Now that I've started receiving books for review directly from publicists and the like, I figured it was a good time to write out my review policy.
I started The Book Owl in August of 2009 for my personal enjoyment. I use this blog to keep track of the books I've read and to connect with other book lovers. This blog is a way for me to share my love for books and to learn about new, exciting books.
I gladly accept review copies from authors, publicists, publishing houses, etc. I am happy to host contests and participate in blog tours, as well as have authors over for interviews or guest posts.
Types of books I enjoy: I focus almost completely on Young Adult. I will also review Middle Grade titles, though they are not my main focus. I rarely, if ever, review Adult titles. If it especially strikes my fancy, however, I will consider reviewing Adult works. I enjoy all genres of books. I honestly can't think of any I don't enjoy. I especially love historical fiction, dystopian fiction, apocalyptic fiction. and realistic fiction. I also really enjoy paranormal, fantasy, mysteries, thrillers, romances, comedies, and chick-lit. I will occasionally read non-fiction too. I basically read anything and everything.
I prefer to read series in order. If you contact me about reading a book that is part of a series, I would also like to be sent each of the preceding books. It makes reviewing easier, as I don't have to go in search of the previous books.
I am happy to review books of all popularity levels. I read well and lesser known novels. Even if your book is self-published, or not published widely, feel free to contact me! Many of my favorite books are not well known.
Books I don't accept: I do not accept e-books or pdfs for review. I don't have the time to read on my computer. Plus, it hurts my eyes.
When I accept a book: If I request a book for review, I will review it. I try to pick out books I believe I will enjoy, but this doesn't always happen. My main priority when it comes to reviews is honesty. Therefore, I cannot guarantee a positive review. If a book is sent to me that I didn't specifically request, I do not guarantee a review. My reviews include the cover art, basic information, (title, author, publication date, version, publisher, and age group) book summary, and my personal review. To add a personal touch to my reviews, I include 3 extra points: Overall, My Advice, and Cover. Overall is a general idea of my review. My Advice tells the reader whether it's worthy of buying at a local book store, checking out form a local library, or skipping. In Cover I tell the readers my thoughts on the cover, including how well it connects to the story and whether I like the design and layout or not.
I try to read and review books in a timely manner, but things do get busy around here. Please understand that I may not be able to get around to your book right away. If you need your book reviewed by a certain time, please tell me. Unless a book is sent to me specifically by an author, I cannot guarantee that I will read every book sent to me. If I chose not to read a book, however, it will be passed on or donated.
If I cannot finish a book, I will make a quick post outlining the reasons I was unable to finish it.
Other Information: I do not accept monetary compensation for reviews of books provided by authors and publicists. I consider keeping the book my compensation.
I also love swag! I am more than happy to pass out bookmarks, book plates, and any other fun stuff. I do enjoy keeping some for myself, however. ;]
Contact Information: Feel free to contact me at mac.attack17(at)yahoo(dot)com
Thanks a ton!