Blog Tours

BLOG TOUR (+mini review): Wavehouse by Alice Kaltman


Hi all! Phew! It’s Friday! I’m super ready for the weekend…

And to start the weekend right, I’m here to recommend a great read for the hot months of summer – Wavehouse by Alice Kaltman. And as a gift for stopping by, you can scroll down and enter the giveaway and who knows, you might just win a copy and get to enjoy the book for FREE!!

I’m glad to be one of the hosts for the ongoing Wavehouse blog tour – you can check out the complete tour schedule by clicking on the banner above 🙂

Synopsis: Sixteen year-old Anna Dugan is a super surfer who feels most at home when taking off on a ten-foot wave. But surf culture bores Anna big time. While other surfers follow trends and speak the lingo, Anna harbors a secret desire to be an artist, drawing houses made of waves. It’s not the most practical dream for the daughter of a single mom living in Kendall’s Watch, a beach town where most kids are so surf-centric they think ‘Current Events’ have something to do with ocean tides. Anna is not only the best surfer in Kendall’s, she’s also the shyest. When a surf scout comes to town to gauge her talent, Anna freaks out and refuses to let him watch her. To protect herself from the pressure and the panic, Anna decides to only surf at her private break, Secretspot, for the rest of the summer. But Secretspot becomes treacherous in ways Anna never imagined, and the danger has nothing to do with waves. When a gorgeous stranger paddles out, smiling a bewitching smile and surfing like a god, their chemistry is impossible to ignore. A series of events are set in motion that will change Anna’s life forever; events that raise difficult questions about love, honesty, betrayal and family ties. In the end, is it worth it? Dive in to Wavehouse, life-preserver recommended, and the decision is yours.

Published June 15, 2018 by Fitzroy Books

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Themes: surfing, shyness, performance anxiety, ocean, water, waves, competitions, going professional, mother-daughter relationships, serial dating, best friends, drawing, artist, family, grandparents

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

289 pages

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*As an Amazon Associate, I get a mini % of sales price for every purchase you make using my link! Thank you ^_^


The world is your oyster, and don’t you forget it.

What I liked about Wavehouse

About the author:



As a young girl I longed to be a mermaid. My idol sat demurely on the Chicken of the Sea tuna fish cans. I peeled labels off to save her image. Every night before bedtime I squeezed both legs in to one side of my pajama bottoms and shuffled around the house pretending I was as beautiful as the tuna fish mermaid.

Real mermaid-hood proved elusive, so I became a modern dancer instead. For over twenty years I worked with brilliant choreographers and performed in amazing places. And while I’m still paid to do the occasional pirouette, I’m now mostly known as a Parenting Coach/Writer helping out moms and dads, and talking to kids also, about their (often annoying) parents.

But honestly? I’m most at home when upside down and underwater. I’ve been swimming my entire life, and surfing for the better part of adulthood. It’s no surprise my two novels are totally ocean-centric. Saving Grace is about a mermaid, and Wavehouse is about a surfer. And I guess they’re both about me, too.

My short fiction (for adults) takes place on land, sea, and air. I’m thrilled that Staggerwing, a collection of my favorites, is forthcoming from Tortoise Books in October, 2016.

These days I split my time between Brooklyn and Montauk, New York where I wear my pajamas regular style. But if too much time passes without a swim or a surf, I’m tempted to revisit my childhood shenanigans. Wouldn’t it be fun to flip-flop about like a fish out of water or a beached mermaid, restless and hungry for the incoming tide?

If you want to reach out about bookish stuff, send me an email via the cute little Contact pop-up, or via my literary agent, Zoe Sandler of ICM Partners.

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Lucky for you, you can win a copy by going to this Rafflecopter link and entering the giveaway (US only):

  • 2 winners will receive a hardcover of WAVEHOUSE, US Only.
  • 2 winners will receive a paperback of WAVEHOUSE, US Only.

Hope that luck keeps on giving! 😉

P.S. Next stop is @ Lilly’s Book World!

Sincerely Peachy (1)

YA Fantasy, YA Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Sometimes we’re not who we want to be because we’re supposed to be something else.

