Reviewing Guidelines

First, thank you for considering me for reviewing your book. The form for submitting a request is found here, but please read my guidelines first!
Hopefully, you’ve checked out my reviews and liked what you read. Like every reviewer, my opinions are subjective and I come with pet peeves and preferences.

As a Reviewer….

I post reviews on many sites : my blog, Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, and GooglePlay. I’m on LibraryThing and Booklikes but I’m terrible at updating them, TBH.

I know a lot of other book bloggers don’t post DNF or low star reviews. I do.Those reviews are posted everywhere I post favorable reviews. I, personally, don’t feel comfortable with hiding my low star rating reviews.

I do take part in blog tours, hops, etc., so if there’s one for your book it will be given priority and not subject to a wait time. (If I chose to participate.) If there’s a release date or special event coming up, I will try to accommodate and make the date. 

I do review programs like Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Netgalley, which also takes priority, so let me know if your book’s there.
It’s up to my discretion to accept or deny any book for any reason.
I will NOT spread around the e-book review copy.

As a Reader…

My intersections include: white, fat, survivor of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, been homeless and lived in shelters, teen mom, single mom, depression, anxiety, invisible disability, atheist, queer, and intersectional feminist.

I read a large range of genres, as you’ll see below, but across the board I’m looking for marginalized and underrepresented books and authors. I’m not into homogenized straight white nonsense or tokens. I’m not into people writing out of their lane.

If you’re book is #ownvoices, but you don’t want announce that due to the unfortunate turn of events on Twitter, let me know and I won’t mention it anywhere. Your secret’s safe with me.

I am a work in progress unlearning straight white colonization and domination. If I fuck up or miss something, please let me know!

What Types of Books?

Formats:

I do accept hardcovers, paperbacks and e-books. Preferably e-pub or Kindle for e-books, but I can usually just convert formats so it should be fine. I accept new, published, and upcoming (ARCs) books. I’m also a happy supporter of Indie authors, including self-published.

By Age:

I read Young Adult, New Adult and Adult books. YA is a favorite of mine. I don’t read Middle Grade or younger because I’ve done a few and found I’m too far out of the range to enjoy it typically. But my daughter’s growing up so things may change.

By Content:

I don’t have a problem with violence, sex, drugs, abuse, or cussing in general. I will put up Trigger Warnings for subjects like rape. As a survivor, I would appreciate a heads up if your book includes it though. Also, just because I am open to reading such topics but that doesn’t mean I won’t have a problem with certain specific uses of them.

Preferred/Favorite Genres:

·        Fantasy, including but not limited to: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Dark/Noir Fantasy, High/Low Fantasy, Fairy Tales,
·        Science Fiction , including but not limited to: Dystopian, Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies
·        Mystery (including cozy mysteries)
·        Suspense/Thriller
·        Contemporary

Pickier About:

·        Historical
·        Romance (I am willing to read Erotica too, but I’m not often interested and find those awkward to review.)
·        Chick-lit
·        Horror

Don’t Read

·        Non-fiction
·        Self-help
·        Religious, including books with heavy religious themes/morals/leanings.

Extras:

I’m happy to do guest posts, interviewsgiveaways, and other fun extras. I think these are great ways to market to readers, especially Indie authors since many readers need extra convincing to dip a toe in. I’m really flexible so if you’re interested please mention that in your request.

Rating System

Amazing-        5          – Loved everything about it.
Superior-        4.5       – one of the best with minor problems
Great   –          4          – Great book with several minor or one major problem
Good   –          3.5       – Good book, slightly better than average because reasons
Average-        3          – Good read, Like it.
Not Bad-         2.5       – But has some issues.
Okay-              2          – But not my thing
Meh-               1.5        – Not my thing but has some issues
Dislike –          1          – Regrettable
Hate-              .5         – I finished it…
DNF-               0          -Enough Said
Did you see what a 3 star rating is? Good! I don’t know why or where this “anything under 4 stars is crap” mentality came from but I DO NOT agree.
If you hate 3 stars reviews, feel entitled to more or they hurt your fee-fees, then don’t request a review from me. 3 stars is average, av-er-age, got that?

How do I decide Ratings?

Subjectively. How much I  enjoyed the book and felt about it. Is there problematic shit? Is the cast and setting arbitrarily segregated whiteness?
Some people start at 5 stars and subtract for issues. Some people start at zero and add stars for enjoyable aspects. Sometimes a book starts out as trash and the ending saves it. Or the opposite happens.

FTC Disclaimer

I do receive copies of books for free to review and disclose in my review where I got my copy of the book. I do not accept any payment for my views. They are always my own honest opinion and I do not receive compensations for it.
I do take part in blog tours, blasts, and blitzes. I’ve not read each one of those books, but simply found the book interesting and wanted to pass the word on. The giveaways and links are given to me to post. That’s it. That’s the length of my involvement.