Review Policy & Rating System

Hi there!

At the present time I’m attempting to catch up on books I already own, but have not yet read. (Hint: There’s a LOT!) As such, I will not be taking review requests from indie/self-published authors. However, I will make exceptions to my review schedule for publisher-submitted review copies.

While I may not agree to read and review every book sent to me, I guarantee to notify the sender of my decision either way. Additionally, I do not review books written by people I know or may interact with in the blog-o-sphere as I would be unable to write an unbiased review.


Book Genres

I mostly read young adult novels, but occasionally dabble in adult fiction. This proportion is reflected in my book reviews.

Preferred Genres Infrequent, but Accepted Genres
  • Science Fiction
    • Dystopian
    • Post-Apoc
    • Futuristic
    • Space Opera
  • Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • Fairytale Retellings
  • Classic
  • Comics/Graphic Novels
  • Horror
  • Manga
  • Mystery
  • Steampunk
  • Urban Fantasy

Book Format

I am more likely to accept an ARC than an already published book. While I prefer reading physical copies of books, I will accept digital copies (.mobi preferred), as well. It may take me a couple extra weeks to read an electronic copy. I accept review requests from authors, agents, publishers, etc.


Contact

To contact me, please fill out my contact form, as this is the easiest way to get ahold of me. Emails are read daily.


Where reviews are posted

All of my reviews will be posted on my blog first and foremost. They will also be posted on Goodreads and Amazon. Any eARCs received from Netgalley or First To Read will have reviews posted on their respective sites, as well. Every book review is promoted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Additionally, I will review physical books on my Youtube Channel, Hectic Eclectic.


What I discuss in reviews

The first part of a book that draws me in is world-building. It will be the part I am most interested in and critical of. In addition to world-building, the characters’ personalities and growth will be key factors taken into account during my reviews. The realistic development of a character can make or break a book for me. Naturally, plot will play an important role in my reviews, as well.

I do not read other reviews before reading the book or writing my review so my review remains unbiased and unswayed by other opinions. My rating system is based on 5-stars (or biohazard symbols as seen below.)


Miscellaneous

  • All ARC reviews will be posted within 7 days of a book’s release.
  • I enjoy participating in blog tours and hosting author interviews as part of a book’s release to help promote the book and the author.
  • I do not guarantee positive reviews. I maintain that I am honest and open with all my reviews even if they are negative.

Rating System

one1-star

I read the book. I did not enjoy it, and would not recommend it, but I did manage to get all the way through it.

2-starstwo

I read the book and found at least one part of the book that I enjoyed. However, the book had some undesirable qualities and therefore will not be recommended.

three 3-stars

I read this book and can say I enjoyed it. However, it was simply an enjoyable read. It lacked specific qualities to make it spectacular. I may or may not recommend this book.

4-starsfour 

I read this book and enjoyed it rather well. There were quite a few qualities of the book that kept me mesmerized and entertained. I may have even forgotten the real world for a time while reading. I recommend this book.

five5-stars

I read this book and loved it! Everything aspect of the story was interesting and realistic and I found myself unable to put it down. I couldn’t wait to read more and find out what happened next. I would recommend this book and pray for a sequel.


Review Schedule

Book Title Author Pub Date Review Date Source
Frostblood Elly Blake Jan 10, 2017 Jul 30, 2017 Bought
Zodiac Romina Russell Dec 9, 2014 Aug 6, 2017 Giveaway
Blackhearts Nicole Castroman Feb 9, 2016 Aug 13, 2017 Riveted
A Drop of Night Stefan Bachmann Mar 15, 2016 Aug 20, 2017 Bought
Truthwitch  Susan Dennard Jan 5, 2016 Aug 27, 2017 Bought
Mask of Shadows (ARC) Linsey Miller Sep 5, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 Netgalley
Nyxia (ARC) Scott Reintgen Sep 12, 2017 Sep 10, 2017 First to Read
Dark Breaks the Dawn Sara B Larson May 30, 2017 Sep 17, 2017 Giveaway
The Rise of the Dawnstar Farah Oomerbhoy Apr 2017 Sep 24, 2017 Blog Tour
 Vassa in the Night  Sarah Porter Sep 20, 2016 Oct 1, 2017  Bought
Berserker (ARC) Emmy Laybourne Oct 10, 2017 Oct 8, 2017 Netgalley

Audiobook Reviews

Book Title Author Pub Date Review Date Source
Seeker Arwen Elys Dayton Feb 10, 2015 Aug 2, 2017 Library
Splintered A.G. Howard Jan 1, 2013 Aug 9, 2017 Library
And I Darken Kiersten White Jun 28, 2016 Aug 16, 2017 Library
The Heir Kiera Cass May 5, 2015 Aug 23, 2017 Library
Cruel Beauty Rosamund Hodge Jun 28, 2014 Aug 30, 2017 Library
Daughter of Smoke & Bone Laini Taylor Sep 27, 2011 Sep 6, 2017 Library
The Kill Order James Dashner Aug 14, 2012 Sep 13, 2017 Library
 Bluescreen  Dan Wells Feb 16, 2016 Sep 20, 2017 Library
  Sep 27, 2017 Library
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake Oct 17, 2011 Oct 4, 2017 Library
The Awakening L.J. Smith Sep 1, 1991 Oct 11, 2017 Library