Review Policy

I am currently accepting a limited number of books for review. Please see below for details. If you would like the review posted by a specific date, please submit the request a minimum of 45 days prior to that date.

If you are interested in a book spotlight, author interview, guest post, or other collaboration in lieu of a review, please email songswrotemystory@gmail.com.

Format Details, Etc.

I am able to work with print books, ePub/MOBI files, Netgalley and Kobo links. I do not own an Amazon device, and therefore will not be able to accept Amazon’s files for review.

If the book is part of a series, I may require the previous books in order to review appropriately.

Preference and priority will be given to print books.

Genres/Age Ranges I Am Open To Reviewing

Children’s Fiction (including children’s poetry)
Contemporary
Fantasy
General Fiction
Horror
Memoir/Biography
Middle Grade Fiction
Mystery
Paranormal
Science Fiction
Self- and Indie-Published Books
Thiller
Young Adult Fiction

Genres/Age Ranges I Will Not Accept

Erotica
Historical
Poetry
Religion and Spirituality
Romance

What To Expect

Accepting a book for review does not guarantee a review. I will do my best to read and review in a timely fashion, but other personal and work related commitments may get in the way. In the event I am unable to get to your book, I will contact you to discuss the matter.

I will write a review for almost every book I read, especially if received for review purposes. My reviews are fair and honest, and I do my best to not reveal spoilers. This does not guarantee a positive review, however, as my reviews are based on my own personal opinion. I will not write mean or insulting comments in negative reviews, but I will do my best to explain why the book was not for me.

I will not sell ARCs provided for review. Electronic files will not be shared without permission. Hardcopies may be loaned to friends and family to read, the same as I would do with finished copies.

In addition to this blog, reviews will be posted to Goodreads and Amazon Canada. Photos of physical books may be posted to my Instagram account.

The following will be included in reviews:
-Cover art
-Summary of the book
-My rating
-A song I associate with the book
-From where I obtained the book
-My personal thoughts, including good points and downsides

If I do not finish a book, I will also include an explanation of why. I do write and post reviews for books I do not finish, if I feel I have read enough to form a solid opinion. This is non-negotiable, though each book is approached on a case by case basis.

Rating Details

5/5 – I loved the story, the characters, and everything about it. Any issues with the book are minor, and do not affect the progression of the book. It is likely a new favourite of mine.
4/5 – The book was great. There were probably a few issues in the book that bothered me, but I could overlook them with minimal effort.
3/5 – The book was good, but there were some aspects of it I just could not get past. It could be flat characters, kinks in the storyline, or another issue that will be indicated in the review.
2/5 – The book was okay, but there were a number of issues that I struggled with. It is a book that probably did not live up to its’ summary, and I likely had a hard time getting through the story.
1/5 – There is a very good chance I skimmed to get through this book, or did not finish it. At the most, I disliked it. It likely had some major issues, such as poor editing or writing, no development, or other issues that will be indicated in the review. It may also be based on personal taste.
0/5 – Did not finish. Have not read enough to give a rating.

Half stars are given when appropriate.

Miscellaneous

All reviews and posts on this page are under copyright. I typically don’t mind you using my reviews or posts for promotional or other purposes, but please contact me prior to doing so, or include it in your request.

I love helping books get some attention, but cannot always take on every review request I receive. If you are open to doing a guest post, excerpt post, giveaway, interview, or other promotional post, please include that in your email.

Contact

Review requests or questions can be sent to: songswrotemystory@gmail.com

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