Trade reviews are important to authors for a variety of reasons. Not only can they help your book get noticed in the school and library market, but in an industry filled with rejection, a positive review is a form of validation to many of us. A head-nod that the months...years of creativity we poured into our work has not gone unnoticed.
There is one trade review that I wait on each time my ARC's go out: VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) They area a huge supporter of specialized YA Library Services, believe that teens should have equal access to information, and believe youth involvement in libraries, schools and communities is critical.
So... you can imagine how thrilled I was when their review of SWEET MADNESS can in!