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Although I do not mind occasionally going out of my comfort zone, I will primarily be reviewing young adult books. My preferred genres include fantasy, historical fiction, horror, paranormal, dystopian, contemporary, and science fiction. 

I also read adult books, although I tend to be a little bit pickier with putting them in my too-read pile. I will usually only read fantasy, horror, paranormal, thrillers, or literary fiction. 

I will NOT be reviewing any Christian fiction, humor, or non-fiction. 

I will be reading almost all of my books on my Nook, and that is my preference, but I will happily read any paper ARCs, as well. If I get a book in exchange for a review, I will note that at the end of the review. I can usually post a review within a week or two of receiving the book, but any time frame of the publisher needs to be stated upon contact.

My reviews are honest and not in anyway influenced by the publisher or author. My reviews will be posted here, as well as on Goodreads. Any books dealing with rape or incest will have [ TW: Rape ] or [ TW: Incest ] in the title, as well as in the tags. If any of my followers would like me to add a trigger warning for any other subject, feel free to contact me and I will happily oblige.

4 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I am writing to ask if you would review my e-novel: ‘Nightmares and Other Therapy’, to be published by Damnation Books in mid-September. It is not essential that the review be ready before publication. Laura the main female character is seventeen, her boyfriend Michael is a little older. This book is set in England in the early sixties and is a little dark. If it does not fit within your review parameters, please don’t feel obliged to respond.
    D W Carver

    Blurb: Michael couldn’t understand the nightmares that made him violent on waking, mostly because he didn’t have the courage to think his problem through. Eventually, pressured into entering a mental hospital by his employers he thought that here he would find answers and a way to a better life. He was never more wrong.

    Comments about this story on the Authonomy site from time to time:
    You’ve created a good main character in Michael; he’s likable and sympathetic and the kind of character a reader wants to follow…..I found this book very compelling and feeling for Michael. He is such a character many readers could sympathize with…. What a moving portrayal of a man’s life…. Having got to the end of chapter three I am pretty upset and worried for him. This surely shows how good this is. His character has drawn me in….. I really like the style and the characters, and there's great sympathy when needed….Do finish this, please!….What a moving story. Poor Michael, I just want to give him a hug. I want this to work out right for him. Please post more, I need to know how it turns out….

    http://www.dwcarver.com
    dwcarver142@aol.com

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  2. Hi,
    I am writing to ask if you would review my e-novel: ‘Nightmares and Other Therapy’, to be published by Damnation Books in mid-September. It is not essential that the review be ready before publication. Laura the main female character is seventeen, her boyfriend Michael is a little older. This book is set in England in the early sixties and is a little dark. If it does not fit within your review parameters, please don’t feel obliged to respond.
    D W Carver

    Blurb: Michael couldn’t understand the nightmares that made him violent on waking, mostly because he didn’t have the courage to think his problem through. Eventually, pressured into entering a mental hospital by his employers he thought that here he would find answers and a way to a better life. He was never more wrong.

    Comments about this story on the Authonomy site from time to time:
    You’ve created a good main character in Michael; he’s likable and sympathetic and the kind of character a reader wants to follow…..I found this book very compelling and feeling for Michael. He is such a character many readers could sympathize with…. What a moving portrayal of a man’s life…. Having got to the end of chapter three I am pretty upset and worried for him. This surely shows how good this is. His character has drawn me in….. I really like the style and the characters, and there's great sympathy when needed….Do finish this, please!….What a moving story. Poor Michael, I just want to give him a hug. I want this to work out right for him. Please post more, I need to know how it turns out….

    http://www.dwcarver.com
    dwcarver142@aol.com

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  3. John Michael CummingsOctober 11, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Dear Ink and Tea Reviews:

    Will you please consider reviewing my new novel DON’T FORGET ME, BRO (Stephen F. Austin State University Press and Texas Book Consortium, Dec. 2014-Jan.2015).

