Last Girls Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, Moodboards, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Eventually, we all have to leave the nest.

Demetra Brodsky

Last Girls
by Demetra Brodsky
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: May 5th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

There’s work to be done, as you continue to point out.

Demetra Brodsky

No one knows how the world will end.

On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.

Prepare for every situation.

But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:

Nowhere is safe.

This week showed me exactly what I want to say with my eyes.

Demetra Brodsky

Pre-Order Campaign

Hey all! The Juniper sisters in LAST GIRLS don’t go anywhere without a backpack (what they call an EDC: Every Day Carry) and they take great pride in their artwork. Honey paints, Birdie draws comics, and Blue uses embroidery to fancy up her clothes (when she’s not spending time with her beloved falcon, Achilles). To honor the sisters’ talents, I’ll be sending one lucky winner some artistic inspiration by offering up a fabulous pre-order Grand Prize. But don’t worry, everyone who orders will receive a gift with purchase. And, as a bonus, I’m including a 2nd prize that holds a special place in my author heart.

ALL PREORDERS WILL RECEIVE: Last Girls 5×7 Glossy Art Print & Signed Bookplate

ALL PREORDERS WILL BE ENTERED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE GRAND AND FIRST PRIZE.

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Pre-order your copy today! Coming 5.5.20

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: (chosen at random on or before 5/19) will receive a BUILT NY grey & blue camouflage backpack with thermal lunch compartment. Inside you’ll find a mini acrylic painting kit (From Honey), a sketchbook & pen (From Birdie), an adorable 10″ peregrine falcon plushie and mini sewing kit (from Blue), a flashlight (with batteries), a rosy tinted lip balm, camouflage band-aids, a 3-pack of portable tissues printed with positive messages, and a dehydrated camping meal like the one the sisters eat in the book.

FIRST PRIZE: (chosen at random on or before 5/19) A signed hardcover copy of my debut novel, DIVE SMACK, to round out your collection (Surprise! There’s a big Dive Smack Easter Egg hidden in the pages of Last Girls).

TO ENTER: email proof of purchase to demetrabrodskybooks@gmail.com before May 5th. You’ll get one entry for each copy of the book you purchase.

Available wherever books are sold.
Whenever possible, please support Indie Bookstores by buying through www.bookshop.org
Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego will have signed copies (not bookplates) and offers Free shipping for media mail rate within the U.S. on orders over $35. https://www.mystgalaxy.com/book/9781250256522

VISIT: https://www.demetrabrodsky.com/last-girls-preorder-campaign to learn more!

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READ AN EXCERPT LAST GIRLS HERE:
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Review

One of my favorite genre of books are survival stories, so you best believe I love books about doomsday preppers. I just find it so interesting getting a look inside the lives of those who prep and learn survival skills. I mean, in a weird sense there’s some logic behind it! I personally could probably stand for some additional survival skills, lol. So you can imagine that I went into Last Girls with high expectations, and quite honestly I was blown away.

I want to torture her, let her puzzle it out, but there’s no time.

Demetra Brodsky

The first thing I really need to point out is how amazing a writer Brodsky is. I love lyrical yet strong writing (if that makes sense), which is probably why I typically prefer fantasy to contemporary books. I often find that contemporaries are written in a much more matter of fact tone, but Last Girls had such beautiful prose. It was everything that I look for in writing style and everything I usually find lacking in contemporaries. Color me impressed!

And nothing that happens going forward will ever refute the fact that for a long time we were the Juniper sisters.

Demetra Brodsky

And the second thing I need to point out is the timeliness of this story. I mean, this book couldn’t be coming out at a better time! I wasn’t sure if I would absolutely love a prepper story right now or find it too “much” given the current state of things, but I was happy that it fell into the adored wholeheartedly category. But, it’s also probably because I’ve been in a I need to camp and leave society mood lately. But seriously though, the characters were just so fascinating that you couldn’t help but want to read more and the plot move quickly enough to keep the story interesting, but not too quickly to give you whiplash. This was honestly one of the best books I’ve read in a while!

About the Author

DEMETRA BRODSKY writes twisty thrillers about dark family secrets. She is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned full-time. A native of Massachusetts with a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Demetra now lives in Southern California where she’s always exploring and researching, looking for clues to things that might feed into her next book. She is a first generation Greek-American and a member of International Thriller Writers. Dive Smack, her debut YA Thriller, is a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, an (ALAN) Pick (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE), and a Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book for Young Adults for Spring/Summer 2018.

Tour Schedule

April 29th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

April 30th

The Reading Life – Story Behind The Cover
BookCrushin – Top 5/10 List
The Reading Corner for All – Review
Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Review + Favourite Quotes
Mythical Books – Review

May 1st

Captivated Reading – Official Dream Cast
Here’s To Happy Endings – Review
Books & Art Journal – Review + Favourite Quotes
Pacific Northwest Bookworm – Review
Emelies Books – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes

May 2nd

Bookish Looks – Guest Post
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Sleepydoe Reads – Review
Belle’s Archive – Review
Trapped Inside Stories – Review + Favourite Quotes
Inktalkswithmaria – Review

May 3rd

Confessions of a YA Reader – Official Book Playlist & Blogger’s Playlist
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board
Books and Zebras – Review
Wanders Between Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes
Wrinkled Pages – Review

May 4th

Kait Plus Books – Tell Your Story in 3 or 5 GIFs
Fictitiouswonderland – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlis
tThe Clever Reader – Review
Utopia State of Mind – Review + Favourite Quotes

May 5th

Dazzled by Books – Mood Board
A Dream Within A Dream – Meet The Characters
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review
The Little Mouse That Reads – Review + Playlist + Mood Board
Bookish Rantings – Review

Giveaway

Prize: Win (1) of (3) copies of LAST GIRLS by Demetra Brodsky (US Only)

