Welcome to Literature Approved!
My name is Rayleigh and I’m the definition of a book addict! I started Literature Approved 2 years ago to have a special place to put all of my reviews, because they had outgrown my blog, Accelerate The Jesus Movement. I have been a book reviewer/blogger for 5 years and have reviewed over 300 books total. I am in the process of moving all of those reviews here onto Literature Approved from my blog so one could say that this site is still under construction 🙂 I am a college student with a major in Accounting with a long term goal of being a CPA, and I love all things business! I’m the Associate Editor and Web Manager for Pursue Magazine, an online magazine for teen girls with the purpose to inspire and encourage them to discover their potential, embrace their uniqueness and pursue the impossible. I’m also an intern for Hartline Literary Agency, with my job being to teach authors how to maximize the use of social media to market themselves, and their books. Because of my full plate, new requests will be accepted in limited quantities, but I still enjoy a good book on the weekends so don’t hesitate to shoot me an email!
I read and review ALL books on a “first come, first serve” basis and will always mention negative content as well as the positive, regardless of my rating.
My reviewing and rating is based on Christian morals however I do not review only Christian books. The purpose of Christian-based reviews is to reveal the morals portrayed in the story as well as to make note of how high the graphic, sexual, and explicit language is in a book.
YA, Adult fiction, and/or Nonfiction:
If rated 3 stars or above, I focus on the positive elements of the book, but I will ALWAYS mention cursing, sexual scenes/comments, graphic violence, etc. that was present (if any) even though I may have liked the book in general.
If rated 2 and below, then I obviously was not fond of it and the review will be more focused on explaining the low rating, though I generally try to be gracious in negative reviews by mentioning the few (if any) aspects of the book that I did like.
Children’s books/Middle Grade:
I rate and review based off of family qualities and learning opportunities. In my opinion, a book read to a child needs to be more than just a story; it needs to have lessons on that child’s level, well-done pictures, and to have engaging writing. Kids need to be read to in order for them to grasp a love for learning and reading at a young age, and the books that I read and review will be rated on how useful to the children they are.
Reviewing on other sites:
I always post my review on Amazon as well as Goodreads so there is no need to ask me to do so in your inquiry email. Also, I only post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads (and here of course) so please don’t ask for other websites (Barnes&Noble is the only exception upon request).
All of my reviews will be shared ONCE on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest 🙂 Thanks!
If you have a specific book you would like me to review, or, for authors, if you are in need of a review for your book and would like to send me a copy, fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.
I cannot guarantee that I will accept all requests because of either lack of time or interest, however I do welcome getting requests and encourage you to reach out to me if you seek a review.
Thanks so much for stopping by Literature Approved and feel free to check us out on Social Media!
If your book could use a little extra attention, more than just reviews or an interview, authors now have the opportunity to purchase some extra TLC from my social media team and I.
Our current service fees are:
$5 per book per 1 month of additional advertising or
$8 per book per 2 months of additional advertising.
-Your book cover and link for purchase in the footer titled “Featured Books”.
-Specially made quote/promo images for the book (one per week) to be scheduled on Literature Approved’s social media platforms for the purchased month(s).
-(Optional) If you are seeking additional reviewers for your book, I have a database of fellow book bloggers and reviewers that I can reach out to on your behalf (I will recruit 5 at most for you, I can’t say a minimal amount because whether or not your book is accepted is based on each individual reviewer’s policies/opinions. Though I will do my best to find 5 appropriately matched reviewers).
-You will receive the links to the reviews and shares on social media for you to share as you see fit.
*Paid through PayPal
For more information, feel free to contact me!