We Ignore Your Review Requests, and Here’s Why:

February 20, 2014 Discussion 89

“I love when I get a review request and the author completely disregards me as a person and devalues what I do!”
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Bloggers get tons of review requests, and they are generally from self published authors trying to get the word out on their book. But sometimes, they way they do that is less than respectful so we ignore them. Here’s a few reasons why: (and note that not ALL authors/review requests are like this!)

Time/We Do Stupid Things Like Delete Your Message

Okay, I have to admit. Sometimes it is our fault. Messages get lost, deleted, or sent to spam on accident. I sometimes send Bec’s emails to the trash bin without ever looking at them because it gets mixed in with 1000 twitter emails. Or at least that’s what I tell her.

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Genres We Clearly Don’t Read

You send us a request to read your erotica book and we review children’s books. Not only will your cover full of scantily clad people scar us for life, it also shows us you know nothing about the blog you want your book to be reviewed on. At all. What does that say about you?

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Improper Names/team

Dear team wonderlandsread:  or Alice/Becky/Divin: etc.

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First of all, what? You can’t even take one look at the blog and see who posts? It’s called respect and it takes two seconds. It’s really sad because I have only come across around 10 emails out of maybe 80 that actually addressed me or co-bloggers correctly.

A Bunch of BS

“I LOVE YOUR BLOG. SO MUCH. I VISIT EVERY DAY AND HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU FOREVER. I’M TYPING IN CAPS TO SHOW YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU. WHICH IS, LIKE, A LOT.”

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Seriously, don’t try this tactic. We aren’t stupid. We know who has been following us and if you are like me, have life sized statues of all your followers because they are just that awesome.

If you come to us with a huge, long sob story in your request about how your dog just died and us reviewing your book will make everything okay again or how your husband left you we will feel sympathetic but that means nothing to us. This also goes for how many awards your book has won or how many people have reviewed it.

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Mass Email / Not Enough Information

If you send out your request to 20 different bloggers just copied and pasted, we can tell. You mention us or our blog once. Plus, we can, you know, just ask each other. Hey, we don’t have an abundance of time either but it wouldn’t kill you to write a little personalized sentence. You will get better results, I promise.

Also, one email with your just book link and you asking us to review it:

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Bad Reputation

If I go on Goodreads and see all of your books have terrible ratings/reviews which talk about how you stalk reviewers or bully them or somehow cheat Goodreads to make yourself look better, you better believe I will be staying far, far away from you. And so will plenty of other bloggers.

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Bottom Line:

If you expect us to spend time reading your novel when you can’t even spend the time reading our review policy or getting our names right:

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Finally, for authors who aren’t like this:

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89 Responses to “We Ignore Your Review Requests, and Here’s Why:”

  1. Andreea

    Such a fun post. I had to laugh out loud a few times. I agree with everything you said. I get these emails too and often I get the feeling that the authors don’t even read my ‘Review policy’ page where I clearly state what books I am interested in reviewing.

    Anyway, thanks for such a great post. It was fun reading it. I love these posts because they are very creative. I wish I could come up with something like this, but I guess I am not that creative…
    Andreea recently posted…Birthday Book Haul

    • Alise

      Yay, I’m glad it could give you a few laughs :) Yep, you’re right. A large majority of authors do not even check the blog, much less the review policy page when they send a request.

      Thank you! Aw, it’s not that hard :) Just think of something you are passionate about!

    • Alise

      Thank you! Those mass emails are seriously crazy, I get really mad at those because the author could be getting a much larger response if only they were sincere.

  2. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    *applause* This post is perfection. I normally go through my emails late at night and in the morning (read: 6am) so I miss a few important emails occasionally. And I do love how the author politely emailed me back a month later just asking whether I had received my email or not. I mean, there was this time when an author emailed me back 3 days later with a really annoyed tone and I was like: “Yeah, NO”

    Fabulous post! <33
    Melanie (YA Midnight Reads) recently posted…Mini Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

    • Alise

      Thank you, Melanie :DD

      Same! I always check my emails in the morning to wake me up so I have even less tolerance for all those types of emails. Ugh, I would have been mad too. It’s like, if you put as much effort in as you did waiting for a reply in the actual email I may have accepted.

