Review Policy/ Rating Guide

My Review Policy:

I will accept ARCs. I live in the US, specifically Connecticut. I like to provide that information before anyone contacts me, just in case that affects anything. My address is available upon email.

If I do happen to receive any ARCs for review, I’m going to give a completely honest review. If I write a negative review, it is not to be rude or mean, it is just my personal opinion on the ARC. The same thing goes for if I happen to love the book.

As of March 2015, the genres that I will accept include:

  • YA
  • Paranormal
  • Fantasy
  • Fanfiction (which I have been asked to read before, so that is why I am including it)
  • Romance

The ones I will not accept (at the moment) are:

  • Historical Fiction (but I could be persuaded by a good plot line)
  • Non-fiction
  • Erotica
  • Religious

I do not care whether it is a physical copy or an E-book, but occasionally it is nice to receive a physical copy. Email available upon request. 

Rating Guide:

I generally give my books a rating out of 5 stars.

5 Stars:

I absolutely loved this book and everyone needs to read it or at least give it a try.


4 Stars:

I still loved it, but there were some flaws and things that didn’t work for me in regard to the story, characters, plot, etc.


3 Stars:

It was pretty good: not terrible, not terrific.


2 Stars:

It wasn’t good at all and would probably never recommend it to anyone. I most likely wasted my time on this.


1 Star:

Don’t even bother reading. I most likely didn’t even finish it myself.

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32 thoughts on “Review Policy/ Rating Guide

  1. Jodie Esch says:

    Hi there,

    I’m currently writing YA, and would love to have you review Little White Lies – which is currently on Amazon and other platforms.

    I could gift you an email copy if that would work for you. I live in Canada, so a print-copy might be rather expensive to send.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Thanks so much,

    Sincerely,

    Jodie Esch

    (and good luck with your exams!)

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  2. brittneyleighbass says:

    Hi there!

    I work for award-winning Young Adult author Michael Phillip Cash. I wanted to know if you would be interested in reading and reviewing his latest book, Witches Protection Program.

    About the book:
    Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, is given one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232 year old secret government organization. The Witches Protection Program. His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar Cosmetics company’s diabolical plan of using witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in both witches and himself. Filled with adventure, suspense and a rousing good time, Michael Phillip Cash creates a tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern day New York City.

    Let me know if I can send you the book! I can send it via snail mail, Kindle, or .PDF

    Thank you. I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Brittney Bass
    Chelshire Inc. Publicist
    BrittneyLeighBass@gmail.com

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  3. Benita J. Prins says:

    Hello!

    I thought you might be interested in reading my fantasy novel, STARSCAPE.

    Synopsis:
    A legend that tells of a star… more beautiful than any other… even before the sun… thousands of years ago… wiser than the wisest of men… a song of unearthly beauty…

    It was no more than idle talk in the marketplace that began it.

    When Pluriel is accidentally reminded of an old prophecy, he and three companions begin the long journey to Nevarra Swamp. Their mission? A nearly hopeless attempt to recapture the Sword of the Star, stolen centuries ago by Jalavak. This Sword is the only weapon which can defeat the Dark Lord, for he was wounded by it in the war of the Valintari at the dawn of time. But what can Pluriel, Ringard, Galdore and Tristal do alone? For if the prophecy is to be fulfilled, the Star itself must fall from the sky – and how could such a thing come to pass?

    I’m Canadian, so I would prefer to email you a copy (I can do epub or PDF) rather than mailing a physical book.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Benita J. Prins
    benitajprins@gmail.com
    benitajprins.wordpress.com

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  4. jbiggar2013 says:

    Hi, I read about your site on The Book Review Directory and wondered if you would be interested in reviewing my new romantic suspense novel, Twilight’s Encore. This is the third in the Wounded Hearts series but can be read as a standalone.

