I provide honest reviews and feedback on books. If for some reason, I could not complete your review, whether it be a prolem with the book or another reason (LIke I accidentally accepted a genre not on my list or it was written in 1st person or present tense), it will be placed on the Indie Author Book Page with a link to where your book is published. A notation will also be made under the Book Review List as to why the review wasn't performed on your book. With that in mind, I do attempt to read and review every book that I agree to review.
What I Review
Let me start off by saying I do not review fiction books written in first person. There are lots of book reviewers who don’t mind the first person perspective. I am not one of them. With that being said, I prefer adult fiction written in third person, past tense. Please, no books written in present tense. Specific genres include:
Book Written from the Bad Guy’s Perspective
Dark Fiction (The more fucked-up, the better)
Historical (Very historical, like 1800s or earlier and period correct. I don't want to see Hey, dude, What's Up or How ya like my kick's, in your HIstorical fiction)
- Non-Standard Erotic Romance (Meaning, you did something other than X meets Y, they like each other, oopse, they can't date cause yada yada, oh wait, yes they can. Happily ever after)
- Short Fiction with any of these themes (25,000 to 50,000 words)
- Throwback detective/PI stories - If you've written an emulation of a 1920s detective/PI novel, I want to read that)
I particularly like books written from the bad guy’s perspective. I was the kid rooting for Gargamel, Dracula, the evil step mother ect. So, if your main character is evil, I want to read that.
What You Shouldn't Send Me
Thre are a few books that I'm not going to like no matter how well they are written. This doesn't mean that you have a bad book. It may be a great book, but there are better reviewers other than me if you have one of these.
- Books Written in First Person
- Books Written in Present Tense
- Chick Lit
- Children's Books
- Coming of Age
- Graphic Horror
- Graphic Novels
- Middle Grade
- New Adult
- Picture Books
- Satire or Comedy
- Short Stories
- Traditional Romance
- Young Adult
My Book Rating System
5 Stars– I found the book to be absolutely flawless, intriguing and entertaining. The entire book read extremely smoothly, and I couldn’t find any mistakes, or the mistakes were so small that I overlooked them. I’m at a loss as to figure out why the book isn’t on every bookshelf everywhere.
4 Stars – The book has either mass appeal or cult appeal. It has very few flaws and the premise of the story, characters and plot are extremely good. I’d recommend you to my family and friends.
3 Stars – The book is very much worth the read. I found the story intriguing and entertaining, but I also saw issues with structure and flow. I’d still recommend you to my friends and family.
2 Stars– You have a promising story, but it’s also filled with plot holes, dropped plots, cliches and reads like a second draft. You published this too soon, and you probably need another edit to solidify the book.
1 Star – Shows promise, but it’s in dire need of a developmental editor. The book wasn’t ready for publication, and there’s a lot of work left to be done on it.
No Mention of Stars – I couldn’t decide where the book belonged on the rating system, but I thought it was still good enough to receive a review. You have an audience somewhere, but it probably wasn’t me, and any star rating I would have given it would not precisely fit it. My estimated rating may have also been vastly lower than what you've already received, and I was unwilling to put a rating in that would ding you.