  3. Cait

    Oh gosh. You guys always crack me up. *hugs post* This is why I like your blog so much (GIFs. I’m totally shallow like that. I love your GIF choices). I’ve gotten several dodgy review requests. I got a whole bunch in January. I started dreading strange email addresses. >_< It really, really bugged me when the author would say "I know you review YA but I was wondering if you'd take a look at my book about a 25 year old lady who works as a librarian…I think it might be YA". I mean: WHAT?! I'm not even exaggerating, unfortunately. -_-
    Cait recently posted…Why Do Readers Get Addicted to Series?

    • Alise

      Thank you :3 Baha, I’m the same way because I’m a more visual person. If you can make me laugh, I’ll be coming back to your blog daily, like I do yours ;D OH MY GOSH the “I THINK it might be YA” is something I should have mentioned because it is SO common.

  4. Chiara@ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    This post is so perfect! I used to reply to every review request I received, even the horrible ones. But now I’ve just taken to ignoring some. Especially ones that are just looking for a promo, and start with ‘hey’ or something equally non-interactive. I mean, how hard is it to find my name?
    The best review request I ever got was from an author who actually made a reference to my about page. I was like: oh my gosh. You ACTUALLY made sure that I was the kind of blog that would read your book. And you like cats! Haha :P
    But yeah. Just because we’re bloggers doesn’t mean that the author has some kind of right to ask us to review their novel. We do this out of our time, and they should consider themselves lucky if we read and review their novel. it’s our free time that we’re dedicating to doing those things. So a little respect would go a long way.
    I must say, the one thing I hate more than anything in a review request is when the author/whoever is all: I love your blog! No. Just no. I know who loved my blog, and since you don’t even follow me, how could you possibly love it? And plus, flattery will get you nowhere. Especially empty flattery FULL OF LIES.
    Chiara@ Books for a Delicate Eternity recently posted…Book Review: Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner + Missy Kalicicki

    • Alise

      Thank you!!

      I used to be the same way too and now I find myself ignoring all of them due to at least one of the reasons above. It’s really sad :/
      ” I mean, how hard is it to find my name?”
      This needs to be on a billboard-it makes me so frustrated.
      Okay, that is so awesome. It shows she actually is interested in you and what you do.
      RESPECT. YES.
      “And plus, flattery will get you nowhere. Especially empty flattery FULL OF LIES.”
      *sobs* you understand! Your comment is everything I was trying to convey in this post!

  5. Allie @ Little Birdie

    Oh, man, YES. Yes, to everything on this post.

    I can’t count the amount of times I’ve gotten review requests for books that clearly are not the kind I review on my blog. It’s like, would it kill you to read my review policy?

    Or authors who are like ‘please review my book. Visit this link for more info’. Uhm, why would I take the time to read it if you can’t take the time to tell me about it or try to pitch it in anyway?
    Allie @ Little Birdie recently posted…A Retrospect Wednesday! {A non-book topic}

    • Alise

      :)

      I know. Even worse, would it kill you to at least glance and see what BOOKS I review? It’s so crazy because it only takes like three seconds.

      YEP. It shows that they just don’t care that much.

  6. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    You hit the nail right on the head Alise! I’m supportive of self-published authors (there are some amazing ones out there), but respect is a two way street. Fortunately, I haven’t had to deal with too many that are rude. Great discussion!
    Joy @ Thoughts By J recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday (#1)

  7. Thea Wilson

    I totally and whole-heartedly agree with everything you have said in this post. I haven’t been book blogging for very long but I have started getting requests and most of them have fallen into one of the traps you’ve mentioned….. I’ve several requests to review childrens book, which I clearly state that I don’t read in my review policy, several more for e-book reviews when my review policy clearly states that I can’t read e-books and I haven’t got an e-reader but the funniest one I received was from a lady asking me to review her book which firstly, wasn’t to my taste,sounded like it plainly sucked and didn’t interest me in the slightest but secondly because she stated that she had ONE 5 star review which meant it was a really good book and I should read it…… really? No I don’t think so!

