Blog Book Review Policy

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UPDATE: THE BOOK REVIEW REGISTRY IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


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/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 yecheilyah@yecheilyahysrayl.com

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.

*Please expect 2-3 weeks before your review is published as there may be people in front of you. Check the books in the queue below for an idea of how many people are in front of you, if any.

4). Gift Me a Copy of Your book.

If your book is published gift it to me through amazon (yecheilyahysrayl@kindle.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.

Honest Reviews:

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.

Rating System

Note that poetry books and Non-Fiction books have a unique rating system than fiction books.

Fiction Books

  • Plot Movement / Strength
  • Entertainment Factor
  • Characterization
  • Authenticity / Believable
  • Thought Provoking

Poetry

  • Presentation
  • Authenticity /Authentic Voice
  • Creativity/Lyrical Content
  • Thought Provoking

Non-Fiction Books

  • Strong Introduction
  • Authenticity / Believable
  • Organization
  • 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 that may include aspects of plot/dialogue/character development.

Three Stars – Nice

This book was lovely. The plot was enjoyable, the characters liked, and the writing and storytelling were overall sound, though several aspects could be improved. The author may have too many editing/typo errors, too much telling, or I could not get into the story as much as I had hoped, but the book 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. In the event you receive a one or two-star personal (not published) 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)
  • Memoirs
  • Self-Help
  • Motivational / Inspirational
  • Poetry

*While Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genre’s to read, I am specifically interested in Black/African American Historical Fiction. That is, Historical Fiction that focuses on the experiences of Blacks/African Americans in America.

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
• Erotica*

*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

Even Rain is Just Water: A Memoir of Rejection, Revelation and Redemption by Lynette Davis

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

Birth Days: Stories of Women who turned Difficult Beginnings into Glorious Lives by Carol Massey

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

Books In Queue

  • Dawn of The Dragon by Aundriel WashingtonFF-10-Writing-Book-Reviews

18 thoughts on “Blog Book Review Policy”

    1. Oh yes. Sorry about that. I am not using the form anymore for the registry. Please follow instructions in the post instead. I’ll go ahead and delete the comments about the form to lessen the confusion.

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      1. Thank you. =) I’d be astonished if you were! I really enjoyed your review of the book you posted today about the angel and the little girl musician. It sounds amazing and you did such a great job reviewing it. I’ll put together a note to you as soon as I can but I am booked through mid-August right now and I want to spend some time on your questions. Thanks for your creative idea. I love it and think it’s brilliant. ♥.

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