I will gladly accept review requests from authors and publishers. One thing I ask, please at least scan over this page and see if your request fits, then tell me the hidden Pass-code that is found on this page in your request.
At this point in time, I am only able to accept ebooks of .mobi, epub, or PDF files or physical book copies. (Gifting of Amazon books also work, as does Bookfunnel and Prolific Words links are also fine.)
If you’re an author that I’ve already reviewed here on Adventures Thru Wonderland, please shoot me an email! I’d love to add another piece of you to my blog (like an interview or even another review!). Speaking of interviews, I wish to begin featuring interviews on the blog, if you’re interested in an interview, or even a giveaway, please state that in your email. I won’t ask, so it’s up to you to say whether or not you’d like to participate in one!
A few things you should know before sending me a Review Request:
📕 I am the only one here, and so that mean I can’t always get to reading/reviewing your book as soon as I’d like. I tend to have rather a long to-read lists and, as of right now, I’m the only one reading requested books. It may take me a bit to get to your book, but we’ll get to it. (I try for 2-3 weeks after I receive it, but if it’s an ARC not due for a few months, a review might have to wait until closer to the publish date, so I can get to the ones getting published sooner reviewed on or before their publish date!)
📕 I’ll state whether or not I were given a copy of your book. It looks something like
“I RECEIVED A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW”
It usually comes right at the top.
Note: I still always mention this, but as Amazon have cracked down on this phrase, I don’t always use this format, I do always mention ‘review’ or ‘advance’ copies when reviewing, but for Amazon only, it might either be reworded, or a more subtle mention near the beginning of the review.
📕 I’m always as COMPLETELY honest as possible about my thoughts on a book. It’s sometimes not the prettiest, nor the kindest thing in the world, but it’s honest. In the end, that’s what you asked for. Not all books are for everyone, and you can’t change someone’s opinion. If we didn’t like it, we didn’t like it. I’m sorry.
(Though I will say up front if I’m not interested in a book. If you ask me for a review, and I don’t think I will like the book, I will tell you when I respond to your request.)
📕 I’m the only one currently here for requests and reviews, but my tastes are pretty broad. I am most comfortable reading Fantasy (High, Epic, and some Urban) and YA, but also read Action/Adventures, most things with pirates or dragons, dystopia, survival stories or adventures, Classics, Fairy-Tales, retellings and adaptions, and Mythology. Books I’ve enjoyed recently also include princess/prince/noble who has to either earn or fight to reclaim their throne and books about Fae or Elves (like in LotR), but my interests/focus is always changing, so if your books aren’t either, don’t worry, that’s just the latest trend in my reading. See my Goodreads for a better idea. I also read other things, those are just the ones I have the most experience reading. I have many interests, so if you have a book you would like reviewed, or a suggestion for a book you think I would like, feel free to message me! Also if you have a non-fiction, I will read some history, biographies, memoirs, and some science/environmental/civilization type things, but will be slightly more picky depending on what the book’s about. Feel free to ask though ^^ I do sometimes venture out and read things I don’t often read. I also enjoy children’s books, so I’m open to reviewing those too! I also love powerful Christian and Inspirational books, both fiction and nonfiction.
📕List of things I won’t read or review: Erotica, Gay/Trans/LGBT+ Romance, Westerns, Political (this one is only for detailed stuff, a little, or mentions are fine, and I do enjoy Dystopians), Self-Help, Fitness, or Cook Books.
I am also more reserved about Horror and Romance (Especially the typical Contemporary/Historical/PNR (Paranormal), but will read a little of both, it’s just not something I read all the time.
📕 I post my reviews on several sites. I do not post the whole review on social media often, it’s more like a small snippet and the link to the post. As of July 1st, I post my reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook page, Pinterest and occasionally Instagram. If you have any specific sites you would like your review posted, please state that in your email. I’m always looking for new ways to connect with my readers and get my reviews out there, so any suggestions are welcome and much appreciated. If you would like your review posted on Smashwords, you have to provide me with a coupon code to be able to post it.
I also review on NetGalley and Edelweiss if I received your book from either site.
📕 If I don’t accept your review request and you write another book, please feel free to email me a review request for the other book.
📕 Hassling me won’t make the process any faster…
📕📕 If you are requesting a review for SEVERAL books, you MUST send in TWO (or more) SEPARATE review requests, in two(or more) SEPARATE emails! You are welcome to REPLY to an email you sent with another request, but PLEASE don’t seen it as one long message! This was I don’t miss read it if I’m in a hurry and am quickly looking over the email. I try to read everything you say, but sometimes I miss things.. If you are replying to a past request, please be sure that I have already reviewed the original title before adding a reply with a new request.
