*Blog Tour + Review* What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

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Title: What I Like About You

Author: Marissa Kanter

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release Date: April 7, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Summary:

Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can…but in the real world, its more complicated. In this debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, Marisa Kanter hilariously and poignantly explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.

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Author Bio

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Marisa Kanter has worked in publicity for major publishers and covered YA books for MTV. Currently, she works in sales, on the distribution side of the publishing industry. She can often be found searching for the best iced chai in NYC, or reading on the 3 train. What I Like About You is her first novel. Follow her at marisakanter.com

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My Review

What I Like About You is charming and witty, filled with family love and love for the bookish community. It’s heartfelt and deeply relatable in many aspects. It’s one of those contemporary books that will stay in your head and heart for days and remind readers how important the bookish community really is. What I Like About You is, at heart, a book dedicated to teen book bloggers. Marisa Kanter has really brought a wonderful debut to the YA contemporary world.

Halle is a fun and well written character that will no doubt relate to every reader in some way. She’s brave and loving and strong, but she’s also a teenager with real struggles. Halle, at first, appears to be a normal teenager: dealing with school and family issues, trying to find balance in her life, and getting ready to apply to colleges. She also has to handle her grief over the loss of a beloved family member, her idol. But it turns out, she also runs a successful book blog under the name of Kels. Her online presence is different from her real life, daily presence. Kels has online friends she’s never met but they’re real connections, they’re her real friends. Kels speaks her mind, she’s not afraid to be herself. Halle is quiet, struggling daily with her grief and depression. But then there’s her online best friend, Nash. Nash is charming and downright adorable. He’s technically Kels’s best friend, but he proves to be the anchor Halle needs in her real life.

Halle is grappling for steady ground; everything she’s ever loved is piling up and threatening to overflow all at once. She wants to maintain this balance between her real life and online life; she doesn’t want her online book community to know what her real name is and who she’s related to. She’s struggling with the online book community and her growing friendships in real life. Halle wants to be on a panel at Bookcon and she wants to get into her dream college. And all that just builds up until it eventually starts to collapse around her. All her struggles and fears are real and relatable and valid. She reminded me of myself at times and the fears I faced (and still do). Halle is, in some way, the epitome of some of the struggles and anxiety that teens go through.

Halle’s fear of losing Nash as her best friend is what stops her every time from telling him the truth. She knows he’s in love with Kels, so how exactly do you tell someone that the person they’re in love with has been in front of them for weeks? Her fear leads to an increase in her anxiety and she’s no longer just battling with her real life and online identities, she’s now battling with keeping her anger and sadness and depression hidden in front of her Gramps and Nash. Everything Halle feels and struggles with can relate to each reader in some way, even the heartfelt romance.

The romance is, honestly, cute and fluffy. It had me swooning at times (I’m a sucker for romance!) and clutching the book to my chest. I was rooting for Halle and Nash the whole time. But, of course, I knew there was going to be a climatic downfall, and when that downfall came, it was sad and hard but still so relatable. All the little nodes to the plot really tied this book together well.

What really sold this story for me (besides everything I mentioned above) is the realness of each character. Each character played a role in the story that helped Halle get through her struggles and anxiety. Each friendship felt real and genuine. Throughout this book, I was reminded of my friendship with my closest friends, which led to a constant smile on my face during this book (of course, Halle and Nash also contributed). Everything just felt so real about this book and that made for an excellent contemporary romance story.

Overall, I really enjoyed What I Like About You. It’s a cute and heartfelt story with memorable and relatable characters. It’s a love letter to the bookish community and because of that, because of these characters and what they represent, I’ll always support Marisa Kanter in her writing endeavors.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Blog Tour Schedule

