VRO promises around 20 readers per book. I can say that is a promise they easily achieved. I had Being Human offered for review and it got 38 requests.
But how many reviews did both books get?
I went looking at Amazon and Goodreads and it looks like each book got about five or six reviews and mostly on Goodreads. I did receive two emails of people who reported back to VRO with links to their reviews. I don't think this is bad because I've heard for every 100 book reviewers you contact, you are luck to hear back from ten.
My main issue was Larry, the person who contacted me, made it sound VRO would ensure everyone reviewed the book in his initial message. That sounded farfetched to me. Looking at their website, I see in the FAQ they say they can't guarantee everyone will read and review the book. Maybe they realized it sounded as if reviews were guaranteed. I can't say as I didn't look at the FAQ until much later.
Anytime I had to contact VRO, I received prompt responses and they were friendly and helpful.
In regards to the mailing list, it added 86 new people to my newsletter, but in the two newsletters I have sent out, I've had at least one person who was added through VRO unsubscribe. That's two for two, so I'm wondering what will happen next time I send out a newsletter (and this is with both newsletters having giveaways in them.) I did read a review from another author who had great success with VRO in regards to her newsletter, so maybe it's hit or miss, or possibly, I just suck at newsletters.
- I can't complain too much since I paid nothing to try this service.
- VRO was professional and prompt in answering my questions.
- I received more than 20 requests for both my books and got reviews as a result. Out of the reviews I received, the majority were positive. I won't be surprised if more come later.
- I wish more of the reviews I did get would have been posted to Amazon.
- It also would have been nice if more reviewers replied to VRO with links to their reviews so authors can see the service is working. Instead, I had to hunt reviews down and guess if they were VRO related.
- I can't say if I've made fangirls/boys.
- It grew my newsletter, but I have gotten unsubscribes, which isn't surprising. Plenty of people sign up for newsletters for freebies only to unsubscribe. Hopefully, most of them will stay.
- In regards to my newsletter, I would do it a little differently and do what the one review I read did and send out a special one welcoming anyone who was there as the result of VRO.
- The website is easy to navigate and the large font makes the white on black background easier to read, but still hurts my eyes a bit.
Should you try it?
If you are into reading and reviewing, you can sign up to get books through this service. It costs nothing to join and you get books. Just make sure you are willing to write reviews. The site states it's not for people who just want to fill their ereaders with free books they never intend to read.
If you want to know more, visit Voracious Readers Only and click on Readers or Authors at the top to get the information about it.