Policy updated February 2013
First this policy has been created by myself, Brandi (*waves*). These are my own personal review policies to better help you determine if the book you wish me to review falls into my preferred reading preferences. I am pretty open to books outside of my comfort zone but I still reserve the right to politely decline.
Before requesting a book review please read all of this review policy.
I am more than happy to accept YA literature, ARC’s, or finished work from authors and publishers. I do NOT accept self published books. The reviews posted on my Youtube channel and this website are personal, original, and most importantly honest. I am just one person with an opinion.
When I create a book review 99.9% of the time I’ll create a book review video and post it to my Youtube channel, click here to visit my channel. I’ll also share that video in a blog post at TheNightOwlPost.com and include the summary of the book, links to the book’s website (author’s website, etc.), and my overall star rating.
Most likely things you’ll find in my book review videos:
- The book itself
- Brief appreciation (or rant) of the cover art… because it matters.
- Personal summary of the book or a dramatic reading of the books summary from GoodReads.com, the jacketflap, or the publisher’s website.
- Introduction to the story and overall plot
- Characters and what I think of them
- The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly
- How the book’s ending left me feeling… because feelings are important.
- My overall opinion/rating of the book and whether or not I enjoyed it.
- My advice to viewers/subscribers in regards to the book
- Links to book’s website, author’s website, and book’s GoodReads.com page
This is a tough one. Let me preface this by telling you I have given a book(s) a negative review in the past. Sometimes I get a book that I just don’t enjoy or get anything out of. There are a lot of things I take into consideration. I’ll still do a basic review but I’ll go more into the overall feel of the book and what I got out of it. I’m not going to sit there for 4 – 5 minutes and say “this was a stupid book”. I will tell what I didn’t like and I WILL be fair about it. There are no guarantees that I am going to like a book but fortunately publishing companies know what they are doing (90% of the time) when they take on an authors work(s) and I have been lucky enough not to have received too many “bad eggs.”
I AM ACCEPTING BOOKS for REVIEWS. HOORAY!
Please note that this can change day-to-day. I try to accept only a certain amount of books and update whether or not I am accepting books, asap.
TheNightOwlPost.com focuses mainly on Young Adult literature however, I sometimes make exceptions and stretch outside of the YA boundaries.
Young Adult Genres I prefer:
- Chick Lit / Romance
- Contemporary Fiction
- Historical Fiction
- Mystery / Thriller
Adult Literature I’ve been known to pick up:
- Zombies… (ex: World War Z)
- Fantasy… (ex: A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones)
- Chick Lit… (ex: Emily Giffin novels)
- Sci-Fi… (ex: The Host)
I normally do not read non-fiction, memoirs/biographies. They are all too depressing.
Again, I do NOT accept self published books.
How long will it take for a review:
Any book(s) I have accepted to review WILL BE REVIEWED! I was once an intern and had to send out quite a few galleys and ARC’s… if you took the time to mail it to me, I’m gonna take the time to review it. I can do this because I put a limit on how many books I accept each month (and you will know if I have accepted the book for review because I don’t give out mailing addresses to just anyone). I take into account the number of books I have personally requested (and have received) and what readers/subscribers are suggesting to me. However, I am a real person and real life happens to me. If I accept a book for review I will do my absolute best to review the book around the time of the release date but sometimes real life happens and that doesn’t happen. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to review it.
Interviews/Guest Posts/Blog Tours:
I’m all about promoting and marketing so feel free to contact me about interviewing an author, receiving guest posts, and participating in blog tours. I’m a social butterfly, what can I say? Once I have been contacted we can discuss times and whether or not I’ll be available to help. If I can’t I have some pretty awesome staff members who I’d be happy to ask to help out! Check out our fancy contact page by clicking here!
If I have read the book, have already agreed to review the book, and/or worked with an author before then I am happy to receive items to giveaway to our awesome readers/subscribers. I love spoiling them and I would love you even more to give me the chance!
The books I review are usually purchased by myself or provided by the publisher or the author. I do NOT accept/receive monetary compensation for my reviews. There has been some bad mojo going on about some reviewers getting paid for reviews. I don’t play that game and I suggest you don’t try.
Authors/Publishers - If you have read the review policy above and wish me to review a copy of your book, please feel free to contact me by visiting our contact page, click here.
Readers/Viewers - If you have a book you would like me to add to my need-to-read list please feel free to visit our contact page, click here.
5 stars = Love it, a must read!
4 stars = Great, give it a go!
3 stars = Pretty Good, still worth looking into.
2 stars = Meh to just okay, at your own risk.
1 star = Would not recommend.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to admin(at)thenightowlpost.com or contact us through our contact page, click here.