Hey there! I’m so happy to be working with Rockstar Book Tours today to bring you a review on Royce Rolls, the latest by Margaret Stohl.

Title: ROYCE ROLLS

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Pub. Date: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Freeform

Pages: 400

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads

Sixteen-year- old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family’s reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley’s family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear– without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable– save the show. But when her future brother-in- law’s car goes over a cliff with both Bentley and her sister’s fiance inside-on the day of the big made-for- TV wedding, no less-things get real.

Really real. Like, not reality show real.

Told in a tongue-in- cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood, Royce Rolls is a laugh-out- loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.

Here’s a little about the author!

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl got her start as the head of theMargie.png Dark is Rising fan club in third grade in a highly gifted magnet school in Los Angeles. Going on to study at a creative writing program at UEA Norwich, England, and to write and direct an autobiographical one-act play at Amherst College—where she founded the school’s first women’s literary magazine, Madness This—Margaret knew she was a writer. After optioning two feature screenplays to Nickelodeon Pictures and Clasky-Csupo, Margaret began a sixteen-year career in videogames, co-founding 7 Studios game developer with her husband Lewis Peterson, and contributing to both Marvel’s Spiderman (ActivisionBlizzard) and Fantastic Four (7 Studios / ActivisonBlizzard) among many other titles—Dune 2000; Command & Conquer Red Alert Retaliation; Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of Jack Sparrow; to name a few.

When Margaret co-wrote the first of the internationally bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels (published in nearly fifty countries, named Amazon’s top teen book of 2009, short-listed for the ALA’s 2009 Morris award, and released as a feature film from Warner Brothers) on a dare from her three daughters, she fell even more in love with teen culture. Her first sci-fi series, Icons, is now in development as a feature film with Alcon Entertainment. Her Black Widow series from Disney Publishing (Black Widow: Forever Red and Black Widow: Red Vengeance) is a welcome chance to rock a strong female character and to return to her beloved Marvel roots. She is also writing the Mighty Captain Marvel comics.

If asked, Margaret will tell you that the Women of Marvel panel at New York Comicon was the greatest single hour of her life, and that she fangirls all girls who read comics. As a co-founder of YALLFEST, the biggest YA book festival in the country, and its offspring YALLWEST, Margaret believes her readers are her kindred spirits and her tribe.

Margaret lives in Santa Monica with her husband, who builds drones and robots, and her three daughters, who are competitive epee fencers—and who, like Natasha Romanov, have always known how to rescue themselves.

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Here are my thoughts about the book…

I had been putting off reading this book for a long time and I don’t know why I did anymore. After getting around the Core chapter I was instantly hooked into Bent’s story. She’s one that truly jumps off the page. 

One of my favorite parts was the family dynamic that is written into te story. It begins as this rigid business like thing but as the story goes on it evolves into something more closely resembling a real family. I love the relationhip between Bent and Bach. They have each other’s backs and it’s cool to see them fight for each other. I also liked the moments when the characters would do something out of their scripted roles. It made them more human and unpredictable. 

A defining characteristic of Bentley is her undying loyalty to her family. She goes to the end of the Earth to help them and doesn’t expect anything in return. (Though I think the latter is from years of doing these things and not being recognized for it.) I love that about her character, but I also love the way she developed into herself. She becomes her own woman and begins to assert herself, putting her dreams and wishes as a priority too. 

There’s a lot more mystery and intertwining pieces to this story than I originally thought. It was exciting to see how they all connected in the end and a bit of a surprise. I like how Stohl keeps you on your toes the entire time. 

There’s a giveaway for the book here!

3 winners will receive a finished copy of the book, US only. Click here for the link to the Rafflecopter!

Be sure to check out the other stops on this lovely tour!

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/10/2017- YA and Wine- Blogger Post

4/11/2017- The Mind of a Book Dragon- Review

4/12/2017- Novel Novice- Review

4/13/2017- Page Turners Blog- Blogger Post

4/14/2017- The Best Books Ever- Review

Week Two:

4/17/2017- Book Briefs- Review

4/18/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Blogger Post

4/19/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review

4/20/2017- Mundie Moms- Review


4/21/2017- The Young Folks- Review

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Tour Stop: Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl Review

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Hi there!! As you can see I’m changing today’s post from Book Chat to another blog tour! Today I’m helping feature Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler which was released yesterday!

Here’s a little bit about the book:

Title: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies25337536

Author: Laura Stampler

Release Date: July 19, 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 352

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description:

The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume . .

Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take?

Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job…right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?

You can find it here: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | SIMON & SCHUSTER | GOODREADS

About Laura Stampler

Laura Stampler is a Californian turned New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning—and then worked on staff—at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet.

