review policy

You can read Aveline’s reviews here! Reading books and writing reviews is a hobby of mine; I do this for fun and out of love, not for profit or obligation. My opinions are my own, and simply opinions.

HOW I SCORE REVIEWS

★★★★★ – Adore. It’s a favorite & I’ll actively encourage others to read it.
★★★★½ – Greatly enjoyed, but there are others I’m more passionate about.
★★★★ – A solidly enjoyable book that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
★★★½ – Liked, but it had some flaws or things that didn’t quite work for me.
★★★ – It was OK! I likely had some issues with it or it wasn’t quite my style.
DNF – Under three stars, I typically won’t review, and likely didn’t finish.

WHAT I READ & LIKE

Things I particularly like: HEA/HFN endings! I do like both strong ‘story’ plotlines as well as a considerable amount of attention to character relationships/romance. I don’t tend to enjoy 100% “the romance is the plot” or 100% “there is no romance to be found” as much though there are exceptions (I want to have my cake and eat it too, okay). I’m easily won over by: wizards! Cryptids & eerie, beautiful things. Fairy tales. Sharp-tongued and dramatic characters that nevertheless find love. Fancy coats! And really satisfying ‘built up’ romance (vs ‘love at first sight’). Make them work for it.

Things I dislike and tend to avoid: I’m not really here for unhappy stories! Major deaths (particularly of women/queer characters), on-page rape or rape as a characterization element, conflict as a result of poor communication, overt homophobia/transphobia/etc, and a conspicuous lack of female characters are also generally hard sells for me. And I’m not actually super into space/space travel & aliens? My science fiction tastes tend to be a little outside of that.

TAGGING, CLASSIFYING & WARNING

I do my best to tag and classify my reviews in order to help other people find books they’ll enjoy. I also try to warn for content wherever possible. However, the tags are certainly not exhaustive, some things are open for interpretation, and things may be missed.

If you feel that I’ve missed something, tagged something incorrectly, or inadvertently caused harm or distress in any way, please do contact me so that I can address it.

AUTHOR REVIEW REQUESTS

I’m happy to accept requests for reviews! However, I’ll only accept if I’m interested in reading the book and it meets the guidelines below. On occasion, I may accept a book and then decline to finish or review. In either of these cases, I will let the requester know.

For the most part: I only review books I like. If I start reading a book and don’t end up enjoying it, I’ll either mark it as ‘did not finish’ (DNF), or will note that I decline to review. I won’t actively post a review lower than three stars: if it’s not a three star book for me, I’d prefer not to post it. I think there’s an important time and place for critique, but I’m simply interested in promoting books that I like.

I accept ARCs or finished copies in Kindle-appropriate electronic formats from publishers & authors, or physical copies from publishers.

Accepted genres:
Fantasy (any subgenre)
Science fiction (slightly less inclined)
Romance or Erotica (some paranormal or speculative aspects strongly preferred)

Must predominantly feature characters that identify as LGBTQIA+ even if the story is not romance-focused, although some romance elements are preferred.

I will not read grimdark books with a great deal of suffering, character death, etc. HEA/HFN is a must. Please also see my preferences above for an idea of whether or not I’d be interested in accepting a book!

Please send your request to aveline.reynard@gmail.com with the following:

  • Cover & synopsis of your book (or a link)
  • Release date, and any required deadlines

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