Review Policy

Marie's book review policy: 

Publishers, authors, publicists, etc: I am currently accepting books for review. If you're interested in having me review your book or participate in a book tour or promotional post (guest post, interview, giveaway, spotlight, etc) please read my review policy carefully. 

With very few exceptions, I review all the books I read, whether they're old or new releases, and whether I enjoy them or not. I will never bash a book or an author; if I don't enjoy a book, I'll explain why, but I always try to say at least a few positive things about it. Just because I didn't enjoy it doesn't mean someone else won't love it. The opinions expressed in the reviews are my own, and I try to be as honest as possible. I do not receive any financial compensation for writing reviews.
I have very eclectic reading tastes. This blog focuses primarily on YA books, but I do read new adult and adult books.

Genres I prefer (this applies to YA, NA, and adult books): 

  • Romance (contemporary, paranormal, historic, etc)
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Fantasy and urban fantasy
  • Paranormal/supernatural
  • Women's fiction/chick lit
  • Dystopian/post-apocalyptic
  • Light mystery/cozy mysteries
I prefer books in hard copy (please take into consideration that I live in Canada). I'm currently being very selective with the e-books I accept because I have a back-log of ebooks, and I tend to give physical books priority. However, if your book falls into the above categories and is only available as an e-book (for example if you're an indie author and only have ebooks), I will consider it. 

I fully support self-published/independent authors, and will gladly review indie books if they sound like something I might enjoy, and, again, if they fit into my preferred genres.

I accept both ARCs and finished copies.

Time-line for reviews: Right now, I have about a 2-3 month waiting period for new books unless they're for part of a tour or a new release where the author/publisher would like the book reviewed by a certain date. 

If you don't hear from me within a week, chances are I'm not interested in reviewing your book. Unfortunately, I don't have time to reply to every request, and these days I only reply if I'm interested in the book. Please don't take it personally! I have a lot of email to get through on a daily basis.

I'm also happy to host interviews, guest posts, blog tours, and giveaways (as long as the author/publisher provides the book(s) and sends them to winners). If there's anything specific you'd like me to include with my review (pictures, videos, links, etc), please be sure to let me know. I post all reviews on the blog, GoodReads,,, Chapters/Indigo, and can post elsewhere if requested. I always share my reviews on Facebook and Twitter. For an idea of what my reviews look like, check out my reviews page.

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Contact: irishstar_83(at)hotmail(dot)com
Please be sure to put something like 'book review request' in the subject line. I'll be honest - if you don't take the time to personalize your email, chances are I won't take the time to read it; my name is all over the blog, and generic/impersonal emails drive me crazy. Also, please don't add me to mailing lists without asking me first, and please do not attach ebooks in your email.

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