You can find her here: TWITTER | TUMBLR | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS

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Today I’ll be sharing my review of the book, which I finished late Monday night. I feel like it is an exact mix of the two titles the description says it is.

What first piqued my interest was the cute-as-can-be cover this book got. I love the black and white with yellow and red accents. It’s all very sweet and aesthetically pleasing. I’m always a sucker for a pretty cover 😉

The book starts off with Harper getting her internship, and I like how it’s the most inopportune moment for her to get the confirmation call. It really sets you up for the rest of the book and how Harper is as a character. I didn’t like her at times, but I do like how her character turned out in the end. Harper struggles with an identity crisis throughout the whole book. She feels like a fraud and how does she reconcile New York Harper with Castalia Harper? I love her support system. Her parents, her best friend, and even Aunt Vee are wonderful at (trying to) being there for her. While Harper comes to her own conclusions, they’re there to help nudge her in the right direction in finding her true self.

Kristina!!!! She is (one of) my favorite girl best friends. I don’t think this world can be too much with strong women. After she finds out what Harper did to her by stealing her own personal story, I love how she stands up for herself. Kristina gives Harper the rude awakening that she needed badly. Harper’s treatment of Kristina can’t be condoned and I like that she doesn’t throw Harper the pity party that Harper wants after everything. Through everything though, she is one of Harper’s biggest fans. A fight like the one they had didn’t ruin their rock solid relationship, and I fell like it does a little too often in YA lit.

I know I was supposed to hate McKayla, Harper’s boss, but boy did I hate her. On the other hand, I was a bit bothered by the “bitchy woman boss” trope. I feel like women are too often portrayed that way in positions in power, but I know that is the character Stampler was going for, and she did it well.

The journalism aspect of the book took me by surprise. If you’ve been reading my General Updates, you’d know that I’ve just gotten back from a journalism class at Brown University. This form of journalism is one that I was not taught. It was interesting to see the virtual side of things since I wrote mostly for print. It’s interesting to see Stampler’s take on journalism and her portrayal of it due to her experience in the field. I partly enjoyed the stereotype that Stampler played in the story, but the other part of me wanted to see something different. Something not as cutthroat, but I don’t think it would have worked for the story if it was a nicer environment for Harper.

This book made me both want to get an internship at a magazine and not at the same time. I love New York City (or at least the idea of it). I was so jealous Harper got to spend nearly three months in that gorgeous metropolis. Maybe that’s just the small town girl in me, but I would love an opportunity like her. Overall I’d say it was a pretty good story. I enjoyed reading it, and I may or may not have read the epilogue before I finished because I had to know that it ended the way I wanted it to.

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There is a tour-wide giveaway of two hardcover copies of this lovely book. Click this link for a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway is US only. Giveaway ends July 26 th at 11:59 PM Pacific. Book will be ordered from Amazon. Prizing courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours.

Though this is the last week of this tour, here’s the full schedule if you wanted to see what other people had to say about the book!

Week One

Wed. July 6 – Please Feed the Bookworm – Review
Wed. July 6 – Read Now Sleep Later – Guest Post
Thurs. July 7 – Worth Reading It? – Review
Thurs. July 7 – YA Book Madness – Review
Fri. July 8 – Awkwordly Emma – Review
Fri. July 8 – YA Reads – Character Interview

Week Two

Mon. July 11 – Fictional Fox – Review
Mon. July 11 – Curling Up With A Good Book – Author Interview
Tues. July 12 – Fiktshun – Review
Tues. July 12 – The Anatomy of a Bookworm – Review
Wed. July 13 – The Phantom Paragrapher – Review
Wed. July 13 – Whatever You Can Still Betray – Guest Post
Thurs. July 14 – CreatyveBooks – Review
Thurs. July 14 – Latte Nights Reviews – Review
Fri. July 15 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
Fri. July 15 – Books & Beauti – Guest Post

Week Three

Mon. July 18 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Review & Character Interview
Mon. July 19 – Book Briefs – Review
Tues. July 19 – A Dream Within A Dream – Guest Post
Tues. July 19 – All The Crannies – Review
Wed. July 20 – The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review
Wed. July 20 – Dazzled by Books – Author Interview
Thurs. July 21 – Vibin With Books – Review
Thurs. July 21 – The Recipe Fairy – Guest Post
Thurs. July 21 – Oh, For The Love Of Stories – Review
Fri. July 22 – Books and Bindings – Review
Fri. July 22 – Underneath the Covers – Guest Post

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. This was my first tour with RockStar Book Tours, and I loved it. I hope to participate in more in the future!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

Blog Tour + Stop: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler