UPDATE: THE BOOK REVIEW REGISTRY IS OPEN!
What is a Book Review?
A book review is a form of literary criticism in which a book is analyzed based on content, style, and merit. A book review may be a primary source, opinion piece, summary review, or scholarly review. A book review’s length may vary from a single paragraph to a substantial essay but can also be as short as a single sentence. Book reviews help encourage readers to purchase a book, acts as social proof, helps with an author’s Amazon ranking, and increases the book’s visibility.
About Yecheilyah’s Reviews
I have reviewed over thirty books by over thirty authors spanning five years. My authors include both new and Best Selling authors from all over the world. The PBS Blog has been on Reedsy’s Best Book Review Blogs since 2017 as one of it’s vetted catalog of active book blogs and thoughtful, quality, book reviews. My reviews are honest and thorough without giving away spoilers.
“It’s not just because she reviewed my novelette, All Good Stories, and gave it 5 stars, I’m writing about her because she gives great (and helpful) reviews. In a market, so full, it’s hard to choose what to read, isn’t it? We really need reviews these days that go beyond the minimalistic, “I liked it,” to know what we’re investing our money in. Because money doesn’t grow on trees. Neither do books anymore, for that matter.” – Linda G. Hill, author, All Good Stories.
How to Apply for Review
1). Email me the link to your book on Amazon/Your Publishing Platform.
Put Blog Book Review Request in the header. Do not send anything else but the link to the book.
If this book is not yet released/published, please send me the following:
- Author Name
- Full Book Title
- Book Description
- Number of Pages
- Book Cover Image (if you have it)
Email this to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not attach a copy of your book to the email. Only send the information requested.
2). Wait for Approval*
I will email you back and let you know if I would like to move forward and review your book. Please allow at least 2-5 business days before you hear back from me for your approval status.
To increase your chances for a review, your book must be professionally edited, have a professional book cover, and is formatted in EPUB, MOBI, and/or PDF.
3). Pay the readers fee through my author website.
If I choose to review the book there is a small reader’s fee. Pay the fee through my site at this link.
*The reader’s fee does not guarantee a positive review, nor is it payment for an Amazon review, which is against Amazon’s terms of service.
4). Gift Me a Copy of Your book.
If your book is published gift it to me through amazon (email@example.com).
- PDF documents are acceptable if the book is not published.
- You may ship me a paperback / hard copy but let me know this in our email correspondence. Pro. This option will allow me to post a picture of the book on Social Media! Con. This option is a longer turnaround time on the review since I have to wait for it in the mail, read it, and then review it. Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic waiting for it in the mail can take a long time. I do not recommend this option if you are in a hurry for feedback.
I take the “honesty” part of the honest review seriously. While I will not post a negative review to this blog, if you’re looking for someone to sugar coat feedback of your book, I am not the reviewer for you. I rate on the scale of 3-5 only on this blog. If your review falls below a 3-star rating, I will email you the report and my thoughts — only scores of 3-5 qualify for a published feature and spotlight on this blog.
Note that poetry books and Non-Fiction books have a unique rating system than fiction books.
- Plot Movement / Strength
- Entertainment Factor
- Authenticity / Believable
- Thought Provoking
- Authenticity /Authentic Voice
- Creativity/Lyrical Content
- Thought Provoking
- Strong Introduction
- Authenticity / Believable
- Thought Provoking
- Solid Conclusion
Five Stars – Amazing, Outstanding
This book was hard to put down and is highly recommended. It was well-written, wasn’t preachy, included fully developed characters who were relatable and realistic, masterful use of language, an engaging plot, and a satisfying ending.
Four Stars – Very Good
This book is delightful and well worth the read. Great story with only minor weaknesses. The author did a very good job.
Three Stars – Nice
This book was lovely. The plot was enjoyable, the characters liked, and the writing and storytelling were overall sound. Though there are aspects of the book that could be improved, the story is enjoyable.
