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Blog Tour: Hope Nation ed. by Rose Brock

Hi guys! I’m so excited to share this anthology with you today! This is full of some amazing writers, and there are some great stories.

About the Book

Title: Hope Nation

Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration
Goodreads | Amazon

Author: ed. by Dr. Rose Brock

Publisher: Philomel Books

Expected Release: February 27, 2018

My rating: 3/5 Goodreads stars

Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and personal stories that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Angie Thomas, Marie Lu, James Dashner, Nicola Yoon, David Levithan, Libba Bray, Jason Reynolds, Renée Ahdieh, and many more!

A Junior Library Guild Selection

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”–Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We all experience moments when we struggle to understand the state of the world, when we feel powerless and–in some cases–even hopeless. The teens of today are the caretakers of tomorrow, and yet it’s difficult for many to find joy or comfort in such a turbulent society. But in trying times, words are power.

Some of today’s most influential young adult authors come together in this highly personal nonfiction collection of original essays, poems, and letters, each a first-hand account that ultimately strives to inspire hope.

Like a modern day Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul or Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for TeensHope Nation acknowledges the pain and shines a light on what comes after.

About the Author

Dr. Rose Brock is a twenty-year veteran professor who has dedicated her career to turning teens into book lovers. Building relationships with readers through books is her superpower. In addition to her career as a librarian and educator, Dr. Brock is also very involved in helping to organize the North Texas Teen Book Festival, a one-day event, which hosts sixty authors and has an impressive annual attendance of over 3,500 teens and tweens. She also serves as a team leader of the International Literacy Association’s Young Adults’ Choices project, which empowers teens to read and select the best books of the year. Dr. Brock was named by the Texas Library Association as the recipient of the Siddie Joe Johnson Award, an award given by the Children’s Round Table to a librarian who demonstrates outstanding library service to children

Review

I had a hard time getting into this book at first, but once I decided I would skip around to read essays by authors I truly enjoy reading, that’s when I felt like I could get behind this book. After I warmed up to those authors, I was able to go back to the essays that weren’t doing it for me initially. I did end up skipping the essay by James Dashner altogether because I can’t bring myself to read his writing after everything coming forward.

One thing I really liked about this anthology was all of the different takes on hope and what hope looked for them all. Marie Lu’s piece on growing up in 1980s China was captivating, and I feel that I learned so much more about her in that one story than I could have known ever.

I also loved Nicola Yoon’s essay about her relationship with her husband. It was beautiful to read about why she loved him so much and how she wouldn’t give up anything for him. It reminded me that love is worth fighting for.

I definitely recommend this to people looking for a hopeful outlook in these bleak times. It’ll give you a few shots of hope inoculation (thanks, Gayle Forman).

Follow the Tour

WEEK ONE
2/19 – Snowandbooks – Review
2/20 – Riddle’s Reviews – Excerpt
2/21 – Two Points of Interest – Review
2/22 – SaniyaWalu – Review
2/23 – Mind of a Book Dragon – Review
 
WEEK TWO
2/26 – Bookishness and Tea – Review
2/27 – Candid Ceillie – Author Interview with Dr. Rose
2/28 – Novel Ink – Review
3/1 – Paper Cups and Paperbacks – Review
3/2 – Bookstorm Reads – Review
 
WEEK THREE
3/5 – Bibliotrix.lestrange – Review
3/6 – AEB Book Reviews – Review
3/7 – A Thousand Books to Read – Review + Instagram Post
3/8 – The Petite Book Blogger – Author Interview with Ally Condie and Dr. Rose
3/9 – As the Book Ends – Review + Instagram Feature
Thanks for hanging out on the blog today! Make sure you follow along the tour to hear from so many other awesome book lovers.
Happy reading,
Sophie 🙂
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Blog Tour: Rookie on Love ed. Tavi Gevinson

Hi guys!! I’m so excited to have partnered with Penguin Teen to bring you this amazing title today! I’m kicking off the blog tour, so stay tuned tomorrow for another great feature on the next blog.
What you should know about the book:

Title: Rookie on Love

Goodreads | Amazon
Author: Several contributors, edited by Tavi Gevinson
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: January 2nd, 2018
My Rating: 4/5 Goodreads stars
A single-subject anthology about the heart’s most powerful emotion, edited by Tavi Gevinson. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen essays, poems, comics, and interviews from contributors like Jenny Zhang, Emma Straub, Hilton Als, Janet Mock, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Gabourey Sidibe, Mitski, Alessia Cara, Etgar Keret, Margo Jefferson, Sarah Manguso, Durga Chew-Bose, and many more!
A VISIONARY AUTHOR WITH AN EVER-GROWING PLATFORM
Rookie‘s editor-in-chief, Tavi Gevinson, is an incredible advocate for her books. She’s very much a star in her own right, as a cultural icon/influencer and more recently an actress. She’s a media darling, very well connected, and always willing to use the full power of her iPhone contacts to help sell books.A POSITIVE MEDIA OUTLET FOR TEENS
Rookie gives voice to girls, encouraging them to speak up, to meet up, to make stuff. It empowers them to submit their stories, ideas, and artwork to the site and participate in media rather than letting it control them. It’s a positive, supportive environment where many have felt comfortable sharing intimate details of their inner lives, particularly when it comes to love.
 
