What I read and review: While I generally read books in the YA genre, I also occasionally enjoy middle grade and adult books. I especially love fairy tale retellings, as well as realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, chick-lit, and some non-fiction. I would be delighted to receive review copies! I do not particularly enjoy reading science fiction or books about vampires, zombies, etc. I would also like to mention that books I read are primarily clean (i.e. no vivid sexual scenes.) I would greatly appreciate it if this would be taken into account when offering book for review! I will gladly accept ARCs for review, however I am currently not accepting e-books or PDFs.
How I review: In my reviews, I will post the title and the author, as well as a summary of the book, usually from the inside cover or from Goodreads. While I do not break my reviews down into sections (i.e. plot, characters, etc.) I generally address these in my reviews, as well as the overall feeling I have for the book. At the end of each review, I post a rating on a scale of one to ten. Although there is no specific formula, I generally enjoy reading books that I rate eight to ten, and will usually reread. Books rated in the six/seven range are pretty good, and those rated five and below I probably didn't enjoy.
A note about honesty: While I can guarantee a review for a book, I cannot guarantee a positive review. I state my opinions clearly and honestly, but I still keep in mind all of the hard work that went into creating the book. I do my best to be fair to the author, and in situations where I do not enjoy the story, I will do my best to highlight redeeming qualities.
How long it will take for me to review: While I try to post reviews within a month of receiving the book, it truly depends, especially during the school year. My studies come first, so reviewing may not always be timely. Of course, if you would like me to have a book reviewed by a certain time, please let me know and I will adjust my schedule accordingly. In regards to ARCs, I will gladly post my review a few weeks before it's release date, if you would like.
Note: Although I will never sell an ARC, I may use it for a giveaway, or may donate it to an ARC tour or offer it to a fellow blogger to read. If you would prefer for me not to do so, just let me know.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read! I look forward to working with you; if you have any other questions I have not answered, please feel free to email me.
Please contact me at: sparrowreview(at)yahoo(dot)com