Blog Tour: My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff Review & Giveaway

Hello there! Happy Halloween 🙂 What better way to celebrate this holiday than with a Christmas book 😛

About the Book

My New Crush Gave to MeMNC
by Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

This sweet, funny holiday romance from the author of Romeo And What’s Her Name features cute boys, plenty of rom-com mishaps, and a determined heroine readers are certain to fall for.

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a National Honor Society member, and the most popular guy in school. Plus he contributes to the school paper, where Charlie is a co-editor. Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem is—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with the perfect gift. The catch? She has no idea what to get him. Enter J.D. Ortiz–Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, disorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite
of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

Shani Petroff’s newest young adult comedy of errors, My New Crush Gave to Me, is the perfect read for those searching for some love and laughter along with their holiday spirit.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33158563-my-new-crush-gave-to-me

Purchase: 

About the Author

Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” Shaniseries, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the “Destined” series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.
Author links:

Review

Ahh this book was so cute! I could tell what the ending would be — it was a little predictable, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book at all. I really loved the writing style and the characters.

Charlie reminded me a little bit of myself. She’s someone who likes to have control of things, and she likes having a plan. It’s something that causes a lot of problems for her with people outside of her friend group, and even those in it. I love how her character grows throughout the novel. She learns how to compromise better and truly begins to listen to others and their opinions.

J. D. and Morgan were easily two characters that complimented Charlie’s well. They give her balance and depth that wouldn’t be there if there weren’t characters who didn’t understand her. I was so jealous of Morgan’s baking ability the whole book! She has some mad talent that I wish I had. Not only does she make things like cookies and cupcakes, she makes donuts and other cool desserts like that.

The plot, while predictable, was good. I liked the whole set up and the idea of a Secret Santa to win over your crush. I have never been this creative in an attempt to win someone over.

All in all, I highly recommend this one. It’s the perfect book to get you in the spirit of the holidays.

Follow the Tour

October 30th
Life of a Literary Nerd >> Review
Readingwithwrin >> Review
The Candid Cover >> Excerpt
Writing Pearls >> Review
Dani Reviews things >> Review

October 31st
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog >> Review
Love in a time of Feminism >> Guest post
Rolling with the Moments >> Review
The Mind of a Book Dragon >> Review
The Bibliophile Confessions >> Review

November 1st
Here’s to Happy Endings >> Review
Married To Books Reviews and Blog >> Review
Rainy Days and Pajamas >> Excerpt
Katie’s Stories >> Excerpt
Buried Under Books >> Review

November 2nd
Books Direct >> Review + Excerpt
Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile >> Review
Character Madness and Musings >> Interview
I Read Indie >> Excerpt
Chocolate and Chapters >> Review

November 3rd
Creating-Serenity >> Review
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Review
Supercalireader >> Review
Lisa Loves Literature >> Interview
The Genre Minx Book Reviews >> Playlist

Giveaway

Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
  • Print copy of My New Crush Gave to Me
  • Ends November 9th

HERE IS THE LINK — https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232117/

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

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Blog Tour: Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien Review & Giveaway

Hey guys! I hope you’ve had a good week so far! Tomorrow is Friday, so hang in there 🙂

About the Book

Carry Me HomeCarry Me Home

by Jessica Therrien
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: September 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult

Synopsis:

“A riveting page-turner… Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces — and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page.”
-KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea

CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl’s involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for “white girl” and it doesn’t take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.

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Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.

But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.

Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.

Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35290299-carry-me-home?ac=1&from_search=true

Purchase: 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Carry-Me-Home-Jessica-Therrien/dp/0998309885/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/carry-me-home-jessica-therrien/1126630272?ean=9780998309880

About the Author

Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one inJessica the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), and SharpPoint Press (China).

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is the author of a kid’s picture book called, The Loneliest Whale. Her award-winning stories can also be found in a published anthology of flash fiction.

Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two young sons. She is working on an a YA suspense thriller series and a middle grade fantasy series.

