Review Policy

*To view past Book Reviews, please check out my Review Index*

General Information:

I am currently accepting select Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade books for review. For business inquiries, contact me at aquasimmer1212@gmail.com

I accept print ARCS, finished copies, self-published books, and e-books. If the book is part of a series I may need the previous books.

I do NOT accept audiobooks, indie press books, or interactive media books. Review requests for these books will not receive a reply.

 

Genres:

You can always check to see if your book is on my TBR list. If it’s there, then you’ll know I want to read it!!

I accept Adult, YA, and MG books in the following genres:

  • Science Fiction
  • Dystopian
  • Romance/Chick-Lit
  • Select Contemporary
  • Paranormal
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Fantasy

I do NOT accept books in the following genres:

  • Non-Fiction
  • Memoirs/Modern Biographies
  • “Issues” Books (dying mothers, cancer, diagnoses, mental illnesses, family drama, etc.) *Exceptions to this is if it is included in the approved genres, but is not the main focus of the book.*
  • Extremely political or “hot button” topics
  • Poetry
  • Free Verse Novels
  • Short Story Compilations
  • Overly religious fiction

 

Accepting Books:

If I accept a book for review, that does not guarantee a review.

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 3-4 months prior to when you would like the review posted.

 

Please note: Signed copies are greatly appreciated, but are NOT required.

 

Reviews:

I will write a review for almost every book I finish. Many reviews will also be posted on Goodreads, though not all and they may be modified. My reviews are written in a relaxed manner reminiscent of a conversation among friends. They are not meant to be objective literary critiques.

I 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 or snarky commentary about the author.

If I do not finish a book I may write an explanation on why. 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.

 

Formats Accepted:

Paperback
Hardcover
Kindle/Mobile Compatible

 

Reviews Structure:

Book Cover Art
Summary (Myself/Goodreads/Jacket Flap)
Publisher Info
Goodreads Page Link
Red Flags (Violence, sexualized, etc.)
Format/Where I got the book
Standalone or Series
Star Rating

Star Rating:

5 stars = I loved this book and want to own a copy!

4 stars = I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t a perfect “Special Shelf” match for me, but I really liked it.

 = Probably the most commonly used rating, 3.5 stars is for a book that was “above average,” though not perfect for me. This is a good, solid rating.

 = I liked this book overall, but there were enough things that bothered me to affect my enjoyment.

2 stars = 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.

1 star = I really didn’t like this book at all.

 

Giveaways:

I am happy to host a giveaway for you! My criteria for hosting giveaway books is the same as that for review books. Please refer to the genre, publisher, and book format requirements for review books.

Entries will be compiled using Google Docs and the winner will be chosen using Random.org.

If you would like me to host a giveaway for a book, please be sure to include the following information in your request:

 

  • Title/Author
  • Format of the book (ARC, hardcover, softcover, audiobook)
  • Shipping requirements (US, US/CA, or International)
  • Run time of the giveaway
  • Any additional information you would like included (photo of prize, blurb, signed?, etc)

 

Please note: Giveaways are not required for review requests, BUT review copies are required for giveaways.

 

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to reading & reviewing your books!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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