The Compulsive Reader: Review Policy

Review Policy

Updated October 2015.

About My Reviews

I am a writer, so 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 or analytical. My reviews usually consist of a summary in my own words, one to three paragraphs of my thoughts, and sometimes 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, some 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 receive more books than I can physically read. This means that I have to be a bit more selective about what I accept. I also cannot answer every request I receive due to a high volume of email I receive every day.

I do not read e-books, and at this time I do not review self-published books.

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I do not review unpublished books on the blog, but if you are looking for editing services for your YA, middle grade, or new adult novel, I am an editor at True Blue Editorial.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 thecompulsivereader@gmail.com.


I am happy to conduct interviews, host guest blog posts from published authors and people who work in the industry, 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 for context. 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.

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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I hold a BA in English from Ferris State University (2013), and an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts (2015). I have also worked as a bookseller and children's specialist at Great Lakes Book & Supply in Big Rapids, MI since 2011.

I also have...
  • 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
  • Attended Book Expo America (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Attended BEA Bloggers Conference (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Served as a panelist for BEA Bloggers Conference panel "How to Take Your Online Presence Offline" in 2013 (click here for a summary)
  • Attended Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Assoc. Trade Conference (2010, 2011, 2013)
  • Attended Kalamazoo Teen Literature Seminar (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)


No book is 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 (personal preference, work-related buying decisions, random mood swings), 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 with a limited budget for purchasing new books. 

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, although I do occasionally receive swag and small gifts with the books. These do not influence my reviews.

You can contact me at thecompulsivereader@gmail.com for any review or promotion requests and with any questions. Please do your research and read the blog before you send me a request to see if my blog would be a good fit for your content. Any emails requesting reviews or coverage that fall outside of what I've stated I am interested in will likely be deleted without consideration.

Thank you,

Tirzah Price
The Compulsive Reader