Book Spotlights, Nerd Blasts, Young Adult Fiction

Nerd Blast: Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon

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Title: Rosie Loves Jack
Author: Mel Darbon
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Publication date: September 6, 2018

Where to buy: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

Synopsis

Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they’re separated, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even defy her parents’ orders and run away from home. Even struggle across London and travel to Brighton on her own, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though people might think a girl like Rosie, who has Down syndrome, could never survive on her own.

Introducing a strong and determined protagonist with Down syndrome, debut author Mel Darbon gives readers an underrepresented but much-needed point of view with a voice-driven, heartfelt story of finding your place an often big and intimidating world.

Praise for ROSIE LOVES JACK

“The plot is so engrossing that the book is almost impossible to put down. Yes, Rosie loves Jack, and readers are going to love Rosie.” ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“An enthralling story of resolve and grit… a moving and uplifting novel.” ―The Guardian (UK)

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About the Author


PHOTO CONTENT FROM MEL DARBON

Mel Darbon spent a large part of her childhood inventing stories to keep her autistic brother happy on car journeys. She won’t mention the time spent with him standing by level crossings waiting for the InterCity 125 to go past, as she wouldn’t want to be labelled a train spotter. Life took her in many different directions working as a theatre designer and freelance artist, as well as teaching young adults with learning disabilities and running creative workshops for teenage mums. She moved to Bath in 2014 with her husband and their dog, Alfie. Rosie Loves Jack is her debut book.

Author Links: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads

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5 Winners will receive a Copy of ROSIE LOVES JACK by Mel Darbon.

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Blog Tours, Book Spotlights, YA Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

Book Tour & Giveaway: Covet by Tracy Wolff

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

Where to buy: Target | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

I am super excited for Covet. If you’ve read Crave and Crush, then you know you’ll be in for a treat while reading Covet. Read on to find out how you can be the lucky winner to win a finished copy to add to your collection.

Synopsis

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.

The Crave series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Crave
Book #2 Crush
Book #3 Covet
Book #4 Court

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.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway Time!

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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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Follow the Tour!

BOOK BLOG TOUR

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 Covet
BookWifeReviews – 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

BOOKSTAGRAM TOUR

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

TIKTOK TOUR

March 4

Thereadingroom444 – TikTok Post

March 5

By_the_bookcase – TikTok Post
Katiec_readss – TikTok Post

March 6

Graces_waffles – TikTok Post

Blog Tours, Book Review, Young Adult Fiction

Blog Tour [Like Home]

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Title: Like Home
Author: Louisa Onomé
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2021

Where to Buy: Bookshop | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you Turn the Page Tours and Delacorte Press for an opportunity to be a part of this blog tour.

Synopsis

Fans of Netflix’s On My Block, In the Heights, and readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Ibi Zoboi will love this debut novel about a girl whose life is turned upside down after one local act of vandalism throws her relationships and even her neighborhood into turmoil.

Chinelo, or Nelo as her best friend Kate calls her, is all about her neighborhood Ginger East. She loves its chill vibe, ride-or-die sense of community, and her memories of growing up there. Ginger East isn’t what it used to be, though. After a deadly incident at the local arcade, all her closest friends moved away, except for Kate. But as long as they have each other, Nelo’s good.

Only, Kate’s parents’ corner store is vandalized, leaving Nelo shaken to her core. The police and the media are quick to point fingers, and soon more of the outside world descends on Ginger East with promises to “fix” it. Suddenly, Nelo finds herself in the middle of a drama unfolding on a national scale. Worse yet, Kate is acting strange. She’s pushing Nelo away at the exact moment they need each other most. Nelo’s entire world is morphing into something she hates, and she must figure out how to get things back on track or risk losing everything⁠—and everyone⁠—she loves.

Review

It is so great to be able to share a birthday with the book birthday of Like Home by Louisa Onome. It is a story I really enjoyed and would recommend everyone to pick up and read.

Before jumping into the book, I knew I would automatically enjoy it because I am a huge fan of On My Block and Elizabeth Acevedo’s work. Like Home is a story of gentrification that we all need to read. It’s thought provoking and enticing.  It is also relatable to so many who have experienced the effects gentrification can do to their communities; the place they call home.  Like Home is more than just a delightful read. It takes you on a ride of so many emotions, a friendship that goes through the motions, and a girl trying to find herself in the midst of it all.