    Blurb and buy links to check the book out:

    Twilight’s Encore

    One man’s betrayal will seal another’s fate.
     Ty Garrett fell in love with Katy Fowler from the moment they’d met. When her father’s betrayal yank the young couple apart, Ty becomes bitter.
     After a decade away, Katy returns to Tidal Falls with plans to get married in her family’s theatre. But she hadn’t expected to run into Ty Garrett, the boy she’d never forgotten. 
     When unseen forces endanger  their lives, can Ty save Katy and win back her love, or is it too late for these two star-crossed lovers?

    http://amzn.to/1ePajmE

    I’m also in Canada but can ship you whatever you prefer to read.
    Thank you for considering me,
    Jacquie Biggar

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  5. Benjamin Lujin says:

    Hello!

    I run a small press and have a recently released fantasy novel available for review.

    Rise of the Storm is the first book in the five-part Desolate Empire series

    Description: When a renegade priest prophesies an imminent apocalypse, a conflict is sparked which will tip a continent into war.

    Prince Kendryk is young, handsome and popular, his kingdom prosperous and peaceful. But in the face of the prophesied apocalypse, he must choose between conscience and power. If he chooses the side of faith, he must defy the ruthless Empress Teodora, ruler of a vast empire, imperiling kingdom and family— but if he chooses the side of power, he risks plunging his world into a darkness worse than war.

    The coming conflict will touch the lives of thousands, among them…

    Prince Kendryk’s adored wife, Gwynneth, the proud daughter of a king, whose ambition may come at great cost…

    Braeden, a violent mercenary, commander of a legendary winged army, who will find himself in the service of an employer he must defy to protect those he holds dear…

    And Janna, the merchant’s wife, forced to abandon her home and her way of life, ill-prepared to keep herself and her children safe from the ravages of war…

    It can be viewed on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZTR09BE
    Book Two: Valley of the Shadow is scheduled for release in January 2016.

    Please let me know if you are interested in reviewing and I will send you an electronic copy.

    Sincerely,

    Ben Lujin
    Lujin Press
    press.lujin@gmail.com

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  6. jovechronicles says:

    Hi!

    I am the author of a new science fiction/fantasy series for an audience of 15-30 years old. The books follow the adventures of teenage Jove Boyd as he travels between four hidden races living within our own 21st century world. Each race bears the powers of one of the four elements and are threatened from discovery and extinction by humans with their growing population and technology.

    Would you be interested in reviewing Jove? There are currently two full-length novels published so far in the series as titled below I believe you will enjoy.
    https://www.facebook.com/JoveChronicles/ – (Official site under construction)
    I’d be happy to send you a review copy/ies in digital format as I live in Australia.

    Thank you.
    AJ Aarts
    litnfit@gmail.com
    Jove: The Human Chronicles and Jove: The Ventieran Chronicles
    BookPal Australia
    ISBN 9781742843254 & 9781742845043

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  7. Marlyn Mohs says:

    Hi, I found your site through a follow of Book Review Directory. Honestly, I am quite nervous to have my book reviewed. It is rather a scary prospect. You could love it, just like it, or possibly find it awful. I wanted you to grasp the immense courage it is taking for me to pass it your way. But, in spite of all, I would totally appreciate your sincere opinion, whatever that may turn out to be.
    Journeymen -Making of Stone Viewer (YA Sci/fi/Fantasy) is the first in a series. This is my first novel. This is the link to my Interview page at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/MarlynMohs.
    If you have time and are willing to read Journeymen, please email me and I will arrange a free copy for you.
    Wishing you the best,

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  8. jadewhitfieldwrites says:

    Hi, I actually got pointed in your direction by a friend and I love the site!
    I’ve just released a contemporary romance/ Comedy Romance/ New Adult.
    Here’s the blurb to check it out – http://www.amazon.com/Forever-Together-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B01D41IR1A/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
    I’d love if you’d be able to review it. I know you’re probably really busy but if you do you can email me at jade31031993@hotmail.co.uk
    I’ll send you a copy over then.
    All the best!

