Blog Tour: You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

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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.

 

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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!

 

GIVEAWAY

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!

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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: Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi

I loved Roshani Chokshi’s writing SO MUCH in The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes that when the opportunity to be part of the blog tour for Star-Touched Stories presented itself, I knew I absolutely HAD to be part of it! Keep reading for my full review of this collection of short stories! But first, the synopsis!

Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched world.

Death and Night

He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

Poison and Gold

Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Queen Gabri and King Vikram’s new reign presents itself, she is thrown into the path of the fearsome yet enchanting Spy Mistress. To help her friends, Aasha will have to battle her insecurities and perhaps, along the way, find love.

Rose and Sword

There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?

My Review

I was really excited to be getting to see the world and characters I fell in love with while reading The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes, while also getting to know a few different characters and seeing a little bit more of the magical world I fell in love with. I hadn’t read any of Roshani Chokshi’s shorter writings, so I was excited to see what she would do with the different writing style required for shorter work.

The characters in all three of the stories were all developed enough to allow me to imagine them, but the smaller details are not there. Someone who hasn’t read the novels these stories are set in the world of might not be able to fully grasp the characters personalities or appearances, but as an accompanying novella collection, I think it works really well. I especially loved the second story, Poison and Gold, for the view of Aasha it offers that we didn’t fully get to see in A Crown of Wishes. I loved seeing the ‘after’ for her. In the last story, Rose and Sword, getting to know Gauri’s granddaughter a little made me both proud and sad, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The stories are set in both Bharat-Jain and the Otherworld. The stories are also all set in different periods of time in these worlds that aren’t seen in either of the attached novels, which I especially enjoyed. Death and Light is set in the Otherworld long before the beginning of The Star-Touched Queen, Poison and Gold is set in Bharat-Jain just after the end of A Crown of Wishes, and Rose and Sword is set some decades after the end of A Crown of Wishes in both Bharat-Jain and what I can only assume is Death’s domain. They’re all developed nicely for the story lengths, but I don’t think someone who hasn’t read the two accompanying novels will be able to appreciate the worlds quite so much as someone who has.

The stories themselves flow very well. Roshani’s poetic prose jumps off the page and pushes the story along at a nearly perfect pace from beginning to end. I went into the collection hoping her writing would shine as much in short story format as it does in novel format and she did not disappoint me at all! Everything flows perfectly and makes sense, though I’m not sure if that’s because I read both of the attached novels already and have a good understanding of the characters and the world they exist in or if it’s because of how clear the story is written here.

Either way, I truly loved reading this collection of stories and I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity to read them before their release date, though there is already a spot on my shelf waiting for them when I can get my hands on a physical copy. This is definitely one I will recommend to anyone who loved Roshani Chokshi’s other work or anyone who simply loves short stories with lyrical prose.

Overall, I rate Star-Touched Stories 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 order your copy from are:

About the Author

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ROSHANI CHOKSHI is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, and Art Shah and the End of Time. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, “The Star Maiden,” was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

 

 

 

Thank you so much to Roshani Chokshi for writing these amazing short stories and for allowing me the privilege of reading a digital galley of them before their release!

Another thank you to St. Martin’s press for allowing me the privilege of participating in this blog tour!

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

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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.

 

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“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.”

 

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“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.”

“Yeah?”

“I’m not one of those girls.”

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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.

 

 

Giveaway

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!

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

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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

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For I am a powerful weapon in the Royal Arsenal.

 

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“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.

 

Giveaway

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!

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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: 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.

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

 

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“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.

 

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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 gloriachao.wordpress.com and find her on Twitter @gloriacchao.

 

Giveaway

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!

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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.

January Plans: What Will I Read?

Hi, bookworms! I know this is a few days late, but I wanted to at least put out what my hopes for my January TBR are before we get too deep into the month. Here’s a list of the books I’ve read so far this month and those I’d like to read with their synopsis as listed on Goodreads!

 

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

I’ve already read this one and reviewed it for the blog tour. The giveaway is still active if you’d like to give that a go, though it is US only. Here’s the link for that post if you’d like to check it out!

 

Winter by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

I already read this beast and will hopefully have a review up for it shortly. Woot!

 

Traitor’s Prize by Thaddeus White (The Bloody Crown Trilogy #2)

One man’s treason is another man’s loyalty. The crown itself may be the traitor’s prize.

William Penmere dispatches his bodyguard Sir Hugh to rescue a woman claiming to be Sophie Hurstwood, the woman he was meant to marry. But with the enemy pillaging Hurshire, can Hugh reach her before Stuart Esden?

The Usurper’s son has been tasked with crushing dissent in Hurshire, and brings sword and fire to the earldom. Robbed of glory by being sent south instead of confronting Black Will, Stuart quenches his wrath in a bloodbath of his foes.

Meanwhile, William is trapped in Norshire. Cut off from retreat and reinforcements, he must destroy an enemy far more powerful than himself, or lose his throne. And his head.

Armies are mustered and cities besieged, but it’s the smiler with the knife who makes the nobles tremble.

Thaddeus White is one of the few authors who I’m okay with emailing me work even though I’m closed to review requests. (George R. R. Martin, if you’re reading this you’re good to send me WoW. Just saying!) He sent this over in November and I was in such a slump I couldn’t read much of it. I finally picked it back up today and couldn’t put it down for three solid hours. This is a very good sign!

 

Tarnished City by Vic James (Dark Gifts #2)

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

Another victim of my reading slump, I’ve had a digital galley of this one from NetGalley for over a month now and I completely forgot about it. It’s up next on my digital reads after Traitor’s Prize and I’ll hopefully be able to knock it out and review it by the end of this month.

