thrillers
  • Graphic novels
  • Sci-fi / Steampunk (selective)
I do not usually (accept) review books of the following genre:

non-fiction: autobiographies/memoirs/biographies

  • religious themes, mental disorders.
  • Horror


Series: I do prefer NOT to read a series out of sequence. If you have a review request that is part of a series I have not read, I do ask that you provide a copy of each of its predecessors. This will allow for a more effective review. Currently I am not inclined to start a series that has several (more than 3) titles previously published.


E-books: I am  accepting e-books for reviews at this time, I purchased my Kindle. However I am NOT currently accepting self-published novels. Maybe at a later date check back as I update policies when I make changes.


What happens when I accept a book  for review?
It does NOT guarantee that the novel will be read, or that I will post a review. But I WILL showcase the book on In My Mailbox a meme created by The Story siren on my YouTube as well as my blog, every Sunday.


How long will it take for a review?
It really depends on my schedule at the time I do try to read the review titles that I receive in a timely manner, but I sometimes this is not possible due to time constraints and other distractions in my life (a husband, job, life). If the book is an ARC, I will try to review the book in the month before or surrounding its release date, or shortly after the book is released.  I can’t promise in advance to provide a review by a certain date because life is unpredictable and it’s easier for  your schedule if I’m not prepared by the date I have given you. To do it on a case by case review.


Books I request
Personally will have precedence over all other titlesBooks that are received unsolicited such as  via a review request/pitch are second
precedence and will mostly likely be included as my schedule allows. As to whether the title will be read and reviewed. If I have no interested in reading the title, I will respectfully decline or if it’s a physical copy I will passed it along to another blogger who has an interest in said title.

Interviews/ Guest Posts/ Blog Tours:
I am happy to host authors for an interview, guest post, or be stop on a blog tour. If an author interview is requested, I do request that a copy of your novel be sent with ample time to read before the questions need to be submitted. If I am not familiar with your work/with the authors work, I do require the option to read the title before I will agree to an interview or a guest post.


I do not host freelance writers on my blog at this time but check later as I update policies whenever I make changes.



2 Comments on Review/ Policies

  1. Bill

    June 3, 2011 at 8:20 am (5 years ago)

    I really appreciate this sentence of yours: Because writing is creative and building a story from nothing is difficult ( even a rubbish book) so the process is to be respected.

    I feel the same way about what you’re doing. It takes very similar work habits to do a blog regularly as it does to write a book.

    I’ve got a book called Love on the Big Screen out and I’m writing to see if you have any interest in reviewing it. The protagonist is a college freshman whose understanding of love has been shaped by late-eighties romantic comedies. So he thinks his love life should be like Say Anything and Sixteen Candles. There’s also this group of boys who call themselves the Brothers in Pursuit. Of course one of their pursuits is women, and I think it would be interesting to hear your perspective on how these boys go about trying to get a girlfriend.

    If this sounds interesting to you, I’d be happy to send you a copy. I totally understand that you’d be free to write whatever you want about the book or choose not to review it all. I can’t believe anyone expects anything different!!!!

    You can “peek inside” on Amazon or Indiebound and there are also excerpts loaded on my website.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.




  2. Richard Due

    November 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Dear Sony The Book Lover,

    I’m currently seeking reviews for The Moon Coin: A Moon Realm Novel, a new ya fantasy adventure series featuring twenty-two full-color illustrations by Carolyn Arcabascio.

    Here’s the teaser:

    Here are the first two chapters for free:

    Here’s a free audio version of the first two chapters:

    If you’re interested, I’d be happy to gift you an ebook version from Amazon. The book is also available at Barnes & Noble, and the iTunes iBookstore.

    If you are interested, I also have a guest post available. It’s called “From Sketch to Chapter Art, an Illustrator at Work”. In it, I present three of the chapter art sketches by Carolyn Arcabascio for The Moon Coin, by Richard Due, side-by-side with the finished art work. Below each image I ask Carolyn a question about the drawing or her process. The piece runs 500 words. If you’re interested in seeing it in detail, I would be happy to email it to you.

    Thanks in advance for your time,

    Richard Due
    Gibbering Gnome Press, A Division of Ingenious Inventions Run Amok, Ink

    Press Kit:
    The images in the Press Kit are meant for print, so they’re quite large.
    Here are some links suitable for the web. Format them as you see fit:
    Author photo:
    Illustrator photo: Home of my upper middle-grade fantasy adventure series.


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