Divided by Fire Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Book Title: Divided Fire
Author: Jennifer San Filippo
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

“Welcome brother. Tell us of your
Love across the sea.”

— Jennifer San Filippo

In a rich fantasy world where Songs literally move heaven and earth, one sister must use magic and the other must rely on strength to reunite when pirates, greed, and war tear them away from each other.

“Your son might die tonight. It might be my fault.”

— Jennifer San Filippo

Miren has never allowed jealousy of her sister’s magic keep her from taking care of Kesia, and Kesia has always depended on her big sister. When Kesia is kidnapped, Miren will do anything to get her back—even team up with her sister’s aristocratic and seemingly ineffectual boyfriend. Neither sister had ever left their small fishing village before, and now they are plunged into the wider world, minor players in a war between nations. Each sister faces external and internal perils, and each finds surprising allies and unexpected strengths. How will the two find each other again? And what will become of them if they don’t succeed?

“Only people without power feel the need to lie, Miss Miren.”

— Jennifer San Filippo

Review

You know, I have really been digging sister fantasy stories lately! All of the ones I’ve read have just been so fresh and new feeling. And the fantasy worlds just keep getting more and more exciting! And I mean, this world was just special with the representation throughout. I mean, imagine, it’s normal for people to communicate through signing. Which was just so great for me to see because I honestly can’t even think of more than a couple of books with any sign language representation.

“It was as though the world had swallowed up all memory of her.”

— Jennifer San Filippo

I really enjoyed this world though, it was just so well thought out and there was so much world building throughout. And you know I’m a sucker for that. Plus the powers were so cool! And I’m going to leave it at that for you to find out on your own! However, outside of these aspects the plot was a little muddied. But honestly, that fits my tastes in books much better. I’d much rather learn a lot about the fantasy elements and I often don’t mind if a book doesn’t have a really plot based focus. Honestly though, I wanted to mention this because I know it will irk some people. SO, you have been warned!

“And then she heard a Voice of Fire.”

— Jennifer San Filippo

This was a heartwarming story with a unique world inside its pages. It’s one of those stories that you’ll be able to fall into and just have a fun time reading. Plus there is plenty of action to keep you thoroughly engaged as you whip through the pages. And might I say that the writing felt really unique to me and I really enjoyed the way this story unfolded!

About the Author

Jennifer San Fillippo is a freelance copy editor who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. She enjoys cycling, music, and drawing. She lives in California with her family and a small army of pets.

Tour Schedule

November 9

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome Post/Author Interview
The Book View – Book Review & Mood Board
A Pigeon Reads – Book Review

November 10

Thind Books Blog – Book Review
A Bronx Latina Reads – Guest Post

November 11

The Youngvamp’s Haven – Book Review & Favorite Quotes
Bookingway Reads – Book Review & Favorite Things About Divided Fire

November 12

Wishful Endings – Guest Post
Metaphors and Miscellanea – Book Review & Favorite Quotes
Ma Book Yard – Book Review & Favorite Things About Divided Fire

November 13

Ya Its Lit – Book Review & Favorite Quotes
Whimsical Blessings – Book Review

November 14

The Storybook Sisters – Book Review
#Bookish – Guest Post & Mood Board

November 15

Books Over Everything – Book Review

Giveaway

The publisher is giving away five (5) finished copies of Divided Fire by Jennifer San Filippo. USA only.

Start date: Monday, November 9, 2020
End date: Monday, November 16 at 12:00 a.m. CDT

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By the Book Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

About the Book

By the Book
by Amanda Sellet
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 12th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Playing the hero; how opportunistic of him.

Amanda Sellet

Mary Porter-Malcolm has prepared for high school in the one way she knows how: an extensive review of classic literature to help navigate the friendships, romantic liaisons, and overall drama she has come to expect from such an “esteemed” institution. Her love of literature even inspires her to imagine herself the heroine of a nineteenth-century novel. Not the sort who makes poor life choices and ends up dying of consumption while still in her teens, but the noble, virtuous, quick-witted type.

Handsome but deadly.

