Posted in Blog Tours, Sophie

Blog Tour: Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Hi everyone, happy Sunday! I am so so excited to be writing this post for you today! I have the privilege of being part of the blog tour for Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Below you’ll find my review of this gorgeous book. Thank you so much to the publisher for selecting me!

[ID: Banner that says “About the Book” with part of the book cover as a background]

Title: Firekeeper’s Daughter

Author: Angeline Boulley

Publisher: Henry, Holt & Co.

Release Date: March 16, 2021


Debut author Angeline Boulley crafts a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange.

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother.

The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home.

Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

Goodreads | Storygraph | Bookshop | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She gained attention from the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program. Angeline was the former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Her agent is Faye Bender at The Book Group. Firekeeper’s Daughter has been optioned for a Netflix series by the Obamas’ Higher Ground production company.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

Wow, where even do I begin this review? It was such a lovely, heartbreaking-yet-invigorating read. It was great to read a book set in my home state (yes, I knew how Sault was pronounced before Daunis clarified it in the book lol), and from a perspective I haven’t heard yet.

Over the course of reading and reviewing, I’ve found that character driven novels are my bread and butter. This one is no exception — Daunis is such a wonderful character. I loved reading her thoughts and perspective as things went on. Something I could relate to about her was the in-between-ness that she felt as a half-Ojibwe and half-white woman. I personally am not mixed race, but as a transracial, transnational adoptee I fully understand the in-between-ness of feeling like you live in two separate cultural worlds. Daunis speaks with such clarity and raw emotion that I couldn’t help but never want to put the book down. It was like I found a friend in an unexpected place, and I never wanted to say goodbye.

Those who love plot in their books — never fear! Firekeeper’s Daughter is full of an interesting, twisty plot. Right off the bat, there’s an air of mystery. Daunis’s uncle recently died and her grandmother (GrandMary) has some health issues. What are the circumstances leading up to these events? Those questions lead you deeper into the heart of the novel and I felt like Daunis was the perfect narrator to bring us along on this journey.

Overall, this book was gorgeous. I highly recommend it to people who love a strong plot and character driven book (I’d say this is about 50-50). If you love Tomi Adeyemi’s writing, you’ll definitely love Firekeeper’s Daughter. Check it out on shelves March 16 (this Tuesday!!) or pre-order it from your local indie!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Posted in Blog Tours, Bloggers, Reviews, Sophie

Blog Tour: A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Pho Love Story by Loan Le, which debuted this week! Thank you so much Colored Pages Bookish Tours for selecting me as a host. I have included all the information, including the giveaway(!!!) below. I hope you love my review in GIFs 🙂

About the Book

Title: A Pho Love Story 

Author: Loan Le 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Publication Date: February 9th, 2021 

Genres: Young Adult romantic-comedy 


When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.

If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.

For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring pho restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.

But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao in the same vicinity despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.

Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Indigo | BAM!

About the Author

Loan Le is the youngest child of two Vietnamese immigrants hailing from Nha Trang. She holds an MFA degree in fiction from Fairfield University, also her undergraduate alma mater. A Pushcart Prize–nominated writer, her short stories have appeared in CRAFT Literary, Mud Season Review, and Angel City Review. Loan is an editor at Simon and Schuster’s Atria Books imprint and lives in Manhattan. A Pho Love Story is her first novel.

Author Links: 




Instagram: TikTok:



The first thing you need to know about this book is that it’s primarily about family, which I love so much. Bao and Linh’s families are at the center of A Pho Love Story, and I love how this book explores family dynamics and the experience of having immigrant parents. Though I cannot speak to that experience, I know from talking to friends that have immigrant parents this book rings true. I love how Bao and Linh grow as characters both as individuals, together, and members of their families.


Obviously, a key part of the novel is the FOOD. I had my mouth watering pretty much every time I opened this book, and I can’t say I regret a single minute of reading it. I love how food is another central theme in the book — how it brings communities and people together who wouldn’t normally be together. Of course, as Bao and Linh’s families own opposing pho restaurants it’s interesting to see how they see and view food from that perspective. It’s also one of the core ways they’re able to relate to their parents.


Like I mentioned above, I love how the characters develop and change throughout the book. Linh and Bao are being pulled in different directions — Linh loves art and Bao isn’t sure what he wants to do after high school. They also have their parents’ expectations to grapple with, and I love that Le tackles the many voices and pressures these characters face with such a compassionate tone.


All in all, you will eat this book up! I loved the writing style, the characters, and I love the witty dialogue/banter throughout. They are such anxious cinnamon rolls that I can’t help but want to hold them close.


