Blog Tour: The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

Hi there, bookworms and dragons! It’s been quite a while since I was able to participate in a blog tour, but when this one was sent out as an option I knew I had to make the time for it. Keep on reading for my full review, a bookish soundtrack, information on where you can go to get your hands on a copy of The Falling in Love Montage, and a tour-wide giveaway! But first, let’s have a look at the Goodreads synopsis…

Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. If they were real, her mother would still be able to remember her name and not in a case home with early onset dementia. A condition that Saoirse may one day turn out to have inherited. So she’s not looking for a relationship. She doesn’t see the point in igniting any romantic sparks if she’s bound to burn out.

But after a chance encounter at an end-of-term house party, Saoirse is about to break her own rules. For a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms.

Unbothered by Saoirse’s no-relationships rulebook, Ruby proposes a loophole: They don’t need true love to have one summer of fun, complete with every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up—and a binding agreement to end their romance come fall. It would be the perfect plan, if they weren’t forgetting one thing about the Falling in Love Montage: when it’s over, the characters actually fall in love… for real.

How could I possibly pass up the opportunity to read what is so obviously the book I need to read while in quarantine? Exactly. I could not.

My Review

I went into The Falling in Love Montage without really having any expectations. I thought it might be a light and fluffy flf story and… I was wrong. It’s not light and fluffy at all, but it manages to remain hopeful through all its anxiety and teen angst. While I’m sure I noted a content warning while reading, I can’t seem to find my notes so if you’ve read it and noticed one, please let me know in the comments or anonymously via this page.

It’s obvious from the cover and description that this book is a flf contemporary story and I was so excited for that. The characters are all very complex and well developed. I could easily have had a full conversation with each of them or all of them together as a group. I really like how every person was developed through the lens of how Saoirse experiences them so, while I was able to form my own opinion of them based on their actions, I also got to see very vividly how Saoirse thinks and feels about them.

Also, Saoirse’s level of sass and wit? Admirable. But don’t go into this expecting to see some perfect high school girl character. She is extremely flawed, just like any real teenager (or adult for that matter) is. The book being written in first person definitely allows you to see her flaws and process them as someone on the outside while also acknowledging that she might not see them as flaws or even see them at all. She is definitely a realistic character.

Before we move on to talk about the rest of the aspects of the book, I also have to mention how awesome it was to see a plus size girl be both unapologetic and described as gorgeous? There are books out there about fat girls or with characters who are fat, but they rarely portray them as beautiful or attractive. This book does that and it was so wonderful to read.

The book is set entirely in a modern day seaside town in Ireland. The world is maybe a little less immersive than I usually like for it to be, but it was easy to visualize the places where the story takes us. The space inhabited by the characters is almost secondary, but the characters inhabiting them always seem to fill the space with their personalities and interact with the world as the story carries on. There are some aspects that someone who has never been to Ireland might have trouble understanding (I could imagine some Americans not understanding why people would insist on hanging out outside instead of inside when it’s hot) but overall, the world is developed just enough to be functional.

The story itself is lovely. It reads a lot like a romantic comedy movie, which I think is probably exactly what Ciara Smyth was going for given the theme of the book. It flows just as well from beginning to end with a plethora of drama, romance, and humor. Both Saoirse and Ruby have family members who are dealing with serious problems and the stress of this weighs on them throughout the story, moving it in perhaps different directions than it otherwise might have. It is definitely character driven and it works very well.

I really enjoyed reading The Falling in Love Montage from beginning to end. It dealt with some heavy issues while also being funny and romantic. The story wraps up very nicely at the end, leaving no loose threads hanging but making it obvious that their lives do not end at the end of the book. I’d love to see a sequel at some point but as a novel this stands well on its own.

Overall, I rate The Falling in Love Montage 4½ out of 5 bookworms. But don’t take my word for it! You can add it on Goodreads and order a copy to enjoy it for yourself from:

Bookish Soundtrack

Given that The Falling in Love Montage is thoroughly packed with movie references, it was really impossible to narrow down the number of great songs that should go into the bookish sound track. I somehow managed to do it and the following is the result. Enjoy! 🙂

About the Author

Ciara Smyth is a social work student by day, writer by night and cat enthusiast 24/7.

Her first YA novel – about memory, rom-coms and girls who like girls – will be published in Summer 2020 by Andersen Press in the UK and HarperCollins in the US.

She previously worked as a teacher and mental health trainer. She enjoys jigging (verb: to complete a jigsaw) and claims to enjoy yoga in order to cultivate a zen persona that is shattered approximately ten minutes after you meet her.

She is from the south of Ireland but has lived in Belfast for so long that her parents make fun of her Northern accent.


You made it to the giveaway! Woo hoo!! Not one but TWO lucky readers (US only, sorry International bookworms and dragons!) will win a finished copy of The Falling in Love Montage! *Please be aware that delays due to COVID-19 may occur in the shipping of prizes.