My synopsis: Left with only a warning from her mother, “If I’m not home in two months, I’m dead,” prim and proper Enne Salta traveled all the way from safe and cultured Bellamy to New Reynes a.k.a. the City of Sin, with only a guidebook at hand and Levi Glaisyer, lord of one of the gangs and a conman, to help her. In little to no time, Enne is sucked into the world of sin and becomes unrecognizable even to herself… 

Published April 10, 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy

Themes: gambling, casinos, crime, identity, self-discovery, dangerous, games, risks, debt

Series: The Shadow Game #1

Next in the series: 37545571 

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Ace of Shades

Since reading her debut novel, Daughter of the Burning City, I knew Amanda Foody is one of the authors to watch out for… and I was not mistaken. Ace of Shades hammers the point that she might just be one of the best fantasy authors out there. The worlds she build are extremely complex and unique – unique even amidst already unique fantasy worlds. But she also creates characters that are multi-dimensional who you won’t necessarily love but will definitely appreciate and remember.

Playing nice is the same as losing in this city.

New Reynes is the Las Vegas of fantasy worlds – except more sinful, more corrupt, a lot more dangerous, and dripping with magic. It is a city of intrigue, political rivalries, dangerous secrets, and unexpected alliances – a city of morally grey characters we all know and love.

He looked like a warning from her guidebook.

Of course, this review won’t be complete if I don’t comment on the romance. It’s super slow-burning but it’s sizzling even when nothing was happening… something was happening. It didn’t take me long to be really sold. I think that it’s paced very well, and that ending… it just gave me another reason to be invested in the next installments of the series.

Every time Enne surprised him, he craved a little more trouble.

The sole reason why I’m not giving Ace of Shades a 5-star rating is because of how overwhelmingly complex the world is – it’s the first book in a series so it’s completely understandable – and I was quite lost at first with all the terminology, not to mention the political complications within the world.

But overall, I’m 100% positive I will be reading the rest of the series, and probably all the future works that Amanda Foody will gift us! So, if you haven’t picked up Ace of Shades yet, I dare you to take a risk and gamble, odds are great you’ll come out the winner 😉

Are you a pearl, or are you a bullet?

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Thank you HarperCollins for my review copy!

Shop for related/similar reads:

Have you read Ace of Shades yet? How about Daughter of the Burning City? 

What do you think of Amanda Foody’s fantasy worlds?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

Book Tags, Other Bookish Stuff

WWW Wednesday 06/13/2018

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words

How are things with you? As for me, I’m in a happy state of mind this week, and how I wish it will stay this way. I’m feeling very positive and have so many things I’m grateful for… mostly the fun times I have with my parents but also because I received happy news last week, and it’s just been a very blessed “freedom” week since Saturday 😀

Now, on to books…

What are you currently reading?



Surfing, waves, and a shy girl – I didn’t expect how much I’d be enjoying Wavehouse, but it seems like a great summer read! It’s especially relatable to those who get extremely anxious in public.

It’s out on the 15th, but I’m part of the blog tour (hosted by Rockstar Book Tours) and my stop is on the 22nd which is next Friday so stop by then  to check out my full review!

What did you recently finish reading?


Wow, my recent reads were just wow – all VERY good. Love & Luck is sure to be loved by those who love to travel, loves all things Ireland, and understand a sibling spat every now and again… I never had the chance to read Love & Gelato, but I’m excited to pick it up after this, and I’m looking forward to all other future works by Jenna Evans Welch. BTW, it’s kind of a companion novel to Love & Gelato so the characters make appearances. Sky in the Deep was surprisingly fast-paced all throughout and was packed with so much action and ferocity, I barely realized I was nearing the end. Thomas Paine & the Dangerous Word definitely did not disappoint – but you can check out my full review for the deeeets.

What do you think you’ll read next?


At long last, I got my copy of Legendary and hopefully it’s a satisfying read. The cover is beautiful, though. I’m also part of the Dive Smack blog tour (hosted by JeanBookNerd) so please stop by and check out my review on the 27th!

How are you, fellow busy bees?

Did you get to make time to read this past couple of weeks?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

Blog Tours, Children's

BOOK REVIEW: Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word by Sarah Jane Marsh (Illustrated by Ed Fotheringham)


Thomas Paine & the Dangerous Word

DISCLAIMER: I received a review copy of this book through participation in the blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours

So, finally got my review copy a couple of days ago, and even though it’s kind of late, I’d like to share my review!

