Please note: I am closed to requests.
I still receive lots of them, though, either from people who want to try me anyway just in case, or people who just don’t look at my review guidelines. Please be aware that I won’t respond to these requests. I really don’t want to seem rude by ignoring these emails, but a lack of time is exactly why I’m not accepting requests. I wish I could do all the things, but the linear nature of our existence and temporal mechanics preclude it. (If, however, you have the fix for that, then by all means, let’s talk.)
As for the books that I find on my own in the hopes of reviewing:
Yes. I am picky. Very picky.
I mainly review books that feature women who have agency as the protagonists, simply because I enjoy reading those and they can be hard to find. (“Agency” meaning that the character drives the action with her choices rather than simply accepting, and dealing with, the status quo.) Of course I also read books with male protagonists, and they need to be well-developed, interesting, flawed people that we enjoy getting to know. I tend to prefer character-driven stories, so those characters need to be compelling.
The book must pull me all the way from front cover to back cover with tight writing, good pacing, well-developed supporting characters, and a plot that makes it all worth it. (Whew! Tall order, right?) I also appreciate humor, so long as a book’s tone and subject matter do not preclude it. And I like action scenes! Give me some hand-to-hand combat and stuff getting smashed! So my reviews are created based on these particular things that I enjoy in a book.
As such, take the star ratings with a few grains of salt. What is a three for me might be a five for you and vice versa. My review format lets you look at the different areas and evaluate it for your own taste. Sometimes I read reviews and what someone else lists as a negative thing will actually draw me to a story. So please put much more weight into the text part of the review than the star rating. Sometimes I debate even having those, but without them, it would be hard to identify the ones I consider must-read standouts.
I will only review books that I read all the way through, and can give a rating of three out of five or better. Three stars means I recommend a book. My rating system is different than Amazon’s so you might want to check out What the Ratings Mean.
What this blog does not feature:
- I will not do paid reviews. I do not accept host prizes. Every book must stand on its own. There’s no quid pro quo, no bias, even if I receive a review copy. Receipt of a free copy does not ensure a review.
- Erotica. It just doesn’t ring my bell.
- Domestic violence related or sexual assault related storylines. Too many triggers and too often it does nothing but victimize women as a plot device. All the same motivating experiences and tragedies that happen to men also happen to women. I want to read those stories, not victimization.
- Man-bashing. Women don’t need to make men weak in order to make themselves strong.
- Horror. Again, it just isn’t my thing.