My review policy
Effective from 1st August 2018, I am no longer accepting review requests other than from authors I’ve worked with previously, i.e. I’ve accepted one of your books for review, I’ve reviewed one of your books, I’ve participated in a blog tour for your book or I’ve featured your book on my blog by way of a Q&A, guest post or extract.
If you fall into this category, please read the following list before submitting review requests.
My preferred genres (I’m likely to accept most review requests)
Historical fiction, including historical mystery
Genres I read occasionally (I’m likely to accept a few review requests)
Crime/mystery/thriller (but nothing too gory or violent)
Short story collections
Non-fiction (history related biography or memoir only)
Genres I do not read (please don’t submit review requests)
YA Erotica Children’s
Humour Horror Self-help
You can view my current review pile here.
I pride myself on writing detailed reviews that are thoughtful, honest and constructive as I respect the effort that goes into writing a book. I don’t include ratings in my reviews but on my What Cathy Read pages you can find my ratings (see guide below – I round up for the purposes of Goodreads & Amazon). I share my reviews on Facebook and Twitter. I am a NetGalley reviewer with an 80%+ feedback ratio.
I have a low tolerance for books that have poor punctuation and grammar or have not been properly edited or proofread. It will result in a low rating and it’s unlikely I will publish a review or even finish your book.
I do not charge for reviews. Where I have received a free copy of a book from an author or publisher, this will be stated in my review. Regardless of whether I have purchased a book myself or received a free copy, my review will be my honest and unbiased opinion. I include links where books can be purchased for convenience, not as part of any affiliate programme.
To connect with me, visit my Contact page.
My rating system
5 out of 5 Absolutely loved it: amazing writing, plot & characterisation
4.5 out of 5 Nearly perfect, great story, writing & characterisation
4 out of 5 A high quality example of its genre
3.5 out of 5 Lots of good points but some aspects could have been better
3 out of 5 OK, an enjoyable read
2 out of 5 Below par or not my thing (review will not be published on my blog)
1 out of 5 A very poorly written book (review will not be published on my blog)
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