Louisa is an amazing writer and hooked me into the story from the very first page. Between the backdrop of the Ginger East neighborhood to the journey of each character, Louisa fills the novel with rick settings and amazingly complex characters.

The story is told through Chinelo who is the main character in the story. Chinelo is a great character and has such a relatable self-discovery story. Not every teen has an easy journey and Chinelo allows the reader to dive into her world and into how complicated it can be to just be a normal teen at times. This is all with dealing and coping with the trauma of seeing two of her closest friends leave. Her anxiety towards this shows when she feels her relationship with Kate become rocky. Kate; a spunky girl who loves her family is wholesome, realistic and relatable. Kate’s and Chinelo’s relationship is one that feels so real. You feel like you are the third person observing slightly form the outside and hoping all will be well. Their friendship is also dynamic and the two together share such a powerful message in a way that doesn’t feel forced but fells natural.

It is such a great book and you should buy it!

About the Author

Louisa Onomé is a writer of books for teens. She holds a BA in professional writing from York University and is represented by Claire Friedman at InkWell Management.

A part of the Author Mentor Match round 3 cohort, she is also a writing mentor and all-around cheerleader for diverse works and writers. When she is not writing, her hobbies include picking up languages she may never use, trying to bake bread, and perfecting her skincare routine. She currently resides in the Toronto area.

Time for a Giveaway!!

Up for grabs, we have TWO (2) finished copies of Like Home by Louisa Onomé! This giveaway will run from February 21st to February 28th at 11:59 PM CST and is open to US residents only. To enter, click the link below!

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Blog Tours, Book Review, Young Adult Fiction

Blog Tour [Review] Muted

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Title: Muted
Author: Tami Charles
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021

Where to Buy: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Scholastic

Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you Terminal Tours and Scholastic Press for an opportunity to be a part of this blog tour.

Synopsis

A ripped-from-the-headlines novel of ambition, music, and innocence lost, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo and Jason Reynolds! Be bold. Get seen. Be Heard.

For seventeen-year-old Denver, music is everything. Writing, performing, and her ultimate goal: escaping her very small, very white hometown.

So Denver is more than ready on the day she and her best friends Dali and Shak sing their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in the world, Sean “Mercury” Ellis. Merc gives them everything: parties, perks, wild nights — plus hours and hours in the recording studio. Even the painful sacrifices and the lies the girls have to tell are all worth it.

Until they’re not.

Denver begins to realize that she’s trapped in Merc’s world, struggling to hold on to her own voice. As the dream turns into a nightmare, she must make a choice: lose her big break, or get broken.

Inspired by true events, Muted is a fearless exploration of the dark side of the music industry, the business of exploitation, how a girl’s dreams can be used against her — and what it takes to fight back.

Praise for MUTED

“Charles’s heartbreaking novel in verse shows the harsh realities of the music industry  and runs parallel to the real-life #MuteRKelly and #MeToo movements. . . . Hand this to fans  of Elizabeth Acevedo and Tiffany D. Jackson.” —School Library Journal, starred review 

“A groundbreaking tome.” —Entertainment Weekly 

“This is one of those books that when you finish, you stare at it for a little bit and  need a moment before you can do other things – it is that good.” —BuzzFeed 

“This novel ripped from the headlines is a necessary reckoning that amplifies the  voices of Black and brown girls.”  —Kirkus Reviews 

“MUTED blends the music of beautiful poetry with a powerful and relevant message.  A stunning book.” —Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree and Young People’s  Poet Laureate Emeritus 

“A captivating and unflinching view into the dark corners of the music industry  where souls are crushed in the silence between songs.”  —Lamar Giles, Author of Spin and Not So Pure and Simple 

“An intense ride that unfolds lyrically, MUTED is thrumming with emotion, tension  and, most of all, heart. A heart-pounding page-turner, from start to finish.”  —Debbie Rigaud, New York Times bestselling author of Truly Madly Royally and co-author of  the Hope series 

