About & Review Policy

As I mentioned in my first post, I was “that kid” – you know, the one you always saw with at least one book sticking out of the backpack, or under her arm, or tucked under her jacket when it was her turn at hopscotch. I worked as a student library helper while I was in school, and my mother was a town librarian. Between that, and my father being a high school Principal … really, did I stand any chance of NOT becoming a Teacher-Librarian?

I currently live in Ontario. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve worked all over the world with incredible people – in Australia, where I took students on a five day adventure to Bathurst to pan for gold, in England where my students were a mix of celebrity offspring and social assistance kids, and in Ontario at an amazingly diverse middle school with over 900 kids – that’s a lot of readers to satisfy. I can truly say that I love what I do. I also work as a selections coordinator and manager in a small but highly respected independent bookstore. Beyond reading, I love to travel, and while I’ve lived all over the world I’m not done yet. There are so many more places to visit, both in person and in the pages of a book.

In addition, I’m a proud geek. I love Doctor Who  and would love to attend Comic Con (although the crowds would likely freak me out). Movies, music and theatre are also passions of mine, and I take every chance I get to attend live performances.

Just a note about book reviews … unless otherwise notified, you can presume that the opinions are my own, that the books were either purchased by me or requested by me to review by an online source such as NetGalley.com, and that I was not compensated in any way for my review. Any books sent to me for review by the publisher will be noted as such. Unless there is something horribly, terribly wrong in some way, shape or form, I’m likely only going to review the story and the overall flow of the book, and I won’t nitpick the writing. I tend to review books that I like; if I really dislike a book, I’m not likely to spend huge amounts of time telling you why – that’s not who I am. Sometimes I’ll post reviews by former students or friends, but sadly only using pseudonyms for their own protection. I’m not a professional at anything except helping people of all ages to figure out what they like and what they don’t, and I’m happy with that. If you are looking to reach me, please email me at lostinagreatbook@yahoo.ca

Here’s the more official version of my review policy:

(a)           At this time, I am limiting my reviewing to children’s books, middle grade and young adult novels, adult fiction and select non-fiction. Due to time constraints, I am unable to review unsolicited self-published/indie novels at this time.

(b)           Each review will follow the same format:

  • a summary paragraph, usually taken from Goodreads or the author’s/publisher’s website;
  • a review of the novel, with discussions of theme, conflict, point of view, etc. and a description of what did/did not work for me
  • a general recommendation or conclusion.

(c)            Review copies (or ARCs) from authors and publishers are welcome, as long as they fall within the above-mentioned categories. Please send me an e-mail (lostinagreatbook@yahoo.ca) first, and be aware that committee work and professional review obligations may mean that I am unable to accept new reviews for a period of time.

(d)           If a book or ARC is sent from an author or publisher, I will send the review’s link to the author or publisher, and they are free to quote the review.

(e)            I cross-post every review to Goodreads, though there may be a delay of a few days to a few weeks. I am also in the process of cross-posting reviews or excerpts of reviews to Chapter’s/Indigo.

(f)             I am happy to work with any special requests for reviews, e.g. release-date reviews, guest posts, etc.

(g)           Every review is comprised of my opinion and my opinion only. Not all reviews will be positive, though I will try to be specific in my recommendations for certain audiences.

This review policy is fluid; it will change based on the number of books I currently have for review, and the circumstances of my review status. Many thanks to Angel at mermaidvisions.com for her review advice.