In the third grade, Suncerae Smith won first place in a short story contest by ripping off The Time Machine. Now a PhD chemist and science enthusiast, Suncerae believes in the power of science fiction and fantasy to inspire a love of learning through imagination and possibility. In addition to reviewing books, she is an editor at Rust+Moth, a poetry journal.
Enough of this third person perspective—let’s get personal. Hi! My name is Suncerae and I write honest and personal book reviews of scifi and fantasy, but I occasionally wander into classics or nonfiction science genres. My first friends were books, and I’ve never given up on finding my own rabbit hole, or wardrobe, or receiving a Hogwarts letter.
I love books, from second-hand treasures to one-click Kindle downloads to engaging Audible productions, and I love writing reviews. (I’ve written hundreds since I started publishing online in 2013). I have a lot of respect and appreciation for the authors who’ve navigated the waters of writing, editing, publishing, and promoting a book. With that in mind, my reviews are meant to inspire and encourage reading, and limit spoilers.
But enough about me, let’s talk about you. Your time is precious, and you likely don’t have enough of it. Don’t waste your time on a book that’s not what you’re looking for right now. No judgement here. Whether you’re a sucker for lyrical prose, quippy protagonists, structured magical systems, or rambunctious space opera, I got you. I would be honored if you spent some time with me as I open pages into new worlds.
My 5 Star Rating Scale
- 5 stars – A magical story that I could not put down. A book that inspires an awe and wonder that I hope is universal.
- 4 stars – An exceptionally well-written and alluring story well worth your time. A fantastic addition to any collection.
- 3 stars – A charming (often fun and light) story well worth your time, highly recommended to specific genre fans.
- 2 stars – I recommend this book for very niche fans, but it is not personally my taste.
- 1 star – I do not recommend this book.
Reviews written at Read Well are 1) meant to inspire and encourage reading, and 2) limit spoilers.