10/27/2020: I am open for ARC requests for novels that will be published January-March 2021 only. Check out my Submit page if you’re interested in submitting a guest post or excerpt. Thank you. – Kat
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.
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
File Types Accepted: MOBI, PDF
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!
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.
For ARC review requests in fantasy, soft science fiction, mystery/thriller, and women’s fiction that will be published January-March 2021. I am not currently open to novels that are already published or will be published by December 31, 2020.
Thank you so much for reading!
Most Sincerely, Kat