3/218/2020: I am currently closed to requests indefinitely. I hate to do this, especially when authors who work other jobs are likely finding themselves at home with little else to do than to promote their books, but I am swamped between having my whole family home and having to homeschool while my toddler still thinks I have all morning just for her. I’m still terribly behind on responding to requests, reading, and writing reviews, but, once I catch up a bit, hopefully in a month or two, I’ll reopen. In the meantime, my Submit page remains open if you’re interested in submitting a guest post or excerpt. Stay healthy! Thank you. – Kat
I enjoy reading and writing book reviews, but with so many reviewers out there, I am under no illusions that you’d like me to read and review your book. However, anything is possible. With that in mind, here are my guidelines for what I will and won’t read and how I rate books.
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, general fiction
Genres Not Accepted: Nonfiction, YA, horror, hard science fiction, romance, erotica, children’s books, middle grade books
Preference: I prefer character driven books, but will on occasion enjoy a more plot driven story
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
Time Frame: Within 3 months of book acquisition, though I will communicate my current time line upon acceptance to ensure it matches with the author’s. For advance copies, I post reviews around the publication date and must receive the book at least a month in advance.
File Types Accepted: MOBI, PDF
Reviews Posted To: The Lily Cafe blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram
Please note I will not respond to requests where it is apparent to me that this policy has not been perused.
5 cups of tea: The book was as close to perfection as humanly possible and I couldn’t put it down. The story, characters, and writing were excellent and I had no complaints.
4 cups of tea: This was a really good book, but not perfect. The story was engaging, but I was still able to disengage and take time away from it. There were one or two things I wasn’t a fan of, which should be clear from the review.
3 cups of tea: This book was good, but more of a run of the mill kind of story, meaning it was interesting, but not really unique. The characters or story were interesting and the writing was adequate. A 3 cups of tea book has a few things I liked and about an equal number of things I didn’t like.
2 cups of tea: This book was okay, but the story failed to hold my attention. Despite that, I managed to finish the book. The characters/story were not engaging. The writing was poor, and the book as a whole lacked proper editing. There was more I disliked than I liked.
1 cup of tea: Unfortunately, I did not like the book. It was not engaging and/or enjoyable to read. It read like a first draft with poor writing and editing, inconsistencies, poorly drawn characters, and a poor or hard to follow plot.
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