This page outlines my process of rating and reviewing books, as well as the important policies that Shut up, Shealea strictly adheres to.
If you are looking for something specific, you are more than welcome to jump into the section that best fits your needs:
As a blogger and as an influencer, I recognize that my book reviews are meant for the consumption and use of other readers. Because of this, I evaluate books based on my level of recommendation — and this is very much reflected in my rating.
More specifically, I do not follow the conventional star-rating system used by most reviewers. Instead, I make use of a modified 1-4-5 rating system, which exclusively appears in my Goodreads account.
|Highest of Recommendations||★★★★★|
|Recommended with Caution||★★★★☆|
* Descriptions of each recommendation level are available here.
I am a huge supporter of diverse and #ownvoices books. By ‘diverse’, I am specifically pertaining to books written by marginalized authors and/or are about marginalized characters. While I try to read as diversely as I can, I admittedly have a huge soft spot for books that are inspired by Asian cultures or feature Asian representation.
I also appreciate any form of media (including literature) that touches on ideas and themes close to my heart, such as, mental health, intersectional feminism, sex positivity, and the dismantling of colonialism/imperialism.
I tend to gravitate towards fictional titles for adult, new adult, and upper young adult audiences, but I do occasionally read stories that are targeted towards lower young adult and upper middle grade age groups.
In terms of my preferred genres and subgenres:
- Highly preferred: fantasy, science fiction, contemporary
- Would still read: contemporary romance, mystery, thriller, historical fiction, poetry
- Would not read at all: horror, biography/memoir, religion/spirituality, erotica
Policy for Book Reviews
🌻 All my reviews are honest and fair, and I reserve my right to express my opinion as genuinely as I can. This includes criticism and call-outs that I believe are warranted, especially in response to unchallenged problematic content.
🌻 I consider myself as an own-voices reviewer for books with Filipino representation.
🌻 I write both full-length reviews and mini-reviews (books in bullets), and I assert my freedom to select the type of review I want to write for a book, including ARCs and copies I receive for review.
🌻 I do not accept any monetary compensation from authors or publishers in exchange for writing book reviews.
🌻 While I will try to review ARCs on or before their release dates, I will not promise to commit to deadlines (both general and specific). I have a lot on my plate outside of blogging, and if you intend to submit a review request and want a review available on a certain date, I’m probably not the right blogger for you to reach out to.
🌻 I reserve the right not to write a review for an ARC or a copy I received for review purposes.
🌻 For any book-related features outside of book reviews (e.g. author interviews, spotlight posts, exclusive cover reveals), I do require monetary compensation. For further inquiries, kindly contact me. As per my policy and disclaimer, any paid promotional content will be explicitly disclosed in my posts.
For review copies, I accept both physical and digital formats (specifically .mobi or compatible with Kindle), with a strong preference for the former.
To submit a review request:
- Fill out my contact form or send an email directly to email@example.com with the subject title: “Review Request: [Book Title] by [Author]”
- Kindly provide the following relevant information:
- Book synopsis
- Publishing imprint (if applicable)
- Trigger/Content warnings (if applicable)
- On-page representation (if applicable)
- Release date
If I am interested in reading and reviewing your book, I will contact you directly. Otherwise, should you not receive any kind of response from me, consider your request declined.