I am currently only open to Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance genres (including sub-genres of these, such as Paranormal Women’s Fiction, etc), especially if they have LGBTQ+ components. I prefer physical books, but will accept audio and ebooks. I’m based in the US and would appreciate no YA or religious books (even if they are YA or religious UF/PNR), please.
I realize that this is a very slim area, but it’s what I’m most enjoying reading at the moment. As an alternative, for those of you in the wider fantasy, romance, and soft science fiction genres (including sub and peripheral genres), Sadie’s Spotlight offers book spotlights, excerpts, interviews, etc. The site does not offer reviews, but is open to self-submission for free general book promotion. You can check it out here.
Here on See Sadie Read, I am particularly interested in Indie and Self-published authors (not that I don’t also read and enjoy traditional pubs), but I would ask that the books be properly edited. The fact that such authors are able to break the commercial mold really appeals to me, and I look forward to reading stories told in ways traditional publishers would not be interested in (books from odd POVs or that regularly tell instead of show – the dogma being to never tell, always show). But I don’t want to be tripping over spelling, grammar, and homophonous mistakes. Believe me you can’t catch them all yourself, no one can. (As a perfect example of this, I had a misspelled word on this very page for close to 6 months before someone finally pointed it out to me.)
You can go here to see examples of my reviews. Just choose a year. I also regularly post on Goodreads and Amazon (where I generally rank between 1,800 and 3,000, depending on how active I have been) and occasionally on LibraryThing and Smashwords (usually just books I’ve gotten from these sites). I also almost obsessively post book pictures on Instagram. You can see them here.
If I request your book, as opposed to you requesting a review, it circumvents everything else and goes top of the list. I only request books I intend to read immediately.
If you would like to discuss sending me a book (and I reiterate, I’m only open to UF and PNR right now) please email me at Reviews@sadieforsythe.com.
I have a Little Free Library in my front yard. Any physical book sent to me will likely be added to the LFL and shared unless I’m asked not to (or they are such favorites I hoard them).
Regarding review swapping: Every once in a while an author will email me asking about this. I don’t. I admit I tried it once very shortly after TWE was published, but I was very uncomfortable with it and will not do it again. I discourage anyone seeking such exchanges from going through with it.