I am closing my review requests until after my final exams on May 20th 2020.
You can contact me a few weeks before that to reserve a spot, but I won’t be able to start reading until after May 21st.
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Table of Contents
• General Information
• Star Rating
• Blog Tours, Cover Reveals & similar posts
Reviews of other products
• General Information
• Review Structure
More information about my reviews
I currently accept books in the Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult and Adult categories in the following genres (I am a bit more picky with genres marked with *)
- Fairy tale/myth/legend retellings
- Comics and graphic novels (physical only!)
- Game novelizations and/or tie-ins
- Movie/tv-series novelizations and/or tie-ins
- Historical fiction*
- Short story collections*
I am NOT accepting books in the following genres:
- Non-fiction in general
- Books about (mental) illnesses or other ”issues”
- Extremely political or “hot button” topics
- Overly religious fiction (This does not include fiction based on religion, like Good Omens or Lucifer, or witch/wicca/pagan related fiction as I really enjoy those.)
Books already on my To Be Read-list (TBR), sequels to books I have read or books in a series I have started reading are more likely to be approved. In the case, for example, your request is about book 3 of a series and I have only read book 1, I need to be provided with book 2 aswell. Same goes for series I haven’t started at all.
I am open to read and review multiple books. In the case you are looking for reviews for a sequel of a book, I am willing to read and review the first book aswell if provided. This can go in more variations.
I am also willing to read and review separate titles for you, but I can still say no to one or more of them.
I only accept print or ePUB ARCs & finished copies. I prefer physical copies for enough reasons, but I understand that it isn’t always possible for smaller/indie author and/or because of international shipping costs. This is why I accept ePUB copies aswell.
I leave reviews on multiple platforms. I post my reviews on my blog and on Goodreads by default. Other platforms can be discussed.
I usually promote my reviews on Twitter, but I am also able to promote them on my Instagram. Preferations and details on promotions on social media can be discussed.
Review requests should be send atleast two to three months in advance. It takes time to properly read and review a book and I will need to plan ahead. Two months in advance is still very tight, especially considering I might be booked by others for a similar timeframe, the book has to be send internationally (Think about shipping times and/or delays) and room for any error or delay. The longer in advance you send me a request, the more chance I have a spot open and will be able to review in time. I will always be honest about being busy, there being a risk of not reviewing in time (even if it may be a day or two) and/or I prefer a later date than originally requested.
The below structure is the guideline I use myself to write my reviews. It isn’t set in stone, but I try to include as many elements as possible. I try to minimize any spoilers in my reviews as reviews are meant for people to decide if they want to read the book, not to read after finishing a book. The his can result in me being unable to go into much detail about certain aspects.
- Picture of the book. I use a self taken picture of the cover of the copy I own as highlighted picture.
- Title. Review | <title book> by <name writer> (Name series #)
- Quote. A quote that I liked, touched me, I couldn’t get out of my head or that represents the book really well.
- If I have received a book for free for reviewing purposes, I always state this at the start of the review. I also include from whom I got it and that my review is still my honest opinion, regardless of the fact that I received the book for free. I aim for honesty and transparancy on my blog.
- Little introduction of the post and book. Think of a comment on the quote, where I got the book, why I decided to read it, etc. This element may vary.
- Body of the review. The body consists of my thoughts on the plot, characters & their arcs, the writing, what did(n’t) work for me and if I would read more books by the same author/in this series. This last part is sometimes included in the conclusion.
- Conclusion. A small wrap-up about the most noteworthy parts of the book and if I recommend it or not.
- Star rating. A rating based on my personal opinion. (Details about this are written underneath the ‘Star Rating’ head below.)
- Link to Goodreads. I usually use the link to the page of the edition I have read. If wanted, I can use the link of the preferred edition.
- Purchase link(s). By default this is a clickable image with my Bookdepository affiliate link, but it can be discussed that I add more links if preferred.
- Links to reviews of other books in the same series or written by the same author.
I use a star rating system for my reviews with the range of ½ – 5 stars. To give you an impression of what my ratings mean I have written explanations. You should always rely on the context of the review rather than taking the below reasonings by heart.
★★★★★ I really liked the book! Nothing major I disliked & would love to read more of this author/series!
★★★★☆ This was a good read for me. Not perfect, but still a book I would recommend to others!
★★★☆☆ I enjoyed the read, I didn’t regret reading it, but I’m not sure if I would want to read more in this series/from this author.
★★☆☆☆ I did enjoy things in the book (writing, concept, etc.), but just not my thing. Wouldn’t recommend this book.
★☆☆☆☆ I really disliked this book. Not my taste, my kind of writing or something else. Wouldn’t recommend this book.
Blog Tours, Cover Reveals & other promotional posts
Besides doing regular reviews, I am also open for requests for blog tours, cover reveals and other forms of promotional posts, like promoting the Kickstarter of a book etc.
Besides the body of the post, I can add extra’s on request. Like adding the author bio, social links of the author, a synopsis, etc.
