Genres I Will Review Here:
All of the queer romance, queer fantasy, queer sci-fi/spec fic, queer horror. And non queer books of the same genres, I just really prefer my worlds diverse and queer as fuck.
With a major emphasis on indie authors.
Genres I Will Not Review Here:
Young Adult or Middle Grade novels except in the context of star reviews on my GoodReads and StoryGraph. It’ll probably have a quick one or two sentence review/reaction/raving about the story and my fave character.
I have decided that YA and Middle Grade are books that I read for enjoyment and the escapism. And since I am not the intended audience for these, nor a professional reviewer/critic, I don’t want to spend time on reviewing these for others, just enjoying them for myself.
How I Review:
I lean towards reviewing what I loved/liked more than anything. And it differs with each book. Since I read a mixture of character driven and plot driven novels, my reviews tend to skew toward what the drive of the novel is.
Some books I review mostly the characters and their relationships because that is the focus, some books I review the plot and twists because that is the focus. I review what I like and what sticks out the most.
My Star Rating Explained:
5 Stars – This book changed me on a deep level – such as how I relate to the characters, how it affects my view of the genre, and I want the words tattooed on my body so I never forget them. Also, catch me deep in the fandom and recommending the book to everyone.
4 Stars – This book was damn good and I loved it – there were some moments that maybe didn’t “work” for me for various reasons but the rest of the book made up for it in many ways.
3 Stars – This book had moments that I really liked – more moments that I didn’t care for, but the characters made up for it and the storyline kept me hooked.
2 Stars or 1 Stars – 99% of the time, you will never see me rate books this low. The book has to be deeply horrific representation or unredeemable for me to rate it at a 2 or 1.
No Rating – This book is probably an anthology and I have no clue how to rate those. OR, I am baffled by the book and have no idea what to rate it OR it’s a mixture of 2 star/1 star/DNF
DNF (Did Not Finish) – This book didn’t keep my attention, or I was in the wrong headspace, or I realized I was not the target audience. Will usually not give a reason why unless it’s to add Content Warnings for other readers to mark the part of the book that had me drop it.
NRN (Not Right Now) – Similar to a DNF, but for this book I know is for me, I just need to be in the right headspace to try again OR I got interrupted by hyperfixation and forgot to come back to this book, but will revisit once hyperfixation is over
Not. All. Books. Are. 5. Stars. And that is okay!!
I love 3 stars, I love middle of the road books that entertain me and I read in one sitting because the characters keep pulling me along. I love popcorn books, I love to be entertained.
Not all books have to change your life. Not all books have to be a masterpiece. There is something to be said for authors who crank out books that are just pure entertainment and fun. Sometimes I prefer reading six of these in a row than two 5 stars in a row. I need those breathers, I need those little hits of brilliance.
3 stars are necessary for me. And 3 stars are still recommended books from me.