“Mesmerizing! Raw and honest, Charles captures the voice of a bright young star  trapped between a dream and a nightmare in this devastatingly beautiful novel-in verse—a page-turning lyrical journey!” —Kim Johnson, best-selling author of This Is My America

Review

Before I begin my review, I want to disclose the following trigger warnings:

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Mention of Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Manipulation of minors

Muted is more than a book, it is a whole experience. Written in verse, Muted felt raw, real and tore at my heartstrings. As a person who watched Surviving R. Kelly, I found similarities in Muted to some of the survivor stories on the show. Muted will not be an easy read, but it is a book everyone should read. I hope it is a book that will start more of those tough conversations. While Muted is complex, it is also filled of three young girls finding themselves and learning to not be silenced. It shows that the voice can be a powerful tool of power, a tool of hope. Muted follows the story of Denver, Dali and Shakira; three young teens who are shooting their shot to fame and finds that opportunity when they perform for Sean ‘Mercury’ Ellis before one of his concerts. Their song leads them to Sean inviting them to future recording session and an experience that is more nightmare than dream.

Denver is a spunky force of nature. She is also a teen who is understanding her sexuality [she is a lesbian] while tackling insecurities about her body. She is also in love with her best friend Dali. Dali is an ambitious, go-getting and strong-willed. She is also a girl who is unsure of her future, loves and misses the family members that are not around her and what do what she can to make it all a little bit easier. Shakira is a bit shy, reserved and a realist. She is also caring, loves and worries about her friends and will not let anyone make her feel like she has to do something she doesn’t feel right doing. All three girls have such strong characteristics and great personalities. All three are also teen girls struggling with experiences that most teens their age do not deal with and are trying to silence those who want to silence their voice. You find yourself rooting for each girl to find some form of happy ending after the experiences they faced. You ache when they are going through trauma and emotions added on top of normal teenager things.

The one thing that was odd was the pacing of the story. There was a lot not said in the beginning that was jumbled into the end. While the pacing was weird, it wasn’t hard to follow the story and understand what was happening in each point. This story managed to pull at my heartstrings while simultaneously wanting to hug each girl. It is a rollercoaster of a read as you learn the crimes Sean’s commits, the cost the girls are unaware of when signing to be the next big thing and the overwhelmingly destructive nature the music industry can have on those who are not prepared going in but have to fight to leave out alive. Tami Charles knows how to write a story that allows the reader to walk in their shoes while also understanding the larger message the story wants to portray.

Overall, it was such a good read. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. It is a book I would recommend to anyone.

“ I muted the monster once and for all”

About the Author

TAMI CHARLES is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for young readers, including instant New York Times bestselling All Because You Matter. In her teens and early twenties, Tami enjoyed a taste  of fame as a member of an all-girl R&B trio. They performed for Boyz II Men, BET, Showtime at the Apollo,  and had a one-hit wonder on the radio. For more information on Tami and her books,  visit tamiwrites.com.

Blog Tours, Book Review, Fairy Stories, Legends, Myths & Fables, YA Paranormal, Young Adult Fiction

Blog Tour [Review]: Wild and Open Faces

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Title: Wild Open Faces
Author: Jennifer G. Edelson
Publisher: Red Apple Books
Publication Date: December 17, 2020

Where to buy: AMAZON 

Rating: 4 stars

Thank you Jean BookNerd and Red Apple Books for an opportunity to be a part of this blog tour.

Synopsis

Surfaces are deceiving . . .

After falling for Ezra and discovering a gateway to the Otherworld, it’s a truism Ruby knows to take to heart. But La Luna finally feels like home, and with graduation just weeks away and a cushy internship on a nearby archeological dig in her pocket, it’s easy to downplay the strange new events taking place in the Glorieta Pass. Even when Angel’s deadbeat father reappears after twenty years, stirring up questions about Angel, the ruin, and Ruby’s mother.

Uncertainty is bad enough, but when Ruby starts having inexplicable visions, and the archeological dig unearths mysterious artifacts connected to both a fabled Aztec city and the Pecos Pueblo, Ruby faces more than an uncertain future — she’s forced to accept the role of True of Heart. Will Ezra and her friends stand by her as she confronts the Otherworld? Love is enigmatic, especially in the heart of New Mexico, but the Otherworld may be the biggest mystery of them all.

