Review Policy

*Please note - When you submit a book to me there is a chance that when I read it,
it might not be for me. If, for personal reasons, I do not feel like I can give you 
a fair review, I will email you to address my concerns. I do not ever want to 
degrade or berate an author; I know that publishing a book is no small feat. I would 
prefer to address my concerns with you as opposed to giving you a poor review.

General Info
I am currently accepting select Adult, New Adult and Young Adult, Thriller and Fantasy books for review. You can send emails to

I am currently unable to accept any more beta reads. I am ONLY accepting finished pieces.

I accept print ARCs, finished copies, and kindle e-books. If the book is a part of a series, then I may need the previous books.

I am NOT accepting audiobooks or interactive media books at this time. Review requests for these books will not receive a reply. Exceptions include those already on my TBR.


I accept Adult, YA, and NA fiction in the following genres:
Historical fiction and select historical non-fiction
Fairy tale/myth retellings
Gothic horror

If you are unsure if your novel fits into the correct category, I won’t be upset if you and me an email inquiring.

I am NOT accepting books in the following genres:
Non-fiction (with the exception of select historical books)
Memoirs/modern biographies

Extremely political or “hot button” topics
Free verse novels
Short story compilations
Overtly preachy religious fiction (Christian values are fine)

Accepting Books

If I accept a book for review, that does not guarantee a review.

I will make every effort to read and review in a timely fashion and with regard to release dates, but I cannot guarantee this. I prefer to receive a book 2-3 months prior to when you would like the review posted.

Please note: I schedule my posts months in advance (that is, if you contact me in January, the odds are slim that I will have an opening available for you in February).


I will write a review for almost every book I finish. Many reviews will also be posted on Goodreads, though not all and they may be modified. My reviews are written in a relaxed manner reminiscent of a conversation among friends. They are not meant to be objective literary critiques.

I write fair and honest reviews, but this does not mean I will always write positive reviews. My reviews are my opinion, and if I don’t enjoy a book then my review will reflect that.

With that said, I strive to explain why the book in question did not work for me personally. I do NOT write nasty or snarky commentary about the author.

Star Rating:

5 stars=  I loved everything about this book!
4 stars= I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t a perfect match for me, but I really liked it.
3 stars= Probably the most commonly used rating, is for a book that was “above average,” though not perfect for me. This is a good, solid rating.
2 stars= Significant number of things I didn’t like that negatively impacted my overall enjoyment, though I may still have liked some parts of this book.
1 star= I really didn’t like this book at all.

Ratings are based on my personal enjoyment of the book and are not meant to be objective ratings.

Social Media

After I have read your book I may post the review in these places…

GoodReads – modified version

Facebook Lena May Books – linked to Goodreads or Amazon for purchase of your book

IG : Lena May Books – linked

Twitter : Lena May Books – linked

Here on the Blog

Also on Amazon if you send a kindle e-book.