Author links:

http://jessica-therrien.blogspot.ca/

https://twitter.com/JessicaTherrien

https://www.facebook.com/jessicatherrienauthor/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5406182.Jessica_Therrien

Review

I’m not sure how to feel about this book still, but I will give you some thoughts I have on it thus far.

Ruth was probably my favorite of all the characters. She starts off shy and sheds it throughout the book to become someone new. I wasn’t a big fan of Lucy. She made terrible decisions, and I couldn’t relate to her well.

The plot is a slow burn. It has some action, but not a lot of it.

Overall, this was a decent read.

Follow the Tour

October 23rd
Let Me Be Fictional

Read Review Blog Repeat

the bibliophagist

Lustful Literature

Folded Corners and Smudged Screens

October 24th
Texan Girl Reads

Escape into a Booksite

Kendra Loves Books

June Reads Books

October 25th
Reading With Wrin

As Told By Tina

October 26th
Jemms Reads

Amanda Gernentz Hanson

Here’s to Happy Endings

The Mind of a Book Dragon

October 27th
Cindy’s Love of Books

swoonworthybooks

Book Butterfly in Dreamland

I Love Books Club

Blushing babes are up all night

YA & NA Bookshelf

October 28th
a small girl,her man and her books

Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader

Book Reviews by a Little Bookworm

The Avid Reader

Giveaway

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

  • Signed copy of Oppression (Children of the Gods #1)
  • Signed copy of Carry Me Home
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card

Here’s the link!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Hey guys! I’m here to celebrate the release of this super cool retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses — The Midnight Dance!

About the Book

The Midnight DanceThe Midnight Dance
by Nikki Katz
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis:

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

Purchase: 

About the Author

Nikki Katz is an author and editor living in sunny San Diego with her three children. NikkiWith a BS in aerospace engineering, Nikki first put her writing skills to use publishing four nonfiction books. She moved on to writing young adult fiction, her favorite genre to read as well. TheMidnight Dance is her debut novel.
Author links:

Review

Get ready for a book with a few Gothic elements that definitely reminded me of Phantom of the Opera mixed with 12 Dancing Princesses. I do have to say that I love retellings!

Penny is an interesting and dynamic character. She is a bit naive to begin with, but as the story continues we see her develop into someone who I found myself rooting for. She’s someone who makes mistakes, and sometimes those cause a lot of trouble for her, but it’s relatable in the sense that we all do regrettable things.

The Master gave me Phantom vibes especially with his large air of mystery and the kind of attention he attracts. While he’s more of a visible character in the setting of the story, he still calls for the sort of weird obsession that people have with the Phantom. That’s not to say that he’s a bad character – he invokes the curiosity needed and is cloaked in an air of austerity.

The plot is a bit slower at the beginning and it took me a few chapters to really get into it, but once you get to more of the intrigue and mystery things start to really pick up.

Giveaway

Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
  • Print copy of The Midnight Dance
  • Ends November 2nd

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule

October 16th
blogs and coffee >> Guest post
Comma Hangover >> Review
MNBernard Books >> Interview
Gemmas Book Nook >> Review
Bibliofagista >> Review

October 17th
Girls With Books >> Excerpt
Smada’s Book Smack >> Review
Darque Dreamer Reads >> Review
Lisa Loves Literature >> Interview
Reaching While Rooted >> Review

October 18th
CBY Book Club >> Excerpt
Booked J >> Review
readingwithwrin >> Review
The Bibliophile Confessions >> Excerpt
Angelic Book Reviews >> Review
Caffeine and Composition >> Review

October 19th
The Candid Cover >> Interview
The Booknerd Dragon >> Review
Books of a Shy Girl >> Review
The Mind of a Bookdragon >> Review

October 20th
Dani Reviews Things >> Guest post
Bibliobibuli YA >> Review
Spinatale Reviews >> Review
Jena Baxter’s Bookworms >> Review

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Blog Tour: The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz Review & Giveaway

Posted in Bloggers, Reviews, Sophie

Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Hello lovely people! John Green’s long awaited return to the book world is finally here, and I’m here with my 2 cents to throw in, especially since I will be interviewing this AWESOME man very soon for Justine Magazine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY, IN A FEW DAYS I WILL BE INTERVIEWING JOHN GREEN!