A little more about Tavi:
 
Tavi Gevinson is the editor-in-chief and founder of Rookie, an online magazine for teenage girls. Tavi’s career in media began when she created the blog Style Rookie in 2008 at age eleven. She was profiled by The New Yorker in 2010, and in 2011, at fifteen, launched Rookie. Six days after its debut, Rookie received more than one million pageviews. Tavi has since spoken at TEDxTeen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sydney Opera House, The New Yorker Festival, the Commonwealth Club of California, the University of Wisconsin’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the Brooklyn Museum, the Melbourne Writers Festival, and The Economist‘s The World in 2011. Tavi is also an actress, having starred in Kenneth Lonergan’s Tony-nominated This Is Our Youth, Ivo van Hove’s revival of The Crucible as Mary Warren, and most recently Stephen Karam’s revival of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard on Broadway and the Sundance darling Human People.
My review

This was a really nice digestable read. It was SO RELATABLE on so many counts. I love how there were so many different people involved in the making of this book. One of my favorite pieces was the poem For Amy and other women carrying around chaos by Bassey Ikpi. I love the flow and the word choice.

This was a great mix of different media. While all of it is written, there are a lot of different forms of expression here. Essays, poems, and the little drawings within each were amazing. I don’t usually read introductions, but this one I did for some reason. I think that really helped shape what I was expecting going into this book. I found that Gevinson’s style is one that I mesh well with, so I’ll be checking into some of her other pieces.

To be completely honest, I had never heard of Rookie before this blog tour, so my initial interest in the title had very little to do with Tavi Gevinson being the editor. That being said, this was a great introduction to the kinds of pieces she puts out. I never felt like I had to know about Rookie in order to understand the book.

Rookie on Love was a quick little piece. I felt like each section was a perfect length. This is perfect for someone who tires of reading really long books. I could read multiple in one sitting and feel accomplished because I finished so many at once.

Follow the tour!

WEEK ONE
February 5 – Mind of a Book Dragon – Review
February 6 – Fiction Fare – Review with a feature 
February 7 – Paper Cups and Paperbacks – Blog Review and YouTube Video
February 8 – Brianna_book_binding – Review
 
WEEK TWO
February 13 – YA Wednesdays – Playlist
February 14 – Bibliobakes – Review 
February 15 – Melimimi/Melihyoutuber – Review + Social Media Promotion
February 16 – Allison in Bookland – Review
Thanks for reading today! Be sure to check this one out this year!
Happy reading,
Sophie 🙂
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Blog Tour: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber Review, Playlist, + Giveaway

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well this holiday season. I’m so excited to share this book with you.book cover.png

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1)

by Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Synopsis:
Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet.
Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.
For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight’s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

About the Author

MaryMary Weber is the multiple-award-winning author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series (all by HarperCollins). An avid high school, middle school, and conference speaker, Mary’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she’s not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Comic-Con, and the ocean.

Mary’s debut, Storm Siren, was featured in the Scholastic School Book Fairs, and her novels have been endorsed by bestselling authors Marissa Meyer, Jay Asher, Wendy Higgins, CJ Redwine, and Jonathan Maberry.

You can also find Mary’s fun interviews in the paperback of Marissa Meyer’s NYT bestselling, CRESS, and in Jay Asher’s 13 REASONS WHY movie tie-in edition. Most recently, you can see her and her family as extras in the NETFLIX Original Series, 13 REASONS WHY.

She gets nerdy at @maryweber.com, FACEBOOK @MaryWeberAuthor, INSTAGRAM @MaryWeberAuthor, TWITTER @mchristineweber, and GOODREADS. Come say hi!!

Review

This was an interesting read. It’s told in alternative perspectives, and I liked both narrators. Miguel and Sofi (NAME TWINS) were generally good story tellers, but I preferred Sofi to Miguel.

Something that I liked most was the development of the Delonese and their relationship with Earth. It was an interesting dynamic of one where a planet (somewhat) peacefully while advancing Earth technologically and environmentally (wrt climate change and global warming — it’s an ice planet).

A main focus of the book is the sibling relationship between Sofi and Shilo. I absolutely loved it, and as someone with 4 siblings, it reminded me a lot of my own. It was great to see that this was at the forefront of Sofi’s mind and her main motivation — not a love interest. This made the book refreshing and even more relatable.

Miguel is bilingual and I love the way it’s portrayed through his perspective. It gives you a look into what it’s like to think in two languages. I don’t have much personal experience with it (I am somewhat conversational in Spanish), but I felt that I could understand someone who does. It isn’t something that is often seen in novels in general, and I think the way Weber did it was very well done.

Let’s just say the ending was out of left field! I can’t wait for the second book!!!

Favorite Quotes

I didn’t have many notes on the quotes of the book, but I think this one says it all:

“We are one,” Danya translated. “In soul. In beliefs. In harmony. In favour.”

Follow the Tour

December 11th

December 12th

Bibliobibuli YA – Guest Post
JusticeReads – Review + Playlist
Hauntedbybooks13 – Promotional Post

December 13th

T’s Stuff – Interview
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

December 14th

Marrok Macintyre – Guest Post
Wishful Endings – Review
Literary Meanderings – Promotional Post

December 15th

A Bookish Abode– Review

December 16th

postcards for ariel – Interview
Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course) – Promotional Post

December 17th

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
Library of a Book Witch – Review + Playlist

Giveaway

Sofi Snow prize pack

Prize: Everything in the picture — Backpack, earbuds, hardcover copy of the book

US/Canada only

Starts: 12/11

Ends: 12/29

Here’s the link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86274/

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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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 🙂

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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