Way too Fantasy was originally formed in December 2012 by friends from a NaNoWriMo group. Since then it has been through many incarnations including a quarterly fantasy webzine and resources site for fantasy writers and NaNo-novelists. After taking some time off of blogging, in late 2017 I decided to re-boot the site mainly as a fantasy book review blog.
I am the lone member left of the original WTF crew. I was born in Baltimore, Maryland where I still live along with my husband and three cats. I’ve been reading fantasy books as long as I could read and it’s still my favorite genre to read today. About 75-85% of what I read is speculative fiction with other top genres being romance, historical fiction, mystery and non-fiction.
You can also find me hanging about reddit in the r/fantasy forum as /u/lrich1024 talking about books and answering questions about a yearly challenge I run called r/Fantasy Book Bingo.
NOTE: I’m currently full up on indie/self-pub and TBRindr review requests and not currently accepting any new requests at this time. Thanks!
A few things: my to be read pile is huge and while I am working my way through it as fast as I can, I will always have just a bit of backlog. I’m certainly open to shifting my reading schedule around a bit to accommodate a request, but it has to be something that really catches my interest.
Sub-genres I Like
The types of fantasy I currently lean toward most are:
- Urban Fantasy
- Fantasy of Manners
- Romantic Fantasy
- YA Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Space Opera
- Historical Fantasy
I generally do not read much of the following: hard sci-fi, grimdark, sword and sorcery. Please do not send me any review requests regarding epic fantasy books, I tend to be very picky about which of those I read since it takes me longer to read them.
I mostly read traditionally published authors but have read some independent and self-published authors as well.
I accept both ebooks and print books for review. If I accept your request I can give you the appropriate information for forwarding the book on for review. For requests you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Your Book is Accepted for Review
I will do my best to get to your book in a timely manner but also understand that I am somewhat of a ‘mood reader’ and I really do have to be in the right frame of mind to pick up a book. I try to set a reading schedule but it isn’t always possible for me to strictly follow it. If your book has an upcoming release date I will try my best to get to it before or around that date. If you have specific requirements regarding the timing of reviews with release dates please let me know in your request.
I will always give my honest opinion of a book. I do try to pick books that I think I will enjoy, so my reviews tend to reflect that, but if I do not like a book I will be honest about why it didn’t work for me. I do keep in mind that not every book is for every reader and just because I didn’t like a particular book doesn’t mean someone else won’t, so I feel like it’s still worth writing a review even if the book wasn’t for me. If I accept your book for review, you will get a review.
Any review that is from a request will state in that review that a book was provided for the purpose of review.
Reviews are posted here on my blog, at goodreads, Amazon (once the book is released), and occasionally on reddit’s r/fantasy community.
Keep in Mind
While I would like to accept every request that comes my way, unfortunately it’s just not possible.
I’m not a paid reviewer and I blog because it’s fun and I enjoy reading and discussing books. Review requests are more likely to be accepted if they are a fit for me as a reader. Thanks again for considering Way Too Fantasy!
Friend and Contributor of Way Too Fantasy
I am a writer and musician from Michigan who currently travels and lives in various parts of the Eastern US with my family. I have lived on four continents, traveled in the other two, and I have a large list of places we still have to go to. I collect local folklore and legends, ever since the day I realized that the stories my friends told me about things that happened to their friend’s friend’s uncle’s roommate were most likely not true. I also read and write fantasy, epic fantasy, horror, and hard science-fiction. I blog here, and you can also follow me on Twitter @bovisrex.
I am particularly fond of, and preach the gospel of, single-volume fantasy, the elusive “One and Done.” Although, I have also been accused of pushing the Malazan series and The Book of the New Sun on just about anyone who has ears, and I’m in the middle of writing a fantasy trilogy of my own, but that’s another story. When my characters let me step away from the keyboard and my notebooks, I hang out here.