Do you want to see more awesome content and have more chances to win? Of course you do and why wouldn’t you?! All you have to do is follow the tour by following this link! 💖

Thank you so much to Ciara Smyth for writing The Falling in Love Montage! Without you, this book would not exist and I would be a very sad panda. You are a rockstar!

Thank you to HarperTeen for allowing me the privilege of reading a digital galley of The Falling in Love Montage before its 9 June release (which has not affected my review in the slightest)!

Finally, thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the blog tour for The Falling in Love Montage! You always make hosting tours such a blast! (If you’re interested in being an FFBC hostwhich you totally should!just click on their logo below! 😀

Blog Tour: You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman


Hello, bookworms and dragons, and happy Thursday! I loved Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman, so as soon as I heard she was writing an #ownvoices Jewish rep novel that also has queer rep in it, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP. Then, as luck would have it, after the publisher was kind enough to send me the digital galley via NetGalley and while I was actually reading the book, I received an email about a blog tour for it. You KNOW I had to sign up. And so here we are! Keep on reading this post for my full review and a bookish soundtrack followed by an awesome giveaway! 🙂 But first, let’s have a look at the synopsis for You Asked For Perfect.

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options

Ariel might not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.



My Review:

As I said before, I went into You Asked For Perfect already knowing I like Laura Silverman’s writing style. Also, that synopsis… how could I not read this? I was super excited to be allowed the privilege of reading it before it’s release so it’s only fair that I write a fully honest review. I did not note any TW/CWs while reading this so if you’ve read You Asked For Perfect and noticed any, please let me know in the comments or via this form, which you can do anonymously.

The characters were built up enough to be three-dimensional. I especially loved reading Ariel’s point of view because he is basically me when I was in high school except he has a clearer understanding of his sexuality than I did at that point. I’ve seen people say that his stress level and drive to be perfect in school is unrealistic but to that I say HA wouldn’t that be nice. The reason behind my “obsessive studying” (as I liked to call it) was different so I skipped the volunteering, though I did have a part-time job so it kind of evens out. Long story short, it is realistic and anyone who says otherwise can suck an egg.

You Asked For Perfect is a contemporary novel set in Georgia, which is relatively close to me so it was easy enough to imagine the general feel of the world. What wasn’t easily imaginable based on what I know of Georgia was filled in nicely by the author. The world was pretty immersive, which is something I’ve found lacking in many contemporary novels. I’ve speculated that this is probably because the author assumes everyone knows what the real world is like, but one can never be sure. This novel brought in a few locations and built them up enough that any reader could easily put themself into the places Ariel and Amir were in through the story.

The story itself had a couple of minor issues, but as this is an ARC and these issues can all easily be fixed by an editor, I’m going to assume they’ll be corrected in the finished edition. It flows really well from beginning to end. In some places, the story speeds up and the novel is REALLY hard to put down. In other places, the story slows down a bit but instead of feeling boring it’s almost like savoring the characters and their journey. I don’t know how Laura Silverman made this magic happen, but I’m definitely into it.

You Asked For Perfect is a bit of a spin on the coming-of-age tale where the many facets that make up the characters are all somehow ever-present throughout the story. I love that we get to see how much each thing is a part of Ariel’s identity and how none of it is dropped after being addressed. His whole character carries through the entire story from beginning to end and I loved it. I can not wait to dig into whatever Laura Silverman writes next!

Overall, I rate You Asked For Perfect 4 out of 5 bookworms. Don’t just take my word for it. Add it on Goodreads and get your hands on a copy to enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can preorder from so you can read this awesome novel when it’s released on 5 March 2019 are:


Bookish Soundtrack

This one was fairly easy to put together a soundtrack for, partly because there’s so much music referenced in the book itself and partly because there are so many songs that make me think of either the story or one of the characters. Anywho, here is the finished result! 🙂


About the Author

Laura Silverman.jpegMy debut novel, GIRL OUT OF WATER, is a summery coming-of-age story about a California surfer girl sent to landlocked Nebraska for the entire summer. It debuted in May 2017. You can order it from most book retailers and of course request it at your local library! My second novel, YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT, is about the effects of intense academic pressure on a teenage Valedictorian-to-be. It comes out March 2019, and you can add it on Goodreads here.

I have degrees in English and Advertising from the University of Georgia, and I have an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. While I lived in NYC, I interned at Penguin and two different literary agencies. In addition to writing, I also freelance edit manuscripts and query letters. Please check out my services if you’re interested! I particularly love helping with those query letters!



You made it to the giveaway portion of this post! One lucky reader will win a finished copy of You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman. As if the news couldn’t get better, this giveaway is International so long as Book Depository ships to you!



Follow The Tour

Want more chances to win? Want to see some more amazing content? Well follow the rest of the You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman Blog Tour! How, you ask? Simply click on THIS LINK!