Three finished copies will be provided. This giveaway would only be available for residents in the US only. Giveaway will start on 9 February and end on 19th February. 

Rafflecopter link:

Tour Schedule

February 9th 

Book Rambler – Welcome Post / Review

Acapricornreads  – Favorite quotes

February 10th 

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review in GIFs 

Shelf Explanatory  – Review 

Bymyshelf – Interview 

February 11th 

Reading On A Star – Author guest post

Mixaphoria –  craft cocktail inspired by the story

February 12th 

Margie’s Must Reads – Book recommendations based on the book

this belle reads too – Review and mood board

February 13th 

Allegory of Words –  Interview 

Dearrivarie – Mood board 

Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Review 

February 14th 

Know Your Books – Favorite quotes

too much miya – Favorite quotes 

The Book View – Mood board 

February 15th 

Portals Into Books – Mood board

Bitacoradesofi – Review

Posted in Blog Tours, Reviews, Sophie

Blog Tour: Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Hello and thanks for reading today! I’m here chatting about one of my top reads for 2020, Rent a Boyfriend by the wonderful Gloria Chao. Gloria and I met back in 2018 when she debuted with American Panda, which was an absolute delight. I’m stoked to be able to be part of the tour for her most recent book thanks to Hear Our Voices Tours and Simon Teen for coordinating everything and providing a copy for review. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Title: Rent a Boyfriend

Author: Gloria Chao

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: November 10, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Pages: 320 pages

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | | Book Depository

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.

Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.

Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.

When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.

But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American Panda, Our Wayward Fateand Rent a Boyfriend. When she’s not writing, you can find her with her husband on the curling ice or hiking the Indiana Dunes. After a brief detour as a dentist, she is now grateful to spend her days in fictional characters’ heads instead of real people’s mouths.

Her award-winning books have been featured on the “Best of” lists of SeventeenBustle, Barnes & NoblesPopSugarPaste Magazine, and more. American Panda received four starred trade reviews, was a Junior Library Guild Selection and Indie Next Pick, was a YALSA Teen’s Top 10 Pick, and on the Amelia Bloomer List.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Tumblr

Today’s review is going to be a bit fun! I will be posting my review in five gifs, which is what I did for We Are Not Free by Traci Chee. I’ll also talk a little bit about the book as it relates to my experience as an Asian American. I am not specifically Taiwanese American (I’m Chinese American), and I didn’t grow up with immigrant parents, so as a disclaimer here, I’d like to say I can’t speak on those specific identities.

I think this gif accurately portrays how freaking excited I was to read Rent a Boyfriend. From the opening line I was sucked in, and I couldn’t get enough of it! All I wanted to do was read it. Seriously, I think I ignored my partner more than once because I was too enthralled with my book (sorry!!). This book is such a delightful one full of voice and witty commentary with a reflective tone.

A major part of this book is Chloe/Jing Jing’s relationship with her parents, specifically her mom. There is a lot of hurt on Chloe’s part, from the backhanded compliments to the nagging about her single status, Chloe has a hard time with her mom. And this isn’t to say that her mom is terrible, you can truly tell that Chloe loves her mom and her family, but it’s a very difficult and complicated relationship to navigate as a young woman. I can totally attest to this as someone who’s going through growing pains with my mom. Chloe is constantly trying to balance who she is and who she thinks her parents want her to be, and that’s exhausting. It was great to see this part of growing up explored in this book.

Let’s definitely not forget to talk about the fake dating aspect of the book! It’s one of my top favorite tropes, and to see it with Asian main characters was truly a treat. I loved the realness between Chloe and Drew from the get go. They knew the terms of the agreement, but they also had a spark of truth behind every interaction. I loved watching their relationship develop over the course of the book. Drew and Chloe respected and pushed each other to do more and be more themselves. They weren’t afraid to be bare and honest, which really made their relationship stronger. Everything they went through felt so real, and I love that this practice is pulled straight from Asian culture as well.

Food also is a big element in the book. Chloe has a small, private point system for herself that’s measured in mooncakes. She accidentally lets it slip in front of Drew, and soon they’re both talking about the number of mooncake points different things would be worth. I love how this is a marriage of their Asian and American sides. Something Chloe struggles with a lot is how she feels like she straddles two different worlds and two different versions of herself. She feels like she’s disconnected with the Asian part of her identity, but she finds little ways to incorporate it in her life, especially through food. Drew is a wonderful force in her life in this regard. He helps Chloe meld her two selves and realize that both are equally important to who she is as a person.

