Review Policy

Authors and Publishers, I'm happy to review any picture book, middle grade or young adult books that would appeal to middle schoolers. Please read my review policy below before sending a request via email.

Genres: I read, enjoy, and review all genres of YA and MG fiction. My favorites are Contemporary, Fantasy, Heist/Spy, Paranormal Romance, and Dystopian.  You can reference my Best I've Read page to see if you think your book would fit in with my interests. I will review any young adult or middle grade book or picture book that would be appropriate for ages 10-16.

Type of Book: I will not accept self-published books. I will not accept ebooks. I will accept ARCs, Uncorrected Proofs, Galleys, or final books (hardcover or paperback). Any books I receive will not be sold, they will be added to my classroom library to be enjoyed by my students and other middle school teachers.  Note on Series Books: I love series books, as do my students, but if you are requesting a review on a series in which I have not read the first book, I will ask that you send a copy of that as well in order to do a complete review. Acceptance of a book does not guarantee a review or post about the book. I have to read a book first to determine if I enjoy it and can recommend it to others.

Time Frame: I will try my best to review your book in a timely manner. Please understand that I am a working teacher with lessons to plan and essays to grade along with reading books and blogging about them, so I do need a 2-3 month lead time for specific date requests. If there is a specific time you would like the book review to be posted, please let me know and I will do my best to make it happen; however, I am not able to make an absolute guarantee.  I will make every attempt to post my review near the release date for ARCs I receive and as soon as possible for already released books. Please realize that I am an avid promoter of adolescent literacy and the books supporting young adults, so I will do everything I can to help promote books that I feel are valuable no matter when I read them. *If I post an ARC review a few months early to build buzz, I will usually repost it closer to the release date.

What's in the Review: My reviews include the title and author, the publisher summary, picture of the cover, and my thoughts on the book (possibly including reference to plot, characters, writing style, theme, etc.).  My reviews will be honest and straight-forward and always based on my opinions and feelings about the book while explaining why I liked it and possibly what I felt could have been stronger so that others will know if they might enjoy it. My goal is to recommend books to readers, so I do no longer post negative reviews.

Where Reviews are Posted: I post all my reviews here and link to them from Twitter. I will also post them on Goodreads (after the review posts) and Amazon (after the release date).

Extras: I would be happy to participate in blog tours, giveaways, or author interviews as well. However, I will not commit to any extras until after I have read the book to ensure that I can be enthusiastic in fully endorsing it, unless it is an author or series I have read or publisher I have worked with before. Please contact me with specific requests.

Disclaimer: If I accept a book for review, it is not a guarantee that I will read and review the book. If I start a book that I'm not able to get in to, I probably will not spend the time to finish it and therefore there won't be a review. If I do not like a book and cannot recommend it, I will not post about it. However, I make every effort to give every book I receive a mention through twitter and books I don't finish are usually passed along to other teachers/librarians.


Thank you for considering Heise Reads & Recommends to review your book! 
Jillian
Please contact me at: heisereads@gmail.com
Twitter: @heisereads

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I'm an author who just found your blog, and I'm now a follower -- great job! I wrote a novel (Hollywood High: Achieve The Honorable), which is for high-school-and-older readers, so I'm regretfully not requesting a review. However, I did write it with reluctant older readers in mind (I actually wrote a blog post about that called "For Those Who Love To Read…Or Not"). In any case, I know that my novel isn't the right match for your age group, but I just wanted to tell you I admire your approach, and keep up the great work! With deepest respect, Amy

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