A really big thank you to Laura Silverman, without whom we wouldn’t be here talking about this AMAZING book you’ve written.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me the privilege of reading this amazing book before it hits the shelves.

And, last but not least, thank you so much to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me to participate in this blog tour. (If you’d like to sign up to be a tour host with this lovely group — and why wouldn’t you?? — CLICK HERE.)


That’s it for this post, bookworms and dragons. Happy reading!

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Blog Tour: So Glad To Meet You by Lisa Super

I’m really happy to be able to be part of the blog tour for So Glad To Meet You by Lisa Super! Stay tuned for a few of my favourite excerpts, my full review, and a giveaway! 😀 But first, let’s have a look at what made me need to read this book, the synopsis!

Seventeen-year-old Daphne Bowman, a bookish drama nerd in public school, might never have crossed paths with Oliver, the popular, outgoing mascot for his private school’s football team, but one event has bound them inextricably. Daphne’s older sister, Emily, and Oliver’s older brother, Jason, who were high school sweethearts, committed suicide together seven years earlier.

When Daphne uncovers Emily and Jason’s bucket list—a list comprised of their “Top Ten” places to visit before they die—she knows she has to tell someone. The one person who might actually get what she’s going through and who might not think it’s silly that she wants to complete the list, is also someone she’s never spoken to—Oliver Pagano. Throwing caution to the wind, Daphne sends Oliver a Facebook message that will come to change the course of both of their senior years—and maybe their entire lives.

Tackling grief with a wry voice and an unflinching eye, So Glad to Meet You tells the story of two people who, in searching for what they’ve lost, end up finding what they never knew they needed—each other.

I’ll talk more about why this caught my eye specifically in my review, so let’s move into my favourite excerpts! This book is highly quotable, so it was more difficult for me to narrow it down to a few favourites than it was to find a few to add to my post. That being said, these excerpts are taken from an unedited digital galley and may change in the finished novel.


Favourite Excerpts


From the back, the girl could be Emily. Except that, of course, she couldn’t. The blonde hair swishing at the girl’s shoulders couldn’t be her sister’s. Neither could the slopes and valleys where her ribs and hips became her waist. But Daphne grabbed these seconds, the ticks of time when she reclaimed her sister, when history was rewritten.



“My mom makes dinner every night,” Oliver responded. “But she hates cooking. You know how if food is made with love you can taste it? Well, my mom’s food tastes like outdated gender roles.”



“There are a lot of girls who write songs about how wonderful and awesome and life-affirming it is when guys tell them they look better without any makeup on.”


“I’m not one of those girls.”


My Review

When I first read the synopsis for So Glad To Meet You, I got it into my head that seeing the characters of Daphne and Oliver process their grief through their siblings’ incomplete bucket list would be something worth reading. This isn’t a topic that is touched on often that I’ve seen, so I thought reading it would be a great opportunity to see that. Before we dive into my review, I do have a couple TW/CWs to list for it, though some of them are obvious just from the synopsis.

  • Suicide (described on the page via flashback)
  • Grief
  • Addiction
  • Slut shaming
  • Unclear consent

The characters were developed well enough that I feel like I could have a conversation with them, but I mostly had trouble putting myself in their shoes. I really liked Daphne’s character and how she’s nice but she’s also a sarcastic and sassy girl who knows what she wants and goes after it. I definitely was rooting for her from beginning to end. I wasn’t as big a fan of Oliver, but about halfway it became clear that many of his mannerisms are his way of coping with grief. I do feel like many of the characters could have used an extra layer of depth, but it wasn’t the worst character building I’ve seen.

I did notice that NetGalley filed this one under its LGBTQIA category so I feel the need to add here that there are a couple LGBTQIAP+ characters in the novel but the main characters are not specifically labeled as part of the queer community and the relationship between the two of them is m/f. One or both of them very well might be LGBTQIAP+, but it’s not canon on the page.

I’m fairly certain that the majority of So Glad To Meet You takes place in present day Los Angeles? This wasn’t made clear enough for me to be certain and there was a little bit of conflicting information. This might be corrected in the finished version, but from the digital galley I read, the world building was minimal at best.

The story flowed a bit choppy and didn’t seem to be going anywhere for a long while. I’m going to chalk that up to Lisa Super being a debut author, because reading the novel was still entertaining. Also, SLOW BURN ROMANCE!! 💖🔥💖🔥 I was a little disappointed that the list didn’t play a bigger role in the story, but I did like to see how it integrated with the other aspects of Daphne and Oliver’s lives. I do really like how the different examples of familial processing of grief are really well displayed throughout the novel. There was so much going on there and I really enjoyed seeing it and how it affected each of the characters individually.

