Review Requests

Before Proceeding: I write reviews for readers, not authors. I am happy to provide a review for you (assuming it meets my criteria and is something I am interested in), but it will be an honest review. If you are an author who does not want criticism, then I am not the reviewer for you. I will make a note both of things that worked for me and things that did not. Asking me to not post said review if it does not meet your expectation of five stars and all-praise is not an option.

Now that bit is out of the way, so...

If you are an author or publisher who would like a review of your upcoming book prior to or around the time of its publication, please contact me. I am currently accepting requests through both Goodreads and my Facebook page, All The Book Blog Names Are Taken. Send me a message with the following information:

  • Your name and relationship to book
  • Title of the book to be reviewed and genre/subject (if not clear from title)
  • Deadline you need the review by
  • Any media links with further information about you and/or the book
  • Your contact information - this is only required if you would like to also do an interview for the book.
My reviews will be posted in three places:
1. Here on my blog
2. My previously mentioned Facebook page
3. Goodreads

I also Tweet about "currently reading" books and recent reviews on Twitter. I do not post reviews in any other locations, such as on Amazon.com (except for Netgalley, as they apply to any ARCs I receive there).

I primarily read non-fiction. Favorite subjects include Anglo-Saxon England, the Middle Ages, the Tudor and Plantagenet dynasties, Scotland, Ireland, biblical archaeology, biblical studies and biographies/memoirs. I am open-minded however, and will read anything that catches my attention.

As a guide, fiction I have enjoyed in the past was written by John Saul, John Grisham, and Stephen King. If your work fits the genres of these authors, there is a good chance it is something I would be willing to read. I will also consider historical fiction set in the time periods related to my non-fiction interests.

Fiction genres I will respectfully decline - romance, science fiction, fantasy, Westerns and erotica. I also do not review poetry; I do not feel I know enough about the genre and its various forms to be able to give constructive feedback and analysis.

I will accept both physical copies and books via my Kindle. I also accept both finished copies and ARCs.

My Rating Scale:
5 Stars - Loved it, fantastic read, could not put it down. A must-own.

4 Stars - Good, worth the time. Not without minor issues.

3 Stars - Okay. Nothing spectacular or mind-blowing, but a decent read. Some issues that might be bothersome.

2 Stars - Did not much care for it but muddled through. Many issues to deal with while muddling.

1 Star - Awful. How was this published?

DNF - Did Not Finish. It used to pain me to no end to toss a book before I finished it. But as my to-read list has grown exponentially in the last two years, I have decided there are too my books and too little time. There's no use trying to finish something that is unbearable. If I DNF a book due to lack of interest on my part, I do not typically rate those. On the other hand, if the DNF occurs because the book is terrible, needs editing, the story became absurd, the facts are all wrong, etc. then it will usually get a rating.

I also use half-stars whenever I feel that is more accurate.

I tend to rate fiction much more leniently than non-fiction - especially when the non-fiction is a topic I know very well and have high expectations/standards for.

If you have any further questions about requests that I have not addressed here, please contact me in either way mentioned above, or leave a comment on this page. I look forward to hearing from you!

4 comments:

  1. Sarah does exceptional book reviews. She's intelligent, uses critical thinking, and objective reasoning. You won't be disappointed with Sarah's feedback.

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  2. Thank you so much, I appreciate this!

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  3. Sarah is so knowledgeable, particularly about her favorite nonfiction topics. She writes excellent reviews for people that are well informed on the topics and her reviews make sense for people that have less background info on these topics. It is truly a pleasure to read her thoughtful reviews!

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    1. Thank you so much. I try to be as fair and unbiased as I can, because I try to keep in mind that someday I will be published and how would I feel if someone just completely and rudely tore apart my work? But once in a while I come across a book that I can't even handle.

      I appreciate you taking the time to peruse my reviews, and I hope you find books you are interested in!

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