    Great post, very funny and so the truth!

    Thea @ Gizzimomo’s Book Shelf

    • Alise

      Actually, I think it might be worse for a blogger like yourself because you get much more review requests. It kind of tones down as authors get a feel for who is more likely to accept them.

      YES. I get so many for little kid’s books. It is NOT the same as YA.

      Ha! That is hilarious.

  8. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    Haha, so true! I hate it when I get requests for genres that I don’t review. I even have a list with genres I don’t like and they have the nerve to say ‘I see you absolutely love this genre.’

    Uhmm. NOPE.

    Desperated authors are the worst, because I find it hard to say no to them at the same time..

    And I also don’t like it when I feel they send the same email to a 100 other bloggers. It’s not hard to spend some time researching bloggers and sending personal emails.
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted…Early Review 235. Anthology Grim.

    • Alise

      BA HA. That would make me so angry! Plus it’s a dead giveaway that they didn’t even read your policy *shakes head*

      I used to, but now I don’t because they really need to learn to give respect to others, which means sitting down and writing a personalized, thoughtful request.

      EXACTLY. And it’s so easy to tell if it’s a mass email!

  9. Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog)

    I NEVER get review requests for books in genres that I actually read. I specifically say in my review policy that I don’t read Erotica, New Adult, Fantasy, or Dystopian and that’s all that ever get. Or I love it when I get a request that says “I love your blog… read it all the time. Can you review my ADULT novel?” I have been blogging 2 years and think I’ve reviewed a total of 1 adult book. And that was The Silver Linings Playbook and I only reviewed it bc I had JUST read Please Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Like if you really read my blog you would know that I don’t review Adult. But you don’t… and I don’t care that you don’t, but don’t freaking lie about it!! Honestly I should just put that I don’t accept requests bc I don’t have time for all the spam :(
    Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog) recently posted…DNF Mini Reviews

    • Alise

      I know, right? It’s so frustrating it’s almost funny.
      *nods* Yes, yes, yes!
      If you really have been following me you know that I do NOT review that. Plus Silver Linings is totally acceptable because it’s book to movie.
      The lying is what really makes me mad.
      Yeah, I’m thinking about doing that, too.

    • Alise

      Thank you! Yep, a lot of people have that issue. I have requests open right now but I remember when I didn’t, it made no change in the number of requests I received.

  10. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    Hee, I like when people pretend to ALWAYS read your blog before they ask you for something or make a request. I get that a lot, and I hardly ever believe that it might be true. Ignoring review policy details is so frustrating! Especially when those erotica or non-fiction requests so clearly indicate that they haven’t bothered to read your policies in the first place (which happens to me A LOT). It’s just a waste of time for both them and us. I actually closed my doors to all review requests a few weeks ago, and I’m STILL getting emails like that. *shakes head* Great post, Alise! I agree with so much of this.
    Sam @ Realm of Fiction recently posted…Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

    • Alise

      Tell me about it. I find it extremely hard to believe that an author has been a fan of the blog and still has no idea what type of books I review. YES. Especially the erotica books! Are you really? That must be so frustrating. Thank you!

  11. Amir

    Lol you always post the perfect GIFs Alise! I only accept review requests 2/10 times because some of them don’t even make the effort to read our policies where our preferred genres are clearly stated. I hate mass emails the most, I don’t even get why they want their books to be reviewed by readers who are clearly not interested in their genre, its not like a positive review is guaranteed.
    Amir recently posted…{Kindle Deal} K.F. Breene’s Growing Pains Series for .99 + Giveaway!

    • Alise

      Aha, thank you :D
      Those numbers are better than mine-I can’t even remember the last time I accepted a review request.
      Right? Mass emails are such a turn off for that exact reason.