Amanda Sellet

When some new friends seem in danger of falling for the same tricks employed since the days of Austen and Tolstoy, Mary swoops in to create the Scoundrel Survival Guide, using archetypes of literature’s debonair bad boys to signal red flags. But despite her best efforts, she soon finds herself unable to listen to her own good advice and falling for a supposed cad—the same one she warned her friends away from. Without a convenient rain-swept moor to flee to, Mary is forced to admit that real life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction and that if she wants a happy ending, she’s going to have to write it herself.

The bad news hit me in stages: Customers.

Amanda Sellet

When some new friends seem in danger of falling for the same tricks employed since the days of Austen and Tolstoy, Mary swoops in to create the Scoundrel Survival Guide, using archetypes of literature’s debonair bad boys to signal red flags. But despite her best efforts, she soon finds herself unable to listen to her own good advice and falling for a supposed cad—the same one she warned her friends away from. Without a convenient rain-swept moor to flee to, Mary is forced to admit that real life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction and that if she wants a happy ending, she’s going to have to write it herself.

Review

I’m just obsessed with how cute of an idea this book is! I am just in love with the story and was just so amused with it. I mean, it’s got all of my favorite things rolled into one: classics, bad boys, and just overall reminding me of Jane Austen. I mean, if this wasn’t me as a teenager then I don’t know what was! I feel like I’m being rambly, but I’m just so in love with this one!

It sounded as though she’d faced down an angry mob, as opposed to me, a soft-spoken fifteen-year-old with freckles.

Amanda Sellet

Ok, so I rarely see classics being given so much love in contemporaries and I am so here for the representation in this book! As a classic and period piece fan myself I was just so giddy seeing that in this book! I don’t know, I just really related to Mary. I’m telling you, she was so melodramatic in her own way. I also really liked the touch of adding a diary entry to the beginning of each chapter. It just gave us an additional look into Mary’s psyche.

You’re jilting me?

Amanda Sellet

This story just really made me reminiscent of growing up. I was just able to thoroughly enjoy the story because I was able to relate to it so much. Plus I adored all of the amazing friendships in the story! I don’t know, it was just a happy story, and I’ve been seeking things out like that lately. I really recommend this to all of the book nerds out there, especially those who are into classics!

About the Author

Debut author Amanda Sellet had a previous career in journalism, during which she wrote book reviews for The Washington Post, personal essays for NPR, and music and movie coverage for VH1. These days she lives in Kansas with her archaeologist husband and their daughter.

Excerpt

Dear Diary,

Here’s a secret I’ve never told anyone: Sometimes I pretend my life is happening inside a book. I’m the main character, and there’s a narrator following me around, describing everything. Her piercing cerulean eyes gazed wistfully into the distance as an errant breeze caressed her lustrous auburn tresses . . . Et cetera.

Obviously I’m the good kind of heroine, not someone whose poor life choices will lead to her dying of consumption while still in her teens. And I’m wearing a long dress, and maybe there’s a handsome stranger in the distance. Beyond that, the story is vague. Possibly because my real life has always been light on plot development—until today.

M.P.M.

Chapter 1

The beginning of the upending of my life took place on a sweltering August afternoon, the summer before my sophomore year of high school. I was lying on the couch, immersed in the story of a genteel family with too many daughters and not enough property. The slow rotation of the ceiling fan ruffled the pages of my book. If I held perfectly still, it was possible not to sweat.

“Mary,” said my mother’s voice, summoning me back to the present. “Can I see you in my office?”

There was no clap of thunder or eerie howling in the distance. The sun continued to blaze down from a cloudless sky—or so I imagined, not having been outside. Apart from the mild annoyance of being interrupted in the middle of a crucial scene, I had no presentiment of doom. After fumbling for my bookmark, which had slipped between cushions, I levered myself upright.

When I hobbled into the office on limbs stiff from too many hours in the same position, I was surprised to see my father seated at one end of the desk. Usually he (and Mom) preferred it when he worked in a different room.

“What’s up?” I asked, lifting a stack of literary journals from the threadbare armchair so I could sit.

“Mary.” Dad leaned forward on his stool, hands cupping his knees. “How would you like a new . . . lunchbox?”

Mom winced.

“The one I have is fine. Why?” Being observant by nature—reasonably skilled at reading a room, deciphering subtext, sniffing out the nuances of human behavior—I had an inkling there was more to come.