Title: Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green

Turtles All the Way Down

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Release date: October 10, 2017

Edition: Hardcover, US, Signed

My rating: 5/5 stars

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

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I wrote this in a bit of a craze after finishing the book:

My feelings hurt and I’m not okay but also I’m okay because I LOVE this book so much. I feel so much right now and it’s a lot to unpack that I simply don’t have time for right now. So many things to feel, and it’s only Tuesday.

Say what you will about JG, but 5 years does a lot for a writer and this book is proof. Give Aza a chance. Give him a chance.

Even a day after reading this book, I cannot fully create coherent sentences around this, however I will do my best to try.

Aza is a deep, well developed character. She breaks the third wall and speaks to the reader, however it seems that while she may be addressing the reader she may just be addressing her self. It may seem a bit confusing from my previous statement, but I promise once you read it you’ll understand what I’m saying.

This story isn’t about Aza championing her mental health issues. It’s about how she struggles to live with it and still have a successful life and healthy relationships with other people. While there are few people that she feels that she can trust about these, Daisy is her best, and most loyal friend. It captures how Aza’s spirals affect the way she relates to people around her, and the difficulties that arise because she can become so trapped inside her mind. While I cannot speak to the truth of this experience, I know that due to the personal nature of the book to John Green, it is.

It’s full of existential crises, and I like that aspect. I feel as though JG and Aza took a peek into my brain to extract some thoughts, and that made it all the more personal. Despite my age, I have had several instances where I wonder who is truly in control, and debate free will vs. destiny. I follow some of Aza’s thought spirals, and seeing that I’m not alone in it gives me a sort of comfort.

Going into my first reading of this book I didn’t even know much of a description. It wasn’t until I got into the first three chapters that it was about a mystery. I liked that element. In an interview with Time, I read that it was important to JG that he show that not all obsessive compulsions result in someone who can intensely focus their energies to detective work. I thought it fascinating that he chose to tell this story in that way, and I think it does nothing but enhance the quality of it.

The literary and pop culture references throughout the book are phenomenal and well placed. They bring in clarity to characters like Davis and Aza that would not have been there otherwise. They speak a lot on the way that the two of them think — the similarities and differences. One of the ways that Davis and Aza relate to each other is through their existential and random but deep discussions on life. It reminded me of some of the friendships in my life where we sit and contemplate things in silence sometimes, and often share our thoughts with each other.

I cannot stress the importance of reading this book and books like it. I recommend it to everyone who loves to get their nose stuck between the pages (or want to get back into reading!).

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Hello there! Happy Sunday 🙂 This is coming to you a little later because I had my first regatta today! It was rainy and cold, but we did well for the circumstances. Today I’m here to talk about The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis. This book has been released in Australia, the author’s country, but is set to release in America this coming Tuesday.

Title: The Sidekicks

The Sidekicks
Goodreads

Author: Will Kostakis

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Expected Release: October 17, 2017

Source: ARC*

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Ryan, Harley and Miles are very different people–the swimmer, the rebel and the nerd. All they’ve ever had in common is Isaac, their shared best friend.

When Isaac dies unexpectedly, the three boys must come to terms with their grief and the impact Isaac had on each of their lives. In his absence, Ryan, Harley and Miles discover things about one another they never saw before, and realize there may be more tying them together than just Isaac.

An intricately woven story told in three parts, award-winning Australian author Will Kostakis makes his American debut with this heartwarming, masterfully written novel about grief, self-discovery and the connections that tie us all together.

*This ARC was sent to me for an honest review by the publisher. Huge thanks to Harlequin Teen!

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I loved the voice in this book so much. Miles was probably my favorite narrative of the three. His voice was the strongest, and his grief — all of their grief — was so genuine.
I felt the most connection with Miles, though.

The three points of view were a little choppy. I wish the set up of the book alternated POVs every three chapters so we kept moving forward in the story than going back with each change. It would have been cool to see them cope and come together in real time too.

