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message 1: by E.M. (last edited Nov 20, 2017 04:47AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
The review group is the most successful group for peer reviews on goodreads. It hosts non-reciprocal reading/review rounds of ten authors with a variety of themes and genres, as well as ‘general’ rounds where any book is permitted, from non-fiction, to horror. When a round has ‘now forming’ in the title, there are places available, you can sign up. If it doesn’t, it’s full – look for another round.
The new amazon rules state that authors/publishers are no longer allowed to specifically supply published books in return for reviews on amazon. To comply with this new rule, we no longer insist members review on amazon. However, we are all in the same situation, we want reviews.
When sorting out groups, I prioritise those members who have fully participated in previous groups and don’t have multiple review connections with the other participants.

This is an 'Out of this World' round
Fiction books classified as sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, paranormal.

If you are only willing to review your own preferred genre, make sure you join a genre round. Allocation is entirely random and there will NOT be any rearranging of the listing to accommodate personal preference. The ONLY circumstance in which you may duck out of giving a review is if YOU provide a stand-in reviewer.
Let’s be honest here – we don’t all like the same things but we all want reviews. The only way this group can function is if we trust each other to behave honourably. And it IS perfectly possible to give a fair-minded review of a text that does not coincide with our normal choice of reading matter. If you need a few hints/tips, please see this thread:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Now for the boring stuff, but please read it, it saves a lot of time if everyone is on the same wavelength.
Before signing up below with your goodreads author and goodreads book link in the thread below, please ensure that:
1. You have enough time to read and review 4 books within the time allowed.

2. Your book is currently available for sale on amazon (not pre-order) and it complies with the individual round theme, if there is one.

3. Your book is fit to be reviewed. If it is not, due to editing or other issues, you risk poor reviews. This is your problem, not that of the reviewers or the groups. For a small fee, the group admin will look at the first few pages of your book to advise. The number one error new authors make is not having their book beta read and edited, by non-family members.

4. You can submit reviews to goodreads, amazon.com and amazon.uk. Amazon has recently changed their criteria for reviewers to allow only those people who have spent $50 on amazon. If you are unsure about your amazon reviewer status, try posting a ‘test’ review before signing up.

5. You can provide (and accept) at least PDF files. Many authors can also provide mobi and epub files. You are not expected or required to buy the books you are allocated to review. Some authors borrow books via KU and others provide smashwords coupons. This is their choice. International Copyright laws apply. You cannot sell, or give away material you have received without the author’s express permission.

6. It is up to individuals what disclaimers they place in a review concerning receiving a book in exchange for a review. Note: reviews that state you received a copy ‘IN RETURN’ for a review will probably be removed/not allowed by amazon.com. ‘I received a free copy from the author without an obligation to review’ would be more acceptable if you feel the need to add a disclaimer.

7. You have completed your reading if you are currently in another review round in this group. You can be involved in the ‘one for one’ list whilst you are in a round.

8. You have an author profile set up before you join.

9. Your goodreads profile allows people to message you, i.e. your profile is not set to private.

10. You declare any relationship you have with another member in the round. Amazon will not allow reviews from the same household on the same book or if you are an editor, relative or close friend of another member.

11. You agree that your reviews will be unbiased and honest, whatever the star rating, and you will try to avoid ‘spoilers’. i.e. giving away the finale of a book.

12. You will not ask a fellow author to change a review of your book because you don’t agree with it. If you think you have a legitimate concern, talk to the mod of your round, NOT the other author. Personal attacks, or pressurising other members WILL NOT BE TOLERATED and will result in you being blacklisted.

13. The new amazon.com review guidelines do not allow for free books to be supplied in return for reviews. Therefore, you are not obliged to review on amazon, just on goodreads. We all want reviews, its why we joined the group. It is bad taste to expect other people to review your book and then not do the same for other people in the group. People that DNF and/or don’t post reviews will find it difficult to get into a subsequent group.

14. Your goodreads details and the rounds you participate in will be recorded by the admin mod on a database. We do not retain details of email addresses etc.