All of this being said, I really enjoyed reading this one. In fact, I finished it in a single sitting, which is saying a lot for me lately. It dealt with a lot of rough topics, though it didn’t dig as hard into them as I was expecting, while still giving a nice view of relationships, both plutonic and romantic. I definitely look forward to reading more of Lisa Super’s work in the future!

Overall, I rate So Glad To Meet You 3 out of 5 bookworms. Don’t just take my word for it. Add it on Goodreads and preorder your copy so you can enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can order your copy from are:


About the Author

Lisa Super

Lisa Super is a brunch enthusiast based in Los Angeles. She’s worked on a number of TV shows ranging from pop culture phenomenons (Flavor of Love) to traumedy gold (One Mississippi). While every day in LA is an adventure, traveling with her husband across the globe is her favorite hobby. SO GLAD TO MEET YOU is her first novel.




So, I know usually there’s an epic giveaway attached to blog tours and this one is certainly no exception. One lucky bookworm or dragon will win a finished copy of So Glad To Meet You by Lisa Super along with the awesome swag pictured below!


This giveaway is open to bookworms and dragons in the US only. Sorry, international bookworms! You can enter to win it right here:


Want more chances to win? Of course you do! Follow the tour! You’ll get more chances to win this awesome giveaway AND you’ll get to see more great content from amazing bloggers! You can find the full tour schedule here.


Thank you so much to Lisa Super for writing this novel and allowing me to read a digital galley of it! You’re such a rockstar and I definitely look forward to reading more from you.

Finally, thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me the privilege of participating in this blog tour! If you’d like to find out how to become a host with Fantastic Flying Book Club, click on their logo below!

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Blog Tour: Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I’m super excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga. Keep reading for a few of my favourite quotes, my full review, and a giveaway! The premise of this one is what really made me want to read it, so let’s have a look at what this book is about.

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.


Yeah how could I not want to read that? Exactly. It was a bit difficult to select my favourite excerpts for this one, but I managed to narrow it down. Keeping in mind, of course, that these are all from the digital galley so they might change in the finished edition.


Favourite Excerpts


For I am a powerful weapon in the Royal Arsenal.



“I dont know how Love… happens.”

Her shoulders relaxed a little, and she stared off into the distance, as if lost in a memory. “That’s the thing. It just does. No reason at all. Or maybe it’s all the reasons.”

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My Review

While it did take me a couple days to read through this one (*shakes fist at adulting in general*), I was constantly wondering about it even when I wasn’t able to be reading it. I don’t remember any specific TW/CWs so we’ll just dive right in. If you’ve read Kiss of the Royal and noted TW/CWs please let me know in the comments and I’ll update this post. 🙂

The characters were all pretty interesting and unique. I did find myself really disliking Ivy for the first half of the book, but I’m going out on a limb and saying it was probably meant to be that way. Her entire world is practically flipped onto its head so clinging to the core beliefs she’s grown up with is to be expected. I did like Zach right from the beginning, though. He’s sincere and sweet and so sarcastic and I need for him to be protected.

The world took a little getting used to. The locations were described well enough to be visualized, though I did have some trouble fully immersing myself. I could, at least, see the characters in their surroundings. The thing that took the most getting used to was the belief and hierarchy system. At the beginning, it seemed almost like I was expected to already understand the way things work hierarchy-wise. There is a bit of explanation of this a few chapters in, but until then I was a bit confused. After that explanation, though, everything comes a bit more smoothly in terms of world building.

As I said before, the premise of the story is what made me really want to read it. It felt a bit forced in the beginning, but once the flow of the story started going (around chapter 2 or 3) it really flowed well. There were a couple of twists and turns in the story, though I think they were mostly the type of plot twists that are meant for the characters and not the reader. I did have some trouble putting this down in places, leading to one too many “one more chapter” nights with work the next day. Also, some of my favourite words to be able to say together in a review: slow burn romance.

I do feel a bit confused by one very specific aspect of the ending, though it could possibly just be Lindsey Duga leading a possible sequel? I’ll keep an eye out for anyone else with similar questions, but I can’t specify anything here without ruining like 80% of the book. I did really enjoy this novel and I look forward to seeing what Lindsey Duga comes out with next!

Overall, I rate Kiss of the Royal 4 out of 5 bookworms. Don’t just take my word for it! Get your hands on a copy when it’s released on 3 July 2018 and enjoy it for yourself. Don’t forget to add it on Goodreads too! A few places you can preorder your copy from are:

About the Author

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Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.



You made it! The end of the post!! Just kidding. Obviously a blog tour this awesome has to have an equally awesome giveaway attached, right? Right! The winner of this giveaway will win one (1) finished copy of Kiss Of The Royal by Lindsey Duga! 😀 This giveaway is US ONLY. Sorry, international bookworms and dragons!


Want more chances to win? Follow the tour! You can find the full tour schedule here.


Thank you so much to Lindsey Duga for writing such a creative and unique story. You are a rockstar!

