So few things I want to put out.
I am not a professional reviewer. I don’t get paid to write reviews. I do this to try and get better at expressing the thoughts inside of my head. And so I don’t have to constantly repeat myself about books when I’m talking about them to people and can instead direct them here. I am also NOT a writer. I do occasionally proof read things for my friends and acquaintances in my free time but that’s the closest I get to writing. Outside of this blog and my personal journal (handwritten not online).
I put content warnings on my reviews. They are at the top of every review. I don’t get everything that needs a warning. I know that. I do try and get the big ones consistently. And I DO update them when someone brings it to my attention that x thing in y book should be warned about. Yes, I content warn for non heteronormative relationships (meaning any relationship that is not M/F). Why? Because I have friends who have specifically requested that due to their own reasons. Some are religious reasons. Some are personal. I don’t know WHY they need it warned nor will I ask. Because it’s NOT my place to ask. I personally have no issues with these relationships and would love to see more of them. I warn because I’m not a complete asshole. I also have content warnings in my index of reviews. The series one can be found here.
I read across a wide variety of genres. My favourites if I HAD to choose would be non heteronormative relationship type books that may or may not also include genders other than the male/female binary and may or may not also include polyamorous relationships. NONE of these are requirements. And if your book doesn’t have them that doesn’t negate my interest in them.
I mostly read books from my local library and the library system. Any books that AREN’T from the library or loaned to me from someone else are noted in the tags.
Some of my books I have in audio, kindle, and physical formats. Regardless of which format I read it in, I designate what formats I have it in in the tags. And specify which format I’m reviewing in the review (or try to at least).
I treat ALL authors the same when it comes to reviews. I DON’T play favourites. Even if I consider you to be my personal favourite author. I may mention that in the review BUT it doesn’t effect my objectivity when it comes to the book itself. It doesn’t help me, people who read reviews, or authors if I do that. And I’d lose a lot of respect for myself.
IF I love your book, it will take me at least a week longer to do the review. IF I hate your book, it will take me at least a week longer to do the review.
There’s a reason for that.
For the former of me loving your book, I’m inclined to do nothing but gush about it. I will write down my gushy thoughts and include them in the review, yes. But then I will sit down and really start thinking/analyzing what I’ve read and then I will write down the proper review.
For the latter of me hating/disliking your book. It’s nothing personal first off. I will immediately sit down and write what jumped out at me that made me really not like it. Then I’ll let it sit while I analyze WHY I didn’t like your book. Also, I’m very adept at using words as weapons and I don’t want my reviews and dislike coming off as personal attacks to the author. It’s not cool nor is it fair. IF it comes down to me not liking a book, I will contact my contact person who sent it to me and let them know “heads up, I didn’t enjoy this book. I’ll still hold up my end of release day blitz and everything but my review will be delayed by at least a week out of respect for the author and their creativity and me not being an asshole to the point that I put down the author on their release day.” Or something along those lines. The very least I can do is that. I understand what a privilege it is for me to receive ARCs. And I am truly grateful and thankful that I have the opportunity to do so. But I’m not going to NOT post a review just because I didn’t like it. It feels disingenuous to myself and the author. I WON’T message you (unless it’s a serious problem) about typos as I understand ARCs are typically unedited (unless you specifically ask for that). But I will let you know if I’m having formatting errors so we can see if it’s a general problem or a problem on my or your end (because I’d hate to see an author get a bunch of bad reviews thanks to some weird screw up with formatting).
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Want me to review your book? You can contact me here: BlowP0p@live.com I take unsolicited review requests especially from self published authors. Though, right now, I’m not taking review requests since I’m backed up in reading and reviewing. Until about June/July of 2016.
Who am I?
I am Blow Pop. A genderfluid person who prefers they/them pronouns and is well over legal drinking age in the U.S. I am white and have a few invisible illnesses. I work. I get paid. I read books. I review the books I read. And spend as much time as possible in my local library. I am fun loving and reclusive. I like playing video games. I have a huge obsession with Star Wars. And I like weaponry (mostly the sharp pointy things like swords, daggers, and knives….also bows and arrows). And I’m a tea drinker. I like musicals as well. Both watching them and listening to them. I like tattoos and piercings. I also have a very diverse music library of just about everything.
