How often do you review books for authors who request? (Discussion)

Over the past few months I have become inundated with review requests from authors. Many of the book reviews I have listed are from authors who have graciously provided me a copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. While I absolutely love to be given the opportunity to give back to these people who have worked so hard, I have started to think that I need to take a little bit of a step back.

When I first started my blog, it was solely for the purpose of talking about all the great books I have chosen to read for myself, and hoping to get the chance to read some for review as well. I started to list my blog name under book blogger lists and directories and became really excited when I started getting an influx of requests on a daily basis. During this point in time, I would pretty much accept anything. There are definitely a few titles under my book review list that I would have never considered reading in the first place, but had felt bad about rejecting. While I never lied in my reviews if the book wasn’t good, there are still many times that I have been brought into horrible ‘reading slumps’ because of them, and it has gotten to the point many times that I don’t even want to read. Unfortunately, I am now in a dilemma because I know I told people that I would review their books; however, I am no longer excited for them.

At this point in time, I have about 6 books that I am ‘supposed’ to read and review; however, I think I am going to have to narrow it down to 2, and then start out fresh. I am currently reading one (and am enjoying it), and that is ‘Home to Roost’ by Chauncey Rogers, and I have another one that I am interested in, but after that I think it will be time for a break.

I want to read and review more books that I WANT to read, and feel less pressured into pumping out the reviews from requests. Since I am not getting paid around here, its time to start being a little more picky with what I choose to read. With that being said, how often do y’all review books for authors that request?

-Carissa

Starburst, (Women of the Grey Book 1) by Carol James Marshall

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This review does not contain spoilers

First off, I wanted to say thank you to the author who reached out to me for this.

Lisa may look like a normal person, but we soon find out she is not of this world. She is from a world known as ‘the Grey’, and is on a mission to become one of the ‘Mothers’, or ‘Women of the Grey.’ The women are known to be a breed of superior female species, not human, and all look identical to one another. When Lisa is sent to Feline Street, a small miserable neighborhood located in California, she has been given a task to gather four different individuals, knowns as her ‘marks’ to await the endpoint. Lisa has not been told why she is to find these particular people, nor what the endpoint means, but this mission needs to be completed in order for her to be accepted into the Women of the Grey. The endpoint might mean death for her marks, but Lisa does not want to find out what happens to the girls of the Grey who are unable to complete their mission. Craig, Maggie, Iggy, and Rafael are all those identified as Lisa’s marks, and Lisa soon realizes that she needs to build relationships with these people in order to gain their trust to gather them all together for what is to come at the endpoint. She soon finds out that this is no easy task. Lisa does not know how to act like a proper human, except for what she has seen on TV, and her marks show no little to no interest in her from the start.

As for my thoughts, let me just say that I am someone who never reads from this type of genre. I normally reach for realistic type fiction, but I thought I should give something different a try. I also like to try and show support for self published indie authors, because they definitely need more love. I thought this story was very unique, and obviously nothing like I have read before. I liked that this book was written in multiple perspectives, ranging from the main character Lisa, to all of her marks, and even some of the mothers in the Grey. I enjoyed reading from Lisa and Craig’s perspectives the best. I will say that I never quite understood why all of her marks were such depressed and unhappy people, and there were some things that happened in this book that I didn’t find absolutely necessary to be added, but I was able to overlook this in order to find out what happened. I also had so many questions in my head as I read this; however, I had to keep in mind that this is the first book in a series so there are more answers to find out.

I am unable to compare this story to the likes of anything like it, being that I am not the target audience, but I do think if you are into books that have dark, ski-fi, fantasy elements, this could be for you!

All in all, I would give this 3.5 out of 5 stars.

-Carissa