Review Policy

Review Policy

General information:

I am currently NOT accepting any books for review.

Usually I accept Adult, Young Adult books for review. You can send emails to acityofbooks11 (at) gmail (dot) com

I accept print ARCs, finished copies and e-books. If the book is a part of a series, then I may need the previous books. 

I am NOT accepting self-published books, indie press books, or interactive media books at this time. Review requests for these books will not receive a reply. Exceptions include those already on my TBR.  

You can check and see if your book is on my TBR list. If it's there, then you know I want to read it! You can also browse my Review Index to get a feel for my interests. 

I accept Adult, YA, and MG fiction in the following genres:
  • Fantasy
  • Historical fiction and select historical non-fiction
  • Fairy tale/myth retellings
  • Paranormal 
  • Mystery
  • Gothic horror/romance
I am NOT accepting books in the following genres:
  • Non-fiction (with the exception of select historical books)
  • Memoirs/modern biographies
  • Contemporary 
  • "Issues" books (dying mothers, cancer diagnoses, mental illnesses, family drama, etc)
  • Extremely political or "hot button" topics
  • Poetry
  • Free verse novels 
  • Short story compilations
  • Overtly preachy religious fiction (Christian values are fine)
    Accepting Books

    If I accept a book for review, that does not guarantee a review.

    I will make every effort to read and review in a timely fashion and with regard to release dates, but I cannot guarantee this. I prefer to receive a book 2-3 months prior to when you would like the review posted.

    Please note: I schedule my posts months in advance (that is, if you contact me in January, the odds are slim to none that I will have an opening available for you in February). 


    I will write a review for almost every book I finish. My reviews are written in a relaxed manner reminiscent of a conversation among friends. They are not meant to be objective literary critiques. 

    I write fair and honest reviews, but this does not mean I will always write positive reviews. My reviews are my opinion, and if I don’t enjoy a book then my review will reflect that.

    With that said, I strive to explain why the book in question did not work for me personally. I do NOT write nasty or snarky commentary about the author. 

    If I do not finish a book I may write an explanation for DNF-ing. These explanations are different from standard reviews and will state that I did not finish the book, what page I read up to, why I did not finish, and if I plan on ever picking up the book again.  

    Review Structure

    All reviews will include the following: 
    • Cover art
    • Book stats: Title, author, publisher, page count, release date, series status
    • Where I received the book
    • My review: What I liked and didn't
    • Star rating

    Star Rating:

    -- : DNF
    ⭐: Terrible, it felt like homework reading.
    ⭐⭐: Poor.
    ⭐⭐⭐: Okay, some faults.
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐: Good.
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐: Amazing, enjoyed every bit of it.
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐+: **FANGIRLS** THIS. WAS. EPIC.

     Ratings are based on my personal enjoyment of the book and are not meant to be objective ratings.

    Author Guest Posts and Interviews

    * Please Note: At this time, I will only accept guest posts from authors.

    I am happy to host authors on ACityofBooks! At this time, I will only be hosting authors whose books I have either read or added to my To Be Read list. I am not currently accepting "form" guest posts where the content has already been posted on other blogs. 

    If you would like to be featured on Small Review, please email me with the following information:
    • Your name and the name of your book
    • A brief description of your book (or link to Goodreads)
    • Do you prefer a guest post or an interview? Will you provide a topic/questions or would you like me to? *
    • The month/date you would like to be featured**
    • If you would like to include a giveaway 

    *Please note: If I have not read your book yet and you are coming up with your own guest post topic, then I prefer, but do not require, you send me a copy of your book.

    If I have not read your book yet and I am coming up with the guest post topic or interview questions, then I require a copy of your book and 3-4 months advance time to read your book. If this is not possible for some reason but your book is on my TBR, then we can try to work something out.

    ** Please note: I schedule my posts months in advance (that is, if you contact me in January, the odds are slim to none that I will have an opening available for you in February).

    Requests to Host Me On Your Blog

    Thank you for your interest! I am honored, but unfortunately my schedule does not currently allow for me to write guest posts. I am happy to participate in an interview, however. 

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