The questions you always wanted to ask, but never did (I know them because I’m psychic)
What does MCG stand for?
My name. It’s not so hard to figure that one out. You can call me Cristina though.
Where do you live?
In an Eastern European country. In the very picturesque, but rough around the edges, Romania.
What’s with this blog?
Well, I love to read and write, so what better way to express that except writing about books and TV shows. Maybe games in the future.
Man, what’s with those chapter recaps?
I like to analyze popular books which helps becoming a better writer. It also helps me understanding what to do and what not to do. It’s also pretty fun. Book suggestions for chapter recaps on “The List” page.
Do you have a review policy?
Yes. I only do honest reviews, so when you send me a book to review, it can get anything between 0 to 5 stars. You have to be fine with that and not flame me afterwards for getting a bad review. If you’re unsure if your book is going to get a good rating from me, you can send me your first 3 chapter. If those are good enough, I’m going to ask for the rest of the book. Otherwise, I’m going to send you some concrit and advices based on what I read. I think that’s fair enough, especially for self-published authors.
How do you rate the books?
A five star book is one that is written impeccably, surprises me with various subplots and twists I would have never expected, and also makes me think about it for days to come. But let me tell you the stuff that annoys me: plot holes and inconsistencies, shallow character development, abuse portrayed as love, trivialization of serious acts like sexual assault, depression, bullying and suicide, too many cliches in one book, minimal research, and poor writing style. You can also check my recaps or reviews to discover what else annoys me.
What about grammar mistakes in a novel?
I am not a grammar nazi, but I’m annoyed if there are too many grammar mistakes in a novel because it detracts from my flow of reading. I tend run to my reference grammar books/websites to check the correct form which is good for me because I consolidate my grammar skills. But bad for you, author, because you didn’t put enough effort to perfect every aspect of your book. And I don’t like that. You can say it’s the copy-editor’s job, but it reflects badly on you in the end.
Why don’t you distinguish between books you received for reviews and books you bought and reviewed?
Because all the reviews I do are honest regardless of the books’ source. I actually dislike when I see reviews with such a disclaimer because it kind of weakens the review. Especially if you get to a very praising and gushing review, even though the book is not good. I don’t want to mislead my readers, or even the author of the book, so all you get from me are truthful reviews and recommendations.
What genres do you mostly read?
YA, NA, fantasy, romance, dystopian, coming of age, speculative ficiton. I sometimes read mystery. I usually decide on a book after reading its summary. One genre I don’t like reading is historic fiction.
How soon can do you post reviews after you receive a novel?
Maximum 3 weeks.
What else do you do?
Author interviews, book tours, giveaways. You can always contact me.
Do you beta read novels?
Yes. The way I do it is that I mix the parts that I liked with those I didn’t liked or I was confused about. I also include feedback on the plot, characters, pacing, description and ending. It’s a lot of concrit because I genuinely want to help you to be a better writer and have success. In the future, I might start editing novels and help authors with their platforms.
What if I have other questions?
You can leave a comment on this page, use the contact form below, or send me an email. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
If you prefer email, drop me a line at georgescu.maria.cristina [at] gmail [dot] com