Chaos on Catnet Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book


ASIN : B08HKWFV9M
Publisher : Tor Teen (April 27, 2021)
Publication date : April 27, 2021
Language : English

It takes an AI to catch an AI in Chaos on CatNet, the follow-up to Naomi Kritzer’s award-winning near future YA thriller.

When a mysterious entity starts hacking into social networks and chat rooms to instigate paranoia and violence in the real world, it’s up to Steph and her new friend, Nell, to find a way to stop it—with the help of their benevolent AI friend, CheshireCat.
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Praise for Chaos on Catnet

“The characters offer positive, realistic LGBTQIA+ representation―especially nonbinary identities and characters still exploring their identities. Refreshingly, the characters also feel like generally-woke-but-still-imperfect humans. Wickedly funny and thrilling in turns; perfect for readers coming-of-age online.” ―Kirkus, starred review

“Kritzer’s take on a benevolent AI is both whimsical and poignant. An entertaining, heart-filled exploration of today’s online existence and privacy concerns.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Smart, sly, scary, and irrepressibly good fun, this novel has everything I’ve ever wanted from a story: it is a cerebral, funny, tender, big-idea delight. I can’t wait for you to read it.”―Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

“An absolutely charming and incredibly gripping, superbly plotted YA thriller.” ―Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother

“Kritzer’s flawless collection taps deep wells of emotion and wonder…. Her work is indisputably speculative, but it’s a perfect entry point to the genre for readers who prefer fantastical and futuristic elements to stay more in the background, with human (and robotic) feelings always at the fore. This splendid treat is not to be missed.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories 

Review

I was honestly surprised at how excited I was to read this one! Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I wasn’t thrilled to see this book it’s just that I’m so shocked at just how much I enjoy this series when it’s something that is typically out of my reading comfort zone. But there’s something about these books that are just so good and alluring!

This book is just as good as the first and I loved being able to follow up with all of the characters (plus some new additions). The story really takes off right from the start and off we go on another adventure. But what I think I like most about this series is the sense of realness to it. Like, clearly, the subject matter isn’t QUITE something you see every day, but in the same sense… we’re not far off are we? But anyways, what I really meant is that the characters are so relatable. They’re living breathing humans that have their quirks and their individuality instead of the overly… everything… we sometimes see in books. And I think that that’s why I find this series so fresh.

This was definitely a wonderful follow up book and I really look forward to seeing what Kritzer comes up with next! I mean anyone who can get me out of my reading comfort zone AND make me fall in love with it on top of it is someone to watch!

About the Author

Photo Credit: Sean M. Murphy/SMM Photography

NAOMI KRITZER has been making friends online since her teens, when she had to use a modem to dial up at 2400 baud. She is a writer and blogger who has published a number of short stories and novels for adults, including the Eliana’s Song duology and the Dead Rivers Trilogy. Her 2015 short story “Cat Pictures Please” won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula. Naomi lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her family and four cats. The number of cats is subject to change without notice.

Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner
WEEK ONE
APRIL 26th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
APRIL 27th TUESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books GUEST POST
APRIL 28th WEDNESDAY Living in a Bookworld EXCERPT
APRIL 29th THURSDAY TTC Books and More EXCERPT
APRIL 30th FRIDAY Casia’s Corner EXCERPT
APRIL 30th FRIDAY Lady Hawkeye EXCERPT

WEEK TWO
MAY 3rd MONDAY Kait Plus Books REVIEW
MAY 4th TUESDAY A Bronx Latina Reads REVIEW
MAY 5th WEDNESDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
MAY 5th WEDNESDAY Metaphors and Miscellanea REVIEW
MAY 6th THURSDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
MAY 7th FRIDAY BookHounds YA REVIEW & INTERVIEW

Giveaway

5 Winners will receive a Copy of CATFISHING ON CATNET & CHAOS ON CATNET by Naomi Kritzer
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

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Down World Tour – Review

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About the Book

As the site of a former military base, there have always been rumors that East Township High School was the site of experiments with space and time. For years, students have whispered in the hallways of a doorway created within the school, one that can access multiple timelines and realities, a place known as the Down World.

