Review Policy

I prefer to get review requests via email:

If you want me to review a book, please read my other reviews to see first and foremost if I will like the book.  I usually tend to read BEAUTIFUL WRITING which leads me into a lot of literary fiction, poetry, memoir, essays, and travel writing.

I read young adult fiction like it’s bad reality television. I prefer YA that challenges young adults in major ways and doesn’t treat them as “young adults” but insightful and unique individuals.  I like historical fiction that matches with what history tells us, but imagines the in-between conversations.

I do not often read fantasy fiction, but I will sometimes read literary science fiction.

Here’s what you can expect after you send me a book:  It can take me anywhere from 1 week to 3 months to review a book.  This means I may not finish a book by its publication date, but I will honor your work and try to get a review to you as fast as (humanly, literally) possible.  I have piles of books lying all over my house so distractions are endless, but I do prefer to read one book at a time.  Please keep this in mind when you ask me for a review.

Another thing about my review process is that I don’t review every book I read.  Sometimes I won’t like a book’s voice, the writing style, the language, or even the story and in that case I will usually write the publisher and ask where they would like me to go from there.  I don’t enjoy writing negative reviews unless I feel like the book is being coddled by the media and sometimes I comfortably pass on books because I know that other readers will love the book, but it doesn’t match my particular taste.

With all that said, reading is my passion.  If you know you have something I’ll swoon over, send it my way.  I am more than willing to take chances on books (independent authors, and publishing house authors are all welcome).  Bring it on!

Side note: I’m into marginalia, so I prefer hard copies of books.

Hi, I’m Cassie

Cassie Mannes Murray (@fromcass) is a writer and educator living on the coast of NC.

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