Praise for WILD OPEN FACES

“A powerful book which both stands nicely alone and compliments Between Wild and Ruin . . . absolutely enthralling reading.” —Midwest Book Review

Praise for BETWEEN WILD & RUIN

“What could be a corny premise turns into an exhilarating, fun ride in Edelson’s adept hands. Her characters are smartly drawn, and readers will easily identify with Ruby, a strong yet insecure young artist on the verge of adulthood, who is still recovering from her tragic past . . . Fans of Twilight and modern fairy tales will fall in love with Ruby and root for her eventual romance.” —Blue Ink Review (Starred Review)

“Between Wild and Ruin is a stunning story of legends, romance, and destiny with themes of starting over, small towns, beauty, and community . . . Edelson perfectly breathes new life in mythology by honoring the oral tradition of a small community and the ruins that bring to life Ruby’s destiny.” —Manhattan Book Review

“Highly recommended to mature teens through new adult and adult audiences, this is a story that lingers in the mind long after its final revelation.” —Midwest Book Review

“A great addition to young adult urban fantasy.” —Seattle Book Review

“Descriptions of the New Mexico landscape are rich and atmospheric, arousing the senses with references to the scent of smoke and juniper, the predatory roar of mountain lions, and the brilliant dazzle of stars in the desert sky . . . The writing conveys a sense of timelessness, making it easy to believe Ruby’s sense that the land is spirit-haunted and that Leo, the handsome young man she encounters near the ruins, is somehow connected to it all.” —Clarion Forward

“An intriguing historical tale and an over-the-top love-quadrangle romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The paranormal aspects of the tale are credible and richly steeped in traditional lore, and the plot is finely crafted . . . Between Wild and Ruin is most highly recommended.” —Reader’s Favorite (5-Star Review)

** First Place Winner — Young Adult Fiction: 2020 Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards
** First Place Winner – Young Adult Fiction: 2020 National Federation Press Women
** Gold Medal Winner (First Place) – Young Adult Mythology/Folklore; 2020 Reader’s Choice International  
** First Place Winner – Young Adult Fiction: 2020 New Mexico Women’s Press

Review

A continuation to Ezra and Ruby’s story, Wild Open Faces blew me away with the writing and left me yearning for the third book. Because Between Wild and Ruin was still fresh on my mind, reading Wild Open Faces felt like I hit the lottery. Wild open faces is a great sequel, and I don’t say that about many sequels. There were so many questions form book one that book two answered and so many new questions that were created. It was well written, had a villain that I tried so hard not to like and a continuing relationship that was strong.

The character development in Ezra and Ruby were equal in quality to the first book, which made their continued development feel both real and satisfying. It’s no secret that I was shipping Ruby and Ezra from the beginning and seeing their relationship grow was great. It was a separate development from their characters, which often gets muddled in a storyline. The author did well in showing that two people can grow together while each growing in their individual skin. Along with Ruby and Ezra, we see more of Racine and Angel. I hope to see more of Angel and Racine in book three and see where their journey goes.

As mentioned before, the writing style was amazing. When I read the first book, I was not expecting a paranormal aspect so beautifully crafted. Wild and Open Faces continued that vivid, magical backdrop, character development and romance. The romance was pure but conflicting all wrapped in one and I loved it! But I also loved how Ruby was finally feeling like e was in the place that she belonged, excited for her awesome archeological project. I was also amazed by her ability to take on such a hard role, to confront the otherworld and protect those she loves.

I could continue to ramble about how much I enjoyed Wild Open Faces by Jennifer Edelson, but I’ll stop hear and tell you to grab copy of her first book Between Wild and Ruin, swoon over it, and then grab a copy of Wild open Faces. Trust me, you’ll be in for a ride.

About the Author

Jennifer G. Edelson is a writer, artist, former attorney, pizza lover, and hard-core Bollywood fan. She has a BFA in Sculpture and a J.D. in law and has taught both creative writing and legal research and writing at several fine institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Originally a California native, she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, kids, and dog, Hubble after surviving twenty-plus years in the Minnesota tundra (but still considers Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, and Santa Fe all home). 

Author Links: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | WEBSITE | GOODREADS

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