As the new kid in school and still reeling from the unexplained death of her brother Robbie, Marina O’Connell is only interested in one thing: leaving the past behind. But a chance encounter with handsome Brady Picelli changes everything. He will lead Marina to a startling discovery. The Down World is real and the past, present, and future are falling out of balance.

Brady is determined to help Marina discover what really happened to her brother. However, what is taken from one world, must be repaid by another. And Marina is about to discover that even a realm of infinite possibilities has rules that must be obeyed.

Review

This book was right up my alley! You know, that very niche alley that everyone has. And I am glad to say that it didn’t disappoint! I was so invested in the story throughout and I just thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this one. Plus it’s just so bizarre, which I of course love an appreciate.

This is just one of those books that you’re going to find difficult to put down. Now, I can’t get into it too much cause spoilers would be a no-no but this world is so complex. And as more and more unfolds you’re going to be lured even further into the book. Plus there is a dark undercurrent throughout the story that creates a… purpose?… to the plot.

Down World really blew me away and provided me with something that felt fresh. Which I really needed right now because I’ve been *mildly* slumping for what feels like forever lately.

About the Author

Rebecca Phelps is an actress, screenwriter, novelist, and mom based in Los Angeles. She is the co-creator of the website novel2screen.net, which analyzes film and television adapted from other material. Down World, the recipient of a Watty Award for Best Young Adult Fiction, is her first novel. To hear more about the Down World trilogy, follow Rebecca on Instagram @geminirosey, or on Twitter @DownWorldNovel. Happy reading!

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

Infinity Reaper Review

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About the Book

Emil and Brighton Rey defied the odds. They beat the Blood Casters and escaped with their lives–or so they thought. When Brighton drank the Reaper’s Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him.

In Emil’s race to find an antidote that will not only save his brother but also rid him of his own unwanted phoenix powers, he will have to dig deep into the very past lives he’s trying to outrun. Though he needs the help of the Spell Walkers now more than ever, their ranks are fracturing, with Maribelle’s thirst for revenge sending her down a dangerous path.

Meanwhile, Ness is being abused by Senator Iron for political gain, his rare shifting ability making him a dangerous weapon. As much as Ness longs to send Emil a signal, he knows the best way to keep Emil safe from his corrupt father is to keep him at a distance.

The battle for peace is playing out like an intricate game of chess, and as the pieces on the board move into place, Emil starts to realize that he may have been competing against the wrong enemy all along.

Review

Has this week both been THE LONGEST week and flown by at the same time or is that just me? I feel like I’m just losing all sense of time but I’m super glad I’m getting in this review today! Because I really love these books. And I may have been waiting for Infinity Reaper since last year. Just saying. And dare I say it… I may have loved this one even more than book one!

You know why I love these books so much? It’s simple, the world building is just divine. Plus I mean the story is amazing too but you know, priorities. And I just love that I got to know even more about this complex world in Infinity Reaper. But this picks right up following book two and we are taken on an adventure that is going to make you go through some emotions so buckle up!

Sorry this review may be a smidge shorter than normal, but my brain feels like it’s about to implode so I’m leaving it at this. Remember, I’m losing all sense of time. Plus allergies. So. Much. Pollen. But anyways, GET THIS BOOK AND READ IT ASAP!

About the Author

Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, and They Both Die at the End. His next book What If It’s Us is co-written by Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and releases on October 9th, 2018.
He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

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

Covet Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Book Title: Covet
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

“I choose you.”

— Tracy Wolff

I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire.

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

“Everything’s a secret, Grace, whether we know it or not.”

— Tracy Wolff

The Crave series is best enjoyed in order.

Reading Order:
Book #1 Crave
Book #2 Crush
Book #3 Covet
Book #4 Court

Romeo and Juliet, here I come.”

