Review Policies

Here at Buzz On Books we will review mostly YA fiction, but reserve the right to review any books we feel will be appropriate or appeal to the YA age group. We are proud supporters of diversity in YA books and will not read any books that are racist, homophobic, or sexist in content. Each reviewer reserves the right to refuse a review for any reason.

Reviewer Preferences and Rating Systems:

Aurora

Goodreads?: Yes

I willingly accept print and audio copies of books to review. ARCs will always receive priority in my pile. Also keep in mind that I will always give my honest opinion in reviews including the parts and pieces that I loved and/or hated.

Favourite Genres:

  • YA romance
  • New Adult
  • Dystopian
  • Contemporary

Genres I Won’t Review:

  • Historical Fiction (However, I may make exceptions for some who mix genres.)

How I Rate:

I use two different ways to decide my rating and reviews for a novel. First is my personal enjoyment, which includes: number of errors, story line, character relatability, and how it kept my attention. Secondly, I look at how easily it can be recommended. What age groups would it be appropriate for? Does it appeal to both sexes? How would it appeal to reluctant readers?

Five stars: I loved it and would definitely recommend it.

Four stars: I really liked it, and could recommend it.

Three stars: I liked it. Good, but not great.

Two stars: It was okay, some people may like it.

One star: I didn’t like it. Don’t bother reading it.


 

Autumn

Goodreads?: Yes

I willingly accept print and audio copies of books to review. ARCs will always receive priority in my pile. Also keep in mind that I will always give my honest opinion in reviews including the parts and pieces that I loved and/or hated.

Favourite Genres:

  • YA romance
  • New Adult
  • Dystopian
  • Contemporary
  • Science Fiction

Genres I Won’t Review:

  • Erotica

How I Rate:

When it comes to my rating system, there are a few things I take into account. What age range is this applicable for? How can I make this book sound appealing to a new reader? I also take great care in the emotional impact a book leaves me with. If the characters feel too wooden, or don’t seem realistic, there is a chance it will lower my rating during a review.

Five stars: Fantastic. Book becomes a highly recommended title.

Four stars: Well Done. Book is placed in appropriate recommend categories for future interest (For example, more likely to recommend title to person with similar interests/reading patterns).

Three stars: Middle of the pack. May be recommended to someone, when other titles are exhausted.

Two stars: Alright. Will only be recommended if someone has heard of the author’s works before.

One star: Meh. Book will most likely never receive a recommendation.

Zero stars: Do not read. This level of rating will only be given to books that remain unfinished (due to lack of enjoyment; creative writing style; etc) OR if the book fails to present an interesting storyline, with well rounded characters. Very rarely is this rating given.

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