Meet the Reviewers

BOOKED SOLID

Rayleigh is a small town, Texas girl who has only a slight addiction to books *wink*. She has spent the last 8 years reviewing books of all genres and 2 years ago was awarded the Vine Voice badge on Amazon, which verifies her as a Top Amazon Reviewer–her goal is to rank in the Top 1000 Reviewers on Amazon within the next 2 years! Inside the world of literature, Rayleigh is the Associate Editor for PURSUE Magazine. She has judged writing contests for publishers, interned for Hartline Literary Agency, and has given social media marketing classes for authors. She has written 3 books over the course of her teens, and released her debut, A Queen is Knighted, with her husband in the summer of 2021 (under the penname R. J. Setser).

Outside of her writing career, Rayleigh married her high school sweetheart –a U.S. Marine–in 2019. She’s a Junior in college with a major in Accounting and works as an accountant for 2 commercial construction companies in Texas.

Her Websites: Author Rae LeighPURSUE MagazineAccelerate the Jesus Movement

Her Publications: A Queen is KnightedBecomeFulfill

AGE GROUPS & GENRES

  • Young Adult
  • Children’s
  • Middle Grade
  • Adult/generic
  • Fiction
    • Dystopian
    • Fantasy
    • Classics
    • Retellings
    • Contemporary
    • Romance
    • Mystery
    • Thrillers
    • Christmas/holiday
    • Historical
    • Sci-Fi
    • Paranormal and Supernatural will be considered
  • Nonfiction
    • Devotionals
    • Business
    • Military/First Responders
    • Poetry

HIGHLY DISLIKES

  • Poor Editing & Quality of Writing
  • Sexual Content

FANDOM CORNER!

Favorite Books

  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Gems of Elsana series by Christian Sterling 
  • Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer
  • Chronicles of The Spanish Civil War by Tricia Goyer

Favorite Movies: 

  • La La Land
  • Jurassic Park(s)
  • Italian Job

Favorite Fandoms: 

  • Legend of Zelda (BOTW & Hyrule Warriors–both)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • The Dragon Prince (Netflix series)
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • New Girl
  • LEGO: Ninjago (no judgey)
  • The Office.

BOOKED SOLID

Valerie Cotnoir graduated from homeschooling in 2016. She is currently studying for a BA in History through online courses with Lumerit Education while working part time at the preschool at her church. Valerie was born in Montreal, Canada, but lived for fourteen years in Plano, Texas before moving with her family to the Raleigh area in North Carolina. She is the oldest of four and has two sisters and one brother. She’s been writing since she could hold a pencil and reading books just as long. Her first published novel is a middle grade historical fiction, “Bridget’s Journey” (2013), and her second is a YA fantasy, “Everlasting” (2015). She is currently working on a sequel to “Bridget’s Journey”, a prequel to “Everlasting” and a historical fiction novella with a twist on the fairy tale Snow White! She loves having deep conversations about theology, books and movies with friends and family. Her favorite memory verse is and has been for many years John 16:33:

“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Her blog: For A Thousand Words

Her books: Bridget’s JourneyEverlasting

AGE GROUPS & GENRES

  • Adult/generic
  • Children’s
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult
  • Fiction
    • Historical Fiction
    • Classics
    • Fantasy
    • Sci-Fi
  • Nonfiction

HIGHLY DISLIKES

FANDOM CORNER!

Favorite Books:  

  • Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine 
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak .

Favorite Movies

  • Beauty and the Beast live-action
  • Wonder Woman 
  • Anne of Green Gables.

Favorite Fandoms: 

  • Harry Potter
  • Hunger Games
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Downton Abbey
  • K-Dramas and K-Pop
  • and anything Disney.

ACCEPTING REQUESTS

AnnaScott Cross is best described as a lover of stories. After falling in love with stories through reading, she now translates this love into other areas of her life as well. She co-owns TEcHonfidence – a digital services company – and loves getting to tell the stories of her clients through photography, graphic design, and web design. She lives in North Carolina with her family, and in her free time, she loves reading, traveling, and talking about good ideas over a cup of coffee. Some of her favorite books include The Tipping Point, Pride and Prejudice, The Book Thief, and Harry Potter.