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  9. Kathryn Meyer Griffith says:

    I heard of you from KindleBoards. I’ve been writing for over 44 years and have 22 novels out now. Some of them have few reviews because they’d been with publishers for many years and I never pushed for reviews or their old reviews wouldn’t transfer to Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc. Now I own all of them and have self-published them in the last eight months. I’m an Indie now. I write horror/thrillers/suspense/romantic time travel and murder mysteries. I’d love it if you’d consent to pick a few of my many books (I can send either epubs, mobi, pdf or free Audible audio codes for any of my 22 novels if you email me with their titles. Take a look here (http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHIXNS ) to pick out which eBooks you might agree to review. I would really appreciate it. Thank you, Kathryn Meyer Griffith, author of 22 novels and a 2012 & 2014 Epic EBook Awards Finalist for The Last Vampire-Revised and Dinosaur Lake. My email: rdgriff@htc.net

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  10. JC Kang says:

    Hello!

    I found your website via a link on kboards, and as a fanatical tea drinker (my favorite is peach white tea, with Jasmine green and Pu-Er as close seconds), I was interested in joining a tea party (non-political, that is). In any case, I am writing to see if you would be interested in receiving a free review copy of my multicultural epic fantasy, The Dragon Scale Lute (there’s tea references!).

    Had Kaiya lived when the power of music could still summon typhoons and rout armies, perhaps Cathay’s imperial court would see the awkward, gangly princess as more than a singing fool. When an insurrection threatens the realm, she will have the chance to prove them wrong.

    If you are interested in giving it a try over a cup of iced tea (it is summer, after all), I can send you a .mobi, .epub, or .pdf file.

    best regards,
    JC Kang

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  11. nitethyme says:

    Good morning, I’m seeking a review for Gambler’s Choice, a romantic suspense about people who love horses…and eventually each other…released in February, 2016. It is 237 pages. It has some spicy love scenes. I bred, trained, and showed Andalusian horses for years, and know the show arena. GC is my 6th novel, and I have 2 under contract with The Wild Rose Press. I hope you are interested in reviewing Gambler’s Choice.

    Thank you,
    Linda Nightingale (Nitethyme2003 at yahoo dot com)

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  12. Danielle Rogland says:

    Hi! Your reviews are lovely and I wondered if you would be interested in reading my YA sci-fi novel, Ignite. It was originally published in 2013 under the title The Last Burning of New London, and got some good reviews at that time, but now I’m attempting to re-publish and I’ve posted 100 free review copies online under the new title to get some traction. It’s a fast-paced story about teenage rebels in post-apocalypse London, and it’s told through the eyes of six different characters with very different outlooks and motivations. The free online copy is here: https://www.inkitt.com/stories/scifi/70034?ref=a_ba207a57-50e1-4683-b477-572a48c37503. If you’re interested, I would be happy to send a physical copy of the older edition as well. You can take a look at the old edition and see some reviews for it on the Amazon page here: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Burning-New-London/dp/193908900X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1469812328&sr=1-1&keywords=the+last+burning+of+new+london

    Please contact me if you’re interested! My email is daniellerogland@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  13. Susan Wachtman says:

    Hi,
    I found you on the Book Review Directory, and am hoping you’ll be interested in reviewing my YA fantasy, Lizzie in the Land Beyond:

    Hijacked by witches, kidnapped by a dwarf and enraptured by river sprites — will Lizzie ever manage to go home? And if she can, will she want to?
    Lizzie is an exhausted honor student and an enthusiastic amateur folk singer. She wakes one day in a strange and terrifying new land. The women who revive her tell her she can never go home because they scooped her up when she was about to die.
    Lizzie must somehow navigate this fantastic land (where there are giants and mermaids and goblins and a really infuriating man whose best friend is a wild cat), try to determine how she got fished out of her life in the first place, and find a way, if any, to get home again.
    But if she does find a way — will she really want to go?
    “A beautiful mixture of sorcery, mythical beasts, and aliens, Lizzie in the Land Beyond is a fantastic read from beginning to end. I love the characters, the voice of Lizzie and her bumbling youthful arrogance, the larger than life Adeline, and curmudgeonly Sculdar, and the strong and silent Osric.” — Cynthia Varady on Goodreads

    Let me know if you’d like a copy.
    Thanks!

