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message 1: by E.M. (last edited Jun 05, 2018 01:28PM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 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 Amazon rules state that authors/publishers are not allowed to specifically supply published books in return for reviews on Amazon. To comply with this 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 and Amazon. Amazon allows only those people who have spent $50 in the last year to leave reviews in each of their stores. If you are unsure about your Amazon reviewer status, try posting a ‘test’ review before signing up. If you are unable to post reviews on Amazon, please do not sign 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, but it is not necessary to give one.

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 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. Tristen Kozinski
2. P.G. Fogarty
3. Keiko Kumars
4. E.M. Swift-Hook
5. Stephanie Flores
6. Megan Dent Nagle
7. Davon M. Custis
8. K.G. Petrone
9. A.A. Bavar
10. Andria Stone

Book Links
1. The City of Locked Doors
2. A Father's Fire
3. Age Of Heroes
4. Trust a Few
5. To Enter The Path
6. Azurite
7. The Memory of Lost Dreams
8. Cycles of Time - Revenge is Mine
9. SAMANTHA
10. Edge Of The Stars


message 2: by Tristen (new)

Tristen Kozinski | 66 comments I'll join with a dark fantasy. The City of Locked Doors.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 3: by P.G. (new)

P.G. Fogarty (pgfogarty) | 36 comments Hi E.M.

I'd love to join with my YA Dark Fantasy. Been a few years since I've done this, and I don't recognise any familiar faces, so should be no conflicts.

Author page:

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

Book page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

Many Thanks


message 4: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Welcome Tristen and P.G. Do check back for any conflicts as the group fills :)


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi, I would like to join with a fantasy book : Age Of Heroes

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

Thanks


message 6: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Welcome aboard Keiko - please make sure you have read the rules and can post reviews to both Goodreads and Amazon.


message 7: by Megan (last edited Jun 05, 2018 10:56AM) (new)

Megan (mdentnagle) | 8 comments Hello, I'd like to join with my fantasy book Azurite. I have already read and reviewed City of Locked Doors by Tristen Kozinski.
Here is a link to my book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 8: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (sflor005) | 47 comments I'd like to join with YA fantasy 'To Enter the Path'.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 9: by A.A. (last edited Jun 05, 2018 11:18AM) (new)

A.A. Bavar (aabavar) | 90 comments Hi E.M.

Hope all is well with you. :)

I would like to join with Samantha. Thanks.

Author link: A.A. Bavar

Book link: SAMANTHA


message 10: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Welcome Megan, Stephanie and A.A.! And having finally cleared my plate of reviews due, I shall enter this round too with Trust a Few:)


message 11: by Andria (last edited Jun 05, 2018 11:40AM) (new)

Andria (stone_mavrek) | 14 comments I'll join with "Edge Of The Stars" (The EDGE - Book 2) Sci-Fi
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

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

I have reviewed "Trust A Few"


message 12: by Davon (new)

Davon Custis | 16 comments I would like to join with my book: The Memory of Lost Dreams.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


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


message 13: by K.T. (new)

K.T. Munson | 63 comments I’d like to join with my YA dark fantasy novel - The Sixth Gate.

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


message 14: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Petrone | 12 comments I would like to join with "Cycles of Time - Revenge is Mine"
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


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


message 15: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Britt (samanthabritt) | 7 comments I'd like to join with my newest fantasy novel: Chosen: Curse of the Draekon Book 1

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

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


message 16: by K.T. (new)

K.T. Munson | 63 comments Also here are my present conflicts: EM you have read me but not this book and both Stephanie and Tristen have read The Sixth Gate. I think those are my only conflicts right now. This sounds like fun!


message 17: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Britt (samanthabritt) | 7 comments Also: my book is on pre-order until June 21 (but reviews are able to be posted as it is linked to the paperback version). I hope that is okay!


message 18: by E.M. (last edited Jun 05, 2018 01:33PM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Welcome aboard Andria, Davon and K.G.

Really sorry K.T., I tried hard but couldn't find a way to make you fit in.

K.T. and Samantha, I believe there is still space in the 18+ round if you feel you might be ok there.

And sorry, Andria, you will need to read another one of my books this time.


message 19: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
This group is now 'Pending' which means I would like everyone to double check that they have never reviewed the four people 'above' them in the list (the list wraps around so 8, 9 and 10 are 'above' 1).

This is because I need to be sure you won't get any reciprocal reviews when those 4 people review you as that can cause no end of ethical issues - and lead to potential deletions of reviews on Amazon.

Please check and post.