Her Blog: Simply Edifying

AGE GROUPS & GENRES

  • Adult/generic
  • Young Adult
  • Fiction
    • Historical Fiction
    • Fantasy (YA)
    • Contemporary
  • Non-fiction

HIGHLY DISLIKES

FANDOM CORNER!

Favorite Books: 

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis,
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Favorite Movies:

  • Anything Marvel 
  • Cinderella live-action
  • Mary Poppins.

Favorite Fandoms:

ACCEPTING REQUESTS

Renae Powers considers herself to be a perpetual student, most recently having earned her B.S. in Political Science at Liberty University. She loves learning about different cultures and languages and aspires to live and work abroad. She loves books that take her to new places, make her think deeply, and encourage her to see life in a new light.

AGE GROUPS & GENRES

  • Young Adult
  • Adult/Generic
  • Fiction
    • Fantasy
    • Sci-Fi
    • Historical
    • Dystopian
    • Retellings
    • Holiday Stories

HIGHLY DISLIKES

  • Typos/Grammar Issues
  • LGBQT+ Content

FANDOM CORNER!

Favorite Books:

  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  • A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker
  • Anything by C.S. Lewis or Francine Rivers

Favorite Movie(s): 

  • Lord of the Rings
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Harry Potter Series
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Series

Favorite Fandoms: 

  • Lord of the Rings
  • Harry Potter
  • Game of Thrones
  • Jane Austen

ACCEPTING REQUESTS

Lexi is a Midwest girl living on the East Coast. She enjoys reading books to her son, listening to people’s life stories, and brewing pour over coffee. 

AGE GROUPS & GENRES

  • Children’s
  • Short stories
  • Poetry

HIGHLY DISLIKES

  • Typos/grammar issues
  • Bored with the story

FANDOM CORNER!

Favorite Books:

  • The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Nothing Said by Lucy Boston

Favorite Movies:

  • Good Will Hunting
  • Captain Fantastic

Favorite Fandoms:

  • Wes Anderson
  • Harry Potter

ACCEPTING REQUESTS

Mary P. is an extroverted university student whose childhood adventures in milking goats, growing whatever fit in a handy container, picking nettles, getting lost in forests and books, and exploring with her siblings gave her a love of story and adventure, which led to a combination of the two. She strives to write what honors God and loves books that build up instead of tearing down. And if there’s adventure, witty banter, found family, and a setting that feels lived-in, she’s one happy camper.

AGE GROUPS & GENRES

  • Adult/generic
  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade
  • Children’s
  • Fiction
    • Fantasy
    • Sci-fi
    • Dystopian
    • Contemporary
    • Historical
    • Adventure
    • Retellings
    • Short stories
    • Holiday stories
  • Nonfiction categories

HIGHLY DISLIKES

  • Sexual content
  • Cursing
  • Storyline holes
  • LGBQT+ content
  • Dramas/Depressing stories

FANDOM CORNER!

Favorite Books & Authors:

  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • A variety of fairytale retellings
  • The Fog Diver series by Joel N. Ross
  • Some of Agatha Christie’s work
  • Melanie Dobson
  • Erynn Mangum
  • Jonathan Rogers
  • and more indie authors than I have time to list.

Favorite Movies:

  • Hogan’s Heroes
  • Winnie The Pooh
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon in Her Hair,
  • Flame Over India
  • Disney’s Zorro series
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Cinderella
  • Tron:Legacy
  • The Happiest Millionaire
  • Candleshoe
  • Hot Lead and Cold Feet
  • Garrison’s Gorillas
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • Emma

BOOKED SOLID

Sofia Marie is a 21-year-old missionary kid, a hopeful college graduate (May of 2020!), and, overall, just a girl both scared and excited about how God is marvelously shaping her life. She loves running, reading, writing, creating videos, and spending time with friends. She is currently slowly considering swing dancing as a new hobby to pursue. Sofia Marie’s blog, Teens Live for Jesus, includes devotions, quotes, discussions on music, and over 75 book reviews for Christian fiction and nonfiction.

