I happily accept review copies and arcs from authors and publishers to feature and promote on The Hiding Spot. I also enjoy participating in blog tours, interviewing authors, and hosting contests. If I don’t feel the offered novel is a good fit for The Hiding Spot or my personal reading tastes, there is no guarantee that the novel will receive a review. I maintain this policy because a) forcing oneself to read a novel is never a happy or worthwhile experience and b) I hate giving bad reviews, so I’d rather set it aside then finish and write a negative review.
My acceptance of a review copy or arc does not guarantee a positive review. I am generally good at selecting novels that I’ll enjoy, but there are exceptions. I am honest in my reviews, but I strive for fairness. If I don’t enjoy a book, I’m sure to explain why, as other readers may not take issue with the same aspects.
While I try to review every book I’m sent, there is the occasional exception. If I’ve read 50 pages and my attention is wavering, I’m forced to set the book aside. I may go back and try again, but in some cases I discover that the novel is not for me.
If I am sent an arc for review, I try to feature the novel within a month of its release. Books that have already been released may take longer, but they are generally featured within 2 months of my receiving them. As I am a student and work two jobs – in addition to blogging – time frames may be skewed and lengthened.
The Hiding Spot focuses primarily on Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Illustrated Children’s titles. That said, if a review copy of a Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction, Adult Romance/Chick Lit title is offered – and I am intrigued by the synopsis or I feel that my blog readers may enjoy it – I may accept.
I do own an e-reader (a Nook) and happily accept e-galleys and e-books for review purposes.
All reviews begin with a description. I do not write my own descriptions; they are pulled from the GoodReads, the back of arcs, jacket flaps, etc. My rationale behind using source descriptions is that this description influenced my decision to read the novel and are the point from which my expectations stem.
The bulk of the review is my opinion on various aspects of the novel. I usually choose two or three things about the novel that I particularly enjoyed or, in some cases, disliked. If there was a romantic element, it’s guaranteed to be mentioned. I don’t discuss every aspect or plot line of a novel, sometimes because I don’t have a clearly formed opinion, other times to keep the review at a manageable length. My reviews should only take a matter of minutes to read, while still touching on the characteristics that most influenced my enjoyment and opinion of the novel.
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