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I no longer accept review requests from authors unless we have an established relationship and/or follow each other on social media. In that case, just message me on the platform where we follow each other!

If we're not mutuals and you'd like me to review your book, forward my info to your publisher and let them contact me.


I only review full-length published novels. No short stories, no novellas, no short story collections or anthologies.

Not at the moment. I only do these on invitation basis, so I'll contact you. Also make sure to check my social media, sometimes I post calls for guest posts on a specific topic.

Yes, but they have to be exclusive.

Ebooks and physical copies are fine.
My preferred way of reviewing ebooks is via NetGalley.
Physical copies receive priority treatment, but note that I'm European. 

Young Adult Fiction in all genres, preferably by marginalized people and about marginalized people.

If you'd like to add me to your ARC mailing list/newsletter, please contact me. Don't just add me please.
general inquiries: actualbookavid(at)gmail(dot)com
review requests: reviewrequests(dot)thebookavid(at)gmail(dot)com

Rating System

★★★★★ (5 Stars) Loved it. Finished in one sitting and/or one of my new favorites!
(I will read this book again. I will love it until the end of time and annoy all my friends with it)

★★★★☆ (4 Stars) Good. I was entertained and I will very likely recommend it to friends.
(This was super good and the pages flew by. Something minor irked me though.)

★★★☆☆ (3 Stars) Ok. I liked it but it's nothing special.
(I did want to know what happens and was invested, but several things irked me.)

★★☆☆☆ (2 Stars) Average, I struggled finishing this.
(It wasn't necessarily bad. It wasn't my thing and I didn't particularly care for the plot/characters. Quite hard to finish.)

★☆☆☆☆ (1 Star) Didn't like it.
(I probably didn't care about anything. Could be an "it's not you, it's me" book. Was very hard to finish. Most likely the writing wasn't for me either.)
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