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Blog Tour: Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin Review and Giveaway

Hi there! Here we are on day two of this awesome tour for TELL ME NO LIES, the second book by the amazing Adele Griffin! Be sure to check out this book when it hits shelves a week from today because it’s perfect to start your summer!

About the Book

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by Adele Griffin

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Release Date: June 12, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis: A riveting novel about secrecy, complicated friendships, and heartbreak, set against the iconic backdrop of the late 1980s.

Lizzy Swift is a senior in high school, emerging from her nerd chrysalis to become a social butterfly. She starts dating popular Matt Ashley, whom she’s been pining for since freshman year. She’s delighted when rebellious new girl Claire Reynolds introduces her to Center City Philadelphia—clubs, street life, and the eye-opening art scene. As Lizzy begins to question her own long-held dreams, the changes in her life mirror the upheaval of a decade marked by a drug epidemic and the AIDS crisis. She’s no longer sure of her Ivy League ambition. While she has a special connection with Matt, something’s missing. And Claire carries around a mysterious sadness and talks about a breakup so bad she changed schools—but she won’t tell the whole story. Lizzy wants Claire to confide in her, even as she keeps her own embarrassing secrets.

Before too long, the heady thrill of her new life starts to crumble under insecurities and deceptions.  When the truth emerges from the wreckage, will it be too late for Lizzy, Claire, and Matt to save their love and friendships?

She’s Lost Control, a companion to the acclaimed Be True to Me, is a novel of unflinching emotional honesty about secrecy, lies, love, and identity.

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About the Author

Adele Griffin is the highly acclaimed author of almost thirty books for Young Adult and 311468middle grade readers.

Her works include the National Book Award Finalists Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Oodlethunks series for younger readers. Her latest novel The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone was a YALSA Best Book of 2015, an Amazon Best YA Book of the Year, a Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth, a Junior Library Guild selection, a Romantic Times Finalist for Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal Top Fiction pick. Her latest novel Be True to Me is publishing in June 2017 with Algonquin Books.

Adele serves on the Board of Directors of the MacDowell Colony, and is on the advisory board of 826NYC. She lives with her husband, Erich, their two young children, and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.

Review

I’m really not sure how to feel about this book. On one hand, I really enjoyed it and the plot, but I sometimes wanted to smack Lizzie for being dumb.

This novel captures the feelings of growing up in a time full of social change and injustice very well. Lizzie’s journey through Philly moves you and makes you face the repercussions of everything that happened in the 80s. Through Lizzie we’re able to get a look at it first hand.

One thing I found that added to the story was the elements of secrets. Obviously from the title there’s an atmosphere of not really being able to trust anyone around you in the book. While this mysterious atmosphere added, I felt that it took away a bit from Lizzie really being able to develop any real relationships within the book.

This was a bit slow for me at the beginning which made it hard to get into, but once you push past a few chapters you start to feel the rhythm. Overall, this was a good read. It’s something to look out for this summer!

Giveaway

Prize: One (1) hardcover copy of TELL ME NO LIES by Adele Griffin (US only)

Start: June 6, 2018

End: June 19, 2018

Link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86304/

Follow the Tour

June 6th

Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post

June 7th

Paperback Princess– Review & Favorite Quotes
The Mind of a Book Dragon– Review

June 8th

Vicky Who Reads– Creative Post

June 9th

hauntedbybooks– Review
Will Read Anything– Review
Confessions of a YA Reader– Guest Post

June 10th

NovelKnight Book Reviews– Guest Post
Never Too Many To Read– Creative Post

June 11th

Novel Ink– Guest Post
The Book Rat– Creative Post
Flipping Through the Pages– Review & Favorite Quotes

June 12th

Velvet Spade Reads– Review & Favorite Quotes
A Backwards Story– Promo

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

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Blog Tour: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

Hey, everyone! I’m so excited to be here today with a review of The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik. David Arnold is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I’m so glad to be part of this tour. I first fell in love with Arnold’s writing with Mosquitoland, and if you haven’t read that one yet I highly recommend it. However much I loved his first two books, I think this one is my favorite?!?!?!