The founding principle of the group is honest, non-reciprocal reviews, so please help maintain the integrity of the group by letting me know as you sign up if you have been reviewed by, or have reviewed another author in the group. Usually places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
I will do my best to fit everyone into the group they request, but occasionally, particularly in the case of our more prolific good standing members, I may have to decline a member request to fit the maximum number of people into a particular round. I will always endeavour to start another round as soon as possible with that member in mind.
It is permissible to review an author more than once if a different book is available.
If you need anything clarified please ask, either by goodreads personal message to me or on the thread below, before signing up. It’s a pain to have to keep rearranging the list because people haven’t read the above.

Your group moderator will be:
E.M. Swift-Hook


Member Links
1. L.N. Denison
2. Shari Branning
3. Leland Lydecker
4. Dan Gillis
5. E.M. Swift-Hook
6. Lucretia Stanhope
7. D.J. Reid
8. X. Culletto
9. Brin Murray
10. Will Collins

Book Links
1. Only the Few
2. Quench the Day
3. Necrotic City
4. Sapling: The Blade of Ahtol
5. Trust a Few
6. Burning Captivation
7. Shadowfest
8. Girl Vs
9. Children Of The Furnace
10. A Darker Shade of Sorcery


message 2: by D.J. (new)

D.J. Reid | 22 comments I'd like to be considered for this group with my fantasy novel, "Shadowfest".

My author profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

My book listing:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Thanks!


message 3: by Shari (last edited Nov 17, 2017 06:58AM) (new)

Shari Branning | 49 comments Hey there! I'd love to get in on this round with my fantasy book "Quench the Day." Book link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Profile link
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Please note: I just finished another review round on here (#156 -18+ --even though my book does NOT need to be relegated to the "adult" category). If you end up checking it out and see that I only posted three reviews, it was because one of our reviewers was a no-show, and the mod requested that reviews for his book be taken down.

Thanks!


message 4: by Leland (last edited Nov 17, 2017 01:19PM) (new)

Leland Lydecker (lelandlydecker) | 38 comments Hello all! I'd like to enter my newly released dystopian cyberpunk Science Fiction novel, Necrotic City. It's available from Amazon and other retailers. Prior to publication it went through a team of beta readers and was professionally edited. I can provide copies in PDF, ePub, or Mobi format.

Goodreads link:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Author profile link:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

The only group member I've reviewed (or to be more accurately, am currently reading) is E.M. Swift-Hook. My review of Trust A Few will be up soon.

I've read and understand the group and reading round rules, and I agree to follow them. I can, and have, posted reviews to Amazon.com and Amazon UK. I hope that covers everything, and I look forward to participating!


message 5: by L.N. (new)

L.N. Denison | 978 comments Mod
I would like to join with Only the Few if I may?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Thank you kindly, and so far I have no clashes with any of the author's above =D.


message 6: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 101 comments I would like to join with Burning Captivation.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

I have no clashes so far.


message 7: by William (new)

William Collins (willcollins) | 106 comments I'd like to join with my novel, A Darker Shade of Sorcery.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

https://www.amazon.com/Darker-Shade-S...

I think the only clashes are that Lucretia has already reviewed the book?


Thank you very much.


message 8: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 101 comments I have read A Darker Shade of Sorcery, but have part two in that series, and would love to read that, if that is okay.


message 9: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette | 123 comments Hi, I'd love to join this round with YA fantasy novel Akrad's Children

My GRs profile is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

The book https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

I am currently doing Group 162 Novella round - finished 2 reviews, waiting for the book from the 3rd & should have the review of the fourth up in the next couple days.

