Book reviews

Rating system

– Perfection (or pretty darn close). This is a book that I will highly recommend to everyone I cross paths with. I am head over heels for this story, and I would definitely want to get my hands on a printed copy. Guaranteed multiple rereads in the future.

– Flawed but highly enjoyable. This is a book that I really adore regardless of its flaws and shortcomings. A reread is likely.

– Could be better, could be worse. This book is a definite “okay” read, which means that I like it but I’m not blown away. At the very least, it was enjoyable enough for a single read.

– Meh. This is a book that I did not really enjoy, but was able to finish. Books that aren’t really my cup of tea will fall under this category. Still, I may recommend it to a specific audience.

– Um, just no. The degree and intensity of my hatred may vary, but one thing is for sure: I neither liked nor enjoyed reading the book. Not recommended.

– Terrible. Zero redeeming qualities. I despise it. I weep for the trees that died to make printed copies of this book. I would not even wish this book to fall into the hands of my greatest enemy.

[1] I may also rate books using half-stars, . In such cases, the reason behind the usage of a half-star is included in the book review.

[2] For books that I did not finish, a review might be posted to explain what exactly about the book prevented me from completely reading it and/or why I stopped. However, a star rating will only be given if at least half of the book was read (x ≥ 50%). Otherwise (x < 50%), a star rating will not be given.

Reviewing style and format of reviews


The following details are always given in the first part of the review: book title, author, genre(s), the format of the copy I reviewed, rating and a couple of book and author links.

I typically give a short introduction or brief summary of the book’s plot (completely spoiler-free); otherwise, I include the book’s official blurb. Regarding the substance of the review itself, my approach in criticizing a book varies on a case-to-case basis. However, my reviews can be classified into two general types: full-length reviews and mini reviews. A batch of mini reviews consists of relatively shorter reviews for 3 to 5 books.


As much as possible, I try to identify aspects of the book that I liked. Or at the very least, the redeeming qualities of whatever I read. I dislike being unnecessarily mean when expressing my thoughts; however, I am not afraid to be straightforward and to say things the way I see them. I usually incorporate my reactions, thoughts and general feels (should there be any) when I review, but I simultaneously exert an effort to comment on critical story elements such as character development, world building, word choice and grammar, and the plot itself.

I have a slight tendency to infuse sarcasm, crude jokes and the very occasional sailor’s language (read: swear words) in whatever I write. My ineloquent remarks should not be taken as personal attacks to the author or the publishing company the author works with. I review books, not the people who write them.

Review policy

I am more than happy to accept ARCs and books (both digital and print editions) with a strong preference for hard copies. Printed copies will be given a substantial priority over digital books in my reading queue. For ebooks, I will accept files that are of either the .mobi or .epub extension. Kindle books are preferred.

Take note, however, that I do reserve the right to refuse to review a book. Moreover, as a person with plenty of academic responsibilities and other equally important obligations, the amount of time that it takes to finish and review a novel will vary on a case-to-case basis. Should you need the review finished by a particular date, kindly inform me immediately upon submission of your review request. In the event that I do agree to read and review your work, I will do so per my usual reviewing style and I guarantee that I will be completely honest with my opinion.

My preferred genres are as follows: contemporary romance, dystopian, fantasy, new adult, poetry, realistic fiction, science fiction, and young adult.

On the other hand, I do not review books that fall under the erotica, historical, historical romance, horror, non-fiction, and/or religion/spirituality genres.

Typically, my reviews are available both on my blog and on Goodreads. Should you submit a review request, kindly include the following:

– genre(s)
– synopsis
– publisher (note: if you are a self-published author, please say so)
– date of publication
– the format of the review copy
– deadline (should there be one)
– a brief excerpt of the requested book (ideally 2 to 3 chapters in length)

Take note: Requests that fail to provide all the information listed above will automatically be declined.

Interested in submitting a review request? Contact me.

* In accordance with FTC guidelines for blogging and endorsements:

All the books I review on this site have either been personally purchased, borrowed or secured through honest and legal means (specifically, through giveaways or provided directly by authors, publishers, publicists or third party sites in exchange for a completely honest opinion). Should a book be given free of charge, the information will be disclosed within the review of that particular book. I neither accept nor receive any kind of monetary compensation for publishing reviews online. Furthermore, the manner in which I receive the book will not influence how the book is discussed on my blog.

All thoughts and opinions in my reviews and discussions are my own and subsequently do not reflect those of various publishers, authors, publicists, agents or any other group of people.