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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

9.06.2018

BLOG TOUR --- Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider [Excerpt + Giveaway]


I loved this book!  A fun romance set in the City of Lights? Yes, please!  

This was super quick, but very enjoyable.  Serena and Jean-Luc are opposites, but you know, opposites attract. 

A great book to kick off the fall season, it is available in bookstores now!


Title: Kiss Me in Paris
Authors(s): Catherine Rider (pseudonym of authors James Noble and Stephanie Elliott)
Edition: Hardcover, paperback, ebook; 216 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - Book Depository






Tour Schedule


Week One:
8/27/2018- YA Book NerdExcerpt
8/28/2018- Sophie Reads YAReview
8/29/2018- Lisa Loves LiteratureReview
8/30/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt
8/31/2018- Moonlight RendezvousReview

Week Two:
9/3/2018- Belle's Book BlogReview
9/4/2018- The Heart of a Book BloggerReview
9/5/2018- Sincerely Karen JoReview
9/6/2018- Eli to the nthExcerpt
9/7/2018- 
Here's to Happy EndingsReview

The Summary

Serena has just flown all the way to Paris for a special pre-Christmas weekend with her sister, Lara. They plan to retrace the steps of their parents' long-ago honeymoon in Paris, and create a scrapbook for their bereaved mother to remember it by. 

It's supposed to be serious sister bonding...until Lara takes off with her boyfriend instead.

Jean-Luc is Serena's Plan B, a friend of a friend of Lara's, who has some space in a place where Serena can stay. Just like his latest relationship, his photography final has been an epic fail. He has one night to retake all his pictures if he is to stay in school. 

Jean-Luc can't stand Serena's loud voice or her bright orange sneakers.

Serena can't stand his haughty manners or the way his camera is always in her face.

Together, though, they set out into a cold night that will warm their hearts, creating unforgettable photos and fresh romantic sparks in the City of Lights.

(Goodreads)

Excerpt

We walk in silence up rue Lepic, beneath the starry string lights that crisscross the street for Christmas. Serena seems befuddled that burlesque clubs stand so casually among ordinary businesses, like convenience stores, and butchers’ shops. I see her cover her nose at the strong scents wafting off the rotisseries that turn slowly, almost sadistically, out on the sidewalk.

We turn off Lepic onto Abbesses, which has nicer restaurants and some decent bars, but they still compete with cheap grocers for business.

I look to Serena and see that her eyes are wide as she takes it all in. It’s not a “pretty” part of Paris, but I guess it still striking to a visitor. The photography student in me really wishes he could see Paris anew, the way she’s doing; wishes he could borrow her eyes ...

I’m not going to say this to her, though. I have a feeling she’ll take it literally!

Then we come to a stop outside a large restaurant on a corner. Maison d’angle — The Corner House. I wonder again why its name sounds familiar. I certainly haven’t eaten here before. I see Serena in profile. Her cheeks are a little flushed, lashed by the winter wind, and the line of her jaw is set firm and tight. She is staring at the bistro, determined and exhausted all at once. From the way her eyes widen, and the corner of her mouth begins to lift in a smile, I can tell that this is one of the more meaningful stops on her itinerary.

“Your parents ate here?” I ask.

She nods, doesn’t take her eyes off the door: “Yeah. Dad said they got lunch here once — they had a reservation at some super-fancy restaurant, but Mom left the directions at the hotel, and they couldn’t find it. Plus, it was twenty-five years ago, so they couldn’t look it up on their phones or anything like that. So they were walking around, and it started to rain — they literally just walked into the first place that they passed ... This place. Maison d’angle. They were wet and tired and lost, but Dad said they had an amazing meal, and that it was at that moment, he knew their new marriage would last forever. Because ...” Her voice catches, and I hear her take a deep, steadying breath. “Because everything ‘just had a way of working out for the best.’”



About the Author

Two writers sharing a pseudonym: James Noble and Stephanie Elliott. Kiss Me in New York was their debut novel and Kiss Me in Paris is their newest venture.


Giveaway

3 winners will win a finished copy of Kiss Me in Paris, US Only.

8.21.2018

BLOG TOUR --- Fresh Ink: An Anthology edited by Lamar Giles [Spotlight + Giveaway]


I am super excited to spotlight a fresh new anthology to hit stores: Fresh Ink: An Anthology.  Edited by Lamar Giles, whose works include Fake Id, Endangered, and Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles, this anthology brings together some of the hottest names in the game, who all also happen to be People of Color.  

In tandem with We Need Diverse Books, this anthology is full of amazing stories and a diverse breadth of work.  One book that should not be missing from your home library!


