Review Policy

Review Policy

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Apologies we are not currently accepting any new review requests. We hope to be back open for the start of December.


Here at Whispering Stories, we are committed in providing professional, 100% honest, unbiased book reviews for FREE. The majority of our reviews are for fictional books, including children’s books (We have reviewers in the UK and USA for children’s books if you are wanting to send a hard copy). We also review non-fiction books.

Please read the information below, before submitting a request.

There are a few genres that we do not review:-
Religion & Spirituality
Books featuring Covid-19
Sequels (unless they 100% work as a standalone or we have reviewed the previous book)
Post-Apocalyptic & Fantasy novels (this is temporary due to how many we have on our list).

We don’t review audio books or books written in the second person. We also DO NOT accept PDF’s unless it is a children’s book under 35 pages.

We accept review requests from authors and publishers. Apologies, we no longer accept requests from PR/publicity companies.

Why Choose Us?

“Reviews really help to highlight a book’s profile. I was delighted with the review from Whispering stories who took part in Book Tour for The Rest of My Life. The reviewer offered the reader a perfect glimpse into the book, with just the right amount of information, and provided a perfect summary which I have quoted often since. They also went on to feature an author interview for me and were totally professional and courteous. Thank you Whispering Stories for helping to get my book out there.” – Sheryl Browne, author of The Rest of my Life

“Whispering Stories is one of my favourite book blogs. Stacey, who runs it, is always charming and helpful, and her reviews of my books have really helped in my promotional efforts. Now that she has a reviewing team she’s able to offer a wider range of services to authors; their reviews are always honest, insightful and constructive, and every effort is made to get them out as soon as possible. Most impressed!” – Terry Tyler, author of The Devil You Know, Best Seller and The House of York

“Whispering Stories provided honest, timely reviews of my books, were quick to respond to my inquiries and always friendly. They made things easy and fun and really championed my work. I can’t thank them enough!” Anela Deen, author of Sci-Fi series Insurrection

“Whispering Stories is a dynamic, professional book blogging site. Stacey joined the Neverland Book Tour of my recent release, “Brake Failure”, and posted a beautifully laid-out post. What author wouldn’t want a post like THAT? Stacey can really get “under the skin” of a novel, and her reviews are always concise – never rambling – giving the reader the essence of the story. She also immediately posts her reviews to ALL social media sites – without the author having to remind her weeks later to do so! I give Whispering Stories 5++ stars!” – Alison Brodie, author of “Brake Failure” and “Wild Life”.

Requesting a Review

To request a review contact:- Stacey at entering ‘Review Request’ in the subject header. Please do not contact any of the other reviewers on this site directly (to request a review or for any other purpose).

Please include the title, author, synopsis, genre(s), and page count of the book that you are requesting a review for. Please do not request more than one book at a time.

Please do not just send a press release and no other information about the book in the email, as this may mean your email ends up being deleted as we need to know that attachments are safe to open.

If your book is written in dual or multiple POV please let us know as not all reviewers read these books.

Once you have submitted your request, it can take a few days to receive a reply. We endeavour to reply to everyone who has contacted us, whether that be with an acceptance or a refusal.

Please do not send a copy of your book with the request.

Failure to provide the above information may result in your email being deleted.

If we accept your book for review, please be aware that any subsequent books you wish us to review still have to go through the same review request procedures.

Please note we DO NOT accept PDF’s (unless for children’s picture books under 35 pages and not password protected), Netgalley Widgets, epubs, Amazon gift certs, or files sent to our kindles directly. We only accept Mobi files and hardcopies.

Our Decision

Unfortunately, we can not accept every book that we receive a requests for. The decision to refuse a book is never a personal one. Our decision is final, though if you wish to contact us again in the future, with the same book, please leave at least three months between requests. If we can’t review your book we will let you know.

Submitting your book

Once you have received an email of acceptance to review your book you will be sent the relevant information regarding what happens next. Please be aware that we only accept mobi or hard copies of books (these are to be sent to a UK address that will be provide).

We do not accept Kindle Gifts, epub, files directly sent to our Kindles, PDFs, or NetGalley widgets.

If the request was for a children’s book, we DO accept PDF copies as long as the book is under 35 pages.

The Review

Your book will be placed onto our ‘To Be Read’ (TBR) list and will be read and reviewed as soon as we possibly can. Although we have quite a few reviewers on the site we also get a lot of review requests so there is always going to be a wait. The wait can be anything from a few weeks to a few months.

The review will contain a star rating. We no longer place 1 or 2 star ratings on the blog. If we rate your book this low or DNF your book, we remove your book from our list and contact you to let you know that we will not be able to review it.

Once the review has been posted and a star rating has been given we will not alter that information, so please do not ask us to up our rating. Remember the review is for readers and is our personal opinion.

If you are unhappy with the review, whilst we will take into account your thoughts and feelings, DO NOT demand that we remove the review and please be courteous when making your complaint, otherwise your email will be deleted and you will be blocked.

If you love your review then let us know by commenting on the review page, liking the review on Amazon, and liking or commenting on it on Goodreads. If you are on Twitter retweeting the review helps to make your book reach a wider audience. Let’s work together.

A Few Hints for a Successful Request

Make sure your synopsis doesn’t have any spelling mistakes.

Don’t send us a full blurb outlining the whole plot – No need for us to review your book if we know what is going to happen.

Make sure we review the genre you are requesting (list above).

Don’t include lots of attachments as your requests will most likely end up in our spam folder.

Please don’t send us other people’s reviews, we like to make our own mind up about your book.

Don’t offer the book to us in a format we do not accept – We do not accept Netgalley Widgets, Amazon Gift Certs, Epubs, direct to Kindle downloads or PDFs (Unless it is for a picture book under 35 pages and not password protected).

Where are the Reviews Advertised?

Alongside being advertised on the blog, our reviews are also published on the various websites and social media accounts that we are signed up to, these include:-
Twitter – @storywhispers
Google Books

Thanks for reading and we look forward to receiving your request.

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