Review Policy

Review requests are currently closed unless I have previously reviewed a book of yours.

I obviously post quite a few book reviews here on my blog. Regardless of where I get a copy of the book, I review with complete honesty. Even if I don’t enjoy the book, I will be respectful of the author and will try to be as constructive as possible with any criticism. I do not receive any compensation for writing reviews.

When I post reviews, they are typically posted and/or linked to on this blog, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Amazon (I’ll be honest – I’m sometimes a slacker with Tumblr and Pinterest). Links to my accounts can be found in the sidebar on the right.

I will consider reviewing books of most genres, but prefer those that are YA and in the following genres:

  • Sci-fi
  • Fantasy
  • Contemporary
  • Historical fiction
  • Dystopian
  • Mysteries/thrillers (can be adult or YA)

There are, however, a few genres that I will not consider reading. So if your book fits into any of the following genres, I’m probably not the right blogger for you:

  • Religious inspiration
  • Erotica (or any romance with a lot of sex scenes/very graphic sex scenes)
  • Graphic novels
  • Memoirs
  • Biographies
  • Poetry

In each review I include the title, author, book cover, a rating from one to five (see scale below), release date (US), publisher, length (according to Goodreads), genre, Amazon link (US), Barnes & Noble link, Book Depository link, Goodreads link, source, book synopsis (from Goodreads), and of course, my thoughts. The way I typically rate is:

  • 5 stars – I LOVED THIS BOOK. One of my favorite reads and I highly recommend it.
  • 4 stars – I really liked and enjoyed this book. I would probably recommend it to people with similar tastes in books.
  • 3 stars – I liked this book, but it wasn’t anything spectacular. There were things that I liked but also things that I didn’t like or felt could be improved. I may or may not recommend it.
  • 2 stars – Eh. There were a couple things I liked, but not many. A lot of room for improvement. I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
  • 1 star – I did not like this book at all and I would not recommend it. (DNFs usually get 1-star ratings.)

I give half stars if I feel a book is somewhere in the middle.

If you are an author/publisher and would like me to review your book, please get in touch with me (you can email me at kourtnireads@gmail.com). I may not respond to requests that I’m not interested in to save myself some time. If you haven’t heard from me within a week or so, it’s probably safe to assume I’m not interested at this time – but please feel free to contact me again in the future with requests!

Things to include in your request:

  • Title and description of book
  • If it is already published or is an upcoming release (and release date if it’s an upcoming title)
  • If you have a specific timeframe you need/want the review posted by
  • If you’d like me to send you a link to my review – I do this automatically for books I rate 4 or 5 stars, but let me know if you’d like me to send links if I give a lower rating.

I do prefer to receive physical copies, but I will accept digital copies as well (especially if you are located outside the US – I understand international shipping is expensive!). If you are providing me with a digital copy, please make sure that it is Mobi format so that I can read it on my Kindle. If you provide a physical copy, it may be featured on my Instagram and I may prioritize it over other review copies I’ve received.

I am also open to doing other types of posts – interviews, cover reveals, guest posts, etc. I’m not interested in spotlights (sorry, I just find them boring) or posts that are unrelated to books. You can contact me with the information found on this page or email me at kourtnireads@gmail.com. Just briefly describe what you had in mind for the post and any other additional information you find relevant and I’ll let you know if I’m interested. I stated this previously, but in case you missed it: I may not respond to requests that I’m not interested in just to save me some time. If you haven’t heard from me within a week or so, it’s probably safe to assume I’m not interested this time – but please feel free to contact me again in the future with requests!

If you have any unanswered questions, feel free to contact me. Thank you!