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Muggle-Born.net is a (mostly) young adult book review blog run by Cialina.

I am NOT currently accepting review requests. For more on my review policy and rating system, click here.

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Reviewing Policy

I am no longer accepting review requests for Muggle-Born. 

I do not accept titles from self-published authors and have no plans to do so in the future.

I am willing to read middle-grade and young-adult novels. My favorite genres are historical, romance, and dystopian. I love retellings. While I am open to other genres, please be aware that I am not partial to paranormal or faerie books.

Depending on my workload (due to internship and/or school), reading can take up to 4-6 weeks. Reviews will be written one to three days after completion of book. Since my reviews will be honest, I cannot guarantee a positive review all the time. On GoodReads, I have an average of 3.41 for 293 ratings.

Rating System

My rating system follows a bell curve (kind of). Most books will fall under the rating of three stars (Acceptable). It is rare to get a rating of five stars and even more rare to get a rating of one star.

StarStarStarStarStarO for Outstanding: This is for a book I will gladly read over and over again.
StarStarStarStarExceeds Expectations: While this book is not my new favorite, it is a book highly recommended.
StarStarStarAcceptable: Enjoyable but nothing to rave about.
StarStarPoor: Did not particularly enjoy and I would not recommend.
StarDreadful: I can’t believe I picked this up in the first place.


In addition to the Star System, I may also give a book a badge. Not all reviews will receive a badge. Badges are given to books with exceptional qualities from the author’s writing style to the romance and action of the plot.

Action Packed: Explosions, fight scenes, etc; the books that kept me on my toes.
Borrow It: Books worth reading but not really worth owning
Hahaha Funny: Laugh out loud comedy.
  – Heart-Warmer: Books that leave a fuzzy feeling.
  – Keeps You Guessing: Books that kept me guessing until the very end.
Makes You Think: Books that go beyond telling a story; books that make me think about political, social, or economic problems in society.
Masterful World-Building: For books that suck you into a whole new world.
Must Buy: Books worth buying to add to your personal collection
  – Page-Turner: I couldn’t put down these books.
  – Poetic Prose: Authors with beautiful writing styles.
  – Romantic Read: Great romance means great chemistry, banter, an epic love story, or all of the above.
Tear-Jerker: For books that got me more than just teary but almost full out sobbing.

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