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  14. Navala says:

    Hey Mad Tea Party,

    I’m a young writer trying to get my novel out there. I’d love an honest review from you, especially since it seems like your my kind of girl. My novel is called The Kavirra Trials and is about a female Illuminati Assassin and her journey through love and redemption. It’s a combination of fantasy, dystopian, action, paranormal, and just a hint of conspiracy. I would love to send you a hard copy if you would like one, but it is also free right now on Inkitt (https://www.inkitt.com/stories/fantasy/72111?ref=a_cb4b206d-e3e5-4080-86cd-9a1bddfbad1b), and also for sale practically everywhere else (amazon, barnes n noble online, etc…) Thank you so much for your time and hopefully your review!

    -Navala

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  15. oliviahamelbooks says:

    Hello! I’m an author aged 18 and I just recently entered into the Inkitt StoryPeak Novel Contest, and I stand a chance to get chosen to win a publishing deal. I was wondering if you could review my book?

    Book Summary: In a world of wolves, dragons, magic and battles, one white wolf must fulfill the prophecy looming over her stating that she will save a clan of druid people in their time of danger.

    It’s available on Inkitt to read, so you can read it here: https://www.inkitt.com/stories/fantasy/78294?ref=a_a60bd105-9e26-46ea-bede-1c9b4957fa25

    Thank you so much!

    – Olivia N.J. Hamel

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  16. Alexa Whitewolf says:

    Hi,

    I got your website off the Book Review Directory, and would love to submit my book, Avalon Dreams, for a review. It’s the 1st in a series, but can be read as a standalone as well. It’s fantasy with a high dose of romance 🙂

    ****
    BLURB:
    “It was impossible they had met before – of that she was certain. Yet his hold on her was undisputable, an irrational pull to the utmost recesses of her soul.”

    Vivienne du Lac has everything she could wish for – a normal, peaceful life, a good job, cushy nest egg, and a semi-social nightlife. The only problem? She’s clueless to being the reincarnation of the Lady of the Lake, mythical sorceress from King Arthur’s time, and Merlin’s apprentice.

    Sebastien Dubois is the guy you wouldn’t take home to mom and dad. He’s the one you jump off on a motorcycle with, to ride into the sunset. The sexual chemistry between them is sizzling from the start – but there’s more to the tall, dark and handsome stranger. When a magical past tumbles into her orderly reality, he is Vivienne’s only hope at survival.

    Caught between darkness and light, a battle she has no intention to fight – let alone the knowledge to win – Vivienne quickly finds out not even closest allies can be trusted.

    Can she look within and access powers from long past, become the enchantress Merlin meant her to be… Or will she lose it all over love, for Sebastien’s salvation? This is a battle between good and evil you don’t want to miss.
    ***
    I can email you whichever version you’d like (I have epub, pdf, mobi, etc.). I live in Canada so I prefer ebook, but if you’d really like a physical copy, I can try to swing it 🙂 There’s also an excerpt on my website if you’re not sure if it’s your cup of tea.

    Hoping to hear back,
    Alexa

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  17. Adrien says:

    Hey, I’ve written a book that would probably be classified as weird fiction (similar to authors like Poe and Lovecraft). Would this be something you’d be willing to review or have any interest in checking out?

