“Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers” Edited by Sarena Ulibarri

Here’s my most recent review on Reader Views. It’s a great anthology featuring stories about the future of clean energy.

Reader Views Book Reviews


Edited by Sarena Ulibarri
World Weaver Press (2018)
ISBN 978198603695
Reviewed by Skyler Boudreau for Reader Views (5/18)

“Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers” is a collection of seventeen short science fiction stories that center around the future of renewable energy.

With global warming becoming an increasing problem for Earth, clean energy is a solution that needs to be pushed. This anthology’s authors explore not just solar energy as stated in the title, but hydro and wind power as well. While some stories dive deeper into the science than others do, each is just as accessible to a wide range of audiences. Every reader will come away having learned something new and a hunger to know more.

One of the easiest ways to explain a debated topic like clean energy is through fiction. Sometimes a person needs to step outside of their own life and observe…

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone: A Spoiler-Free Book Review


Author: Nic Stone

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Nominated for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award (2018)

Summary: Dear Martin follows Justyce McAllister, a high school senior bound for an Ivy League college after he is arrested by a police officer for a crime he did not commit. After this incident, he finds that he can’t stop noticing the racial disparities in his community and turns to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings for help. Continue reading

April 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up

This month I read seven books, including three of the four on my April TBR. I’m currently reading the fourth.

Doomed Spy by J. R. Rogers and Wisps of Memory by Chris Sarantopoulos were my first two reviews. If you have a published work you would like to submit for a review, please see my CONTACT page. I mostly stick to novels, but will review nonfiction and short stories on a case-by-case basis.

For Net Galley, I reviewed Every Note Played by Lisa Genova. It’s a heart-breaking novel and I will definitely be checking out some more of her work in the future. Anyone who likes to cry excessively should give this one a try!

In my review of Jason Reynolds’ and Brendan Kiely’s All American Boys, I tried out a new review format and discussed the Saugatuk StoryFest in Westport, Connecticut. More information on the StoryFest will be available at the bottom of this post.

The last four books I read were Dear Martin by Nic Stone (review coming soon), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Official Grimoire: A Magikal History of Sunnydale by A. M. Robinson, and Storyworld First: Creating a Unique Fantasy World for Your Novel by Jill Williamson.

I would definitely recommend Storyworld to anyone writing fiction. It’s geared more towards fantasy, but you can easily adapt some of the tips for sci-fi or dystopian worlds.

Currently, I’m in the midst of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone. What are some of the books you’ve read this month?


The Saugatuck Story Festival and Writers’ Conference is a three-day event taking place from October 12th-14th in Westport, Connecticut.

This festival is chance to build community through story in a unique collaboration between the Westport Library and Staples High School.

Attendees will travel between walkable stages to view talks, performances, and other events will take place throughout Westport during the course of the Festival.

The one-day writers’ conference features panels for teens and adults, delivered by professionals working in the publishing industry and educators. With a focus on craft, writers will receive high-quality instruction.

For more information, check out the social media links below!

Event Website