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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

12.10.2018

BLOG TOUR --- Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm [Review + Giveaway]


Title: Love à la Mode
Authors(s): Stephanie Kate Strohm
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook; 304 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - iBooks - The Book Depository Audible










Tour Schedule


Week One:
11/26/2018- Mary Had a Little Book BlogReview
11/27/2018- Oh Hey! Books.Excerpt
11/28/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
11/29/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview
11/30/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

Week Two:
12/3/2018- Novel NoviceReview
12/4/2018- Do You Dog-ear?Review
12/5/2018- The Hermit LibrarianReview
12/6/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
12/7/2018- YA Book NerdReview

Week Three:
12/10/2018- Eli to the nthReview
12/11/2018- BookHounds YAReview
12/12/2018- Savings in SecondsReview
12/13/2018- Clarissa Reads It AllReview
12/14/2018- Kait Plus Books- Review

Week Four:
12/17/2018- Book Dragon LairReview
12/18/2018- EatingbetweenthelinesINCReview
12/19/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
12/20/2018- Lifestyle of MeReview
12/21/2018- The Heart of a Book BloggerReview


The Summary

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir...

Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn't all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes.

Henry Yi grew up in his dad's restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent's school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie's growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away.

Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs.

Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love à la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.

Review

As sweet as dessert, Love à la Mode is the perfectly delicious rom-com that fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson will devour!

I am a sucker for A) meet-cutes, B) boarding schools, and C) food!  Guess what has all of these elements?!  Henry and Rosie are adorbs, and are such a sweet couple to fall in love with.  I really enjoyed the characterization of the main characters.  I felt like their responses were real, which is such an important aspect of contemporaries.  If I don't think the teens are reacting realistically, I tend to be turned off.  But Stephanie Strohm nails the voices of these two.  

I especially adore Henry; from a Korean-American household, you see those expectations that are often stereotyped: his parents want success for him.  But the interesting part, is that his parents don't necessarily agree on what that success looks like.  While his father is a chef, and supports his dream to become one as well, his mother is pretty vocally against it.  That pressure from his mother plays a toll in his relationship with Rosie, but don't worry about the angst: it all ends in fluff.

The group of teens at Ecole Denis Laurent are great, and real friends to Rosie and Henry.  I am not just a sucker for a good romance, but a good friend story, as well.  Friendship is sometimes more important than romance; who better to help you get over a guy or get with a guy, then your best friends?  And with this group, while they all come from different backgrounds, that just makes them come together even stronger.

Finally, the foooooooooood!  The food descriptions are out of this world. They make me wish for some sort of "Wonka-Vision", where I can just reach into the book pages and snap up whatever mouthwatering concoction being featured.  Definitely don't read this book hungry!

Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm is the perfect amuse-bouche: you will eat it up in one sitting!  Out in stores now, this would be a lovely addition to someone's presents this holiday season!

Final Rating


About the Author

Photo credit: Melissa Lynn
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It's Not Me, It's You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink; Confederates Don't Wear Couture, The Date to Save and Prince in Disguise. 

She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history from Middlebury College, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states.

Although she was born in New York, she currently lives in Chicago, and doesn't discriminate against any type of pizza. When she's not writing, she loves baking, walking her dog Lorelei, taking dance cardio classes too seriously, and playing board games with her husband. 

Giveaway

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of Love à la Mode, US Only.

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11.15.2018

BLOG TOUR --- The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons [Review + Fave Quotes]


Title: The Color of Lies
Authors(s): C.J. Lyons
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: The Fantastic Flying Book Club
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - The Book Depository - IndieBound










Tour Schedule


November 5

That Artsy Reader Girl - Welcome Interview

November 6

Boston Book Reader - Review

November 7

Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile - Review
A Dream Within a Dream - Review
Rhythmicbooktrovert - Review

November 8

LILbooKlovers - Author Q&A
Savings In Seconds - Review
Bri's Book Nook - Review

November 9

Colleen's Conclusions - Author Guest Post
Vicky Who Reads - Review
Paper Reader - Spotlight

November 10

Another Book In the Wall - Review & Favorite Quotes
Here's to Happy Endings - Review
Resch Reads and Reviews - Review

November 11

Lisa Loves Literature - Review
Smada's Book Smack - Author Guest Post
Eli to the nth - Review & Favorite Quotes

Amy's Booket List - Review
Port Jericho - Review


The Summary

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons comes The Color of Lies, a world drenched in color and mystery.

High school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses—her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read.

Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out—he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definite-ly not an accident.

After learning her entire life has been a lie, Ella doesn’t know who she can trust or even who she really is. With her adoptive family keeping secrets and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.

Perfect for fans of Caroline B. Cooney, Ally Carter, and Jennifer Brown, The Color of Lies blurs the lines between black-and-white facts and the kaleidoscope of reality.
Review

The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons is quoted as being a"thrilling tale of deception, murder, and heartbreak" (Booklist), but to me it was a little lacking on the thrilling part.  While the writing is beautiful and the characters area well-developed, the plot and pacing is off through the whole book.

