ARCs, Blog Tours, YA Contemporary, YA Fiction, YA Mystery, YA Thriller

BLOG TOUR (+review): Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET

I’m very excited to be part of the blog tour (my first this year!!) for one of my most anticipated 2019 reads. Karen McManus’ debut novel, One of Us Is Lying, was such an enjoyable read – so I was really excited when I found out about this book.

It’s the second week of the tour  – you can click on the banner above to see the full schedule. Don’t forget to scroll all the way down for the giveaway!

Synopsis: 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.

Published January 8, 2019 by Delacorte Press

Genre: YA Thriller, YA Mystery, YA Contemporary

Themes: murder, mystery, thriller, siblings, trust, best friends, friendship, parenting, trauma, recovery, mental health, journalism, extramarital affairs, family, serial killer

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

336 pages

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I was really really really happy I got to read Two Can Keep a Secret in advance of its release date – I love suspenseful reads, but I don’t appreciate the suspense as much when it comes to waiting for the books I already want to read. I WANT IT. NOW. RIGHT NOW.

One of Us Is Lying is one of my favorite reads in 2017. It quickly established Karen McManus as one of my auto-read authors. And I didn’t really have one in the suspense/thriller genre, so that was a first. But I’m not going to lie, I loved Two Can Keep a Secret even more.

I don’t how she does it, but Karen McManus managed to keep me guessing the whole time. I’m the type of person who usually ruin my own enjoyment of the unraveling part of movies and/or books by mostly, if not completely, guessing the plots. Although I enjoyed One of Us Is Lying, I did guess the ending about halfway through.

Two Can Keep a Secret hooked me and never let go. I was so suspicious about everyone. I ate all the inception that Karen fed me. I suspected every single person she wanted me to suspect, and I ignored every single person she wanted me to ignore. It was a crazy ride and I enjoyed every suspenseful moment of it. And guess what? The ending TOTALLY blindsided me. Up until the last bone-chilling sentence.

About the author

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Karen

As a kid I used to write books when I was supposed to be playing outside, and not much has changed. I’m a marketing and communications professional who also writes Young Adult contemporary and fantasy fiction in Cambridge, MA.

When not writing or working I love to travel, and along with my nine-year old son I’ve ridden horses in Colombia and bicycles through Paris. A member of SCBWI, I hold a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Which I have never, ever used professionally.

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Giveaway

3 winners will receive a finished copy of TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET, US Only.

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I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Two Can Keep a Secret. 

Thank you!

What are your other favorite murder mystery/thriller reads?

Have you read One of Us Is Lying and/or Two Can Keep a Secret, and what did you think?

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BLOG TOUR: Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

LOVE A LA MODE

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m here today with a blog tour post – please click the banner above for the full tour schedule! And don’t forget to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir…

Pub. Date: November 27, 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 304

Synopsis:

Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes. Henry Yi grew up in his dad’s restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent’s school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie’s growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away. Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs. Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.

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About the author

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Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It’s Not Me, It’s You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink; Confederates Don’t Wear Couture and the upcoming The Date to Save and Prince in Disguise (Fall 2017). She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history from Middlebury College, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states.

Although she was born in New York, she currently lives in Chicago, and doesn’t discriminate against any type of pizza. When she’s not writing, she loves baking, walking her dog Lorelei, taking dance cardio classes too seriously, and playing board games with her husband.

Photo credit: Melissa Lynn

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Giveaway

3 winners will win a signed finished copy of LOVE A LA MODE, US Only.

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ARC REVIEW: The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones (Sep 2018)

Sometimes I feel like a book. Like a book that’s never been opened – hidden away in a long-forgotten library, waiting for someone to find me, ease me off my shelf, and read me.

Synopsis: Poignant and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is award-winning author Sonya Sones’s most gripping novel in verse yet. It’s the story of a girl named Lily, who’s been crushing on a man named Luke, a friend of her parents, ever since she can remember. In this powerful tale of a terrifying leap into young adulthood, readers will accompany Lily on her harrowing journey from hopelessness to hope.

To be published September 4, 2018 by HarperTeen

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Novels in Verse, YA Coming-of-Age, YA Poetry

Themes: sexual abuse, innocence, sex with a minor, rape, poetry, photography, self-portrait, secrets, asking for help, little sister

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Lily’s story is both haunting and chilling – and with such a delicate subject. It was a very quick read but is also very heavy, emotionally. We have a character here who started out being so young – in age, heart, mind, and soul. She goes through this rapid progression of maturity, completely paralleled by the rapid narrative through verses. The unraveling of Lily’s story is both beautiful and ugly, full of hope but also full of pain.

This is the first novel in verse that I’ve read. If you haven’t read a novel in verse yet, I highly recommend you do so, and maybe you could start with this one, too!

