Last year, I read a bunch of ARCs, which pushed back what I wanted to read. (I'm talking about reading almost twenty ARCs with access to hundreds more. So, over 50% of what I read was an ARC.) I ended up not reading all the books I was looking forward to last year. So, this … Continue reading Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2023
Best books of 2022
As the year comes to an end, it's time for the annual best books. So, here is a list of my favorite books (with their Goodreads blurbs) that I've read this year. Amulet of Wishes by Rita A. Rubin — The Guardians are the protectors of Aloseria. They are the keepers of the peace and they … Continue reading Best books of 2022
Book review – The Sunbearer Trials (Spoiler Free)
"You are a loud, impulsive, persistent seeker of justice, and that makes people uncomfortable, but it doesn't make you bad." Title: The Sunbearer Trials Author: Aiden Thomas Genre: YA Fantasy Pages: 405 pages Publication date: September 6, 2022 I first heard of The Sunbearer Trials from Rainbow Crate. I got it in a book box. … Continue reading Book review – The Sunbearer Trials (Spoiler Free)
They draw lines in concrete,breaking apart the life that was underneathBut their smooth black-and-white path paves the wayfor an easy route to fall in linePolished but hard and ruthlessit doesn’t even bend around the mountainWe are a machine, to march our laid-out trailand keep as straight as possible And while that may be good for … Continue reading Concrete paths
10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads
Happy Pride Month! There are a lot of awesome LGBTQIA+ books out there that don't get the spotlight as much. So, here's a list of some great stories (with their Goodreads blurbs) to check out. Amulet of Wishes — Rita A. Rubin The Guardians are the protectors of Aloseria. They are the keepers of the … Continue reading 10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads
My short story got published!
My short story—The Guardian Monster—is now published and available through Cloaked Press! Here's a link. You can even find my name under their meet our author family section. It’s on the beautiful front cover as well! This is my first published short story, so it's the longest work that I've ever published up to this … Continue reading My short story got published!
ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes
Title: Amulet of Wishes Author: Rita A. Rubin Genre: YA Fantasy Pages: 344 pages Publication 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 … Continue reading ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes
Should writers go to DV Con?
Earlier in 2020, I did a post on AWP vs ACES for conferences, but now, I've attended the inaugural DV Con conference. Since it was during a pandemic, they took a different approach that I hope AWP and ACES continues. DV Con was open specifically for diverse voices, including POC, LGBTQIA+ community, Deaf, blind, etc. … Continue reading Should writers go to DV Con?
The sad truth (haiku)
Yearning for the dayWe don't have to fight to liveAnd can be ourselves Copyright © Robin LeeAnn Perhaps I'm just waiting for the world to turn upside down. Copyright © Robin LeeAnn
What I wish I saw more in books
I’ve read countless books and loved them, but I also feel that there are parts of life that many books don’t mention. There is so much that doesn’t make it to the bookshelves. As a disclaimer, most of the books I’ve read are YA fiction, so this is mostly criticizing that genre. But some of … Continue reading What I wish I saw more in books