Review Policy & Rating System
I am happy to accept print copies and e-copies on occasion. Print is strongly preferred and given more of a priority. Please note: I reserve the right to refuse to review a book, but also realize if I do review your book, I will review it per my usual reviewing style. I’m more than likely to reject any titles containing zombies, ghosts and witches since they don’t particularly interest me.
-Science Fiction (favorite)
-Paranormal Romance (hit or miss genre for me)
Genres I don’t review:
-Horror (I may make some exceptions)
I find that as I continue to read YA books, I become less and less tolerant for plot holes and sloppy world building. I am a more critical reviewer and I pay very close attention to details. Sarcasm is almost always woven into my reviews. All jokes are meant to be taken as “tongue in cheek.” Please do not view it as a personal attack on an author because I don’t review authors. I review books.
Most of the books I read comes straight from my public library or is an ARC acquired from the author, publisher or NetGalley/Edelweiss. I don’t usually buy many books unless I have read it before and know for sure I would read it again. That doesn’t happen very often. What can I say? I’m pretty picky.
Rating:I LOVED this book. I would buy this book, re-read this book, stalk all my friends and make my mother read it.
Rating:I really liked this book. It had a few flaws, but I didn’t stop me from enjoying it. I’d probably buy it too.
Rating:I liked it, but wasn’t blown away it. It could be a hit or miss for others.
Rating:It was okay or “meh.” Books considered ‘not for me’ will probably fall in this category.
Rating:“Hate” is such a strong word. But if I give a book 1 star, I’m not afraid to fling that word around. Precious hours of my life were spent reading this book and I’d like them back.
I accept ebooks and print arcs for reviewing purposes. Whilst I may agree to look at your book, that doesn’t guarantee I will be able to read and review it. I am happy to accept Galleys but I will give my honest opinion so only send them to me if you’re sure I will love it or are willing to live with it if I don’t. I prefer strong female characters and strong concept novels.
- All variety of Young Adult novels
- Urban Fantasy
- Paranormal Romance
Genres I don’t review:
-Non fiction titles
My reviews are brutally honest and entirely my opinion. I’m most likely to read a book from a feminist perspective and am easily frustrated by passive heroines and bully heroes. I enjoy books that show gender equality and a wide range of well-written, interesting characters.
Most of the books I read are either ARCs or library books. At the end of the year I make a list of all my favourite books that year and I purchase them hardcover. I believe in supporting, financially, my favourite authors.
Rating:Perfection or pretty darn close. This book comes highly recommended.
Rating:A few flaws were noticed, but I still really loved the book. I would possibly own this book.
Rating:It was okay. There were things about the book I had issues with.
Rating:This book wasn’t that great but at least I finished it. I can see what other people liked though.
Rating:This was a terrible book and I struggle to find a redeeming feature to speak about it.
I will gladly accept ARCs, books, and e-books (Kindle or PDF format) from authors and publishers. With my increasing list of titles to read, I cannot offer set times for reviews, but I’ll do my best to get them read and reviewed in as short a time frame as humanly possible. I will also notify you when your review goes up.
However, please bear in mind that I will post an honest review of what I thought of the book. Of what my expectations for the book where and what I thought of it. I will not edit my review for the sake of ego. If I personally know the author then this will not make me give them preferential treatment or a more favourable review, all reviews shall be written honestly. If I do not finish a book I will review what I read, but unless I make it to at least 75% completion I will not rate it.
My preferred genres are:
-Young-Adult (Any genre)
Rating:There is no such thing as perfection… but this is about as close as it gets. I adored this book and want to spend alone time doing naughty things with it…
Rating:I really liked this book, it had some issues but nothing I cared about greatly I would probably buy it.
Rating:Yeah, I liked it. It was good. I’m not going to rave about it. It’s gonna be hit and miss with others.
Rating:It was ok. I didn’t like it but I can see why others would. It resides in the heavily populated kingdom of Meh.