So far the only clash I'm aware of is that I've read and reviewed EM Swift-Hook's books


message 10: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
I am putting my own hat in this ring:
Trust a Few
E.M. Swift-Hook

Welcome aboard L.N., Shari, Leland, Will, Lucretia and D,J. Please let me know if I have misplaced anyone so they are reviewing someone they shouldna' oughtna' ;)

I regret I can't add you just yet, Jeanette as you need to have completed your reading in a previous round before moving on, but hopefully that will soon be sorted - and there is a second Out of this World round being set up if this one fills too quickly.


message 11: by L.N. (new)

L.N. Denison | 978 comments Mod
Oh blow...I've just realised, I've read Shari's book...sorry to a pain... and of course, I have read you.


message 12: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette | 123 comments E.M. wrote: "I am putting my own hat in this ring:
Trust a Few
E.M. Swift-Hook

Welcome aboard L.N., Shari, Leland, Will, Lucretia and D,J. Please let me know if I have misplac..."



message 13: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette | 123 comments Thanks E. M. Understood :) Hoping it will be sorted soon - though good to know there is another Out of this World round being set up :)


message 14: by X. (new)

X. Culletto | 43 comments I'd like to join this group with my new book. I don't have any conflicts so far.

Title: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Thanks!


message 15: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 101 comments E.M. wrote: "Welcome aboard L.N., Shari, Leland, Will, Lucretia and D,J. Please let me know if I have misplac..."

I need to be reading Will. I have read the book he is offering but have the next part in the series already and can read it.


message 16: by Dan (last edited Nov 18, 2017 12:06PM) (new)

Dan Gillis | 59 comments I would like to join this review round. I will go with Sapling, however, I have the sequel - The Broken Halls, if I am in conflict with an author that has already reviewed me.

Sapling: The Blade of Ahtol


message 17: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
Welcome Dan and X!

Thanks for pointing out my error Lucretia, hopefully all works now - but if anyone sees another mis-match please post to say.

One spot left - whoever claims it please check that you fit.


message 18: by Brin (new)

Brin Murray (brintmurray) | 82 comments Hi there
I'd love to be considered for this round ( had a lazy weekend, off the boil! or would have been in before this):
Children Of The Furnace


message 19: by William (new)

William Collins (willcollins) | 106 comments Oh yeah Lucretia, that sounds great, thank you.


message 20: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
Hmm... my last post seems to have vanished. Just to say welcome aboard Brin - and will everyone please check they have not previously reviewed the four people 'below' them (wrapping round the list). If not, we are good to go and I will set up the reading list tomorrow :)


message 21: by Leland (last edited Nov 20, 2017 11:11PM) (new)

Leland Lydecker (lelandlydecker) | 38 comments E.M., I just finished Trust A Few last night and am working on the review now. I was planning to review it for the 1-for-1 list, but I'm ok with posting the review as part of this round instead.

Just speaking up in case you want to move me so someone else can review Trust A Few here-- if so I'll go ahead and post my review of it as part of 1-for-1. Either way you decide is fine with me, though. :)


message 22: by E.M. (last edited Nov 21, 2017 03:09AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
Leland wrote: "E.M., I just finished Trust A Few last night and am working on the review now. I was planning to review it for the 1-for-1 list, but I'm ok with posting the review as part of this round instead. ..."

If you are happy to keep with it in the one-for-one that would be great - you would then get a copy of your book put in the list for that round. I do have the second book in the trilogy you can read/review for this round. :)


message 23: by E.M. (last edited Nov 21, 2017 03:40AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
Ok - my first go at this so if anyone spots a boo-boo please sing out.


START DATE: 21-Nov-17

END DATE: 13-Feb-18

Round 1 – post your review by 12-Dec-17
Round 2 – post your review by 02-Jan-18
Round 3 – post your review by 23-Jan-18
Round 4 – post your review by 13-Feb-18

As AUTHORS you send your book file to:

165-01__L.N. Denison
Will Collins for round 1
Brin Murray for round 2
X. Culletto for round 3
D.J. Reid for round 4

165-02__Shari Branning
L.N. Denison for round 1
Will Collins for round 2
Brin Murray for round 3
X. Culletto for round 4

165-03__Leland Lydecker
Shari Branning for round 1
L.N. Denison for round 2
Will Collins for round 3
Brin Murray for round 4

165-04__Dan Gillis
Leland Lydecker for round 1
Shari Branning for round 2
L.N. Denison for round 3
Will Collins for round 4

165-05__E.M. Swift-Hook
Dan Gillis for round 1
Leland Lydecker for round 2
Shari Branning for round 3
L.N. Denison for round 4