— Tracy Wolff

Review

You know, when Crave first came out my middle school Twilight obsessed self squealed in anticipation. And I had still been squealing in anticipation for Covet as well. This series just never disappoints and I can legitimately blame it on many sleepless nights. Plus there’s just so many twists and turns that continue to make the series interesting instead of one of those series where you know what’s going to happen throughout the entire series just after the first book.

“There’s just him and me and everything remembered and forgotten that stretches between us.”

— Tracy Wolff

You know what I think sets this series apart from other YA series? It’s the fact that everything is just so well set up and then all your hopes and dreams are Crushed (heh heh, see what I did there? Yes, I know I need sleep). And it’s not even that you wind up hating the characters like in some other 180-degree ya/fantasy books (you know which ones), which makes this even more wild because it’s reflective of life in a way. And I guess what I’m trying to say is that I really appreciate that. Things change. People change. And our relationships change. Which is something you don’t often see portrayed after our character finds their *true one.* But yeah, this review got off the rails but I also don’t want to spoil anything. But just expect the same top tier storytelling, lots of Drama WITH a capital D, and So. Much. Happening.

“Because of who you really are.”

— Tracy Wolff

So you know how we’ve all been *im*patiently waiting for Covet? Well, I still want more. And I would still do some . . . unseemly . . . things to get my hand on Court. It’s just I kind of need to know what’s going to happen and how this will all turn out. But it’s ok. We don’t have THAT long to wait. Right? Yep. Just gotta keep telling myself that. And in the meantime I hope you all read this and join me in feeling this way.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff is a lover of vampires, dragons, and all things that go bump in the night. A onetime English professor, she now devotes all her time to writing dark and romantic stories with tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines. She has written all her sixty-plus novels from her home in Austin, Texas, which she shares with her family. tracywolffbooks.com.

Blog Tour Schedule

March 2

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome Post/Author Interview
Momma Leighellen’s Book Nook – Book Review, Favorite Things About Covet
Ashweereads – Spotlight
Lore of the Books – Spotlight

March 3

Books Are Magic Too – Spotlight
Avni Reads – Book Review, Favorite Quotes
Tralyn’s Bookbag – Book Review, Favorite Things About CovetBookWifeReviews – Book Review
The Writer’s Alley – Book Spotlight

March 4

A Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review
The Clever Reader – Book Review
Kait Plus Books – Author Interview
Carolibrary Books – Spotlight
Jena Brown Writes – Highlight on Crave and Crush, predictions for Covet
Wishful Endings – Author Interview

March 5

We Write at Dawn – Book Review, Favorite Quotes
Kayla’s Book Nook – Book Review
The Open Books – Book Review, Favorite Things About Covet
Book Briefs – Book Review
Bookish Heidi – Book Review
The Momma Spot – Book Review

March 6

Trapped Inside Stories – Author Interview
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review
Curly Book Owls – Book Review, Favorite Things About Covet
Scrappy Rat Reviews – Book Review
The Momma Spot – Book Review
Ya Its Lit – Book Review, Favorite Quotes
Lala’s Book Reviews – Book Review, Favorite Quotes

March 7

Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Book Review
Magically Katie – Book Quiz
Stuck in the Stacks – Book Review, Favorite Quotes
Books We Love – Book Review, Mood Board
Whimsical Blessings Blog – Author Interview
The Bookish Raven – Book Review, Favorite Things About Covet

Instagram Tour Schedule

March 2

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome/Blogger’s Choice
Reading_with_Nicole – Spotlight
Mommaleighellensbooknook – Blogger’s Choice
Ashlieholecekwriter – Blogger’s Choice
Shreshtha_reads – Book Review
Piecesofourlife – Book Review
Loreofthebooks – Blogger’s Choice
Frantic4romantic – Book Review
Ricki_reads – Book Review

March 3

Booksaremagictoo – Blogger’s Choice
Avnireads – Blogger’s Choice
Jrundy85 – Blogger’s Choice
Tralynsbookbag – Blogger’s Choice
Queenofagoodread – Spotlight
Modernbookmom – Mood Board
Gwenecunningham – Spotlight
Bookwifereviews – Blogger’s Choice
Bgs.books – Book Review

