Blog Tour & Giveaway: Into the Light by L.B. Simmons Book Review

into the light

Title: Into the Light (Chosen Paths Book One)
Author: L.B. Simmons
Published Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Summary:

Goodreads|Amazon | Barnes & Noble 


Continue reading

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Meg and Linus by Hanna Nowinski Book Review

Title: Meg & Linus
Author: Hanna Nowinski
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Summary:

Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?

Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.

But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .

From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

Continue reading

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Other Breakable Things by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood Book Review

OBTTour

Other Breakable Things

Title: Other Breakable Things
Authors: Kelley York and Rowan Altwood
Publication Date: April 4 ,2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Summary:

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.

Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.

And now it is.

Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.

And she’s not giving up so easily.

A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.

Right down to the thousandth paper crane.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca | Entangled Publishing


book-review

Best friends + Road trip = ❤

So yes, I was so excited to read this book. But I was also skeptical because of the “death with dignity is legal” thing. I didn’t want it to be another Me Before You book, not that it wasn’t good and but because I was torn. I like it but it goes against my religious and morale beliefs.

I am SO glad it didn’t come to that in the end.

I love Luc and Evelyn so much. Evelyn was an outcast and Luc was her only friend. I love that, that’s like one of my favourite tropes. Male-female friendship, friends-to-lovers…who doesn’t like that?

There’s one thing that I’m not really fond of about this book. It was written in 1st person POV. While I’ve grown to like 1st POV over the years, I could still be put off by some of it, especially the badly written ones. Or the ones where the narrator just tell you stuff instead of showing it through actions. And while this book didn’t completely put me off, but it still made this book less enjoyable for me. I still enjoyed it, but less.

Overall, I like this book. I think it has the potential to be better, but I like it nonetheless. I think I would’ve cried much more too, instead of just in the end. At least it didn’t make me laugh less though. Or make me stop awe-ing at some of the sweet stuff.

I rate this book 3.5 / 5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to review the ARC of Other Breakable Things.


Author info:

Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan’s debut.
Website | Kelley York Twitter | Rowan Altwood Twitter | Author | Kelley York Goodreads | Rowan Altwood Goodreads

Giveaway:

Other Breakable Things Prize Pack: Signed copy of Modern Monsters by Kelley York and an origami crane kit (US)
OR
eBook of Modern Monsters by Kelley York + a $25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott Guest Post

9781492637981-PRTitle: Pretty Fierce
Author: Kieran Scott
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Thriller & Mystery
Published Date: April 4, 2017
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat novel about a teen who, when backed into a corner, fights back, from the author of What Waits in the Woods.

Summary:

Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there’s no one who makes her feel more normal, more special, than her boyfriend, Oliver.

But when she’s attacked by someone from her mother’s past and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia’s secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees the small town, taking Oliver with her. Stalked at every turn, Oliver and Kaia must protect each other…or die trying.

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Kobo | iTunes | Indiebound


guest post

How to create a character:

There are a lot of things to think about when you sit down and start to create a character. I usually like to start with the broad strokes—the things about the character that are going to drive the plot, because to me, plot is an extension of the character. The most important thing to figure out is What does my character want? What is his or her purpose in the story? In the case of Kaia in PRETTY FIERCE, she wants her family back, but she thinks that’s an impossibility, until some crazy man attacks her and implies her mom is still alive. Now, her truest desire is piqued. There may be a way to get her family back—at least part of it—and from that moment on, every move she makes, every decision she comes to, will be in service of fulfilling that desire. In every scene of Pretty Fierce, I had to come at Kaia from an angle of “How can she use this situation to get herself closer to an answer about her mom?” So there were moments when I had to wonder, Would she really stop to grab a burger if she was so close to another clue? Would she keep Oliver with her if she thought he might prevent her from getting what she wanted? What would her next logical move be in her mission to find her mother?

Now, this is not to say that she doesn’t have other wants and needs. She obviously does need to stop and eat once in a while, but someone on a mission like hers would probably grab something quick and not care much what it is. Whereas, someone whose mission is to become a better cook would eat all day, try different things, really think about the experience of tasting and savoring Someone whose mission was to impress a girl who liked spicy foods would seek out the most exotic restaurant he could find and eat the spiciest thing on the menu and try not to cry. Every decision a person makes says something about them, and that’s important to remember when writing a new character.

On a more practical level, one thing I like to do when I start out a story is answer a list of questions about my characters, from the most general, down to the most detailed. I have about fifty of them, and they’re questions I came up with myself., so you can feel free to make up your own list that suits the way you write. On my list, the first are things like name, age, parents, siblings, where they live and things like that. The more detailed are things like “What’s his/her favorite piece of clothing?” “What does he/she never leave the house without?” “What’s on the floor of his/her bedroom?” “Who was the last person he/she kissed?” Knowing these little things about a character helps you make them come alive for the reader and helps you understand the person you’re writing a bit better.

Every writer has their own way of doing things, but this is mine. I hope it helps spark some new ideas. Happy writing!


Author’s bio:

12067_707215_hrKIERAN SCOTT is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including the Non-Blonde Cheerleader trilogy, the He’s So/She’s So trilogy, and Geek Magnet. She also wrote the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Private and Privilege series under the pen name Kate Brian. She is a senior editor at Disney/Hyperion and resides in New Jersey with her family. Visit kieranscott.net.

Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pretty Fierce

Seasons Within by Lele IturriozBlog Tour + Giveaway

Title: Seasons Within
Author: Lele Iturrioz
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 15th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Most teenage girls know their name, where they came from, who they are. Not G, a beautiful redhead with unusual markings on her wrist. She gets her name from a silver locket she keeps around her neck, unaware the engraved letter “G” on its front holds the secret to her past.

G’s life before the age of six has been a mystery to her. Each night for the last twelve years she’s been haunted by the same nightmare—a war. Horrendous beasts, warriors able to wield the four elements, and a boy who saves her by means of blue fire taunt her memory. But on her eighteenth birthday, G’s life begins to unravel. When she meets her new Chemistry professor, a man with an uncanny resemblance to the boy who saves her, she knows there must be more to her dreams.

It’s dangerous not knowing who you are, what you’re capable of, and what future awaits you. Especially when the darkness that slaughtered your entire world, just found you.

Goodreads / Amazon


book-review

First thing first, I really love the cover of the book. But that wasn’t the reason why I was drawn to this book. This is the reason:

When she meets her new Chemistry professor, a man with an uncanny resemblance to the boy who saves her, she knows there must be more to her dreams.

Yes, yes, so sue me for loving that cliche. But don’t worry, there are no mushy romance in this book. What you can definitely expect though are scenes that will make you laugh. Because seriously, it caught me by surprise how funny it was.

Of course, there is one thing that I’m not really fond of. Okay, maybe that’s not the right word, but I can’t find one that fits at the moment. I think all this tension between G and Edan is a bit confusing/ doesn’t really flow smoothly

Apart from that, I really enjoyed this book. I rate it 3.5 / 5 stars.


Author Bio:

Major geek by day, hermit writer by night! Love books, sugar gliders and everything that comes in a delicious taco.

I’m the author of the YA fantasy series, Seasons Within

I spend my time writing, planning on writing, reading, drinking coffee like there was no tomorrow, MMA and chilling with my friends and loved ones.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

 

GIVEAWAY! – Signed copy of Seasons Within + Character’s Handmade Necklace (US/CAN)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The French Impressionist by Rebecca Bischoff

Title: The French Impressionist
Author: Rebecca Bischoff
Publication date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Rosemary is fifteen and gloriously free, on her own for the very first time. Part of an exchange program for aspiring artists, she arrives in sunny southern France with a single goal: she doesn’t plan to leave, ever. She wants a new life, a new family, and a new identity. But her situation, crafted from lies big and small, is precarious.

Desperate to escape haunting images from her past and a stage one helicopter parent, Rosemary struggles to hide her lack of artistic talent and a communication disorder that has tormented her all her life. She believes her dream of a new start will come true, until she unwittingly finds herself enveloped in a decades-old mystery that threatens to ruin her only chance for success. Determined to stay, Rosemary must choose whether or not she’ll tell the biggest lie of all, even if it means destroying the life of someone she cares about.

