Review Policy

6/14/21: Thank you so much for considering me as a reviewer for your novel! Unfortunately, I am extremely backlogged in requests and will be responding and sorting out my review schedule over the next few weeks, so I am temporarily closed to requests. If you are requesting an ARC review for a novel that will be published between September and December of this year, please send me a message through my Contact page. For any requests sent through either the Contact or Submit pages that are for already published novels, I will be unable to respond. Thank you so much!

Thank you so much for considering me as a reviewer for your novel!

I do my best to offer balanced reviews that are as objective as possible as I don’t believe in discouraging readers from picking up any book. That said, I will be clear about what I enjoyed and what I didn’t like.

I actively read and review self-published books.

Genres Accepted

Fantasy, soft science fiction, cozy mystery, thriller, chick lit, women’s fiction

Genres Not Accepted

Nonfiction, YA, horror, hard science fiction, romance, erotica, children’s books, middle grade books

Will Not Review Books That Contain

explicit and gratuitous sex/excessive sex scenes | excessive violence and blood (warfare based books, battles followed by more battles, graphic wars/battles, graphic gore, excessive blood, etc. I appreciate it may be necessary to the story, but, in that case, I am not the right reviewer for you) \ horror elements (for reference, the Goosebumps books scare me) \ vampires | excessive cursing | rape | abuse | torture | short stories or short story collections | anthologies

Areas of Focus: Characters, setting, and plot

Types Accepted: MOBI, PDF, physical

Reviews Posted To: The Lily Cafe blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, LibraryThing, The Storygraph, BookBub

Please note I will not respond to requests where it is apparent to me that this policy has not been perused. I’m sorry, but I’m a very busy mother who does this in what little spare time she has!

Rating System

Every book I read automatically starts at 3 cups of tea. I believe every book is perfectly average before I even open it up. My rating will move up to a 4 if one of two elements (plot, character, setting) impress me or to a 5 if I’m blown away in every element. If I’m not particularly impressed, my rating remains at a 3. It will move down to a 2 if I struggle to read the entire book, and to a 1 if I abandon it (which doesn’t usually happen).

5 cups of tea: I’m impressed and blown away!

4 cups of tea: This was a really good book, but I wasn’t blown away.

3 cups of tea: This book was good, average.

2 cups of tea: This book was not terrible, but not particularly good, either.

1 cup of tea: I did not finish it.

I cannot guarantee that I will not rate any book less than a 3. I usually know within the first quarter of the book whether it is something I will enjoy, so, if you prefer only favorable reviews, I will notify you if I am not enjoying the book approximately 25% of the way through and will cease to read it.

Would you like me to review your book? Let me know!

Have a book that doesn’t meet my criteria for a review? Please take a look at my Submit page to see what I can still offer you. I love stories and want to do what I can to support them and you.

Thank you so much for reading!

Most Sincerely, Kat