There is a slow start, which in terms of a thriller, doesn't work for me.  The reader finds out that Ella's parents died right away, and that she now lives with her Gram Helen and Uncle Joe.  But you don't really learn more about the events that happened until half way through the book, even with Alec investigating everything.  Then, it does pick up, but the twists aren't all that twisty and resolve into a natural conclusion.

However, while the plot wasn't the most outstanding for me, this is a character-centric book, and so a lack luster plot won't both character-loving readers.  Ella is a sympathetic character with an amazing ability.  She isn't just a stereotype "damsel-in-distress"; she takes charge of her life, even when it's being turned upside down.    There isn't a lot of romance in the book, even though there is clear chemistry and love between Alec and Ella.  I appreciate that because a lot of YA books (when they aren't a romance book) bring the romantic element to the forefront, often to the detriment of the other plot elements.

Overall, The Color of Lies was a good book, and if you enjoy thrillers, it's one you'll want to pick up. Out in stores now!

Favorite Quotes

"Just a thick fog like when she'd piled her pillows on the floor and jumped off her bed and one of them burst open and let loose white, fluffy cloud-like stuff.  Only this fog circling around her hiding place, it didn't fall away like her pillow stuffing---it stayed there, growing thicker and thicker, a white blanket draped beneath the black sky." (pg. 144)

"And freeze, my entire body gone rigid with fear.  He's there. Standing in the moonlight.  A strange orange glow surrounds him.  The fire demon of my nightmares come to life." (pg. 158)

"I close my laptop---the crack in the screen is giving me a headache---and grab my notebook, flipping to a clean page.  Time to circle back.  Again,  Find the right thread to pull and I'll unravel everything." (pg. 262)

Final Rating


About the Author


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. 

Two times winner of the International Thriller Writers coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).

Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net


Giveaway

5 Copies of The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons (USA only)

11.08.2018

BLOG TOUR --- The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White [Review + Giveaway]


Title: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frakenstein
Authors(s): Kiersten White
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook; 304 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - iBooks - The Book Depository; Audible







Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/15/2018- Under the Book CoverReview
10/16/2018- Simply Daniel RadcliffeReview
10/17/2018- Novel NoviceReview
10/18/2018- My Fangirl ChroniclesReview
10/19/2018- Pandora's BooksReview

Week Two:
10/22/2018- Jessica WritesReview
10/23/2018- Tween 2 Teen Book ReviewsReview
10/24/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
10/25/2018- Savings in SecondsReview
10/26/2018- Vicky Who ReadsReview

Week Three:
10/29/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
10/30/2018- YA Books CentralInterview
10/31/2018- For the Lover of BooksReview
11/1/2018- Malanie Loves FictionReview
11/2/2018- Oh Hey! Books.Review

Week Four:
11/5/2018- The Hermit LibrarianReview
11/6/2018- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderInterview
11/7/2018- BookHounds YAReview
11/8/2018- Eli to the nthReview
11/9/2018- 
Portrait of a BookReview


The Summary

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.


Review

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White re-imagines the original tale with a dark feminist spin., exploring the themes seen in the original, but bringing a twist all her own.  Kiersten breathes fresh life into the classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, just in time for the original's 200th birthday.

Kiersten takes the spotlight off of the mad scientist, and focuses on the women from the original, Elizabeth Frankenstein in particular.  Elizabeth, an orphan, is rescued by the Frankenstein family to act as a companion and caregiver to their young son, Victor.  Through manipulation, Elizabeth makes sure to secure her place in the family.  But that is threatened when Victor travels to study and falls out of contact with his family, and with Elizabeth.  Determined to keep her place, Elizabeth tracks him down, and what she finds would horrify anyone.

The characterization within this book is phenomenal.  Elizabeth is complex, both caring and deceiving; a true manipulator, but one by necessity.  She doesn't try to change Victor for the better, as that would cause problems for herself.  Instead, she helps him conceal and control some of his more dark tendencies.  The way that Kiersten sets this up during Elizabeth's development within the story, makes the reader understand her perspective, even sympathizing with her and the predicament she is in.  Elizabeth is strong, bold, and, above all else, a survive -- traits that aren't always seen as favorable in women; just another nod to the feminist power within.

It's hard to talk to much of the plot, as there are many twists and turns, but for a reader who has read the classic Frankenstein, Kiersten does an excellent job of dropping bits and pieces of the original plot within this book without making it simply a re-hashing of Shelley's work.  So, while it is not necessary to have read the classic, readers will gain another layer of understanding if they have.

Overall, this is a perfect autumn read, with it's feminist Gothic atmosphere and chilling revelations.  Do yourself a favor, read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley first and then dive right into The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein.  You'll love both books even more because of it.

Final Rating



About the Author

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, the And I Darken series, the Paranormalcy series, Slayer, and many more novels. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further-away times. 

Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.



Giveaway

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, US Only.

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