Review Policy

Hello, and thank you for your interest in my site!

If you would like to request a review, please email me at: theshortread @ (remove spaces or click on the link)


I prefer to review young adult books in the following genres:

  •  Horror
  • Paranormal
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Gothic Fiction
  • Dystopia
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
  • General Fiction

I will also review adult books in the above genres but they are not my top priority.

I will not review:

  • Poetry
  • Memoirs/Biographies
  • Essays/Short Stories
  • Historical Fiction
  • Most Non-Fiction


I will accept the following formats:

  • ARCs & Galleys
  • Finished Copies

While I may accept e-galleys and e-books (Kindle only), I prefer a physical copy over a digital one. I will not accept audiobooks.

Accepting Books

Typically I would like at least 1-2 months for a review. The more time you give me, the better. Also, please let me know if you would like a review by a certain date (ie. book’s release date) so I can plan accordingly.


I post my reviews here on my blog, on Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Amazon, although not all and they may be modified. I also post links on my twitter account @theshortread as well as my Facebook page The Short Read. If there is somewhere else you’d like me to post a review, please let me know.

My review style is relaxed and is more fitted towards a book suggestion and opinion piece and are not to be considered literary critiques. While I write honest and fair reviews, they are my own personal opinions and that does not mean I will always write positive reviews. But one thing I will never do is insult an author for any reason.

Rating System

Five-stars = I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!
Four-stars = I really liked the book! I would definitely recommend it!
3.5-stars = Above average. There were flaws but I still really enjoyed reading it anyway. *
Three-stars = I’m on the fence. The book was good but there was just something off about it.
Two-stars = Not awful, but definitely not what I expected.
One-star = My cat could write a better story…and he has no thumbs!

* On sites that do not allow half star ratings, I will round up or down depending on how I feel about a particular book.

(Last updated: 09/25/13)

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