I started my review blog towards the end of March 2011 and have 274 posts with 2,000+ total comments as of this update. My most recent follower count is at 1,258 though it is still growing, my email/RSS subscription count is at 386, and my twitter account has 915 followers. My blog has been visited over 175,000 times, and I get about 3,000 unique visitors a month. The greatest portion of my viewers come from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. I don't update every day, but I do try to post at least twice a week. I am also willing to host interviews with authors should the opportunity arise. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Instead of the typical three to five paragraph reviews you'll find elsewhere, I do a list of ten things I liked or disliked about the book. Items that are always included are writing, the cover, world-building, the protagonist, the romance (unless it is non-existent), and pacing. At the end of the review, I write a one to two sentence summary of how I felt about the book -- whether that be a blurb type or me simply saying that I felt disappointed.
**Edit: Unless I specifically request a title, please do not send me any review requests at this time. For the next few months, I am too busy to make time for anything other than a title that I am already excited about. Good luck finding other bloggers though!
Genres I prefer: romance, contemporary, fantasy, mystery, dystopia, science fiction, thriller, historical, comedy, etc. etc. Basically: everything but non-fiction.
I do not accept non-fiction or adult titles. However, I do accept New Adult, which is often published as adult. I do not accept indie/self-published authors. Small press authors, it depends. For instance, I like the set of books Strange Chemistry has released. I accept eGalleys, PDFs, Paperbacks, and ARCS, though I prefer non-digitized copies of the novel, if they are so available.
I publish my reviews here, and occasionally on Amazon and Goodreads, but only if my review is 90-100% positive. I may change this policy later.
I will not sell the ARCs that I receive. I may give them away but only if I have the authority to do so (that is to say-- if it is an ARC I have acquired vs. an ARC I borrowed, or was donated to me). If you have provided me with an ARC, please give me a timeline for when you would like my review to be published. I will try my hardest to review the book a month within its release date... but obviously some things get in the way. If you provide me with a digital copy, I will delete it after I have read it. I will try my hardest to also read the galley before it expires (again, however, sometimes school gets in the way of this goal).
You should be aware that sometimes I write DNF reviews, which are usually negative. I have done this three times in the past. Most of the times, I do not write negative reviews simply because of the nature of my reviews. There is always a balance between what I like and dislike in a novel.
In accordance with FTC guidelines, you cannot pay me to review your novel. I do not have a timeline for how fast reviews get done. That usually depends on the book, and how excited I am to read it. I apologize for this inconvenience, but really it's for your best: that way, you can feel more assured that I will review your novel once I get to it.
Thank you for reading!
Christina Reads YA has been featured in:
-(From author) http://www.melissa-marr.com/_graveminder/graveminder.html
-(From author) http://pleasereadifatallpossible.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-christina-reads-ya.html
-(From blogger) http://www.zachsyareviews.com/2012/12/my-thoughts-on-twilight-response-to.html
-(From blogger) http://tressaswishfulendings.blogspot.com/2013/03/new-adult-what-do-you-think.html
-(Interview with me) http://thebookcellarx.com/2013/02/college-blogger-series-meet-christina-from-christina-reads-ya.html
If you've linked to one of my reviews or discussion posts, let me know and I'll feature it here :).