Dad blotted his temple with the back of his wrist. “Well. As you know, there are things in this life that endure, and others that are more—” He paused, squinting at a framed poster of the Bloomsbury Group, as if one of them might supply the missing phrase. “Transitory.”

“And you think my lunchbox is going to stop existing?” I looked to my mother for enlightenment.

She inhaled as if preparing to plunge into the watery deep. “What your father is trying to say is that you have to change schools.”

Dumbfounded, I struggled to make sense of her words. I’d been at the same school since I was three, a ramshackle on-campus facility catering mostly to the children of professors. It was small, and smelled like old shoes when it rained, but it was also a second home. I knew every rip in the carpet and limp beanbag. “Are you serious?” I finally managed to ask.

“The school’s grant wasn’t renewed.” Among my mother’s gifts was the ability to pack a world of disapproval into the briefest of utterances.

“And they just figured this out? Summer’s almost over.”

The two of them exchanged a furtive glance.

“The possibility presented itself some time ago, but the situation wasn’t definitive until quite recently.” Dad gestured vaguely. “A month or so—”

“Two at the most,” Mom cut in. “We thought it best not to upset you while there was still a chance the issue could be resolved. Plus we had the symposium in Chicago, and then the twins were getting ready for the Shakespeare festival, not to mention Cam’s tournament.” Her eyes slid to me, clearly hoping for some version of Oh wow, you’re right, that was hectic, but I was more concerned by the revelation that they’d known about this in the spring.

“But what am I going to do? This changes everything.” A vision popped into my head: setting off on the first day only to have one of them call after me, By the way, Mary, your school no longer exists.

My mother squared her shoulders. “There was very little choice involved. Private school isn’t an option for us. It was Millville High or the circus.”

While we weren’t paupers, all of us understood that a family of seven had to observe certain economies to get by on an academic pay scale. That didn’t excuse leaving me in the dark for so long.

“What about Jasper?”

She rolled her eyes, a gesture reminiscent of the sibling in question. “No doubt your brother will be delighted.”

“You haven’t told him yet.” The part of me that kept a running tally of which sibling got what was relieved. It was important to make sure the privileges of birth order were respected, even when the rest of the universe was falling apart.

“Jasper is enough of a contrarian to think middle school will be fun.” Mom huffed through her nostrils, in case we’d missed the sarcasm.

“And so will Millville High,” Dad said with forced cheer. “Especially with your sister there to take you under her wing.”

Despite this assurance, I found it hard to imagine Cam playing nursemaid. She was going to be a senior, and captain of the field hockey team, with a busy life of her own. I could go to her in dire straits, or if I needed to intimidate someone, but it wasn’t as though we spent a lot of time hanging out together now. I didn’t bother explaining this to my parents. There were too many other things to worry about.

“So I’m going to Millville High in—a week?” I glanced at the calendar on the wall, each month featuring the idyllic childhood home of an English novelist. “And I’ll know one person, and everyone will look at me and wonder why a sophomore can’t figure out where her classes are or how to open a locker or anything else that happens at a normal high school?”

“Pooh pooh.” My father was the only human being I knew who actually said those words, instead of using them as a verb. “Of course not. Anjuli will be there, too.”

Original Source: https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/By-the-Book/9780358156611

Tour Schedule

May 6th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

May 7th

Grownup Fangirl – Deleted Scenes
L.M. Durand – Review
TheGeekishBrunette – Review + Favourite Quotes
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Loyal Book – Review

May 8th

Confessions of a YA Reader – Official Dream Cast
Write, Read, Repeat – Review
The Little Mouse that Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board
Pawsome Reads – Review
My Bookish Escapades – Review + Favourite Quotes

May 9th

BookCrushin – Story Behind The Cover
Annej Reads – Guest Post
The Shelf Life Chronicles – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
bookish bibliophile – Review

May 10th

Bookish Looks – Meet The Characters
Booked J – Review + Playlist
The Perks of Being Noura – Review + Favourite Quotes
3heartsandawish – Review
Emelies Books – Review + Playlist + Mood Board

May 11th

Wishful Endings – Top 5 or 10 List
Morgan Vega – Review + Favourite Quotes
Book Briefs – Review
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Magical Reads – Review + Playlist

May 12th

Kait Plus Books – Tell your story in 3 or 5 gifs
@womanon – Review
Belle’s Archive – Review + Favourite Quotes + Author’s reaction
The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist
For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review