Overall, I would give this book a bazillion mooncake points and two thumbs up from sheep in pajamas. This book is filled to the brim with angst, happiness, and a lot of growing. I’m definitely going to be rereading this in the future when I need a shot of joy in these bleak times. As to my own experience, I definitely related a lot to Chloe’s feelings of inauthenticity. I also occupy the liminal space of being Asian and American and sometimes not feeling like I’m enough of either to be part of the community. I love the heart that this book is written with, and I can’t recommend it enough.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Blog Tour: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

Hi everyone! I’m happy to be back here today with an interview with the lovely author Wai Chim. Chim wrote The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, which came out in the U.S. this past Tuesday. I was very excited to read this book, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to chat with Wai about it! Thank you to Tours Terminal and IReadYA/Scholastic for selecting me as a host for this tour. I was provided an ARC for this tour as well. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

Title: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

Author: Wai Chim

ISBN: 1338656112 (ISBN13: 9781338656114)

Edition Language: English

Setting: Sydney, New South Wales (Australia)


An authentic novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from a debilitating mental illness.

Anna Chiu has her hands full. When she’s not looking after her brother and sister or helping out at her father’s restaurant, she’s taking care of her mother, whose debilitating mental illness keeps her in bed most days. Her father’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren’t right at home, she’s starting to feel like she could be a normal teen.

But when her mother finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as her mother’s condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling is a heart-wrenching, true-to-life exploration through the often neglected crevices of culture, mental illness, and family. Its strong themes are balanced by a beautiful romance making it a feel-good, yet important read.


Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Continue reading “Blog Tour: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim”

Blog Tour: Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BROKEN WISH by Julie C. Dao Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About the Book:


Author: Julie C. Dao

Pub. Date: October 6, 2020

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, KindleB&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.orgPurchase a SIGNED copy!

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow.

But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner-none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

The Mirror: Broken Wish marks the first book in an innovative four-book fairy-tale series written by Julie C. Dao, Dhonielle Clayton, Jennifer Cervantes, and L. L. McKinney, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it.

Broken Wish is the perfect dark Disney fairytale.” – The Disney Blog

Julie C. Dao sets the bar high with Broken Wish, a stunning and skillful introduction to the world of The Mirror, Disney’s new fractured fairy-tale series written by four different authors that follows a family curse through the ages.” – Medium

Fairy tales were literally the foundation of how I started writing my first full-length novel at the age of eight. So, it felt like coming full circle when Disney asked me to write the first book in this series, and I had a blast incorporating classic fairy tale themes with my own twist. Hanau, Germany is none other than the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, and as a lover of dark fairy tales, I felt that there was no setting more perfect for me to explore. My book takes place during a time when rural villages would still have clung to superstition and prejudice, and that gave me an excellent springboard for this book about a woman who has never quite fit in and longs for love and friendship.” – Julie C. Dao on Broken Wish in Publishers Weekly


This was such an interesting read. I didn’t know much about the book going into it, but I was really impressed. I love Julie’s writing, and I’ve been following her since her debut. It’s a good book with a lot of mystery, and it seems like an excellent beginning for a series. I’m curious as to what will happen in the sequels. This story began with Agnes and Oskar, but for the majority of the book it follows Elva, their daughter. I really loved her spirit throughout the book. She’s a strong character who believes in herself, which inspires those around her. Her relationship with Mathilda is a beautiful mentor/mentee structure. Mathilda is so pricky, but that doesn’t stop Elva from prying down Mathilda’s doors. I couldn’t put the book down. It was a short book, and it was over too soon! I loved the setting and how it was woven into the tale. I felt like I was really there. I wanted to be in the North Woods feeling the breeze on my skin and smelling the trees. All in all, this was a great, quick read. It’s perfect for this fall/spooky season!


About Julie:

Julie C. Dao is the author of the acclaimed Rise of the Empress duology, including Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix, as well as the follow-up novel Song of the Crimson Flower. A proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York, she now lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes. Photo Credit: Melody Marshall


Website | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon



Giveaway Details:


3 winners will receive a finished copy of BROKEN WISH, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Kait Plus Books






Week Two:


Seeing Double In Neverland



Novel Novice



The Book Nut : A Book Lovers Guide



Nays Pink Bookshelf



Rajiv’s Reviews



Week Three:


A Dream Within A Dream



The Bookwyrm’s Den



Smada’s Book Smack



Book Briefs



The Mind of a Book Dragon



Week Four:


Do You Dog-ear?