Week 1
3/30/2020 Novel Novice
3/31/2020 Book Bratz
4/1/2020 The Novel Knight
4/2/2020 Book Princess Reviews
4/3/2020 eleven thirteen pm
Week 2
4/6/2020 Vicky Who Reads
4/7/2020 Pub Day (Marisa)
4/8/2020 Kayla Reads and Reviews
4/9/2020 The Heart of a Book Blogger
4/10/2020 Mary Had a Little Book Blog
Week 3
4/13/2020 Jen Ryland Reviews
4/14/2020 Love in Panels
4/15/2020 Forever and Everly
4/16/2020 I’m All Booked Up
4/17/2020 Awkwordly Emma
Week 4
4/20/2020 Rants & Raves of a Bibliophile
4/21/2020 Read By Tiffany
4/22/2020 A Court of Coffee and Books
4/23/2020 From the Library of Alexis
4/24/2020 Bookishly Jules
Week 5
4/27/2020 Lost in a Book
4/28/2020 Pages and Pugs
4/29/2020 Skye’s Scribblings
4/30/2020 Kait Plus Books
5/1/2020 We Live and Breathe Books

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Crave by Tracy Wolff

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Title: Crave

Author: Tracy Wolff

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Release Date: April 7th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Synopsis:

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

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Author Information

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—in second grade, around the same time she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. A one-time English professor with over fifty novels to her name, she now devotes most of her time to writing romance and dreaming up heroes. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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My Review

Crave is deliciously captivating and wholly enthralling; it’s a book I easily devoured, pun intended. It’s perfect for readers looking for the next epic love story. But take caution, because vampires are not the only creature that lurks in the night (and I’m not just talking about werewolves here).

I’ve been waiting for the next great YA vampire book, especially since vampires seem to be making a big comeback in the industry. And Crave is easily that book. There’s countless jam-packed action scenes and intriguing characters and, of course, a tall, dark, and mysterious vampire. But at the heart of this story is a love that will change the tides of the game, because there’s never a great vampire book without the whole world being at stake.

“‘I’ve got to say, if that’s the best you’ve got, I give you about an hour.’

I know I shouldn’t ask, but he looks so smug. I can’t help myself. ‘Before what?’

‘Before something eats you.'”

Grace, I found, was easily relatable and enjoyable as the main character. She felt real and her choices and actions defined the type of person she is: someone who protects those she loves. She’s snarky and sassy and is apt on putting certain people (*cough* Jaxon *cough*) in their place. Her character development was there in every chapter, especially the chapters where she was battling her grief. Her grief, her panic attacks, and her feelings were what made her feel so real to me; I’ve dealt with all of those and the author was spot on in describing what it all feels like. Grace was every bit the character I expected her to be, even when she was the damsel-in-distress.

“If this kiss is going to star a war, it may as well be worth it.”

And then there’s Jaxon. Jaxon was absolutely swoon-worthy and brooding in every way. He’s mysterious, moody, but yet sweet and protective. He’s afraid to get close to Grace because of the danger it would bring. But it’s difficult to run away from danger when it’s already afoot. He does everything in his power to protect Grace while keeping her at a distance. Readers may not see it at first (he does come off as a jerk, naturally), but his personality complements Grace’s and vice versa. These two characters are, in every sense, the next epic love story and I’m here for it all. Grace and Jaxon have both carved a spot in my heart.

“You wear indifference like a mask; you wield coldness like a weapon – not because you feel nothing but because you feel too much.”

Wolff’s writing provided this strong YA voice that many readers, myself included, could resonate with. Her writing and the tone of the story were spot on and worked well with the plot of the story. Which, I’ll add, is phenomenal. There’s so much going on with the plot that it made for one heck of an incredible story. It’s fast-paced and filled with plot twists I never saw coming. Crave is, all in all, a story perfect for paranormal readers and readers looking for a book with swoon-worthy characters.

The bad part about reading Crave? I have to wait until 2021 to read the sequel, which I absolutely need now. But like the saying goes: all good things come to those who wait.  And book two is definitely worth the wait.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Giveaway

Prize: Win a copy of CRAVE by Tracy Wolff (US Only)

Starts: 7th April 2020

Ends: 21st April 2020

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost

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Title: Elysium Girls

Author: Kate Pentecost

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: April 14th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

In this sweeping Dust Bowl-inspired fantasy, a ten-year game between Life and Death pits the walled Oklahoma city of Elysium-including a girl gang of witches and a demon who longs for humanity-against the supernatural in order to judge mankind.