March 4

Thecleverreader – Blogger’s Choice
Jypsylynn – Book Review
Laurenmariereads – Blogger’s Choice
Caro.library – Blogger’s Choice
Jenabrownwrites – Blogger’s Choice
Annareadswithcats – Book Review
Violet_starlightbooks11 – Book Review
Wishfulendings – Blogger’s Choice
Thereadingroom444 – Book Review

March 5

We.Write.At.Dawn – Blogger’s Choice
The_heeler_booklife – Blogger’s Choice
Kymsopenbooks – Blogger’s Choice
Bookbriefs – Blogger’s Choice
Yourlocalbookreader – Blogger’s Choice
Hagerfamilyreads – Book Review
By_the_bookcase – Book Review
Erins_adventures_in_the_pages – Book Art/Cover Art
Reckless.reader – Book Review
Bookish.heidi – Blogger’s Choice
Ricki_reads – Book Review

March 6

Moonlight_Rendezvous – Blogger’s Choice
Featherboundbooks – Book Review
Stacialovestoread – Blogger’s Choice
Mycornerforbooksand – Book Review
Scrappyratreviews – Blogger’s Choice
Graces_waffles – Book Review
The.openbook – Book Review
Emmesbooks – Spotlight
Themommaspot – Blogger’s Choice
Ya.its.lit – Bloggers’ Choice
Lauren.Bodiford – Blogger’s Choice
The_Clavicule_of_ac – Book Review
Turningpageswithmorgan – Book Review

March 7

Bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice
Magically_Katie_ – Blogger’s Choice
Stuck.in.the.stacks – Blogger’s Choice
Bookswelovee – Blogger’s Choice
Stp_reads – Book Review
Boundedandbookmarked – Book Review
Imreadingthenightaway – Book Review
Fireheartreads – Book Review
The_bookish_raven – Blogger’s Choice
Celiamcmahonreads – Book Review
This_book_girl – Book Review
Whimsicalblessingsblog – Blogger’s Choice

Tik Tok Tour Schedule

March 4

Thereadingroom444 – TikTok Post

March 5

By_the_bookcase – TikTok Post
Katiec_readss – TikTok Post

March 6

Graces_waffles – TikTok Post

Giveaway

Enter to win one (1) finished copy of Covet by Tracy Wolff! Open USA only. There will be 1 winner.

Giveaway starts: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Giveaway ends: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

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Curse of the Divine Tour – Review

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About the Book

Book 2 of Ink in the Blood
Publication Date: February 9th, 2020
Publisher: HMH Books

Return to the world of inklings, tattoo magic, and evil deities as Celia uncovers the secrets of the ink in order to stop Diavala once and for all. This eagerly anticipated sequel to Ink in the Blood is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Wicked Saints.

Celia Sand faced Diavala and won, using ink magic to destroy the corrupt religion of Profeta that tormented her for a decade. But winning came with a cost. Now Celia is plagued with guilt over her role in the death of her best friend. When she discovers that Diavala is still very much alive and threatening Griffin, the now-infamous plague doctor, Celia is desperate not to lose another person she loves to the deity’s wrath.

The key to destroying Diavala may lie with Halycon Ronnea, the only other person to have faced Diavala and survived. But Halcyon is dangerous and has secrets of his own, ones that involve the ink that Celia has come to hate. Forced to choose between the ink and Diavala, Celia will do whatever it takes to save Griffin—even if it means making a deal with the devil himself.

Review

You know, I was extremely eager to read this series for the interesting magic system alone. Well, that and the covers. I loveeeee the covers. And I have to delightedly say that these books have no disappointed! I find that a lot of the time I’m swayed into books and get overly excited and then they just don’t live up to that excitement. So, in sense, I get even more excited when books actually do what I wanted them to! So on that note, psst, go read these.