Giveaway

Prize: Win a copy of BY THE BOOK by Amanda Sellet (US Only)

Starts: May 6th 2020
Ends: May 20th 2020

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Instagram Schedule

May 6th

TUABFC & The FFBC Tours

May 7th

Grownup Fangirl
L.M. Durand
TheGeekishBrunette
Ya It’s Lit
The Loyal Book

May 8th

Confessions of a YA Reader
Write, Read, Repeat
The Little Mouse that Reads
Pawsome Reads
My Bookish Escapades

May 9th

BookCrushin
Annej Reads
The Shelf Life Chronicles
Sometimes Leelynn Reads

May 10th

Bookish Looks
Booked J
The Perks of Being Noura
3heartsandawish
Emelies Books

May 11th

Wishful Endings
Morgan Vega
Book Briefs
Moonlight Rendezvous
Magical Reads

May 12th

Kait Plus Books
Belle’s Archive
The Mind of a Book Dragon

Instagram Giveaway

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🌸 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🌸 I'm just obsessed with how cute of an idea this book is! I am just in love with the story and was just so amused with it. I mean, it's got all of my favorite things rolled into one: classics, bad boys, and just overall reminding me of Jane Austen. I mean, if this wasn't me as a teenager then I don't know what was! I feel like I'm being rambly, but I'm just so in love with this one! (Full review & additional giveaway entries on my blog, link in bio!) 🌸 @fablebands code: YAITSLIT10 🌸 We are giving away 1 copy of BY THE BOOK by Amanda Sellet (US Only). The giveaway will start on May 6th 2020 and will finish on May 20th 2020. 🌸 Entries for the giveaway: ▪︎Follow @theffbc & @whatmakespatri ▪︎Follow the author @amandajsellet ▪︎Follow the publishing house publishing house @hmhteen ▪︎Follow me (@ya.its.lit) ▪︎Tell us what you think about the cover & tag @theffbc to let them know you’re entering! 🌸 Extra entries: ▪︎Tag a friend (each friend will be an extra entry). ▪︎Share on your stories about the giveaway (remember to tag me @whatmakespatri and @theffbc) ▪︎Follow @michellesulk ▪︎Follow any other FFBC team member participating in the tour (let us know on the comment section who did you follow). Check everyone's Instagram handles below: @confessionsofayareader @writereadrepeat_ya, @mousethatreads, @pawsomereads and @mybkishescapades 🌸 #Bythebook #amandasellet #hmhteen #roaring20sdebut #FFBCTours #yabooks #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #booknerd #bookreviewblog #booksharks #instabooklovers #yacommunity #bookishlove #hereforthebooks #bookstaunited #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #btabookfriends #bookphotography #bookstamisfits #bookishmerch #bookiehelper #bookishphotography #readgushcommunity #bookaesthetic #readersofinsta #bookblogger

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We are giving away 1 copy of BY THE BOOK by Amanda Sellet (US Only). The giveaway will start on May 6th 2020 and will finish on May 20th 2020.

Entries for the giveaway: 

▪︎Follow @theffbc & @whatmakespatri
▪︎Follow the author @amandajsellet
▪︎Follow the publishing house publishing house @hmhteen
▪︎Follow me (@ya.its.lit)
▪︎Tell us what you think about the cover & tag @theffbc to let them know you’re entering!

Extra entries: 

▪︎Tag a friend (each friend will be an extra entry).
▪︎Share on your stories about the giveaway (remember to tag me @whatmakespatri and @theffbc)
▪︎Follow @michellesulk
▪︎Follow any other FFBC team member participating in the tour (let us know on the comment section who did you follow). Check everyone’s Instagram handles below:
@confessionsofayareader @writereadrepeat_ya, @mousethatreads, @pawsomereads and @mybkishescapades

T&Cs & Disclaimers:

▪︎Giveaway ends on May 20th (00:00 GMT+1). 1 winner will be chosen on @theffbc.
▪︎Open to residents of US only
▪︎This sweepstakes is not sponsored by Instagram. 

The winner will be announced after MAY 22nd 2020 on our Instagram stories. ONLY 1 WINNER. OPEN US ONLY. The winner will be contacted via Instagram. 

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*