Starts: April 29th 2020
Ends: May 13th 2020

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Mood Boards

Instagram Tour Schedule

April 29th

The FFBC Tours

April 30th

BookCrushin
The Reading Corner for All

May 1st

Pacific Northwest Bookworm
Emelies Books
Books & Art Journal

May 2nd

Sleepydoe Reads
Belle’s Archive
Trapped Inside Stories

May 3rd

Ya It’s Lit
Books and Zebras

May 4th

Fictitiouswonderland
The Clever Reader

May 5th

Dazzled by Books
PopTheButterfly Reads
Bookish Rantings

Instagram Giveaway

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🌸 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🌸 One of my favorite genre of books are survival stories, so you best believe I love books about doomsday preppers. I just find it so interesting getting a look inside the lives of those who prep and learn survival skills. I mean, in a weird sense there's some logic behind it! I personally could probably stand for some additional survival skills, lol. So you can imagine that I went into Last Girls with high expectations, and quite honestly I was blown away. (Full review & extra giveaway entries on my blog, link in bio!) 🌸 QOTD | If you had to prep for the end of the world, what five things would you take? @fablebands code: YAITSLIT10 🌸 No one knows how the world will end. 🌸 On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own. 🌸 Prepare for every situation. 🌸 But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain: 🌸 Nowhere is safe. 🌸 Entries for the giveaway: ▪︎Follow @theffbc & @whatmakespatri ▪︎Follow the author @demebrodsky ▪︎Follow the publishing house publishing house @torteen ▪︎Follow me (@ya.its.lit) ▪︎Answer the QOTD and 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 in a comment you follow). Check everyone's Instagram handles in the comments! 🌸 #LastGirls #TheJuniperSisters #demetrabrodsky #demebrodsky #torteen #YAThriller #Spring2020 #DoomsdayPreppers #yabooks #yacontemporary #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #bookstagram #bookreviewblog #bookstaunited #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #btabookfriends #bookphotography #bookstamisfits #bookiehelper #theffbc #readgushcommunity #bookflatlay #bookaesthetic #readersofinsta #fablebands

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Entries for the giveaway: 

▪︎Follow @theffbc & @whatmakespatri
▪︎Follow the author @demebrodsky
▪︎Follow the publishing house publishing house @torteen
▪︎Follow me (@ya.its.lit)
▪︎Answer the QOTD and tag @theffbc to let them know you’re entering:
If you had to prep for the end of the world, what five things would you take?

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 in a comment you follow). Check everyone’s Instagram handles below:
@bookish_rantings
@popthebutterfly
@love2dazzle
@thecleverreader
@fictitiouswonderland
@jypsylynn
@trappedinsidestories
@belleeeey_
@_.sleepydoe._
@emeliesbooks
@pnwbookworm
@TheReadingCornerforAll
@bookcrushin

T&Cs & Disclaimers:

▪︎Giveaway ends on May 13th (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 15th 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*

Magic by Midnight Tour – Review, Creative, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Title: Magic by Midnight
Series: The Librarian’s Chronicles #1
Author: Allison Bass
Publishing Date: July 1st, 2019
Genres: YA Fantasy/Retelling

Felicity, a young librarian, is certain her only adventures will come in the form of the books she reads. When her uncle reveals that the palace librarians have the secret gift of interpreting fairy tales, stories that control the fate of the kingdom, she is thrust into a new world of magic. Between rescuing Cinderella, charming a prince, and battling an evil force trying to sabotage the fairy tale, Felicity realizes orchestrating a happily ever after ending is going to take all of her wits.

However, it’s her heart that is put to the real test. She finds herself having to choose between her own happy ending or protecting the fairy tale she’s been tasked with completing. After the clock strikes midnight, Felicity discovers her world will change forever and some fates are stronger than magic.

Review

What do librarians and magic have in common with me? An easy hook to make me NEED it. Magic by Midnight was just such a delightful read that gave me both of those aspects and then some! Plus it has the whole fairy tale aspect! And while I say I’m a snob regarding fairy tale retellings, I generally wind up liking the ones I pick up. I was especially happy since this wasn’t another Beauty and the Beast retelling, but the featured fairy tale was Cinderella.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy book, which is a shock since it’s my favorite genre, so I was really excited to pick up this one for my stop on the tour! And it was the perfect book for my cravings because it had all of my favorite fantastical elements! Plus it was just such a fun read, which is another really important thing for me right now. I have been needing things that just take my mind off of everything.

I also really loved all of the characters. They were all so quirky and snarky and unique and cinnamon-bun-y. But even the side characters tried to steal the show. Which, I love when I can love side characters! Everything just came together wonderfully and it was such a fun read!

About the Author

Allison grew up a voracious reader who daydreamed about stories filled with romance, adventure, and magic. One day, she decided to put those stories on paper. Her debut novel Magic by Midnight is the result. Like any 21st century fairy tale heroine, she met her own prince via the Internet. They do not live in a castle, but they have a beagle who acts like a court jester. When she’s not spending time with her husband and son, she enjoys finding new stories for her personal library.

Tour Schedule

April 13
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Blog

April 14
@storybookend – Bookstagram

April 15
@paperfury – Bookstagram + Blog

April 16
@old.enough.for.fairytales – Bookstagram

April 17
@l.m.durand – Bookstagram + Blog

April 18
@bibliophilic_ferret – Bookstagram

April 19
@myhoneyreads – Bookstagram + Blog

April 20
@womanon – Bookstagram

April 21
@ya.its.lit – Bookstagram + Blog

April 22
@rebireads – Bookstagram

Mood Boards

Giveaway

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Instagram Giveaway

Head over to my Instagram account to win a copy of Magic by Midnight!
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*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*