Review Criteria

I do not accept ebooks for review, as I use NetGalley for that. Please be aware that if you do want to send me a book for review, I live in Australia. If you wish for your story to be reviewed, please contact me on

The review will be published on both and, as well as on this blog. You will be notified of the release of it prior to the review going live.

To provide an “at a glance” guide to my opinion on the books I’ve decided to start using a star rating system. The ratings I use are broadly similar to the ones on but here’s some guidance.

1* – I didn’t like it – due to a combination of a writing style I disliked, a poor plot,  lots of typos and errors, characters with no depth, not my usual genre, or other issues mentioned in the review.

2* – It was ok – some of the above applicable but with at least something to redeem it.

3* – I liked it – possibly a well written example of a book that is not one of my usual genres so I can’t find myself raving about it, or a genre I enjoy with some of the problems mentioned above.

4* – I really liked it – an enjoyable read but just missing something, or suffering from a lack of proper editing that otherwise would have made it a 5* read.

5* – I loved it – a brilliant book that for me has it all.

The review will hopefully make it clear where a book had fallen down and why it has received the rating I have given it.

5 thoughts on “Review Criteria

  1. Hi Stephen, Interesting looking site. I’m looking for reviewers for one or both of my short story collections out this year with different publishers. One is The View from Endless Street with WiDo Publishing, the other is Mercy with Tartarus Press.
    So, I was wondering what genres or style of literature you like. My work is considered to be dark, literary, and strange. Might not be to your taste at all, but I hope you’ll reply.
    Kind Regards,
    Rebecca Lloyd

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