While I really loved the second book in this duology I have to admit that it took me a smidge to get back into. I don’t know if it’s just because it’s been a while since I’ve been in this world or if it just had a slower start than the first book, but once I did get fully invested I fell just as much in love with it as I had while reading the first book. There was also so much more that this book was able to bring since we are already familiar with the world and magic system. And you know I love when books get a chance to expand on what we already know.

This series was honestly one of my biggest highlights recently. I think I’ve just been hitting so many slumps lately that when I find a book that really hits all of the marks I get that much more excited. But then again I also REALLY always love duologies. So I guess it just had that right combination to make me fall in love.

About the Author

Kim Smejkal writes dark fantasy for young adults and not-so-young adults, always with a touch of magic. Her debut novel, INK IN THE BLOOD, released from HMH in early 2020, and the sequel, CURSE OF THE DIVINE, will release on Feb. 9, 2021.

When she’s not writing, she’s homeschooling her kids, tutoring other people’s kids, and voraciously hoarding any precious alone time. Though she grew up on the Canadian prairies, she now lives with her family on beautiful, muse-satiating Vancouver Island. She is represented by Daniel Lazar of Writers House.

Tour Schedule

Feb 15th

The Baroness of Books – Welcome Post
Day Leitao – Spotlight Post
Geekiemind – Review

Feb 16th

The Clever Reader – Guest Post
Pop Reads Reviews – Review

Feb 17th

Musings of Souls – Review, Interview
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

Feb 18th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Avni Reads – Review

Feb 19th

Ya It’s Lit – Review

Instagram Tour Schedule

Feb 15th

@book_baroness – Welcome Post
@chroniclesofkayy
@the_reading_prince

Feb 16th

@thecleverreader
@_popreads_

Feb 17th

@yourlocalbookreader
@a_bookish_dream

Feb 18th

@onemused
@avnireads

Feb 19th

@ya.its.lit
@bargain.and.books
@rampant_reading

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

The Jade Bones Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Jade Bones (The Age of the Seventh Sun #2)
by Lani Forbes
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: February 16th 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

“Tell me you feel nothing.”

— Lani Forbes

Cast into the underworld after an act of shattering betrayal, Mayana and Ahkin must overcome unimaginable odds if they are to return home and reclaim the throne of the Chicome. A river of blood and demons disguised as children are only two of the challenges standing in their way. Fortunately, they are not unequipped. Mayana’s royal blood controls the power of water, and Prince Ahkin wields the power of the sun itself. Ometeotl, the Mother goddess, provides them with other gifts—and an ominous warning that one of them may not survive. But can the goddess be trusted?

“At least as much at peace as was possible sleeping behind a pile of bones on the outskirts of the City of the Dead.”

— Lani Forbes

Back in the lands above, Mayana’s best friend, Yemania, has survived the empress selection ritual—but her next challenge may be more than she can bear. The new empress of the Chicome Empire demands she become High Healer. Yemania has no interest in serving in the palace; she wants to use her healing ability to help the common people. More than that, her heart is no longer her own. She has met an enchanting stranger—Ochix, one of the feared Miquitz people who are ancient enemies of the Chicome.

As Mayana and Ahkin move ever closer to confronting the lords of the dead, Yemania and Ochix must hide their forbidden romance or face the wrath of both their empires. Meanwhile, the new empress has made a dangerous alliance that might destroy everything they hold dear.

Four young people risk their lives to save the world from a looming apocalypse in this captivating sequel to The Seventh Sun. Based on ancient Mesoamerican legends and mythology, The Jade Bones is a compelling and romantic adventure that builds to a heart-stopping climax.

“Without another word, she turned and marched straight into the dark interior of the mountain without him.”

— Lani Forbes

Review

Have you ever had a book that surprisingly stuck with you? Like you read it, fell in love, but then continued to think about it when you didn’t think you would? Well that was what happened after I read The Seventh Sun last year. So, to say I’ve been waiting for this book for a while is a bit of an understatement. I just HAD to know what happened next in this world and I just wanted to dive right back into the rich magic and culture.

