The policies below are followed by me or applicable to your activity on The Trusty Bookmark. If you use or participate on this site, you agree to these rules. I reserve the right to update these rules at any time and without notice.
Book Review Policy
I will always state my honest opinion in a book review. I respect the amount of time and dedication it takes to write a book, so this will never be a personal attack on the writer. However, I strictly adhere to my rating scale below, and will not post a 5-star review if I find plot holes distracting or cannot empathize with the MC. I do try to find good aspects in every book I read and will rave about the great ones!
To my readers: please assume I either bought or borrowed every book unless otherwise noted. Per FTC requirements, I will specify in my review when I have received a free review copy from an author, publisher, or third-party marketer, but this will never affect my review’s rating or content.
My Rating Scale
5 Star: Loved. Everyone should read. Repeatedly.
4 Star: Really Liked. Would read again.
3 Star: Liked. Worth reading.
2 Star: Meh. Wouldn’t read again.
1 Star: Sigh. Unfortunate use of time.
I most often review the following genres: Fantasy (and all subgenres), Science Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit, General Fiction, and Nonfiction (of the Business Management, Productivity, and Memoir types).
I don’t review horror, thriller, or extreme violence.
Format & Submissions
When submitting a review request, please include the following information:
- Publisher (if applicable)
- Publication Date
- Short Synopsis
- Series Length (if applicable)
I don’t mind reviewing a book in a series, but may ask that you provide the preceding books as well (ebook is fine) so I can fully grasp the character development and world-building thus far.
I accept both paper and ebook formats (although I prefer physical books!). A mailing address is available upon request.
I reserve the right to reject a review request, but will provide a reason for doing so.
If you need my review posted by or on a specific date, please include this in your initial submission so I can check my schedule. While I make every effort to meet expectations, if I can’t meet an agreed upon deadline or complete the review for any reason, I’ll let you know.
I will not provide a copy of the review prior to posting.
My review will be posted to this site, Goodreads, Amazon, and TTB’s various social media sites (@trustybookmark). If you would like to request an additional location, please include this in your submission!
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