Review Policy

Contact me at: darjlj75@gmail.com

General information

Print Copies- I accept ARCs, Galleys and  finished copies. If the book is a part of a series, then I may need the previous books.  I do not like to skip volumes.
 
Ebooks- I am currently only accepting requests to review ebooks that are on  my TBR or wishlist.    I have over 6-8 months of backlog books to get through for ebooks so I am being EXTEMELY PICKY!!!

As of Summer 2016 I am accepting VERY FEW review books.  I am over 3 months behind on all reviews and reading and it is not fair to author or publishers to have to continue waiting.  If you send me a request and I ignore it I am not trying o be rude but my focus is more on what I already have to read instead of adding books to my stack.  So unless your book is already on my my tbr (linked above) then I will likely not respond right now.  I just have too many to get through.  I will delete this message once I have significantly caught up.

I DO NOT accept audiobooks. 

Genres

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 what I have read previously here to get a feel for my overall interests. 

I enjoy books primarily in the following genres:
  • Fantasy
  • Historical fiction
  • Fairy tale/myth/lore/legends
  • Paranormal 
  • Mystery
  • Gothic horror/romance
  • Humor
  • Dystopia/Utopia
  • Horror
  • Suspense
  • Science Fiction
  • Christian Fiction 
  • Manga/Graphic Novels 
  • Young Adult
I will read and review Middle/Grade school (ages 8+), Young adult and Adult novels.

Books Genre's I Usually accept:  This depends on what specifically your book is about. See the link about for what I read.
  • Memoirs/biographies
  • Romance 
  • Short Story Compilations
  • Gaming Guides (Must be able to play the game to review)
  • Chick Lit
  • History/historical (excluding US Military History)
  • LGBT
  •  Light BDSM and Erotica
I am NOT  accepting books in the following genres:
  • Non-fiction (unless specified above)
  • Poetry 
  • Westerns (unless its a time travel/supernatural/suspense style)
  • Political Books (both fiction and non)
Accepting Books

If I accept a book for review, I will review and post here,  Goodreads and Amazon.

I will make every effort to read and review in a timely fashion and with regard to release dates, but I cannot guarantee this. I prefer to receive a book at least 2 months prior to when you would like the review posted. Again, I will not accept deadlines with ebooks at this time.  Physical books will get priority!

If you have any conditions for the reviews such as when you need it reviewed by please let me know. 


Just because a book falls withing my interest genres does not guarantee I will accept it. 
Reviews

I will write a review for almost every novel I finish. Reviews will also be posted on Amazon.com and Goodreads. My reviews are typically written in a more relaxed manner as if I was telling someone what I just read.  I am not a literary critic.  While I may comment on such heavy aspects they are rarely my main focus.

I write honest reviews, and therefore I cannot guarantee a positive review. My reviews are my opinion. I try to make sure I  explain why the book in question did not suit me personally. I avoid writing nasty/offensive commentary.  If a review is, by chance, ever offensive I want to know.

For books I do not finish reading This is a VERY rare occurrence but if I do, I will state that I did not finish the book, why I did not finish and  about how far through the book I got.

For FTC disclosure-I do not receive any payments for my reviews. No bribery or offer is accepted for a positive review.   As stated above, a review is MY opinion, regardless of how I got the books (gift, purchase, library, etc).

I review books received from authors and publishers, library/loaned books, gifts/giveaways, swaps/trades and books I buy. 

If I receive a books specifically for a review from author/publisher and my review is not positive the party who gave the book has the right to ask for promotion spot instead or a review posting.  Please let me know in the request.  I will not sell any ARCs or Galleys, however I may swap or give to other bloggers unless otherwise requested not to.

Review Structure

All reviews will include the following:
  • Cover art
  • Book stats: Title, author, series status, Genre(s)  as most often categorized as on Goodreads, publication month/year
  • If the book was given for the purpose of review-thanks/credit to the person(s) who sent it to me.
  • My review: What I liked and didn't, some self-written re-summarizing,  may include quotes I liked, etc.
  • Rating: on a 5 star scale.(see below for details)
  • Summary- I will take the summary of the book as shown on Goodreads or amazon and post this before my review.  Please note, this was added on 3/16/2013 so prior blog posts will not have this.


Rating:
I loved this book, one of the best books I ever read.  Will re-read.  I either own it and plan to keep it or will be buying it for sure.  Highly recommended.



I really enjoyed this book.  It hard to put down,  I really felt for the characters, Most likely to re-read.



Again, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't a perfect but still good characters, plot, etc.  Will keep in my Collection if I own it.  Likely to re-read.  Will likely keep in my collection if I own it.


A good book that I enjoyed. May/May not keep around for a second read.


Fair book.  Worthy of being read but not something to read again or necessarily kept around. 


Average so-so book.   Mostly an acceptable use of my reading time, but it didn't draw me in. 


Could have been better.  Overall, not a fan of the book. Did not get into the book. 
Anything rated  here or below will not be kept in my collection unless part of a series I really like. 

Didn't get into the book at all overall. Did not like.  Likely did not finish. 


 
To receive an 4+ rating:  They moved me emotionally or made me think deeply about a topic, They were beautiful stories or have great characters. Most of the time they were the books that I really want to own (or do own) and will reread over and over again because I love the characters and story.
Ratings are based on my personal enjoyment of the book and are not meant to be objective ratings for the most part.  If I read a book that is already published or has been proofed and edited and it has lots of obvious grammar or spelling errors I may comment but it is not the focus of my review.  The review is about the story, plot, characters, emotions I felt and overall thoughts I had. I do not bother with half stars under 2.

Giveaways, Blog Tours, Promotion Spots, Interviews, Etc
I would be more than happy to host events such as a blog tour stop, author interviews, or contests, giveaways, etc.  My only request to doing so is that I get a copy of the book the event is for before the event takes place.  This is so that I can be prepared for making it fun, successful and interactive for everyone.   Exceptions can (and sometimes will) be made depending the nature of the post but as a general rule, I promote books I have actually read. 



Please note:
All comments, reviews, made by me are my own.  I do not receive any compensation for the reviews I write. All books I receive are in exchange for only a fair and honest review. You can find my reviews on my blog, Amazon.com, and Goodreads




4 comments:

  1. I love your rating scale. I haven't read a book which I rated one star, or so I believe as far as I can remember.

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    1. A one is very rare for me to rate something as. Atrocious grammar, plagerism, etc.

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  2. I really like the dark hearts rating thing! Also, I'm a big fan of manga! <3 <3

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    1. Thanks! The twin dragons is one I have loved for nearly 15 years now :)

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