About Rebecca

Rebecca J. Allen

REBECCA J. ALLEN writes young adult science fiction with heroines braver than she is and middle grade stories that blend mystery and adventure. She reviews books and is a judge for the CYBILS Book Awards – Young Adult Speculative Fiction. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram or at The Winged Pen talking about books, writing craft, or the writing life.

Recent reads Rebecca loved:

Young Adult

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

A Darker Shade of Magic  (and the rest of the Shades of Magic series) by V.E. Schwab

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (and the rest of The Raven Cycle)  by Maggie Stiefvater

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Middle Grade

Lockwood & Co: The Creeping Shadow (and the rest of the LOCKWOOD & CO. series) by Jonathan Stroud

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Writing Craft

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

Story Genius by Lisa Cron

Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

…So many great books, so little time!



Book Review: THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

Publisher’s Description Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how …

5 More Great Reads from the CYBILS Young Adult Speculative Fiction Nominees

My last post shone a spotlight on Five Must-Read books from the CYBILS 2017 Young Adult Speculative Fiction nominees. But there was too much awesome to fit in just one post. If you love fantasy, science fiction and magical realism as much as I do, you’ll love these books too! The Last Magician by Lisa …

5 Must Reads from the 2017 CYBILS YA Speculative Fiction Nominees

One hundred and thirty books were nominated for the 2017 YA Speculative Fiction Award. 130! That’s a lot of books for seven judges to read in three months! As one of those judges, I’m overwhelmed by the volume but even more overwhelmed by the talent! I still have many books to read and can only …


You can reach me at smithrebeccaj2 (at) gmail (dot) com. I’m also on Twitter at @RebeccaJ_Allen.