Review Policies

Rules for Submitting Books to be Reviewed

may be picky about which and when

The best part of book blogging is reading each other's send me yours! I love reading, obviously, so if you'd like some publicity for your book, that's what I'm here for. Just follow these super simple rules.

1. Send an email to sarcasmandlemons (at) with the subject “Review Request” and I will get back to you as soon as I can. In your e-mail, tell me. . .
  • . . . how to get a copy! I love ARCs, free copies (Kindle or PDF), and paperbacks or hard covers. I’ll buy the book myself if I must, but this depends on the price. If it's a little more expensive, I will try to honor the request unless I'm really low on cash. A girl's gotta eat.
  • . . . if there is anything specific you want me to comment on. Style, characters, plot, pacing, etc.
  • . . . any links you want included in the review, for example, your author page or places where the book can be purchased.  I link to the book’s Amazon page automatically, but I’ll include other links if desired.
  • . . . when you want the review finished by. If you don’t give me a date, I’ll get to it when I can, depending on my current review and ARC review schedule.  If you give me a date, I will make sure to have it posted by then.
  • . . . if you want any giveaways or promotions associated with the review. Rafflecopter rocks.

Tours, Gust Posts, and Giveaways

If you are an author, publisher, agent, tour host, etc. and are interested in having a tour stop or guest post on Sarcasm & Lemons, please get in touch with me by e-mail.  I'm happy to participate in tours.  Please check the list of genres I accept below to make sure that your book fits my criteria.

Other things to note

3. Be patient. I have a job and a life...well, less of the second one, but it still exists. So it might take me a little time to read your book and give it the thorough review it deserves. If I give you a deadline, I willstick to it unless we mutually decide to change it. If there is no deadline involved, then I will get to it as soon as life and other reviews on my list allow.

4. Be nice. I may not like what I read, but I won't be mean about it either.  Give me the same courtesy. UPDATE: Just to be clear. I was an English major. This means that my mind has been hijacked and turned into a vehicle for constructive criticism. Basically, I'm not one of those book bloggers whose reviews read "Yay! I loved it! Fun to read! Five stars for everyone!" Okay, that's a little harsh, but you get the point. Those reviews are fine and helpful in their own way. But I like to be as thorough reviewing others' works as I want them to be when reviewing mine. I'll gush about the good, but even if I love your book to death I will still tell you what I didn't like about it. Just look at my review of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. One of my favorite authors ever, and I still found some things that irked me. But I also still loved the book! So take the criticism in stride, because it's meant to be helpful, not hurtful. Lemons sting a little but they taste great, right?

5. Along those lines....ratings. See below! I do mine out of 5 and out of 10. It doesn't matter all that much. The human brain has trouble thinking in intervals over 7 and 9 is about max. So is there all that much difference between a 7 and an 8, or even a 6 and an 8? Not necessarily. That said, I'm wary about giving 10s. 10s don't really help anyone if they're thrown around willy nilly, because if every book is a 10, then you can't compare them. So solid books that I really enjoyed reading are probably going to fall between 6 and 8, and 9 if they really shine. Because to me, a 10 is something perfect and life-changing. Tolkien. Rowling. I wouldn't even give American Psychoa 10, and I love that book. So don't freak out about the number. Read the review, because that's really the important part.

6. Link back. It's not a requirement, but it's very much appreciated.

7. Make sure it falls under these genre guidelines:

I love...
  • Young Adult / Teen Lit
  • Fantasy (High, Urban, etc.)
  • Literary
  • Serial killers / Crime
  • Horror
  • Occult
  • Dark
  • Dystopian
  • Psychological themes

I also like...
  • Paranormal
  • Thrillers
  • Mysteries
  • Adult lit
  • High school dramas

I will not accept...
  • Erotica
  • Memoir
  • Romance (Note: Books of other genres with romantic plots are okay. However, I don't like anything like Harlequins where the romance is the key plot. I will occasionally like something like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.)
  • Nonfiction
  • Self-help

8. And that's about it!  Happy writing.

The Rating Systems

5 point system:
This one is me comparing this book to other similar books, books that are on the same level or appeal to the same audience.  So, if I'm reading a YA paranormal romance, I'll be comparing it to other YA books, not to The Count of Monte Cristo. This rating has a lot to do with how well it was written (because that matters to me) but also how much I enjoyed reading it; how entertaining it was.

1 star = I didn't really like it
2 stars = It was okay, but I didn't feel excited about it (e.g. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers)
3 stars = I liked it; it was entertaining
4 stars = I really enjoyed it
5 stars = I loved it; a perfect example of the genre  (e.g. Lichgates by S.M. Boyce, Ugliesby Scott Westerfield)

10 point system:
This is me comparing the book to every book I've ever read. This is always going to be pickier, because I'm picky about what I consider a favorite. I look not only at entertainment value, but also writing style, originality, characters, whether I'd want to read it again / put it on my shelf, etc.

1 star = Burn now, impossible to get through (e.g. Turn of the Screw by Henry James)
2 stars = Poorly written, or I just couldn't get into it
3 stars = It was okay but could have used some edits (e.g. Twilight by Stephanie Meyers)
4 stars = It was an okay book but I didn't connect with it fully (e.g. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison)
5 stars = It was a decent book
6 stars = It was pretty good (e.g. Avalon High by Meg Cabot)
7 stars = Good book, solid read
8 stars = Great book (e.g. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
9 stars = Fantastic book
10 stars = Favorite book, love to death (e.g. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas; Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov; >i>Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)