Review Policy

Hi, firstly thank you for visiting my blog! I am open to review requests and promise to post honest, fair reviews of books I have purchased, borrowed or received as an ARC or review copies. I am not paid for reviews I just love books and talking about books, my opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

Books and my blog are a passion, I read for enjoyment around working a full-time job.

Please read the following information explaining my reading preferences, book review information, ratings, and requests.

To Publishers and Authors:

Thank you for your interest in requesting me to read and review your book, I read dark fiction which can cross over into many genres, I will accept requests for the following;

  • Horror
  • Psychological
  • Suspense
  • Thriller, Mystery & Crime
  • Supernatural & Occult
  • Dystopian
  • Science fiction (Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic Genetic Engineering/Pandemic)
  • Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legend & Mythology
  • Fantasy (not all sub-genres but will be considered)

What won’t be considered:

  • Romance
  • Erotica
  • Religious
  • Mushy contemporary

Accepted formats:

  • ARC or Hardback
  • Digital Copies – I use Kindle Paperwhite so would need Mobi files preferable
  • Finished Copies

With your request please include:

  • A detailed book summery
  • The release date
  • Any relevant information, why do you think this book would be a good fit for me or why you would like me to consider reviewing
  • A time frame that you would like to have a review posted – this is an important one for me, this will have an influence on my decision based on if I can commit to your suggested time frame, sufficient lead time is appreciated (at least a month before the desired review date)
  • If the book is an ARC please advise if you have a preference when you would like the review to be posted (Prior to release or on release day)
  • Any other requirements/expectations you may have

If I accept your book for review:

If I accept your offer I will provide my mailing address for physical copies, digital copies can be emailed to me on

If the book is a part of a series, I may need the previous books.

Please be aware I don’t guarantee a book will be read or posted on Dark Reads immediately, I always have a list of books I want to read and have to fit this around a full-time job, I will always try my best to read and review in a timely manner.

I review ARC’s based on the publication date, books due for release later in the year will be read after books with a more recent release date. All other books will be read in the order they are received.

All reviews will be cross-posted to my Good Reads and Amazon accounts, I will also promote your book on Instagram and Twitter.

Negative Reviews

My reviews are honest and will consist of my own views, opinions and tastes, there will be occasions when a book isn’t enjoyable or to my taste and I will post a negative review. A negative review will never be disrespectful or rude, just my honest opinion and review of the book.

I reserve the right to not finish an ARC or review copy and also not post a review if I don’t feel comfortable doing so.

Where to send your request:

Via the contact form or email me at darkreads.blog@gmail.com

I will do my best to reply to all requests that fall under the guidelines for what I will accept, this can be time consuming, if you have not heard from me in a timely manner please assume I am respectfully declining your request.

Unfortunately I can’t accept all requests or every book that looks interesting, if I cant accept your book for review at the time of request it doesn’t mean I am not interested in hearing about other books you may offer for review in the future, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Rating scale

5 Stars – I loved this book! Nothing negative to say about it, perfection or pretty close! I need this on my bookcase and I will badger everyone I know to read it!

4 Stars – Wasn’t perfect but I still really loved it, would want this on my bookcase and would highly recommend it.

3 Stars – This was a good book, I liked it but it’s not love –  but was enjoyable enough to finish.

2 Stars – Meh – I didn’t enjoy this one, there were significant flaws/plot holes, maybe it just wasn’t for me – I finished it but not one I would re-read or purchase.

1 Star – Take it away, either Did not finish or I couldn’t find any redeeming features and I have nothing positive to say.

I will sometimes give a .5 if I feel it was in between.

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