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BLOG TOUR --- Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks [Review + Giveaway]

Title: Sanity & Tallulah
Authors(s): Molly Brooks
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, paperback, ebook; 240 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - iBooks - The Book Depository

Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/8/2018- A Backwards StoryReview
10/9/2018- Christen Krumm, WriterReview
10/10/2018- The Layaway DragonReview
10/11/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
10/12/2018- The OWLReview

Week Two:
10/15/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview
10/16/2018- Beagles & BooksReview
10/17/2018- Utopia State of MindExcerpt
10/18/2018- YA Books CentralInterview
10/19/2018- Eli to the nthReview

The Summary

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it's too late?

Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks.


Sanity is not your typical kid; she is a science prodigy and has bio-engineered a very illegal, very cute creature: a three-headed cat named Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds (or more specifically, Princess, Sparkle, and Destroyer of Worlds -- the full name usage is a funny joke that readers will smile at).  Of course, Sanity's best friend, Tallulah, is mixed up in it, helping Sanity keep the cat hidden from her own mother, Dr. Vega, senior scientist on board the space station Wilnick.

Of course Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is discovered and quarantined, but you can't have a sci-fi adventure without something going wrong, so soon enough the girls discover PSDW has gotten loose.  Right after, things start to be nibbled on around the space station wreaking havoc.  Right away, PSDW is pointed to as the culprit.  Sanity and Tallulah must race against the adults on the station to find PSDW to both keep her safe, and save their home.  But not everything is as it seems.

Sanity & Tallulah has it all: friendship, hijinks, science, humor, a diverse cast, and love.  Love for family, love for their home, and love for each other.  Love pours out from this book; both from the author's writing and from the characters themselves.  Mix that together with a science experiment on the loose, and a high-stakes search to save their home, you'll fall in love with Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega-Davisson.

The writing was full of humor and felt very real, even with the setting being a space station.  Sanity and Tallulah are great leading ladies, who have a total synchronicity that only BFFs can get.  All the adults on board are also great!  Dr. Vega, Tallulah's mom, is a whip-smart, no-nonsense lady who clearly loves both girls.  The girls' fathers are both featured prominently as well, Sanity's being the head of the space station and Tallulah's being a supply runner.  All of the characters are well delveoped and the illustrations are used to hint that there's more to all of them then we have been told.  This will make the readers want more stories set in this world.

But what really makes this book feel grounded, even in the midst of the sci-fi shenanigans, is that the author showcases diversity in her characters. Sanity is black, Tallulah is biracial (Latinx/white), Dr. Vega is a Latinx woman in charge of the whole science department, Sanity's father is a black man in charge of the whole space station, and her mom is part of the military in this world.  There is another department head who is Asian.  There are both gay and straight couples.  And Tallulah's dad has a prosthetic leg.  All of this diversity is refreshing and makes the story come alive even more.

This is one of the best graphic novels I've read in a while.  I couldn't put it down, and was so sad when it was over.  Molly Brooks hit it out of the park with her debut novel, and I can't wait to see what else she has in her.  Hopefully, it is more of Sanity & Tallulah!

Don't forget to enter below for your chance to win a finished edition of the book, and Sanity & Tallulah is out in stores now, so pick up a copy!

The cutest lab experiment you ever did see!

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About the Author

Molly brooks is a freelance illustrator/comics-maker in Brooklyn by way of Nashville.

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