When Sal is named Successor to Mother Morevna, a powerful witch and leader of Elysium, she jumps at the chance to prove herself to the town. Ever since she was a kid, Sal has been plagued by false visions of rain, and though people think she’s a liar, she knows she’s a leader. Even the arrival of enigmatic outsider Asa-a human-obsessed demon in disguise-doesn’t shake her confidence in her ability. Until a terrible mistake results in both Sal and Asa’s exile into the Desert of Dust and Steel.

Face-to-face with a brutal, unforgiving landscape, Sal and Asa join a gang of girls headed by another Elysium exile-and young witch herself-Olivia Rosales. In order to atone for their mistake, they create a cavalry of magic powered, scrap metal horses to save Elysium from the coming apocalypse. But Sal, Asa, and Olivia must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium’s favor-only by reinventing the rules can they beat the Life and Death at their own game.

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Author Information

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Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, where ghosts and rural legends lurk in the pines and nothing is completely as it seems.

She holds an MFA in Writing for Children &Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was recently nominated for a Rhysling award for her poem “Small Town Witches.”

Her debut novel, Elysium Girls, is forthcoming from Disney Hyperion in 2020 in print and audio formats.

She is obsessed with the Romantic Poets and can be identified by the enormous tattoo of Percy Bysshe Shelley on her arm. She lives in Houston (H-Town, Space City, etc.)

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My Review

“I had been chosen, after all, and despite my reputation, despite Mother Morevna, despite everyone, I was the Successor. And I was going to be ready for that role if it killed me.”

Elysium Girls is a wildly fun and magical adventure filled with dazzling prose and wicked gods. Dipped with rich world building and beautifully crafted characters, this is story readers will easily love. I could not put this book down; I loved the characters, the world, the unforgiving gods and the dangers hidden outside Elysium’s doors.

Everything about this book was breathtaking. The unique play on the Dust Bowl, the gods pitting humanity in an unearthly battle, and wickedly fearful creatures hidden in plain sight and in the shadows. I was blown away by this story and its fascinating world. It’s nothing like I expected it to be – it’s even better. Mixing witches, gods, and demons together during the Dust Bowl is fascinating and vividly imaginable – it truly makes for a great story.

One of the things about this book that blew me away was the author’s writing. The writing was beautiful, with luscious prose and captivating scenery. Pentecost brought this unique story to life with exquisite world building. Her writing was, all in all, phenomenal. Pentecost also does a wonderful job with the characters and character development. There’s multiple point of views, but that really provides an in-depth analysis of the two main characters and even the secondary characters, who turn out to play a major role in the story.

“If they catch me, he thought, they’re not going home without a nightmare.”

For those readers wondering, there’s very little romance in this story, not enough to make it a huge focal point. But, surprisingly, I thought it worked. I’m huge on having romance in fantasy books, and even though this book simmered low on romance, I felt it was the perfect amount for this story. Elysium Girls is more centered on magic and saving the world, that if romance played a bigger role, I believe it would have taken away from the overall story. In my opinion, this is easily a story one can get lost in without the need of romance.

Overall, this is a refreshing and strong debut, perfect for readers looking for a new fantasy standalone. It’s a story unlike most I’ve read, and it’s one that introduced me to a new voice in the YA world. And I have no doubt that I will be reading her next novel once it comes out.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Giveaway

Prize: Win a copy of ELYSIUM GIRLS by Kate Pentecost (US Only)

Starts: 8th April 2020

Ends: 22nd April 2020

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

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Title: Bone ​Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1)

Author: by Kathryn Purdie

Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen

Release Date: March 10th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

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Book Author

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Kathryn is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the BURNING GLASS series. Her love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama. She also writes songs on her guitar for each of her stories and shares them on her website. Kathryn lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and three children.