 

Fairest by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

I have this one on audiobook and it’s up next to be my bus book. As it’s only six and a half hours long, it’ll only take me a couple of days to knock out because my current bus time is between four and six hours a day.

 

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (DC Icons #1)

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

This is next in line audiobook wise after Fairest. I’ve really been looking forward to reading this one so when my audiobook hold came in, I got SO EXCITED! I’ve heard it’s amazing and I love all of Leigh Bardugo’s other work so I’m really looking forward to listening to and reviewing this one.

 

Everless by Sara Holland

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

This one came in the mail with the subscription box I got myself with a gift card someone gave me for the winter holidays. It looks really interesting so I’m hoping I’ll be able to dig in and review it soon!

 

I know my January 2018 TBR is a bit ambitious, but with at least a few of them being audiobooks that I’ll listen to while doing other things like riding the bus to and from work or cleaning I’ll somehow manage to make it happen. If you have any suggestions for my February TBR, please leave them in the comments!

That’s all for today, bookworms. Keep living one page at a time!

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.

 

Excerpt:

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.

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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: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

When I first saw that Chapter by Chapter Tours was going to be putting on a blog tour for 27 Hours by Tristina Wright, I jumped at the chance! Keep reading for my full review and an awesome giveaway! But first, let’s have a look at what Goodreads says the book is about.

27-Hours.jpgRumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

 

My Review:

This one is difficult for me to review because it’s one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and I always find it difficult to write out my feelings beyond *incoherent flailing noises* in regards to any of my most anticipated novels, whether I actually enjoyed them or not. Let’s start out like we usually do with the trigger/content warnings I noticed.

  • Blood
  • Violence
  • Death
  • War crimes
  • Anti-indigenous themes

I loved how the characters all fit together well while each being their own person. I really feel like the character development was beautifully done throughout 27 Hours. I enjoyed seeing everyone’s plot arc play out and I’m glad Tristina Wright used multiple points of view to tell the story. It really opened up the novel and allowed me to feel like I was truly part of everything that was happening.

The story takes place on the moon of a planet many, many light years away from Earth. It’s in the future by a couple of generations, but a the variety of cultures found on earth were already kind of melded into one large colonialist culture. I’m still not sure quite how I feel about how fast the individual cultures diminished, but it did make for an interesting setting for the book.

The story itself is really where a lot of the focus seems to be. There are so many different things going on that it’s almost difficult to keep up, but it ended up being just enough to keep me wanting to read until 1am. Oops. I did notice right away the anti-indigenous theme to the story that was mentioned in another review I read, though I can’t remember for the life of me who wrote it. I’ll keep trying to remember and I’ll edit to add the link later if I can think of it and the reviewer is okay with my sharing. The theme was relatively obvious to me, though I’m honestly not sure if that is because I already knew to look for it.

Even with the anti-indigenous theme embedded into the plot line, 27 Hours is a diverse novel. An ownvoices one at that. It’s not often that we get a sci-fi/fantasy novel with well written queer characters, so I’ve been really looking forward to reading this one since I heard about sometime around the beginning of summer. I really enjoyed the story and I love the characters, especially Nyx and her sarcasm (which is basically a character all its own).

There was one thing that I noticed (and LOVED) the absence of. There was no queermisia that I saw AT ALL in this entire novel. Gender identities and sexual orientations were accepted as just the way things were and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. It truly exceeded all my expectations for the queer representation and I’m still really excited about that fact.

I’ve gone back and forth on what to rate 27 Hours and I’m still not really sure what exact rating I would give it. I will likely read the next book in the series, though I’m not certain if that’s because I really enjoyed the book (I did) or if it’s because the ending was a cliffhanger (*shakes fist*). So, I’m not going to rate this one right now. I did enjoy reading 27 Hours and definitely recommend you read it, even if only so I have someone to gush with because I need to gush and flail about a bit.

Seriously. Read it. A few places you can order your copy from are:

 

About the Author

Tristina-Wright.jpgTristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.

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Giveaway

This giveaway is honestly one of the best I’ve seen attached to a blog tour. It’s even open internationally to everywhere the Book Depository ships! Bookworms have the chance to win:

  • One (1) 27 Hours Themed Candle
  • One (1) set of 27 Hours Character Cards
  • AND one (1) copy of an October release

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Want more chances to win? Follow the tour! The full 27 Hours Blog Tour Schedule can be found here.

Thank you to Tristina Wright for writing this novel. You’re an absolute (mermaid) rockstar! Thank you to Chapter by Chapter Tours for allowing me to be part of this lovely blog tour. And, last but not least, thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me a digital galley of 27 Hours.

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

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:

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

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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.

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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 amyreedfiction.com.

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

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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!

Release Week Blitz: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

 

Hello, Bookworms! Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

presented by Entangled Teen!

Grab your copy today!

 

Congratulations Meg!

 

 

 

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Publication Date:  September 5, 2017

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His soft voice clashes with the intensity of his gaze. “You’re adorable when you’re trying to be mad at me. You needn’t work so hard at it, though. We aren’t meant to be adversaries.”

“I, um…” My thoughts disband, leaving nothing for communication purposes. I’m adorable? Adorable has many definitions. I think my dog is adorable, for example. “That…wasn’t what I was going to ask you.”

He inclines his head. “Okay, then. Ask.”

But that “adorable” echoes through me, clinking around like a penny down a well. “What are we meant to be, then?”

His lips curls up at the corners. “That wasn’t your question, either.”

 

 

 

Meg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson’s School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a writer. She now lives in Maine with her husband and daughter and is busy at work on her next novel. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart© winner in YA.

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