Review Guidelines & Policy



All reviews are my opinion of what I thought of the book, illustrations and in general how I think it fits the category of middle grade. I'm no professional writer, but my experience comes from years and years of reading books. Plus being a mom, I have the added bonus of getting a child's perspective too. I also help at the school library so I see what the kids are checking out these days.   I read all my books for review from cover to cover before writing a review. I feel alot goes into writing the book so my opinion should be about the whole book.  Once I am done with reading a review book, I may choose to keep it or donate it to the school or public library.      

What Do I Review

I attempt to review everything I read. I depend mostly on the Public Library, personal purchasing and the occasional book giveaway contest that I win.  I am happy to receive select review copies for my favorite genres of fiction, fantasy, fairy tale retellings, animal fantasy, quest stories, mystery, some graphic novels and the occasional early chapter book or picture book where the cover just grabs at me.   That's not to say that I am not interested in other books, but it's best to message me first just to make sure that it is something that I would be interested in reading.  

I plan to accept books from all publishers.  I will accept e-books and some self-published books, but best to check with me first.    I do also post my reviews to Goodreads, because I like to share the books I'm reading with other avid readers in the Children's book group and the friends I have there. 

I prefer to read actual books, ARC's or finished copies.  Rest assured that I donate my books to the public library, or school after my reviews, unless my child happens to whisk them away for a read.  I will read a pdf if it is a book that I'm really excited about.  

I've recently started participating in blog tours and author interviews, again check with me to see if I'm available.

Rating System 

5 Stars- I really loved the book, one I would highly recommend to friends, buy myself and read over again.
4 Stars- I really liked this book, would probably read it again once the pile of to read books goes down a bit. 
3 Stars- Overall,  it was a good read. 
2 Stars- It was an OK read, may not have suited my interest but written well.

ETA 8/2013 Yeah, I haven't used stars so much lately.  Except for when I post the review to Goodreads.  

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