Our blood. The blood of the gods.”

— Lani Forbes

And one thing that I am so happy for is that this book didn’t disappoint. So often we see second books fall into the sophmore slump, but The Jade Bones just expertly expanded on the first book while still holding what I fell in love with from the first. Plus we get some new characters, a boatload of character development, and (gasp) my favorite: epic world building. Things just start coming together in this book, you know?

“The empire needs you. It can survive without me.”

— Lani Forbes

Now, I sped read this book so make sure you have some time set aside for this one. I mean, I sped read it because I missed a tour stop (I hate life, my calendar decided to delete my day for this tour, why is February turning out like this?) BUT I also would have sped read it even if I wasn’t a failure and late. It was just that good and I continue to look forward to seeing what Forbes produces next.

About the Author

Lani Forbes is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer (which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books). A former teacher turned trauma counselor, her passion is showing readers the transformative and encouraging power of story on the human experience. She helps others process anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD, both in her stories and in real life. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, Lani now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She is a proud nerd, Gryffindor, and member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Tour Schedule

February 10th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview + FPBC Instagram

February 11th

Justice For Readers – Review + Playlist + Mood Board + InstagramCrossroad Reviews – Review + Instagram
onemused – Spotlight + Instagram

February 12th

@wrinkled.pages – Review + InstagramJrsbookreviews – Review + Instagram
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
The Reading Life – Spotlight
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

February 13th

@the.b00kreader – Review + Insatgram
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Mood Board + Instagram
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
@our.bookish.reads – Review + Instagram

February 14th

Ceres Books World – Review + Instagram
Mabookyard _ Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review + Instagram
Living in a Bookworld – Spotlight
@afantaseaofbooks – Review + Instagram

February 15th

Read ‘n’ Dazzled – Review + Favourite Quotes
Book Butterfly in Dreamland – Review + Instagram
An Island Girl’s Book Club – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Bumbleebeela – Spotlight + Instagram

February 16th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
The world of celia mcmahon – Review + Instagram
Books and Zebras – Review + Instagram
ebook addicts – Review

Instagram Giveaway

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

Revenge of the Slut Tour – Review

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About the Book

Double standards are about to get singled out.

In this stunning debut, author Natalie Walton tackles privacy and relationships in the digital age.

As a lead reporter for The Warrior Weekly, Eden has covered her fair share of stories at St. Joseph’s High School. And when intimate pictures of seven female students are anonymously emailed to the entire school, Eden is determined to get to the bottom of it.

In tracking down leads, Eden is shocked to discover not everyone agrees the students are victims. Some people feel the girls “brought it on themselves.” Even worse, the school’s administration seems more concerned about protecting its reputation than its students.

With the anonymous sender threatening more emails, Eden finds an unlikely ally: the seven young women themselves. Banding together to find the perpetrator, the tables are about to be turned. The Slut Squad is fighting back!

Review

I know you know that this was one of those books that I took one look at, giggled, and said yep, this is a me book. And it was! I was absolutely delighted by this book and just couldn’t put it down. And it’s just a really empowering book, which is something I can’t say no to. I love a book that just takes something absolutely terrible, and scarily prevalent in our society, and gives the power back to the women who aren’t afraid to take it.

This is a book that I feel (god I’m also feeling old right now) will resonate with *teens these days.* Gasp, I am no longer a teen but it feels like yesterday. ANYWAYS, what I’m getting at is that this book reads like a young adult book should read. It’s a little juvenile and a little mature and just the right combination to fit the teenage mind. And honestly the topic of this book is just where it really excels. It opens up the conversations that we should be and need to be having (adults and teens alike in all honesty). Revenge porn and slutshaming is such a fear for many people and too many also have to deal with the repercussions of someone doing just that to them.

I really enjoyed this read and the characters within. There were just so many aspects that fit what women go through, deal with, and fear. And I loved the empowering narrative behind it.

About the Author

Natalie Walton is the author of REVENGE OF THE SLUTS (2.2.21) and the host of the podcast Sex Ed Taught Me. She wrote Revenge of the Sluts while working toward her degree in sociology and criminal justice.

