The Ink


This is the spiffy online home to pooled ink Reviews. A place where I read books, I post a review with my thoughts, and I welcome anyone to contribute their own feedback on books as well. I hunt for good books on my own time but I love receiving books from new or established authors (or their publishers) who are willing to send me an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) so I can write a review, provide some feedback, and help them promote their book in preparation for its publication date!
If I am unable to provide a review then I will often be more than happy to provide a spotlight post featuring your book.

ARC: book is not yet published but the author or publisher has sent me a copy in exchange for a review
Review Request: book is already published but the author has sent me a copy requesting a review
[no label]: book is already published and I bought it for myself

I typically post a review 2-4 weeks from receiving the book (unless otherwise specified by the publisher or author – Note: I can post a review before or on the publication date so long as the ARC is delivered at least 2 days in advance). Please keep in mind that occasionally books pile up and I read them in the order received. I do, however, put books with a very soon publication date towards the top of my stack. With NetGalley eARCs I will read those with a quickly approaching archive date first. I prefer hardcopy ARCs however I will gladly accept eARCs as well.

I share my reviews on Amazon (US, UK, CA), Barnes & Noble, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

1 StarNO, thanks.
2 Stars
It’s not terrible, but it’s really not my cup of tea.
3 Stars
It’s fine (: It didn’t change my life or anything but it’s a solid effort.
4 Stars
It’s good, quite good. Overall captivating, creative, thought out, and well written. I may or may not buy it for my shelves and I may or may not read it ever again but I definitely enjoyed it.
5 stars
YES, thanks! It has that magical unnamable something that steals time and space and harmonizes with my soul. I will definitely buy this for my shelves and I will certainly be reading this again and again. Anyone who doesn’t love this book is blind because I’m blind, I’m blinded by the magical connection that this brick of paper and ink has somehow managed to forge with my soul.

If you want you can check out my list of Bookish Turn-Offs for a general overview of what really sours a story for me or at least keeps me at bay. Then if you reverse those factors Boom! you’ve got a 5-star story!…Okay, no, it’s not actually that simple ha but it’s a start. 😉 

In general, how age appropriate the content of a book is can be based off of its listed age-genre (e.g. Middle Grade). However occasionally some books may be a bit harder to guess  (e.g. a novel listed as New Adult may not actually include any themes or content unsuitable for a slightly younger audience) so I may also include an age rating as according to the U.S. TV guidelines as seen below:

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Enjoy (:

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