Thank you HarperTeen for my review copy!

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How do you feel about novels in verse? Do you love / hate them?

What other novels in verse do you recommend?

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BOOK REVIEW: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

I’m the hero of my own story.

Synopsis: Addie traipses around Ireland following a guidebook for the brokenhearted.. but she discovers there are also things worth mending besides a broken heart.

Published May 8, 2018 by Simon Pulse

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: travel, Ireland, brother-sister relationship, siblings, best friends, passion, writing, aspirations, expectations, stereotypes, sports, football, fandom, adventures, courage, heartbroken, break-ups, divorce, moving on

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Love & Luck

Love & Luck was an absolutely wonderful read, mixing fresh and classic themes that all meld into a perfect contemporary piece! It’s a story about self-discovery, being brave, and worthy friendships.

I especially enjoyed that it’s not your usual YA contemporary romance read that is centered around the boy-girl romantic relationship – this one’s mostly about Addie’s relationship with her brother, Ian.

Addie’s journey to self-discovery is so great to read, and I just love how her friendships/relationships/interactions with people are portrayed. Even the “villain” in the story is somewhat lovable.

…age has nothing to with what you can accomplish – if you’ve got it, you’ve got it. Why wait until you grow up? And then once you’re all grown-up, why stop?

Besides the fun plot and characters, I love the wit and wisdom packed into this! I especially loved the entries from the Ireland for the Heartbroken guidebook – oh, how I wish it’s a real thing, I would sooo buy it. Not that I’m wishing for a broken heart. I just saw that the B&N exclusive edition has additional entries, so I might just grab myself a copy so I can own this beautiful book + read those fun entries!

You don’t need anyone, unless you want them. You’re enough all on your own. You’re more than enough. You’re Maeve.

I wanted to get this review out before the summer ends because it definitely is a PERFECT summer read! If you’re looking to get out of a reading slump, this one’s also for you, since it’s short and sweet and quite uplifting!

P.S. London is my top dream destination! Why? Two words: Jane Austen. Although I’ve read a lot of books set in Ireland and Scotland, I want to visit those too!!!

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Thank you Simon & Schuster for my review copy!

Have you read Love & Luck and/or Love & Gelato yet? Which one did you like better, and why?

What are your most recent favorite contemporary reads?

Where is one of your dream destinations?

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BLOG TOUR (+ review): Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre

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Thursday already, huh? Well, today, I’m happy to bring to you a new release from just a couple of days ago! I’m super glad I am part of the blog tour for Like Never and Always – I have to say it’s one of those rare thriller reads that made me connect with the characters, instead of just caring about, “So what happens next?? Or who killed who?” So, hopefully, by the end of this post, I have convinced some of you to pick it up and read it – I’d love to chat about it!

Check out the previous stop over at Haunted by Books (how appropriate!!) and please click on banner above to see the full tour schedule.

Oh, and remember to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!!

And now… let me tell you more about it!


Synopsis: 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.

Published July 17, 2018 by Tor Teen

Genre: YA Thriller, YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: parenting, identity, supernatural, coming back from the dead, grief, coping with loss, support system, privilege of the wealthy, statutory rape, social status, reputation, true friends, romance, responsibility, mental health, rehabilitation, tragic accident, car accident, siblings, parental figures

Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook

336 pages

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Do monsters always know what they are?

Engrossing and fast-paced – Like Never & Always is just what I’m looking for in a contemporary thriller. Brimming with mystery, suspense, and excitement, it far surpassed my expectations, I enjoyed every moment of it, and the unique and exciting plot does not at all sacrifice great prose. I found myself rereading several sentences over because of their beauty and depth of meaning. Ann Aguirre is a master writer, not only hooking the reader with the plot, but also with her prose. I will definitely be checking out her other works, and will be on the lookout for her future ones!

Liv (trapped in Morgan’s body) is a very compelling narrator – far to be the self-centered and overly dramatic teen we’ve come to expect in YA contemporaries. She is caring and considerate, but also smart and strategic. I enjoyed that she was fierce and brave without being cruel, but she’s not too proud to show vulnerability. I loved how the author expertly wrote the parts when even Liv started to doubt her identity – was she really Liv? Or was she Morgan who was grieving so much about the loss of her best friend she couldn’t tell who she was anymore?

The plot centered on a supernatural soul-switching/body-switching theme achieved a perfect balance between being goosebumps-inducing, fascinating, and singular. Somehow, it managed to stay thrilling and suspenseful without reaching negative levels of creepy.

Speaking of creepy, the ARC I got actually have a much creepier cover – not sure if that made it to another edition of a final cover (I think it might be the Kindle edition cover?), but here, let me show ya!