You can find Natalie on Twitter and Instagram @nataliexwalton.

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

Unchosen Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Book Title: Unchosen
Author: Katharyn Blair
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic

Leave her alone. You’ve already destroyed this world. Leave this girl alone.

— Katharyn Blair

Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that’s perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen.

“Such heart. Bravery. Guts.”

— Katharyn Blair

For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.

The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister.

The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.

Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.

When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner.

The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found.

But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.

Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.

“He cursed the world. He wanted the world to suffer for my rejection of him.”

— Katharyn Blair

Review

Angst. Angst. Angst. Angst. Angst. Remember when YA books used to be pure angst? Yeah, I do. And if you can’t tell I kind of miss it. But this book took that angst and all of those old YA tropes I still love oh so much and made them fresh and new and revitalized the genre in a way I haven’t seen yet. So yeah, I kind of enjoyed this one. OH! And there are (kind of) ZOMBIES!

“Did she figure out I’ve been lying? Or is it finally time?”

— Katharyn Blair

Where do I even start with this review though? The characters? Yeah, I really liked them. The plot? Well, like I already said, I really liked that. The fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian elements? Yeah, those were perfect. So, basically, this was probably my favorite read of the year so far. There were just so many things that screamed “me” in this one and it just kept delivering throughout the entire book.

“And it’s easier to be mad at him than to be anythign else, so.”

— Katharyn Blair

Everything in this book just works so well together and fit so perfectly into this absolutely amazing plot. And it has those classic/older YA elements that I truly do miss (don’t get me wrong, I’m obviously still a fan of the genre) and made them fresh and modern. So there’s just so much to love about this book that you’re going to just need to read it and find out all of the amazing stuff throughout it.

About the Author

I live in LA, drink way too much coffee, and write all day long — because I’m crazy blessed to do what I’ve been doing for fun since I was a kid hiding in my garage loft writing terrible, terrible vampire stories. Glitter enthusiast. Bethyl shipper. Pluviophile. Ask me about my Dean Winchester obsession. John 1:5.

I’m wife to Ross and mom to Aryn, Liam, and River Grace. Also, mom to Cricket (a dog, not an insect), Maximus Dogimus Meridius (a ferocious cuddlebug) Maggie Rhee (cat, not the bad ass from The Walking Dead), and Kovacs (no parenthetical needed for him).

Tour Schedule

January 25

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome Post
We Write at Dawn – Book Review
Baltimore Bibliophile – Book Review
Ya It’s Lit – Book Review, Favorite Quotes

January 26

The Broke Book Blog – Book Review
literary delirium – Book Review, Mood Board
Books Are Magic Too – Book Review
The Book View – Book Review

January 27

Book-Keeping – Book Review
Meli’s Book Reviews – Book Review
The Bookish Raven – Book Review, Survival Checklist
being.myshelf – Author Interview

January 28

Pages in Waves – Book Review, Favorite Things About Unchosen
Reading Stewardess – Book Review, Survival Checklist
A Bella Fairy Tale – Book Review
Leann Reads Books – Book Review, Author Interview
A Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review

January 29

What Irin Reads – Book Review
She Reads Again – Book Review, Favorite Quotes
Pastel Daydreams – Book Review, Favorite Quotes
Kait Plus Books – Guest Post

January 30

Pop Reads Reviews – Book Review
Whimsical Blessings – Author Interview
Bound by the Book – Book Review, Favorite Things About Unchosen
PoptheButterfly Reads – Book Review

January 31

Bookishly Kenia – Book Review
Jena Brown Writes – Book Review, Survival Checklist
A Pigeon Reads – Book Review
Tirebookreviews – Book Review, Favorite Quotes

Bookstagram Tour Schedule

January 25

Turn the Page Tours – Blogger’s Choice
We.write.at.dawn – Blogger’s Choice
Bmorebiblio – Blogger’s Choice
Ya.its.lit – Blogger’s Choice
Annielikestoreadandwatchtv – Book Review