  12. Lily B

    I cannot stop laughing because this very often does happen to me and sometimes I feel bad but after reading this I do not anymore. I hate emails that start with dear blogger – i dont even open those anymore. But yes stuff happens and a lot of emails get deleted or end up in spam that’s not my fault. My pc broke and I current have like…thousands of emails i have not gone through so every day I just click delete delete delete..so if theirs ended up lost in transition, eak it does happen! yea…
    Lily B recently posted…Xpresso Book Tours: Five – Out of the Dark (Five #1) by Holli Anderson Review

    • Alise

      I just like causing myself pain because I always open them anyway haha. If not to just shake my head at them. HA, same!

  13. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    Yes. Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes! On my blog it is currently specified that we will not be accepting any requests… and we’re still getting them! Gah. It’s so frustrating! Also, it really isn’t that hard to spell my name. Honestly. *sigh*

    It’s worse when they send you the book already and you decline their request. They’re like “but I already sent you the book, which means you have to review it.” I didn’t ASK for the book! *head desk*

    I really loved all the Jenna Marbles gifs! And the Tom Hiddleston one was awesome :)

    Awesome post!
    Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms recently posted…{Book Recommendation} The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

    • Alise

      That’s why I don’t even bother saying that, I just delete emails, ha. I feel like even if you had a huge red banner on the front page they would still send you emails.

      I’ve luckily never had that happen before but it seems pretty dangerous to just hand copies out like that through the internet. Oh, people.

      Haha thank you! Can’t go wrong with Tom Hiddleston :)

  14. Jennifer @ Donnie Darko Girl

    Have you ever gotten an email asking to review hair products? I just remembered back in November I received an email asking just that. Hello, I review BOOKS! LOL!

    I don’t have a review policy up yet but am working on one because I know it’s necessary to have one. And I know it’s terrible not to have one. So I can’t really complain too much when I get requests for genres I don’t like, but if the author just LOOKED at my blog, I think he/she can tell what I would like/not like. I guess some authors are wishful thinkers??

    I’m wondering what you guys think a review policy should include besides what genres and book formats I accept. Every scenario you listed above I’ve experienced too! Ugh, lol. So it’s way past time I had a review policy even though it doesn’t seem to work for some pesky people. ;)
    Jennifer @ Donnie Darko Girl recently posted…RecruitZ by Karice Bolton ~ Blitz: Giveaway & Playlist

    • Alise

      HA! That’s a new one! It’s like, what on earth on my blog even says hair?

      I don’t know, it’s not like authors even read them sooo… LOL. But yeah, it’s a good thing to have (in theory xD) Wishful thinkers would be a nicer term, yes, haha.

      That’s what I have in mine, it’s pretty basic. Oh, I also mentioned that I do not guarantee a positive review and that I use gifs.

  15. Tanja

    That’s Tom Hiddleston gif at the end got me in stitches! But first ca you believe that I have never received some of these emails. It’s amazing and I have no idea why people ignore me, but thank you, thank you! I usually receive a nice email with enough information and nice request. But of course I do get request to review erotica book, while I have a desire to scream at them. So yeah, it takes me like an hour to put together a nice email for an author so it should take them as much :D
    Amazing post! :)
    Tanja recently posted…The Frost Series Blast

    • Alise

      Haha, thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      You are SO lucky, then! Where are these nice, respectful authors? Haha. Right? We spend so much time doing all this stuff they can at least take a few seconds to find out our names.

    • Alise

      The Dear Blogger ones I tend to delete without reading unless I am feeling bored and want to just see how ridiculously generic the request is. Thank you!

  16. Sophia Lin

    I’m generally lenient and let authors slide sometimes with not calling me by name, or they accidentally call me Rachel, which is perfectly fine because I see the reason WHY said author would call me Rachel (it’s my email. I don’t wanna make a new one).

    Of course, that’s only if my review pile is small. That’s the only time I’ll let it slide (most of the time it ISN’T small, so ha). I commend the authors who call me Sophia, Sophi or Soph, because obviously they paid some attention.

