Review Policy

Status update February 26 2017: Requests are open.


Review Policy:

  • Review requests are welcome from indie/selfpub authors and larger publishers alike.
  • I prefer to have at least three months before the publish date to read and review. Any publish date is okay; I’m no stranger to the backlist.
  • I will not read a series out of order unless the book works as a standalone.
  • I’m not interested in stories with heavy romance or love triangles.
  • My reviews are honest. I will not accept books for review if I don’t think I’ll like them.
  • I reserve the right to decline any book at any time for any reason.
  • Accepting a review copy does not guarantee a review.
  • Reading a book does not guarantee a review.

Formats Accepted:

  • audiobook
  • ebook (mobi only)
  • print (preferred)

Currently Seeking:

  • Adult and Young Adult novels (and #ownvoices* Middle Grade)
  • Animal point-of-view novels
  • Asexual characters
  • Deicide plotlines
  • Dinosaurs (not paleontology/archaeology!)
  • Diverse characters
  • Fiction written by non-American authors about their home country
  • Historical fiction set in not-America and not-England
  • Horses, unicorns, mermaids, etc. as main characters
  • LGBTQ+ characters in genre fiction
  • Lovecraftian horror
  • #Ownvoices stories*
  • Romance-free stories

*I understand that authors may not want to out themselves as #ownvoices in many cases. If you aren’t comfortable disclosing that information, that’s okay! There’s no need to tick all (or any) of these boxes, these are just stories I have a particular interest in reading more of.

Accepted Genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Graphic Novels (really any graphic novels, I love them!)
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mythology/Fairy Tales (including retellings)
  • Soft Sci-Fi
  • Weird Fiction

Non-Exhaustive List of Genres/Subgenres Not Accepted:

  • anything followed by the word “Romance”
  • “Chick Lit”
  • Erotica
  • Hard/Militaristic Sci-Fi
  • Mysteries and Crime novels
  • Non-Fiction, including Self-Help, Memoirs, Biographies, and Autobiographies
  • Paranormal
  • Poetry/Free-Verse
  • Religious fiction including fiction with heavy religious undertones
  • Satire or Humo(u)r
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Westerns (exception for fantasy-western and space western)

Places I Post:

Starred sites are those I use most often. I don’t post every review everywhere so if you want it, just ask.

I would be willing to host a giveaway, participate in a blog tour, etc. I will not participate in events that require posts to be solely promotional material.

You can email readstolive [at] gmail dot com if you think I will be interested in your book. Please provide at minimum: your name, the title, publish date, a blurb, and a link to the Amazon page so I can read the sample. I generally will not respond unless I am interested in reading your book due to the volume of requests.

Self-published authors: Please treat me like a person! Emailing just “hello” with a link to your Amazon page is rude. No need to go on for paragraphs of personal stuff about me/my blog, just address me by name please. 🙂