January 26

Thebrokebookblog – Blogger’s Choice
Booksaremagictoo – Blogger’s Choice
Drink.Read.Repeat – Blogger’s Choice
Thebookviewblog – Blogger’s Choice
Ashbetweenpages – Book Review
Simplebeccamee – Book Review

January 27

Hollymbryan – Blogger’s Choice
Melisbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice
The_bookish_raven – Blogger’s Choice
Being.myshelf – Blogger’s Choice
Reading_with_Nicole – Book Review

January 28

Shereadsagain – Blogger’s Choice
Sirenareader – Blogger’s Choice
Skygoddess1 – Blogger’s Choice
Leannreadsbooks – Blogger’s Choice
Lyon.brit.andthebookshelf – Book Review
Books_and_dice – Book Review

January 29

Joanna.Zoe – Book Review
Kaitplusbooks – Blogger’s Choice
Featherboundbooks – Book Review
The.magicalpages – Book Review
Pillowreader – Book Review
The.book.nerd.fox – Book Review

January 30

_Popreads_ – Blogger’s Choice
Whimsicalblessingsblog – Blogger’s Choice
Bound.by.the.book – Blogger’s Choice
Belvaandthebooks – Book Review
Popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice
Coffee.bibliophile.mama – Book Review

January 31

Booknerd65 – Book Review
Lazyfeline89 – Book Review
Bookishly_Kenia – Blogger’s Choice
The.b00kreader – Book Review
Jenabrownwrites – Blogger’s Choice
Lady_logomancer – Blogger’s Choice
Rampant_reading – Book Review, Book/Character Art

Giveaway

USA only. There will be 2 winners.
Giveaway starts: Monday, January 25, 2021
Giveaway ends: Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

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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*

Shadow Crusade Review

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About the Book

Centuries ago, against the will of the mages, the humans hunted and killed the Primordials.

All except one.

Now the creature has blighted the lands. It cast a spreading net of darkness over dozens of villages where now only demons can dwell. All of Arcathain is in danger unless the spread can be contained.

It’s up to the Shadow Crusade to slay the last Primordial, destroy the Shadowthorn, and return their homeland to the light of day.

And who better to carry the title of savior than the recently orphaned, vengeful, and reckless, Halira Devonshire?

Shadow Crusade is the first in a NA, gothic, epic fantasy series with badass demon huntresses, immortal creatures, epic world-building, and a budding romance. If you enjoyed books by Cassandra Clare, Jay Kristoff, Shannon Mayer, and KF Breene, then Shadow Crusade will keep you reading long into the night!

Review

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I was introduced to Jessaca Willis last year with her Reapers of Veltuur series and I absolutely fell in love with her dark style. So, as you could guess, I jumped at the chance to read this one. And it did not disappoint. There was just so much to love and just so many characters you couldn’t help but to love to hate.

So, like I said there are a lot of characters that you might not love so much, but… you know… still love. And that’s because these characters are beautifully morally grey and imperfectly perfect. Which you know I absolutely live for in books. And characters aside the plot is crazy so buckle up for some mysteries and twists and just a whole bunch of…. yeah, well, I’m not gonna actually tell you. So read it to find out.

But yeah, this was one heck of a read and I definitely might have found myself losing some sleep to binge it. So don’t start this one late at night if you aspire to go to sleep at some point in the night. But make sure you don’t miss out on this one! And also check out her other works while you’re at it.

About the Author

JESSACA WILLIS is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the dark, the horrifying, and the paranormal.

She studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees, and incorporates themes from her education (family dynamics, mental health, oppression) into her writing.

Jessaca is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves to cosplay at conventions, play video games or read comics in her downtime, and to binge-watch the latest fantasy and sci-fi television series. Along with a bunch of other self-proclaimed nerds, she lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies.

Her debut series, The Awakened is an apocalyptic fantasy series about four people from across the world, trying to learn to live with their powers after society has collapsed.

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