Review Policy

BOOK SOURCES

The vast majority of the books I review are ones I own personally or have borrowed from my amazing local library.  If I receive a review copy, this will be indicated in the review.  Please note that I do not receive any compensation for reviewing gifted copies.

BOOKS GROUPS/GENRES I REVIEW

  • young adult literature
  • middle grades lit
  • urban fantasy
  • adult fiction

THINGS TO KNOW

  • I always give an honest review, be it negative, positive, or middle-of-the-road.
  • I will accept e-galleys or e-copies; however, I vastly prefer physical copies.  Reviews of physical copies likely will take priority since I prefer to read them.
  • I won't accept a book, e-version or physical, unless I am committed to reading it.
  • If you have a preferred 'review by' date, please let me know.  I will let you know if I can accommodate you.
  • I generally try to avoid 'book hype'.  I value my integrity and strive to give as honest a review as possible.
  • Please note: at this time, I am not accepting self-published works.


A NOTE ON NEGATIVE REVIEWS

I realize that there has been some controversy in the past over negative reviews.  If you ask me to review your or your author's book, I am going to assume that you have read this page and know that I will give a negative review if I did not care for it.  I try to be constructive within my own personal reviewing voice, but I do not shy away from stating what I think.  Additionally, liking a book does not mean that I won't mention things which I think could be improved upon in my review.

By and large, this is not an issue.  I have limited time to read.  I typically only choose or accept books I think I will like.  However, I occasionally am wrong.

ARCs - WHAT I DO WITH THEM

If you prefer that an ARC is not used for any of the following, please let me know.  I will honor your request.  Otherwise, I will:
  • Keep it
  • Pass it to another blogger
  • Offer it as a giveaway
  • Donate it to a youth librarian friend. Every year, she has a "Make a Blind Date With A Book" event.  Actually getting a book of their own to keep is a very big deal for a lot of the middle- and high school students who sign up for this event.  
Please know that I NEVER sell ARCs.