Blog Tour: Witches of Ash and Ruin

  WITCHES OF ASH & RUIN by E. Latimer Goodreads ~ Amazon(US) ~ Bookdepository Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date: March 3rd 2020 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Queer Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish […]

Spellhackers: Cover Inspired Makeup Look

SPELLHACKERS M.K England Goodreads ~ Amazon(US) ~ Book Depository   Synopsis:  In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive. Which is why Diz and her three best […]

Loveboat, Taipei Cover Inspired Makeup Look + Fancast

Title: Loveboat, Taipei (#1 Loveboat, Taipei) Author: Abigail Hing Wen Publication Date: January 7th, 2020 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 432 Age Category/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Purchase Links:  Amazon.com |Amazon.in|Book Depository | Barnes & Noble Synopsis: Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen, and praised as “an intense rush of rebellion and romance” by […]

Sunscorched: Blog Tour

School has kept me so busy these days I’ve hardly picked up any ARCs for the fear of not being able to complete them. Plus I was a little put off since most of the ARCs I seemed to receive weren’t working out for me 😦 But on a whim I signed up for the […]

The Brightsiders Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY

A very Happy Book-Birthday to The Brightsiders, a lovely and captivating book by Jen Wilde. The Brightsiders is a very diverse and fun read and I feel really happy to be launching my review for it on it’s publishing day! This review is a part of a blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours and […]

ISAN Blog Tour + Giveaway

THE WORLD HAS CHANGED. SCIENTISTS WARNED IT WOULD HAPPEN. What they didn’t warn us about was young teenage assassins powered with a special formula would be wrecking havoc all over.   Intrigued yet? ISAN is a thrilling novel fused with the dynamics of dystopian and sci-fi genres and a fresh new mystery to follow throughout! […]

Alone Together Blog Tour

Hi everyone! I’m kickstarting this month with a blog tour  of ‘Alone Together’ by Sarah J. Donovan organised by YA Bound Book Tours. This is a really interesting story that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

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Official Goodreads Summary:

Sadie Carter’s life is a mess, as wavy and tangled as her unruly hair. At 15, she is barely surviving the chaos of her large Catholic family. When one sister becomes pregnant and another is thrown out, her unemployed dad hides his depression, and her mom hides a secret. Sadie, the peacekeeper and rule-follower, has had enough. The empty refrigerator, years of hand-me-downs, and all the secrets have to stop. She longs for something more and plans her escape.

However, getting arrested was not her plan. Falling in love was not her plan. With the help of three mysterious strangers—a cop, a teacher, and a cute boy—maybe Sadie will find the strength to defy the rules and do the unexpected.

Told in verse, Sarah J. Donovan’s debut Alone Together has secrets, romance, struggle, sin, and redemption, all before Sadie blows out her 16 candles. It’s a courageously honest look at growing up in a big family.

It’s a story told in verse! Have you ever heard about such a thing? Well at least I haven’t! If the summary alone wasn’t enough to convince you I have a juicy excerpt that will have you falling over your feet to get to this book!

EXCERPT

SILENCE IN NUMBERS

No one is home.

No one.

#1 left at 18 to raise her own family—

done being a second mother to the brood.

#2 left at 18 to train for triathlons—

practically ran to Arizona the day he graduated.

#3 was kicked out at 18—

an unforgivable sin, but we don’t talk about her.

I don’t know them all that well.

They never come home.

#4 and #5 left to go to college—

have jobs on campus in the cafeteria,

wish I could see those boys washing dishes.

#6 left at 18 for restaurant management training—

didn’t have the smarts for college,

wish I could see her running a crew.

I don’t know them all that well.

They never come home.

#7 runs a drive-thru

passing the time with college classes

until her boyfriend proposes.

#8 bakes croissants

saving every bit of dough

until she can plan her escape.

#10 runs with a gang

taking #11 to babysitting gigs

until she sneaks out to party.

I don’t know them all that well.

I was busy shoplifting.

 

 

You can buy this amazing book on Amazon or from Barnes & Noble

Not to mention that you can win a class set of Alone Together for your local high school here!

Be sure to check out the posts by other bloggers participating in this event who have lovely reviews and even more interesting excerpts planned out for you! Go follow the tour down below 🙂

 

 

Blog Tour Schedule – 

May 1st

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’  Spotlight

Zili in the Sky   Spotlight

The Avid Reader   Author Interview

The Readdicts    http://thereaddicts.blogspot.in/    Promo Post

What Is That Book About   Spotlight

May 2nd

Paulette’s Papers   http://paulettespapers.com/     Promo Post

Chapters through life     https://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.co.uk/      Review

This and That Book Blog     http://thisandthatbookblog.blogspot.com Promo Post

The Cover Contessa     http://www.thecovercontessa.com       Promo Post

Loves Great Reads   https://lovesgreatreadsblog.wordpress.com/    Promo Post

May 3rd

Not Just Fiction https://itsnotjustfiction.wordpress.com     Promo Post

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.com Promo Post

Dizneeee’s World of Books   http://dizneeeesworldofbooks.blogspot.com    Review

Books Direct       http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com     Promo Post
Bri’s Book Nook    https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/     Review

