Blog tour: By the Book by Amanda Sellet

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This tour was conducted with FFBC. Due to the doxxing and threatening/toxic behavior displayed by the tour company toward Black bloggers, I am removing any and all affiliation with them on my platforms. This is unacceptable. However, I am leaving my reviews/posts up for the benefit of the authors I supported. Thanks in advance for your understanding!

Hey, all! I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. I’m really excited to be part of this tour, and you can also check out my Instagram post!

About the Book

By the Book

by Amanda Sellet
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 12th 2020Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:
Mary Porter-Malcolm has prepared for high school in the one way she knows how: an extensive review of classic literature to help navigate the friendships, romantic liaisons, and overall drama she has come to expect from such an “esteemed” institution. Her love of literature even inspires her to imagine herself the heroine of a nineteenth-century novel. Not the sort who makes poor life choices and ends up dying of consumption while still in her teens, but the noble, virtuous, quick-witted type.
When some new friends seem in danger of falling for the same tricks employed since the days of Austen and Tolstoy, Mary swoops in to create the Scoundrel Survival Guide, using archetypes of literature’s debonair bad boys to signal red flags. But despite her best efforts, she soon finds herself unable to listen to her own good advice and falling for a supposed cad—the same one she warned her friends away from. Without a convenient rain-swept moor to flee to, Mary is forced to admit that real life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction and that if she wants a happy ending, she’s going to have to write it herself.

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Blog Tour: We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

Hey y’all! I hope this post finds you healthy and safe. It’s a crazy, crazy landscape we live in right now, but I’m hoping that it will take us to a better future. If you’re cooped up at home like most of us, one of the best ways to pass the time is escaping to another world, through reading of course!

Today I’m reviewing Siobhan Vivian’s latest release, We Are the Wildcats, which came out on March 31st this year. Thank you so much to Simon Teen for asking me to be part of this blog tour!

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This tour was conducted with FFBC. Due to the doxxing and threatening/toxic behavior displayed by the tour company toward Black bloggers, I am removing any and all affiliation with them on my platforms. This is unacceptable. However, I am leaving my reviews/posts up for the benefit of the authors I supported. Thanks in advance for your understanding!

Hi all!! I’m so so excited to bring you this amazing book that will be released TOMORROW! Without further ado, let’s jump right into my review!

About the Book

Loveboat, Taipei(Loveboat, Taipei #1)

Author: Abigail Hing Wen

Publisher: HarperCollinsRelease

Date: January 7th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Travel, Asian Literature

For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hintof La La LandWhen eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to studyMandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achievingkids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-boundprodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they werenine—and her parents’yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teenmeet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing thancalligraphy and drinking snake-bloodsake than touring sacred shrines.Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—buthow far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

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About the Author

Abigail was born in West Virginiato a family of immigrants: Her mother is from thePhilippines and her father from Indonesia, and her grandparents emigrated to those countriesfrom Fujian and Shandong provinces in China.Abigail grew up in Ohio and graduated from Harvard University andColumbia Law School.She worked in Washington DC for the Senate, as a law clerk for a federal judge. and now inSilicon Valley in venture capital and artificial intelligence. She also earned her Master of FineArts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.In her spare time, she enjoys long walks with her husband and two boys, and hanging out withfriends and over 100 family members in the Bay Area. She loves music and dances to it whenno one is watching.

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Review

This book was an absolute HOOT. I loved Ever from the get go, and she gets into such shenanigans. I loved getting to know Ever and her gang so much.

Sophie was definitely one of my favorites — is it because she and I share a name? Possibly. But it’s more than just that. She seems like an easy read from the surface, but there’s a depth once you get to know her more.

I love how the characters are written and the setting of the whole novel. I think Wen really captured the experience well.

Playlist

Tour Schedule

January 1st

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

January 2nd

We Live and Breathe Books – Review

Read.Sleep.Repeat. – Review + Favourite Quotes

Kayla Reads and Reviews – Review

Young Adult Media Consumer – Review

Write, Read, Repeat – Promotional Post

January 3rd

Library of a Book Witch – Review

Bookishaestha – Review + Favourite Quotes

Jinxed Reviews – Review + Playlist

Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

Heart’s Content – Review + Favourite Quotes

January 4th

Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes

The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes

Cluttered Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

Yna the Mood Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

My Bookish Escapades – Promotional Post

January 5th

Novelishly – Review

String of Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes

Fanna Wants The World To Read – Review

Playita reads – Review

Kait Plus Books – Promotional Post

January 6th

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist

Books and Blends – Review

The Baroness of Books – Review

Words of Hannah Kay – Review

Utopia State of Mind – Promotional Post

January 7th

Magical Reads – Playlist

Confessions of a YA Reader – Review

Reads and Thoughts – Review + Favourite Quotes

biblioxytocin – Review + Playlist

To All The Books I’ve Read Before – Promotional Post

Giveaway

Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI by Abigail Hing Wen (USOnly)

Starts: 1stJanuary 2020

Ends: 15thJanuary 2020

Link to giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86439/

Blog Tour: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

Hi everyone, and hello 2020! It has been a whirlwind of a holiday season for me, and I was able to finish a couple books! One of the books I finished was Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning, which is out this Tuesday from Little, Brown. Thank you so much to The Novl for sending me an early copy for review!

Title: Throw Like a Girl

Author: Sarah Henning

Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR

Expected release: January 7, 2020

My rating: 3/5 Goodreads stars

Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story.

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she’ll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched… Every. Single. Day.

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he’ll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland’s halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who’s got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.

I’m glad to start off my new year with a review of a book! I’ll start this by saying that I really did enjoy this book, but it took me a bit to get into it.

The first chapters detail what happened to Liv and how she got herself kicked out of her prep school. It provided a nice backstory while still getting right into the action. I like how the novel began and ended in the same spot — on the softball field. It brought things full-circle.

I loved the relationship between Liv and her best friend. They were always supportive of each other and did their best to see each other’s respective games. It could have been really easy to set them as enemies in this novel, but it was refreshing to see their relationship grow and change in a positive way throughout all the conflict in the novel.

I think a big challenge with sport romances is that they can sometimes get old, but this one does not disappoint. I was excited to see a woman playing a male-dominated sport and owning it. Liv’s confidence and abilities really shined even though she sometimes couldn’t see it.

The relationship between Liv and Grey was okay. It wasn’t my favorite part of the book, honestly. I think it was a good part of the plot, however I liked the parts that focused more on Liv over the scenes between the two of them.

All in all, this is a great book to start your new year off with! Be sure to get it from shelves on January 7, this Tuesday!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Sneak Peak Sunday: Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning

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Sneak Peek Sunday: When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis

Hey y’all!!! It’s still night so I’m going to pretend it’s still Sunday, so bear with me 😉 I’m so so so excited to share this book with you! It’s one of my anticipated debuts of the year, and I could not be more in love with it! Without further ado, here is a spoiler free review of When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis. Thank you so much The Novl for selecting me to be an early reader!

Title: When the Stars Lead to You

Author: Ronni Davis

Publisher: Little, Brown BYFR

Expected release: November 12, 2019

Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?

From debut author, Ronni Davis, comes a stunning novel about passion, loss, and the power of first love.

Like I mentioned earlier, I absolutely loved this book! It was a really great read, and I loved the development of the characters over time.

Devon was awesome, and she was so complex. She behaved like you would probably think a teenager would in her situation, and I’m glad to say it ended in the way I wanted it to. Her pride and strength showed when she had to deal with the difficulties she faced from her own school and her relationship with Ashton.

I also really appreciated Ashton a lot. He was difficult to love sometimes, but I think Devon demonstrated nicely that patience is something to be valued in these situations. (That’s not to say that setting boundaries isn’t good, because I think they both learned a lot about boundaries in this book!)

The overall story line was executed well. The pacing of the novel fit well with the tone, and I was always turning the page to find out more! It took me some time to finish, but not because the book wasn’t amazing–school is seriously wack over here!

One aspect I really appreciated was Devon’s pride in being biracial. I feel like there isn’t enough of this representation in novels, and I was really excited to see this identity represented in this book. I believe this is an #OwnVoices novel, and I was glad to see everything so well written.

Another part that was done well was the mental health representation. One of the characters struggles deeply with depression, and Davis writes eloquently and respectfully on the subject. This story is about living with depression and what it may feel/be like to have someone in your life who struggles with depression. If you read the author’s note at the end, Davis is very candid about her own experience with depression.

Fun side story: I have gone to a few book events where Ronni Davis was there, but I was too shy to actually say hi. But I have been following her on social media for a while, and I’m legit so excited to see her book in people’s hands!

I highly recommend this novel to people looking for something similar to All the Bright Places or something that will get you in your feels.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Hey folks! Hope you’re doing well wherever you are. I’m here with a new review of one of the best books I’ve read this year. I first read Emily Lloyd-Jones’s These Hearts We Sold, which I loved. I can’t wait to talk about this amazing book! Thank you so much The Novl for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Bone Houses

Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Expected release: September 24, 2019

My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it about Ellis that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.

I have had a hard time getting into books until I picked this one up, and it got me out of my slump a little bit!

What I loved most about this book was the world building. It is set what seems like a magical version of the British Isles. I loved returning to this area right after leaving Ireland! It was nice and familiar, but the way Lloyd-Jones built the world was delicious and fantastic. I loved every single detail, and it felt like I was trekking through the forest with Ryn and Ellis.

