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Become a Good Book Critic/Reviewer
When reviewing books, it is important not to have any preconceived notions about the author's personality or his work before reading the book. As such, it is best not to read too many reviews that have already been done on the book you're about to review. Also, write the book review from an analytical perspective so readers can get a detailed, but fair assessment of the book.
Mention both strengths and weaknesses of the book. This is especially beneficial if the author is arguing for a certain claim in the book. For example, if an author claims that America was not founded on Judeo-Christian values, you may say that there were elements of secularism in the founding of America, but it is still true that some of the early colonists considered religion an important part of America's founding.
Discuss the main points of the book or novel. You don't want to spend too much time focusing on the minor details when critiquing books. Readers want to know the main topics of the book. This is why it's important to take notes when reading ya books for review.
Review books on topics that may be outside your comfort zone. While you don't want to review books on topics in which you have little interest, you might be able to offer a fresh perspective on books that do not fall into your prime area of interest. For example, if your area of interest is gender issues in contemporary Europe, you can review some books that deal with gender issues in Latin America or Africa.
Discuss the author's style. Point out the intended target audience, whether the book is written in a formal or informal tone, and if the author makes the concepts clear to the reader.
Discuss the author's research methods. Explain whether or not you agree with the research subjects who were chosen for the interviews in the book. Also discuss if the research is current or outdated, and compare the author's research methods to other authors who have written on the same topic.

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Read for Free in Exchange for Reviews!

Interested to read books for free and write reviews for them? We're inviting you to Reading Alley (http://www.readingalley.com) Reading Alley is a site…Continue

Started by Carole on Wednesday.

Reviewers Wanted !

Reading Alley has a wide selection of books for you to choose from! Romance, mystery, erotica, new adult, LGBTQ, science fiction, fantasy, young adult, and more! These books are from both bestselling…Continue

Started by Carole Jul 10.

I was shocked!

I was totally shocked! I don't usually read or get into fantasy, but I read the best fantasy arranged-marriage story ever! what can I say? Arranged marriages are intriguing. The Alliance of Isian by…Continue

Started by Linda Weaver Clarke May 20.

'The Princess, the Witch Queen & the Sorcerer' is free from 27th Feb to 3rd March

Fantasy Ebook 'The Princess, the Witch Queen & the Sorcerer' is free from 27th Feb to 3rd March, 2015Though it is the 4th volume in the series, 'Magical Ventures of Loli and Lenny,' yet it can be…Continue

Started by Pratibha R DH Feb 27.

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Comment by Linda Weaver Clarke on Monday

Book Giveaway and Interview with Medieval Fantasy Author Andean White


Book Giveaway Oct 5 - 13: You have a chance to win a YA Fantasy, Spring's Saboteurs. Hard Copy: U.S. E-book: International


In Spring’s Saboteurs, Prince Argo has arranged the deaths of his older sister and two brothers—and declared himself next to wear the crown. Now the king, his deceptive and clever planning skills set in motion a multifaceted revenge scheme to overthrow Manshire Province. Kidnapping Queen Althea’s younger sisters initiates a whirlwind sequence of events threatening the lives of the Manshire Queen, the Captain of the Long Bows, the Queen’s husband, and the province.


Visit http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com/2015/10/interview-with-mediev...

Comment by E.A. Walsh on September 28, 2015 at 3:21pm

Hookah by Cameron Jace Release Day

blitz! Excerpt - Giveaway!

Comment by Book Buzz on August 25, 2015 at 4:43pm

YA Epic Fantasy For Review

Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1
By Marc Secchia
ISBN: 978-1499773590
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy
Formats Available For Review: PDF, EPub, MOBI

Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.

For review copies contact:

Marc Secchia
Email: marcsecchia@gmail.com
Website: http://www.marcsecchia.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authormarc

Comment by E.A. Walsh on August 16, 2015 at 4:58pm

Spotlight - Promo - Giveaway! -

Ella, The Slayer

Comment by Ruby Joanne on July 23, 2015 at 1:59pm

Check out my latest review:

Book Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger  5 cups/5

Comment by E.A. Walsh on July 12, 2015 at 12:42pm

Release Day! Circus (Insanity #3)

by Cameron Jace

Comment by E.A. Walsh on July 7, 2015 at 2:00pm

Review Update! The Last Knight

(Pendragon, #1)

The Last Knight (Pendragon, #1)The Last Knight (Pendragon #1)
By Nicola S. Dorrington
My rating: ★★★★☆

( I received this book free from the Author In exchange for my honest review )

After reading a slew of books that made my head hurt, this was refreshing. I was captured from the first chapter, no the first sentence. This story drew me in and immersed me into a beautiful, freighting world of legends, knights, honor, and kings. Before I knew it, the tale was over; and I was left with a bitter-sweet ending that left me wanting more.
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Comment by Linda Weaver Clarke on July 6, 2015 at 6:47pm

Book Giveaway July 5 - 18: You have a chance to win a Fantasy Romance, The Treasure of Isian or The Alliance of Isian. To enter the contest, make a comment about the books.


Fantasy has become one of the most popular genre, simply because you are taken into a completely new world… a world of magic and mystery… where almost anything can happen. In this new series by Serena Clarke, we have an enchanting kingdom and mystical creatures that reside in the forests.


Visit http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-novel-with-fantasy-...


Comment by E.A. Walsh on June 30, 2015 at 6:39pm

Two For Tuesday:

Kaelia Awakening & Kaelia Falling

(Mortiswood Tales 1&2) - Giveaway!-

Comment by E.A. Walsh on June 30, 2015 at 12:19pm

Review Update! DONUM

By: Alexandra Lane
My rating: ★★★☆☆

( I received this book free form the Author in exchange for my honest review. )

I wanted to like this book, I had high hopes but it wasn’t for me.

I found it slow going; nothing of major important happens until the last 15% the story. The other 85% was background filler. Its goes through Teal’s life from birth to teenager. I believe that could have been condensed down into the first two or three chapters. For me it was too drawn out. In truth from the synopsis I had the image that the story was going to pick up right when Teal was 16 or 17. That he was going to be fighting this evil that moved into his town, as in he was already in the town when the darkness arrives. So the start of the book threw me for a loop. .
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