For contact purposes, my personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org, I check it daily and respond ASAP. Additionally, my Twitter account @SungHerSong is my primary source of promotion for my reviews.
My name is Korra II, I’m an independent book reviewer, writing for my personal blog. While all of my reviews are published to my blog, some even remaining exclusive, my reviews can often be found on other sites such as Amazon, Goodreads, Storygraph, Bookbub, etc. (linked below).
The bulk of my review copies are digital audiobooks obtained via. StoryOrigin. I primarily work with small publishers or indie authors, though I did sign up to the St. Martins influencer program.
All reviews are my own, honest opinions. I try to be constructive when I write my reviews. I cover what I like and dislike about a story, what I think worked or didn’t, and what stood out. I rarely talk about characters in stories as people have never been interesting to me. I can rarely even remember their names. I feel multiple reviews are really needed to properly judge if a book is for you. I think there will be enough reviews talking about characters, so it’s not a big loss if I don’t.
While I think reviews should be informative, I don’t have a set word count or goal. I write as much or as little as I see fit in the moment, though I do write more for stories I’m genuinely passionate about. I place my thoughts on audio narration at the bottom of my reviews, above the review copy disclaimer. I do this so people not listening to the audiobook version don’t have to read a section that’s irrelevant to them.
I almost never read summaries before I consume a story. They’re often misleading for the purposes of attracting readers or they contain spoilers. I would rather have the story revealed to me as it is to the characters on their journey. If you go into a story without expectations, then you’re far less likely to be disappointed. For this reason, I primarily review based on genre. That said, if an author contacts me directly, I do read the summary to gauge if it would interest me or not.
My interest lies mostly in (but isn’t limited to) mystery, thriller, suspense, crime, detective procedurals, espionage, horror, and any combination.
Additionally, I review a decent amount of fantasy and romance. I prefer medieval high fantasy and as far as romance goes, I’ve covered gay, lesbian, reverse harem, erotica, and even squeaky clean, lovey-dovey romance.
I don’t do SciFi. There are a few rare exceptions, such as Predator and Vaughn Ashby’s Aurora Wasteland literary universe. Those are 2 of the extremely rare exceptions.
I’m not big on deadlines, as I’m a freelancer when it cums to work. My schedule is non-existent, so I just read whenever I have time. I understand the importance of building hype for new releases, so I always try to get my reviews out close to the launch of these stories. I place less importance on books that have already been released, though I do read and review every single book I accept, request, or am granted a review copy for.
I review digital Audiobooks (I’m cumpletely open to physical, if anyone has any), paperbacks, hardcovers, and manuscripts. I do not review e-books. I have stupidly light-sensitive eyes and I dislike staring at a screen for that long.
I know some people are into the diversity thing. So I figured I’d put this in as well.
I’m of Caucasian descent but was adopted and raised by a Hispanic man. So I’ve always considered myself half-Hispanic, culturally if not by blood. I’m a bisexual transgender woman (she/her). I’ve spent the majority of my life in Northern Colorado and New Mexico in the United States.
Nobody has ever asked me about this, but I am a collector and I know how my people are.
- I do not take payment for reviews.
- I do not sell or trade my ARCs.
- I do not sell or trade my signed copies.
- I do not sell or trade my rare/collectible copies of books in my collection.
Some of my favorite authors include:
- Leslie Esdaile Banks (R.I.P)
- Christopher Paolini
- Diana Urban
- Dean Koontz
- R.J. Hanson
My favorite genres consist of:
- Medieval Fantasy
- Vampire Smut
- Psychological Thrillers
- Murder Mysteries
Some all time favorite books of mine would be:
- From the Corner of His Eye (Dean Koontz – 2000)
- Abyss (David Hagberg – 2012)
- The Inheritance Cycle (Christopher Paolini – 2002 – 2011)
- The Vampire Huntress Legend Series (Leslie Esdaile Banks – 2003 – 2009)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1902)
There’s many, many, many more, but I can’t list them all here. But I hope to review every single one of them sooner or later.
- My Amazon profile.
- My Audible review profile.
- My Goodreads profile.
- My Library Thing profile.
I post all of my reviews to my blog. I prefer to keep them blog exclusive to incentivize people to visit and use my affiliate links. I post to other websites at author, publisher, or literary agent request only. If you view any of my above profiles, you’ll notice the majority of my reviews can’t be found there.
I post my reviews to the following websites, but can’t link to my profile.