Nadine’s General Policies
Book Review Requests
Currently, I accept a limited number of review requests for fiction reads that are mild to moderate in content. See my Book Review Requests page for further information.
Book and Film Reviews and Ratings
As book and film reviews are subjective, I tend to rate books and films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Similar to the way that even the most amazing people come with flaws, a book or film doesn’t necessarily have to be flawless in all points for me to personally find it amazing and to rate it accordingly.
As a blogger: Unless otherwise required by a blogging program I’m a part of, I usually post reviews on my blog only for books and films I’ve actually finished and liked.
As a bookworm and cinephile: I review and/or rate most of the books I read and all the films I watch, whether I liked them or not, on Goodreads and Letterboxd.
Although I may have a ton of reasons why I liked or disliked a book or film, I usually aim to keep my reviews around 300 words. Ratings are not included in my blog reviews for books I did not finish. If an author, publicist, etc. requests that I post a review of a book I did not finish on a site that requires a rating, I rate the book based on the portion I completed, which I note in the review.
My book ratings are based on the Goodreads scale:
5 Stars = It was amazing!
4 Stars = I really liked it!
3 Stars = I liked it!
2 Stars = It was okay.
1 Star = I didn’t like it.
My film ratings are similarly based and include 1/2 stars. The ratings for my Online Book Club reviews, for which 4 stars is the maximum, may differ from the ratings I post for the same books on Goodreads, due to the different scale.
If I have received a complimentary product expressly for the purpose of an honest review, I’ll state that at the top of the review.
A specified version of the following giveaway terms will accompany each open giveaway on my blog:
“If you’re interested in the giveaway, comment on this post to be entered to win [specified prize(s), retail value(s)]. Be sure to clearly mention that you’d like to enter the giveaway, and state which giveaway [prize(s)] you’d like to win. Comments that do not request the giveaway [prize(s)] are more than welcome and won’t be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway begins on [specified date, time] and ends on [specified date, time].
“Giveaway for [physical prize(s)] is open to U.S. residents and mailing addresses only in the contiguous U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. Giveaway Bonus for [digital gift(s)] is open internationally. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Randomly determined winners, one for each prize, will be notified by email on [specified notification date]. If a winner does not respond by [specified deadline], a different entrant will be selected. Add p[dot]prospects[at]live[dot]com to your address book to ensure that a giveaway notification isn’t sent to your junk mail/spam box. For additional giveaway terms, see the Blog Giveaways and Giveaway Privacy information on my Policies page. Entering the giveaway indicates your agreement to the terms.”
Additional Giveaway Terms
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Odds of winning are based on the number of giveaway entrants. If the number of eligible entrants meets or exceeds the number of prizes, all prizes will be awarded. My blog readers and visitors can enter giveaways by commenting on the related posts, and winners are determined via random.org. In the event that an entrant participates in two or more giveaways that end at the same time, or when an entrant has requested more than one prize in the same giveaway, that entrant will be eligible to win only one prize at that time, unless the number of prizes is greater than the number of entrants. All giveaway entrants, winners and otherwise, are eligible to receive any additional Giveaway Bonus gift(s) that may be tied to the giveaway. Christmas Book Picks, Favorite Covers, Favorite Reads, and Noteworthy Reads award winners and medal recipients are ineligible to enter the giveaways related to the awards they’ve won that same year, but their general comments on the posts are welcome.
I make a good faith effort to send notifications and prizes in a timely fashion, but I am not responsible for any notifications or prizes that may be inhibited, lost, delayed, or damaged as a result of website or email unavailability, shutdowns, or malfunctions, incorrect email or physical mailing addresses, or problems through the postal service. Sponsor: Nadine Keels, 11923 NE Sumner St, STE 704752, Portland, OR 97250
When my blog readers and visitors submit their email addresses to comment on my blog, I do not share those email addresses, except in the case of passing on an address to a third party who may be offering his/her own giveaway prize through my blog. Giveaway entrants may be given the option of joining a group or email list of mine (e.g., to receive advance review copies of my upcoming books), but those who do not opt-in will not be solicited with further promotional emails from me. The names or nicknames of giveaway winners will be announced on my blog after a giveaway ends, but only as the winners themselves have publicly posted their names or nicknames upon entering the giveaway. I will not share the mailing addresses giveaway winners submit to receive their prizes, and I will not use the addresses for anything other than mailing the prizes.