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My Review

Holy wow, does Kathryn Purdie know how to write an amazing story! I was absolutely blown away by this beautiful tale and the fantastical elements. Purdie brought a magical world to life with captivating characters and a love you’re bound to root for.

Ailesse is such a great character – she’s strong and fierce and believes she knows what she wants. She’s ready to become the Bone Crier’s matriarch. But in order to become one, she must kill her one true love. And she’s prepared to…right? When lives become entwined and feelings intervene, Ailesse realizes she may not be fully prepared for the one ritual she’s been waiting for her whole life. And how, exactly, do you stop your destiny from going down that one single path? It’s not easy but Ailesse is one of those characters that I know would do anything to prevent a certain event from happening.

And her one true love, Bastien, is also strong but seeks revenge, not realizing that who he seeks revenge on has already started her ritual — and he’s now part of it. I have to say – Bastien is one of those swoon-worthy characters (even if he is driven by revenge). His growing relationship with Ailesse just had me so excited for their interactions. Both characters complement one another and as the reader, I could easily see why they were destined soul mates.

In all honesty, I found all the characters to be exceptionally written and described. Each had their own flaws which were well portrayed. And each character, especially Sabine, showed devotion and courage in everything they did. Sabine will do anything to protect Ailesse; her loyalty to her best friend is one reason I loved her character so much. She’s not afraid to fight for Ailesse; she wants her to be happy, even if it means changing her’s and Ailesse’s fates.

Outside of the characters, I felt the world building and writing was absolutely phenomenal. Purie has created a world that pulled me right in and didn’t let go until the last page. Her writing is truly what brought this story to life; Purdie is definitely an author bookworms should follow if they love out-of-this-world world building with lush writing and exceptional characters.

Overall, I’d have to say that this is going to be one of my top reads of 2020. Just the whole world and story and plot was mesmerizing and I found it difficult to put this book down. I highly recommend reading Bone Crier’s Moon, especially for those readers looking for a slow burn romance with a tantalizing plot. And needless to say, I cannot wait for the sequel!

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Prize: Win (1) of (3) signed hardback copies of BONE CRIER’S MOON, a set of two character bookmarks, and an 11×17 poster of the book cover (US Only)

Starts: 4th March 2020

Ends: 18th March 2020

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

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Title: Night Spinner (Night Spinner #1)

Author: Addie Thorley

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Release Date: February 11th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Synopsis:

A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired epic.

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.

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Author Information

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Addie Thorley is the author of An Affair of Poisons, a YA historical fantasy, which was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and is a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee. Her forthcoming novel, Night Spinner, will be released on February 11, 2020.

She spent her childhood playing soccer, riding horses, and scribbling stories. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism, Addie decided “hard news” didn’t contain enough magic and kissing, so she flung herself into the land of fiction and never looked back. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and wolf dog. When she’s not writing she can be found gallivanting in the woods or galloping around the barn where she works as a horse trainer and exercise rider.

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My Review

“Darkness waits like a devil outside my window – curling its shadowy fingertips beneath the shutters, drawing its inky claws across the latch, raising every hair on my body as temptation trickles down my spine.”

Night Spinner is one of those tales that’s hard to forget after reading. I have yet to read a retelling of Hunchback of Notre Dame, and I was blown away by this powerful retelling. If Night Spinner is not on your radar, I’d definitely make sure it’s added; it’s a story many readers will love!

I am not what they make of me, but what I make of me.

Enebish, in this story, is Quasimodo from the classic. She’s an ex-warrior, someone that many people identify as a monster and murderer with rare and dangerous magic. Yet she’s stricken with guilt, which is a leading factor as to why she accepts her adoptive sister’s offer to capture a criminal. But Enebish soon starts to realize that not everything goes as planned and not everyone can be trusted.

“The time for timidness has long since passed. We must all take risks. Make sacrifices.”

Enebish is an exceptionally well-written character. She’s strong but fights her past demons every day, struggling with finding ways to move on. But she’s not a quitter, she’s a fighter and she refuses to give up. Her characterization makes for a fast-paced story with incredible action. And the many characters she meets on her travels (and the characters from her past) help shape and define who she is and she becomes. Each character plays a different role in Enebish’s story, and each character, in their way, is captivating.

