I am currently accepting select Young Adult or Teen books for review. You can send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am making an exception and WILL accept Adult books that are appropriate for YA readers (meaning, no graphic sex).
I accept ARCs, finished copies, and audiobooks (although I would prefer less of these). If the book is a part of a series, then I may need the previous books. If you are requesting an audiobook review, then I would appreciate a print copy of the book as well as it helps when I reference things. In the case of audiobooks, there will be two parts to my reviews: one for the story, and another reviewing the reader/audio performance. I will gladly accept e-books, but I prefer to read and review print copies. They allow me to take notes throughout the novel more easily and result in a better, more thorough review.
I am generally NOT accepting self-published books, indie press books, or interactive media books at this time. Review requests for these books will likely not receive a reply.
You can check and see if your book is on my TBR list. If it’s there, then you know I want to read it! You can also browse my reviews to get a feel for my interests.
I enjoy YA and MG fiction in the following genres:
- Historical fiction
- Fairytale/myth retellings
- Light contemporary romance
- Gothic horror/romance
- Books with happy endings
I am generally NOT accepting YA and MG books in the following genres:
- “Issues” books (dying mothers, cancer diagnoses, mental illnesses, family drama, etc)
- Extremely political or “hot button” topics
- Poetry/Free verse novels
- Short story compilations (unless I’ve read/reviewed a majority of the authors already)
I will make every effort to read and review in a timely fashion. I try to read the novels with regard to release dates, but I cannot guarantee that they will all be reviewed if the timeline is short. I prefer to receive a book at least 1 month prior to when the book will be published and to have a reasonable period of time to read and review before the feedback is expected.
I will write a review for almost every young adult book I finish. Many reviews will also be posted on Amazon.com and Goodreads, as well as this blog. My reviews are written to address the strengths and pitfalls of a novel, as I experienced them. (The character development, world building, typos, storyline, etc.) They are not meant to be objective literary critiques.
I try to write fair and honest reviews, but this does not mean I will always write positive reviews. My reviews are my opinion, and if I don’t enjoy a book then my review will reflect that.
With that said, I strive to explain why the book in question did not work for me personally. I do NOT write nasty commentary about the author.
If I do not finish a book I may write an explanation as to why this occurred. These explanations are different from standard reviews and will state that I did not finish the book, what page I read up to, why I did not finish, and if I plan on ever picking up the book again. They will, of course, be shorter than a normal review.
I post my review initially on Goodreads and have it sent to my blog, so the post will show the following:
- Cover art
- My review: What I liked and didn’t
- Star rating
There are clickable links in the review that bring readers to the book’s Goodreads page.
5 = I loved this book, it’s a new favourite and would certainly go buy a copy!
4 = I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t a perfect match for me, but I really liked it and would probably purchase it.
3 = I liked this book okay overall, but there were enough things that bothered me to affect my enjoyment. I definitely would not purchase it.
2 = A significant number of things I didn’t like that negatively impacted my overall enjoyment, though I may still have liked some parts of this book. I likely had trouble finishing the book.
1 = I really didn’t like this book at all and may have been very tempted to not finish it as a result.
As Goodreads does not allow half-star ratings, I generally do not post those. If there is a book that I feel truly warrants it, I may use that rating and explain my rationale.