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  18. horrorchick98 says:

    Amy Hopkins via Nicole Henning
    Virtualassistantforyou13@gmail.com

    Dear Mad Tea Party,
    I am writing because I see that you are currently open to reviewing fantasy novels. Would you be interested in reviewing the novel Dream Stalker Talented: Book 1?
    It is 236 pages long and self-published. It is the first of 3 books that are currently available. Book 4s release to be announced. Here’s a synopsis:
    All Emma wanted was to sell her enchanted teas in peace; instead, she’s caught up in the chase for a killer who’s stalking the streets of London. He’s targeting half-bloods, people with limited magical ability. People just like Emma.
    The police are baffled by the long string of deaths, but they’re not willing to put in the legwork to make an arrest. After all, magic users can take care of themselves, right? Except, those with real power don’t give a damn about half-bloods. So, when Emma wakes from a strange dream that nearly gets her killed in the waking world, she knows she has to deal with it herself.
    With only her boggart shop-assistant and the two strange men who have offered to help, can she thwart the killer and make the city safe again?
    If interested, I’d be happy to send you a copy of the book in the format of your choice: mobi, Epub, or PDF.
    Thank you so much for your time!
    Sincerely,
    Amy Hopkins

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  19. David Kummer says:

    Hey 🙂 Our school did a play on Alice and Wonderland a few years back, but it was nothing like the real thing! A shame, really. Anyways, here’s my book:

    Enden
    David Kummer
    Released January 1, 2017
    237 pages

    **They have grown strong in the shadows, the kingdom of Oldon. The land is void of hope and of strength against them. The human kingdoms grow corrupt everyday, so that the lines between good and evil are slurred.

    One young man from a small village in the valley could change all of that. He fights with the passion of a warrior and the luck of a magician. And when the barbarians force him out of his home, the journey begins.

    Trained by a knight, shadowed with secrets, and against the kingdom he once called home, Jonathan is an outcast, a rebel. But more than anything, he is a leader.

    Enden is a world filled with wars, famine, sieges, torture, and death. But the greatest battle of all is to survive. Only one thing is certain. Something is rising, in the distance near the edge of the world where forgotten secrets brew. Something has risen. And it is coming.

    It is coming**

    It is a unique fantasy book, focusing on the wars, friendship, sacrifice, and brotherhood of a world torn apart by corruption and evil. There is very limited magic, a few created creatures, but besides that it is much like the Middle Ages in Europe.

    If you want to give it a try, email me back at davidkummer7@gmail.com and I will send you a free pdf, mobi, or doc/docx. Pick your format, and enjoy a wild ride like no other.

    Amazon link:

    My Goodreads account:
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14106755.David_Duane_Kummer

    My Amazon page:
    http://www.amazon.com/David-Duane-Kummer/e/B018AA9KK2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

    My website:
    http://davidkummer.com/

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  20. devilspidey says:

    Hi….I don’t know how to do this, but here goes.

    I’m a rookie author, published my first book on amazon and so far I’ve got no response to wether it’s good or bad either from friends or family. I politely ask for a review for that sake.

    The book is called Chronicles of A Lost Acadian and it’s about a young acadian who is sent on a quest in order to do some good, unfortunately it unveils a chain of events.

    The link is https://www.amazon.com/dp/1537147579 but I can send an ebook, free of charge, to your email, if you so wish.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

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  21. Lana Campbell says:

    I write paranormal romance and I’m an indie writing building a vampire series called Forever and a Night. Would you be interested in reviewing one of my books?

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  22. gradypbrown says:

    Hello, My name is Grady P. Brown, author of the Young Guardians Series. I am seeking a reviewer who is interested in either science fiction, fantasy, or superhero genres. If you are interested in reviewing my work, please feel free to check out my first book, which you can find in the following link: https://www.amazon.com/Young-Guardians-Genesis-Spell/dp/1432743821/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1489205015&sr=8-1&keywords=the+young+guardians+and+the+genesis+spell
    Please let me know if you are interested and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you, Grady P. Brown

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