Review Policy

Secrets & Sharing Soda has merged with Story Time Secrets. Click here for my new review policy updated January 2014.

This page was last updated on November 23, 2013.

My reviews focus on literary quality and kid appeal. I typically include a plot summary, my evaluation of the book, and practical suggestions for who I think might enjoy the book based on my experience as a librarian and my knowledge of child development. I compare each book to others in its genre and recommend similar titles. My main goal is to match books to their potential readers.

Review Copies
Through Spring 2014, I am only accepting review copies of contemporary realistic fiction titles that I request or am invited to view through NetGalley and Edelweiss.

Giveaways, Interviews, Blog Tours, and Other Promotions
I do not participate in giveaways, author interviews, blog tours, or cover reveals. I only post book reviews and occasional personal reflections. I do not post endorsements of other products, websites, software packages, etc.

What To Expect
Typically, I read and review books in the order of their publication, and I try to post reviews of brand-new books on or immediately before their publication dates. On the rare occasion that I struggle to connect with a book, there is a chance I will not finish reading it, and therefore will not give it a review.