I accept review requests for speculative fiction–Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, Mystery–and all its subgenres, as well as Contemporary, Romance, and Historical Fiction, for both YA and Adult. These can be of any length, from a short story to a novel, and all format is acceptable (ebooks, physical copies, and audiobooks).
All requests and inquiries can be directed to: pagesbelowvaultedsky(@)gmail.com
Books are scored out of 10 and converted to the nearest stars when I post over to Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Chapters.
10 – Champions of the genre. These books represent the best of what a genre has to offer. Stories that elevate the field to a whole new level, nailing every single element–character, language, plot, setting–with flourish and absolute mastery. These are books that have irrevocably changed how I look at myself, the world, and my own creative process.
9 – Fantastic. Similar to 10-raters but not quite as emotionally-resonant. Books that I would eagerly return to time and again. Their flaws are minor and near-invisible in the grand scheme of things.
8 – Great. Books that I very much enjoyed and whose authors I’d happily add to my “would always read” list. They’re not without a few flaws but the good vastly overshadows the not-so-good.
7 – Good. A satisfying read. Not books that I would recommend buying physical copies of but would definitely recommend checking them out of the library.
6 – Fine. A book that I enjoyed, in parts, but didn’t really do anything special for me overall.
5 – Mediocre. Books that I have no strong feelings about, one way or the other. Doesn’t have anything truly good that makes me take notice, and nothing truly bad for to me to disparage it.
4 – Not So Great. Books that have enough of positives to keep me going, but also enough of negatives to make me wonder if I should continue.
3 – Bad. Books that have a few moments where I’m intrigued and invested, but are, for the most part, not very good.
2 – Terrible. Bad on every level. Such books most likely feature a slew of inconsistent, one-dimensional characters, nonsensical plots, and prose that’s as dull-eyed as the fish on your dinner plate.
1 – Offensive, abhorrent, zero chance for redemption--doesn’t deserve the time and resource required to burn it to the deepest of hell. An insult to the whole of humanity; the worst that a genre has to offer. A book that’s terrible not just in its writing, but in the themes it presents. I have yet to encounter such a gem and I hope I never have to.