#tenqueries 9: Adult “Cross-Genre”. I’d instead suggest the author categorize this as “Sci-fi with romantic elements”. The pages didn't quite do it for me -- they're good, but they don't feel unputdownable for me personally. Pass.
#tenqueries 6: YA Fantasy: The details in this contemporary fantasy aren’t meshing seamlessly enough to make me want to invest myself further in the characters or the world—there’s just too many things going on. Pass.
#tenqueries 5: YA Historical Mystery. There are bits and pieces of this query that are enticing and make me want to read more—but I don’t feel like I have a true grasp on what the story is really about. There were logic holes that also made me question the story's flow. Pass.
#tenqueries 1: Adult Thriller. Though this was a well-written query, it sounded very familiar, both in terms of content and character motivation. I worry that this manuscript doesn't quite stand apart from the pack enough for me personally. Pass.
#tenqueries 9: Adult Historical Fiction: Once again, I was intrigued by the pitch, but when I got to the pages, I felt like the entire story was being told to me, rather than showing me details that would allow me to connect to the story in my own way. Pass.
#tenqueries 8: MG Historical Fantasy: This query intrigued me because of its historical setting and its brave, outgoing protagonist. I found myself curious about what she might get into, and loved her immediately apparent compassion. Request.
#tenqueries 7: MG Supernatural. While the writing in this query was good, I found the pacing in the first chapter was a little frantic, rushing through events so quickly I couldn't root myself in the narrator's POV or world well enough.
#tenqueries 5: YA Fantasy. The first pages of this manuscript are well-written, but not particularly exciting. It’s too internal, preventing the reader from beginning to engage with the plot or the characters. Pass.
#tenqueries 4: YA Fantasy. We’re given the hook right away—but there’s no explanation about what that hook will mean for the characters. It's a solid premise, but I almost wonder if the story is told from the wrong character's POV? Pass.
#tenqueries 2: Adult Literary Fiction. This query doesn’t follow my guidelines (it includes an attachment rather than pasting pages in the body of the email) & it also hints at many vague plot details -- I'd need more specifics to get excited. Pass.
#tenqueries 1: YA. No genre is given, but the description says speculative. The voice in the query is inviting and clear, and the author bio stood out as rather endearing, but the plot felt a little quiet for me. Pass.