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Blog Tour – Off the Record by Camryn Garrett (Promo)

Welcome to my spot on the Off the Record by Camryn Garrett book tour hosted by TBR Beyond Tours.

Off the Record

by Camryn Garrett

Genre: YA Contemporary

Published Date: May 18, 2021

Content Warnings: Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

Synopsis:

The behind-the-scenes access of Almost Famous meets the searing revelations of #metoo in this story of a teen journalist who uncovers the scandal of the decade.

Ever since seventeen-year-old Josie Wright can remember, writing has been her identity, the thing that grounds her when everything else is a garbage fire. So when she wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she’s equal parts excited and scared, but also ready. She’s got this.

Soon Josie is jetting off on a multi-city tour, rubbing elbows with sparkly celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists. She even finds herself catching feelings for the subject of her profile, dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet. Josie’s world is expanding so rapidly, she doesn’t know whether she’s flying or falling. But when a young actress lets her in on a terrible secret, the answer is clear: she’s in over her head.

One woman’s account leads to another and another. Josie wants to expose the man responsible, but she’s reluctant to speak up, unsure if this is her story to tell. What if she lets down the women who have entrusted her with their stories? What if this ends her writing career before it even begins? There are so many reasons not to go ahead, but if Josie doesn’t step up, who will?

From the author of Full Disclosure, this is a moving testament to the #MeToo movement, and all the ways women stand up for each other. 

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Camryn Garrett was born and raised in New York. In 2019, she was named one of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 and a Glamour College Woman of the Year. Her first novel, Full Disclosure, received rave reviews from outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, the Today Show, and The Guardian, which called a “warm, funny and thoughtfully sex-positive, an impressive debut from a writer still in her teens.” Her second novel, Off the Record, will be released May 18, 2021. Camryn is also interested in film and is a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

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Book Tour – The Edge of Strange Hollow by Gabrielle K. Byrne (Review & Mood Board)

Welcome to my spot on the Book Tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours for The Edge of Strange Hollow by Gabrielle K. Byrne.

Book Information

The Edge of Strange Hollow

by Gabrielle K. Byrne 

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Publishing Date: May 18, 2021

Synopsis:

Welcome to Strange Hollow. Beware the Grimwood.

Poppy Sunshine isn’t like everyone else in Strange Hollow. She’s not afraid of the Grimwood, home to magical creatures like shape-shifters, fairies, witches, and even a three-headed dog. 

Banned from the wood by her parents, Poppy longs to learn everything about it and imagines joining her mother and father as they hunt the forest’s cursed magical objects. So when her only family disappears on a routine expedition, she and her friends must break every rule to save them. But Poppy soon discovers that things in the Grimwood are rarely what they seem… 

And the monsters who took her parents may not be monsters at all. 

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Author Information

Gabrielle Kirouac Byrne lives in the rainy wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where she writes fantasy for kids of all ages. Gabby studied opera in Philadelphia, medieval studies in New York, literature in Scotland, and marine biology in Washington. Stories are the common thread that tie all her interests together. When she’s not writing, you can find her fishing spineless zooplankton out of the Salish sea with her family. In Gabby’s debut MG fantasy, RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON, the princess of a frozen Queendom fights to free her mother from the clutches of treacherous dragons. Gorgeous world building, and lush prose will immerse readers in this coming-of-age adventure in which a fierce girl tackles insurmountable odds with wit, strength, and heart. 

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Rating:

The book follows a girl name Poppy, whose family is in charge of dealing with monsters and protecting the town from the Grimwoods. Poppy has always wanted to help her parents with protecting the town and fighting the monsters but they wouldn’t let her. Until one day, her parents go missing on one of their adventures and this gives Poppy the chance to prove to her family that she can go into the woods and rescue them on her own.

She ventures into Grimwoods in search of her parents and having an adventure of a lifetime. The book has fairies, witches, magical creatures, and lots of different kind of creatures.

If you are looking for a middle grade book that is spooky, full of adventure, and lots of magic then this book is for you. Gabrielle Byrne did a great job with writing beautiful characters.

If you have or know of a middle graders, this book would be perfect for them to read and have lots of fun with it.

Here is my mood board for the book and what I was picturing when I was reading it.

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One winner will receive a finished copy of The Edge of Strange Hollow.

The giveaway starts on May 17th and ends on May 24th.

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Book Review – Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

I wanted to thank Flatiron Books and Claire McLaughlin for contacting me to give me the opportunity to review Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean. I have to admit that I am not a really big reader of contemporary books but lately I have been venturing outside of my normal books genre and getting the email asking me if I would review Tokyo Ever After was surprised and it is a book I was looking at to read when it is published. My review is an honest review and of my owe opinions.