    Then there’s my pet peeve: GRAMMAR AND SPELLING. Obviously your book is probably littered with them if an email looks all weird and full of grammar problems… especially if said unfortunate author comes across a former spelling bee champion. Not to be boasting. :p

    I don’t really mind just a book link, but at least have ONE or two sentences about your book so I have a general idea. I can always look it up on Amazon or Goodreads, but the only time an author can slide past that is if I’ve read a book in the series. I already know the characters and have a basic feel… and the plot line. Therefore, it’s not a huge requirement after the first time in the same series. Now if it’s a new series… YOU CAN’T HAVE A MYSTERIOUS BOOK WITHOUT A SYNOPSIS. TIS NOT PROPER. O_O

    But to rectify Twitter emails… you just need to go in settings and do some unclicking of check boxes in the email section. ^_^

    Hashtag WeApprove

    • Alise

      Okay haha, I totally was like “What the heck? Rachel? The wrong name is worst than no name at all” xD But I get it now!

      Haha, yeah. I know-five points to an author’s request if they get my name right.

      Boast all you want ;D I’m kind of obsessed with grammar and spelling (except when it’s my own haaaa) so I get that. Plus that kind of mistake in a request is unprofessional.

      It just seems kind of random to me if you get a mysterious email with just a link and a “will you review this” haha. But yeah, I get it. Oh, series. Don’t get me started.

      Ah, I know. But, laziness xD Plus I do like getting some of them haha.

      :)

  17. Nara

    HAHAHAH this post is epically awesome and I agree with all of it.
    We used to reply to most review requests but because we got so many crappy ones we were like, you know what? We aint gonna give you a reply. Seriously, I swear every second request would be from a non fiction author or for a picture book or whatever other ridiculous thing, and it’s like if you aren’t going to bother reading our review policy, we’re not going to bother reading your book.
    /end rant
    Nara recently posted…Quiz: How well do you know your Hardcovers?

    • Alise

      Thanks :D
      THIS. I don’t even reply anymore either. Why give you the time if you didn’t give it to us? I totally understand your anger, seriously.

    • Alise

      It’s even more ridiculous in your case because your name is actually in the URL so… I have no idea what they are thinking.

      Thank you!

  18. A Canadian Girl

    Your list pretty much covers why I typically ignore review requests too. For me, the biggest reason why I’ll delete emails asking to review a book is because it’s not even addressed to me. Like, why should I take the time to read your book when you can’t even be bothered to find out my name?!
    A Canadian Girl recently posted…Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

    • Alise

      You basically just summed up all my thoughts in your comment! I don’t get why authors can’t at least get a name right.

    • Alise

      Thanks! :)
      Yup, that is the worst. A dead giveaway, too. Sigh.
      LOL! If review requests were tangible I’m pretty sure I would be doing the same thing as I burned them xD

    • Alise

      As you have every right too! If that happened to me I would do the same because then you KNOW they didn’t even look at your review policy.

  19. Natalie @Natflix&Books

    I love this post so much. I’m so over the spam I get in my email. I honestly just delete it, too. My biggest pet peeve are those mass blog tour emails for genres I never read or review on my blog. Isn’t it somebody’s job to research the blogs and the types of books reviewed on them before sending the email? Thanks for posting this. I giggled to myself throughout.
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    • Alise

      Thanks!
      The blog tour emails really make me frustrated too, especially if it’s from a tour host I didn’t sign up to get emails from because that to me is just spam.
      Ha, you would think!

  20. Shayna

    Haha this post made me giggle so much. I so agree about requests from authors for books you clearly don’t review being annoying. I usually respond and make some excuse, but in truth I don’t want to spend time reviewing your book (or in a recent case, your series that you want me to start so I can review the third installment) if you haven’t bothered reading my review policy. This post made me feel a little better about ignoring people sometimes.
    Shayna recently posted…In My Mailbox 2/22/14

    • Alise

      I hate the series thing! Like, series are a huge commitment and I’m not just doing to drop everything to start yours. Yeah, it’s definitely not worth feeling bad about!

