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message 1: by E.M. (last edited May 11, 2019 10:18AM) (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 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 or check back another time.

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 don’t insist members review on Amazon, but we do insist that every participant in the round has the capacity to leave a review on their local Amazon store, so we all start with the same options.

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 and do check back as the group fills to report any clashes. Usually places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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

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 12 weeks of 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.
You are not expected or required to buy the books you are allocated to review, but as this will give a ‘Verified Purchase’ review on Amazon, it is welcomed when you choose to do so. Many authors have books available via KU and others might provide smashwords coupons. Most authors can provide mobi and/or epub files directly by email. Please note: International Copyright laws apply. You cannot sell, or give away material you have received without the author’s express permission.

6. 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.

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

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

Please note:
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.

It is not necessary to leave any kind of disclaimer in your review, but ultimately, it is up to individuals. Reviews that state you received a copy ‘in return’ for a review will probably be removed/not allowed by ‘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.

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

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.

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:

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:
Warren Dean

Member Links
1. Ben Haskett
2. Jeremy L. Jones
3. Bruce E. Arrington
4. Florian Armas
5. E.M. Swift-Hook
6. Franca Ogbonnaya
7. D. Wallace Peach
8. S.D. Brown
9. Kat Kinney
10. Stacie Eirich

Book Links
1. The Waypoint
2. Saturnius Mons
3. Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door
4. The Truth Dancer
5. Trust a Few
6. The Novice Wielder: The Wielder Series
7. The Sorcerer's Garden
8. Saving Bigfoot Valley
9. Dyrwolf
10. Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone

message 2: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 660 comments Mod
I'll join! I have completed all my reviews for other groups.

message 3: by Ben (last edited Apr 23, 2019 07:26AM) (new)

Ben Haskett | 121 comments I'd love to join! This would be my first review group.

The book I'd like to enter is called The Waypoint:

I can either provide a Kindle version, or if you have an Audible account, I can give you a download code.

message 4: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments I would like to join with my book titled The Novice Wielder.

message 6: by S.D. (last edited Apr 24, 2019 04:09PM) (new)

S.D. | 241 comments I have a middle grade Bigfoot book... Saving Bigfoot Valley. [ writing as Spike Brown}

message 7: by D. (new)

D. Peach | 169 comments Yay! I've been checking for a new group for weeks. :-) I would love to join with my fantasy book entitled The Sorcerer's Garden
Thank you!

message 8: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
I'm going to try to slip in here unless the clashes get too bad. None so far for me that I can see.

Trust a Few

message 9: by Aitch (last edited Apr 26, 2019 07:17AM) (new)

Aitch Diamond | 28 comments I would like to join too if, as above, I don't get too many clashes. I have read Kat, Franca, and you E.M

message 10: by S.D. (new)

S.D. | 241 comments I don't see any clashes above... I may be out of internet service for the next week, but as long as I'm paired with who's already here, it'll be okay.

message 11: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 660 comments Mod
My only clash is that Aitch has read me (as previously stated) so would need to go into my blind spot as I don't have any other books up yet.

message 12: by Bruce (new)

Bruce (brucearrington) I'd like to join as well. S.D. just got through reading this one, but I think I'm fine otherwise.

message 13: by Ben (new)

Ben Haskett | 121 comments So that's 8 so far, yeah?

message 14: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments Hi my only clash is that Aitch has read and reviewed my book in a previous round.

message 15: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy Jones | 56 comments I'm just finishing up my obligations from round 212 (the reviews should be up today or tomorrow) so I'll throw my book, Saturnius Mons, into this Thunderdome as well if there is still room.

It is also available as a serial podcast. I would ask that, if you listen to it, please leave a review there as well:

I don't see any clashes lets do this.

message 16: by R.K. (new)

R.K. Holliday (goodreadscomrkholliday) | 2 comments Would be happy to join in.

Here's my middle-grade sci-fi/fantasy title.

message 17: by Stacie (new)

Stacie (stacie16) | 279 comments I’d like to join with my new middle-grade fantasy book, Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone.


message 18: by Ben (new)

Ben Haskett | 121 comments Can someone explain to me what middle-grade means in this context? I've seen several people use the term here. Does is mean that its intended audience is middle-schoolers, or that it's accessible, or something else?

message 19: by Stacie (new)

Stacie (stacie16) | 279 comments Ben - Yes, you are correct - middle-grade books are written for a middle-school or elementary audience, usually between ages 8-12 or grades 3-6 (though there is some slight variance up or down in those defined ages/grades). :-) -Stacie

message 20: by Ben (new)

Ben Haskett | 121 comments Ah, good to know! Haha, I might be reading some of these books to my daughters.

message 21: by Kat (last edited Apr 29, 2019 01:36PM) (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 660 comments Mod
I have read Stacie before, but not this book, so would be fine so long as I am reading her, not the other way around. I still need Aitch to go in my blind spot, please, as I only have one book available, and Aitch has already read "Dyrwolf."

message 22: by S.D. (new)

S.D. | 241 comments Except for Bruce, I'm still good.

message 23: by Angela (last edited Apr 30, 2019 01:16AM) (new)

Angela Panayotopulos | 259 comments Hi E.M.! I'd love to join this Reading Round too, please. I can post review on Goodreads + Amazon (if my name looks familiar, I've also been participating in Reading Round 211 and applied for 217). :)

The Wake Up, by Angela Panayotopulos



my Goodreads profile:

Also, from this group so far, I've only read+reviewed E.M.'s Trust a Few + Kat Kinney's Dyrwolf. :)

message 24: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
Welcome Ben, Jeremy, Bruce, Aitch, Franca, D., S.D., Kat and

Angela - you need to finish the round you are in before you can join a new one.

