I am a children's librarian, and about 95% of the books I review on this blog are from the library. Unless otherwise noted, the books that I review are all from either my own collection or my public library.
I occasionally accept review copies from publishers and writers - typically only if the book is not in my library's collection. I make mention in my review that the book in question is a review copy.
If I cannot finish the book (as has happened, on occasion, either with awkward writing or a plethora of typos, etc.), I do not post a review, nor do I post one if I simply have nothing positive to say about the book.
I do not advertise books for payment, or write positive reviews in return for review copies of books. There are no ads on my site. I blog because I like it; I review books because it's fun, and I enjoy discussing books and reading with other book lovers. I am passionate about literacy, and I love spreading the word about good books for kids that just might tip the balance and turn a child into a reader for life.
I write what I think about books - it's just my opinion, and I try to be fair and honest. I have a background in English literature and a couple of graduate degrees, which may or may not add any weight or substance to anything I have to say. Probably not.
Please query about sending me copies of books to review. I typically read and review children's middle grade readers of all kinds, graphic novels, and teen fiction. I would love to review more picture books, but I often simply don't have the time. Fiction for adults that I tend to read includes fantasy of all kinds, science fiction, mysteries, and whatever other book happens to catch my fancy. I don't read as much nonfiction, but I enjoy biographies and memoirs, cookbooks, and other books about cooking and food.
I try to read and review books received in a timely manner. However, if I simply don't feel like reading a particular kind of book, I tend to wait till I'm in a receptive mood for it - I like to like books, and I want to have the best reading experience possible, and write positive reviews to go along with it.
Unless otherwise noted, all the books I review here I have checked out (or downloaded) from my local public library.
Please address any inquiries to darladarlad (at) gmail (dot) com.