Review Policy

An avid reader with a publishing degree.
A not-for-profit marketeer.
Living in an indoor jungle.
Working to support my dog.
A die-hard life-long Richmond fan.
All the makings of a library with none of the room.

Welcome to Raiding Bookshelves. Please read before submitting books for review.

Book reviews

Thank you for visiting Raiding Bookshelves. I post honest and fair reviews of books I own, I’ve borrowed, been sent by publishers/authors or have been granted advance access to through NetGalley, or Voracious Readers.

Raiding Bookshelves is primarily a fiction book review blog. At this time, review requests for the following genres will be welcome:

  • Crime
  • Fantasy
  • Historical fiction
  • Historical romance
  • Literary fiction
  • New adult
  • Romance
  • Sci-fi fantasy
  • Young adult

Unfortunately, I will not be reviewing the following genres at this time:

  • Any non-fiction
  • Straight science-fiction
  • Any non-fiction
  • Straight science-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Comics or graphic novels
  • Mystery or thriller
  • Horror

While I love being contacted by authors for book reviews, I don’t have the time to accept all review requests. I will look into every request, consider time requirements and let you know if or how I can support your new release.

Submitting a request

Please provide the following information when requesting a review through Raiding Bookshelves:

  • Author name
  • Book title
  • Publication date
  • Preferred timeframe for the review
  • Detailed book summary
  • Details for any book tour or giveaway you’d like Raiding Bookshelves to participate in

Digital copies should be shared as .epub or .pdf where possible. If a physical copy is available, please let me know in the request and I can send you a postal address.

Please allow up to 48 hours for a reply.

Reviews, ratings and more…

All reviews are honest and fair representations of my own opinions. This means, if I did not enjoy your book, I will share my reasoning and provide some examples in my review.

If I do not finish the book, I will let you know why and mark it as DNF on Goodreads and StoryGraph, but will not post a review here.

I rate books out of 5.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Did not finish/did not enjoy.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Couldn’t get into the story/characters were not likeable/not my preferred style/genre.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Average rating. A good book but not remarkable.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Will read again and will recommend to others. Very likeable characters and/or plot.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I will be buying a copy of this book as soon as possible. I will recommend it to others and use it as a pick-me-up when I’m feeling down. This is one of my favourite books and a remarkable story.

Reviews will be shared on the blog, my Facebook page, Instagram, GoodReads and StoryGraph accounts.

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