Review Policy & Rating System

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Who's accepting requests?
Sam is the only one taking requests right now. 

Kiersten


I accept ebooks and print ARCs for review purposes. I prefer to read on my Kindle so .mobi files will be given priority. I am very picky about what books I read and will decline requests to review books that do not interest me. As a result of my pickiness, I most often like all the books I read; however, this is no guarantee that I will give a favorable review. I am more likely to accept a request from an author or publicist I have previously worked with.

Preferred Genres:
Preferably in the Young Adult age range (though exceptions can be made)
  • Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
  • High Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Dystopian / Post-Apocalyptic
  • Contemporary
Genres I don't review:
  • Nonfiction
  • Horror
Rating System:
Like I said above, I like most of the books I read. While it may come across as not being critical enough, I believe that if I genuinely enjoy a book, then there's no reason to get hung up on little minutiae that I won't even remember a few days later. When I critique a book, I try to be as gentle as possible while getting my point across. I believe there is a distinct difference between being critical and being rude, and I try to avoid the latter. I give half star ratings when a book falls between two of the ratings distinguished below. Ratings are either rounded up or down when cross-posting on websites such as Goodreads and Amazon.

★★★★★
I loved this book! I enjoyed it from start to finish, and it made me feel the feels. I recommend this to everyone.

★★★★
I really liked this book! There was something that kept me from loving it, but I'd still recommend it.

★★★
I liked this book, but it wasn't particularly memorable. There were some things that I wasn't particularly fond of or I thought could have been done better, but overall I still enjoyed it and don't regret reading it. May still recommend it.

★★
This book was ok. I felt kind of "meh" about this book and wouldn't be missing out on anything if I went back in time and read a different book instead.


I either did not like this book overall, or I had an issue with an element of the book and couldn't get past it.

Amrutha


I will review most review requests, whether in print or digital format.

Preferred Genres:
  • All Young Adult
  • Fantasy
  • Dystopian
  • General Chick Lit
  • Romance
Genre's I don't review:
  • Nonfiction (Exception: Memoirs)
  • Sci-Fi
Rating System:
I do my best to write nonbiased reviews -- that being said, I am generally the most picky critic blogger on this site. I love great books, and no matter how I feel about a book in the beginning, I do my best to read and review every type of story presented to me. Because I am not generally choosy about which books I read, I often come across books that I don't like, but these books shine a light on the gems that I discover every once in a while. I read and sift through all of these unknown books in order to find these truly amazing pieces and present them to you guys.

I often give books decimal ratings (.25, .5, .75) or if REALLY WARRANTED, a negative rating. These books are exceptions to the clearly outlined rating system and are used when I feel as though they better represent my feelings of books. These exceptions will be rounded up or rounded down according to regular math and negative books will be rounded up to zero (or one) when translated onto other sites, such as Amazon or Goodreads.

★★★★★
PERFECT. Books that earn this rating could not have done anything differently in my opinion. This is the book that I throw in the face of everyone I have ever met or will ever meet.

★★★★
This book was almost perfect, but had some work left to be done. Would read again.

★★★
Generally decent book, this book was worth reading but didn't have anything too special going for it.

★★
This book has filled with flaws but probably has at least one or two redeeming factors that allow it to stay at two stars.


Who needed to be blackmailed for this to be published?

Zero Stars - (Negative Stars)
This book was not only poorly written and just should not exist, it's existence is actually offensive to me as a reader.

Noor


I generally accept review requests on the basis of whether or not a book sounds interesting or not, but I'm pretty open to accepting requests. I generally prefer print but will accept digital copies, preferably as .epub files.

Preferred Genres:
  • Young Adult
  • Dystopian
  • Fantasy
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Paranormal
Genres I don't review:
  • Horror
  • Nonfiction (save for memoirs)
Rating System:
You know the whole spiel about being objective and unbiased but I guess I should confirm anyway that I'm not in cahoots with every author I review and I promise I'm not just writing good things to be nice and everything is as impartial as people can really be anyway. I review things honestly, sometimes I can nitpick and ramble on about something that seems insignificant but might be something I spend a lot of time thinking about so it takes up a lot of real estate in my mind where the thoughts about that book go. I usually know when the things I don't like are genuinely nitpicky and when they're problems I can deduct in my ratings from, though. I look at books not just in how I enjoy them but in what they offer, what tropes they employ, what they're comprised of. A lot of my reviews focus on sections, like the writing style and the plot and the characters, or various other aspects. Overall, I like to be thorough in letting you know what I did and didn't like.

I occasionally give decimal ratings when I feel that a book is too good for one rating but not quite good enough to reach another. Usually within my review I'll explain where the half a star or so came from or why it wasn't good enough to warrant a full star rating, so fret not friends, I will try to minimize any confusion.

