Updated May 2014.
About My Reviews
I tend to be a bit more analytical in my reviews than most book bloggers. I like to look at what works in a book and the different elements of story-telling. But I also read for enjoyment, so I don't like to get too academic. My reviews usually consist of a summary in my own words, one to three paragraphs of my thoughts, and then my "Cover Comments," which are usually one to two sentences about the cover of the edition I am reviewing.
What I Review
I review Young Adult fiction, a limited amount of Middle Grade fiction, and on the rare occasion, cross-over adult fiction. I am open to most genres, although my favorites are listed in the About Me section here.
Accepting Review Copies
I do gladly accept review copies. However at this point in time, I tend to receive more books than I can physically read. This means that I do have to be a bit more selective about what I accept. I also cannot always answer every request I receive due to a high volume of email I receive every day.
I prefer hard copies, but I can read e-books (in any format--as long as I can put it on either my Kindle or Sony Reader).
Please be aware that I have special consideration for review requests from publishers, independent publicists I have worked with in the past, and authors I have worked with in the past.
I do not review unpublished books on the blog, but if you are looking for editing services for your YA, middle grade, or new adult novel, I am an editor at True Blue Editorial.
If you have a book that you believe I may be interested in, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am happy to conduct author interviews, host guest blogs, participate in blog tours, and host giveaways. If you require any material from me, such as author interview questions, I do ask that you give me ample time to come up with them. If you'd like to do an interview, I'd prefer to have read the author's latest book, but I will consider providing questions going off previous books that I have read in the past. I love creative promotions, so please don't hesitate to email me--I'm open to almost anything.
I reserve the right to not post anything I consider inappropriate for my audience or in poor taste, and the views and opinions that authors share on my site aren't necessarily endorsed by me.
I do not post articles written by unpublished authors.
Background Information and Stats
The Compulsive Reader is run by Tirzah Price, and all reviews and content are generated by me. I have been blogging and reviewing since 2007, and have written over 700 reviews. The Compulsive Reader has over 2,000 posts, with an average of about 30,000 page views per month and 17,000 unique visitors per month. I have readers from all over the world, but most are from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, and Brazil. More statistical details available upon request.
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- Served as a panelist for the Children’s and Young Adult Book Bloggers Award in 2008 (the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre), 2009 (the Young Adult fiction genre), and a judge in 2013 (the YA Science Fiction and Fantasy genre)
- Participated in the Borders Book Club Discussion video with Suzanne Collins (New York Times bestselling author and one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”), July 2009
- Book Expo America attendee (2011, 2012, 2013)
- BEA Bloggers Conference attendee (2011, 2012, 2013)
- Panelist for BEA Bloggers Conference panel "How to Take Your Online Presence Offline" (2013) Click here for a summary.
- Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Assoc. Trade Conference attendee (2010, 2011, 2013)
- Kalamazoo Teen Literature Seminar attendee (2011)
Quotes from my reviews have appeared on the back cover or inside flap of the following books:
- After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (Simon Pulse, 2010)
- The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy (Simon Pulse, 2011)
- Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann (Simon Pulse, 2010)
- Take Me There by Susane Colasanti (Speak, 2009)
- Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway (Razorbill, 2009)
- The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway (Razorbill, 2011)
- Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott (Simon Pulse, 2010)
- Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison (Razorbill, 2010)
- Betrayals by Lili St. Crow (Razorbill, 2009)
- US and UK editions of Jealousy by Lili St. Crow (Razorbill, 2010)
- Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston (HarperTeen, 2009)
- What I Wore to Save the World by Maryrose Wood (Berkely Trade, 2009)
- So Many Boys by Suzanne Young (Razorbill, 2010)
- Rosebush by Michele Jaffe (Razorbill, 2011)
Each book I receive is not guaranteed a review. I simply don't have the time--I wish I did! There isn't a set amount of time in which you can expect a review either. I try to get to as many books as I can, but a lot of factors go into my reading decisions (school, personal preference, work-related buying decisions), and unfortunately, this isn't a full time job. If you are planning a feature and need a review by a certain date, I usually can make that date if you give me plenty of forewarning, but I cannot guarantee anything.
Books that I do not get to, or that I receive unsolicited, will go to other book bloggers. If the book is a finished copy, it will donated to a local library.
Most books reviewed on this site are provided to me by publicists, publishers, or authors. I do not receive money from them in exchange for reviews, but I am an Amazon affiliate.
You can contact me at email@example.com for any review or promotion requests and with any questions.
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