Writer for Fantasy Book Review. All my reviews land here aswell as other exclusive articles. Do not quote reviews from this site without permission. Chances are they’ll be found here http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/reviewers/James-Tivendale.html and I don’t want quote duplication. E-mail me if uncertain.
Blog established October 2016.
Hello, my name is James and I would like to thank you for visiting my page. As you can gather by creating a blog about books, I love reading. I also enjoy playing 8-ball pool, playing Xbox, keeping fit and studying. I recently passed my Certificate of Insurance (Cert CII) and my Certificate in Online Marketing. I am currently studying towards my Insurance Diploma as well as a handful of free online courses. I live in the West Midlands, UK and studied at Aberystwyth University. In an ideal world, when I am 35 I would love to study another degree and hopefully get invited to a secret cult where lecturers and geniuses discuss nonsensical nothingness over expensive wine. I thoroughly enjoy conversing with people from all walks of life. I believe everyone has a story to tell that I want to hear. I like a wide range of music but mostly extreme metal, rap, punk and musical theatre soundtracks. Few random points: I played in the Welsh amateur dodgeball open, I am ambidextrous, I was a county swimmer and gymnast and I have tickets to go see Hamilton in London next year!
I was reading a fair amount and saw all these cool kids on Goodreads reviewing books and getting loads of likes so I thought I would give it ago. To begin with, my reviews were nonsense rubbish I threw together in two and a half minutes. The very first reviews posted on this blog aren’t very good but I leave them there because it shows my journey. About 9 months ago I made it to the UK’s 97th best weekly reviewer on Goodreads and I thought that was super cool and I started taking it a bit more seriously. Since then I am a lot higher ranked on Goodreads. See http://www.goodreads.com/youandi if you have a spare few minutes. I created this blog as more of a hobby than anything. I saw one lady on Goodreads whose blog had a million hits and her reviews were terrible!! Since then, I have started writing for http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk which receives around 100,000 hits a month and have started flaunting with twitter to chat with other bloggers and authors to discuss all things bookish. I can’t believe how much has changed in twelve months. I now often get my pick of books that I want to review from publishers, chat to amazing authors and talk to writers/contributors from some of the biggest review sites in the world. It is awesome!! 🙂 I am also a judge for SPFBO. 🙂 I was a judge for the Booknest fantasy awards and my words have made the covers for some of my favourite books x
At the moment I am not accepting any new review requests. I have a small backlog of books which I am currently working through alongside books from NetGalley and from publishers. I am also a judge of SPFBO so this will take up a lot of my time. If I want to review a book I will probably approach publishers for it for the foreseeable future. I will not respond to review request e-mails until my acceptance status changes.
I rate out of 10 and if I see befitting I will rate with a .5 if, for me, I feel it is between the rates on the below scale.
10 – Out of this world. Breathtaking. It will probably be one of my top 10 books of all time.
9 – Amazing. Excellent. This is generally the highest rating I will give.
8 – Very good. So close to being a favourite. It had a lot of great things going for it.
7 – Good. An enjoyable book that does a lot of things right but with some flaws.
6 – Pretty good. Glad that I read this but I will probably have forgotten about it in a years time.
5 – Average. OK-ish. Meh. Unmemorable but not too bad.
4 – Below par. It had some redeemable qualities but a lot more negative elements than positive.
3 – Bad. The lowest rating I will give a book that I finish. If you ask me about books with this rating it will probably put me in a bad mood.
2 – Very Bad. I probably wouldn’t have finished this. Too many negative issues and it gave me a headache.
1 – Worst thing I have ever read. I want my money back and I just frisbeed this book out of the window. (Or deleted it from my Kindle in a fit of rage!)
Note: As of yet I haven’t registered a book as being did not finish. I will always read 35% or 150 pages (whichever is less) as I believe this amount allows the story to give a fair representation of itself.
All reviews and opinions are my own. Although I will always be critical should I need to be, I am a positive person and even if I don’t necessarily enjoy what I am reading, I will still look for the pros and well as the cons. If you wish to contact me to discuss anything e-mail me at email@example.com.
Here is another picture of Chow Yun Fat for your enjoyment seeing as the old one was deleted for no reason. Grrr!