I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).
I also review adult books.
I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, romance, science fiction, fantasy, supernatural/paranormal, thriller/suspense, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)
I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.
Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
multicultural books and international books
I am not a fan of:
dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood
I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.
If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.
You should know several things before you contact me:
1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review. 2) I give all books at least fifty pages. 3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work. 4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews. 5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame. 6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!
Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.
Covers 1 - 3. I liked the first one (left) because the period detail seems better than it is in most. It includes all five children (Lamb is in one of the girl's arms), and It. The middle one, well, there's something about it that appeals to me. Perhaps because it shows the moment of discovery? Or perhaps because it is at least trying to show some emotion? Or maybe because Lamb looks adorable? The third one is one that is definitely a bit different. The more I look at it, the more I can't decide if it's a good different or a bad different. I do like Lamb in it, however! It does NOT give you a clue what the book is about though. So there's that to consider.
Covers 4-6. The fourth cover (the left) disturbs me. Can you guess why?! The children are ALL wrong! There are supposed to be TWO girls. And they show three BOYS. Yes, Lamb is a boy, but he is a baby. The fifth cover (middle) would never be a favorite of mine. Though it is a chubby looking It! The sixth cover is just obnoxious, at least to me!
Covers 7 and 8. These two show us the Sand Fairy. One is a bit more mysterious than the other. Which is your favorite?
Covers 9 through 11. These don't exactly excite me. But they don't scream awful either. The middle one is the one I like least. You can't tell when it's that small, but there is something *frightening* about their faces. They definitely DO NOT look like children. Just look at the larger image on Amazon.
Becky from Becky's Book Reviews and Young Readers and Operation Actually Read Bible. Also Behind the Scenes. I love reading. Always have, always will. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my friends, family, or other group affiliations. Email me at laney_poATyahooDOTcom
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