I loved the dynamic between the three of these guys. They were genuine and found a way to be there for each other when it mattered the most. However, it was hard to truly connect with any of them and get a real feel for their friendship due to the structure of the book. I truly wish it had been reorganized. I also didn’t quite like how there weren’t any chapters in the three sections.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Harley’s POV was my least favorite due to its choppiness, but the first and last parts were best.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Sneak Peek Sunday: The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Book Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

Hi! If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do 🙂 This book is something that I look to as an excellent example of great representation done well.

Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Author: Maureen Goo

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Inc

Release date: May 30, 2017

My rating: 5/5 stars

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

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I absolutely loved this book. Desi was so relatable, and she reminded me of myself. This is a cute, quick read that is perfect to pull you up for a pick-me-up.

One of the best parts of this book was Desi’s resilience. She is persistent, and that is something I find admirable. While she is very much a planner (and doesn’t like surprises), she is quick to adjust her plans and reconfigure the way she approaches problems.

The way Korean culture is intertwined in this book was phenomenal. I really liked that it was part of the book, but it wasn’t the whole point of the book. It gives the book diversity that is genuine, and definitely inspired me to make my own ramen at home! After reading this I really wanted to start watching K-dramas, so if you’ve watched any before comment your suggestions!

Desi’s friends are equally as great. They are very supportive of Desi, and defend her till the end. They understand her need to have steps to follow, and I appreciate their friendship the whole way through.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable read. It was fun and light, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something that is a quirky, cute contemporary.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Sneak Peek Sunday: The Gatekeepers by Jen Lancaster

Hello and happy Sunday! This has been quite the week full of surprises, tragedy, and coming together to take a stand. With that being said, I think the best way we can always participate is through educating ourselves in various ways — books being one of them!

****This book was sent to me for an honest review from the publisher!

Title: The Gatekeepers

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Author: Jen Lancaster

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Expected Release: October 10, 2017

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Anyone passing through North Shore, IL, would think this was the most picture-perfect place ever, with all the lakefront mansions and manicured hedges and iron gates. No one talks about the fact that the brilliant, talented kids in this town have a terrible history of throwing themselves in front of commuter trains, and that there’s rampant opioid abuse that often leads to heroin usage.

Meet Simone, the bohemian transfer student from London, who is thrust into the strange new reality of the American high school; Mallory, the hyper-competitive queen bee; and Stephen, the first generation genius who struggles with crippling self-doubt. Each one is shocked when lovable football player Braden takes his own life and the tragedy becomes a suicide cluster. With so many students facing their own demons, can they find a way to save each other—as well as themselves?

Inspired by the true events that happened in the author’s home town.

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The best part of this book was getting to know the different characters and their different voices. However, I felt that the author tried a little too hard with trying to get the right slang for a teen’s voice and some of it felt cinematic in that it was a bit forced and not genuine.

I liked the plot as a whole in general. The kids come together and form a strong bond through shared experiences, and Simone is a grounding voice that ties them all together. The seriousness of the subject is one that is hard to tackle, and I felt that it more or less conveyed the message that Lancaster. My major hang up on this book as a whole, however, was the different characters and how they just didn’t really represent a teenager (i.e. their slang).

Important things were highlighted throughout the book. I liked how Lancaster didn’t just focus on the pressure cooker kind of environment of the students’ lives, but also their own mental health. She showed that while environment can play a big role in one’s mental health, there are other things that factor into it. With that said, I can’t speak personally about mental health and how well this boat represents it.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Blog Tour: The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace Guest Post

Hey all! Welcome to my stop on the tour for the awesome book The Memory Trees! Let’s get started.

The Memory Trees

BOOK COVERby Kali Wallace
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 10th 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Paranormal
Synopsis:
The Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries-old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen-year-old Sorrow returns to her mother’s family orchard for the summer.
Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient women who settled long ago on a mercurial apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world.
Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her dad in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.
Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?

PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY

  • There is a preorder giveaway: anybody who preorders by 10/10 can get a signed bookplate and some bookmarks if they send an email to thememorytrees@gmail.com.

