Review Policy

Review requests are currently open.

I obviously post quite a few book reviews here on my blog. I get them from a variety of sources, but 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. Links to my accounts on Tumblr, Twitter, and Goodreads can be found in the sidebar on the right or on my contact page.

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

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 or 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), length (according to Goodreads), genre (usually as listed on Amazon), Amazon link (US), Barnes & Noble 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. (Any DNF’s are automatically rated 1 star.)

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

If I agree to review your book, please give me a minimum of 6-8 weeks to have a review posted. Please remember that I am still in college and need to prioritize my schoolwork over blogging. I will post a review though, I promise! Even if I didn’t like a book or DNF’d it (I rarely DNF books), I will post a review. If my review is 4 or 5 stars, I will send you a link to the review once it’s posted. I don’t send links with lower ratings to the author, but if you’d like me to, let me know in your request.

If you are an author and would like me to review your book, please get in touch with me (you can find my contact information here or email me at kourtnireads@gmail.com). Please include a description of the book as well as anything specific you would like me to know – places you’d like the review posted, a date you would like it posted by, etc. 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!

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, I will prioritize that over other ARCs/review copies that I’ve received and it may also be featured on my Instagram.

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. Again, 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!