What books do I like? This is a very unanswerable question really. I mean I can list off a bunch of genres but that’s not really going to tell you much about what I particularly like. I like books with diverse characters. I especially like books in which my race is either not highly represented/in charge or is the main character. I like well written and well flushed out characters. I like verbose authors who simultaneously don’t waste my time by giving me extraneous detail that matters not to the story (despite that, I am a huge Tolkien fan mostly because that was my introduction to high fantasy and I’m in love). On the other hand, I LOVE details. I like being able to picture things in my head. I like healthy relationships. I like abusive and unhealthy relationships called out as such and not romanticised. I like seeing viewpoints that aren’t from a white p.o.v. (seriously if I want that I’ll stop reading and look at the world from my own point of view and to be honest I’m kind of sick of it). I like seeing already existing cultures and new and made up cultures. I like seeing dystopian Earth and other planets that either do exist right now or don’t exist at all. I don’t have a genre I stick to. But I have a particular love of horror and fantasy. And a belief that I don’t have quite enough books yet as I don’t yet have a room that’s a library. As far as traditional vs self-publishing goes, I don’t care how it’s published. I’ll read it. Even if it’s in a google doc. Or out of an email (I do actually have a review of a book that the entire book was given to me in an email like non download in the body of the email and luckily it was a novella or else I might’ve gotten lost with it). I believe in self publishing just as much as traditional publishing.
This may also help:
[image description: red text on black background reads: Overdone: step siblings and trying to emulate trilogy that shall not be named. And love triangles. Fucking hate those.
Like: well developed characters, unconventional relationships (poly, triads, etc), well researched (especially with bdsm since that’s a big part of my life I like it well and accurately represented), well edited (no obvious spelling, grammar, geographic, or other errors), non abusive and believable relationships (including friendships and if they are abusive it’s not glossed over but stated as exactly what it is). That’s about it. And diversity. Able bodied rich or well off white people don’t do it for me. And no caricatures of mental illnesses or any disabilities. By diverse I am also not just talking race. I am talking everything. Race, religion, sexuality, disabilities (mental and physical). Everything. Mind fucks as well]
Why do I go by Blow Pop? Anonymity. There’s people from my past who I don’t want to be able to contact me. They don’t know that Blow Pop is one of my nicknames. And by people from my past I mean abusive people that I won’t hesitate to slap with a restraining order if they contact me again.
Where am I from? South Western US. Close enough to Mexico that I can reasonably drive there in a matter of hours. Close enough to the Pacific Ocean that I can also drive there in a matter of hours. Close enough to the mountains I can drive there in a matter of hours. Close enough to Vegas I can drive there in a matter of hours. Basically living in rural mostly dry and arid desert. That’s all you really need to know.
For my own personal reasons I will NOT take any requests to read/review anything by John Green or Anne Rice (or any of her pen names). I may read and review on my own terms but they won’t be by request.
This is very important: IF YOU WANT ME TO READ/REVIEW A BOOK THAT HAS ASSAULT, ABUSE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, RAPE, OR ATTEMPTED ANY OF THOSE, YOU NEED TO GIVE ME A CONTENT WARNING THAT THAT IS PART OF THE BOOK. WHEN REQUESTING ME TO READ SOMETHING JUST MAKE A NOTE IN THE REQUEST SAYING SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF “THIS BOOK CONTAINS (WHICHEVER OF THE ABOVE)”. THAT’S ALL IT NEEDS TO SAY. I LIKE KNOWING AHEAD OF TIME SO THAT I CAN READ IT ON A GOOD MENTAL HEALTH DAY TO WHERE IT’S NOT GOING TO SEND ME INTO FLASHBACKS OF MY OWN EXPERIENCES WITH THOSE. You’ll also get a fairer review about it.