ARCs, YA Contemporary, YA Fiction, YA Novel in Verse, YA Poetry

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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YA Contemporary, YA Romance

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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ARCs, Blog Tours, Fantasy, YA Fantasy, YA Fiction

BLOG TOUR (+mini review): Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

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Well, well, well. Guess what I’m here for again today? Another blog tour! Seems that’s all I have to write lately 😦 But anyway, they’re pretty fun. This week, I’m honored to be part of the first leg of Grace and Fury‘s tour (also, check out the great review from Confessions of a YA Reader) – if you want to see the full tour schedule, please click the banner above!

Synopsis: In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison. Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding. Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

To be published on July 31, 2018 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA Fantasy

Themes: royalty, women’s rights, sisters, family, rebellion, grace

Formats: Hardcover, ebook

320 pages

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A yes doesn’t mean the same thing when it’s the only answer you’re allowed!

Grace and Fury – it’s The Selection meets Traitor Prince meets The Handmaid’s Tale. What makes it even more interesting is the dynamic of the differing perspectives of the Tessaro sisters – Serina and Nomi. While Serina is raised to be soft and beautiful, Nomi grew up to be headstrong and rebellious, but then unexpected circumstances leads them to somehow thrive by wielding what they each thought were the other’s strengths. I loved how I could easily identify which perspective I was reading in because of their different motivations. The plot picks up right from page one, and there’s so much intrigue woven in between.

Also…. can you imagine a world where it’s forbidden for women to read???! I’d totally be a NOMI.

Even with all the royalty-themed YA fantasy books out there, I think this one’s still worth giving a try!

Thank you to Hachette Book Group for my review copy! Special thanks to Katharine McAnarney, senior publicist at Little Brown Books for Young Readers.


About the author

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Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, son, cat, and sweet pupper Scrabble. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii.

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  • 3 winners will receive a finished copy of GRACE AND FURY, US Only.
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  • The best of luck to you, my friend.

Oooh, you’ve read this far? FANTASTIC! Thank you!

P.S. Check out Laura’s Bookish Corner – the next stop!


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ARCs, Blog Tours, YA Fiction, YA Scifi

BLOG TOUR (+ mini review): Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

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I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the tours for Nyxia Unleashed, the sequel to one of my favorite reads of 2017!

It’s the fourth week of tour, so please check out the posts from other tour hosts – please click on banner for full tour schedule. I would especially recommend the beautiful post (loved the layout!) by Brooke from The Layaway Dragon.

Synopsis: Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octane thriller.” Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one. Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population. But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?

Published July 17, 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook

400 pages

Series: The Nyxia Triad #2

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Emmett Atwater and the rest of the Genesis crew are back with a vengeance, and quite literally at that. Now with even bigger stakes, they must learn to trust one another and embrace each other as allies. Nyxia was a very impressive YA scifi debut, and Nyxia Unleashed only serves to complement the first book. Scott Reintgen continues to build the incredible world that we’ve only gotten a glimpse of in Nyxia. It’s exciting to see the crew out of space, and on a different planet interacting with the mysterious Imago, not to mention surviving the dangerous wild creatures on the planet.

I don’t want to say much more, but I will say this: if you’ve enjoyed Nyxia, I have no doubt that Nyxia Unleashed will not disappoint.

To make matters even more exciting, the cover for book 3 is out (WARNING: don’t read the synopsis if you haven’t read Nyxia or Nyxia Unleashed yet.)

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About the author

Scott

Scott Reintgen was always a back-row dreamer. As early as kindergarten, teachers noticed his tendency to stare out of classroom windows and disappear to more interesting elsewheres. In high school, he began laboring away on the opening chapter of his first fantasy novel. One of his favorite English teachers agreed to read the pages and the very next day she switched him (illegally) out of Spanish and into a Creative Writing class. The story got tossed eventually, but he never lost the confidence he was given by that single act of empowering faith.

Convinced he would one day be a writer, Scott spent most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This eventually led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in North Carolina. He strongly believes that every student who steps into his classroom has the right to see themselves, vibrant and victorious and on the page. It’s his hope to encourage a future full of diverse writers. As he’s fond of reminding his students, “You have a story to tell and you’re the only one who can tell it.”

As for his own writing, Scott continues to follow in the footsteps of his favorite authors. It was Tolkien who once wrote, “The fairy gold (too often) turns to withered leaves when it is brought away. All I can ask is that you, knowing all these things, will receive my withered leaves, as a token at least that my hand once held a little of the gold.” And Scott hopes his books are a trail of withered leaves that might lead readers to the bright elsewheres through which he constantly finds himself wandering.

He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Katie, and family.

Note: I went with this website domain instead of http://www.scottreintgen.com because, let’s be honest, my name’s really hard to pronounce. Rather than make people suffer through trying to spell it every time, I thought this would be easier!

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  • 3 winners will win a finished copy of NYXIA UNLEASHED, US Only. 
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If you’ve reached this point, thank you for patiently scrolling! Next stop is over at The Desert Bibliophile, so please stop by Kay’s blog tomorrow when you get the chance!

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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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  • 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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