Posted in Blog Tours, Bloggers, Reviews, Sophie

Blog Tour: The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody Review, Playlist, + Giveaway

Hello there! Happiest of release days to this AWESOME book! I had the amazing opportunity to read it early and be part of the blog tour! Read on for a playlist, review, and a giveaway 🙂

The Chaos of Standing Still

by Jessica Brody
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 28th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:
Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.
Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.
She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.
But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.
And his name is Xander.
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.

About the Author

Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.
Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. (Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.) She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.

Review

This was a quick read for me! I really, really liked the voice of Ryn. She is someone who doesn’t hold back with her internal monologue, despite her struggle to be open with people around her.

Watching her grow over the course of the novel was the best part, and I think the point of the book. I liked how Ryn talked about Lottie with loving remembrance, and her memories are something important to her. It speaks true to how some people grieve. Memories are slippery things, and when Ryn looks back with hindsight it’s easy for her to see flaws but also cherish them.

I found myself getting frustrated with Lottie as a character. It’s easy to see why Ryn likes her is best friends with her. I felt that Ryn’s glorification of Lottie made it hard to see Lottie as just a person. Ryn looks at her with rose-colored glasses, especially because she wants to remember only the good things about Lottie. As a reader, I could look in with outside perspective, so I wasn’t as convinced of Lottie’s invincibility. I think the dynamic nature of Lottie herself shouldn’t be overlooked, and I can appreciate that.

Xander was great as a character, but let’s be real, Troy was the awesome male character here. The idea of running into a child genius prodigy in an airport, and then befriending him is a little wild and I liked it. The conspiracy of the Denver airport was so interesting, and I loved the part where Troy and Ryn look for clues about it. I think that he added a new perspective for Ryn, and I liked their relationship.

The setting of the book played well into the plot. Being stuck in forces Ryn to face up to something really hard for her. It’s something that Ryn has been struggling with for months, and probably will for years to come. However, I think that this first step really pushes her to deal with Lottie’s death more openly than she has before.

Overall, I highly recommend this read!

Playlist

Here are some songs reminded me a lot of the book 🙂

Tour Schedule

November 27th

November 28th

the bookdragon – Review
Her Book Thoughts – Review

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist

November 29th

The Clever Reader – Guest Post
A Bookish Abode – Review

We Live and Breathe Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 30th

Savings in Seconds – Review + Favourite Quotes
Wishful Endings – Review

December 1st

Donnie Darko Girl – Review

Latte Nights Reviews – Review + Favourite Quotes

December 2nd

Literary Meanderings – Interview

Life of A Simple Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

December 3rd

Vicky Who Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
Supercalireader – Review
Books, Boys, and Blogs – Review + Dream Cast

The Inked In Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes

December 4th

BookCrushin – Guest Post
Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Review + Favourite Quotes
Storybook Slayers – Review

Giveaway

  • 1 copy of THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL
  • US Only
  • Please read all the rules in the Rafflecopter

Here is the link! https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86272/

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

Advertisements

Blog Tour: Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson Review & Giveaway

Who is excited for the sequel of  The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You?! Here I am today celebrating the new release of Not Now, Not Ever. Stay tuned for a review and giveaway later in the post!

About the Book

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily AndersonScreen Shot 2017-10-18 at 23.53.18

 

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: November 21st 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:
The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.
Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer.
1. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mother’s base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender’s Game, Ellie’s seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it’s much less Luke/Yoda/”feel the force,” and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn’t appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she’d be able to defeat afterwards.
What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she’s going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?
This summer’s going to be great.

About the Author

Lily Anderson is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California, far from her mortal enemy: the snow

review

Get ready for another phenomenal read from Lily Anderson. The hijinks that ensues after Elliot gets to camp is, to say the least, exciting. I haven’t read The Importance of Being Earnest, but her first novel follows Much Ado so well that I can only assume it was well done. (I’m reading them out of order :P) I also liked how she integrated the play within the novel through Elliot’s stepmom. It was done in a way that didn’t feel forced.

What I really liked was that the characters from the first book make an appearance in this one, and how they contribute to the new story as well. It remains Elliot’s story while also quietly following up on the first characters we know and love.

Becoming oneself is important to this novel, and I liked the presentation of it. Elliot has to live this double life, and she has to decide what to keep from her old life and what she wants to explore as this new self that has a new slate. It speaks true to what it’s like to feel as though you have a different self for different situations. The reconciliation of these are what is key to helping discover yourself.

Brandon and Leigh are such fun characters. I like how forward Leigh is when Elliot first gets to camp. (Leigh is Elliot’s roommate.) The scene when they first meet their teammates made me nervous for them!