What books I accept:
For blog tours, please refer to my book review policy above before requesting.
For cover reveals that won’t go with a follow up review, I am less picky. Any fantasy or sci-fi book will most likely be accepted. If you want to pair a cover reveal with a review of the book later, please refer to my book review policy.
For other promotional posts, please also refer to my book review policy to see if said book would fall within my interest. The kind of post can be requested.
What I can offer for blog tours:
• A full review
• A first chapter review
• A post on my Instagram
• A kind of post on request
Reviews of other products
I am open to review other products besides books. I really enjoy reviewing and sharing my opinion with people, which is why opening spots for non-book reviews.
Products I aim to review are ones related to my blog and/or my personal interest. Think about merch and/or other complementary items themed around books, movies, series, games etc. But also music (albums, EP’s, not singles), products like tea and candles.
I do not want to review the following, for reasons of, but not limited to, hygiene, allergies, personal preference
• Food products. Exceptions are (loose) tea and other dried products that don’t spoil as easily.
• Bathroom products. Think about soap, bathbombs, etc.
• Anything inappropriate.
Reviews and thoughts will, besides being posted on my blog, also be posted on other relevant platforms. Example: Steam for games and IMDb for movies/series. Other and additional platforms can be requested and recommended!
The review structure may vary depending on the product, but I will most likely use the following template as a red line.
- A related picture. I will use a picture of the product I have taken myself, a promotional picture, an image requested by you (when agreed upon), or anything else related, like a Funko Pop! or other merch.
- Title. The review will have a fitting title with relevant information.
- If I have received a product for free for reviewing purposes, I always state this at the start of the review. I also include from whom I got it and that my review is still my honest opinion, regardless of the fact that I received it for free. I aim for honesty and transparancy on my blog.
- Little introduction of the post and product. Think of a comment the first time I heard of the product, why I decided to watch it, etc. This element may vary.
- Body of the review. For movies and series, the body consists of my thoughts on the plot, characters & their arcs, the writing, what did(n’t) work for me and if I would watch more of the franchise. This last part is sometimes included in the conclusion.
For other kinds of products, I will adjust the body of the review accordingly. Think about first impression, material, etc.
- Conclusion. A small wrap-up about the most noteworthy parts and if I recommend it or not.
- Rating. A rating based on my personal opinion. (Details about this are written underneath the ‘Ratings’ head below.)
- Link to a relevant page to the product, like IMDb for movies and series.
- Links to related reviews.
More information about my reviews
I’m not a critique, I’m just a person with a strong opinion. This said, I write my reviews in a casual-formal manner, because that’s my prefered writing style & it speaks to most people (that’s the whole point of reviews right?). I try to everything that has been requested, but I am still human. I post my reviews on both my blog and other related platforms.
If I have received a product for free for reviewing or any other purpose, I always state this at the start of the review and/or the related post. I also include from whom I got it and that my review is still my honest opinion, regardless of the fact that I received it for free. I aim for honesty and transparancy on my blog.
My reviews are a reflection of my honest opinion, so they can be positive and negative. I try to explain as well as possible what I thought of something. If I personally didn’t like the product, I will explain why I didn’t like it without writing mean, nasty, snarky etc. comments or stating that it’s ‘bad’ as a fact.
I will not change the way I review on request as I want to uphold my credibility. My followers should be able to trust I am honest and unbiased, no matter what. I can add extras to the post like an author bio, a synopsis, a trailer, extra links, etc., but the body of the review remains untouched.
I reserve the right to not review at all or review it later than agreed upon, even when I have accepted the request and/or have received the product. This can have various reasons and is not limited to DNF’ing the book, not being able to finish the movie/series, personal events/reasons, problematic content and/or content that personally triggers me. To avoid this, I try to judge the the product as best I can and I always expect the person that requests the review to inform me of the relevant trigger- and/or content warnings to avoid most of this.
In the case of DNF*-ing the book, not being able to finish watching the movie/series or otherwise not able to consume the product, I’ll write an explanation of why that’s the case and a mini-review about what I did watch/read/played, instead of a full review. However, this isn’t guaranteed. But I will always contact you if this is the case. When I can’t finish a book/movie/series/game, I’ll write a post different from a regular review stating I did not finish it, the reason(s) why I couldn’t, at what point I stopped, my personal opinion of the part I did read/watch/play and if I ever plan on continueing. If relevant, I will mention any trigger and/or content warnings, problematic topics and/or problems with rep in the product. I do this as I want to be honest to the readers of my blog and want to give my readers a heads up about the contents of a product, whether it’s positive or negative.
*The term DNF means ‘Did Not Finish’ and is used for books you just couldn’t finish due to various reasons. This can be, but not limited to, mood, mental health, triggering content, school getting in the way, just not liking the book, etc.
Note: In the information above, by using the word ‘product’, I refer to books, movies, series, games, other kinds of products or anything I am requested to review.