Book Review Policy

UPDATED on 17/10/19.
  • I do accept books to review, but as Once Upon a Bookcase is no longer a book blog, but a blog to discuss all interests, I'm greatly trying to reduce the number of books I accept for review.
  • With this in mind, I'm perfectly happy for publishers or publicists to contact me about reviewing books - but please familiarise yourself with the genres I review before contacting me.
  • Where possible, I only wish to accept eARCs/eProofs via NetGalley or email, to reduce my physical TBR - unless the book is non-fiction, which I would prefer in physical format.
  • Books I am willing to consider for review:
    • YA fiction of almost any genre -  I have a particular interest in feminist YA stories, diverse YA and #OwnVoices novels.
    • Diverse, non-Western inspired #OwnVoices high fantasy - YA or adult - such as Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, etc.
    • Occult/Esoteric Non-Fiction - as a new witch, I'm especially interested in witchcraft 101/introductory books, and those just beyond "beginner level". Also interested in books on tarot, dreams and spirituality, but not astrology, as I'm still trying to get my head around it. I'd prefer
    • Feminist/Intersectional feminist non-fiction - YA or adult.
  • I am not a fan of other non-fiction, or historical or erotic fiction.
  • Although I may on occasion review novels from other genres, I'd rather not receive requests to review any other genres but those stated.
  • I do not wish to receive unsolicited review copies. I only wish to review books I have been contacted about regarding a possible review or have requested myself. Therefore, I do not wish to be added to any publisher automatic send-out review mailing lists, but do feel free to email me about specific books. Books that I receive without a prior email are highly unlikely to be reviewed.
  • If you send me a review request for a book in the middle of a series, please be aware I may request the previous books if I've yet to start it. I understand you may not be able to provide them, but I cannot review a book in the middle of a series I am yet to read.
  • I do not accept books to review from self-published authors.
  • I may not review every book I receive. After a few years of trying to read every book I've been sent to review, I have now decided I am not going to force myself through a book I am just not enjoying. I will email to let you know if I won't be reviewing a book.
  • I cannot guarantee my reviews will be positive, but they will be honest and fair.
  • Any ARCs/review copies I receive may be reviewed after publication. I do not review to deadline, due to my towering TBR pile and time constraints. I'm a mood reader; I read the books I want to read when I want to read them - otherwise I find I get no enjoyment from the books I'm reading. Not reviewing for publication also keeps my content fresh compared to other blogs, and pressure off of me. It also means the book is being discussed and highlighted again at a later date, when discussion on other blogs may have died down. It's win-win.
  • When reviewing, I include: a summary/blurb, my thoughts, an image of the cover, who published the book, publication date, a link to the author's website, a link to the book on Goodreads.
  • I don't normally give major spoilers. However, if spoilers are given, clear warning will be given and they will be hidden, and there will be a button to click to view. If a book is in the middle of a series, spoilers of previous books are unavoidable, but a clear warning will be at the very beginning of the review.
  • Reviews will also be posted on Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Physical books will be sent to my address, in the UK.
  • This Review Policy is subject to change.
  • You can contact me by email at onceuponabookcase[at]gmail[dot]com
Further information:
  • Any emails I receive that I would respond to with a negative will no longer receive a response. This means emails sent about review copies, author interviews/guest posts, or blog tours that I'm not interested in will no longer be replied to with a "Thank you, but no thank you."
  • I will be taking part in very few blog tours, if any.
Please note: Once Upon a Bookcase does not accept written content from freelancers. Please do not contact me offering free written content.

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