Thank you also to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read a digital galley of this novel before its release date.

Finally, a big thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me the privilege of participating in this tour!

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Blog Tour: The Outcast by Taran Matharu

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Hey, bookworms! I am so excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for The Outcast by Taran Matharu, the prequel to his best selling Summoner Series! Keep reading for my full review and a giveaway! But first, let’s see what this book is about.

Enter an immersive world where the chosen few have the ability to summon demons…

Arcturus is just an orphaned stable boy when he discovers he has the ability to summon demons from another world. He is sent to Vocans Academy where the lost arts of summoning, spell craft and demonology are taught to the noble children of the Empire. As the first commoner gifted with this ability, his discovery challenges the nobility and the powers that be and Arcturus soon makes enemies. With no one but his demon Sacharissa by his side, Arcturus must prove himself as a worthy Summoner…

Set before the events of SUMMONER: The Novice this is the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling SUMMONER series.


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My Review

I’ve been curious about this series for a while, so when the chance came up to read an arc of the prequel novel for this tour I had to take it. I tried not to have expectations going in because I hadn’t heard much about the series. I don’t recall any specific TW/CWs needed so let’s just jump right into the review, shall we?

The characters were all really well-developed. I really felt like I could have had a conversation with any of them, though I would have avoided talking with quite a few. I really enjoyed reading from Arcturus’s point of view of the whole thing. It made a few of the plot twists harder to spot coming. I also really like Sacha and she is the best demon companion ever. However, she also has her moments where I need her to just sit still and not endanger Arcturus.

The. World. Building. Is. Gorgeous. From the very first sentence, I was able to drop myself into the world Taran Matharu has created. There are still a couple questions I have about it, but I kinda feel like they’ll likely be answered by the other novels? I feel like this is a common thing that happens when a prequel is written after the series, but I’m so here for this world that I’m willing to overlook the holes and judge after I’ve read the other three books.

The story itself flows really well. It doesn’t ever sit still or grow stagnant even a little, but goes back and forth nicely between “I wonder what happens next” and “I can’t put this down!” I also like how Arcturus’s perspective changes the story from what it would have been if it was just the nobles involved in the adventure. His perspective as someone who was raised as a commoner really shifted the story for the better.

If this novel is an example of what I should expect from Taran Matharu’s writing, I definitely need to read more of his books! Thankfully, there’s a trilogy all set up and ready for me to pick up. 😉 I really enjoyed this one and I hope I’ll be able to dig into the rest of the series soon.

Overall, I rate The Outcast 4 out of 5 bookworms. Don’t just take my word for it! Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself. A few places you can order your copy from are:


About the Author

7979840_preview.jpegTaran Matharu is a New York Times bestselling author. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.

Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September 2013.

Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write ‘Summoner’ in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’.

Thanks to and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months.

After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.

His SUMMONER series is published by Hodder Children’s (Hachette) in the UK, Australia and Commonwealth, Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) in the US and Canada, Hachette Jeunesse in France, Heyne in Germany, Planeta in Spain, Crown in Taiwan, Record in Brazil, EKSMO in Russia, Jaguar in Poland, Ecliptic in Bulgaria, Alpress in the Czech Republic, Ithaki in Turkey and Unieboek in the Netherlands.


The Giveaway

So, I’ve seen some good giveaways on blog tours, but WOW this one is great! This giveaway is for US and Canada residing bookworms only. Sorry, international bookworms! One lucky winner will receive one set of the entire The Summoner series by Taran Matharu!



Good luck! Want more chances to win and more awesome The Outcast related posts? Follow the tour! You can find the whole tour schedule here.


That’s it for this one, bookworms. Thank you so much to Taran Matharu for writing such a wonderfully addicting novel and allowing me the chance to read it before it’s officially published. Another thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me to participate in this lovely tour.

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Cover Reveal: Circle of Ashes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

I’m super excited to be able to participate in the cover reveal for Circle of Ashes, the second book of the Wish Quartet! I’m always impressed with Elise Kova’s book covers and this one is no exception. I can’t wait to share it with you! But first, what is the book about?


Once a hacker-for-hire living in the shadows, Josephina “Jo” Espinosa is the newest member of a magical Society. Their mandate? To grant the wishes of mortals. A simple enough task until Jo is faced with an impossible wish – and her inability to grant it might spell disaster for her entire team, if not the Society itself.

Jo is used to high-pressure situations, but after a string of disasters, the last thing she needs is stakes of this magnitude. Especially given that neither she nor the Society know quite what the consequences of failing to grant a wish might be.

The only person with answers is the Society’s aloof and cryptic leader, Snow. Yet while Jo is enigmatically drawn to the man, all their clandestine encounters leave her with only more questions about the true nature of the Society, her magic, and her own history.

Time is running out for the Society, and an executioner will rise from among them to exact the price of failure.


