Blog Tours, YA Contemporary, YA Fiction, YA Thriller

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.
  • Enter through Rafflecopter link
  • Good luck!

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?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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Blog Tours, YA Contemporary, YA Fiction, YA Romance

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

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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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GIVEAWAY

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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?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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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?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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BLOG TOUR (+mini review): Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky

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So, I’m pumped to be part of the Dive Smack blog tour – a debut novel, equal parts thriller, suspense, and mystery! Previous stop is Toni’s review @My Book Addiction – please click on the banner above to see the full tour schedule!

Now that the lead-up’s well and over with…

You ready to dive in?

Just remember at the end of the game the king and the pawns go into the same box together, no matter who wins.

Synopsis: Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match. Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A’s and solid friends, he’s only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind. But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself. A 2018 JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION.

Published June 19, 2018 by Tor Teen

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Thriller/Suspense/Mystery

Themes: past, future, diving, swimming, hypnosis, trust, tragedy, fire, water

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Who doesn’t love a Big Mack and fries?

Dive Smack

Adapt or perish.


About the Author

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Demetra Brodsky is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned writer. She has a B.F.A. from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives in Southern California with her family of four and two lovable rescue dogs where she is always trying to make more time for the beach. Dive Smack is dedicated to Pumpkin, the monarch butterfly she once saved from the brink of death. Once you read the book, you’ll understand why.

GIVEAWAY

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  • 5 Winners will receive a Copy of DIVE SMACK by Demetra Brodsky.
  • Open international, must be 13+ to enter
  • Enter through Rafflecopter link!
  • Ends July 12
  • The best of luck to you!

P.S. Next stop is @Here’s to Happy Endings

And another one bites the dust! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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BLOG TOUR (+mini review): Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick (Illustrated by Chris Raschka)

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Hello! I’m with another blog tour for a children’s book, Dear Substitute – it’s so much fun, I didn’t really get to read a lot of children’s books when I was a kid, so I guess I’m making up for it now that I’m an adult, haha! Anywaaaayy, please click on the banner above to see the full blog tour schedule (previous stop is @RhythmicBooktrovert).

And don’t forget to scroll down to enter the giveaway!!

But sometimes you’ve got to mix things up a little. You know?

Synopsis: When a substitute teacher named Miss Pelly comes to class, one student bristles at the change in routine-Miss Pelly doesn’t follow the rules like Mrs. Giordano. But in time, our student learns that even though the substitute may do things a little differently, and she may be a bit silly, mixing things up might not be so bad. Told in a series of epistolary poems, this funny, relatable picturebook is a great fit for classrooms and for any child nervous about new experiences.

Published June 19, 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Children’s, Picture Books

Themes: school, poetry, teacher, student, academic

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

40 pages

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Dear Homework That I Stayed Up Late Doing,

And I say: Dear blog tour post that I stayed up late doing, I signed up for this so no worries, haha!

A few thoughts I have on the book: it’s funny and insightful – I love the clever way the authors chose to write it in the form of letters written by a student to inanimate objects/abstract ideas/pets. As for the illustrations, I’ll say those who love watercolors or impressionistic art will appreciate them. The style is quite different and I wouldn’t say I prefer it, but it does complement the way Dear Substitute is structured.

It amazes me how powerful children’s books can be, but I’m glad that these are the kind of books the children of this generation (and of future generations) have/will have in their hands. One book can make all the difference.


About the Authors:

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Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and her debut novel for middle grade readers, The Great Good Summer, as well as The Good-Pie Party; Happy Birthday, Bunny!; Noodle & Lou, and several others. Ms. Scanlon is also a poet, a teacher and a frequent & popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. She grew up in Colorado and Wisconsin, and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Austin, Texas.

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Audrey grew up in Whitestone, New York, where she lived with her parents and two sisters and a not very bright small white dog. She has a freaky memory about the names of the kids in her class at P.S. 184Q, and even remembers where most of them stood in size order.

She always loved to read and still rereads Harriet the Spy on a regular basis.  She was not one of those children who always knew she wanted to be a writer; she didn’t love to write until college. She’s been writing ever since.

In addition to writing for children, Audrey has published more than a dozen short stories for adults in magazines and literary journals. She received an mfa from Sarah Lawrence College and has been honored with two fiction fellowships from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.

Audrey divides her time between writing (which is mostly spent revising) and visiting elementary schools to talk about writing and publishing. (For school visit info, click here.) She also speaks at conferences around the country.

She lives near the ocean in New Jersey with her family and a semi-smart medium-sized dog.

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Also, here are some sample pages provided by the publisher on Edelweiss+


GIVEAWAY

3 winners will receive a finished copy of DEAR SUBSTITUTE, US Only.

I hope you enjoyed this post. As always, thanks for stopping by!!

P.S. Next stop is @Beagles and Books

Do you also read picture books as an adult?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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:

 

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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)

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

***PLEASE SEE BLOG TOUR SPOTLIGHT POST FOR MORE BOOK INFO

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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)

 

 

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