Sofia is a book reviewer on her blog: Teens Live For Jesus.

AGE GROUPS & GENRES

  • Young Adult
  • Fiction
    • Fantasy
    • Sci-fi
    • Dystopian
    • Contemporary
    • Adventure

HIGHLY DISLIKES

  • Sexual content/LGBQT+ content
  • Lack of religion/Christian morals
  • Jump scares/thrilling scenes

FANDOM CORNER!

Favorite Books (authors): 

  • Krista McGee
  • Nancy Rue
  • Jill Williamson
  • and a number of other authors.

Favorite Movie: 

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Additional Fandoms: 

  • MCU
  • Hunger Games
  • Narnia
  • Lord of the Rings
  • and Star Wars.

ACCEPTING REQUESTS

Erin Phillips is a Christian author who writes fantasy and suspense novels. While not all of her works have explicitly Christian messages, all of her stories are inspired by her faith and seek to explore Biblical truth. She wrote her debut novel, The Keeper, during the 2013 NaNoWriMo event, and published a stand-alone sequel, The Varken, in 2017. Both are young adult fantasy novels.

In 2017, Erin wrote Polarity, her first suspense speculative fiction novel, after taking Ted Dekker’s The Creative Way writing course. She is currently working on A Crown of Chains (2022), a fantasy retelling of the Biblical story of Esther, with plans for a Ruth retelling to follow. Besides writing novels, she also writes and publishes Christian musicals with her husband at The Faithful Troubadour Publications, and is the co-founder and CEO of a small, Christian community theatre, Solace Theatre.

Erin Phillips graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and lives in Raleigh with her husband, Jeremy, and their happy corgi, Parker.

AGE GROUPS & GENRES

  • Adult/generic
  • Young Adult
  • Fiction
    • Fantasy
    • Sci-fi
    • Dystopian
    • Adventure
    • Retellings
    • Other

HIGHLY DISLIKES

  • Bored with the story

FANDOM CORNER!

Favorite Books:  

  • Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
  • Obsessed by Ted Dekker
  • The System Divine Trilogy by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell
  • The Hollow Crown Duology by Zoraida Còrdova
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Favorite Movies

  • Star Wars
  • Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
  • Gladiator
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Barbie movies

Favorite Fandoms: 

  • Star Wars
  • Twilight (ironically but also kind of not…it’s complicated)

ACCEPTING REQUESTS

Ashlynn loves books and reading, yet she feels that she is not a “usual” book loving girl. She doesn’t always use big words, know a lot about all the genres and famous authors currently or in the past. However she loves a good story, with deep characters that live in the pages. She feels things deeply and reads (unintended pun there, but I’ll run with it) into scenarios and will reread a whole chapter to make sure she understands, connects, and fully appreciates everything surrounding the story line, however many there are.

Outside of reading she co-owns a boutique with her sister, works for her mom as an Office Manager, is married to the love of her life, and serves with him in her church’s youth group that she grew up in. Living in an rv with her husband and their new puppy, Toby, she really has learned that she enjoys a simple life. She gets to spend ninety percent of the time with her husband as he works for himself at home and she wouldn’t have it any other way. They enjoy going to their favorite coffee shop so he can work and she can read or do something online for her business. He even will make dinner for her and say “you know what, this would be a perfect time for you to read!” – True story, to which she looked up at him in awe and realized just how blessed she was, for the hundredth time in seven months.

AGE GROUPS & GENRES

  • Young Adult
  • Adult/generic
  • Fiction
    • Sci-fi
    • Dystopian
    • Contemporary
    • Romance
    • Historical
    • Adventure
    • Retellings
    • Short stories
    • Holiday stories
  • Some Nonfiction categories

HIGHLY DISLIKES

  • Sexual content
  • Cursing
  • LGBQT+ content
  • Gore/Blood
  • Jump scares/thrilling scenes

FANDOM CORNER

Favorite Books/Authors:

  • Julie Klassen
  • Melanie Dickerson
  • When I was younger I loved Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

Favorite Movies/Shows:

  • Captain America (that one since I was 12 that one doesn’t change, lol)
  • Anne with an E