Love and Other Moods Tour – Review & Instagram Giveaway

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Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee hosted by MTMC Tours! Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, finding strength, and discovering one’s place in the world. Make sure to visit all the stops in the tour & to enter the tour-wide giveaway!

About the Book

Title: Love and Other Moods
Author: Crystal Z. Lee
Publisher: Balestier Press
Publishing Date: December 10, 2020
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rep: Own Voices Asian American

Purchase a copy: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | Book Depository | Blackwell’s

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Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, finding strength, and discovering one’s place in the world.

Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country.

Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai.

This multilayered novel explores a kaleidoscope of shifting relationships——familial friction, amorous entanglements, volatile friendships——in one of the most dynamic metropolises of the twenty-first century.

Review

You know, this book is everything I want my life to be and then some given all of the COVID restrictions we’ve been surviving through. I don’t know about you, but I always find it so exciting to move to a new place and I couldn’t even imagine the thrills (as well as nerves) of moving to a new country. And while this is a highly enjoyable story, it also takes the time to touch on some important aspects of life.

I really love a book that is entertaining yet still takes the time to expertly cover contemporary social issues. And Love and Other Moods definitely does just this! There are so many layers and elements to the story that all come together to make something so entirely unique. Which is also why this book is just such a good read. And I really loved not only learning about the characters but also about this multilayered city.

This was one of my favorite reads so far this year and I really just loved so many different things about it. It’s a book that I could see a variety of individuals coming together and enjoying for many of the same and different reasons.

About the Author

Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer and a member of the Asian Authors Alliance. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formerly a public relations executive who had worked with brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and automotive industries. Love and Other Moods is her first New Adult novel. Her debut children’s book is forthcoming in 2021.

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Tour Schedule

January 18
 @paperfury – Boostagram + Book Blog
January 19
@bookisheunoia – Bookstagram
January 20
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Book Blog
January 21
@ya.its.lit – Bookstagram + Book Blog
January 22
@jenniaahava – Bookstagram
January 23
@booksshack – Bookstagram + Book Blog
January 24

@thereadingcornerforall – Bookstagram + Book Blog
January 25
@agingerlyreview – Bookstagram
January 26
@thegirlonthego_reads – Bookstagram + Book Blog
January 27
@yelli3_reads – Bookstagram

Instagram Giveaway

Head over to my Instagram account where you can enter to win 1 of 3 paperback copies of Love and Other Moods! This is open international & it ends on January 30th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

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*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

The Key to Fear Tour – Review & Giveaway

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Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Blog Tour for The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast! The Key to Fear is the first book in a young adult dystopian trilogy publishing on October 13, 2020 from Blackstone Publishing!

About the Book

Title: The Key to Fear
Author: Kristin Cast
Series: The Key #1
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publishing Date: October 13th, 2020
Genres: YA Dystopian

No touching today for a healthy tomorrow.

For fifty years, the Key Corporation has defended humanity against a deadly virus that spreads through touch. Lovers don’t kiss, or even hold hands. Personal boundaries are valued above all. Break the laws, and you’ll face execution.

Elodie, a talented young nurse, believes in the mission of the Key and has never questioned the laws that control her life. But Elodie is forced to break the rules when she sets out in search of a terminal patient who goes missing while under her care.

From the outside, it seems like Aiden was given everything he could want from the Key—a purpose, an education, and a future. But Aiden knows more than he’s letting on, and the dark secrets he’s keeping could tear the Key’s strict society apart.

When Elodie and Aiden’s lives collide, the fallout will be devastating. What do you do when the brutal system that once kept you safe hunts you down? Run.

Review

To come.

About the Author

Kristin is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who was born on an Air Force base in Japan and grew up in Oklahoma where she explored everything from tattoo modeling to broadcast journalism. After battling addiction, Kristin made her way to the Pacific Northwest and landed in Portland. She rediscovered her passion for storytelling in the stacks at dusty bookstores and in rickety chairs in old coffeehouses. For as long as she can remember, Kristin’s been telling stories. Thankfully, she’s been writing them down since 2005.

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Tour Schedule

October 12
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 13
@of.books.and.bone – Bookstagram

October 14
 @paperfury – Boostagram + Book Blog

October 15
@courtofbingereading – Bookstagram

October 16
@thereadingchemist – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 17
@theheartisabook – Bookstagram

October 18

@linathebookaddict – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 19
@ya.its.lit – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 20
@theladysparks – Bookstagram

October 21
@thereadingcornerforall – Bookstagram + Book Blog

Giveaway

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a copy of The Key to Fear + a signed bookplate!

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Instagram Giveaway

Head over to my Instagram account where you can enter the Instagram tour-wide giveaway for another chance to win a copy of The Key To Fear + signed bookplate! There will be two winners. (Make sure to also check #TheKeyToFearMTMC hashtag for more tour posts!)