165-06__ Lucretia Stanhope
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 1
Dan Gillis for round 2
Leland Lydecker for round 3
Shari Branning for round 4

165-07__ D.J. Reid
Lucretia Stanhope for round 1
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 2
Dan Gillis for round 3
Leland Lydecker for round 4

165-08__ X. Culletto
D.J. Reid for round 1
Lucretia Stanhope for round 2
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 3
Dan Gillis for round 4

165-09__ Brin Murray
X. Culletto for round 1
D.J. Reid for round 2
Lucretia Stanhope for round 3
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 4

165-10__ Will Collins
Brin Murray for round 1
X. Culletto for round 2
D.J. Reid for round 3
Lucretia Stanhope for round 4

As REVIEWERS you will receive books for review from:

165-01__L.N. Denison
Shari Branning for round 1
Leland Lydecker for round 2
Dan Gillis for round 3
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 4

165-02__Shari Branning
Leland Lydecker for round 1
Dan Gillis for round 2
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 3
Lucretia Stanhope for round 4

165-03__Leland Lydecker
Dan Gillis for round 1
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 2
Lucretia Stanhope for round 3
D.J. Reid for round 4

165-04__Dan Gillis
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 1
Lucretia Stanhope for round 2
D.J. Reid for round 3
X. Culletto for round 4

165-05__E.M. Swift-Hook
Lucretia Stanhope for round 1
D.J. Reid for round 2
X. Culletto for round 3
Brin Murray for round 4

165-06__ Lucretia Stanhope
D.J. Reid for round 1
X. Culletto for round 2
Brin Murray for round 3
Will Collins for round 4

165-07__ D.J. Reid
X. Culletto for round 1
Brin Murray for round 2
Will Collins for round 3
L.N. Denison for round 4

165-08__ X. Culletto
Brin Murray for round 1
Will Collins for round 2
L.N. Denison for round 3
Shari Branning for round 4

165-09__ Brin Murray
Will Collins for round 1
L.N. Denison for round 2
Shari Branning for round 3
Leland Lydecker for round 4

165-10__ Will Collins
L.N. Denison for round 1
Shari Branning for round 2
Leland Lydecker for round 3
Dan Gillis for round 4


Please remember the commitment you are making to your fellow group members. If you pull out after the start date for any reason it is the other members who will be faced with the problem of finding a replacement, or missing out on reads/reviews, through no fault of their own. Please don’t ask the moderators to chase after replacements as we just don’t have the time.

It is the responsibility of the author to get their book to their readers in a format the reviewer can manage. Everyone must be able to provide and accept PDF. You may buy or borrow the books you are due to read if you wish, and I’m sure the author will appreciate the verified review, but IT IS NOT COMPULSORY. There are no set dates for the start of each round. You can each work at your own pace, within the limits of the round deadlines.

All reviews must be posted to GR. We also encourage members to post on amazon .com and .uk. When you have posted your reviews, please post the three links to your reviews, not the book page in this thread.
The mod of each round will record whether members have posted reviews on amazon and for the good of all, members who persistently fail to post reviews or DNF reviews to amazon, will find mods less than willing to add them to subsequent groups.

Postings to other sites are by agreement by both author and reviewer.

If I’ve missed something that results in you being asked to review someone who has already reviewed you, please let me know asap.

To exchange book files, my advice is to use PM to give email addresses to each other (save the chance of spammers getting your addies from this open forum). Happy reviewing, everyone :)

Please consider downloading one of Emma's books and/or one of the round mod’s books as a thank you for all the hard work we put in for the group.


message 24: by E.M. (last edited Nov 21, 2017 03:42AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
The starting gun is fired and a warm welcome to all who have signed up for this round :)

Quick 'start-up' summary for any who are new here and scratching their heads - you should PM the four people who will be reviewing you through their Goodreads author pages. Click on the down arrow beside the 'Follow Author' button under their picture and it opens a menu which will allow you to message them.

Ask what kind of file they would like or say you can only offer PDF, though unless a publisher uploaded it for you, you can always download a .mobi of your own book from Amazon.