This novel sounds so good that I’m a bit sad we have to wait until 9 April 2018 to be able to read it. I don’t generally read much romance, but as this one is listed as New Adult Urban Fantasy Romance and it’s by one of my favourite authors, I’m certain I’ll enjoy it anyway!


About the Authors


Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.

Lynn-Larsh-Author-Photo-sm.jpgLynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it’s a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she’s not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own.


And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for!!


Is this not one of the most gorgeous covers you’ve ever seen?! I’m in love! You can preorder your copy from Amazon! Like Society of Wishes, Circle of Ashes is available free to members of Kindle Unlimited!

Also, if you don’t have access to a Kindle or the app, you can send proof of purchase from Amazon to to get a “read anywhere” link when the book is released, so no worries if you want to read it but can’t read a kindle book!



If, like me, you haven’t quite gotten to read the first book of the Wish Quartet, Society of Wishes, there is an Official Read Along over on Facebook. If you’d like to participate in it with me, you can find more information about it here. Elise ran a similar special with Society of Wishes as she is with Circle of Ashes, so if you don’t have access to Kindle you can still participate in the read along! 😀


But wait! There’s more…

Would you like to win a SIGNED Paperback of Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh? Well, it’s a good thing you kept reading this post, isn’t it, because this is the part of the post where you get the chance to win just that! This giveaway is run by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh via Rafflecopter.



That’s it for this post, bookworms. Happy reading!

Blog Tour: American Panda by Gloria Chao

Happy Friday, bookworms! I am so excited to be finishing off this week by being able to participate in this awesome blog tour for American Panda by Gloria Chao! Stick around through this post for my favourite excerpts from the book, my full review, and a giveaway! But first, let’s have a look at what American Panda is about.

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

I’m sure you can see why I absolutely had to be part of this blog tour after reading that synopsis from Goodreads! Now that we know what it’s about, let’s dig into a few of my favourite excerpts.


Favourite Excerpts:

These excerpts are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy the publisher sent me and they might change in the finished copy.


“Honesty is sometimes misconstrued as rudeness, which is probably why its so rare.”



“What is this place?” I asked, my lips turning up into the grin reserved for after-midnight spoonfuls of Nutella.

“Whatever we want it to be.”

“A place to dream,” I answered immediately. And for a moment I let my dance-studio pre-prima-ballerina dreams back in. Let myself enjoy that I was in this secret garden between lectures and that maybe, just maybe, it was okay to enjoy Darren’s company for a few brief moments.



I liked to personify the Porter Room because he had become such an integral part of my life, and when I danced, it was like I was conversing with Mr. Porter about my thoughts and emotions. When I stomped my anger into his tiles, he supported me, vibrated with me, and told me, I got you. When I dragged my feet, sweeping them across the floor to paint my sadness into the linoleum, he had absorbed my pain and told me it would be okay

My Review:

I was really excited to be able to receive a digital galley of this book because it’s one I’ve really been looking forward to reading. It was not even a little disappointing! It was a bit different from what I was expecting, but that didn’t stop it from being thoroughly enjoyable, something made crystal clear by the fact that I read it in a single day and stayed up until 2:30 in the morning to finish it.

The characters are all really well developed and three dimensional. I felt like I could easily have had a conversation with any of them. There was also something to each character that I don’t get to see much in YA: a high level of complexity. Much of the time while reading YA, the characters aren’t quite as they appear with friends often being revealed later as villains and vice versa. With American Panda, the characters aren’t quite as they appear at first… they’re so much more. We’re given a first impression of the character which is then built upon instead of turned away from later. I really enjoyed that.

The story is set in Massachusetts, going back and forth between MIT’s campus and Boston. Each location was described with just enough detail that I was able to fill in any gaps with my imagination and put myself into the places where the characters found themselves. The world building itself is so tied into the plot that it’s hard for me even now to separate the two.

When I saw YA Contemporary and a cute girl on the cover, I figured American Panda would be a light, fluffy read. It. Was. Not. Throughout the novel, I got a window into part of what Mei calls “Chinese Politics,” which is both incredibly complicated and incredibly overlooked in western society. I had to remove what I typed here because I accidentally included a spoiler but… part of an ongoing theme throughout the story reiterated the fact that Asian people are not interchangeable, which is something I would definitely LOVE to see more in media.

While I generally don’t mention the Author’s Note or Acknowledgements in my reviews, the Author’s Note at the end of American Panda really struck a chord for me. I read this novel as a white American woman and LOVED it. But… the whole time I was reading it and learning the different aspects of Mei’s experience I couldn’t help thinking “Someone out there is having this experience. Someone out there is Mei. This is so important. They need this. They deserve this.” So seeing the Author’s Note at the end after having thought this for the majority of the book was as perfect as the book itself.