Week Five:


What A Nerd Girl Says






Gimme The Scoop Reviews



A Backwards Story





Posted in Blog Tours, Reviews, Sophie

Blog Tour: Spell Starter by Elsie Chapman

Hi everyone, and welcome to the first day of the Caffeine Book Tours week-long tour for Spell Starter, the sequel to Elsie Chapman’s exciting Caster. As a host for this tour, I received an advanced reading copy courtesy of Caffeine Book Tours and Scholastic; huge thank you to both!

About the Book

Title: Spell Starter

Author: Elsie Chapman

Publisher: Scholastic

Publication date: 06 October 2020

Age group: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy


The Sting meets Fight Club in this magical, action-packed sequel to Caster by Elsie Chapman.

Yes, Aza Wu now has magic back. But like all things in her life, it has come at a great cost. After the tournament, Aza is able to pay off her parents’ debt to Saint Willow. Unfortunately, the cost of the gathering spell she used to strip Finch of his magic has put her permanently in the employ of the gang leader. Aza has been doing little errands using real magic — collecting debts, putting the squeeze on new businesses in the district. But that had never been the plan. Saint Willow is nothing if not ambitious and having Aza as a fighter is much more lucrative than as a fixer. Especially if she can control the outcome. Aza is going to have to put it all on the line again to get out of this situation!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | Goodreads

About the Author

Elsie Chapman grew up in Prince George, Canada, and has a degree in English literature from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the YA novels Dualed, Divided, Along the Indigo, and Caster as well as the middle-grade novel All the Ways Home, and the coeditor of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and Hungry Hearts. She currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, with her family.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads


First, let’s talk about how awesome that cover is! I loved the first book’s cover, but the series re-design totally kills it. They really pop, and they still have Aza taking center stage in them. What I love most is the font and the colors.

If you loved Caster, Spell Starter is going to blow your freaking mind. I loved the way Lotusland was built and described in the first book, everything from the smells to the sights, it felt like I was there. You get even more of that in the second book as Aza takes on Saint Willow himself. I was pooping myself at the end of the first book, so thankfully we pick right up in the second one.

What I really enjoyed was the deeper dive Chapman took into Aza’s. I liked her in the first book, but I feel like I got to know her better and become her friend in Spell Starter. Her strength and power is terrifyingly amazing, and it was wonderful to see her grow and change with it. Of course, part of it is the danger of wielding magic that isn’t her own, but I think Chapman explores this question beautifully. Aza is a clever, well-written character, and I was rooting for her at every challenge.

All in all, I really loved the sequel. It furthers the narrative from the first book and thrusts you back into a rich city that is both vibrant and has a seedy underbelly that we first saw in Caster. This is a sequel you don’t want to miss this Tuesday!

Be sure to follow along and check out the rest of the posts today and this week on the tour schedule!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Hello there! Today is the first day of the We Are Not Free book tour, organized by Colored Pages Bookish Tours. I’m very excited to be part of this tour because I’ve really enjoyed Chee’s writing, and this book delivers on all counts. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Image description: Text over cover of book — About the Book.
Image description: Cover of We Are Not Free.

Title: We Are Not Free

Author: Traci Chee

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Genres: Historical YA Fiction 


All around me, my friends are talking, joking, laughing. Outside is the camp, the barbed wire, the guard towers, the city, the country that hates us. 

We are not free. 

But we are not alone.”  

From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei,  second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II. 

Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco. 

Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted. 

Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps. 

In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart. 

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | Indigo 

Continue reading “Blog Tour: We Are Not Free by Traci Chee”

Blog Tour: We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Book Review: The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Happy happy book birthday to The Black Kids and Christina Hammonds Reed for writing such an exquisite, breath-taking novel! I am really excited to be sharing this book with you all today, and I can’t wait for the rest of you to read it!

A note about this review: I received an eARC of this book back in early April. I was approached by the publisher, and I accepted the review request. After recent discourse on the importance of getting ARCs into the hands of more OwnVoices readers, I reached out again in July to see what was happening for The Black Kids and offered to provide names of OwnVoices individuals but received no reply. Seeing that the publisher was working with a book tour specifically geared toward #OwnVoices reviewers and readers and seeing more OwnVoices readers in my feed have copies of the book, I decided to move forward with my own reading and review. Moving forward, I am planning on declining review requests for books that need #OwnVoices reviewers, instead offering names of reviewers who are part of the represented community. In the event I receive any of these, I will confer with the publisher and further announce this on my social media channels. I apologize for taking this spot, and I’m working on being better about this in the future.

Continue reading “Book Review: The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed”