Glimpsed Tour – Review

About the Book

Glimpsed
By G.F. Miller
Published by Simon & Schuster
Released on January 5th, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

Perfect for fans of Geekerella and Jenn Bennett, this charming, sparkly rom-com follows a wish-granting teen forced to question if she’s really doing good—and if she has the power to make her own dreams come true.

Charity is a fairy godmother. She doesn’t wear a poofy dress or go around waving a wand, but she does make sure the deepest desires of the student population at Jack London High School come true. And she knows what they want even better than they do because she can glimpse their perfect futures.

But when Charity fulfills a glimpse that gets Vibha crowned homecoming queen, it ends in disaster. Suddenly, every wish Charity has ever granted is called into question. Has she really been helping people? Where do these glimpses come from, anyway? What if she’s not getting the whole picture?

Making this existential crisis way worse is Noah—the adorkable and (in Charity’s opinion) diabolical ex of one of her past clients—who blames her for sabotaging his prom plans and claims her interventions are doing more harm than good. He demands that she stop granting wishes and help him get his girl back. At first, Charity has no choice but to play along. But soon, Noah becomes an unexpected ally in getting to the bottom of the glimpses. Before long, Charity dares to call him her friend…and even starts to wish he were something more. But can the fairy godmother ever get the happily ever after?

Review

Can I just say, isn’t this book too cute?! I mean, not only is the cover beyond adorable, but so is the plot! And it’s just one of those reads that you pick up and have fun reading. And it truly is unique. Which I am all about nowadays. I love that this is a fairy tale but in the sense that it’s focused on a fairy godmother because it gives me some Ella Enchanted (which will ALWAYS be one of my favorite books/movies) vibes in a round about way.

I don’t know what else to call this book other than sweet. Not only the plot, but the characters are just the perfect combination of spunky, dorky, and imperfect in all the growing up ways. And the romance is so perfect and it was just so delightful to watch (read?) that blossom. And the cherry on top is that this book is funny! It has a quick wit throughout that will just keep making you giggle as you read.

Ok, is my review a little bit of a rambling mess? Yes. But I think you get the picture. But in case you don’t let me just try and summarize it. Glimpsed is on of those perfectly magical books that will take you on a truly enjoyable journey. It’s beyond unique and perfectly written for young adult readers and fans of the genre.

About the Author

G.F. Miller absolutely insists on a happy ending. Everything else is negotiable. Her wish is to go everywhere—and when a plane ticket isn’t available, books fill the gaps. She cries at all the wrong times. She makes faces at herself in the mirror. She believes in the Oxford comma. And she’s always here for a dance party.

Tour Schedule

January 19th

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome Post
Buried in Books – Review
Jena Brown Writes – Review & Favorite Quotes

January 20th

Books are Magic Too – Review
Windows to Worlds – Review, Favorite Quotes & Author Interview
readingatmypace – Review

January 21st

Ruei’s Reading Corner – Review
Lost in Neverland – Review

January 22nd

Luminosity Library – Review, Favorite Quotes & Author Interview
Tirabookreviews – Review

January 23rd

The Momma Spot – Review
Lady Readsalot – Review
The Scribe Owl – Spotlight

January 24th

Whimsical Blessings – Author Interview
Baltimore Bibliophile – Review

January 25th

Ya It’s Lit – Review
Curly Book Owls – Review

Giveaway

For this tour, we have THREE (3) separate giveaways! Up for grabs, we have ONE (1) signed copy of Glimpsed by G.F. Miller (available to US only), TWO (2) EXCLUSIVE chapters from Noah’s POV, and a Skype or Zoom visit with the author (both available to INTL)! This will run from January 19th to January 26th at 11:59 PM CST. To enter this giveaway, click the link below!

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

Warriors of Wing and Flame Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Book Title: Warriors of Wing and Flame
Author: Sara B. Larson
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: October 27, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson continues her enchanting YA fantasy duology with a timeless fairytale feel in an original voice.

The doorway between the magical Visempirum and the human world has been reopened. Paladin are once more living in the citadel where Zuhra and Inara grew up completely isolated by the magical hedge that trapped them there. Amidst the brewing conflict between the Paladin and humans looms the threat of Barloc, who has stolen Inara’s immense power and continues to elude the Paladin who are desperately searching for him.

In this sequel to Sisters of Shadow and Light, Inara and Zuhra must navigate the treacherous paths of self-discovery, their love for each other, and for the boys who have captured their hearts. Together, they search for the strength within themselves to bridge the divide between the two worlds they inhabit, even as war threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—they love.

Review

I’m always so satisfied and happy with duologies! There’s something just so special about fitting in the story in two books. And while I still want more, as I always do with duologies, the ending was a solid finale to these two books. But me wanting more is probably why I like duologies so much. I ALWAYS want more because I never feel like the story drags on for too long. And I’m happy with occasionally leaving a series begging for more books down the road.

In this second book we really get to see the sisters come into their own. You definitely see growth from them both in this book and honestly I couldn’t ask for more than that when looking for character development. I love when the changes are visible but not necessarily a huge and implausible change. But this story as a whole is really exciting and will take you on yet another wild ride leading all the way to the end. There are some bumps along the way but throughout it I remained engaged and needing to learn what happens next.

I really enjoyed this duology and look forward to seeing what Larson comes up with next! There was so much excitement in this series but even amidst all of that we still got solid character development between the first and second books.

About the Author

Sara B. Larson is the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of the YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology. Her next YA fantasy, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT, comes out November 5th from Tor Teen. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.

Tour Schedule

November 18

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome Post/Author Interview
Library of a Book Witch – Book Review

November 19

Baltimore Bibliophile – Book Review
Bookingway Reads – Book Review
Books Over Everything – Book Review

November 20

Book-Keeping – Book Review
Thind Books Blog – Book Review
The Reading Chemist – Book Review

November 21

The Book View – Author Interview
Ya Its Lit – Book Review
Pei Reads – Book Review

November 22

Pop Reads Reviews – Book Review
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review
Lady Readsalot – Book Review

November 23

The Clever Reader – Book Review
Emelie’s Books – Book Review
Between the Lines Book Reviews – Author Interview

November 24

Pop the Butterfly – Book Review
Book Briefs – Book Review

Bookstagram Tour Schedule

November 18

Turn the Page Tours – Blogger’s Choice
Bookishzelda – Blogger’s Choice

November 19

ernest.bookingway – Blogger’s Choice
bmorebiblio – Blogger’s Choice
books_over_everything – Blogger’s Choice

November 20

Hollymbryan – Blogger’s Choice
Thindbooks – Blogger’s Choice
Thereadingchemist – Blogger’s Choice

November 21

_popreads_ – Blogger’s Choice
Thebookviewblog – Blogger’s Choice
Ya.its.lit – Blogger’s Choice
peireads – Blogger’s Choice

November 22

Onemused – Book Review
Moonlight_rendezvous – Blogger’s Choice
Ladyreadsalot_ – Blogger’s Choice

November 23

Thecleverreader – Blogger’s Choice
Books_and_dice – Book Review
Betweenthelinesbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice

November 24

Simplebeccamee – Book Review
Bookbriefs – Blogger’s Choice
rampant_reading – Book Review
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

Giveaway

Enter to win five (5) finished copies of Warriors of Wing and Flame by Sara B. Larson! Open USA only. There will be 5 winners.

Giveaway starts: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Giveaway ends: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. CDT

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Finding Innocence Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

With nothing to lose and even less to gain, 17-year-old Alexa Walker finds herself on the run. Not to the fantasy of a brighter future, but fleeing from the nightmare just behind her. Coming from a state home in a neighborhood even the boogeyman wouldn’t touch; Alex is desperate to find a safe haven where she can live out her days in boring anonymity. But in typical fashion, what she wants is not what she gets.

Strange recurring dreams lead Alex to Green Mont California, where she stumbles into the beautiful world of the privileged elite. And onto the radar of Ash Hartford and Caden Langston. The most alluring beings she’s ever met. And far more dangerous than she knows.

Here, her past is not a stigma but a mystery. And the chance at a new life is too good to pass up. But the glittering world of pretty boys, parties, and fashion is shadowed in secrets even her new friends seem to hide. And the closer she gets to finding out the impossible truth? The faster the nightmare of her past closes in on her. Will her friends unite and stand with her? Or will they be the ones to betray her?

Book Trailer

Review

I have been reading a lot of books featuring lost girls suddenly entering an elite world, and you know what? I CANNOT complain! You guys, I truly forgot just how much I love this type of plot! Sure there’s some cheese factor and maybe even some cringey aspects. But that’s what MAKES these kinds of stories! And I’m even more excited because even though I’ve been reading a lot of books with the same style plot, they’ve all been truly unique and different. So I obviously haven’t gotten bored since I keep going back for more! And Finding Innocence was definitely the perfect addition to this new reading habit of mine!

I must say that this book exceeded all of my expectations! It grasped my attention right away and then I became INVESTED in the characters! I love a good cast of characters and this one definitely had just that (also, make sure to check out ALL of the gorgeous character art on Keith’s insta!)! And Keith didn’t stop at just a great plot and set of characters, there was so much more to this book that just makes it stand out! Everything is just so beautifully woven together and there are still these conversations of the toxicity that can come with a “societal elite.”

Now I just need to wait for the second book to continue this delicious story! I honestly cannot wait to see where these characters go with the story as well as what new things are added. You know I’m a sucker for some world building, so I’m always eager to see what I get to learn next when more books in a series arrive!

About the Author

Karen Keith began traveling as soon as she was old enough to leave home. From sprawling cities to isolated pockets of the globe where she relied on her wits and resourcefulness to communicate. Forging friendships in unlikely places and collecting stories became a way of life.

Her first job at a counter selling makeup was the last job she ever accepted working for someone else. She dove into the world of entrepreneurship that was as diverse as her adventures; Makeup art, styling, editing, and art directing for top fashion publications, TV, and Film. She went on to launch her own company with the sole purpose of visually developing new talent. And later she opened her first jewelry store in Miami, exclusively featuring her brand. From there she built her own manufacturing house from the ground up and designing jewelry turned into design fashion collections for herself and others.

Keith didn’t own a tv for most of her life. It was journaling and books she couldn’t live without. Writing had always been a creative pleasure for her. But one week of intense restlessness, led to a few chapters, and from that point, everything changed. Keith quotes, “I didn’t begin my first novel ‘Finding Innocence,’ with the ambition of a new career. But when I discovered writing a great story is the same high as reading one, there was no going back.”

Instagram Giveaway

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Stealing Embers ARC Tour – Review

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About the Book

A realm of monsters. A world of lies. She belongs to both.

My name is Emberly, and everything I’ve ever been told is a lie.

Monsters don’t exist. Wrong.
The nightmarish spectrum world is just my imagination. Wrong.
In a few months, I’ll finally be free. Wrong.

It takes being dragged to a secret training academy in the mountains to unravel the truth. My captors–an elite race of angel-born warriors called Nephilim.

The deadliest of them all is an arrogant shape shifter, Steel. He’s gorgeous, lethal, hot-headed . . . and convinced I’ll be the death of them all.

Maybe he’s right. As soon as I show up, the monsters that have haunted me my entire life breach the academy walls. My only hope of saving my new friends is learning how to control my powers, but when a stunning betrayal hurts someone I care about, I have an impossible choice.

Stay and fight for a place to belong . . . or decide once and for all that I’m better off alone.

Enter the spectrum world, a realm in-between worlds where shadow beasts draw blood, reality is a maze of twisted lights and sounds, and life goals are whittled down to just one: survive.

Fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Cassandra Clare will love this Crescent City meets Crave mash up!

Review

So I’m writing this review SUPER sleep deprived because I just HAD to finish this book last night! Well, this morning! To say I was excited for this book is a bit of an understatement. I mean it was compared to two of my favorite authors, Cassandra Clare and Jennifer L. Armentrout! And, as you can see I obviously loved it since I chose to lose sleep because I couldn’t put it down.

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So what I loved about this book was just how unique it was! We have some creatures that we’re used to seeing but it is a brand new world! The spectrum realm is just so unique and I loved learning more about it along with Emberly. I also cannot wait to see how else it expands in the second book as we continue to learn more and more. Then there are the characters in this book, or maybe I just want to talk about our resident love-hate relationship between Steel and Emberly. PHEW! There was a LOT of steam between the two and I just adored the feistiness as they bantered back and forth.

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So, the one bad thing about this book is that I have to wait for the second one. Things went WILD at the end and I was just reading faster and faster all the while dreading that I was running out of pages. So yeah, I’m not ready to be done with these characters and I’m especially excited because we’re just on the cusp of having so many questions answered! So here I’ll be, twiddling my thumbs while I wait for book two.

Out of Context Quotes

So, as I was reading I kept highlighting (it’s a bad obsession) quotes. And after a while I realized that a LOT of these would be quite comical out of context, so I’m going to share my favorite ones with you:

Let me go, you overgrown turkey!

Julie Hall

Seriously, close your mouth, you look like a trout.

Julie Hall

If you don’t let me go I’m going to hunt you down and make sure you’re the centerpiece of my Thanksgiving meal!

Julie Hall

You want me to put what in where?

Julie Hall

I’m pretty sure Steel was walking funny for a full week after our fight. I look back on that week with fondness.

Julie Hall

A gargled cough comes from my left and I turn in time to watch mild dribble out of Greyson’s nose.

Julie Hall

Personally, I think it’s that sparkly vampire dude’s fault. That relationship was messed up.

Julie Hall

Shhhhh. Bring it down a notch, Cow Boy.

Julie Hall

Stop trying to regale her with your Twilight epiphanies. Nobody wants to hear them.

Julie Hall

Not only is he holding a feather, but he has some sort of magic orb or light ball wrapped in his coat.

Julie Hall

R.I.P. pink angora sweater. You were cute, and kept my books hidden from the Forsaken and most of Seraph Academy. Thank you for your service.

Julie Hall

Dude, there was this sparkly glitter bomb that flew through the air, peeing out sparkles or something. It was trippy.

Julie Hall

Wait, if you don’t have any . . . bits . . . then how do you go to the bathroom?

Julie Hall

Can you let go of my hair and my . . . Tinkle please.

Julie Hall

About the Author

Julie Hall is a USA Today bestselling, 11x award-winning author.

She writes YA paranormal / fantasy novels, loves doodles, and drinks Red Bull, but not necessarily in that order. Julie’s daughter says that her super power is sleeping all day and writing all night… and well, she wouldn’t be wrong.

Julie currently lives in Colorado with her four favorite people – her husband, daughter, and two fur babies.

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

Entwined Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Entwined
by A.J. Rosen
Publisher: Wattpad Books
Release Date: August 25th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Was everyone I cared for doomed to die?

A.J. Rosen

Sometimes love gets a bit twisted.

Avery Montgomery doesn’t even know if she wants a soul mate.

As a member of the Hellenicus—a race founded in antiquity and descended directly from the Greek gods—Avery’s attending her first Gathering where she’ll gain the ability to entwine her thoughts with her destined soul mate and be tied to them forever.

But all is not as it seems at the Royal Court. There are severe and strange looks from the elders, whisperings from the ancient Dodona tree, and encounters with spirits who seem to know Avery better than she knows herself.

The last thing I wanted was trouble – not on an empty stomach.

A.J. Rosen

Throughout these whirlwind events at Court, Avery finds herself torn between her feelings for the wise and protective Vladimir and the passionate, fun-loving Adrian. Unwilling to surrender her independence or to betray her heart, Avery must decide once and for all if she’ll give in to her desires and risk the wrath of the Gods.

Because who are you if your destiny lies with another person?

After all, I had other things I needed to focus on. Things like figuring out ways to escape my destiny.

A.J. Rosen

Review

EEEEEE!!!!!! WE HAVE ANOTHER STORY ABOUT GREEKS! MY PEOPLE! Anyways, I LOVE finding stories about Greek gods and goddesses and their descendants! It always feels like a little bit of home (you know, even though I’ve never been to Greece. Thanks COVID for ruining that trip!). But ever since I was a little kid I was obsessed with learning about Greek mythology and obviously that obsession has carried on through to my adulthood. And Entwined was everything I could have asked for wrapped in an absolutely to die for cover!

Letting out a long sigh of relief, my rebel alter ego took over – time for a self-guided tour of the court.

A.J. Rosen

This books was just such a delightful and easy to read story. It kind of took me back to the “olden” (or as I like to call it, golden) days of YA where the stories were just good stories and nothing was too forced. I dunno, maybe I’m just stuck in the past but I love just being able to pick up a book and enjoy it because it’s just a darn good story. But also, I think I’ve been EXTRA about this because my brain has shut off from all the stress this year and I just need some good ole relaxation when I read. Plus, it’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve found a book about soulmates and honestly I’ve missed this trope. Yeah, it’s cheesy, but that’s the whole point! I mean, who doesn’t fantasize about finding your one true match (or as I like to refer to it as: food and dogs).

It seemed, in that moment, that he, more than anyone else in the world, truly knew me. Inside and out. No matter how many walls I had built to prevent that from happening.

A.J. Rosen

But yeah, this was an addicting, fun, and amazing book! I love when I can honestly say I picked up a book, refused to put it down, and ruined my life some more by refusing to sleep because I HAD to finish it. So yeah, I really enjoyed this one and it’s just one of those really enjoyable stories. And shout out to Wattpad, because they have been KILLING it with their books lately!

About the Author

• undying love for pizza and desserts #dontjudge • love everything Greek Myths • I read ALL Wattpad message I receive • basically all around noob author who wants to inspire and help new writers, and dreams to get her books published • writing is my way of escaping & coping with reality • spending most of my free time sitting on my bed wearing XL T-shirt + pyjama pants and crafting fantasy + mystery stories while fantasizing about Christian Bale saving me instead of Gotham ✌🏻• I love playing games (esp. those that have dragons in it) • I’m not gay/bisexual/straight. I am human. Most of the time. • Jungkook is my undone •

Tour Schedule

August 19th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview + Instagram

August 20th

Inktalkswithmaria – Review + InstagramTrapped Inside Stories – Spotlight + Instagram

August 21st

Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + InstagramStuck in the Stacks – Review + Favourite Quotes + Playlist

August 22nd

Bee’s Reads – Review + InstagramReading Under the Covers – Review

August 23rd

Booklover.zzz – Guest PostYours A-fiction-ately – Review + Favourite Quotes + InstagramJoanna.zoe – Review

August 24th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Review + Favourite Quotes + Interview + InstagramTiJah Writes Erotica – Review + Favourite Quotes

August 25th

Ya it’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + InstagramBumbleebeela – Review

Instagram Giveaway

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Winter’s Wolf Tour – Review

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About the Book

The impact of the sucker punch sent Louvette to the ground hard. Pain flared across her cheek as it split. The effects of her adrenaline paused as her mother’s words of warning replayed in her mind: Make this school last until graduation. She knew this would break her mother’s heart.

A shout that did not come from her mother took her back to present reality. She hadn’t started this fight, but she knew she wasn’t going to let her butt get stomped, either.

She jumped up. Her fist balled as a blonde pixie of a girl came at her. Louvette dodged her this time and swung her fist straight into the girl’s nose. A solid crunch sounded as her attack landed. Her momentary satisfaction was thrown off along with her balance as the girls fell to the ground.

A large arm separated them apart as the coach finally arrived to do his job. They continued to kick at each other, looking like barrel monkeys hanging off a barrel.

“Break it up! Lynskey and Mallory, report to the principal’s office immediately,” snapped Coach No Clue. No clue what his name was because she hadn’t been in his class or let alone the whole school of Farwell long enough to learn it.

She was more dragged down the hallway toward the principal’s office than reported to it.

The Queen B, otherwise known as Tiffany Mallory, began to beg immediately, spawning an eye roll from Louvette. She was a whiny beggar. Just one of many B words that could describe her to a T, but it was the nicest one that Louvette could think of.

Her pleading stopped as they arrived at the door of the principal’s office. They locked eyes for a second, hatred flaring toward each other.

“I’m first. I’m on my third offense and I’m not waiting all day for you to get a slap on the wrist,” Louvette said to Tiffany as she darted past her into the office. The only thing that stopped her from slamming the door in the B’s face was the creature on the other side of the door.

Review

I’ve been reading a lot of paranormal books lately and it’s made me realize that I’m not really sure why I stopped reading them for so long. There’s just something about a great paranormal book, especially if there are werewolves involved. I particularly loved how Winter’s Wolf had a lot of romance but still managed to also fit in a bunch of action and even a hint of some thriller thrown in.

I think the thing I liked best about this book was that it reminded me a lot of old ya. And while I love all of the recent new ya releases, sometimes I miss that easy reading feel that I always felt from ya books years back. I mean, there was still all of the drama and angst as anything revolving around teenagers entails but the stories were just that, stories. And Winter’s Wolf took me back to that and I was able to just sit down and enjoy the story. And honestly, given everything going on in the world right now, that’s kind of what I want in my books. A great story that I can fall into and want to binge because it takes my mind off of everything.

I really enjoyed the characters and the romance. It was very typical of what you expect from ya books and I love that! One thing I didn’t expect from this story, given that it is a paranormal book, was the world building. And I’m definitely not complaining, I mean it’s my favorite thing in books honestly. And it’s also something that I’ve found seriously lacking in the past few books I’ve read. So it was such a nice surprise to find it done so well in this book!

About the Author

Lou Grimes was born and raised in Texas. She writes in the comfort of her own home. When she is not writing or working part-time, she is outside gardening, swimming, and hiking. Another favorite past time of hers is anything that involves creating art and traveling as much as possible.

When she was growing up, her nose was either stuck in a book or stuck in her own daydreams. Her main objective as an author is to create a world that people want to get lost in.

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

Brambles Review

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About the Book

Nineteen-year-old Sidney Philips lives in the shadow of her grandmother, a wealthy socialite with towering expectations and a controlling hand. She’s expected to either find a respectable career and marry well, or to simply marry well. Believing she has no choice, Sidney walks the path laid out for her—that is until a destined meeting with a terrifying ghost turns her world upside down. All at once, Sidney is at the center of a curse that has nothing (and everything) to do with her. She’s faced with a terrible choice, and no matter what she chooses, someone will suffer.

Brambles is a coming-of-age story that’s a mash-up of paranormal romance and Sleeping Beauty lore; a delicious blend of drama, action, and humor perfect for both YA and NA (New Adult) readers.

The Brambles Series has the romance of Vampire Diaries and the humor of Gilmore Girls. The heroine of this tale, Sidney Philips, is a sarcastic young adult with a fiery wit and a semi-serious mocha obsession.

Do you want to hear a ghost story?

Review

What do you get when you combine The Vampire Diaries, Sleeping Beauty, and ghosts? Brambles. And, just as a side note, those are three of my favorite things. So, as you can probably guess, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s just one of those highly enjoyable books that you can read rain or shine, slump or no slump. It’ll just pull you in and make you want to find out what’s going to happen.

So, did I mention there are ghosts in this story? Because there are two very important very British very victorian ghosts in this story. Just saying. They kind of steal the show and I looked forward to some ghostly scenes throughout the book. I also love that the females run the show in this book, from Sidney’s crotchety old (and very wealthy) grandmother who’s a rich boss to Sidney taking control of her own life and decisions.

One thing I must say is make sure you have book two ready when you start this! You’ll thank me because the ending of Brambles just warrants you to immediately continue the story. Like, wow, what a cliff hanger! And towards the end I found a new favorite character that I wasn’t expecting to love, but more details on that coming in my review of book two. So, in conclusion, keep an eye out tomorrow for my review on book two in the Brambles Series: Thorns.

About the Author

A little about me: I’m an author, lover of creepy-cute things (you know sparkly skulls and black unicorns and candles that melt and show skeletons), and an all around weirdo. I’m the happiest when playing with my kitties or exploring a haunted cemetery. I love YA books. If I could, I would live in one. Just not The Hunger Games. I want to live!! 

I’ve just finished the Brambles Series and am working on a dystopian series that will release late 2020/early 2021. It’s super dark and I’m super excited.

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

Royal Decoy Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Royal Decoy (Fate of Eyrinthia, #1)
by Heather Frost 
Release Date: June 18th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

You know nothing of sacrifice.

Heather Frost

A SERVANT blackmailed into becoming a princess’s decoy.
A BODYGUARD determined to keep her alive.

A PRINCE forced to execute his father’s brutal laws.
A PRISONER used to keep him compliant.

A WORLD on the brink of war.

She needed him more.

Heather Frost

In one horrible night, Clare goes from kitchen maid to royal decoy. She has three months to become the princess’s perfect double so she can ensure her betrothal to an enemy prince. Desperate to survive, Clare throws herself into self-defense training, taught by her distractingly attractive bodyguard. The danger increases when a ruthless assassin begins stalking her, intent on ending the tenuous peace.

Across the northern mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon. He carries out the king’s harsh orders because the one person he cares about is his father’s prisoner. Grayson’s silent obedience is tested when his father plans to exploit the marriage alliance between two of their greatest enemies. If Grayson submits, the blood of thousands will spill. If he resists, the girl who means everything to him will die.

The fate of Eyrinthia hangs in the balance. Some want peace. Some want war. All will be thrown into chaos.

She was good. Pure. And she had given him every good moment in his life.

Heather Frost

Review

So, I avoided books on royals for far too long. My issue was that I read WAY TOO MANY at one time and kind of overindulged in them. But this past year I’ve been slowly incorporating them back into my reading and I’m so glad I decided to do this. Because boy have I been missing out on some good books! And Royal Decoy was everything that I love to see in a book on royals and political intrigue.

Patience. Your time will come. Be careful.

Heather Frost

This story hooks you and draws you in. It’s just such an enjoyable read and perfect to curl up under some blankets with. The characters are all enjoyable to read about, which is something hard to find when the story revolves around multiple characters. I also just really love the mix of fantasy and royalty. If done correctly/well, like in this book, then they’re the perfect combination to read about. But what I think I loved most about this book is that it was so refreshing. It took themes that can sometimes feel too common and reworked them into something entirely new and entertaining.

Don’t apologize. I enjoyed every moment.

Heather Frost

The only downside is that I have to wait for the next book in the series. I’ve really enjoyed everything that I’ve picked up from Frost and I’m always excited to see what she comes up next. And the Fate of Eyrinthia series definitely promises to be another amazing series that I will gladly binge!

About the Author

Heather Frost writes mostly YA fiction and has a soft spot for tortured characters, breath-stealing romance, and happy endings. She is the author of the Seers trilogy. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework.

When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She owns two typewriters, sings in the car, and dreams of living in a castle someday. She currently lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in the wilds of Utah.

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June 12th

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June 13th

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June 14th

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June 15th

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EBL INC – Review + Character Interview
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June 17th

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June 15th

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🌸 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🌸 So, I avoided books on royals for far too long. My issue was that I read WAY TOO MANY at one time and kind of overindulged in them. But this past year I've been slowly incorporating them back into my reading and I'm so glad I decided to do this. Because boy have I been missing out on some good books! And Royal Decoy was everything that I love to see in a book on royals and political intrigue. (Full review & extra giveaway entries on my blog, link in bio!) 🌸 QOTD | Do you “rotate” your reading and how do you plan that out? 🌸 For this particular giveaway, we have an exclusive Instagram. We are giving away the following prizes: * Personalized/Signed ARC of Royal Decoy (softcover) * Personalized/Signed copy of Seers, Book 1 of the Seers Trilogy (hardcover) * Seers t-shirt (your choice of a small, medium, or large) * 2 mood rings (for you and a friend!) * Signed bookmarks/swag 🌸 The giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY and will start on June 12th 2020 and finish on June 25th 2020. 🌸 Entries for the giveaway: ▪︎Follow @theffbc & @whatmakespatri ▪︎Follow @heather.frost.author ▪︎Follow @michellesulk ▪︎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 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 in the comments! 🌸 #royaldecoy #heatherfrost #yaromance #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #bookstagram #yafantasy #booknerd #bookreviewblog #booksharks #instabooklovers #yacommunity #bookishlove #hereforthebooks #bookstaunited #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #btabookfriends #bookphotography #bookstamisfits #bookishmerch #bookiehelper #bookishphotography #readgushcommunity #bookblogger

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Jo & Laurie Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Jo & Laurie
by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 2nd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Retellings

‘What it’s like to be tormented by having a writer of books in your family. What it’s like to be tortured by having a scamp in your tutelage.’

‘Well, that surely took hours.’

Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

Bestselling authors Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz bring us a romantic retelling of Little Women starring Jo March and her best friend, the boy next door, Theodore “Laurie” Laurence.

Remember who you are. She would not let herself be pampered

Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

1869, Concord, Massachusetts: After the publication of her first novel, Jo March is shocked to discover her book of scribbles has become a bestseller, and her publisher and fans demand a sequel. While pressured into coming up with a story, she goes to New York with her dear friend Laurie for a week of inspiration—museums, operas, and even a once-in-a-lifetime reading by Charles Dickens himself!

But Laurie has romance on his mind, and despite her growing feelings, Jo’s desire to remain independent leads her to turn down his heartfelt marriage proposal and sends the poor boy off to college heartbroken. When Laurie returns to Concord with a sophisticated new girlfriend, will Jo finally communicate her true heart’s desire or lose the love of her life forever?

Everything past was prologue, including the fact that both of them had loved, and been rejected by, other people. Only the future mattered now.

Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

Review

Perhaps one of the most known (and argued about) “romances” is the one between Jo March and Theodore Laurence. Growing up I was obsessed with Little Women and because of the chemistry between Christian Bale and Winona Ryder I thought that Jo and Laurie had to be endgame and refused to believe anything else, even if the book said so. HOWEVER, when I went to see the new Little Women film, and promptly reread the novel afterwards, I found myself rethinking my resolute belief that Jo and Laurie should be together. However, regardless of my currently wavering beliefs in this timeless love triangle, you best believe I was beyond excited when I found out about this book. For Jo & Laurie poses the question of: what would happen if these two star-crossed lovers actually did end up together?

What was happening was alternately dull and frightening.

Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

Ok, so I realize that this book is going to be VERY dividing. I can understand why some people would be upset about this retelling, since Jo was meant to be an independent woman, but I was still overly excited for this book and am just taking it as an exciting “what if” instead of a slight on an epic work of literature. But I most definitely thought of the Winona and Christian Jo and Laurie while reading this book.

This family.

Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

This book was like a walk down memory lane (even though I just reread Little Women this year). It was such an endearing take on beloved characters and I truly enjoyed reading the reimagined version of such a well known and discussed story. And that’s what this story was, it was about the characters and their relationships. But it is important to remember that while these are the characters we know and love, they’re also the authors’ take on these beloved characters. So they are both the same and different and new. So go into this book expecting a new story that reminisces the original.

About the Authors

She is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

She is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling

Margaret Stohl is a #1 New York Times bestselling nerd, world-builder, video game creator, comic book writer and festival founder.

As an award-winning young adult author, she has been published in fifty countries and thirty-two languages and has sold more than ten million books worldwide. Beautiful Creatures debuted as the Amazon #1 Teen book of the year; seven of Margaret’s books have reached bestseller lists around the world.

She has published fifteen novels and graphic novels, as well as contributed to several games and countless comics since her debut. Her last book, Cats Vs Robots: This is War, was a family affair, illustrated by her child, the artist Kay Peterson, and co-written with her husband, Lewis Peterson. It also starred three of her family’s five cats.

After Beautiful Creatures was released as a feature film from Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment, Margaret began working with Marvel on her bestselling Black Widow: Forever Red duology; in 2017 she began writing the ongoing Mighty Captain Marvel comic, followed by the acclaimed Life of Captain Marvel miniseries, where she established a new origin story for Carol Danvers in preparation for the theatrical debut of Brie Larson as “Captain Marvel” for the MCU. 

When not roaming the halls of Seattle game developer Bungie – where she oversees the creation of new global IPs – Margaret can often be seen at a Comicon or at one of the teen and youth book festivals she co-founded, YALLFEST (Charleston, SC) and YALLWEST (Santa Monica, CA), the largest in the country. Wherever she goes, you can find out more about her (and invariably her cats) at @mstohl on twitter or margaret_stohl on instagram or margaret_stohl on snapchat or at mstohl.com.

Excerpt

Before You Begin . . .

The story that we now think of as Little Women was originally published as two separate volumes written by Louisa May Alcott in 1868 and 1869.

In those pages, Jo March—one of young adult literature’s most beloved writers and sisters—writes and publishes the story of her life with her family at Orchard House.

Our own reimagined story takes place between the two volumes, after the success of the first, as Jo struggles to write the second.

Just as we expect “Lu” did.

—MS & MdlC

Prologue

Little Women

The Offices of Roberts Brothers, Publishers and Bookbinders

Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts

1868

“Little Women? That’s the title?” The author looked concerned. Above her light brown eyes and beneath her threadbare linen cap, the chestnut curls that framed her face were shaking. Miss Josephine March was all of seventeen years old, and though her girlish curves were slight, her spirit was immense.

There was nothing little about her, or her characters.

Or so she had thought.

The book in question—a volume of domestic stories, loosely inspired by her own family—was one she hadn’t wanted to write, had in fact steadfastly refused to write, until her editor had offered a notably unrefusable royalty, instead of the usual piffling advance. Only then had she dashed off a dozen chapters in a fit of pique. To her dismay, he’d loved them, and she’d had no choice but to finish the final chapters, which she’d come to deliver now.

And lo—insult beyond injury—it would be called Little Women.

“Isn’t it perfect?” Mr. Thomas Niles beamed at her over his spectacles. Her editor at Boston’s (moderately) respected and (moderately) solvent Roberts Brothers Press, Niles felt he had developed some (moderate) expertise in the publishing industry. His authors, at times, disagreed.

This was one of those times.

“Far from it!” Jo drew a worn cambric handkerchief square from her pinafore pocket and dabbed dramatically at the corner of her left eye, although both author and editor knew there was no actual tear to be wiped away.

Only fury, and there’s not a cambric square big enough in the world for that—

“It’s dismissive!” Jo seethed. “It’s pap!”

“Oh?” Niles pushed his spectacles back up the bridge of his bulbous red nose. “How so?”

“It’s . . . trite!” Jo dropped the handkerchief upon the bundled pages in front of her. They were tied with string, the requested final chapters, as painstakingly inked as the others before them. Her hands hovered, as always, just above the parcel; it was never easy, letting go of the fruit of so many stolen hours in her damp writing garret under the attic eaves, where she’d burnt her last saved stumps of candle-wax—as well as her fingers—and ruined her eyes in the service of one of these so-called little stories. The nerve!

Niles sighed.

“Trivial!” Jo huffed.

“When you say trivial,” Niles began, “do you mean—?”

“For starters, that’s not a title, it’s a literal restatement of the very essence of the plot,” Jo interrupted.

He eyed the parcel hungrily. “Yes, and I’m told it’s charming.

Jo’s head-shake was very nearly violent. “It’s not charming. I’m not charming.” After making a living writing her customary blood-and-thunder tales—or so she thought of them—this business of feminine tradition and treacle was all very unfamiliar. To be fair, with the exception of her sisters, Jo knew and liked hardly any girls at all.

“You’re very charming, Miss March. Nearly as charming as your book,” Niles said, looking amused. “And a tribute to little women everywhere.” He pulled a tin from his outer vest pocket. “Peppermint?”

Buying time with sweets, again. Niles offered them up only when he found himself in a tough conversational crossroads, Jo knew.

So that’s it, then.

There really is no changing the title.

“Thank you, no.” Jo looked out the window as a horse and carriage clattered up Washington Street, spraying mud in every direction, including onto the glass of the (moderately) well-kept Roberts Brothers offices. She tried not to wring her hands in despair and failed. “I suppose it is what it is. Perhaps it doesn’t matter what you call it. I dashed the thing off in weeks, and for what?”

“Money,” Niles said. “The almighty dollar. Which you happen to need, not unlike the rest of us. Speaking of earning your wage, are those the chapters you owe me?” He reached for the bundled pages between them.

“It’s not about earning my wages,” Jo said, tightening her grip on the manuscript. “Not just about that.” She’d written it on assignment, because Niles was experimenting beyond the standard Continental Gothic that came flowing from Jo’s pen so easily.

And, yes, because of the money.

The result was a collection of domestic moments, sure, but it had surprised even her; it wasn’t just feminine drivel, even if the title might perhaps now doom it to be. She hadn’t expected it to come as quickly as it had, or as pleasantly. Not that she would admit that to her editor. “Money’s not a reason. Not a proper one, anyway.” Even if we are poor as rats.

“Many people—most—seem to think otherwise,” Niles said, yanking his handkerchief from his pocket and mopping his brow, which was beginning to perspire as they argued. He was never without a handkerchief; decades of sobbing authors, Jo suspected, had trained him thus.

“Not all people,” she sniffed.

“Certainly my investors do. You aren’t the only family with war debts, you know.”

Jo had no answer for that, for he was right. She supposed she would never be considered a real writer now, never be taken seriously by the public. Never invited to lecture at the Athenaeum with Ralph and Henry and . . . Who was that other chap? Perhaps this was what happened to feminine scribblers who aspired above their little place in the Concord world.

Strike another blow to the weaker sex—and all that rot.

“Charming,” she sighed.

“Ideally, you’ve written equally charming last chapters as well.” Niles eyed the stack hopefully. “Seeing as my typesetters have very nearly caught up with you.”

Jo snorted, which was a good indication of her feelings concerning the process that put her words on the page. Lottie Roberts, who manned the letterpress, had once changed “Christopher Columbus!”—Jo’s most oft-uttered oath—to “My Heavens!” and Jo had never forgiven her. This was, truthfully, not an isolated event; “Blazes!” had been mysteriously printed as “How sad!”—“Hell” as “The Down Below”—“Blow me down!” as “No!”—and “A French pox upon you, Adventuress!” had been eliminated altogether.

“Your typesetters go too far.” She glared, repeating the warning not to change a word of her text for the twentieth time.

“Yes, well.” He snapped shut his peppermint tin. “When women of polite society are allowed to speak like common sailors, you are welcome to terminate their employment yourself, Miss March.”

“And I look forward to the day, sir.” Jo pursed her lips.

“I am confident you shall meet it.” Niles smiled. For despite all indications to the contrary, the two were fond friends. Niles reminded Jo of her father, who had left Concord years earlier to join the Union army as a chaplain. Mr. March had come home only once in all that time—when the Union prevailed and the war was won, three years ago. Shortly thereafter, he’d left once more to volunteer in the Reconstruction efforts in the South, helping to build schools and churches for previously enslaved people. And though his letters usually came frequently, the March women felt his absence keenly.

But Jo still had Niles, and if they fought, they fought well, each considering the other the more harmless version of their species. (The dollar a story Niles paid to run Jo’s wild romantic adventures didn’t hurt, either. Neither did the fact that subscriptions to his circular, The Tall Taler, had gone up by forty-three since engaging her. Forty-three!)

“Call it what you will. No one will read it, anyway.” Jo tapped her fingers along the brown-paper-wrapped parcel. “I don’t know why you believed you could sell it.”

“Perhaps.” Niles nodded.

“I should have used a different name instead of my own,” she sighed. “Eustacia. Thomasina.”

“Possibly.” He nodded again. “Eustacia Emerson is lovely. I’m quite partial to Thomasina Thoreau, but Hildegarde Hawthorne could also do just fine.” He winked.

Hawthorne. That was his name, the other Athenaeum chap!

“Fine.” She picked at the string about the parcel. “Take my daft little book of scribbles and do with it as you will.”

“I’ve seen dafter. Trust me.”

“Trust you? You have no sense of anything, least of all publishing! Why, you couldn’t sell Romeo and Juliet if I wrote it for you.”

“Admittedly a bit somber for my taste—I do prefer a happy ending to my sensation stories. So do our Tall Taler readers. Why couldn’t Romeo have married Juliet and settled down in a nice Tuscan villa? A sequel by any other name . . .”

The author bit her lip; it kept her from responding in a discourteous manner.

“Now give it here,” the editor said, sliding his fingers impatiently across the blotter atop his desk and taking the manuscript from her hands.

“Take it.” She scowled.

Manuscript obtained, Niles traded his peppermints for the bottle of peppermint schnapps he kept in the bottom of his drawer for special occasions.

“A toast!” he offered, pouring two thimblefuls into two cups.

Jo grudgingly accepted.

“To our Little Women!” her publisher cried. “And to the bright future of Jo March, Thomas Niles, and Roberts Brothers! May 1868 prove to be a banner year for us all!”

Jo clinked her glass against his. It seemed rude otherwise. With a final sigh and a shake of her curls, the author drank to her defeat. The editor drank to her success.

Little Women it was.

Excerpted from Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz. Copyright © 2020 by Melissa de la Cruz and Margaret Stohl, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Original link: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/594970/jo-and-laurie-by-margaret-stohl-and-melissa-de-la-cruz/

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May 27th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

May 28th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Belle’s Archive – Review
Adventurous Bookworm – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Clever Reader – Review
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes

May 29th

A Gingerly Review – Review
Happily, Hedy – Review + Favourite Quotes
Colbywilkens – Review
justicereads – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books Over Everything – Review

May 30th

L.M. Durand – Interview
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
Emelie’s Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Jill’s Book Blog – Review

May 31st

The Shelf Life Chronicles – Review + Favourite Quotes
Book Briefs – Review
Kayla Reads and Reviews – Review + Favourite Quotes
ReadwithMiki – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Heidi Reads… – Review

June 1st

Biblioxytocin – Review + Favourite Quotes
@onemused – Review
Ohana Cascadia – Review + Favourite Quotes
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review
Paperbacks and Pen – Review + Favourite Quotes

June 2nd

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Odd and Bookish – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
Hauntedbybooks – Review + Favourite Quotes
Eating Between the Lines – Review

Giveaway

Prize: Win a copy of JO & LAURIE by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz (US Only)

Starts: 27th May 2020
Ends: 10th June 2020

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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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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

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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
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▪︎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
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@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. 

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