Overall, I rate American Panda 5 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Preorder your copy to receive it when it’s released on 6 February 2018 and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can go to order your copy from are:


About the Author:

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Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer. AMERICAN PANDA is her debut novel, coming out February 6, 2018 from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster.

Gloria currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband, for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for cooperative board games, Dance Dance Revolution, or soup dumplings. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out.

Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at and find her on Twitter @gloriacchao.



As promised, there is a giveaway at the end of the tunnel! Err–blog post! One lucky bookworm will win a finished copy of American Panda by Gloria Chao!



Follow the Tour!

Want to see more fun and creative posts on the American Panda Blog Tour and maybe get yourself extra chances to win? Well, of course you do! Here’s the full tour schedule so you can visit all the other wonderful blogs on the tour!

A HUGE thank you to Gloria Chao for writing this book. You are such an amazing and wonderful author and I really can not wait to see what you write next!

Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me the privilege of participating in the blog tour for as wonderful a novel as American Panda and for the digital galley of the book.

Blog Tour: Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

I’m really excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking! I’ll be giving my full review of the novel and, if you stick around to the end, there’s even a giveaway! But first, let’s have a look at what the book is about.

When the fate of the world is at stake Loyalties will be tested Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.


My Review:

I managed to breeze through reading Between the Blade and the Heart while on the tail end of a reading slump, which really says something about the writing style, I think. There are things that are both positive and not that I noticed while reading it that I’ll discuss specifically in their own little sections (since I’m apparently organized in my reviews now, I guess?) but let’s start it out with the trigger/content warnings I noticed during the story. These are by no means all of the needed warnings but they’re the ones I personally noticed.

  • Drug use
  • Blood
  • Death of a family member

One of the things I really enjoyed about Between the Blade and the Heart was the characters themselves, especially the unexpected bit of LGBT+ representation I found in it. There was also a dysfunctional and borderline abusive mother/daughter relationship that I thought was written very realistically. Unfortunately, the characters were also something I didn’t like about the novel. (I know. I’m making all kinds of sense today. Bear with me!) Some of the character descriptions felt info-dumpy and repetitive. After having spent an entire page and a half learning about the way a character looks, I don’t need any more description later. I just wish it had either been done more efficiently or not in a way that was so repetitive.

The characters didn’t blur together very often and I was able to keep them all straight just based on their personalities in relation to the point-of-view character, Malin. I feel like, at least for character development, Amanda Hocking made a good use of first person narration. My favourite character is most definitely Oona, the sorceress-to-be best friend and roommate of our main character. She’s sweet and caring and knowledgable, even if she is little use in a fight.

The majority of the story takes place in a very urban area of a large city. The settings are described with just enough detail that, since I live in a large city myself, I was able to put myself into the settings Malin found herself in. There were areas like Malin’s apartment and the Evig Riksdag that I would have liked more details on because I had trouble picturing them well, but overall I thought the visuals were adequate.

Where the world building excels is with the culture surrounding immortals, humans, Valkyries, and everything in between. The development of subcultures within that culture was impressive and, for the most part, believable. I really enjoyed immersing myself in this world and discovering new ways of seeing how things might be in some alternate reality where immortals and humans live side by side.

So, I’m not entirely certain about Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner, but I definitely got some Percy Jackson meets the Chicagoland Vampires vibes throughout the novel. It’s definitely a New Adult novel content wise but I felt like some of the writing was geared more toward a Young Adult audience. This gave me the impression that it’s meant for those just making the transition from YA to NA. Once I allowed myself to grasp onto the fact that the novel was New Adult, I found myself really enjoying it.

Overall, I rate Between the Blade and the Heart 3 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself. A few places you can order your copy from are:


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About the Author

Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.





Wow you made it almost to the end of the post! And, as promised, I have a giveaway for you! This giveaway is US ONLY (sorry, international bookworms!) and is for:

  • ONE (1) finished copy of Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking!

Some important giveaway related information: The winner’s information will be emailed to my contact at the publisher, who will send out the prize! The winner will need to be eighteen (18) years old or have parental consent to provide this information to me and St. Martin’s Press. This giveaway begins on the day this post goes live and ends on Monday, January 15th. The winner will be contacted via the email used in the entry form and will have twenty-four (24) hours to respond before a new winner will be selected and contacted.

Best of luck to you all!!



Congratulations to Kelly Woods on winning a finished paperback copy of Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! 😀


Thank you so much to Amanda Hocking for writing this intriguing beginning to a series. You’re a real rockstar!

Thank you also to Justine Sha at St. Martin’s Press for allowing me the privilege of reading this novel before its release and participating in this blog tour!

Release Blitz: Ever The Brave by Erin Summerhill

I am so excited that EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Erin Summerill, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a 3 finished copies of the book courtesy of Erin, HMH, Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About The Book:

9780544664463_hresTitle: EVER THE BRAVE (Clash of Kingdoms #2)

Author: Erin Summerill

Pub. Date: December 5, 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 464

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads

Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she'd like to, and now he's insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.