May 4th

Belle’s Book Blog    https://www.bellesbookblog.net   Review

Andi’s Young Adult Books     http://andisyoungadult.blogspot.com   Review

Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters http://candrelsccc.craftylife.net   Promo Post

Hardcover Feedback    http://hardcoverfeedback.blogspot.com   Review

May 7th

Daily Waffle    http://dailywaffle.co.uk    Promo Post

MervReads    http://mervreads.wordpress.com   Promo Post

forthenovellovers     https://forthenovellovers.wordpress.com/   Review

Infinite House of Books    http://www.shannon-muir.com     Promo Post

The Weekend Bucketlist: Review + GIVEAWAY

I’ve always been highly irked by the fact that most if not all YA books are centralized on the theme of romance. Friendships always get sidelined when a love interest appears which is really frustrating and unfair!

This is why as soon as I read the blurb for ‘The Weekend Bucketlist’ I knew this was one book that I simply had to get my hands on! And wow, this book did not disappoint at all.

The Weekend Bucketlist is all about the bond of friendship and how friendship is much stronger than love. I received and e-ARC of this book as a part of a blog tour organised by YA Bound Book Tours for which I’m eternally thankful!

 

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Official Goodreads Summary:

High school seniors Cady LaBrie and Cooper Murphy have yet to set one toe out of line—they’ve never stayed out all night or snuck into a movie, never gotten drunk or gone skinny-dipping. But they have each other, forty-eight hours before graduation, and a Weekend Bucket List.

There’s a lot riding on this one weekend, especially since Cady and Cooper have yet to admit, much less resolve, their confounding feelings for one another—feelings that prove even more difficult to discern when genial high school dropout Eli Stanley joins their epic adventure. But as the trio ticks through their bucket list, the questions they face shift toward something new: Must friendship play second fiddle to romance? Or can it be the ultimate prize?

 

This book was absolutely amazing and heartwarming and I give it 4/5 stars.

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REVIEW

 

This book screams friendship.

Cady and Cooper have been best friends since as long as they both can remember so they’re as good as brother or sister…okay not really. They fall for each other or maybe that’s just what they think? Either way their journey is full of fights, adorable moments, arguments and daredevil plans so you simply can’t stop reading. It may seem like a cliche friendship in the beginning but trust me when I say that it’s one of a kind. And when Eli joins the two of them we get a rocking trio that nobody can ever forget.

They’re all such sweeties I want to cry.

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Cooper and Eli are such cute little boys that I want to wrap them up in a blanket and keep them safely with me. The author can have them back when she stops treating them badly. Seriously, they get hit the worst, especially Eli, a homeless kid with a golden heart which ends up getting crushed multiple times. I’m not saying that I didn’t like Cady, I loved her. She’s a feisty and bossy girl who’s scared on the inside but hides away under her badass demeanor. Aren’t those kinds of characters the best?

Each member of this beautiful trio had their own complicated past and stories that were beautifully spun around The Weekend Bucketlist. I’m being honest when I say that the reason that I even gave this book a second glance was thanks to that word ‘Bucketlist’

BECAUSE I LOVE LISTS

It’s just a great way to organise stuff and whenever lists are involved in YA novels it’s bound to be a fun journey!

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Plus, it had great LGBT representation! Eli is bisexual and even though Cooper used to identify as gay later on in the book he discovered that he was bisexual as well. And everybody knows I’m a sucker for good LGBT teen books 😛

I loved the plot as a whole, especially when we reached the second half of the book because that was where they finished off the list. I remember thinking, what next? Does the fun end here? Will it go downhill now? What else is left to talk about?

But it only got better.

The pace was very comfortable and every event was written down beautifully without any information dumps or lengthy descriptions. Not to mention, it’s very quotable. I’ve taken so many screenshots, my gallery is flooding! In short, this book is everything that you need.

So next time instead of picking up another cheesy romance novel, pick this book up.

It will be a wonderful change.

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And it’s giveaway time! You can win a $15 Amazon gift card by simply entering in this giveaway here.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

 

 

 

Question time! Do you like reading books about friendship? Which was the last book you read that had accurate portrayal of friends and didn’t lean too much on the romance? And lastly, have you added The Weekend Bucketlist to your TBR list yet? What are you waiting for, get going! See you next time 🙂

 

 

Secondhand Origin Stories: Excerpt

Today on the blog we have ‘Secondhand Origin Stories’ by Lee Blauersouth as part of a blog tour organised by Shealea. You can go check out here beautiful site here!

Secondhand Origin Stories stars POC superheroes with amazing powers and LGBT representation, you definitely can’t go wrong with this book!

 

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Official Goodreads Summary:

Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people, but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.

But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed? 

 

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