Review Policy


Review Policy on Bookish Valhalla

Disclosure: We review ARCS, new releases, and previously published books. We accept requests from Independent (Indie) and Traditional publishers, as well as from publicists, blog tour managers, and self-published authors. Unless otherwise stated, all books have been purchased.

Genres We Do NOT Review: Non-fiction // Erotica // Contemporary // High Fantasy // Mysteries // Comedy // Cookbooks // Westerns // Romance* // Memoir // Historical Fiction // Political anythings.

*We are open to receiving Paranormal Romance (PNR) or Supernatural Romance (SNR), but only on a case-by-case basis and only if it goes with the atmosphere of the blog (for example, a Steampunk PNR is right up our alley; a historical PNR is not).

Markets/Audiences We review: Young Adult // New Adult // Adult.

Genres We DO Review: Speculative Fiction // Science Fiction // Fantasy // Urban Fantasy // Steampunk // Cyberpunk // Biopunk // Grimdark // Gothic // Horror // Thriller // Suspense // Psychological // Dark Fantasy // Dystopian // Apocalyptic // Supernatural // Paranormal // Folklore // Mythology // Magical Realism // Poetry // Graphic Novels // Manga // Manhwa

Note: This list does not represent what each Book Valkyrie reads/reviews, nor is it comprehensive of genres we accept. This list is to give you some idea of which genres the blog as a whole typically reads. Before sending a request, please check out our specific preferences under The Book Valkyries tab, and check out a few of our reviews to get a feel for what we typically like.

Accepted Formats For Review: Print (ARCS or finished copies) // E-galleys/digital (compatible with Kindle, if possible)

How To Request a Review

In Our Reviews, We Include The Following :

  • Book cover
  • Book summary & details from Goodreads (including GENRE/Age Cat)
  • Deadline, if there is one
  • Author, publisher, and purchase links
  • Our honest opinions — what we loved, what we didn’t, and why
  • Verdict & star rating


When Requesting A Review : To request a review, send an email to bookishvalhalla(at)

  • The following need to be included in your review request:
    • Title, age-category, genre, publisher, page number
    • Summary of the book along with book cover
    • Links to places the book can be purchased
    • Author image, bio, and social media links
    • Preferred Book Valkyrie to review your novel
    • Bonus: Why Bookish Valhalla is a good fit for your novel
  • Please do not attach a copy of your book to the request. This is a huge security risk and such requests will be automatically rejected.

Failure to adhere to these request guidelines won’t necessarily get you rejected, but it’s always nice and respectful when everything we need is sent.

Review Timelines

How long does it take for Bookish Valhalla to review a book? Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) and newly released books will receive top priority. Because we do collaborate closely with traditional publishers and imprints, these receive the highest priority.

However, we also support Indie publishers and self-published authors, and if we receive ARC review requests from either of these , we make them a higher priority.

We cannot promise to review a book within a certain number of days or weeks. Sometimes we devour a book in a single day, other times it can take us months. It depends on the number of reviews we’ve accepted, and how busy we are. Even if we accept a novel to review, it does not guarantee that we will write a review. We always make an effort to read all the books we receive, but sometimes time constraints, a lack of interest, or shifting priorities force us to put a book aside.

Our promise to you: We will always post our honest opinions and reflections. Our reviews may be positive, negative, or somewhere in between, but we do our best to weigh what we loved and what we didn’t. Length and formats may vary, depending on the book and the reviewer. We try cross-post to Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, and Netgalley.