Don't forget to ask where to send it so they can give you their email.

The four people who you are reviewing should be in touch with you in a similar way.

You can, of course, choose to buy any or all of the books instead, or read the books on KU, if you are a subscriber and the books are available there.

Please collect all 4 of the books you will be reading right away so we can be sure everyone is sorted for the round. The exception being if you are planning to buy the books as that can be done as you go.

Any problems you can post here or PM me :)


message 25: by Shari (last edited Nov 21, 2017 07:01AM) (new)

Shari Branning | 49 comments Hey. Sorry to be the first one to point out goofs, but... L.N. previously reviewed the book I have up for this round. If it would be easier than switching and agreeable to all parties, I could always send a copy of a Betrayer, my other book, for review?


message 26: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
Shari wrote: "Hey. Sorry to be the first one to point out goofs, but... L.N. previously reviewed the book I have up for this round. If it would be easier than switching and agreeable to all parties, I could alwa..."

That is fine Shari - I only have one person reviewing the book I 'officially' put up for this round out of all four of my reviewers. All the other three have reviewed me before :)


message 27: by L.N. (new)

L.N. Denison | 978 comments Mod
I am quite happy to read Betrayer. It is only a problem if you have read me. I have also read the book that Dan has put forward, but I see he has a sequel to that book, which I'm happy to read.


message 28: by L.N. (new)

L.N. Denison | 978 comments Mod
For anyone who g
has my book to read, it is available on KU...but I can provide a file in mobi, ePub and PDF. Just P.M me.


message 30: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
First off the blocks, well done Brin! Thanks.

Your two Amazon review links are not going directly to your reviews though. You need to use the links you are sent in the emails from Amazon or click on the title of the review to go to the review's page. If you could edit those link would be good :)


message 31: by Leland (last edited Nov 22, 2017 10:03AM) (new)

Leland Lydecker (lelandlydecker) | 38 comments Thank you for the excellent reviews, Brin! This made my day. :)


message 33: by Lucretia (new)

Lucretia | 101 comments Thank you for the wonderful review, E.M..


message 34: by Brin (new)

Brin Murray (brintmurray) | 82 comments "Your two Amazon review links are not going directly to your reviews though. You need to use the links you are sent in the emails from Amazon or click on the title of the review to go to the review's page. If you could edit those link would be good."
Done


message 35: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
Thanks Brin! And here is my third review:


Girl Vs by X. Culletto
Goodreads
Zon UK
Zon US


message 36: by X. (new)

X. Culletto | 43 comments E.M. wrote: "Thanks Brin! And here is my third review:


Girl Vs by X. Culletto
Goodreads
Zon UK
Zon US"


Wow--you are fast! Thanks for the review!


message 37: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
X. wrote: "Wow--you are fast! Thanks for the review!"

I will admit to cheating as I had started reading one of the books before the official 'off' - which could have rebounded on me had I needed to rejig the group to fit someone in, but then it was the sequel to a book I enjoyed so I was not too worried if that happened ;)


message 38: by D.J. (new)

D.J. Reid | 22 comments Thanks for the review, E.M.


message 41: by E.M. (last edited Nov 24, 2017 03:40PM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
Thanks, Lucretia and Brin! My final review:


Children Of The Furnace by Brin Murray

Goodreads
Zon UK
Zon US


message 43: by E.M. (last edited Nov 24, 2017 04:14PM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
Thanks, Shari. :)


message 45: by Leland (new)

Leland Lydecker (lelandlydecker) | 38 comments Shari-- Thank you for the great reviews!


message 46: by William (new)

William Collins (willcollins) | 106 comments Thanks Lucretia, I'm glad you enjoyed it.


message 47: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
Thanks Lucretia - that is you signed off for this round too :)


message 48: by D.J. (new)

D.J. Reid | 22 comments Thanks for the lovely review, Lucretia.


message 49: by L.N. (new)

L.N. Denison | 978 comments Mod
And I'm yet to start...eek!


message 50: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 1679 comments Mod
L.N. wrote: "And I'm yet to start...eek!" *coughs* NaNo *coughs* ;)


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