Policies and Review Requests

Review Policy

I review books solely at my discretion. These reviews may or not be considered positive by the author or readers. If I have received a review copy and I cannot or do not intend to provide a review before the requested date, I will attempt to contact the person from whom I received the review copy; however, this is not to be construed as a guarantee of successful contact.

I review books because I enjoy writing up my thoughts about them. I receive and will accept no compensation for my reviews, and they are entirely my honest opinion. Otherwise, I would not enjoy writing them!

I am currently to review requests. As in, you can make them, but I have plenty of books right now, so I’ll only say Yes if I’m really interested. I am generally unable to provide an expectation of turnaround faster than a month.

Here are a few guidelines you might want to read in full or as appropriate.

I read:

Fantasy – for clarification, I generally prefer stories that are set in a world that is not our own. I am open to lots of magic, no magic, very well defined magic, or soft magic. I am open to worlds with no humans, worlds with traditional fantasy races, worlds with untraditional or original fantasy races, worlds with only humans, and worlds inspired or based on historical periods or places. I might read Urban Fantasy, if it is good fit in other ways or grabs my attention, but it is not my preferred genre. I particularly enjoy dragons that are not sheer evil monsters (but this does not make any book with dragons in it an instant read).

I am open to Cozy Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, or anything in between. I will read Adult, YA (Young Adult), MG (Middle Grade) – basically, I don’t care about age range.

I may read:

Historical Fiction – for clarification, this means fiction inspired by historical times or places, but not set in this world. I am open to varying closeness of the fictional world to the historical period or place that inspired it, but if it is supposed to be set in this world, I will probably not enjoy it. This is not a strict no.

Science Fiction – for clarification, I do not enjoy many science fiction elements or tropes. However, the presence of space ships or advanced technology is not an instant turn-off. If other elements of a book appeal to me, I may enjoy it despite being Sci-Fi.

Dark/Grimdark – for clarification, this is probably going to be one of the hardest ones for other people to match my tastes. I don’t have space in my life for reading books I will find overly depressing or disturbing. However, a great deal of character death, complex characters with mixed or even evil motivations, and an exploration of trauma do not, in and of themselves, constitute a no-go.

Urban Fantasy – Some of the tropes/elements of this genre, such as magic hidden in the real world, appeal to me strongly. However, since I don’t like stories set in the real world, and contemporary is as problematic for me as historical in a lot of ways, this means I will rarely read Urban Fantasy.

Christian Fiction – My feelings about Christianity are involved, elaborate, and intense. This is a genre that I could love a book or find it very interesting – or I could hate it with a passion. As a result, unlike many book bloggers, Christian Fiction is not a strict no, but it is complicated. And my reviews are likely to reflect this situation.

Romance – I’m okay with reading some books in which romance is a major plot point, but it isn’t my primary thing, and I really don’t enjoy high-drama romance most of the time. Absolutely no romance that is not fantasy. I mean, this isn’t a strict no, if you’ve read half the reviews on this site and half the books behind them and some of my other content, and you really think I’d like something … feel free to suggest it.

I will not read (this list is not complete):

Erotica – An erotic scene here or there is not a turn-off, but if that is a great deal of what your book is, save your time and mine and don’t even request it.

Horror – Anything written for “spook” value or just to be horrifying in a gross or gory way isn’t something I’d like to spend my time on. Also, even if your book isn’t horror, if it has a lot of detailed/graphic torture or violence, give me a heads-up.

If you still want to request a review, you can let me know using the Contact Form on the Home page. The one on my About page works too.



Last update: 23/4/2023

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