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🍁 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🍁 Today is my stop in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for The Key To Fear by @kcastauthor! For fans of The Power and The Handmaid's Tale comes a YA Dystopian novel (first in a trilogy) set in a world where touching is forbidden, personal boundaries are valued above all, books are banned, and The Key governs to protect against a deadly virus. Out October 13th, 2020 from Blackstone Publishing! 🍁 Kristin Cast has been one of those authors that I have been following for so long I don’t even remember when I was first introduced to her! So I was beyond excited when I found out about this book because it seems so fresh and yet scarily appropriate for right now! 🍁 INTL TOUR-WIDE GIVEAWAY! Two readers will win a hardcover of The Key To Fear + a signed bookplate! 🍁 HOW TO ENTER – Like & leave a comment!  
- Follow me (ya.it’s.lit), @kcastauthor, @blackstonepublishing & @mtmctours! 🍁 ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: – Tag friends in different comments! – Share this post via stories tagging me, mtmctours & blackstone so we can see it!     – Visit the next tour stop: tomorrow’s host is @theladysparks! 🍁 Ends October 24th, 11:59 PM EST. Winner announced on MTMC Tours' account. (Not affiliated/endorsed by Instagram) 🍁 #TheKeytoFear #TheKeytoFearMTMC #mtmctours #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #bookstagram #readingtime #booknerd #bookreviewblog #instabooklovers #yacommunity #bookishlove #hereforthebooks #bookrecommendation #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #fortheloveofreading #flickerwix #newreads #bookpic #booknook #bookgiveawat #bookaesthetic #readersofinsta #bookblogger

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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

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Giveaway

Blog Giveaway! Enter the rafflecopter below to win a kindle copy of Magic by Midnight!

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Instagram Giveaway

Head over to my Instagram account to win a copy of Magic by Midnight!
And make sure to visit all the Instagram stops for MORE chances to win. Each host is giving away a copy!

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Fly For Both of Us Review

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About the Book

Fifteen-year-old Ben Leung can’t believe a girl like Kai Gupta would want to be his friend, let alone his girlfriend. They have absolutely nothing in common. He’s Chinese; she’s British Indian. He’s a Star Trek nerd; she’s a model.

When Kai is offered a modeling career that requires her to move overseas, she persuades Ben to come along. They hatch a plot. They pinky promise.
Everything is running according to plan… until it isn’t.

Can a young love survive 7,235 miles between Hong Kong and Los Angeles?
Theoretically, it can.
Theoretically…

From the author of MY LEA and I WON’T BREAK comes a geeky and tender story about falling in love, fulfilling family duties, and chasing dreams.

Review

Holy Spock this book! This week, in case you can’t tell, has been…. well, a WEEK. You know, one of *those.* So I really needed something fun and amusing to help get me out of the funk I’ve been shoved under. But it also might be my Trekkie heart singing at FINALLY getting some Star Trek appreciation in a sea of Star Wars lovers. But anyways, this book is basically a love story to all of us nerds out there.

So the first thing that made me love this book was how diverse it was. I mean, we get a mixed race couple where neither person is white! Thank you! Secondly, I love how this book was predominantly set in Hong Kong. It just goes to show that even if it’s not set in the US or a magical world the characters and culture can still be relatable. But back to our couple, long distance relationships are difficult. And I love how supportive and open about his fears Ben is! We get a male main character who isn’t afraid to show some emotion, even if he is afraid of being a klutz.

I love how this book spans multiple years. We get to see the ins and outs of this relationship as well as the ups and downs as they struggle with long distance, missing one another, and not wanting to risk forcing the other to give up on their dreams. Overall this is just a wonderfully delightful read.

About the Author

Melly has been writing stories for as long as she can remember, but not until 2011 did she publish her works. She writes children’s books under the name mellyberry, and novels under e. mellyberry. She used to work in school and is very passionate about education.

Melly was born in Indonesia and grew up in a multi-language environment. When she talked, she could accidentally string words from different languages into one sentence. When she does that, simply reminds her to speak properly.

Her ideal vacation always involves a beach; usually it’s the Nusa Dua beach, Bali. She spent a few years in USA to complete her Master degree. It was during that time she’d fallen madly in love with San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Instagram Giveaway

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🌼 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🌼 Can a young love survive 7,235 miles between Hong Kong and Los Angeles? 🌼
Welcome to my stop in the bookstagram tour for Fly for Both of Us by @e_mellyberry! From the author of MY LEA and I WON'T BREAK comes a geeky and tender #OwnVoices story about falling in love, fulfilling family duties, and chasing dreams. Out March 3rd, make sure to add it to your TBR! 🌼 Click the link in my bio for more info! 🌼 QOTD | How far would you go for love? @fablebands code: YAITSLIT10 🌼 Holy Spock this book! This week, in case you can’t tell, has been…. well, a WEEK. You know, one of *those.* So I really needed something fun and amusing to help get me out of the funk I’ve been shoved under. But it also might be my Trekkie heart singing at FINALLY getting some Star Trek appreciation in a sea of Star Wars lovers. But anyways, this book is basically a love story to all of us nerds out there. 🌼 INTL Tour-Wide Giveaway! One reader will win a finished copy of Fly for Both of Us! 🌼 How to enter: – Like this photo – Follow me (@ya.its.lit), @e_mellyberry & @mtmctours! – Leave a comment (so we can track your entry!) 🌼 Extra entries: – Tag friends who might want to enter in a DIFFERENT comment! (Up to 5 comments) – Visit the next tour stop to get more entries! Tomorrow’s host is @ly_brary! 🌼 Rules: ‪Ends March 14th at 11:59pm EST. Not affiliated nor endorsed by Instagram. Winner will be announced by MTMC Tours after the tour ends.‬ 🌼 #flyforbothofus #emellyberry #flyforbothofusmtmc #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #yacontemporary #bookreviewblog #booksharks #instabooklovers #yacommunity #bookishlove #hereforthebooks #bookstaunited #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #btabookfriends #bookphotography #bookstamisfits #bookishmerch #bookiehelper #bookishphotography #fablebands #readersofinsta #bookblogger

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