    My novel tackles themes of childhood abuse, mental illness, and alienated families--and leaves the reader uplifted!

    Kirkus Reviews says: "Read this book for the vivid imagery and sharp dialogue. Read it for the spot-on characterizations..."

    The subject matter is never treated frivolously or over-handled in details. The writing is taut and compelling throughout. The pace leans forward tirelessly.

    Those accomplishments alone took years.

    In all, five of my thirty years of writing were dedicated to this novel. I like to joke: I had to pull my soul sideways through a keyhole for those five years to get the right words down.

    My debut novel, THE NIGHT I FREED JOHN BROWN (Penguin Group, 2008), won The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and was one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY for Black History Month. For more info:
    https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/john-michael-cummings/the-night-i-freed-john-brown/

    My 2011 short story collection, UGLY TO START WITH (West Virginia
    University Press), was hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a work of “sharp observation and surpassing grace.” Here’s a link to some information about my collection:
    http://www.amazon.com/Ugly-Start-With-Michael-Cummings/dp/193597808X

    My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary
    journals, including The Iowa Review, North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

    But DON'T FORGET ME, BRO is my best!

    The novel is a fictionalized story of my brother. Joe died at 47 of system-wide neglect and indifference for the so-called mentally ill in my, until recently, extremely backward home state of West Virginia.

    I know thousands of lives are lost every day around the world. True, Joe was just one. But in this novel, you will see him live and die not once, but a thousand times in the minutes of his life.

    If you email me at johnmcummings@aol.com, I'll send you the cover graphic for my novel. Then, please take a look at the image. You will see in Joe's innocent, dead-on eyes at 19.

    I'll also email you a new digital .pdf of my novel from the publisher. It's a clear, bold text.

    I promise you that DON'T FORGET ME, BRO is not too grim. I am
    sensitive to the reader's well-being and tolerance.

    Cleanly written and briskly plotted, DON'T FORGET ME, BRO is a quick, fabulous read, a literary page-turner. Never before in my career could I say this about my work. So I say so now with a truth I can all but guarantee.

    I hope I don't sound arrogant. I am just very happy and confident.

    To give you a bigger picture of my novel, I'll even email you a full advance review by Pauline Finch of Bookreporter.com, along with a list of authors who've blurbed my novel so far and what they have said.

    I would very grateful and honored if you were to review my new novel.

    Again, my email is johnmcummings@aol.com

    My phone number is (304) 620-8747.

    In respect and gratitude for your work,

    and warmly,

    John Michael Cummings

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  4. Dear Ms. Amortentia,

    Здравствуйте!

    Dear Ms. Swoons,

    Your inky blog came to my tea-high attention through Goodreads. I'm on the lookout for new reader/reviewers for my edgy YA novel Days of Throbbing Gristle. I've pasted the blurb below along with the book's GR link. Curiosity sparked, I'd be happy to send you a mobi, ePub, or PDF for your individual impression - and all entirely at your convenience.

    Thank you,
    Kevin Cole

    -- Days of Throbbing Gristle --

    Does Heaven know you're miserable now?

    It’s 1987. Sam Henry Hay, a 17-year-old exchange student from Sheffield, hops into Texas, USA, with one burning ambition: Manipulate his gullible host parents into funding his university, and leave his dead-end life in Yorkshire behind.

    But is Sam manipulating America or America manipulating Sam? The clever lad schmoozes his way into many a bed and purse, yet can’t get rid of anyone. He executes careful plans, only to watch them disastrously fall apart. Worst of all, this once proud nihilist watches in horror as he reveals a conscience, in a world growing ever darker around him.

    Days of Throbbing Gristle is not your typical teenage tale. It’s a razor-slashing journey through a time and place that really was as bad as you’ve heard. For some, high school is the best time in their lives. For others, it’s a miracle they make it to the other side.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21900575-days-of-throbbing-gristle

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