About the Book

Title: The Strange Fascinations of Noah HypnotikCover

Author: David Arnold

Publisher: Viking Children

Expected release: May 22, 2018

My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars

The New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland brings a speculative twist to his latest novel. The result: an incisive and deeply humane story with the feel of Haruki Murakami for teens.

“An epic wonder”* from the bestselling author of Mosquitoland

This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.

Then Noah → gets hypnotized.

Now Noah → sees changes–inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories–in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations . . .

A stunning surrealist portrait, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is a story about all the ways we hurt our friends without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us.

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About the Author

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David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland, and his books have been translated into a dozen languages.

 

 

 

 

Review

This was a fantastic book. I sped right through it, but I wanted it to last so much longer. I wish it was longer. PLEASE MAKE IT LONGER I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! I have to say that this is hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’ll be one of them at the end of the year, too.

The writing style was different from the first two books Arnold wrote, and I like the slight change. The chapters were short and sweet, but I wanted them to last longer (see above). I think this fit the entire narrative of the story in general, and I think it being written in a typical way would take away from the book a a whole.

Noah is a great character. He is looking for himself, and through the entire book, it seems he will never get to the end. I think this speaks true to what it’s like to be a human in general. There’s something very honest and true about Noah that made me love him more.

I was wondering what would happen when Noah got hypnotized. At first it doesn’t seem like much has changed, but little by little you see something more unfold. I would love to talk more about this, but I feel it would give away the story altogether. I think this was one of the best parts of the book. I had a feeling something like this would happen, but I wasn’t sure.

All in all, I am psyched for you guys to get into this world. It’s amazing. GO PRE-ORDER YOURSELF A COPY!!!

Follow the Tour

WEEK ONE

May 7 – The Blonde Bookworm – Review

May 8 – Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + My Strange Fascinations

May 9 – Forever Bookish – Review

May 10 – Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Playlist with Graphic Quotes

May 11 – Adventures in YA Publishing – Author Q&A

WEEK TWO

May 14 – The Nerdy Girl Express – Review

May 15 – A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Graphic Quotes

May 16 – BookCrushin – Review + Playlist

May 17 – Mind of a Book Dragon – Review

May 18 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Guest Post:  What Would Your Strange Fascination Be?

WEEK THREE

May 21 – Pop! Goes the Reader – Wallpaper

May 22 – The Young Folks – Author Q&A

May 23 – Page Travels – Creative Instagram

May 24 – Bookfoolery – Review

May 25 – Dazzled by Books – Candle Creation Post + Review

WEEK FOUR

May 28 – Paper Trail YA – Author Q&A

May 29 – Snowandbooks – Review + Aesthetic Board

May 30 – Reading Writing and Me – Book Review

May 31 – The Radiant Reader – Playlist + Creative Instagram Picture

June 1 – We Live and Breathe Books – Review + Moodboard

 

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

Book Tour: Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

Welcome to out tour stop for Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington! We’re so happy to host Jess here with an interview.

About the BookLove Songs & Other Lies Cover

Title: Love Songs & Other Lies

Author: Jessica Pennington

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: April 24th, 2018

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

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About the Author

Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her books, where she’s currently finishing her second novel, WHEN SUMMER ENDS, out April 2019.

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Giveaway Rules:

1 winner will receive a signed hardcover of LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES along with a swag bag filled with a t-shirt, bookmark, stickers, buttons, etc.

Rules are included inside the Rafflecopter giveaway

US only, 18+ or with parental permission

Ends on midnight May 12th, CDT

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f13123ce22/

Interview

Hi, Jess! So glad you could be here with us today. Why don’t you kick things off by telling us something we can’t find in your bio.

Hi, Sophie! I’m so excited to chat with you! I’m mildly obsessed with penguins. Is that in my bio? I don’t think so. But I am. I have a collection of penguin Christmas ornaments, and I don’t consider a zoo “legit” unless they have penguins on exhibit. The selfie I’m most proud of is one I took with a penguin (which was not easy!).