Do not say “I would also like you to read my other book ‘x’, so I’ve also attached it.” It’s annoying; I accepted the book I accepted, if you’d like me to read more than one of your book, you must send in a request for each book. I also don’t always have time for two, and have other people wanting a review. If we review the first book you requested, any requested after won’t take priority…It wouldn’t be fair to other authors. This is an exception if it’s a series or another book (Prequel, companion, sequel, etc.) to the book I just read/reviewed for you. I will happily get back to you and would be glad to read more of your books, just don’t expect to be bumped to the front of the line! 🙂 📕📕
What your email should contain:
📕 The title of the book (and cover if possible)
📕 The name of the author
📕 The genres in which you consider your book
📕 The Blurb/Synopsis*
📕 All of the links to your social media accounts
📕 Links to where the book is currently being sold
Although all the links aren’t required for me to consider and accept a request, if you don’t provide a way for readers to find you and your book, I won’t search for them, and that might discourage some readers if there isn‘t a link easily found on my post. If I don’t have time to find the links, odds are they won’t either.
*I get my blurbs from Goodreads, so if you want a certain synopsis/blurb posted on the review, state that in your email.
Setting up the review takes just as long, if not longer, than writing the actual review. You help me out SO much by sending me the links to everything. It makes the process a million times faster.
You don’t have to send me a .mobi copy of your book before I give you my answer. In fact, it makes me a bit uncomfortable when you do, even though I don’t download it unless I give you a definite yes.
If I rejected your book:
If I reject your book, I can assure you that it is with a heavy heart and not personal in any way. I will reject a book if I am not sure I would enjoy reading it…It would be entirely unfair of me to accept a book review request for a book I won’t enjoy. To people who would enjoy that type of book, it might be amazing. A book that’s amazing by it’s own standards doesn’t deserve a bad review.
Another reason I might reject your request, although it hasn’t happened thus far, is because you offer little to no information about your book. I receive many review requests a week; it makes it much easier for me if I don’t have to hunt down information or click links to the blurb. It’s much easier to turn down a book that you know nothing about…I’m sorry, but it’s true.
Turning down requests has been a terribly hard thing for me to do (I usually put it off until my to-email list is impossibly long). Even if your book isn’t accepted it remains in our lists! Every single book review request we have ever gotten is listed in the program we use. I make sure that our part time reviewer’s first task is to look through the people we’ve had to turn down. We don’t forget about you!
Thank you so much for even considering asking me for a review! See my contact page for my email and other ways to contact me. If I don’t reply to you within two weeks, please email me again or, PM me on one of our social media accounts (there’s buttons on the top right sidebar, and also on the ‘Contact Me’ page). It may have been accidentally looked over or sent to my spam folder.
**By sending me an email you’re giving me permission to add you to my email list. You may receive emails if I am looking for authors to interview/participate in a giveaway.
****All review requests sent in after June 1, 2016 must follow these requirements. Any who don’t will be bumped down the list**
I usually rate books 3-4 since most of them I find to be pretty average, but still over all good books. The 4s have more going for them, but were still not quite enough to be my all time favorites. That said, I’ve rated a lot more 5-star reads lately as I’ve found books that have perfectly matched my tastes/interests.
PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM
5 – loved it! One of my Top Favorites
4 – Really liked, but it just didn’t make it to my all time favorites list.
3 – it was OK, but could have been better.(Average quality)
2 – it was bad enough that I had considerable trouble finishing it
1 – it was terrible, and I regret reading it (If I DID finish it)
I hate starting a book and not finishing it, so I will suffer through most, you know if I don’t even finish a book, that’s a very bad sign. Some just are not my style or taste, and might be great books for readers who enjoy that genre, but others are all around bad. Just because I give it a low rating/don’t finish it does not mean the book is all over bad, but you might want to check what other readers have said about it to be sure it’s not a waste of time. * I have done this, there is no shame in it!* XD
Request for Reviews are accepted on a selective basis, though I’ve been taking fewer requests as time is limited, and I’ve found I often get a lot of my reads from other methods like ARC teams (often found on Facebook) or blog tours.
This does not mean I won’t take requests, but I try to only agree to read books I feel fit my tastes, and are likely to get a good rating/review. If you have read this, or at least visited this page, and still wish to request, please mention this ‘secret word’ so I know you have checked my Review Policy. Say: tazcalbat . This also Does Not mean I will give your work a positive response, as I strive to be as honest and unbiased as possible, but I’m more likely to finish and enjoy books that fit my tastes from the start.
I will take Interviews, Guest Posts, Promo posts, Cover Reveals, and Blitz style posts in the mean time. I just need to catch up before taking more review requests. Thank you for your time and interest! (I also only accept these after considering if the book is a good fit for me/my blog, or something similar to other things I’ve posted.)