*Blog Tour- Tens List & Giveaway* Friendriod- M.M. Vaughan

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FRIENDROIDStranger Things meets robots in this sweet story about an unlikely friendship between two boys—one human, one android. 

Eric Young is an android, but he doesn’t know. He does know that he’s just moved to Ashland, so it’s important to make the right kind of friends—the kind that would be interested in skateboarding and the new Slick sneakers his Uncle Martin sends him.

Danny Lazio doesn’t have any friends, but he doesn’t care. Even if his classmates don’t accept him, he still has Land X, the online role play game that he’s actually really good at. But then Eric takes an interest in Land X, and suddenly Danny thinks he might have found a real friend…if he can figure out the mystery behind Eric’s sudden disappearances and strange lifestyle.

It becomes harder to ignore the weird events that happen only around Eric. But uncovering the secret behind Eric’s identity is an act that might cost them both as powerful forces soon move in around them.

This heartfelt story about friendship and what it means to be human is sure to tug at your soul—or your soul-chip if you’re like Eric.

Purchase Links

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

BOOK DEPOSITORY

Praise for FRIENDROID

“A timely parable for this generation of digital natives.” ―Kirkus

“Vaughan presents another noteworthy sf middle-grade offering peppered with mystery.” ―Booklist

“For middle-grade readers who are ready to fight the power.” ―Publishers Weekly

Tens List: Ten Favorite Reads Ever

  1. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  2. Secret History, by Donna Tartt
  3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  4. Oedipus, by Sophocles
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by K. Rowling
  6. Nineteen Eighty Four, by George Orwell
  7. Of Human Bondage, by Somerset Maugham (not as racy as the title suggests!)
  8. The Dice Man, by Luke Rhinehart
  9. Perfume, by Patrick Süskind
  10. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

Giveaway:

–  2 Winners will receive a Copy of FRIENDROID by M.M. Vaughan.

Click on the image below to enter. Good Luck!!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

M.M. VaughanThe daughter of South American parents, Monica Meira Vaughan grew up in Spain before moving to London at the age of five where she learnt English by watching Sesame Street and reading every Roald Dahl book she could get her hands on. On leaving school, and after a brief stint in public relations, Monica decided to train as a primary school teacher. She spent over ten years working in special needs, mostly with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, before becoming a full time writer.

Monica loves writing after midnight, building cardboard cities and playing Lego with her daughter. She lives in London, UK.

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WEBSITE: http://www.mmvaughan.com/

Thank you Jean Book Nerd and M.M. Vaughn for allowing us to be a part of this fantastic tour. To learn more about this book, this blog tour, and upcoming events, please click on the image below. Happy Reading!

Blog Tour Schedule:

WEEK ONE
MARCH 18th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
MARCH 19th TUESDAY Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW & EXCERPT
MARCH 20th WEDNESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
MARCH 21st THURSDAY Twirling Book Princess TENS LIST
MARCH 22nd FRIDAY Cover2CoverBlog EXCERPT
WEEK TWO
MARCH 25th MONDAY A Court of Coffee and Books TENS LIST
MARCH 25th MONDAY The Book Enigma TENS LIST
MARCH 25th MONDAY A Dream Within A Dream TENS LIST
MARCH 26th TUESDAY RhythmicBooktrovert REVIEW
MARCH 27th WEDNESDAY Kelly P’s Blog EXCERPT
MARCH 28th THURSDAY Wishful Endings FILL IN THE BLANKS
MARCH 29th FRIDAY Insane About Books REVIEW & TENS LIST
MARCH 29th FRIDAY Ms. Cat’s Honest World REVIEW
WEEK THREE
APRIL 1st MONDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW
APRIL 2nd TUESDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
APRIL 3rd WEDNESDAY The Avid Reader REVIEW
APRIL 3rd WEDNESDAY Stephanie’s Life of Determination REVIEW
APRIL 4th THURSDAY Port Jericho REVIEW & TENS LIST
APRIL 5th FRIDAY BookHounds YA REVIEW & INTERVIEW
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*Blog Tour* Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution- E.E.Charlton-Trujillo

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40879919Series: Fat Angie
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (March 5, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763693456
ISBN-13: 978-0763693459

More trouble at school and at home — and the discovery of a missive from her late soldier sister — send Angie and a long-ago friend on an RV road trip across Ohio.

