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 different authors spanning five years. My clients 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 and still holds a spot in 2020 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.
Put Blog Book Review Request in the header. Do not send anything else but the link to the book. If the book is not published, send me the title, description, and book cover if you have it. Email this to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If you do not get an email from me after about two weeks, unfortunatley, your book has not been approved.
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. If I do not agree to review the book you will not have to pay the fee as I will not be reading/reviewing the book.
*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.
*Book Bloggers are swamped with review requests so please expect 2-3 weeks before your review is published as there may be people in front of you.
4). Gift Me a Copy of Your book.
If your book is published gift it through amazon to email@example.com. You may also send an epub or mobi file to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For published books I am no longer accepting PDF documents. You must gift me the book through Amazon or send digital copy directly to my kindle email address above.
PDF documents are acceptable only 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. I do not recommend this option if you are in a hurry for feedback.
I take the “honesty” part of the honest review seriously. If you’re looking for someone to sugar coat feedback of your book, I am not the reviewer for you. I invest much time and attention to the books I review. I do not skim through your writing, skip large text, or copy and paste the book blurb from Amazon. I take my time to read. 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.
Only ratings of 3 – 5 are published on this blog. Rating meanings vary between reviewers but here are mine.
- Plot Movement / Strength
- Entertainment Factor
- Authenticity / Believable
- Thought Provoking
*Poetry ratings will differ from other books:
- Thought Provoking
- Creativity / Authenticity
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 that may include aspects of plot/dialogue/character development.
Three Stars – Nice
This book was lovely. The writing and storytelling are sound, but several aspects could be improved. The author may have too many editing/typo errors, too much telling, or I couldn’t get into the story as much as I’d hoped, but it was enjoyable.
In the event you receive a one or two-star personal review from me:
Two Stars – Not Recommended:
This book did not fully capture the reader’s attention or interest. Admirable attempt but needs more attention to plot/dialogue/editing/formatting/character development.
One Star – Poor
This book has significant issues with text that outweigh any enjoyment by the reader. Poorly written, preachy, unprofessional editing/layout/printing; needs considerable revision to deserve the reader’s time.
My Favorite Genres to Read:
- Black History
- Fiction (Literary/Historical/General)
- Motivational / Inspirational
Pro Tip: It is best that you try to send reviewers books they are most interested in reading!
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: 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 must follow these steps for each book you want to be reviewed.
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
Books In Queue
Loyal Son by Wayne Diehl