Hey all! Welcome to my stop on the tour for the awesome book The Memory Trees! Let’s get started.
The Memory Trees
by Kali Wallace
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 10th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Paranormal
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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
by Samantha Mabry
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: October 10th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
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.
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.
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!
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
by Paul Cody
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
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.
Prize: 1 copy of LOVE IS BOTH A WAVE AND A PARTICLE by Paul Cody
Hi there! I’m back with another blog tour, but this time I’m bringing you one by one of
my new favorite authors — Carrie Firestone!
About the Book:
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 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.
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 List, so 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!
I chose these songs because they reminded me a lot of the characters and some of them just made me laugh. Hope you enjoy!
About the Giveaway
3 finished copies of The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
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by Crystal Cestari
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Amber Sand isnot a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate. Amber works ather mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match? The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and willappeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.
This book was so cute! Amber is a spunky and hilarious narrator throughout the entire novel. I really enjoyed getting to know her and the other characters through her point of view.
At first we start off with Amber being really unsure of herself and while she enjoys her matchmaking skills she doesn’t want to be a matchmaker only – she wants to be a baker. I love that there were other things that Amber was interested in and that she didn’t let her magic be the only thing that defined her. She becomes a more confident young woman as the story continues and I really liked that character development.
Amani was definitely one of my favorite characters. She’s complex and different and I can see where Amber would be frustrated with her as a best friend. However, I love their friendship and how they’re always there for each other even when things get a bit hairy. They support each other in ways that you want best friends to be there.
Here is the playlist I selected for the book! I picked these because they reminded me a lot of Amber and the plot, especially the end! Enjoy!
With rainbows in my hair and stories in my head, I am a writer drawn to magic in the everyday world.
My debut novel, The Best Kind of Magic, arrives May 16, 2017 from Hyperion. Follow Amber Sand, a magical matchmaker who can actually see true love, as she takes off on a fun and romantic adventure toward happily ever after.
We are giving away one (1) finished copy of The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari. This is open to US and Canada only and ends on May 26th. You can follow the rest of the tour for more opportunities to win, however you may only win once! Click here to enter the giveaway!
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 the 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.
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!
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
4/17/2017- Book Briefs- Review
4/18/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Blogger Post
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 Lies
Author: Laura Stampler
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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?
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.
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.
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!