Book Review Policy

** Book Review Requests Currently Closed **

Submitting Your Book

I’m always looking for new books to read and welcome book review requests for books in almost any format: e-book, paperback and hardback (for which I will love you forever), but I don’t accept audiobooks. Audible has given me the run-around enough.

All reviews are free.

Genres I read:

  • Magic realism
  • Paranormal/supernatural
  • Fantasy where the protagonist starts in our world but ends up in another
  • Time travel
  • Mythology
  • Non-fiction (must have magic/supernatural themes)

I’ll especially love to read them if they include protagonists that are typically underrepresented in literature today e.g. LGBT, POC etc.

What I don’t read:

  • Anything that doesn’t have magic in it – especially memoirs.

Send all book review requests to with the subject header “REVIEW REQUEST.” Please include the book title, author, publisher (if applicable), synopsis, publication date and Goodreads page in your e-mail.

Please note that e-mails with just a screenshot of a Goodreads/Amazon book page or just a synopsis – i.e. e-mails that just dump the book info into my inbox without so much as a “Hi there”, will be deleted. Write me an e-mail like you would any other stranger you’d like to request something from.

Rating System

Yup, I use stars. You love them, I love them.

  • 5 stars – I am now a super-fan. 5 stars means I loved the book and will probably stalk your author profiles for new releases. You are also eligible for The Secret Library Recommended Reads seal.
  • 4 stars – Big likes. Good character arcs and development, solid plot and immersive reading. Minimal errors.
  • 3 starsGood book. Enjoyable read but has several minor issues such as grammatical errors, formatting problems etc.
  • 2 starsProblems. If the book is not well written but has some big redeeming features like an interesting world and solid characters.
  • 1 star –  Big problems. I will only give this rating if I really didn’t enjoy the book.
  • DNF – Did not finish.

Regardless of the rating, the review will go up on The Secret Library book blog and Goodreads, so make sure you are confident you have a polished book before sending it. If the rating is two stars or below, I will send you an e-mail explaining why and will withhold posting a review to Amazon if requested.

Seal of Approval

Any books receiving a five star rating will be given The Secret Library Recommended Read seal to display as you see fit.

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