- YA/MG realistic fiction (e.g. Code Name Verity)
- YA/adult/MG speculative fiction, in particular high fantasy (e.g. Seraphina, The Name of the Wind)
- YA/MG historical fantasy (e.g. Kat, Incorrigible)
- Urban fantasy (e.g. Magic Gifts)
- Romance/erotica (e.g. Bared to You)
I wish to be more selective in the books I accept for review in order to maximize the enjoyment of my reading experiences. Therefore, due to past experience, I very rarely accept self-published books or books published by smaller presses. I do not accept books in the following genres:
- Adult thriller/mystery/horror
- Adult nonfiction
- Picture books
- Family and parenting
- Non-book products
Unfortunately, I cannot respond to each review request sent to me. If you do not hear back from me within a week of sending your email, you can most likely assume that I am unable to accept your book for review. I will try to respond within 30 days to each personalized review request if it falls within the aforementioned genres that I will consider for review; I cannot guarantee a reply for mass emails or books in genres that I do not review.
If I accept your review pitch, please understand that I cannot guarantee that I will be able to finish and/or review your book. I prefer to read a book when I am in the mood to read it, and sometimes I will realize that your book and I are not the best match. I also cannot guarantee that I will be able to post a review for your book around its due date unless specifically requested or for a blog tour.
My accepting a book for review does not mean that I will automatically give it a good rating. I write reviews that honestly reflect my feelings and thoughts toward a book. If you're looking only for good ratings, you've come to the wrong place.
Besides for my blog, I also post my reviews on Goodreads, LibraryThing, and, on occasion, Amazon.
Books that I have finished reviewing but do not intend to keep on my permanent shelf will likely be swapped; donated to the local public library or another similar organization; or given away on my blog.
Interviews, Giveaways, Etc.
Unless it is part of a blog tour or something organized by an outside party, I prefer to consider doing an interview, guest post, or giveaway only AFTER I have read and reviewed your book. As this is my blog and represents my opinions and mine alone, I reserve the right to choose which books, authors, and publishers I will support via interviews and giveaways. It is against my integrity as a blogger, writer, reviewer, and human being if I let myself to do false advertising, and so I hope you can respect my decision if I choose not to participate in something.
On the other hand, if you saw elsewhere that I've read and enjoy your book(s), feel free to contact me regarding a possible interview or guest post! I am happy to support and promote authors of books I enjoyed reading, although I currently do not have the time to reach out to you on my own. Thank you for your understanding.
Any other questions? Ready to email me a review pitch?
EMAIL: stephxsu at gmail dot com
My review policy was last updated on 9/27/12.