Sophomore year has just begun, and Angie is miserable. Her girlfriend, KC, has moved away; her good friend, Jake, is keeping his distance; and the resident bully has ramped up an increasingly vicious and targeted campaign to humiliate her. An over-the-top statue dedication planned for her sister, who died in Iraq, is almost too much to bear, and it doesn’t help that her mother has placed a symbolic empty urn on their mantel. At the ceremony, a soldier hands Angie a final letter from her sister, including a list of places she wanted the two of them to visit when she got home from the war. With her mother threatening to send Angie to a “treatment center” and the situation at school becoming violent, Angie enlists the help of her estranged childhood friend, Jamboree. Along with a few other outsiders, they pack into an RV and head across the state on the road trip Angie’s sister did not live to take. It might be just what Angie needs to find a way to let her sister go, and find herself in the process.

Purchase Links

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

BOOK DEPOSITORY

Praise for FAT ANGIE: REBEL GIRL REVOLUTION

Fortunately and refreshingly, the text gives Angie no weight-loss arc…A welcomingly awkward, offbeat journey for a “gay-girl gay” girl with many heartaches. ―Kirkus Reviews

In this companion to the Stonewall Award–winning Fat Angie, Angie’s girlfriend has moved away, Angie is constantly bullied as she starts as a sophomore after repeating her freshman year, her mother still can’t stand her, and her former best friend, Jamboree, is back in town…it’s still good to see Angie, a very human combination of neuroses, fears, truths, and desires, break through some of her defenses and take risks, from singing to loving. ―Publishers Weekly

My Review:

“Life is heart and ache. You can’t have one without the other.”

I’ve been waiting for this second book for six years and it’s finally here. Fat Angie was one of those books that opened my eyes to the world of bullying and it made so many emotions come pouring out of my soul all at once. I was happy, sad, and sometimes angry at the people and scenarios of the book. I’m glad Angie is back with a more hopeful story.

Angie is in her sophomore year of high school and she’s hoping that this year is different. But she soon learns that things haven’t changed and people are making it their top priority to make her life a living hell. Making her relive her breakdown at a pep-rally and the death of her sister. And it’s not like she is getting any help from her Mother at home.

Things are not going her way this year and she is ready to throw in the towel. Her best friend, Jake is dating someone who used to bully her, Gary Klein is at his worst and tormenting Angie until she almost gives up, and her ex-friend Jamboree is back and thinner than ever. She feels as if there is no one else to go to, now that her sister and her best friend are gone. Angie’s mother is making her go see a therapist about her behavior lately but she has to prove to her new therapist that she is getting better and learning how to stand up for herself.

Angie is trying to stay strong as they dedicate a memorial statue to her deceased sister. At the memorial service, someone that knew her sister leaves a letter her sister wrote to her before she passed away. Reading the note floods Angie with emotions and now she’s on a mission to live out the dreams of her sister.

Angie and Jamboree put the past behind them as they go on a journey of a lifetime and live out Angie’s sister last wishes. They are traveling through Ohio and seeing the sights her sister wanted them to go visit and to get Angie out of her comfort zone. In a packed RV, will Angie learn to love herself without her sister? Or will she let her past ruin her life?

Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution was a really good book. It was emotional to get through because of what Angie was dealing with. It really hurt when her own Mother wouldn’t stand up for her and chose to believe someone else. That really got to me. But the end was something of a fairy tale and it filled me with joy. The deeper meaning is what holds this all together.

Giveaway!

–  3 Winners will receive a Copy of FAT ANGIE: REBEL GIRL REVOLUTION by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Click on the image below to be entered to win. Good Luck!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Deemed a “force of nature” by Kirkus reviews, Mexican American author, filmmaker, playwright and poet e.E. Charlton-Trujillo grew up in small-town Mathis, Texas.

As an author, she is the recipient of the Delacorte Dell Yearling Award for her first novel, Prizefighter En Mi Casa. What followed was: the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor, a Flamingnet Top Choice Award,a National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book and made the NYC PublicLibrary Teenage List. Check out the Reviews on Amazon.com

Her second novel Feels Like Home released to critical praise and award nominations.

It was her third novel, Fat Angie that garnered the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award, was a Lambda Literary Finalist and a Choose to Read Ohio book. Fat Angie was also the foundation for a unique book tour to empower at-risk youth via writing and discussion and the catalyst for the feature documentary At-Risk Summer. From that experience, she co-founded a non-profit to bridge the gap between at-risk youth and artists called Never Counted Out.

Currently, she is completing the feature documentary, A Cultural of Silence for GLSEN Cincinnati, writing two novels and Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution in early 2019.

Click the highlighted links for Meet At Human or The Pirate Tree’s interview about e.

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WEBSITE: http://bigdreamswrite.com/

A court of Coffee and Books would like to thank Jean Book Nerd for allowing us to be a part of this book tour. For more information about this blog tour and upcoming events, please click on the image below.