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To add even more flavor to this already extremely enjoyable read, the romantic aspects of the plot is veeeryy much to my liking. I’m already a fan of the love triangle trope, but the version found in Like Never & Always add lots of spice. Initially, it sounds like the oh-so-common rivalry between brothers, but there’s more where that came from, and pretty soon, you realize there isn’t any chance for the other one at all. Our main love interest is very sexy and is quite the perfect male lead for this kind of story. He’s so swoonworthy, he might even be featured in one of my #SwoonySaturday posts… if only I get to writing those again..

Hmmm, what else do you want to know? I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out yourself!


About the author

Ann

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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.

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GIVEAWAY

  • 1 winner will win a Kindle Oasis, US Only.
  • 5 winners will win a finished copy of LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS, US Only.
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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you decided to check out Like Never and Always – it’s a really fun and thrilling read this summer!

P.S. Next stop is @ Eli to the nth – UGHHH, I want this blog name. And elisquared.com? Come on. Too cool. I’m such a nerd.

Do you like reading thrillers? What do you usually look for in a thrilling summer read?

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BLOG TOUR (+mini review): The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista

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Happy the day after fourth of July! Hope no one’s too hungover? 😉

Well, I’m here today to bring you another blog tour post! Please click the banner above to check out the full tour schedule!

And don’t forget to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway.

Synopsis: The only way to get over a hopeless crush is to find someone new…Enter: The Boyfriend Bracket! Putting a new spin on a classic trope, Kate Evangelista explores family bonds, changing relationships, and senior year as our heroine tries to get over her brother’s best friend.Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother’s best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she’s always dreamed of―starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend, Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket. Or it seems like the perfect plan . . . right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have? The Boyfriend Bracket puts a new spin on a classic genre in a fun, unforgettable way.

Published June 19, 2018 by Swoon Reads

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: childhood crush, brother’s best friend, brother, fashion, bullying, mean girls, high school dances, college applications, the bro code, best friends, dating

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A few things I liked about The Boyfriend Bracket: 

  • Stella’s a Filipina, so that’s cool. I like the references here and there.
  • It’s nice seeing the different culture in play. Like how overprotective Cam is, Stella’s brother, of Stella – turned up a few more notches more than usual. And also how Stella doesn’t have to worry about paying for college because it’s common in the Philippines for parents to have planned for it.
  • I admire Stella’s passion for fashion. I like how she dreams big. She’s not just shooting for something good enough. She’s shooting for the big things. As Trump said, As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big. 
  • Franklin! I think I enjoyed Stella’s interactions with Franklin the most – their friendship is #GOALS. I love the Rapunzel scene at the tree house the best.

Franklin: Oh, Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb thy golden stair.

Stella: Ah, handsome prince, sadly I have cut my hair. You must make do with the rickety stairs.


About the author

Kate

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines.

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Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN) – ends July 12!

Heeyyy there – you still sober? Well, I appreciate you reading this! Happy Thursday – hang in there, it’s almost Friday.

 

Have you read or are you planning to read The Boyfriend Bracket? 

How would you feel about dating your brother’s best friend?

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ARC REVIEW: Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins (Dec 2018)

Male, female, and all the other ways we categorize each other – we’re all just people – individual personalities, making mistakes and trying to get by.

Synopsis: When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect. Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break.

To be published on December 18, 2018 by HarperTeen

e-ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: squad, friendships, foreign travel, foreign languages, dating, emotions, feelings, divorce, family, siblings, high school, classes, poetry, prom

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I’m taking back my life, one kiss at a time.

I have to say, I was a little bit underwhelmed – I was expecting it to be more lighthearted than it turned out to be. There was a little bit too much drama than I cared for and Zae wasn’t really that likeable.

I’ve never read a book by Wendy Higgins before, but Kiss Collector didn’t quite make me keen to pick any of them up.

All that said, the only reason I didn’t DNF this and kept going are those poems (Wendy sure knows how to write those poems…) and the little mystery about the poet (I mean, I figured it out right away, but I still wanted the confirmation 😅)

Ode to the straw that fits in the pouch that rests in your hand.

The straw that meets your lips, pink as blossoms.

The proud, cylindrical piece of plastic that stands up to greet you with its chest out, ready to be used by you, to quench you.

Oh, to be that straw, partially submerged in 66 percent fruit juice,

And partially submerged in your mouth. Enjoy, little straw, enjoy.

Thankfully, it did have a very sweet ending, that made me just a little bit less regretful for reading it… but then I did find another book boyfriend so maybe it was worth it after all. Now, if only I actually get to finishing those #SwoonySaturdate drafts I have in mind…

Have you read any of Wendy Higgin’s works before?

Do you like poems embedded within novels?

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