Status update December 27 2016: Requests are open.

Review Policy:

  • Review requests are welcome from indie authors and publishers alike.
  • I prefer to have at least three months before the publish date to read and review. Any publish date is okay.
  • I will not read a series out of order unless the book works as a standalone.
  • I’m not interested in stories with romance or love triangles.
  • My reviews are honest. I will not accept books for review if I don’t think I’ll like them.
  • I reserve the right to decline any book at any time for any reason.
  • Accepting a review copy does not guarantee a review.
  • Reading a book does not guarantee a review.

Formats Accepted:

  • audiobook
  • ebook (mobi only)
  • print (preferred)

Currently Seeking:

  • Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade novels
  • Animal point-of-view novels
  • Asexual charaters
  • Bleak, upsetting, gut-wrenching tales (see: Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue)
  • Deicide
  • Dinosaurs (not paleontology/archaeology!)
  • Diverse characters
  • Historical fiction set in not-America and not-England
  • Horses, unicorns, mermaids, etc.
  • LGBTQ+ characters in genre fiction
  • Lovecraftian horror
  • Romance-free stories

Accepted Genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Graphic Novels (really any graphic novels, I love them!)
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mythology
  • Soft Sci-Fi
  • Weird Fiction

Unaccepted Genres:

  • anything followed by the word "Romance"
  • “Chick Lit”
  • Erotica
  • Hard/Militaristic Sci-Fi
  • Mysteries and Crime novels
  • Non-Fiction, including Self-Help, Memoirs, Biographies, and Autobiographies
  • Paranormal
  • Poetry/Free-Verse
  • Religious fiction including fiction with heavy religious undertones
  • Satire or Humour
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Westerns (exception for fantasy-western and space western)

Places I Post:

Starred sites are those I use most often. I don’t post every review everywhere so if you want it, just ask.


I would be willing to host a giveaway, participate in a blog tour, etc. I will not participate in events that require posts to be solely promotional material.


You can email readstolive [at] gmail dot com if you think I will be interested in your book. Please provide at minimum: your name, the title, publish date, a blurb, and a link to the Amazon page so I can read the sample.


Indie authors: If you address me as “dear reviewer” or any other variant of something that is not my name (especially a name that is not mine), I will likely not read your email. I do this for my enjoyment and your benefit. Please treat me like a person! No need to go on for paragraphs of personal stuff about me/my blog, just address me by name please.