Rating:Why in the name of all that is good in the world did I read this book? I have problems finding a nice thing to say about it. I cannot believe they cut down trees for this.
While I prefer to review print copies, I am happy to accept ebooks as well. I will always review books honestly. While I do enjoy romance, I tend to be a lot more choosy before selecting a book where it is the main aspect.
-Fantasy and Urban Fantasy
Genres I don’t review:
I am much more inclined to enjoy a book if it contains witty dialogue and dynamic characters. I am always willing to suspend my belief for something well written, but there is a point when I simply can’t accept contrived plot devices or poorly imagined world building. Stories that seem to unravel naturally always delight and mystify me.
If I give a book a negative review, it does not in any way reflect my opinion of the author.
Rating:Wow. This book will be on my mind for a long time, and probably on all I’ve my friends minds as well when I talk their ears off about it. It had an extra oomph that set it apart from others.
Rating:This book was really good. While it won’t become one of my all-time favorites, it was still able to rock my socks off. I would definitely recommend it to friends.
Rating:I liked certain elements of this book enough to enjoy it, but there were some serious flaws that were hard to overlook.
Rating:This book may have initially interested me, but I didn’t enjoy it.
Rating:I am almost shocked by how terrible this book was.
I am happy to read books in either an electronic or print format, though I do confess that I prefer the latter. Because I must try to balance books that are “for work” with books that are simply “for fun,” and reading in general with other obligations, the amount of time that it takes to finish and review a novel will vary on a case-to-case basis. I tend to be a rather fast reader, however.
Genres I Don’t Review:
-Nonfiction (unless it’s humor)
-Science Fiction (usually – I’m more than willing to make an exception)
I do my best to write reviews that draw upon both my particular opinions and a nonbiased, semi-professional viewpoint. By this, I mean that I rate what I read according to two different sets of criteria. The first consists of my strictly personal preferences and pet peeves. The second consists of the standard templates that are used to construct a “good” story. These include such things as grammar, writing clarity and fluency, narrative structure, character complexity, and so on.
The sheer number of YA works that I have read has ensured that I have a rather low tolerance for the clichés and tropes that abound in the genre, particularly love triangles, paranormal romances, and Mary Sues. If your book contains these sorts of things, I certainly hope that you employed them in a clever way, as I admit that I have a fondness for stories that employ “meta” concepts (lampshade-hanging, the breaking of the fourth wall, self-referential humor, and so on).
For the most part, I try to inject a bit of humor into my reviewing, so you will likely encounter sarcasm and pictures/GIFs in my reviews. I do my best, however, to write fairly and include detailed, thoughtful points and ideas.
Most of the books that I read come from the library. I do, on occasion, purchase novels, but I do so rarely and only when I am certain that I will enjoy them. This means that they tend to be ones that I have already read and want to reread at some point.
Rating:A near-perfect book that I love and highly recommend. I will certainly reread and/or purchase this one in the future.
Rating:A flawed book, but one that I nonetheless enjoyed. I can overlook its problems, so I will likely reread and/or purchase this one in the future.
Rating:A book with flaws that are too numerous or significant to overlook. I may reread and/or purchase this one in the future. At the very least, it was enjoyable enough that it was worth a single read-through.
Rating:A book that I didn’t really enjoy, but was able to finish. It may simply be a “not for me” kind of book, or one that has a few redeemable qualities that prevent it from being a complete waste of time. Not something that I will reread and/or purchase, however.
Rating:A book that I hate and likely did not finish. A complete waste of time that has no redeemable qualities.
Disclaimer: As stated above, all books we read are either purchased by us, borrowed from our library, or recieved from publishers for reviewing purposes. Please note that most of the GIFs and photos used are not ours. They were found for free on Tumblr and Google Images. We are in no way claiming to be the mastermind behind them. However, all reviews are written by us (unless noted otherwise) and are original. Please do not copy and redistribute without first contacting us.
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