All in all, this was a great read. Highly recommended. Reading the first book is helpful but not necessary to understanding this one.

follow-the-tour (1)

November 14th

November 15th

the bookdragon – Review

November 16th

YAWednesdays – Guest Post
Amanda Gernentz Hanson – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 17th

BookCrushin – Guest Post
Book Munchies – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 18th

November 19th

Staircase Wit – Interview
We Live and Breathe Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 20th

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist
The Layaway Dragon – Review

November 21st

Boricuan Bookworms – Review + Playlist
forthenovellovers – Review
giveaway

Prize : 1 copy of NOT NOW, NOT EVER by Lily Anderson (US Only)

Starts: November 14th

Ends: November 22nd

HERE IS THE LINK: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86271/

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

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 🙂

Posted in Blog Tours, Bloggers, Reviews, Sophie

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.

* * *

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 Blog Tours, Bloggers, Book Chat, Sophie

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.

 

TMT-guestpost.png

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!

TMT-followthetour.png

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

TMT-giveaway.png

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.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xbd13g

Book Depository: http://bit.ly/2hI0ZYm

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-the-wind-in-the-world-samantha-mabry/1125469914#/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-the-wind-in-the-world/id1203999560?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/all-the-wind-in-the-world

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!

Tour Schedule

October 2nd

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club & Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post

October 3rd

YA and Wine– Review & Favorite Quotes

October 4th

October 5th

Maddie TV– Review & Playlist

October 6th

Amanda Gernentz Hanson– Review & Favorite Quotes

October 7th

October 8th

October 9th

Giveaway

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

-US ONLY

Here’s the link!

 

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Posted in Blog Tours, Bloggers, Sophie

Blog Tour: Love is Both a Wave and a Particle by Paul Cody Guest Post

Hello! Today is my stop for the awesome new book Love is Both a Wave and a Particle by Paul Cody. I’m so excited to be part of this awesome digital event and I can’t wait to read the book! (Since I didn’t review this time, I wasn’t provided a review copy.)

Love is Both Wave and Particle

LoveIsBothWaveAndParticle_COVER.jpgby Paul Cody
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017

Genre: Young Adult,  Contemporary, Romance
 photo addtogoodreadssmall_zpsa2a6cf28.png photo B6096376-6C81-4465-8935-CE890C777EB9-1855-000001A1E900B890_zps5affbed6.jpg
Synopsis:

This achingly beautiful novel considers how to measure love when it has the power to both save and destroy.

Levon Grady and Samantha Vash are both students at an alternative high school for high-achieving but troubled teens. They have been chosen for a year-long project where they write their life stories and collect interviews from people who know them. The only rule is 100% confidentiality—they will share their work only with each other. What happens will transform their lives.

Told from the perspectives of Levon, Sam, and all the people who know them best, this is a love story infused with science and the exploration of identity. Love Is Both Wave and Particle looks at how love behaves in different situations, and how it can shed light on even the darkest heart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul Cody earned an MFA at Cornell University, and has published several novels and a memoir for adults. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, the poet Elizabeth Holmes, and their two sons. Love Is Both Wave and Particle is his first novel for teenagers.