You miss many things when your world is so small.

The world building is absolutely breathtaking, with visionary descriptions and lush prose. I felt immediately part of the world and landscape, and immediately part of this exciting story. Thorley’s writing is what truly brought this story to life for me; her writing is exceptional. She knows how to weave together a remarkable story with unforgettable characters.

Night Spinner easily became one of those stories that captured my attention from the beginning. It’s a fierce retelling that is sure to enamor any reader who picks it up. I believe this is a tale I’ll always recommend, as it’s definitely found a place in my bookish heart.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Prize: Win a copy of NIGHT SPINNER by Addie Thorley (US/CAN Only)

Starts: February 11th, 2020

Ends: February 25th, 2020

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

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Title: All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1)

Author: Adalyn Grace

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: February 4th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Pirates

Synopsis:

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

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Adalyn Grace graduated Summa Cum Laude when she was 19-years-old. She spent four years working in live theater, and acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper. During and after college, she studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular animated show, The Legend of Korra (sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender). She was a participant in Pitch Wars 2016, and is a former literary agent intern for an established agency.

Adalyn splits time between San Diego and Arizona with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs, and spends her days writing full time while trying to find the city’s best burrito.

She has several projects in the works, and hopes to continually push the boundaries and explore the limits of upper young adult fiction.

You can follow her on Twitter, at @AdalynGrace_

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My Review

“Fear is part of life; all that matters is what we do with it.”

2020 is off to a great reading year, all thanks to this beautiful fantasy debut. All the Stars and Teeth is a powerful and adventurous debut that is bound to be a front runner in the YA fantasy section this year. This book has strong characters, pirates, mermaids, an unique magic system, and exquisite action scenes. But most of all, this story has heart and showcases what it means to handle an unknown future and to fight for a world you want to protect.

“But even our idols–those we want to love and trust more than anything–can let us down.”

This world, this story, is everything I look for in a YA fantasy book. There’s constant action in this book, starting from the first page to the last sentence. There was never a time where the story was overwhelming or description-overload; it had the perfect amount of witty banter and magic. The world Adalyn Grace has created is breathtaking and spellbinding; I love the whole island concept and the magic system. But though I loved the world, the characters are what sold this story to me.

“The mistakes I made in the past do not make me weak; I’ll use them to become stronger. I’m done being afraid of my own power.”

I absolutely loved the characters. Amora is strong and fierce and will do absolutely anything for her people and kingdom. Her bravery, selflessness, and unrelenting desire to fix the wrongs is what made her voice interesting and captivating. Her soul magic is what makes her people (and herself) frightened; it’s a magic she intends to master and use for good, but first, she has to choose to no longer be afraid of her dangerous magic and her past. Her story is one that is mesmerizing and she has a voice that demands to be heard, a voice that easily makes this story a dazzling read.

“We’ve shared an experience only a few people will understand, and it’s marked our souls. The sea is a beast more fearsome than even the Lusca.”

And then there’s Bastian, the pirate who wants his stolen magic back, but also wants to see a mysterious evil brought to its end. Bastian is definitely swoon-worthy, but also soft, in a good way. He has a deep and hurtful history that, at times, becomes personal to the story. His past has scarred him, but yet he continues to move on and fight for what’s right. Bastian is, in every way, a character with many flaws but a strong soul, which is why him and Amora have such a strong bond. And I loved their scenes together; they have great chemistry together and both, in similar yet different ways, want what’s best for the kingdom. Their romance is not so strong that it overtakes the whole story, but it’s strong enough to illustrate that there is more to come for both characters. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely romance (and kissing!), but it builds overtime and not all at once, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

But I have to say one of my overall favorite characters was Vataea. She’s sassy and, at some times, quite charming but she proves to be an ally and possibly a friend. Her scenes (especially with Ferrick) had me jumping for joy because I loved the idea of a powerful mermaid who fits perfectly well with this ordinary crew. I’m really hoping to see more of her in the second book; she’s got an interesting backstory, and I’d love to find out more about her.

