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About the Blog

Fiktshun is a book review blog with content appropriate for most ages. The books reviewed are mainly YA or NA, though there are a few reviews for adult reading-level books, but nothing discussed will be inappropriate for younger readers.

The main focus of the blog is on the reviews, but there are a few weekly or monthly features that enable me to have fresh/varied content. I’m one reviewer and just can’t post a book review seven days a week. I could read faster, but then I wouldn’t enjoy it as much, and this site is fueled by my love of reading so I don’t want that to ever change.

About Me

My name is Rachel and I’ve been reviewing/blogging about books since November 2010. I am a not-so-young adult who fell in love with YA books in the fall of 2008 and decided to start reviewing them on the blog two years later.

I have a full-time job during the day and try to squeeze in as much of a life as I can outside of that. Somewhere in between I like to read books and write about them here on the blog.

You will find me on Twitter in the evenings (mostly). I tend to be a shy Tweeter but feel free to say “hi” if you find me there.

I love most genres in YA, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be paranormal. I used to think I only loved vampires, but due to some amazing authors have fallen for those angels, demons, werewolves, faeries, spellcasters, magicians and zombie-killers.

How I Review

I take my process very seriously. It typically takes me several hours to write a review – except for my quickie reviews. I like to write a review which includes a short synopsis along with my non-spoiler-y thoughts about the book.

Occasionally I add a personal note so I can express how I feel about what I’ve read less formally and so that readers don’t think I’m a robot. (I do not post my personal notes with my Amazon reviews, mostly, so they are typically only here and on Goodreads.)

I love most of the books I read. If it’s a book I don’t think I’d like, I won’t start reading it. So, most of the reviews on my site are positive. I will point out things that I don’t like or that draw me away from the story, but I’ll never slam a book.

Blog Features

Current…

Random Thoughts At least once or twice a month I will write an article – more like an editorial – on related topics that may be of interest.

My Reading Pile now posted on Reading YA Rocks – A weekly post of the books that I plan on reading and reviewing that week, along with any books I received, the book I wish I could read, and any NetGalley finds.

Book Watch: Releasing This Week now posted on Reading YA Rocks – A weekly post in which I list all the books I have on pre-order or will be buying that week, plus those releases that are also of interest.

Past…

Book Watch A weekly post where I highlight one of the many books I can’t wait for. (One book spotlighted from each release week.) {Retired feature}

Playing 20 Questions with… – A weekly 20 quickie question blogger Q&A. {Retired feature}

My Favorite Quote from… – A post in which I talk about a favorite quote from a recent read. {Retired feature}

Epic Fail Moments in Blogging – A post in which I talk about one of my epic fail moments as a blogger. {Retired feature}

Book Buzz A post where I discuss books I love that are still buzzworthy. {Retired feature}

The Trailers A “For Your Viewing Pleasure” post of trailers for books releasing soon. {Retired feature}

The Extras A post listing a few legal book freebies or extras that I’ve managed to find online. {Retired feature}

The Extras: Teasers A post listing favorite quotes from books I’ve read. {Retired feature}

The Crush List A post of books I’ve read that I’ve developed a crush on. {Retired feature}

The Crush List: The Authors – A post of authors I admire. {Retired feature}

The Readers Have Spoken – A post highlighting favorite answers to giveaway questions. {Retired feature}

Quarter Talk – A quarterly post where several bloggers share their answers to five book-related questions. {Retired feature}

Why YA? – A guest post in which a blogger or author answers the question of why young adult. {Retired feature}

Special Reviews

Quickie or Mini Reviews Reviews generally for short books or novellas that don’t include my synopsis.

Just Discovered Reviews Reviews of books that I’ve either just learned about, got a chance to read or re-read. Listed under reviews these will have a few “Just Discovered” extras.

Indie Author Spotlight Reviews Reviews of books by an independent or self-published author. Reviews will include an author bio.

Oldies but Goodies Reviews Reviews of a “modern” (post 1980) fiction novel that really stands out.

Love Letter Reviews Reviews of a book or series written in the form of a love letter.

Book Thoughts My thoughts about a book in a non-review format.

8 Responses to “About”

  1. Meager says:

    meagchen@gmail.com

    hey, what website did you use to create this blog. i’m having trouble finding one that can have your own website name. like i don’t want http://www.___.net.com or .web.com. i want like yours. just plain fiktshun.com

  2. Hi there. I contacted you back on April 3 to see if you’d be interested in reviewing my humourous fantasy novel “Young Republican, Yuppie Princess,” which you emailed back on April 6 and indicated you’d be interested in reviewing, so I subumitted it. Now, I *know* book bloggers hate it when you email them saying “Have you reviewed it yet???” esp. when I know you haven’t because I Googled first so as not to remain completely clueless. You’d indicated you’d probably have it up about May but I understand that that may have been an extremely optimistic outlook 🙂 I only bring it up now because my publicist, Linda White of Bookmania, suggested I contact any previous bloogers I’d had communication with, as Linda is currently organizing a virtual blog tour for me and thought maybe they could be added in. So, if you’ve gotten to it let me know and maybe we can plug you into October (or even November) but if not, that’s okay, I know how backed up bloggers have gotten in the past year. Just figured I’d ask.

    Have a great weekend!

    Sincerely,
    Nicole Chardenet

  3. Starr K says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I was trying to enter your gveaways but the site is blocked from my computer… it comes up as phishing site. Is there another way to enter>

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Is the entire site blocked? I heard from a couple others through Google Chrome that they get the phishing message. It’s probably because I have the forms link out. I’ll embed them all in the Blogoversary page so that it shouldn’t be an issue. Give me about 15 minutes?

      Rachel

  4. Shaft says:

    What if you want to be a guest reviewer how do you apply to do that?

  5. Johannah says:

    Great blog! Love the design.

  6. bluekaren says:

    I am a big fan of your blog. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your posts. You are on all the hot lists for tours and your reviews are stellar. I am green with envy. You inspire me to be a better blogger.

  7. Robert says:

    Hello, I’m the author of Kelly Titan. It’s a sci-fi YA.

    I’m currently looking for readers, and I saw your positive feedback on Divergent. I think you’ll enjoy my story as well.
    I’m willing to buy you my book as a gift on amazon, if you want something to read and review : )

    Let me know if you’re interested.

    Cheers,
    Robert B.L

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