ARC Review — Cruel Summer

Title: Cruel SummerAuthor: Bernard JanGenre: Science fictionPages: 513 pagesPublication date: February 28, 2021 Thank you, Bernard Jan, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Cruel Summer follows Michael, Alien, Rebecca, and many more. (You might remember Michael from my Postcards from Beyond review.) The story begins not long after … Continue reading ARC Review — Cruel Summer

ARC Review — Postcards from Beyond

Title: Postcards from Beyond Reality: The Selected Poems of Michael DanielsAuthor: Bernard JanGenre: PoetryPages: 85 pagesPublication date: March 20, 2022 Thank you, Bernard Jan, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Postcards from Beyond Reality follows Michael Daniels from Cruel Summer. The seventeen-year-old writes poetry about his time … Continue reading ARC Review — Postcards from Beyond

ARC Review — Dragons in the Clouds

Title: Dragons in the CloudsAuthor: David Blair Genre: Children's fantasyPages: 101 pagesPublication date: November 16, 2018 Thank you, David Blair, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Dragons in the Clouds begins as a charming story that a father tells his daughter. He explains that thunder and tornadoes are … Continue reading ARC Review — Dragons in the Clouds

ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes

Title: Amulet of WishesAuthor: Rita A. RubinGenre: YA FantasyPages: 344 pagesPublication date: April 28, 2021 Thank you, Rita A. Rubin, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Amulet of Wishes follows Derek, a boy with a haunting past and a promising future as he trains to become a … Continue reading ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes

ARC Review — The Encanto

Title: The EncantoAuthor: Arthur Swan Genre: Adult Sci-fiPages: 280 pagesPublication date: October 14, 2021 In The Encanto, Wayob wants to break free from a Mayan artifact but causes death instead. The story follows three groups—Gray and Claire, Detectives Parker and Hernandez, and Ashley York—as they interact with the artifact and Wayob. Their stories never fully mingle, … Continue reading ARC Review — The Encanto

ARCs — What are they? And why do writers need them?

ARCs—advanced reader copies—are important in the publishing process for every writer. The one major thing to do before publishing a book is build hype. You want your readers to jump up and down with excitement for your upcoming book. Quite similar to how many people freak out every time Marvel releases a new trailer. And … Continue reading ARCs — What are they? And why do writers need them?

ARC Review — I Rise

Title: I RiseAuthor: Marie ArnoldGenre: YA FictionPages: 320 pagesPublication date: August 2, 2022  Thank you NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair review! I'll start with my highest praise: I enjoyed this book more than The Hate U Give. I Rise is about a teenager—Ayo—dealing with racism and … Continue reading ARC Review — I Rise

The book industry is top heavy, & what does that mean for us?

When you think of your favorite books, where are they from? Penguin? Hachette? HarperCollins? Or are you one of the few who loves indie books? I read from a bit of all four. But something I've noticed is that when I get excited about an indie book, no one knows what I'm talking about. They … Continue reading The book industry is top heavy, & what does that mean for us?