Review Policy

Book Reviews

Black Lagoon Reviews is happy to take requests for reviews of both ARCs and already released titles from authors, publishers, or publicists. As my time is limited at the moment I am being extremely selective of books that I am accepting at this time. Special considertaion will be made for publicists and authors that I have worked with before.

I regret to say that I am no longer able to respond to each individual review request. If you don't hear back from me in a week, it is fair assumption that I am not interested in reviewing the title. However, delays do occur and I am not always able to be as quick as I would like in responding to my emails. I do check my junk/spam folders regularly to catch any emails that may be sent there by mistake.

If your work is part of a series I prefer not to read novels out of sequence. If you request a review that is part of a series I have not read, I do ask that you provide a copy of each of the previous novels. This will allow for a more effective review.

Preferred Genres:
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Romance 
  • Erotica

 To Request a Review:

Please use the contact page and select 'Review Request' to insure that your email doesn't get overlooked. When requesting a review please include:
  1. The Title of the Book to be Reviewed
  2. Author's Name
  3. A brief description of the book
  4. If you have a date that you would like to have the review posted by, please feel free to mention it when contacting me.
All requests for review will be considered, however, I reserve the right to decline any request for any reason. I also reserve the right to not write a review of the offered book if I feel a review would not be beneficial to either this site or the book in question. All reviews are unbiased so a good review is not assured. I strive to offer my opinion honestly and only recommend books that I feel like minded readers will enjoy reading.

**Self published or 'Indie' works are accepted as well as Small Press novels.

Note: ACRS, galleys and any material received through a publisher that I have requested will be given top priority.

 Accepted Formats:
  • Any bound book (Galley/Arc/Published novel)
  • eBooks compatible with Nook:  EPUB (including Non or Adobe DRM), PDB, and PDF.
Review Time Frame:

At this time I am no longer able to give a definite time frame. If the novel is an ARC/galley, I will try to review it the month of its release date or shortly before its publication.

Review Includes:
  • Cover Image and Book Synopsis
  • Publishing details: Author's name, publisher, series information (if applicable), ISBN and a short list of where to purchase the novel or it's expected release date. Common references include Barnes & Noble, Amazon and The Book Depository.
  • In depth, unbiased review with a 1-5 Scar rating
  • A Review post at GoodReads

Rating System:

5 out of 5 Scars-Amazing! Would recommend to everyone.

4 out of 5 Scars-Great! I really enjoyed it.
3 out of 5 Scars-Good, I liked it.
2 out 5 Scars-OK, but not great.
1 out 5 Scars-Don't recommend it.

Where Reviews are Posted:

All reviews will be posted at and GoodReads. By the request of the author, the review may also be posted at Barnes & Noble. No reviews will be posted at Amazon at this time. Reviews, when posted, are promoted through Twitter.


If you have any questions about my policies or special requests please don't hesitate to ask. I will try to accommodate you as best I can, if I can..

Along with book reviews Black Lagoon Reviews is happy to host giveaways, guest posts and interviews. If you are interested in doing an author interview, I do request that a copy of your novel to be sent with ample time to read before the questions need to be submitted.
For more information please email me at:

Active Reviewers at Black Lagoon Reviews:

Becuse of the vast number of review requests and my ever diminishing amount of free time, I have decided to create the Black Lagoon Reviews Team. This is a list of trusted reviewers that will help me keep this site up to date by pitching in on my heavy review load and ensuring that there is always fresh content posted for readers to enjoy.

The reviewers listed below are the members that make up the Black Lagoon Reviews team. These are the only people who will be allowed access to any material sent in for review.
  • Wenj (Owner)
  • Sllim

Note: Black Lagoon Reviews will never share, publish, copy, redistribute or sell any ARC or other written material that is sent in for review. Material sent will only be reviewed by members of the Black Lagoon team and will never be made available to persons outside of this site.

For more information about our reviewers, please see above.