Review Policy

Review Requests: Currently Open

*Please note, I will be giving precedence to authors and publishers I have previously worked with.

At this time, I am booking slots for Winter 2018 (January-April). If you have a time sensitive request, please get these into me ASAP. I will do my best to accommodate but may not be able to for every request. If you need something done in a time sensitive manner for Fall 2017, consider a Blog Tour post!

If you are an author or a publisher, I strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with my reviewing style and read over my preferences carefully before submitting a review request to my email, jkramer@booksandladders.ca, with the subject line "REVIEW REQUEST: Book Title by Author".

In your email please state the following:
  • Title
  • Author
  • Synopsis
  • Genre
  • Trigger Warnings, if applicable
  • Links to Amazon and Goodreads
  • Publication Date
  • Preferred Time frame for me to Post
I will only respond to emails for requests that I am accepting. I am always happy to hear from publishers and authors about books, but unfortunately, I cannot make guarantees about reviews and therefore will be accepting books that are given to me as "for review consideration."  

This means that I will consider reading and reviewing it. However, I may not review it if, upon starting the book, I am no longer interested or by 25% would not rate it more than 2 stars. If I Do Not Finish (DNF) a book, I may or may not post my review on here, but it will for sure be posted to both Goodreads and Amazon. I rate these books with stars on both, especially Goodreads, so that others can find my reviews.
My system for not completing (DNF-ing) a book is laid out in this post but succinctly can be stated as:
  • Not enjoying it around 25% through the novel
  • No connection to characters
  • Toxic relationships being treated as romantic
  • Insensitivity to trigger warnings OR ignoring that I will not read certain topics and sending me a book with these topics in them anyway
I am happy to accept print copies and e-copies in .mobi format. Print is preferred and given more of a priority. I will also listen to audiobooks if you wish to send me your book in that format.

If I do review your book, I will review it per my usual reviewing styles. I am generally a pretty fast reader, however as I am trying to balance my already owned books and upcoming releases, I cannot guarantee a timeline for when or if a book will be completed. Please remember that this is a passion project for me and not a full time job.

Preferred Genres:

  • Young Adult Contemporary
  • Young Adult Science Fiction
  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Young Adult Historical Fiction
  • Young Adult Mystery
  • New Adult Fantasy
  • New Adult Science Fction
  • Adult Science Fiction
  • Adult Fantasy

Genres I Don't Review:

  • Erotica
  • New Adult Contemporary 
  • Anything with rape or dubious consent
  • Anything where there is a "slave-master" relationship
  • Adult Historical Fiction
  • Space Opera for any age group
  • Horror (unless it is of the psychological kind)
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Non-fiction

Rating System:

I am drawn toward female protagonists, an actual plot that isn't based around romance, great world-building, and overall squishy feelings when reading a book. My reading is not usually affected by grammar or spelling mistakes, but glaring and obvious ones will detract from my reading and therefore affect how I rate the book. I am more concerned with overall feelings of the book and the plot(holes) than anything else. I look for witty dialogue, showing instead of telling, and compelling characters and am generally not a fan of Purple Prose or stream of consciousness novels.

I review via a star system including 0.5's that breaks down to something like this:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Amazing!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆  
Really great!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆  
I enjoyed it.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆  
Take it or leave it.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 
Pass on this one.
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Nope.