Tour Schedule:

PART ONE
MARCH 4th MONDAY A Dream Within A Dream EXCERPT
MARCH 5th TUESDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW
MARCH 5th TUESDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW
MARCH 6th WEDNESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
MARCH 7th THURSDAY Bookriot REVIEW
MARCH 7th THURSDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
MARCH 8th FRIDAY BookHounds YA INTERVIEW
PART TWO
MARCH 9th SATURDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
MARCH 9th SATURDAY Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW &TENS LIST
MARCH 9th SATURDAY Kelly P’s Blog EXCERPT
MARCH 10th SUNDAY TTC Books and More TENS LIST
MARCH 10th SUNDAY Bookish Kali REVIEW
MARCH 10th SUNDAY The Avid Reader REVIEW & FILL IN THE BLANKS
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*Review* Without Merit- Colleen Hoover

33280872     Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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My Review:

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

Well, it looks like I’m in the minority with this book because I really enjoyed this one. A lot of people have warned me away from this but I thought this was really good. It was a lot different than what I was expecting but it still packed that emotional punch.

Merit and her family are anything but normal. They are quirky, broken, and have plenty of problems but they aren’t that supportive. Merit feels left out and she’s been slowly giving up on things in her life. Except for other people’s trophies.

While skipping school one day, Merit finds an incredibly attractive guy watching her every move with a smile that could melt anyone. After she makes her purchase, makes her way outside, she runs into this guy and they have the most incredible kiss. Not knowing who he is, she falls into it. Until she realizes that he thinks she’s someone else, that someone else being her twin sister, Honor.

Keeping this big of a secret should be no problem for her. Her entire life has been nothing but keeping other secrets for her family and away from each other. She also feels invisible. That is until Sagan starts popping up over at their house early in the morning and at dinner. She can’t get away from him but he notices her.

With so many family problems making their way out into the open, Merit finds herself sliding into a deeper hole that she can’t get herself out of. Will someone notice this fast downslide? Or will it consume her?

Without Merit was a book that I knew I was going to love. Dysfunctional families are kind of my thing and I can’t get enough. It makes me realize that my family isn’t the only crazy ones in the world. But this sweet, heart-wrenching story made me weep deeply at the downslide and the love. Let’s not forget all that dry humor that just made me cry even harder. Sagan and Merit’s story was something that touched me deeply and it’s something that I’ll never forget. This memorable story is something everyone should read. It will make the darkest soul shine brightly.

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Happy Reading!

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*First Line Friday* Our Year of Maybe- Rachel Lynn Solomon

30340865   Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can’t help wondering if after the transplant, he’ll love her back the way she’s always wanted.

But Peter’s life post-transplant isn’t what either of them expected. Though he once had feelings for Sophie too, he’s now drawn to Chase, the guitarist in a band that happens to be looking for a keyboardist. And while neglected parts of Sophie’s world are calling to her—dance opportunities, new friends, a sister and niece she barely knows—she longs for a now-distant Peter more than ever, growing increasingly bitter he doesn’t seem to feel the same connection.

Peter fears he’ll forever be indebted to her. Sophie isn’t sure who she is without him. Then one blurry, heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for.

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“Peter and the piano belonged to each other the way I always wanted him to belong to me.”

Be sure to come back on January 11th for our stop on the official blog tour for Our Year of Maybe.

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Book Expo 2018

Book Expo took place in NYC at the Javits Center this year. For me that meant a 14 hour car ride. I could have flown but that’s too many books to ship home and who knows what kind of condition they’ll be in when they get there.

Three days of the exhibit floor was kind of exhausting but worth every single mile walked. I paired up with some great girlfriends. If it wasn’t for them then I wouldn’t have gotten to bring home so much. Book Expo is always better when you can tackle it with friends. Thank you, Melissa and Stephanie.

There was a lot of good but also some bad. The bad being some popular people cutting lines and acting like they were royalty. That really angered a lot of us. All the amazing books we got to take home really made up for it.

Another bad thing was witnessing this guy dog ear pages in his book. I cringed every time. Get a freaking bookmark!!!

Now on to the good!!

Are you ready to see my haul!? Well, here it is!!

😍😍😍 I know! And we all know what my first read was from this haul. And let me tell you, that book was phenomenal!! (Review coming soon) Most we’re easily obtainable but there was one that was a mad dash with a secret password. It was worth the sweat and the elbows.

As always, Book Expo was fun and exhausting. I got to see friends who I love dearly and who I also haven’t seen in a year. I missed all of them so much.

If you have a suggestion on what I should read, please let me know!!

Happy Reading!!