Review Policy


Update: while I endeavour to reply to all emails and messages, life can sometimes get rather busy and the volume of mail can get rather high! If I haven’t replied to you within 10 days it is best to assume that I am unable to meet your requests.

Here at Chapterinmylife, I am always happy to accept books for review. Any reviews I provide are only my opinion and are always constructive. I will try my best to explain what it was I enjoyed about the book or why it was not to my taste.

I understand the effort and work that goes into writing a book so would always be respectful in my reviews and never overly negative.

I have recently made the decision to drop star ratings from my blog posts/reviews (I will still adhere to these on GoodReads and Amazon) as I don’t feel they have any particular value. I have been feeling uncomfortable for some time now using star ratings as I feel they are extremely subjective. When I read reviews I want to know how the book made the reader feel, what it is about, how the plot, pace and characters all work together. I have made the decision to base my book reviews on that criteria. I would hope that by reading my reviews, in which I try to cover plot, pace, place, themes, characters and how the book made ME feel, would be enough of an indication to let readers know whether I loved, liked or didn’t so much like a book 🙂

Please note the following as contacting me assumes you have read and agree to these terms:

*I am always happy to hear from publishers and authors about books and books received will be read/reviewed, however, I cannot guarantee a timeframe unless we discuss and agree on a particular date for the post. My blog isn’t my job, it’s my passion and what I do in my spare time (I do work full time and despite the amount of reading I do, I do other things in addition to reading and reviewing – not much but some!)

*I will consider all requests but I may not be able to accept them all. Please don’t take it personally if I cannot review your book. In an ideal world, I’d be reading 24/7 and still never get through all the books I want to!

Please read below and If you would like to contact me about a review you can email me at:

* I currently accept ebooks mobi form (Kindle), paperbacks or hardback

*I am happy to be considered for participation on Blog Tours

*I am on Netgalley, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter and share my reviews on these social media sites/any book clubs I may be a part of and also on Amazon. I will always try to send links to the authors/publisher once my review is posted…and I am happy to be contacted for a link if I have not contacted you directly myself– and you may need to remind me so don’t be shy!

*Authors and publishers are welcome to use quotes from my review of their book only with prior consent and the blogs name must always appear alongside it.
~Thank you

What I Like to read:

My bag is Crime and more crime! In particular, I enjoy Scottish Crime Fiction – I have been known to stalk a few Scottish authors in my time! I am particularly supportive of new/lesser known authors. I read the following:

Crime fiction
True Crime
Thrillers/psychological thrillers
Mysteries (darker/noir)

I do not read erotica, romance, chic lit, dystopian, children’s books, science fiction.
If you would like to contact me about a review you can email me at 

Thanks for your interest! Sharon xx