Dramatic, heartwarming, and full of teenage angst, The French Impressionist perfectly captures the struggle of those who feel they have no voice, and also shows the courage it takes to speak up and show the world who we really are.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


book-review

‘France’ and ‘communication disorder’. Those three words made me sign up for this blog tour. One of my favourite settings for stories is Europe, I just absolutely love them. And I’ve always loved reading about characters with disorders.

Of course, I also had my doubts about this. It didn’t help that I could only really find the mood to read this book after the second time. Rosemary lied to get to where she was, and she continued lying throughout the book. Normally, that alone would’ve put me off, because nothing good ever come out of lying, especially if it is for something as big as that, and I didn’t know if I could handle it; the frustration and the second hand mortification I would feel when everything is revealed. But then, ‘FRANCE’!

I’m glad I was able to get into this book, because it wasn’t so bad at all. In fact, it managed to make me laugh. But then again, it’s easy to make me laugh. Sure, I couldn’t really connect to Rosemary, and I find her annoying at times and it was hard for me to sympathize with her, but I think the book is still worth it to go through all of that. At least once.

I would recommend this book to YA readers who love contemporary, especially books about teens going abroad to Europe. Although, I think artist readers might want to stay clear or read at the risk of feeling frustration, annoyance and outrage.

I rate this book 3 stars.


Author Bio:

Rebecca Bischoff currently resides in Idaho with her family and works as a speech-language pathologist. She loves helping others, especially kids and teenagers, discover their own unique voices and learn to share who they are with the world. When she isn’t writing, she loves to read, spend time with her kids, and make awkward attempts to learn foreign languages. She is drawn to all things both French and Italian, used bookstores, and anything made out of chocolate.

Twitter / Facebook / Blog

 

GIVEAWAY!
(A signed copy of The French Impressionist, a $50 Amazon gift card, and a box of macaroons)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

My Friends Are All Strange Blog Tour + Giveaway

Title: My Friends Are All Strange
Author: Margaret Lesh
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

My friends are all strange.

Right now I’m living at Brookside, a place for people like me. I’ve met a kitty girl, a brooding beautiful boy, one who can’t be touched, and others. My new friends. Strange people. People like me.

I’ve always been different, but lately, more so. My hands sometimes don’t seem to be attached to the rest of me. I cut up all of my clothes. I’m hot, so hot, all of the time. If I sleep, a wizard haunts every dream. I don’t sleep. Sometimes I want to run, but where do you run to when you’re trying to escape your own mind? I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same. I’m smart. I’m nice, sometimes. I just want to be normal(ish). But, right now, my friends are all strange… Like me.

Dark, funny, snarky, seventeen-year-old Becca struggles to cope with mental illness in My Friends Are All Strange, the gripping contemporary young adult companion novel to Normalish.

Goodreads / Amazon


book-review

This. Book. Was. Amazing!

Lately, I am really interested in reading YA books with mental illness thrown in the mix, and I guess I’ve come to have a high standard on the theme because of all the other books I’ve read, and lucky for me, this book didn’t disappoint.

In fact, this book is kind of refreshing, because I like Becca so much better than the whiny main character from the book I read before this one.

This book managed to bring me through a roller coaster of emotions since the very beginning, which surprised me. It’s rare that a book made me emotionally invested since the very beginning. But it did; it made me laugh and cry. And it made me frustrated and angry and annoyed (yes, Troy, I’m talking to you. Or about you. Whatever). Becca’s journey as she struggles with her sanity, the friendship she made along the way… it is just beautiful.

I’ve mentioned that I like Becca. But the one I love the most is probably Roman. He is so sweet. And that’s not just because I have this soft spot for an artist…who happened to be a social outcast.

To sum it up, this book was a beautiful coming of age story, with beautiful friendship and romance thrown in the mix. (Yes, I realize I used ‘beautiful’ a lot). I think fans of Am I Normal Yet would enjoy this, as well as readers who love YA books with a touch of mental illness.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.


Author Bio:

California native Margaret Lesh lives in a narrow canyon populated by herds of wild burro and packs of coyote. The canyon is also populated with her creative, handsome husband, her feisty mother-in-law, her not-brave-at-all Border Collie, Echo, and sometimes her son (who is away at college. And she is not quite sure how that all happened so fast).

She writes books to entertain young and not-so-young readers as well as herself. She believes tacos are magic.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

 

GIVEAWAY: Open Internationally

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1