I use a 5 out of a 5 rating system because I believe it is the simplest way of rating a book. Furthermore, several review sites use some format of a 5 out of 5, whether it be stars or a physical rating.
5 out of 5: Extraordinary. Loved it, mind blowing, just over all in its own class.
4 out of 5: Compelling and a page turner. An enjoyable read.
3 out of 5: Good. Nothing particularly outstanding about the book, but it wasn’t bad.
2 out of 5: It was okay and problematic. May struggle to finish.
1 out of 5: Would not recommend, poor and lost interest.
I accept either e-books (preferably in mobi and epub, but will accept PDF format), galleys, ARC copies, and physical copies in either paperback or hardcover for review on a limited basis. If you are an author I can’t guarantee that your book will be reviewed nor can I can promise that you’ll receive a favorable review. If you can’t accept criticism please do not submit your book.
In terms of reading genres, my preference is mystery (along with suspense / thrillers), romance (contemporary and historical). I review new adult / young adult and paranormal books on a limited basis. Non-fiction books such as biographies or history tomes will be considered on a case by case basis.
If you are an Indie / Self published author I’d be happy to review your book as long as it adheres to the above information and is professionally edited.
Please note: I will not accept unfinished / unpublished manuscripts.
The review itself will contain:
• cover art
• title of the book and author name
• state if it is a series & what number it is
• rating (# out of 5)
• my review (I always aim to write reviews between 500-800 words or more)
The review will be posted on my blog, Goodreads, LibraryThing and Amazon. If you’d like a review on Smashwords, or Barnes and Noble please let me know.
Request a Review
If you are interested in a review please email me: literaryetc (at) gmail (dot) com. Your email must contain: the title of the book, genre, and synopsis. Feel free to include any additional information you see fit. I accept your request, I will contact you on how to submit your manuscript