Rating & Review Guidelines


Format, Guidelines and  Time Frame

*I am currently closed for review requests at this time. However, I will accept titles if I am on your mailing list. I am happy to offer spotlight posts and features for authors and titles that are an appropriate fit for the blog. I apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Please read these before sending a review request, as I understand that both your time and mine is valuable.

I will accept physical books for review in either hardback or paperback. I will also accept EBooks that can be read on my Kindle. I will not currently accept any other form of EBook at this time, and I never accept incomplete  work (ARCs and Galleys are acceptable).

*Unfortunately, I am only able to accept physical copies at this time. I apologize for the inconvenience.

All reviews are of my own honest opinion and my sole property. I have the right to decline any review or material at my own discretion. The length of time it takes me to complete and review each title will vary. I generally do not promise a specific timeframe for accepted review copies. Please mention any specific time requirements in your initial contact.

If you are interested in contacting me, you may do so at booksvertigoandtea@gmail.com or by completing the contact form. I monitor my inbox daily.

How I Review

First of all please understand and know that all reviews are honest and unbiased. I will write them in a manner I deem fair and appropriate. While it rarely happens, I retain the right to forfeit any title I accept should I feel I cannot continue. If you have a serious concern regarding a review I have posted, please handle this in a professional manner via email or the contact form.

When reviewing a book, I normally rate the title on a scale of 1 to 5 ⭐ s. So what does this mean? *As of  4/2/17 I am no longer incorporating star ratings on the blog. However, you may use the below guide as a reference to earlier reviews.

⭐ I strongly disliked the title, close to abandoning the read or I did (I will always make effort to complete a title though). *If a title is a one ⭐ read, I will make an attempt to contact the requester with feedback before publishing a review. I do not review titles I am unable to complete.

⭐ ⭐  I found the title to have a several solid points, but am not sure I could recommend it.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐  I found the title to be enjoyable, but I had higher expectations. Something was missing for me, but it may work well for others.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ This was a great title, and I will recommend it.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ This book was fantastic! I may even reread this at some point.

What will I read and review?

Epic and dark fantasy is my preferred genre. But I consider all of the following.

  • Dystopian
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Historical Fiction (no romance)
  • Contemporary Fiction (not at this time)
  • Horror/Paranormal (no paranormal romance)
  • YA (Only if we have previously worked together).
  • Satire
  • Manga/Graphic Novels/Light Novels
  • Some Poetry

What I will not to review? Let’s be fair, if I don’t like the genre you write, you probably do not want my review. Please do not contact me to review the following.

  • Romance Heavy Titles
  • Self-help Titles
  • Religion