The Bone Goat was one of the best companions in this book. It was so great to see all the side characters get fleshed out in a small way, and the Bone Goat was one of them. I also appreciated the representation that Lloyd-Jones was able to include through the small details like dialogue. It was never the thing, but it was subtle enough to get the message across.

I also loved how the folklore was woven throughout this book. It was awesome how Lloyd-Jones brought it to life through the story. It became a big part of the narrative, and I appreciate when an author can do this.

The atmosphere of the book itself was so spooky and eerie. I loved how the setting lended itself to this.

Overall, I recommend that you read this if you love world-building and spooky feelings.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Sneak Peek Sunday: The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Sneak Peek Sunday: Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry

Hi, folks! I’m here to talk about one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry are two of my go-to, auto-buy authors, and I could not have been more stoked to see that they were writing together! I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC, and I brought it with me on my short trip to London last weekend!

Title: Hello Girls

Authors: Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Expected release: August 6, 2019

My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars

Best friends are forged by fire. For Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce, that fire happened the night they met outside the police station—both deciding whether to turn their families in.

Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.

Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and generations of barely getting by.

One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt.

This book was such a riot! I loved it so much. Henry and Cavallaro are such a fantastic duo. I want more from them already, and this one isn’t even published yet!

I ate this book right up!!! I loved every page, and couldn’t wait to see what would happen. Emily Henry and Brittany Cavallaro are superb storytellers, and their writing together can’t go wrong. I can’t wait to writ up a full review for you!

Goodreads initial thoughts

And here that full review is! I’m really going strong on that review game (for now, ha!). But seriously, folks, let’s get down to the nitty and the gritty — Hello Girls.

This one was such a page turner. Every time I thought I knew what would happen, something wilder and more outrageous would happen, and I about pooped myself seven different times. Cavallaro and Henry know how to keep you on your toes!

Winona was such a fun character. She leapt off the page and straight into my brain. She was dynamic, and her scars made her stronger. It was so fascinating getting to know her and watching her grow and change throughout the book. Her initial innocence is tested and we see her become a woman who doesn’t flinch in the face of a huge roadblock.

Lucille was so relatable for me. Some of the parts where she talked about her relationship with Winona reminded me a lot of me and my best friend. It’s like she reached into my brain and my heart and pulled out the deepest things I feel and fear sometimes. Her fierce loyalty kept me coming back for more.

Lucille and Winona had a friendship that reminded me of my own best friends. They’re people I would steal a car and drive across the country with and not bat an eye. Their loyalty to themselves and to each other is admirable, and it’s something I saw reflected in myself.

The plot itself was a little fantastical, but that was probably one of the most fun parts of it. You could tell that Henry and Cavallaro were having fun with the characters and the setting. I’m not familiar with Thelma and Louise, but this is exactly what I imagine could happen with the two of them.

All in all, I really hope you go pick up a copy or pre-order it for yourself! This book is perfect for you if you love roadtrips, best friends, and gritty women.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Sneak Peek Sunday: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Hi folks! I hope you’ve been having a great summer thus far. I can’t believe it’s already July! Time has been flying by. I am loving my time abroad, and can’t believe the midpoint has already passed us.

Today I’m here to discuss one of my TOP anticipated reads! If you recall, I did a post on Asian voices I was looking forward to reading at the start of the year. This one was a book I have been looking forward to since last year!

I want to say, thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy via NetGalley. Additionally, I read from a physical ARC I traded for. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This does not bear any weight on how I read and reviewed this book.

Title: Spin the Dawn

Author: Elizabeth Lim

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf BFYR

Expected release: July 9, 2019

My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Y’ALLLLLLLL I was hooked from the first line of the first page. It was an absolutely all-consuming love. I could not put this book down. Here’s what I first said when I marked it as ‘Read’ on Goodreads:

SOMEONE HOLD ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS BOOK !!!!!!! Wow, okay, this was an incredible book, and I cannot wait to write a full review of it – look for it this Sunday, folks!

My review

Here we are today, on this fine Sunday. I sincerely did enjoy this book a lot. The world building was well done, and the characters were compelling. I could not wait to see what would happen. For some reason, I thought the section with the trial to become the imperial tailor would last longer, but now I see that it was nicely paced.

The characters themselves were so great. They were dynamic, and I’m interested to get to know more of them in the coming book! I’m most interested to learn more about Lady Sarnai. She seems like a woman I can get behind. Her past has shaped her present greatly, and it’s obvious she works hard to keep her guard up. I hope she and Maia connect in the next novel!

The tales that were part of this story were so good. I loved how they were woven throughout the book, and how they added more layers. It made me want to stay in the world a little longer.

The world itself was so gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the map!!! It’s so lush, and the areas Maia travels to are so different from each other, but I felt like I was right there with her.

I highly, highly recommend this incredible novel. Please do yourself a favor and pre-order yourself a copy or pick it up Tuesday!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