Buy Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33830397-the-memory-trees

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Memory-Trees-Kali-Wallace/dp/0062366238/ref%3Dsr_1_1?ie=UTF8&keywords=the+memory+trees+kali+wallace&qid=1507015724&sr=8-1

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-memory-trees-kali-wallace/1125454855?ean=9780062366238

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Memory-Trees-Kali-Wallace/9780062366238?qid=1507015817411&ref=grid-view&sr=1-7

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-memory-trees

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-memory-trees/id1195499950?mt=11

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062366238

About the Author

Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she decided she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked researching the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov’s, Lightspeed Magazine, and Tor.com. Her first novel, Shallow Graves, was published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in 2016. Her second novel, The Memory Trees, will follow in 2017. She lives in southern California.

 

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Dream Collaboration (who would you work with/why)

I would do anything — anything, up to and including sacrificing limbs and/or organs — to write a screenplay for the Laika stop-motion animation studio for one of their breathtakingly beautiful movies. It’s not a filmmaking style that fits all stories, but the stories they do tell — creepy, adventurous, slightly dark and a little odd, with humor too –is precisely the kind of story I love most. Call me, Laika! I’ve got ideas!

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October 4th

October 5th

Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

October 6th

My Thoughts Literally – Review + Favourite Quotes
Susan Heim on Writing – Promotional Post

October 7th

JusticeReads – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Mama Reads Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes

October 8th

postcards for ariel – Interview
Never Too Many To Read – Review + Favourite Quotes
Milky Way of Books – Review

October 9th

everywhere and nowhere – Guest Post
Hauntedbybooks13 – Review
YA and Wine – Promotional Post

October 10th

The Introverted Book Nerd – Review + Favourite Quotes
Teatime and Books – Promotional Post

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1 signed hardcover copy of THE MEMORY TREES by Kali Wallace (US Only)

Here’s the link!

Thanks for hanging with us today. Make sure to stop by the other tour stops up to the release date!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Posted in Blog Tours, Bloggers, Reviews, Sophie

Blog Tour: All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry Review & Giveaway

Hey guys! I’m here one the second to last day of this awesome tour to help bring you ALL THE WIND IN THE WORLD by Samantha Mabry.

All the Wind in the World

Mabry_AlltheWind_jkt_HC_PRINT_REVISED_HR_rgb.jpgby Samantha Mabry
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: October 10th 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
Synopsis:
Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.
When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.

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About the Author

Samantha was born four days before the death of john lennon. she grew up in dallas, playing bass guitar along to vinyl records in her bedroom after school, writing fan letters to rock stars, doodling song lyrics into notebooks, and reading big, big books.

she spends as much time as possible in the west texas desert.

A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON (Algonquin Young Readers, spring 2016) is her first novel.

Review

This book will hook you from the first page. It’s full of beautiful characters and a gorgeous setting. I think what I loved most about it was the unreliable narrator. This is harder to accomplish because it involves a lot of carefully planted and thoroughly orchestrated planning on the author’s part. The narrator must establish a certain amount of ethos with the reader so when it slowly begins to show cracks you are unsure of your own judgement as a reader. So exciting!

The setting of the book is mostly on the ranch The Real Marvelous. This ranch is mysterious and thought to be of as cursed. The longer Sarah and James stay on the ranch the longer you delve into its secrets. I love the air of mystery and arid feeling you get throughout the entire book. It lends itself to the plot really well.

My favorite character was definitely Sarah. I am becoming more of an advocate for unlikeable female characters. Women are looked at so differently in literature, and I think it’s time to change that. Sarah makes bad decisions. She makes good ones. The consequences of her actions are severe, and she still is able to deal with them (somehow). I admire her strength and unapologetic nature.

I wanted to punch James about half way through the book. You will understand me once you read the book, but since I am a spoil-free reviewer, I must say nothing more on the subject. However, his character as a whole was interesting to see develop. He was portrayed a lot as a goody goody, but his flaws shone in the end.

Overall, this was a book rich in detail, character development, and setting. I was engrossed in it all weekend when I read it, and I can’t wait for you guys to get your hands on a copy!

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Win 1 of 2 copies of ALL THE WIND IN THE WORLD by Samantha Mabry

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Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