About Rebecca

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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 category. 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

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meghan Spooner

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Middle Grade

Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Adult Sci Fi

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Sevenseves by Neil Stephenson

Lock-In by John Scalzi

Writing Craft

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

Story Genius by Lisa Cron

The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

Deep Work by Cal Newport

…So many great books, so little time!



Recommended: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publisher’s Description When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution humanity has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and their message leads to the planet Gaia, a treasure trove waiting to be explored. For Jules Addison …

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 …


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