R.K. - I have you down for another round, the General one I think.

message 25: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
Now I need everyone in the round to check that you have no negative clashes - that means you need to check you have not reviewed the four people 'above' you on the list (it wraps around so 10 is 'above' 1) or been reviewed by the four below.

I'm really hoping this works as I don't have too much much wriggle room to move anyone around!

When enough people have posted that they don't have any such clashes, I can start the round :)

message 26: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 660 comments Mod
I'm good! Thanks for setting the list up! 😊

message 27: by Stacie (new)

Stacie (stacie16) | 279 comments Looks good on both counts for me (Kat & Franca have reviewed other books for me, but not this one!). Thanks E.M.! :-) -Stacie

message 28: by Ben (last edited Apr 30, 2019 01:04PM) (new)

Ben Haskett | 121 comments As a new member, I have no clashes in either direction. :)

Very excited! If I understand things correctly, I review books 2 through 5?

message 29: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
That is the idea, Ben, but please don't start reading any books until the final list is confirmed as it may have to change if someone spots a clash :)

message 30: by D. (new)

D. Peach | 169 comments No clashes here. I'm looking forward to reading. :-)

message 31: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments I think I have a clash. Aitch diamond has reviewed me before . So I guess I can’t review her?

message 32: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 660 comments Mod
You're all good, Franca 😊. You review the four people below you. The four people above review you.

message 33: by Bruce (last edited Apr 30, 2019 04:49PM) (new)

Bruce (brucearrington) Looks fine. Thanks.

message 34: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments Oh good I review the four below ? Nice ! Aitch I have another book it’s a novella. I’m not sure if you’re read that one.

message 35: by Aitch (new)

Aitch Diamond | 28 comments These are my only new ones

The Waypoint
Saturnius Mons
Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door
The Sorcerer's Garden
Saving Bigfoot Valley

My clashes:
I have already reviewed,
Trust a Few (I think I have read most of your EM!)
The Novice Wielder: The Wielder Series
Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone (have read both of Stacie's)

message 36: by Franca (new)

Franca (francaogbonnaya) | 219 comments Hi Aitch you can read this one instead . It’s a prequel to the Novice Wielder.

message 37: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
I am really sorry then Aitch, I have tried but I can't see a way to move things to fit you in without having to move others into other clashes. :(

I might suggest you try the general round which has a number of spec. fic. books in it already, or if you are patient, as soon as these rounds are up and running I will open a new Out of this World round.

message 38: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
As you were folks.

Anyone who wants to take the final spot in this round please make sure you fit in it as moving other people is not really an option.

message 39: by S.D. (new)

S.D. | 241 comments I have reviewed Bruce.. He's actually in the above the space the above me.

message 40: by S.D. (new)

S.D. | 241 comments but if I review the 4 below...I'm good

message 41: by Stacie (new)

Stacie (stacie16) | 279 comments Aitch wrote: "These are my only new ones

The Waypoint
Saturnius Mons
Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door
The Sorcerer's Garden
Saving Bigfoot Valley

My clashes:
I have already reviewed,
Trust a Few (I think I ha..."

Hi Aitch - You haven't read/reviewed Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone, as it is brand new with no reviews. You read/reviewed the previous two books in the series. So, no clash there at least...-Stacie

message 42: by Ben (new)

Ben Haskett | 121 comments Oh, wow, this is hard! Seems an author's buffer zone can only have a single person--any wider and you'll clash. Because each of us will interact with 8 other people, even having read+reviewed two other authors creates an inescapable clash. Bummer! Oh well, hopefully someone else pops in soon. Thanks for working the list, E.M.!

message 43: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
It does become a bit of a juggling act, Ben. I usually manage to bring it through, but now and again it just gets too sticky.

message 44: by Florian (new)

Florian Armas (goodreadscomflorianarmas) | 268 comments I would like to join with The Truth Dancer

I have one review left in another group, but it will be done in a few hours. From my check, I fit in the last empty slot (I have reviewed EM and received a review from Stacie)

message 45: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Swift-Hook | 2604 comments Mod
I've put you in to speed us along here Florian.

So, here we go again. Please check for clashes as I described in Message 25 and post to let me know if you are clear, or if you have spotted a new one.


message 46: by Kat (new)

Kat (katwiththehat) | 660 comments Mod
I'm good!

message 47: by D. (new)

D. Peach | 169 comments Totally clash-free.

message 48: by Ben (new)

Ben Haskett | 121 comments Still all good for me!

message 49: by Bruce (new)

Bruce (brucearrington) good here

message 50: by Stacie (new)

Stacie (stacie16) | 279 comments Ok here! :-)

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