Submission Details

Review Submissions are currently:  CLOSED


Submission Guidelines:

Are you a writer of young adult fiction? I do take requests and can offer a review of approximately 1,000 – 1,500 words on this blog (as well as shorter “starred” reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and LibraryThing). The terms and conditions are as follows:

  • Your novel can be any genre of fiction but must be either targeted at young adults or at least be a novel that still holds appeal for teenage readers.
  • Your novel must be currently available to either purchase or preorder online in paperback or eBook form.
  • You must be patient. I review submissions in the order that they are requested and at busy times it could take me a few months to get to your request.
  • You will need to provide a copy of your book in either a physical or mobi (Kindle) format.

You also need to be aware that the reviews I give on this blog reflect my own personal feelings while reading a novel. They are all honest reviews and therefore may not be entirely positive.

Please, read through some of my posts before you decide if I am the reviewer you’re looking for. You also might want to note my personal preferences. While I will review novels outside of my comfort zone, it’s harder to write positive reviews of something that’s massively outside of my personal taste:

What I Like:

My favourite genres are fantasy, science fiction and horror. Within these genres, I particularly have a liking for dystopian settings, steampunk and urban fantasy.

When giving a positive review, I look for many things. Original concepts, solid world building, diverse casts and strong female protagonists are all musts. I also expect novels to be edited to remove any errors in grammar and spelling – if you want me to spend money on books and recommend that others do the same, I expect them to be of a professional quality.

What I Don’t Like:

In terms of genre, I don’t really enjoy historical novels (unless that history involves samurai), romantic fiction or sport fiction. You might also want to check with me if your story falls into a specific niche, as it’s difficult to write a review on a subject I know nothing about.

When I give negative reviews, the following things tend to upset me the most: overuse of genre tropes, lack of diversity, damsels in distress, the use of violence against women purely for shock value, cliffhanger endings, deus ex machinas, plot twists that come out of nowhere and poor editing.

Starred Ratings:

I have been asked why I don’t use a rating system on my blog. In short, its purely because I don’t believe in it. What I intend to do is tell you how a book made me feel – I always encourage readers to read the novels themselves to form their own opinions.

However, as Amazon, Goodreads and LibraryThing all enforce a star system, here’s a breakdown of what the stars mean to me:

  • 1 star – I did not like the book and therefore wouldn’t recommend it.
  • 2 star – While the book may have had a few good ideas, it was underwhelming on the whole.
  • 3 star – The book was average. While I did enjoy it, there was nothing exceptional about it.
  • 4 star – The book was above average but there were a few nagging issues that prevented me from giving it a higher rating.
  • 5 star – The book was fantastic. I would sing its praises from the roof tops and everyone should read it.

Please note that I am incredibly stingy when it comes to giving out both 1 star and 5 star reviews as I try to review books critically. Most of my reviews tend to fall between 2 and 4 stars.


If you’re happy with the above, please send your request to and I’ll be in touch as soon as I can.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Rae Else
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 16:35:04

    Hi Kim,

    I really like your blog and reviews. I’m looking at the books I’ve been reading and reviewing lately and reaching out to readers who are reviewing the same sort of genre.

    I was wondering if you might be interested in reading an advance reader copy of my book, Descendants. I’m self-publishing it on the 12th April 2017. It’s a Young Adult, Urban Fantasy novel and the first book in The Arete Series. It’s inspired by Greek mythology, but instead of being about the gods, it’s about beings cursed by the gods and their descendants. Think Percy Jackson meets Fallen, (heavier on intrigue and action than on romance). It’s 69K in length.

    Here’s the link to the book on Amazon I’d be happy to send you an ARC e-copy in your preferred format.

    Thanks for your consideration and hope to hear from you soon.

    All the best,

    Rae Else


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