  21. Goldie

    Omg Tom Hiddleston! Haha sorry, I agree with everything you said, but Tom just caught my eye, and I’m like…yeahhhhh :>

    Anyway, Alise, I’m compiling my blog roll and I am wondering if you could message me which genres you girls review. It’s on my Author Help page as well, which basically says the same thing you have here! Also, it’s my way of listing the blogs I follow :)) If you’re interested, it’s on http://mybookmusings.blogspot.com/p/author-help.html! :)

    Goldie
    My Book Musings
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  22. Tammy @ Books Bones & Buffy

    Love this! I wish I’d written a post like this two years ago when I was deep in the misery of reading indie after indie. Just like Jeann up there, I don’t accept indie books for review any more and I clearly state that, as well as stating the genres I read, but I still get strange requests to read things like humorous contemporary and even non fiction. Drives me crazy!!! I hope this post reaches the eyes of those writers who really need to read it:-)
    Tammy @ Books Bones & Buffy recently posted…Don’t Ask Questions, Just Read It: RED RISING by Pierce Brown – Review + Giveaway!

    • Alise

      Thanks! Yikes, I can’t imagine doing that all day every day! I know, it’s really frustrating. It’s like nothing that’s even in the same realm of books we review.

      Ha! So do I ;)

    • Alise

      Wow! I am definitely envious of that ability, I wish I had the patience to reply to every request. Haha nah, everyone likes to be complimented, especially on something they work hard on.

  23. Sarah

    Great post and excellent use of gifs. On the flipside, when it’s obvious that an author has taken the time to look at my blog, read my review policy, and has written a personalized pitch to me, I pretty much can’t say no. Even if something about the book doesn’t appeal, I have to say yes. How can I turn you away if you put obvious effort into your email. I want to reward that, which I can do easily by saying yes.
    Sarah recently posted…2014 Ebook Challenge – March round-up

  24. Mariska

    Wooow! Do they do that? Really?
    I never get review requists but this is sooo awful.
    Hope you get only nice authors from now on.
    Mariska recently posted…STS

    • Alise

      Yeah, because 80% of the time they come back with a magical fix to whatever your reason for declining was.

  25. Anatea

    This is so true. I actually had once an author say this:

    Hey Anatea,
    Thank you for your interest in my book. I’d be glad to send you a review copy…..

    I don’t have to mention that it was non-fiction book I never saw or would be interested in, let alone ask the author for a review copy.
    Anatea recently posted…Review ~ Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

    • Alise

      LOL.

      Well, hey. At least they have your name right, that’s like already ten times better than most of the emails I get :P

      But that IS funny! It’s like some kind of weird reverse psychology thing.

  26. Anastasia

    Haha! This made me laugh a little too hard ;) This is such an accurate post for all reviewers (books, films or otherwise).

    I work for a geek review site which clearly states the style of films/books/comics/games we review and the amount of times we get erotic fiction, true crime or other such things totally not in our mission brief is insane.

    I had one from a guy once who insisted on calling me ‘Sir’ in all of his correspondence to me (despite saying he knew my work well and loved the site etc…). I eventually tried to correct him and tell him politely ‘I’m a woman actually’, but he continued to call me Sir and Mister all the same… *le sigh*
    Anastasia recently posted…Alice in Wonderland Blog Party

    • Alise

      Then my job here is done :)

      Ughhh, right? The erotic requests are so crazy, one look at the site could tell you we obviously don’t review erotica or even adult books.

      Wow, I’d be furious. I HATE that kind of thing, when they say how big of a fan they are yet you’ve never heard of them. I know who my frequent followers and visitors are, thank you very much.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  27. Citra

    Ha, the “cool story bro” gif cracked me up. Well, I don’t get email from authors/publishers because I don’t accept review requests, but your post is so fun to read. This is an honest question, do you really get review requests with sobbing stories in it? Goodness, I can’t even imagine it! It’s lame, but it’s kind of funny lol.
    Citra recently posted…Top 5 Non Ghostly Books That Haunt Me

    • Alise

      Thank you! And yes, absolutely. It’s kind of sad but yeah, really strange why they thought they should share that with complete strangers in hopes they would review their book.

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