Describe your book in five words or less.

Oh, this is torture! Here goes nothing… first-love gets a second chance

A big part of this book is music (obviously lol). Do you listen to music while you write? What music got you through this novel in particular?

I listen to basically basically any time I’m awake. This book in particular, I listened to a lot of songs about love and breaking up. Which are my favorite kinds of songs anyway!

I love Vee! She’s an awesome MC. What was your favorite part about writing her?

Oh man, this is hard because I love a lot about Vee! I love how strong she is—even though she’s flawed and has fears like any teen girl—and also that she’s really open with people. I think there’s a real vulnerability about Vee and how she connects with people—you see it even in the way she connects with some of the crew on the tour bus.

If Vee were a song, which one would she be?

Well, most literally, she would be Meet Virginia by Train, because her parents named her after that song. But Yellow Shirt by The Icarus Account (which is Vee’s favorite song in the book) is one that I think describes her…she doesn’t see herself quite as clearly as those around her, but when she does, she’s this really magnetic kind of force.

There are a lot of details about touring and the music competition. Did you have to do a lot of outside research for this novel?

You know, there’s never been a reality TV show like the one in LS&OL (maybe there should be??) so I did have to rely on piecing together what I could find out about music tours and TV production and reality shows in general. I looked up layouts for tour buses, and for some of the venues they visit on the tour, and I had to map out the whole tour and how long it would take them to get from place to place. I have a whole road-trip map somewhere! That was actually one of the biggest pieces of research…figuring out the schedule for the whole show, and when they’d land where!

This is set after Vee’s first year at college which is awesome! I love books set in this time period. Why did you decide to write about that summer?

I didn’t set out to write anything set in college, or even to write a dual-timeline novel, it just happened! I had written most of the THEN chapters before realizing that their story wouldn’t end in high school. But I chose that timing for them to meet again, because I wanted them to have enough time to grow and change a bit, but not enough that they’d totally healed from what happened between them.

Okay let’s wrap things up here, if you could collab with any author who would it be and why?

Oh man, this is a hard question! I think I’d say Katy Upperman, because I loved her debut novel Kissing Max Holden, and just finished an ARC of her second, The Impossibility of Us, which left me reeling. I think we have similarities in the kinds of stories we like to tell and the way we tell them. And she loved Love Songs & Other Lies, so I think we have that mutual appreciation for each other’s work, which would be important when doing a collab!

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Thank you, Jess for this amazing interview!! Be sure to pick this awesome book up!! Follow the rest of the tour here:

Monday 16th

LILbooKlovers – Interview

Ashleigh’s Bookshelf – Review

Tuesday 17th

The Clever Reader – Dream Cast

Tale Out Loud – Review

Wednesday 18th

Smada’s Book Smack – Top 10 Quotes

BookCrushin – Review

Thursday 19th

My Fangirl Chronicles – Excerpt

A Blunt Book Blog – Review

Friday 20th

BookishBitsBlog – Guest Post

Books. Life. and Everything Else. – Review

Monday 30th

The Candid Cover – Interview

Belle’s Archive – Review

Tuesday 1st

The Cursed Books – Playlist

The Heart of a Book Blogger – Aesthetic

Wednesday 2nd

Portrait of a Book – Aesthetic

Vicky Who Reads – Review

Thursday 3rd

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Interview

Boundless Bookaholic – Review

Friday 4th

Claerie’s Tales – Fanfiction

Librarian Laura – Interview and Excerpt

Happy reading,

Sophie:)

 

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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
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Author: ed. by Dr. Rose Brock; Atia Abawi, Renee Ahdieh, Libba Bray, Howard Bryant, Ally Carter, Ally Condie, James Dashner, Christina Diaz Gonzales, Gayle Forman, Romina Garber, I. W. Gregario, Kate Hart, Bendan Kiely, David Levithan, Alex London, Marie Lu, Julie Murphy, Jason Reynolds, Aisha Saeed, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Jeff Zentner, and Nicola Yoon

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!

“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

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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

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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 🙂