Review Policy & Disclaimer

***I will no longer be accepting reviews from outside of NetGalley and Edelweiss unless traditionally published. I have had to wade through dozens of poorly written, not at all edited, poorly formatted manuscripts (yes, MANUSCRIPTS. That is what you have before an editor does their work, too many of these ‘books’ I am accepting have been MANUSCRIPTS just with really good marketing copy and visuals) and it is taking me far too long to get to titles that have been properly and respectfully crafted and finished before being sent for review.***


All reviews posted on the blog will also be cross-posted to Goodreads, Amazon, and anywhere else I find the book for sale. I am open to cross-posting elsewhere as well, upon request. All reviews will be honest and all reviews will be based on my personal and professional opinions.

If you would like me to consider your book for review, please also consider the following list of my main interests:

YA Fiction (particularly fantasy and dystopian)

Historical Fiction / Fantasy (prior to 1900 with stories from 3000BCE to 1600 being preferred)

Retellings (almost always)

Fantasy (high/epic mostly)

Contemporary Poetry (emphasis on poetics and craft)

Literary Fiction

Graphic Novels (almost always)

Academic Texts on Literature, History, or Humanities (almost always)

Science Fiction (occasionally)

Children’s Books (occasionally)

Memoir (only sometimes)

I will consider books from categories outside of those listed with a more discerning  look. I will be reviewing books from my personal library as well, which should help you to get an idea of my reading habits.

I will accept eBooks (ePub preferred, though PDF is acceptable for shorter— under 200 pages— books), and print books (I am in Canada). I will also be VERY happy to accept and review audiobooks (digital files only) especially history or non-fiction.

I will NOT, without exception, accept any template-based erotica or romance books.

I will NOT, without exception, accept “fiction” that is actually just religious propaganda, and that goes for any and all religious messages.

I will NOT accept poetry that is not studied and crafted with an eye to a designed poetics (no aphorisms being called poetry, craft not expression).

I will neither sell nor upload for dissemination any of the books I receive for review.

Acceptance of a book for review does not mean that I will give the book a positive review. If I read a book all the way through, (I always pick up and put down a book four times before marking it a DNF) I will post lower starred reviews on Amazon and Goodreads with a detailed description of why. If I do not finish a book I will post nothing and will email to inform the author or publisher of that fact. I will not post a review below three stars on this blog.

I will not accept interviews, or host giveaways, or in any other way promote a book I have not read.

If you are a publisher, publicist, or author, and would like me to consider your book for review, please contact me at cavehominemuniuslibri (at) gmail (dot) com and include the media kit, title, cover, and links to the book page on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

Do NOT send me copies of the book before I have accepted the request.


All books reviewed on this blog were either in my personal library, provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review, or borrowed from my local library.