I consider anything less than 3🌟 a negative review, and I don’t post negative reviews of books registered through this service on this blog. In the event your book rates lower than a three you will receive an email from me with details.
My Favorite Genres to Read:
- Black History
- Fiction (Literary/Historical*/General)
- Motivational / Inspirational
*I am specifically interested in Black/African American Historical Fiction. That is Historical Fiction that focuses on the experiences of so-called Blacks/Africans/African Americans, including Jamaicans, Haitians, Afro Puerto Ricans, Afro Dominicans, and all persons whose descendants can be traced back to that of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Note: I do not accept unsolicited requests for reviews. Do not email me a digital copy of your book if we have not already corresponded through email using the steps mentioned above.
Genres I Don’t Review
I do not currently review the following genres. It is not intended to be discriminatory in any way. Thank you for understanding:
• LGBT Fiction / Literature
*Romance is okay, but not strict erotica.
Please Note: I do not have a review team. Every book reviewed, I read on my own. For this reason, agreement on my part to read a book does not imply blanket authorization to send me other texts of yours (including books in a series.) You cannot pre-pay for a review. You must follow these steps for each book you want to be reviewed.
*Turnaround: I strive for a two-week turnaround from the time I start reading, but turnaround times depend on the book’s length, the version of the book (e-copy or hardcopy), and how many people are in front of you. Paperbacks mailed will take longer to review since I will have to wait for the book to arrive before I read it. Long books (300+ pages) will also take longer to review, and books are read in the order in which they are registered. To best calculate a turnaround time, be sure to check out the books in the queue to see how many people are in front of you.
Join these awesome authors who have already had their books reviewed by yours truly!
SICK by Christa Wojo.
A Tale of Three Cities by Alexander McCabe
All Good Stories by Linda G. Hill
Rise of the Chosen: Lifeblood Series Book One by Anna Kopp
To Thee I’m Wed by Deborah Ann Dykeman
The Love Labyrinth by Pamela D. Beverly
The Truth She Knew (The Truth Series Book One) by JA Owenby
Coed by James Fant
The Unhappy Wife by Dr. KE Garland
Beautiful Boy, Beautiful Girl by JL Hunt
Waiting in the Wings by Stevie Turner
Talon Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer
NAKEED by Shequila Knighten
Strong Beginnings by William Spivey
Give into the Feeling by Sarah Zama
Southern Horror Stories, by Lisa W. Tetting
The Author Blog: Easy Blogging for Busy Authors by Anne R. Allen
Crosswords: Women Coming of Age in Today’s Uganda, edited by Christopher Conte
The Stranger by Joan Hall
The Mistreatment of Zora Langston by Lisa W. Tetting
The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire
When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski
House of the Hanging Jade by Amy M. Reade
SICKER: Book Two in the SICK Series by Christa Wojo.
The Living Miracle: A Love Story by Donna Vaal
The House on Candlewick Lane by Amy M. Reade
Affliction: A Zombie Apocalyptic Thriller by Dottie Daniels
Listen: Earthen Witch Series Book 3 by Sarah doughty
Define Your Voice: Narrowing down your Target Market by Altovise Pelzer
Repent at Leisure by Stevie Turner
Eternal Traces by Shonda Brock
The Unveiling by Camille Frazer
The Cursed Queen: The Mystery Tales Series Book One by Carlo Ocaya
The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz Book 1) by Yvette M Calleiro
Catch the Moon, Mary by Wendy Waters
Loyal Son by Wayne Diehl
Learn to Love: Guide to Healing Your Disappointing Love Life by Dr. Thomas Jordan PhD
Storm Wrack & Spindrift (Remnants Book 3) by Margaret Pinard
Dawn of The Dragon: The Dawn Series Book 2 by Aundriel H Washington
Immersed in West Africa by Terry Lister
Books In Queue (2021)
- Fields of Grace by Wendy Waters (Pending)