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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

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.


5.28.2018

BLOG TOUR --- Mayfly by Jeff Sweat [Review + Giveaway]



Title: Mayfly
Author(s): Jeff Sweat
Edition: Hardcover, eBook; 320 pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Book Depository - iBooks
















Tour Schedule

Week One:
5/1/2018- What A Nerd Girl SaysReview
5/2/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert               - Review
5/3/2018- The Cover ContessaInterview
5/4/2018- To Be ReadReview

Week Two:
5/7/2018- Twirling Book PrincessExcerpt
5/8/2018- Bri's Book NookReview
5/9/2018- K.L. Knovitzke – AuthorExcerpt
5/10/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview
5/11/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt

Week Three:
5/14/2018- Daily Waffle - Excerpt
5/15/2018- F A N N AReview
5/16/2018-Book-KeepingReview
5/17/2018-Two Points of InterestReview
5/18/2018- The UndergroundInterview

Week Four:
5/21/2018- Buried Under BooksReview
5/22/2018- YA Books Central- Interview
5/23/2018- Sincerely Karen JoReview
5/24/2018- Wishful Endings- Interview
5/25/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview

Week Five:
5/28/2018- Eli to the nthReview
5/29/2018- Sweet Southern HomeGuest Post
5/30/2018- Simply Daniel RadcliffeReview
5/31/2018- Books A-Brewin'Excerpt

The Summary

Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies for her tribe in the their small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s a teen, and old enough to become a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive—in Jemma’s world, life ends at age seventeen.

Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague. But Jemma’s connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama. Forced to leave, Jemma and Apple are joined in exile by a mysterious boy who claims to know what is causing them to die. The world is crumbling around them, and their time is running out. Is this truly the End?

My Review

Mayfly by Jeff Sweat is a stand-out debut.  A look at a what-if world, where the familiar becomes alien and teens are literally fighting against time itself to survive, this is one book you will regret not picking up.

Mayfly takes Los Angles and turns it into Ell Aye, a world dominated by teens because all the "Parents" have died. No one lives past 17, and this has created a fleeting and fast-paced society where every minute counts, "kids" become "adults" well before 18, and procreation is the most necessary of jobs.  Our main character, Jemma, lives in Holywood, a peaceful community underneath the remains of the Hollywood sign.  She has been tapped to become a Mama, but that isn't what Jemma wants.  So she, along with three other characters: Apple, the boy she loves; Lady, her best friend; and Pico, an Exile from the community of Malibu, set off on a trek to find out why the Parents died and how the teens could survive past 17.

The world-building is amazing in Mayfly.  Ell Aye is both familiar and foreign, with the oral tradition of this new world shifting the meaning and use of everything left behind by the Parents.  Within Ell Aye there are several "tribes" that are all distinctly different and rule over different parts of what we know as the Greater Los Angeles area.  They aren't all peaceful either.  This is a harsh world even if Holywood is peaceful.  There is danger from The Biters, a cannibalistic tribe that rules from Palos Verdes and preys on the other people in Ell Aye, and there is danger from The Last Lifers, teens on the brink of death (all 16-17) who went crazy when faced with the end; now they roam in mobs, killing anybody they find.  All of this is plotted within the first few chapters of the book, and then Jeff does an excellent job adding layers upon layers, reveling what exactly happened to the Parents, and how the societies developed.

Twists around each corner, heightened tension on each page, Jeff Sweat never lets you rest for long within the story.  You are rooting for these teens to survive, raging against all their obstacles, and gasping at the truth they find.  A strong start to a series, you won't want to leave Ell Aye once you visit.  Mayfly by Jeff Sweat is out in bookstores nationwide; do yourself a favor and pick up a copy!

Final Rating

About the Author
Jeff Sweat has made a living from words his entire career, starting out as an award-winning tech journalist for InformationWeek magazine and moving into marketing.

He led the content marketing team for Yahoo and pioneered its use of social media. He directed PR for two of the top advertising agencies in the country, Deutsch LA and 72andSunny. He now runs his own Los Angeles–based PR and marketing agency, Mister Sweat.

He grew up in Idaho as the middle of eight children—seven boys and one girl—and attended Columbia University in New York. Jeff lives in a big blue house in Los Angeles with his wife Sunny and their three kids, two cats, and a racing greyhound.


He loves to travel and writes everywhere he goes, even when there's not a desk. He likes karaoke, motorcycles and carpentry. He was once shot in the head with a nail gun, which was not a big of a deal as it sounds. But it still hurt like crazy.



Giveaway

1 winner will receive MAYFLY prize pack which includes buttons, custom art and maps, and a t-shirt, US Only.


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