The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.

Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase that smile. I slam the door.

“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against the stone.

“I am.”

A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”

“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.”

“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something different form brown trousers.

“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust on me and make me noble.”

Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.

“Stop it,” I snap.

She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.

The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how to break the bond.

If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.

I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of the bond. I have to.

Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.”

I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of ale.

I’ve felt this way before.

“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is very wrong.

“The king.”


About the Author:

ErinErin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.


Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of EVER THE BRAVE, US Only. Ends December 12 th midnight EST.



A big thank you to Erin Summerhill for writing this series! You’re the real rockstar!!

Another thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for allowing me the privilege of participating in this Release Blitz!!

Blog Tour: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

I’m so amazingly excited to be part of the blog tour for The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed! I’ve got the privilege of giving you my favourite excerpts from the book as well as my full review and my first ever dream cast! There’s even a giveaway at the end! Let’s start out by having a look at what the book is about.

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

Nowhere Girls Cover

I don’t know about you, but as soon as I saw the synopsis, it screamed read me!


Dream Cast:


Natalie Portman as Erin DeLillo, Nikki Blonsky as Grace Salter, Demi Lovato as Rosina Suarez


Note: These are quotes and excerpts I pulled from the advance reader copy provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The quotes and excerpts may be changed in the final edition.

Page 22:

What’s worse? Lying about who you are, or not knowing who you are at all?

Page 39:

“Did you believe her?” Grace says.

Rosina sighs. “Of course we believed her. Most everybody did, but they’ll never admit it. Probably half the girls in this school have had some kind of run in with one of those assholes.” Rosina looks up from her barely-eaten sandwich. “But it doesn’t fucking matter.”

“Why doesn’t it matter?” Grace says. “Of course it matters.”

“On what planet?”

Grace has no idea how to answer.

Page 78:

Silence does not mean yes.


I have so many thoughts on this book and I’m trying to pull it all together. First, given the topic of the book, there are a few trigger/content warnings that are necessary. Let’s get them out of the way.

  • Ablism (addressed internally on the page)
  • Misgendering
  • Transmisia
  • Suicide Jokes
  • Gang Rape (Chapter 9 – Lucy, Chapter 52 – Erin: both these chapters contain thorough recountings of separate instances of gang rape)
  • Mentions of rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Nonconsensual sex
  • Homomisia (addressed on the page)

The characters in The Nowhere Girls were incredibly well developed and I could imagine having full interaction with all of them. Because I was planning my dream cast while reading, I did notice that the physical descriptions are fairly vague, but the personalities were all so distinct and fleshed out so much that I could easily know any of them.

I like how the use of multiple points of view allowed for me to see the characters not only as they see themselves but as they see each other. I feel like this is an instance where using multiple points of view really added to the character development and story. I’m still not sure how I feel about the Us. chapters, but there were parts of them that really added to the characters and story.

The Nowhere Girls is set in Prescott, Oregon, which could easily be any small town in the United States. The world was built up enough to give an immersive feel to the story. Everything from the high school to the characters’ homes to the town itself is developed enough to be easy to visualize while reading.

The story has so much going on while still focusing on the main plot. I really love how we got to follow the separate stories of the main characters and a few side characters in addition to the main plot following the Nowhere Girls as a group. I do want to say that this is definitely not a feel-good novel so if you’re looking for something sweet and fluffy, you might want to pick up something else. If you’re looking for one of the most important and well written novels of the year, look no further. The Nowhere Girls shines a spotlight on rape culture and doesn’t shy away from the painful truth that so many girls and women live with today.

Overall, I rate The Nowhere Girls 4 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it! Preorder your copy today to read it when it’s published on October 10th! A few places you can reserve your copy are:


About the Author

Amy Reed

Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually graduated from film school, promptly decided she wanted nothing to do with filmmaking, returned to her original and impractical love of writing, and earned her MFA from New College of California. Her short work has been published in journals such as Kitchen Sink, Contrary, and Fiction. Amy currently lives in Oakland with her husband and two cats, and has accepted that Northern California has replaced the Pacific Northwest as her home. She is no longer restless. Find out more at

BEAUTIFUL is her first novel.

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Congratulations! You made it to the giveaway. One lucky reader (US only – sorry, international bookworms!) will win:

  • one (1) finished copy of The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed



There are so many other amazing posts on this tour by amazing bloggers. Plus, if you follow the tour, you get the added bonus of an increased chance to win the giveaway! You can find the full tour schedule here.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Amy Reed for writing this heart wrenching and important novel. You are a rockstar!

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for the digital advance reader copy of The Nowhere Girls they supplied via Netgalley.

Finally, thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me the privilege of participating in this blog tour.

That’s all for now. Happy reading, bookworms!