DISCLAIMER + POLICIES
This blog is run by one person, Tamara Craiu, who currently lives in London, England, as well as in Singapore in South East Asia. Since it is just me, I am not able to review every single thing that comes my way, especially if it is outside my reading preferences. I am also doing this more or less as a hobby and am unpaid! So please do keep all of this in mind. 😃
I am however happy to accept any print or e-copies and reserve the right to decide which ones to review and at what time. Please make a note if a certain book is time sensitive so I know if it needs to be done ASAP!
If I do review your book, I will review and rate it as honestly as possible and refuse to take down a negative review as it is assumed that you are ok with this.
I am very particular about book orders and rarely read a series out of order!! So if it is the third or fourth in a series, I will NOT read it. This is unless I have previously read the series or if you have supplied me with an in-depth catch up of the events following that book. 😓
My eReader is a Paperwhite Kindle, so please send all files in MOBI or PDF!! 💾
I will not do a sponsored giveaway, interview or guest post for books that I would not recommend myself or for any book I have not read or sampled myself, unless I am familiar with them.
That being said, all books I read and post about on my blog are usually purchased myself or from a library and if it has been sent for a review I will make it clear who sent it to me.
DEAR AUTHORS: If you want to ensure I receive a copy for review, do not hesitate to contact me directly. This also applies to self published authors. Again, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to read it ASAP or at all. ✒
I will always try to post original image content but if an image is not my own I will endeavor to source it accurately. My header images and logo image are illustrations by Brett Helquist from his work on ‘The Series of Unfortunate Events’. All credit goes to him.
DO NOT contact me asking to purchase your book, inform me of your sales or sign me up for newsletters without my expressed interest. There’s a fine line between marketing to readers and pitching for publicity. Plus nobody likes spam..
Please do not copy or redistribute my reviews and content without contacting me first. 🚫
I enjoy reading about…
- SciFi. Every kind of SciFi. 👽
- DRAGONS!!! 🐲 And Golems. I do love Golems.
- Fantasy (this includes urban and high fantasy too!) 🏰
- Magical Realism!! Also I am a sucker for anything that retells Myths or Paranormal creatures in a new way. 👻
- Memoirs/Biographies. It has to catch my eye or be by a celebrity I like.
For example: Redefining Realness, Yes Please and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
- Historical Fiction & Alternate Realities/History/Futures etc.
- Victorian Horror & SciFi (This does include Steampunk, but I have been quite disenchanted with the genre as of late, thanks to the lack of diversity in locations and protagonists..) 🎩
- Most YA/Middle Grade. I find it to be a refreshing and calming change and is often quite soothing.
- Some Mysteries/Thrillers/Crime. 🔪💣
I have a low tolerance for plot holes, lazy world building and over used tropes/clichés. Although, I am more likely overlook those faults in books that show gender equality and diversity, have a wide variety of well written, 3-dimensional and interesting characters. And especially if it is set in a country or world that is not predominantly white.
I also tend to get attached to things for no special reason, so if that happens I can be quite forgiving with what otherwise might not actually be a “good” book.
Obviously I am a supporter of the GSM (gender and/or sexual minority) community and a Feminist Killjoy. The meaning of a STRONG female character is a complex one, but I will not abide by feminine characters having their entire being revolve around any sort of romance, another man or if they are queer and it ends in tragedy. I am SO TIRED of tragic queer stories and a female existing purely for the development of a male character.
I am also not keen on reading books that are all about “man pain”. For example, if it is a contemporary novel written by a white man and his struggle to find peace in his life, despite being affluent, straight and cis, it is extremely likely that I won’t want to read it.
In case I wasn’t clear in my disclaimer, I will be as honest as I possibly can. Nobody will get coddled and authors should not take my criticisms personally. I’m talking about BOOKS here NOT people.
Sorry not sorry. 😒
5 Books – 📘 📘 📘 📘 📘
I LOVED IT!! NEW FAV!!! I would buy a copy for myself if I didn’t already have it, would probably re-read as well. I’d also make my friends and family read it by waving it in their face until they agree. Either perfect or pretty dang close.
4 Books – 📘 📘 📘 📘
I really did enjoy it! There were a few niggling issues I had with it, but all in all it was enjoyable. I’ll probably experience fiction lag with this book and it will stay with me for a while.
3 Books – 📘 📘 📘
I liked it but it wasn’t anything special. A hit or miss book to be honest. Might recommend it to people but only if it’s a subject or genre that they are interested in.
2 Books – 📘 📘
It was ok I guess. It probably took some effort for me to actually get through it. Not sure I’d recommend it to people but maybe if it contains things that they are REALLY interested in.
1 Book – 📘
I don’t want to say I HATED it but I strongly disliked it. I wish I had read something else. Can I have my time back?
0 Books / Half a book – 📖
In Yiddish, a book with this rating can be called “dreck”. Honestly what in actual fcuk. Kill it with fire, salt the earth, cleanse my soul and say a prayer that it stays dead.