Book Review & Request Policies

If you are on this page, you are probably curious about one of two things:

  1. Is she accepting review requests?
  2. How does she rate and review books?

Overall, the blanket review policy is this: Everything that I read is because I have personally expressed interest in reading it. Most of the time, the books I review are ones that I have checked out of the library, have been loaned or gifted from someone, or have been purchased for my own personal book collection. I accept no monetary compensation for my reviews- I blog solely for the enjoyment of reading and writing.

Review Requests:

Currently, I AM NOT accepting review requests. I am limiting those requests to those from verified publishers. I will not accept self-published novels.

If I was contacted in the past about writing a review and accepted, it has been noted in the review blog post that a copy of the book (in whichever format specified) was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

I am always honored to be asked to read and review, and I do my best to be respectful and fair to both the author, their work, and to fellow bloggers who read the reviews. My opinions are subjective to none but myself, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of others.

I reserve the right to deny a review request for any reason.

Product Review Requests:

Currently, I AM NOT accepting product review requests. However, I will only accept products or merchandise that pertain to books and literacy, as these align with the focus of this blog and it’s readership. If you believe you qualify or have questions, you may contact me. If I have agreed to review the product, there will be a disclaimer stating that I received the product in exchange for an honest review. All product review opinions are subjective to none but myself, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of others.

Rating System:

I utilize the Goodreads 5 Star rating system. Here is how I interpret the stars system:

5 Stars: It was AMAZING! I loved this book! I would purchase it, rave about it, and recommend it to anyone!

4 Stars: I really liked it! I would recommend it to most anyone, and there were only a few minor things that prevented me from absolutely loving it.

3 Stars: I liked it. It didn’t blow me away, and there were some things that didn’t sit right with me, but I enjoyed the read overall. I may recommend it to someone specific but with stipulations.

2 Stars: It was okay. It didn’t live up to the hype, or I just wasn’t into it for specific reasons. Also, DNF books fall under this if I really tried to get into the book and just couldn’t convince myself to read further. I wouldn’t buy this book or recommend it to anyone.

1 Star: I did not like it. I either didn’t care to read it after the first few chapters, or I read the whole thing and thought it was a complete waste of time. 

Even though I use this system, I understand ratings are subjective. I know it can still be difficult to evaluate exactly where a book would fall on a set scoring system. Therefore, I also use a format that follows as such:

  • Goodreads Rating
  • Review (including🙂How I came across the book
  • A summary of the book
  • An analysis of the book
  • What I liked
  • What I didn’t like
  • Interesting elements
  • What audience would I recommend the book to
  • Too Long/ Didn’t Read (TL/DR)- summary of the review
  • Published Date
  • Should you read it?
  • Do I recommend it?
  • Should you buy a copy?
  • Similar reads to check out

Negative Reviews:

I’m going to be blunt- if I don’t like the book, I’m going to explain why, and I’m going to post the review. However, I try to do so with utmost respect to the author. Not every book will be my cup of tea, and I think I owe my readers and the author an explanation as to why. The same goes with books that I did not finish (DNF). I reserve the right not to finish a book that I do not find enjoyable- life it too short, and there are so many books out there that I want to read in this lifetime.

If you have any questions concerning the above information, or need to contact me privately in regards to my blog, please visit my contact page.

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