Review Policy

I love receiving books to review! That said, I cannot promise to read and review every book that I receive. If I feel that your book is interesting and appropriate for the blog, I will make a good effort to read and review it in a timely fashion. (Note: Print books have a much higher chance of getting read and read quickly than ebooks.)

I review every book I finish on my personal Goodreads–these reviews are completely honest and include both my positive and negative feelings. If the book meets my gothy standards and I feel generally positive toward it, I will also write up an extensive review for The Gothic Library. For reviews on this blog, I do not give ratings. I generally give a plot summary, say what I liked about the book, and discuss how it relates to the wider gothic genre.

The Gothic Library revolves around classic Gothic Romance and all modern genres that have descended from or are related to it. Genres I accept include:

  • Gothic horror/romance
  • Dark fantasy
  • Paranormal romance
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Dystopia (if it has a gothic aesthetic or dark edge)
  • Nonfiction on related topics

I accept print books, ebooks, and audiobooks. I accept adult, young adult, and occasionally middle grade books. I will only accept the first book in a series, unless I have already read and reviewed the previous books.

I may also be interested in author interviews, giveaways, and guest posts by an author.

Contact me at thegothiclibraryblog@gmail.com for more information.

UPDATE: This shouldn’t need to be said, but I’d like to make one thing clear–misogyny or laziness toward female characters in your writing seriously decreases the chances that I will finish reading your book or review it on my blog. Gender has always been a fraught issue in the various gothic genres, and I am happy to get into discussions about problematic tropes. However, out of kindness to myself, I will not slog my way through contemporary books that are actively unpleasant to read in that respect.