Thanks :)


message 20: by K.T. (new)

K.T. Munson | 63 comments Oh darn! Well thanks for trying. ☺️ unfortunately my book is YA so it technically won’t work in 18+. I’ll wait for more review groups to pop up.

Thanks for setting these up EM. I know I appreciate it. Have fun reading everyone!


message 21: by A.A. (new)

A.A. Bavar (aabavar) | 90 comments Hi E.M.

I'm good. Haven't reviewed any of those books.

Thanks.


message 22: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Thanks for understanding, K.T. I'll be setting up some more rounds soon :)


message 23: by Tristen (new)

Tristen Kozinski | 66 comments My only conflict is that Megan has read my book, and recently enough that it would be unwise for me to review hers.


message 24: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Thanks, Tristen. As you will see Megan is placed in your mutual 'blind spot' in the group so that should not be an issue :)


message 25: by Andria (new)

Andria (stone_mavrek) | 14 comments I double-checked. Still only one (1) previous review, "Trust A Few."


message 26: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (sflor005) | 47 comments All good here


message 27: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments Hi I would like to join with my book ‘The Novice Wielder: The Wielder Series ’ by Franca Ogbonnaya.


message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

All good for me


message 29: by P.G. (new)

P.G. Fogarty (pgfogarty) | 36 comments No conflicts for me.


message 30: by Claire (new)

Claire | 43 comments Am I too late again EM? If not, can I put forward The Rose Thief? :)


message 31: by A.A. (new)

A.A. Bavar (aabavar) | 90 comments Good morning, E.M.

I'm looking forward to this, can we start requesting copies of the books from our designated authors?

Thanks,
A.A.


message 32: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Apologies for the necessary delay - I need to be sure there are no clashes and allowing time for everyone to check is the only way to be certain.

I shall be firing the starting gun later today, as soon as I have the details set up :)


message 33: by A.A. (new)

A.A. Bavar (aabavar) | 90 comments No worries. Take your time! :)

Thank you,
A.A.


message 34: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Petrone | 12 comments I'm good...Let me know when to order books. Thxs


message 35: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Seems we are fine to proceed here so...

START DATE: 08-June-18

END DATE: 31-Aug-18

Round 1 – post your review by 29-June-18
Round 2 – post your review by 20-July-18
Round 3 – post your review by 10-Aug-18
Round 4 – post your review by 31-Aug-18

As AUTHORS you send your book file to:

191-01__Tristen Kozinski
Andria Stone for round 1
A.A. Bavar for round 2
K.G. Petrone for round 3
Davon M. Custis for round 4

191-02__P.G. Fogarty
Tristen Kozinski for round 1
Andria Stone for round 2
A.A. Bavar for round 3
K.G. Petrone for round 4

191-03__Keiko Kumars
P.G. Fogarty for round 1
Tristen Kozinski for round 2
Andria Stone for round 3
A.A. Bavar for round 4

191-04__ E.M. Swift-Hook
Keiko Kumars for round 1
P.G. Fogarty for round 2
Tristen Kozinski for round 3
Andria Stone for round 4

191-05__Stephanie Flores
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 1
Keiko Kumars for round 2
P.G. Fogarty for round 3
Tristen Kozinski for round 4

191-06__ Megan Dent Nagle
Stephanie Flores for round 1
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 2
Keiko Kumars for round 3
P.G. Fogarty for round 4

191-07__ Davon M. Custis
Megan Dent Nagle for round 1
Stephanie Flores for round 2
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 3
Keiko Kumars for round 4

191-08__ K.G. Petrone
Davon M. Custis for round 1
Megan Dent Nagle for round 2
Stephanie Flores for round 3
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 4

191-09__ A.A. Bavar
K.G. Petrone for round 1
Davon M. Custis for round 2
Megan Dent Nagle for round 3
Stephanie Flores for round 4

191-10__ Andria Stone
A.A. Bavar for round 1
K.G. Petrone for round 2
Davon M. Custis for round 3
Megan Dent Nagle for round 4

As REVIEWERS you will receive books for review from:

191-01__Tristen Kozinski
P.G. Fogarty for round 1
Keiko Kumars for round 2
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 3
Stephanie Flores for round 4

191-02__P.G. Fogarty
Keiko Kumars for round 1
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 2
Stephanie Flores for round 3
Megan Dent Nagle for round 4

191-03__Keiko Kumars
E.M. Swift-Hook for round 1
Stephanie Flores for round 2
Megan Dent Nagle for round 3
Davon M. Custis for round 4