History is NOT at all my strong suit – I’ve managed to memorize a number of facts and figures enough to excel back in my high school and college days but I can barely recall anything by heart. So… Thomas Paine who?

After reading this book though, I can honestly say that Thomas Paine has made his mark not only in history, but now in my mind as well.

Words became a gateway to possibility.

Sarah Jane Marsh definitely understands the power of words and she puts it to great use. Paired with Ed Fotheringham’s excellent and vivid illustrations, Sarah’s well-researched narrative is brought to life, and makes for a perfect read for children and adults alike! How I wish history textbooks are half as stimulating as Thomas Paine & the Dangerous Word. I’ll probably check out the research materials she referenced in the back, because I’m now very interested to learn more about Thomas Paine.

Still, the resilient Thomas could see the bright side.

I’m so excited for Sarah’s next book (set to come out in 2020) – Most Wanted: John Hancock and Samuel Adams. 

In America, his words made a difference.

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BTW, just in case you missed out on the Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word blog tour which ended last week (5/28 to 6/8), please see the full line-up below and check out the posts from the bloggers who participated:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Also, let me know your thoughts about learning history through picture books…

And if you’ve read Thomas Paine & the Dangerous Word, I’d love to know what you think!

Sincerely Peachy (1)



Cover Reveals, Other Bookish Stuff

COVER REVEAL: Two Can Keep a Secret (from the author of One of Us Is Lying)

Heyyyy it’s FriYAY!!

Quick post to share the cover reveal for Karen McManus’ upcoming book set to publish in January 2019, Two Can Keep a Secret. 

NOTE: The reveal was originally published on EW

I read One of Us Is Lying, and although I figured out the twist before the reveal, it wasn’t very obvious and I really loved the multiple perspectives. I’m hoping Two Can Keep a Secret will be just as enjoyable.

Goodreads synopsis: 

The New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus, is back with an all-new, page-turning mystery perfect for fans of Riverdale!

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.


Well, what do you think? Are you going to read it?

Have you read One of Us Is Lying?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

Other Bookish Stuff

ARC REVIEW: The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum (June 2018)

Just a quick post! This is a favorite ARC read of mine, too that I HIGHLY recommend to YA contemporary romance lovers – because it’s out now!
Happy book birthday, The Art of French Kissing!

Book Dragon Lair

I bet they all write sonnets to butter and caramelized onions in their sleep. They all get heart eyes for macarons and flutters in their stomachs for a perfectly braised lamb shank. These are my people.

My synopsis: Aspiring chef Carter Lane has just been chosen to compete in a cooking competition for a full-ride scholarship to her dream school, the Savannah Institute of Culinary Arts. She makes the perfect grilled cheese and that’s what got her in – now, all she has to do is figure out how to stay. But it’s not that easy when 23 other aspiring chefs want the same thing and are willing to play dirty to get it. 

To be published on June 5, 2018 by Sky Pony Press

eARC provided by the publisher on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

NOTE: all quotations are made from an unproofed copy

Genre: YA Contemporary…

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Other Bookish Stuff

Happy book birthday to The Kiss Quotient!

Happy Tuesday, all! So many great releases today, and I’m choosing The Kiss Quotient to feature today!

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this so first off – you can check out my full review!

Add to Goodreads (1) then buy your copy?

Here are some key selling points, provided by the publisher on Edelweiss+

DEBUT AUTHOR who was discovered during Pitch Wars, an online contest with wide social media reach, where published authors match up with a mentee and work on pitch to catch an agent or editor’s eye; Helen was mentored by Brighton Walsh, a contemporary romance author published by Berkley and St. Martin’s Press

THE HEROINE HAS ASPERGER’S, as does the author, who is willing to discuss her personal experience

MULTICULTURAL CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: hero is half Vietnamese and the author, who is also part Vietnamese, seamlessly introduces cultural elements

AN OWN VOICES NOVEL: romance readers are clamoring for better representation in romances and this book speaks to the #OwnVoices social media movement

VERY BUILDABLE AUTHOR and we’ve bought three books to show our investment in growing her


And one more selling point I’d like to add – our male MC, Michael, is a total bae. Watch out for my #SwoonySaturdate post this week!

Thanks for stopping by, lovely reader!

Sincerely Peachy (1)