Review Policy

To My Readers:

Thank you for being interested in my (self-professed) expert opinion.  I don't ever accept compensation for my reviews, so always know that they are fair and honest.  If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email  (yalitwit at gmail dot com) or tweet (@karisrene).

To Authors and Publishers:

I appreciate you taking an interest in my blog and the possibility that I might review your book.  I have a passion for reading and YA is my specialty.  I love to share my opinions about what I read and I love that people care!  Please keep in mind that all of my reviews are honest and sometimes I may not have nice things to say.  I don't meet many books I don't like, but it does happen from time to time and I will not compromise my integrity for any reason.

I am accepting books for review, but I am rather selective as there is only so much time.  I prefer bound books, but do accept eBooks (Kindle, .epub, or .pdf) and audiobooks. Feel free to contact me if you would like me to review something.  If I don't respond, it likely means I am not interested, or it doesn't meet the criteria listed below. 

Genres of Books I will almost always accept:

Historical Fiction

Genres I will NOT accept:


I will accept a limited number of upper Middle Grade titles, provided they have crossover appeal.  I will not read Adult titles.  This is a YA  book blog.   I am not currently accepting any self-published works or works published through pay-to-print publishers like CreateSpace . If your book is part of a series, please be aware that if I haven't read the prior books, it is unlikely that I will want to invest the time to catch up, and I do not read series books out of order.

If I accept a book, I am not guaranteeing a review.  I prioritize books I have requested first.  I do my best to get through them all, but again, there's only so much time.  I will likely not accept your book if I don't think I will be able to read it in the near future.  If I don't think I will get to something I've accepted, I will pass it on to another book blogger or donate it to my local school or public library.  If the book is an ARC I will review it in the time period surrounding its release (no more than a month prior, up to one month post-release).  I can usually read a book in 1-3 days, but please remember that I may have several books in line before yours, so please give ample time.

Upon review I will email you a link to my post.  I also post my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and Edelweiss.  I may also send the review to local media and/or other blogs as a guest blogger.  If I do, I will also send you a link to those outlets.

I love interviews, blog tours, and giveaways.  If I request or accept a book from you, I would probably be willing to do any of the above, provided I'm given time to read the book beforehand.

Finally, as a member of the Media Selection Committee at my local middle school, I am happy to read (or have someone else on the committee read) age-appropriate (6th-8th grade) titles in consideration for our library.  Please contact me for further information. 

Please direct any questions and/or requests to yalitwit(at)gmail(dot)com.  If I accept your request I will send you my mailing address.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this.  I look forward to hearing from you!