Review Policy

If you are an author or publisher interested in having me review your book, you’ve come to the right place! Please read all of the guidelines below before contacting me. It may also be beneficial to spend a bit of time reading through my posts so you can get an idea of my blogging style before you reach out.

Once you are ready to make your request, please send me an email at alexsscribblesnstories@gmail.com.* Include some variation of “Review Request” in the subject line of your email so that I can identify it easily. If I choose to accept your request, I will email you back within a week’s time. I will always strive to respond to all requests, even if it’s just to politely decline; but if a week goes by without you hearing from me, you can assume that your request has been declined.

I really enjoy using my platform as a book blogger to promote debut and seasoned authors alike, so I will try to take on as many review requests as I can! Thank you for reaching out to me — please read on for more details about my reviewing guidelines.

*I do not accept review requests made through Instagram/Twitter DMs or any form of contact other than email.

I am currently OPEN to review requests!

Genres I review

The bulk of what I read is young adult (YA) fiction, with the occasional middle grade (MG) book thrown in. As of now, these are the only two age brackets that I will be accepting review requests for. I will not review adult fiction. I may review new adult (NA) fiction, but those decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

My absolute favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy. I will also accept contemporary, mystery, and dystopian novels, and I will consider romance novels if I think that they’re a good match for me in other ways as well. I do not accept thrillers, and I will decline most paranormal novels.

At this time, I am not accepting review requests for nonfiction, poetry, or plays.

Formats I accept

I prefer receiving physical copies of books, even if they’re ARCs. This preference is based on the fact that I often read faster when I’m reading a physical book, which makes it easier for me to keep up with review requests. However, I also accept eBooks in a variety of formats. PDF is preferred, but anything that can be read on a Kindle and/or an iPad will work just fine.

I do not accept audiobooks for review requests.

What you can expect

Once I have approved your request and received a review copy of your book, please allow 1-3 months for me to complete the review. If the book is an ARC and the release date is less than a month away, I will try my best to have the review up before or right after it is released. If you would like the review posted on a certain day or within a certain timeframe, please let me know as part of your request and I will do my best to accommodate you.

I will always post my reviews on Goodreads, and I will post most of my reviews on my blog as well. I do not currently post reviews on Amazon.

I always write honest reviews, even if I did not like the book. In the event that I have to DNF a book, I may or may not write a review, depending on how far along I got and what my thoughts on the content are. If I choose not to post a DNF review, I will contact you privately before the 3 months are up to let you know what happened.

My Rating System

I use a basic five-star rating system, with half stars awarded only when I feel they are absolutely necessary. (Whether I round these half stars up or down on Goodreads depends entirely on my opinion of the book.) A rough guide to how I assign my ratings is as follows:

5 stars: I LOVED the book, and I can’t stop gushing about it. It might even be one of my all-time favorites.

4 stars: I really enjoyed the book, and I highly recommend it. There may be a few minor things that stuck out to me as problematic, or I just might not have been as passionate about the story as I could have been, but the book was still great overall.

3 stars: I liked the book, but I thought that it had just as many shortcomings as it did good qualities. I would probably still recommend it, but to a more limited pool of readers.

2 stars: I felt ambiguous about the book. There were a lot of things that stuck out to me as problematic, and while there may have been a few plot twists that intrigued me or characters that I liked, the bad far outweighed the good in the end.

1 star: I really did not like the book, and may not have been able to finish it.

QUestions?

If you have any questions regarding my review policy, or if you’re unsure as to whether or not your book satisfies my guidelines, please do not hesitate to send an email my way! I’m happy to help in any way that I can, and I reserve the right to make exceptions to this policy as I see fit. As I mentioned above, you can reach me any time at alexsscribblesnstories@gmail.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read through my review policy. I look forward to hearing from you!