Since a wee sprat I have always gobbled up books, particularly that of genre fiction..there is something so fascinating about otherworldly realms and far off places with intriguing characters-its the story that lures me in.
Some of my favorite books are The Golden by Lucius Shepherd, all the vampire chronicles by Kim Newman (Anno Dracula, The Man from the Diogenes Club, Judgment of Tears, The Bloody Red Baron), Heart of Darkness, The Castle of Otranto, The Vampyre by Polidori.
I suspect in another life I was an eclectic librarian!
In my spare time I am a bookstore girl on the weekends, sorting through deliciously fiendish reads, stocking shelves, pricing, packing and diving into the extraordinary amount of arcs that we receive. The best part is recommending (gushingly) a truly fabulous book to another that will really appreciate it.
Though I really do try NOT to gush and maintain my composure. Really. Okay, maybe a little bit of composure. But sometimes there is a book, series, author that I am so excited about that I end up sounding like Reese Witherspoon on Legally Blonde. Yes. Even with the high octave.
I also review on Net Galley, Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab, Amazon Vine, Shelfari, We Read and GoodReads.
Honestly, I didn't feel as if I actually needed a policy per se, but then again I have had a few spam bots and 'wackos leaving comments.
Let's just say, this is my site, and if you are mean and nasty, I will verbally eviscerate you before zapping your comment into the ether. Be warned.
As a webform alternative, you may also feel free to contact me directly at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to post on my front page. This means I won't have to trawl through emails...
To Send ARCs/Galleys PDF's either send to the email above or email@example.com
fiendishlybookish(feverishly) welcomes ARCs as well as eBooks, pdf's, and digital galley's from publishers and authors with one caveat: don't forget to include your expected review deadline. Puleeze.
fiendishlybookish-does not review self-published fiction or non-fiction.
fiendishlybookish deals primarily with romance, and young adult genres, specifically that of paranormal, historical, and contemporary romances, urban fantasy/dark urban fantasy, science fiction/fantasy, erotica, and chick lit.
fiendishlybookish will always strive to be honest and fair in its reviews. Really. Understandably, writing a book is an incredibly difficult process and goes through many hands. Ratings are a culmination of the following and are based upon: originality, a singular aspect of the novel that makes it distinctive, consistent quality, innovative plot lines, action and pace, humor, and characterization. It is a complex recipe that makes a novel and FB understands that.
Books are read in their entirety: always. :)
SIX STAR: Almost unheard of. I've only given one 6 star review. Ever. It means the book got under my skin, pulsated, replicated and never let go...it detonated with creativity...
FIVE STAR : Gushingly, compellingly good. A review that made us squeal with joy over and over again. Worth shouting out to all our online friends, people at the bookstore and grocery store that the book seriously ROCKED. An uncontainable enthusiasm bordering on apoplexy! And in some cases (an author writing at high literature level).
An example of a five star book is: Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. It is perfection in plot, character, pace, setting, and tightly edited. It is a literary ballet of the entire publishing team working in concert with the author. It's the entire enchilada, baby!
FOUR STAR: Nearly into the gushing and apoplectic stratosphere (imagine waving arms and some frivolity) but some aspects needed tweaking.
THREE STAR: Showing some great promise, has a distinctive voice, character or plot that saved the book, a green author who will ripen with time and experience. Enjoyable in many ways, but not quite to gushing ratings. This rating is also designated for formulaic writers who do not strive to move out of the comfort zone, but use the same construction over and over again (and think that their readers don't notice-wink-wink).
BELOW THREE STARS: fiendishlybookish has high standards. We will contact you personally if the book is not up to standard. We won't pull a Gordon Ramsay on it.
GUEST REVIEWS: fiendishlybookish welcomes guest reviews and encourages community wide support of other book review blogs, authors, burgeoning writers and online friends. Shoot on over an email and we'll get your reviews posted.
Ciao! And hope to be chattin' with ya soon ;)