★★★★★
If this book had red lipstick game, it would be stronger than Taylor Swift's. If you're not a fan of that analogy, if this book had eyebrow game, it would be so raw it would be sushi. Okay, I know I'm not funny but what I'm trying to say is that five stars means everything is flawless and it probably hurts a lot.

★★★★
Rad in a really hella way. I describe a lot of things as rad. Like certain pairs of shoes or one of my professors from two semesters ago. Are they perfect and do they require absolutely no changes? No. But they're close. Four star books might have an issue or two but for the most part they're things that can be overlooked enough to warrant a very positive experience.

★★★
Mediocre. Three star books are okay, right on the verge of being really good but also right on the verge of being kinda crappy. Teetering on the edge of something more but kindof just flopping in the middle and being occasionally unsatisfying and occasionally a decent read.

★★
This was probably a really bad book and the two stars either came from a) being entertaining enough to make fun of or b) being slightly promising to start off with and just not being left in capable enough hands to reach redemption.


At least I'll have a book to recommend someone on Opposite Day.

Sam


I accept ebooks and print ARCs for review purposes. I mostly read on my kindle during my commute, so ebooks are a lot easier for me.

Preferred Genres:
I read YA and beyond, but the blog's focus is primarily YA
  • Contemporary
  • Romance - all kinds
Genres I don't review:
  • Nonfiction
  • Horror
Rating System:
When I read, I read for entertainment and escape. I don't mind the fiction in my fiction, and I am all about how a book made me feel. I tend towards lighter fare, but I can go deep if necessary.

★★★★★
This book was AH-mazing! I am overwhelmed with feels, and I can't stop thinking about this book.

★★★★
I loved this book! It made me happy and I really enjoyed reading it.

★★★
I liked this book. It was good. It may even have had some great moments, and I will speak favorably of it when asked. It was just missing that little something or had a small something that rubbed me the wrong way.

★★
This book was "meh". It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything to write home about. It was like frozen pizza. Full belly, but I am not really satisfied.


Just no. Note: I have never given 1 star to a book. If I rated DNFs, I would probably give them one star.


Marlon


I have only one true preference for texts, and it is that they have proper page numbers -- otherwise it becomes a difficult task to reference the text. It is for this reason that I prefer and prioritize printed editions, as these nearly always carry page numbers, but electronic copies with page numbers that correlate to a physical copy (if the book was published physically) or to the published electronic edition are accepted.

Preferred Genres:
Preferably in the Children (9-12) and Young Adult (13-19) age range
  • Fantasy
  • Dystopian
  • Paranormal Romance/Adventure (extremely picky, however.)
  • Magic Realism, Hyper Realism, or otherwise Postmodern
  • Psychology/Realistic Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Social Justice/Politics/Religion
Genres I don't review:
Will occasionally make exceptions
  • High Fantasy ("too long; didn't read" for most of these, but there will be some exceptions)
  • Thrillers
  • Horror
  • Most nonfiction (except memoirs)
Rating System:
Though I have changed my mind and am growing as a reviewer, my general rule of thumb is this: a set of realistic and, most importantly, diverse (gender, ethnicity, religion, everything - I am tired of the lack of representation of non-straight, non-white, and non-christian) characters, ideas (or themes) that unravel and are discussed rather than used as brain candy, writing that is provocative, interesting, with inventive phraseology and non-trite diction -- these are the what I look for in a novel. I am becoming more and more critical as a reviewer and I will swing from "excited beyond reason" to "very seriously analyzing why it was important for Ron Weasley to be portrayed as a bit racist in the beginning of Harry Potter." Do not take my lightheartedness for a lack of serious concern -- it means the text in question has won me over. Also, do not read my reviews if you are not fond of at least some literary criticism -- in most reviews, there won't be much, but in some cases, analysis is the only way I know how to express something important to the text. I try to be funny but I'm not. Laugh anyway.

There will, very rarely, sometimes be an exception to this clear rating system. A book might be incredible beyond reason in one area and not in another and I'll mark it as a two star or around that, but will discuss at length why this book was interesting. Example: The Magicians by Lev Grossman was not a good experience for me when I read it, it had exceptional prose but most of the book was exposition. This was cleaned up in the later books.

★★★★★
I would buy this book, and, if it were a person, I would romantically pursue this book. Even though it's not a person I still might try to romantically pursue it. The author has had a definite impact on my life.

★★★★
Though there were a handful of flaws, they were either minor or otherwise did not affect my positive experience with the book.

★★★
I liked it, more or less. There were enough flaws to put me off, but not enough to keep me from enjoying the text. I can see it's potential but it has fallen short in certain areas for me.

★★
I finished this book only to rant about this book. I did not enjoy the majority of this experience and I feel cheated as a person.


Really? How did this get published? I can find nothing good about this book that makes me want to finish it. Most of the Did Not Finish books will end up in this category. I wish there was a lower level of rating but there is not.