Hello!I am David. This is my personal review blog (though I may post other stuff from time to time, just to mix things up).
I like to be offered books. I like to be sent books. I like to read books. I like to review books. BUT - there are lots of books and only one of me. I buy books too (many of them) and like most of us I'm emotionally committed to various series and authors. And I have a full time job. So I can't read or review everything I'm offered, get sent or even that I buy myself.
I will though honour my word - when I say I'll consider a book I'll consider it, when I say I'll review a book I'll review it. So if you have something you think I might like (have a look at the blog or Amazon to see what I've reviewed but for short I review SFF, horror and crime, but also some modern fiction/ litfic) please do get in touch. You can use the gadget on the blog or email me at bluebookballoon - at - outlook - dot - com
When I do review I generally post the review here and on my Amazon and Goodreads too.
Important caveatI won't normally review a book if I try it and find I can’t say something helpful. That isn’t always the same as liking it - my opinion, for what it's worth, is that reviews are to help other people decide whether they’d like a book so I like to describe the book and place it in context. Whether I, personally, liked it is part of that, but not the most important part, so I don't do reviews that say "this was crap". (That is one of the reasons why the blog is primary: Amazon and Goodreads force you to star rate. The rating is then what gets noticed, and not the opinion in the review).
So it may be that I find there's nothing I can say about a book. It may be stunning, wonderful and so on but... just no. I can't trust myself to comment usefully. Then I don't review.
So if I accept a book for review it's always with this caveat.