Title: Fresh Ink: An Anthology
Editors(s): Lamar Giles
Authors(s): Nicola Yoon, Malinda Lo, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Eric Gansworth, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, Sharon G. Flake, Schuyler Bailar, Aminah Mae Safi
Edition: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook; 208 pages
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - Book Depository - Audible - iBooks

Tour Schedule


Week One:
8/1/2018- YA Books CentralSpotlight
8/2/2018- Always MeReview
8/3/2018- Book-KeepingReview

Week Two:
8/6/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
8/7/2018- BookHounds YAReview
8/8/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderReview
8/9/2018- Wonder StruckReview
8/10/2018- Life of a Literary NerdReview

Week Three:
8/13/2018- Literary MeanderingsSpotlight
8/14/2018- Mama Reads BlogReview
8/15/2018- Novel NoviceReview
8/16/2018- Savings in SecondsReview
8/17/2018- Sweet Southern HomeReview

Week Four:
8/20/2018- The Layaway DragonReview
8/21/2018- Eli to the nthSpotlight
8/22/2018- Comfort BooksReview
8/23/2018- Moonlight RendezvousReview
8/24/2018- laura's bookish cornerReview

Week Five:
8/27/2018- Never Too Many To ReadReview
8/28/2018- The Book NutReview
8/29/2018- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
8/30/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview
8/31/2018- 
A Dream Within A DreamReview

The Summary

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA anthology from thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. This collection features ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print. It will give readers the opportunity to discover how the next chapter is up to them.

Careful--you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written--whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

“I absolutely love this mix of established and newer talents, and I’m really intrigued and excited by the mixed formats.” –BookRiot

“A powerful and varied collection…”—Booklist, starred review

“The stories are distinct in themes, subjects, genres, and formats, creating an inclusive, authentic, and incredible collection”—School Library Journal, starred review

Giveaway

3 winners will win a finished copy of Fresh Ink: An Anthology US Only.

7.20.2018

BLOG TOUR --- Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre [Review + Giveaway]




Title: Like Never and Always
Author(s): Ann Aguirre
Edition: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook; 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Book Depository - iBooks













Tour Schedule

Week One:
7/2/2018- BookHounds YAGuest Post
7/3/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
7/4/2018- YA Books Central- Interview
7/5/2018- Literary MeanderingsInterview
7/6/2018- The Desert BibliophileReview

Week Two:
7/9/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview
7/10/2018- Twinning for BooksReview
7/11/2018- ParajunkeeExcerpt
7/12/2018- Wonder StruckReview
7/13/2018- Christen Krumm- Interview

Week Three:
7/16/2018- Jena Brown WritesExcerpt
7/17/2018- Novel NoviceGuest Post
7/18/2018- HauntedbybooksReview
7/19/2018- Book Dragon LairReview
7/20/2018- Eli to the nthReview

Week Four:
7/23/2018- Under the Book CoverReview
7/24/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Review
7/25/2018- Moonlight RendezvousReview
7/26/2018- Simply Daniel RadcliffeReview
7/27/2018- Two points of interestReview

Week Five:
7/30/2018- For the Love of KidLit- Interview
7/31/2018- 
Smada's Book SmackExcerpt


The Summary

On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.

My Review

One fateful night, Liv, Morgan, Nathan, and Clay are out joyriding when everything changes, and not for the better.  When the car they're in collides with an oncoming truck, Liv is thrown from the car while Morgan, Clay, and Nathan are injured.  Once at the hospital, the reader finds out that Liv died, but is she really dead?  Liv's consciousness lives on in Morgan's body.  And this is the twist that puts this book above other thrillers.

A interesting mix of supernatural/magical realism/contemporary/thriller (it's really hard to figure out what this book can be categorized as), one thing is for sure, love is at the heart of this book.  Liv, in Morgan's body, has to deal with the fact that she can't go back to her old life. This includes her family, but also her boyfriend, Nathan.  Nathan, who happens to be the younger brother of Clay, Morgan's boyfriend.  Morgan, whose body Liv now inhabits.  And Liv may just be falling for the Clay.

The romance is so sweet and realistic, and while this could've gone into the love triangle realm, which I dislike, Aguirre is able to nimbly walk the line.  The reader will fall in love with Clay right alongside Liv, but will also ache for Nathan, the boy she has to leave behind.

And while the romance is an important part, it is the mystery that keeps you hooked.  You'd think the biggest mystery is how did Liv's consciousness get transported to Morgan's body, but that is only one of the mysteries in this books, and for me, one of the less important ones.  I can't go more into the mysteries without spoiling the story, but there are twists everywhere and you are pulled along for the ride as Liv tries to unravel everything.

Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre is a fast-paced, heartfelt thriller that keeps you captivated until the end.  I really loved this one, and I love few thrillers.  Definitely pick this one up; luckily it is out in bookstores now!

Final Rating



About the Author
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.



Giveaway

3 winners will win a finished copy of LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS, US Only.

7.19.2018

LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS by Ann Aguirre Release Day Blitz + Giveaway


I am so excited that Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre is available now and that I get to share the news!  If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by author Ann Aguirre, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Kindle Oasis & 5 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Ann and Rockstar Book Tours.  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About the Book

Title: Like Never and Always
Author: Ann Aguirre
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 336
Find it:
 AmazonB&NiBooksTBD










Summary
On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.


Excerpt
“Just let this be the second secret you keep for me,” I say then. “Thanks for not telling Nathan, by the way.”

Clay leans his arm along the door frame, tilting his head slightly out the open window as if he needs the air. “You couldn’t pay me to talk to that jackass lately.”

“You two fighting?”

“No. He’s just . . . Nathan.” He hesitates. “I wasn’t going to tell you this . . .”

“What?” Anything that could divert me from my precarious situation, even momentarily, seems like a welcome distraction.

“He brought a girl home last night.” From his tone he expects this to destroy me.

And sure, there’s a twinge because before, I thought Nathan and I had a soul-deep connection. Fact is, he’s a little immature, a lot selfish, and I just never noticed. They say love is blind, but I’d say that infatuation is blind, and love is tolerant. When you really love someone, it’s not that you can’t see the flaws; you’re just willing to forgive them.

Belatedly I realize he’s expecting a reply. “I’m not surprised. Nathan is used to getting what he wants just like you’re using to giving things up. Oh, I was going to ask him to drop this off, but since you’re here . . .” I fish in my backpack for his hoodie.

Yes, I’ve been carrying it for like four days. First I hesitated to wash it, but I didn’t want to be a sad girl who’s still smelling her ex’s clothes a month later. Then I didn’t return it because that felt like final acceptance, —superstitious, I know. Over is over, and random articles of clothing don’t change anything.

“You didn’t need to bother with that. I’ve had it forever.”

“All the more reason for you to have it back,” I say.

“Do you need to be this cool about everything?” he bursts out. “I know you have to be scared and hurt—”

“Yeah, I am, all those things. And yes, I have to be this way, or I can’t function. Why are you even here anyway?” The pain and frustration cracks my voice, and I really wish I was anywhere else.

“Because I’m worried about you.”

“Then stop. I accepted your decision, now respect mine. It’ll be easier if I don’t have to see you.”

His jaw clenches, showing the force he’s exerting to bite back whatever he wants to say.

Finally he just takes his hoodie but he pauses with his hand on the door. “You know you can call me, right? Even if we’re not together, I’d never let anyone hurt you. One call and I’m there.”

My heart feels like it’ll crack in two, but I’m resolute; I have to be. “I already deleted your number.”


About Ann
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.




Giveaway Details
1 winner will win a Kindle Oasis, US Only.

5 winners will win a finished copy of Like Never and Always, US Only.




7.18.2018

LETTING GO OF GRAVITY by Meg Leder Release Day Blitz + Giveaway!


I am so excited to tell y'all that Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder is available in bookstores now!  If you haven’t yet heard about this great book by author Meg Leder, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for 3 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Simon Pulse and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book

Title: Letting Go of Gravity
Author: Meg Leder
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 432
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBD









Summary
Twins Parker and Charlie are polar opposites. 

Where Charlie is fearless, Parker is careful. 

Charlie is confident while Parker aims to please. 

Charlie is outgoing and outspoken; Parker is introverted and reserved. 

And of course, there’s the one other major difference: Charlie got leukemia. 

Parker didn’t.

But now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She’s landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is  headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it  doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.

Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town.  Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time:

That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself. 

"A gorgeous, sad, funny, and wise book about letting go and finding your place in the world. Meg Leder has written a story about a brother and sister that will break your heart and have you whispering 'I got you' long after you've closed the book." –Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

“For readers who love and appreciate a good coming-of-age story, a realistic romance, and a novel where every character gets to be a hero.” –Kirkus

“A poignant and carefully crafted story….  A compelling coming-of-age novel sure to appeal to those who love realistic fiction.” –School Library Journal

“Effectively shows how illness affects families and how a person can get stuck acting out a persona and end up knowing very little about herself.” –Publishers Weekly

About Meg
Meg Leder is the author of Letting Go of Gravity and The Museum of Heartbreak, and the coauthor of books including The Happy Book and The Book of Me. A former bookseller and teacher, she currently works as a book editor in New York City. She spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Tim Riggins.

Giveaway Details

3 winners will win a finished copy of Letting Go of Gravity, US Only.


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