Most books reviewed here are received free of charge from bookstores, publishers, blog tour groups, publicists, or directly from authors. While I generally try to thank the person who sent the book, sometimes I forget. It is generally safe to assume I did not pay for the books I review.
I am an Amazon Affiliate. That means that if you click on most of the Amazon links on this blog (First Wildcard requires me to use their links) and purchase something from Amazon before leaving their site, I get a small commission.
Sometimes I review products. Unless stated otherwise, I received a free sample for the purposes of review.
When offered products for review, I try not to accept products I do not think I will like. When writing a review, I try to say something positive about a product, even if I do not like it, with the idea of trying to help it find the appropriate market (even if I am not it). However, my reviews are honest, and will state what I do not like. I may just run promotional material in lieu of writing a review, if I don't like a product. I wrote this post about negative reviews. It should give you some idea about how likely a negative review is if I don't like a book.
I review a lot of books from NetGalley, a service that provides digital review copies to "professional readers". Most of the time NetGalleys are available for the Kindle. If they are not, the chance of a review goes way down. In the case of cookbooks, I'll do a quick perusal and write a short review of those not available on the Kindle. If I like paper or Kindle cookbooks I'll do both a review post and a "watch me make the recipe" post.