What do you review?
Pretty much anything except straight thrillers, which I don’t enjoy.
Will you review my/my author’s book?
Sure! Just a few facts before you send me the eARC or the physical copy:
- Free copy or not, I will be honest about what I find in the book. If I don’t like it, I will say so and I will say why. If you or your author have a thin skin, this may not be pleasant.
- I do not take reviews down for any reason.
- If there is a factual inaccuracy within my review, I will amend it. HOWEVER my personal feelings and interpretations do not count as factual errors.
- I have a list of review books which is first-come first-served. There may be a wait of several weeks before your book is reviewed. If you have a specific date you need the review for any reason tell me and I will try my best to accomodate you – however it’s best if you get your request in early.
- I will state that I got a free copy from you or the publisher in my review.
- I will not review books published by Vanity Publishers. Everyone else (self-published, small press published or big press published) is fine.
So, do you ever take, you know, bribes?
Absolutely not. It wouldn’t do you much good even if I did.
Do you post the reviews elsewhere?
Yes. I post them on Goodreads as standard, within two days of the initial review here. If the book is post-apocalyptic or dystopian I cross-post to to my other blog In Case of Survival. I will post elsewhere on request.
Can I use your review in marketing the book? Or put it on my website?
Um, sure. I mean, you can’t just copy and paste the whole thing, but feel free to use bits of it – as log as you credit me (as C. B. Blanchard, please) and link back to the review here.
What does DNF stand for?
Did Not Finish.
Why do you post DNF reviews?
This is a surpisingly controversial practice, as I found over at ICoS.
Firstly, it’s rare that I DNF a book.
Secondly, I believe that sometimes a DNF is necessary. My reasoning is thus: I feel a duty, not only to my readers but to the author of a book. If I couldn’t finish a book, I owe it to them to explain why. What stopped me from completing it? It may be something that my readers will also have a problem with, in which case I’ve done my readers a service. It may be something tha author didn’t know would create that effect, in which case they know for the next book. And ultimately, people are free to ignore me and make their own choices. I can only ever portray the work as I see it. And sometimes I see something that stops me reading.
The most common reasons for a DNF are unreasonably bad writing or plotting or (even more rarely) an author treading on a subject that is personally damaging and upsetting to me. One of the best books I ever DNF’d (on another site) was This Perfect Day because of the use of the Rape is Love trope. It may have been justified, it may have even made sense, but I find that whole thing so utterly disgusting it meant I simply could not finish the book. As I had that problem, it stood to reason that others might too. I posted the DNF review with that information, and one other woman told me she’d have found it intensely distressing to come on that with no warning. So in that, my posting a DNF was valuable.
So, Tl;dr – I do it because I think it’s useful and valuable on a review site. If you don’t agree with my policy on this, that’s fine, and I respectfully suggest I may not be the reviewer for you.