Tokyo Ever After

By Emiko Jean

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publish Date: 18 May 2021

Synopsis:

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity… and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

Izzy soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairytale, happily ever after?

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Emiko Jean is the author of Tokyo Ever After, Empress of all Seasons, and We’ll Never be Apart. When Emiko is not writing, she is reading. Most of her friends are imaginary. Before she became a writer she was an entomologist (fancy name for bug catcher), a candle maker, a florist, and most recently a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She loves the rain. 

Author Link: Website | Goodreads | Instagram |

Rating: 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

I don’t usually read these types of books but when I read the summary of the book that I thought I would like it and to go outside of my normal book genres. I thought the writing and plot was really good.

The story follows Izumi who finds out that her dad is an actual Crown Prince in Japan which makes her a Princess. She is taken from her home in America back to Japan to find out what it really means to be royalty.

For me, reading this book help me with getting out of a moody place with it being sweet, silly, self discovery, and finding your first love. It was nice to read something that made me smile and laugh at the same time.

I have to admit that I was not sure about how I would like the book because it isn’t what I usually go for but I am happy that I love it and it will be book I will go back to when I need something help with getting out of a reading slump or bad mood. If you want to read a book that will pick you up and remind you of The Princess Diaries and Crazy Rich Asians then I would recommend you getting Tokyo Ever After.

Blog Tour, Reviews

Blog Tour – The Ascenders by C.L. Gaber (Review)

Welcome to my spot in the blog tour for Ascenders by C.L. Gaber hosted by The Book Terminal. When I read the synopsis of Ascenders, I was really intrigued and interested in the book and wanting to read it. I am glad that I was given the opportunity to be part of the blog tour and able to read it.

Ascenders: High School for The Recently Departed

By C.L. Garber

Publisher: Big Picture Media

Published Date: April 8, 2015

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.

Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead.

She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.

Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.

There is no homework.
No tests.
No SATS.
You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24.

By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.

“Losing someone you love would be like dying twice,” Walker says.

* * * * * *
Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.

She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He’s looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.

He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.

Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.

Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?

At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.

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Rating: 💜💜💜💜

This was an interesting read, at first I wasn’t sure about it and it was a little slow in the beginning for me but then it pick up.

I could relate to Walker’s not wanting to move during her senior year because when I was growing up as young teen, we moved around a lot but I started a private school during my high school years so that I could avoid moving to a new area and school district. I thought it was interesting that there was a school for high schoolers who has passed away where they still went to school. It is Twilight Zone meets the afterlife with Walker learning to adjust to her new afterlife and trying to figure out what is going on. The school is where anything and everything can happen and it appears to be just like any high school on Earth. There is curiosity and environment where you can study anything you want and not as restrictive as high school. The book has a lot of turns and plot twists that you didn’t about when you start reading it.

I really like Walker, I saw her as great character with her kindness, inquisitive, and full of life. Seeing her going through the new realm and her current reality was very realistic to how young people would handle the situation.

This YA book has everything you expect in the genre with a paranormal twist thrown in and it was very entertaining and made you think about how the afterlife would look like.

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Blog Book Tour (Review & Giveaway) – The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Welcome to my spot on the book tour for The Obes We’re Meant to Find by Joan He and hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was excited to be chosen to read this book because it sounded interesting and I love the cover! It is a beautiful cover.

Book Information:

The Ones We’re Meant to Find

by Joan He

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Publishing Date: May 4, 2021

Synopsis:

Content Warning: terminal illness, suicide, violence (including choking), death, death of parent (off page), vomiting, large scale natural disasters and mass casualties, some gore.

One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars with sci-fi scope, Lost with a satisfying resolution.

Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-city—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be sanctuary for those commited to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

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About the Author:

Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that storytelling was her favorite form of expression. She studied Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the Delaware River. Descendant of the Crane is her debut young adult fantasy.

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Rating: 💙💙💙💙

This story is told by two POV, Cee and Kasey who are sisters. One sister, Cee is stranded in desert island where she woke up there for the last three years and doesn’t know how she ended up on the island. The other sister Kasey is in a city called “eco city” and is floating city. Cee is trying her best to find her sister and be united with her again.

The last month was not a good reading month and this was third book that read and was able to finished. The story started out slow and a little confusing at first and then when continue to read through the book it really started to speed up the pace. Joan He did a great job at the worldbuilding and going from writing fantasy to sci-fi. This was a very heart wreching and unpredictable story. I am glad that I decided to keep reading it to the end and was surprised how much I enjoy it.

If you love Joan He’s Descendant of the Crane, you would love her new adventure into sci-fi genre and will love this book. I would definitely recommend it.

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