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Review Policy

Review Policy

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Updated: June 2011.

My reviewing style.

I try to follow the traditional format for book reviews. I am a middle school Language Arts teacher, so I find it important to model the same style of reviews that I require my students to write.

I have found the my reviewing style varies depending on the book. The majority of my reviews have an analytical tent to them. But, I do, at times, use a more informal reviewing style for books that I read. I have found that the book itself tends to dictate which style review I find myself writing.

While I share my thoughts and feelings about the books I read, I try to limit any unsupported opinions that I may have. Some books, however, seem to require open honesty and opinion sharing. It is not my intent to negate anyone’s writing efforts, but my opinions of a book may not always be considered positive. I do, however, strive to focus on the positives in any book I read.

I post my reviews on my blog, GoodReads, YABC and Amazon. I will also post my reviews on other websites at the author/publisher's request.

*When used, all summaries/synopses are taken from,, the jacket flap, or the publisher's website.

Types of novels accepted.

My site is mainly a Middle-Grades and Young Adult literature blog, aimed at readers age 10+. Keep in mind that the books I read are often recommended to middle school teachers, students, and librarians that I have daily interactions with. All book content must be age appropriate for middle/high school students. Genres that I prefer:
  • paranormal
  • fantasy
  • romance (kid appropriate romance)
  • realistic fiction
  • chick lit
  • contemporary fiction
  • mysteries/thrillers
  • science fiction (dystopians preferred)
  • short stories
  • drama
  • graphic novels
  • mythology and fairy tales
I do not usually accept:
  • nonfiction: autobiographies/biographies/memoirs
  • horror
  • titles with religious undertones
Series: I do not prefer to read a series out of sequence. If you have a review request that is part of a series I have not read, I do ask that you provide a copy of the previous books in the series. Background knowledge is key, and a book cannot be fully appreciated without knowing the context in which it is written.

I can accept e-books (for review on a Kindle e-reader), although hard copies are preferred. My computer and Smashwords do not seem to like one another. Therefore, for the time being I cannot accept any books via Smashwords. If you can send me a PDF file instead, that will work.

When I accept a novel to review:

It does not guarantee that the novel will be read, or that I will post a review. If I find myself unable to read a book (i.e. can't "get into it", over abundance of offensive language) I will pass the book along to another book blogger for review. If this is not suitable, please let me know. I will be more than happy to return any book that I am unable to read back to its original owner. I know that just because a book isn't a good fit for me doesn't mean it isn't a good book. I want someone else to have the opportunity to read the book instead of it sitting on my shelf waiting for a new home.

Novels that I request personally will receive highest priority for review. Second precedence will go to those novels that were accepted via a review request/pitch. Novels that are received from mass mailings or from vendor displays at regional conferences will be reviewed at my earliest convenience, depending on my reading schedule. Some titles may be passed along to other readers for review, or placed in my classroom library.

How long will it take for a review: I try to read the review titles that I receive in a timely manner. If the book is an ARC, I will try to review the book before its release date, or shortly after. I cannot guarantee that a book will be read and reviewed within a specific time frame, UNLESS it was previously discussed between the parties involved. I do my best to accommodate an author/publisher's schedule, but I am very busy. My role as an educator has a tendency to be very demanding.

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