191-04__ E.M. Swift-Hook
Stephanie Flores for round 1
Megan Dent Nagle for round 2
Davon M. Custis for round 3
K.G. Petrone for round 4

191-05__Stephanie Flores
Megan Dent Nagle for round 1
Davon M. Custis for round 2
K.G. Petrone for round 3
A.A. Bavar for round 4

191-06__ Megan Dent Nagle
Davon M. Custis for round 1
K.G. Petrone for round 2
A.A. Bavar for round 3
Andria Stone for round 4

191-07__ Davon M. Custis
K.G. Petrone for round 1
A.A. Bavar for round 2
Andria Stone for round 3
Tristen Kozinski for round 4

191-08__ K.G. Petrone
A.A. Bavar for round 1
Andria Stone for round 2
Tristen Kozinski for round 3
P.G. Fogarty for round 4

191-09__ A.A. Bavar
Andria Stone for round 1
Tristen Kozinski for round 2
P.G. Fogarty for round 3
Keiko Kumars for round 4

191-10__ Andria Stone
Tristen Kozinski for round 1
P.G. Fogarty for round 2
Keiko Kumars for round 3
E.M. Swift-Hook 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. When you have posted your reviews, please post the links to each of 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 my 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 36: by E.M. (last edited Jun 10, 2018 05:49AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Please read this especially if you are new to these review rounds.

Quick 'start-up' summary for anyone new who might be scratching their heads. You should PM the four people who will be reviewing you (the four 'below' you on the list) 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 make sure you have exchanged ALL FOUR books - or have been assured by your reviewers they will buy your book or read it through KU - as soon as possible. Some people read fast and it can be very frustrating to have to wait a long time to get hold of a book you are committed to review.

Finally, recent changes on Amazon mean that we are now asking you to post your review to your own Amazon store and any others you might have access to as well. Please still attempt to post on .com and .uk, but if you can only post on your local Zon you will not be penalised.

I shall be modding this round so PM me with any issues arising, please.


message 37: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Stephanie, Megan, Davon and K.G. no need to PM me as I will acquire your books directly from The Zon, either through KU or purchase. :)


message 38: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Petrone | 12 comments ReviewSAMANTHA

Here is the link to my review on Goodreads. Amazon links to follow soon


message 39: by A.A. (new)

A.A. Bavar (aabavar) | 90 comments Hi K.G.,

Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed Samantha.

Warmest regards,
A.A.


message 40: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Petrone | 12 comments A.A. wrote: "Hi K.G.,

Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed Samantha.

Warmest regards,
A.A."


I truly did. Wishing you all the best!


message 41: by Tristen (new)

Tristen Kozinski | 66 comments I have competed my review for A Father's Fire. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Review posted to Amazon as well.


message 42: by P.G. (new)

P.G. Fogarty (pgfogarty) | 36 comments Hi Tristen. Thanks very much for the review! Much appreciated.


message 43: by Megan (last edited Jun 15, 2018 11:48AM) (new)

Megan (mdentnagle) | 8 comments Hello! Here are the links for my round 1 review of The Memory of Lost Dreams.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....
https://www.amazon.com/review/R2WL3WC...


message 44: by Andria (new)

Andria (stone_mavrek) | 14 comments Have completed my round 1 review of The City of Locked Doors.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Zon:
https://www.amazon.com/City-Locked-Do...


message 45: by E.M. (last edited Jun 15, 2018 07:13PM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 3353 comments Mod
Thanks, Tristen, Megan and Andria.

Andria, I would strongly suggest that you remove your statement from the Amazon review that you received a free copy of the book in exchange for a review as that is against the Amazon terms and could lead to your reviews being deleted and you getting into trouble there.

This is because that wording implies you were paid for your review with the free book, which is of course not at all true. You can state you were given a free copy of the book if you feel that is really necessary, but I would suggest you just delete the sentence.

Further clarification can be found on this thread


message 46: by P.G. (new)

P.G. Fogarty (pgfogarty) | 36 comments Hi, I've completed my round 1 review of Age of Heroes

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-...


message 47: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (sflor005) | 47 comments Here is my round 1 review of Azurite

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/review/R1BOA85...

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 48: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (sflor005) | 47 comments Also, here is my round 2 review of The Memory of Lost Dreams

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/review/RSBL3D3...

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 49: by Megan (new)

Megan (mdentnagle) | 8 comments Thank you for taking the time to read and review my book, Stephanie 😊


message 50: by Tristen (new)

Tristen Kozinski | 66 comments I have completed my review for Age of Heroes. Posted review to amazon as well.

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


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