About/Review Policy

About Me

Hey all! I’m Alyssa Grace (pen name), and I review books. I’m originally from Hong Kong but I’ve lived for three years now in the Greater Greater London area (certain Londoners tell me I’m not actually in London). I’m starting uni this October, and my hobbies include reading, writing trash fiction, playing piano, playing video games and did I mention reading. I speak one language fluently–hello, English–and three more languages at levels varying from broken to occasionally passable.

My profile picture is not me, by the way, that’s some dope art of Rosalind Franklin the chemist, who I had a lowkey crush on and thought would look good on my blog.

Oh, and I’m absolutely terrible at using social media that isn’t WordPress or Reddit so please excuse the mostly dead Instagram and the maybe, sometimes half-alive Twitter. I TRY. I swear I do, even if it doesn’t look like it. How much effort I’m giving is another matter.

Review Policy

Thank you for your interest in my blog! I’m currently open to review requests, but there is no guarantee that I will be able to review your book.

If you’re interested in having me read and provide an honest review of your book, please contact me at ytasmn.ag@gmail.com or by filling in my Contact form.

  • I’m happy to read both ARCs and finished copies.
  • Please include a short synopsis, release date and length (page or approximate word count) of your book.
  • I prefer eARCs in mobi or epub form, but I will also accept Amazon Kindle book gifts and physical copies. If you would like to send a physical copy, please contact me via email.
  • By default l post all reviews to Goodreads and my blog. Please let me know if you would also like me to post my review to Amazon, Waterstones or another retail site.
  • Due to high volume of TBR and other commitments, it might take up to three months for me to read and review your book. If you would like your review scheduled earlier than that, let me know and we may be able to work something out.

Preferred genres:

  • Young Adult
  • High fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Retellings
  • Clean romance

Genres I could be okay with:

  • Mystery/thriller
  • Historical fiction
  • Urban/contemporary fantasy
  • Middle Grade
  • New Adult

Genres I don’t review:

  • Erotica
  • Dark romance
  • Nonfiction (a few exceptions, but unlikely)
  • Religious fiction
  • Children’s fiction

Rating System

I use a pretty conventional 1 to 5 star rating. I rate based on a mixture of objective and subjective judgment, which is why sometimes you may see a 2-star review where I say the book was actually quite well-written or, on the inverse, a 4-star review where I bring up many criticisms.

In general, this is what my ratings mean:

★☆☆☆☆ – The book was either extremely poorly written or problematic to the point where I couldn’t derive any enjoyment from it (eg climate change denial by the author).

★★☆☆☆ – I disliked the book and would not recommend it in general.

★★★☆☆ – I liked the book and might recommend it to another reader depending on their preferences.

★★★★☆ – The book was above average and left an impression in my mind. There may have been minor issues that didn’t impede my enjoyment of the overall work.

★★★★★ – A phenomenal book that I would place on my list of favourites. A five star book either changed my outlook on its subject or affected my emotions deeply. I would recommend it to everyone.

If you have a look at my Goodreads profile you can see that my most common ratings are 3 and 4 stars. I frequently give half stars (and infrequently even .25 or .75 stars) when I feel that a book lies somewhere between two ratings, and round up or down on Goodreads depending on which I feel it’s closer to.