LIBWAP-guestpost

Liam Cody, son of Paul Cody
On Having a Parent-Writer
Having a parent who writes book for a living is probably a bit like living with a crazy inventor. Brainstorms can hit the house at any hour of the day. When my dad is writing a book he keeps funny hours: sometimes he goes to bed at 6pm and wakes up at 2a. to start writing. As a kid, occasionally the coffee grinder would wake me up at a time when raccoons and possums were running the world outside. And then there are the questions, How many floors are in that building? What’s that place you like to hang out downtown? or Do you remember that girl with the iguana – what’s she doing now? When your dad is a writer you get a lot of funny questions about places you go or about people you know, or knew. They’re all fair game for characters or settings as they drift
through my dad’s head, come to him in a dream, or keep him up at night. He likes to write on the couch in our living room. You’d think that would be distracting for him, especially when we come down in the morning halfway through his writing session, but he wears these big red headphones to block out
noise. This set-up is convenient for him because he doesn’t have to listen to us until he wants one of his questions answered. He’ll shout a question while he’s still wearing the headphones as if I’m far away. I always answer really quietly so that he can’t hear me and has to take them off for a second to hear. I do this for my own amusement — it’s almost like he’s calling up from the basement where he’s resurrecting Frankenstein, but needs some key piece like, how many sections are there in the human heart? to really bring him to life.Even though writing a book isn’t always as consequential as creating a monster it can feel that way, according to my dad. He’s often really tired after writing and he gets headaches from concentrating for hours, and sometimes he’s so preoccupied
by what he’s writing he has insomnia. Plus, once you finish writing some thing there can be a crushing stress: who knows what other people will make of your writing or do with it. Maybe it is a monster.
Sometimes I’m jealous because my dad sets his own schedule, eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner whenever he wants to, decides when he’s going to work or not. On the other hand, writing is a hard job. It’s a stressful, a tough business, and
writers struggle with something essential: at the root of our desire to communicate, does the thing that resonates in my head also resonate in your head? In order to do this well, writers have to take in the world around them, they have to think about the needs and desires of other people, and they need a lot of determination to sit down every day and work diligently. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living with a writer it’s that the thing that drives you to do great work is internal and takes a lot of perseverance.
While it may not always be fun, I don’t think my dad would have it any other way. It’s hard to imagine him doing anything else. I imagine lightning bolts hitting our house and sparks crackling in the windows, but a lot of the time it looks as simple as a person sitting on a couch at 5am with a cup of coffee, typing intently away while possums scuttle past and every sane person sleeps. He has all these thoughts that have to come out somehow, all these observations of the world that need formulation. Perhaps lightning bolts really
are hitting our house and he’s a conductor in his red headphones, inviting the lightning as if he were offering a kite to a thunderstorm. What might seem magical in its finished state, a book that leaps into your heart, looks ordinary when you see it being done. But living with a writer makes me sure, still, there really is something cosmic and inexplicably magical afoot.
 LIBWAP-giveaway.png
Prize: 1 copy of LOVE IS BOTH A WAVE AND A PARTICLE by Paul Cody
-US/Canada Only
-No giveaway accounts
 Here’s the link!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Posted in Blog Tours, Bloggers, Sophie

Blog Tour: The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

Hi there! I’m back with another blog tour, but this time I’m bringing you one by one of

The Unlikelies
Goodreads | Amazon

my new favorite authors — Carrie Firestone!

About the Book:

THE UNLIKELIES

By Carrie Firestone

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Release Date: June 6th 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis: Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.

Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?

This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.

About the Author

Carrie Firestone has lived in rural, urban, and suburban places, and, while she currently Carrie Firestone.jpg lives in the suburbs, she is decidedly a CITY person. She loves parties, and all kinds of music, and books about random people doing random things in random places. She loves to travel with her husband, and two daughters, Lauren and Emily. When she isn’t writing, you might find her reluctantly sharing her popcorn at the movies, trying to get people (or dogs)  to do a conga line, or adding items to her loose ends list.

Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

follow-the-tour.png

May 29

YA Obsessed– Review
When Curiosity Killed the Cat– Q&A
Book Munchies– Promotional Post

May 30

Never Too Many To Read– Review & Fave Quotes
Go Read a Book– Review
Susan Heim on Writing– Promotional Post

May 31

We Live and Breathe Books– Review & Fave Quotes
Reads and Thoughts– Review & Fave Quotes
Buried Under Books– Review

June 1

Super Space Chick– Guest Post
The Mind of a Book Dragon– Review & Playlist
Her Book Thoughts– Review

June 2

Bookmark Lit– Review
Reading to Unwind– Review & Fave Quotes
A Thousand Words a Million Books– Q&A

June 3

Here’s to Happy Endings– Review
Wishful Endings– Review
A Lovelorn Virgo– Review & Dreamcast

June 4

The Book Return– Guest Post

Dream Within a Dream– Promotional Post
review
When I found out I was going to be part of this tour, I screamed a little. I LOVED Carrie Firestone’s first novel, The Loose Ends Listso much so I couldn’t wait to help promote her second one!
Firestone doesn’t disappoint! I loved the way she wrote this one. It’s a different kind of vibe than her first one. The characters in this novel come alive and I wish I had a crew that came together in such an unorthodox way like these! The diversity of the characters are also a really cool aspect of the book – but it’s done in a way where it’s a thing, but not the thing.
The evolution of the characters really made me love this book. The different ways they come together and ultimately fight together made me really enjoy it. My favorite is definitely Sadie. Not only do I love the name Sadie, but throughout the book I feel like she really comes into herself as a person.
One of the major themes, aside from altruism, is growing up and growing apart. Sadie’s struggle to reconcile her new friendships and her old ones, especially with her best friend, really resonated with me. I had to go through something similar this past year because my friends had graduated and I still had one year of high school left.
I highly recommend this book to those looking for a quirky read. This is one perfect for your summer bag!
playlist
I chose these songs because they reminded me a lot of the characters and some of them just made me laugh. Hope you enjoy!

giveaway

About the Giveaway

  • 3 finished copies of The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
  • US Only
  • No P. O. Boxes
  • Follow the tour for more chances to win
  • Runs through June 6
  • Please read the Rules and Regs of Rafflecopter

Here’s the link! https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86238/?

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