“We’re more than our blood, both of us.”

Adalyn Grace’s writing is lush and beautiful. She depicts a world of enchantment and magic, but also filled with growing darkness and fear. I was easily able to fall into this story and imagine myself beside Amora and her crew. Grace’s writing is filled with so much heart that I could see just how much this story meant to her. Her writing is lyrical at times, especially when describing the islands and the magic system and characters. Grace can also weave together an action scene so splendidly that it felt as if I was on the ship with them, fighting the sea beast or the cursed darkness. Her writing, overall, provided the perfect voice for this wonderful fantasy story.

All the Stars and Teeth will most likely be one of my favorite reads of the year. If you enjoy fantasy stories with a swoon-worthy pirate, loyal friends, dangerous mermaids, and a unique magic system, then I definitely recommend reading this beautiful story. I can’t wait for the second book, but in the meantime, I’ll continue to gush about this book to anyone!

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal

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Title: Ink in the Blood (Ink in The Blood #1)

Author: by Kim Smejkal

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 11th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Fantasy

Synopsis:

A lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake.

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.

Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.

To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all—Profeta itself.

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Author Information

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Kim Smejkal lives with her family on muse-satiating Vancouver Island, which means she’s often lost in the woods or wandering a beach. She writes dark fantasy for young adults and not-so-young adults, always with a touch of magic. Her debut novel, INK IN THE BLOOD, will release from HMH in early 2020, with a sequel to follow in 2021. She is represented by Daniel Lazar of Writers House.

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My Review

“They’d play like Diavala and be tricksters all the way.”

Ink in the Blood is one of those stories that holds a powerful meaning and can easily maintain a reader’s attention. I was pleasantly amazed with how this story unfolded. I enjoyed the characters, the array of LGBT representation, but I overall enjoyed most the bond between two girls and their fight for their own destiny.

The writing is both lyrical and poetic. Honestly, the writing is what really drew me into the story (once I started to read, the beautiful cover initially captured my attention). The author has such lush writing that I could easily imagine the world and the characters. I was enamored with this story and the dark world building. Everything is so beautifully described and depicted.

“That time, his smile almost killed her.”

I really enjoyed the magic system in this story. Ink magic in the form of tattoos is unique and quite intriguing; it’s such a neat idea to think of ink in someone’s veins. But at the heart of this story lies a bigger, more meaningful type of magic: freedom. Celia and her best friend, Anya, want to escape the Profeta, which works out well for them when a traveling theater troupe comes through their town. But what Celia wasn’t expecting was to be followed by the Divine; and Celia has now given the Divine the perfect opportunity to spread her mendacious influence.

“Only the damned speak with devils.”

I won’t lie, I was a bit surprised in the direction this story went, in a good way. I wasn’t expecting the story to be so dark, but it fit so well with the plot and the characters. The concept behind the people wanting to create a world of fear is beautifully done and believable, and Smejkal did a wonderful job creating that overall dark vibe of the story. She easily depicts how difficult it is to create a future for yourself when the Divine wants your freedom and when people live in a world of constant fear.

“Sometimes what looks like betrayal is actually the biggest sacrifice.”

I have to say that my favorite part about this story was Celia’s and Anya’s relationship. Their friendship meant everything in this story; both girls were there for one another and fought for each other. That’s the type of bond I love to see in fantasy stories, and Kim Smejkal did a great job illustrating that bond. Both girls also want to change their fate; they each want to be able to pick their future instead of live in the one already dictated for them. I loved seeing how each girl overcame their struggles and fought for something they truly believed was possible. Their story provided hope and

Overall, I was impressed with this debut novel. The bond between Celia and Anya is phenomenal and really ties this story together. This is a wonderfully-done fantasy debut, and I can’t wait to see what happens next with the characters.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Prize: Win (1) of (2) finished copies of INK IN THE BLOOD by Kim Smejkal and temporary tattoos (US Only)

Starts: 5th February 2020

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