Category: Book Tours

Cheesus Was Here…by J.C. Adams

Posted April 8, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments
Cheesus Was Here…by J.C. Adams

  Cheesus Was Here by J.C. Davis Publisher: Sky Pony Press Release Date: April 11th, 2017 Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult, Humor, Fiction Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Delaney Delgado knows miracles aren’t real—if they were, her kid sister wouldn’t be dead. So when the image of baby Jesus appears on a Babybel cheese wheel, she’s not buying the idea that God’s got a dairy obsession. Soon, religious signs begin turning up all over Del’s hometown, tiny Clemency, Texas. Overnight, news vans fill the streets and religious pilgrims start searching for God in the discount aisle of the grocery store.   Hell-bent on proving the so-called miracles are fake, Del convinces her best friend, Gabe, to help her find the truth. While Gabe’s willing to play detective, as a preacher’s son he’s more interested in finding evidence that supports the miracles. But when the whole town becomes caught up in religious fervor and even the late-night talk show hosts have stopped laughing and started to believe, finding the truth might cause more trouble than Del can handle. This novel is neither pro nor anti-religion, and will appeal to fans of contemporary YA novels that explore deep themes with an element of humor. The […]

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Vigilante…by Kady Cross

Posted March 24, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
Vigilante…by Kady Cross

Hadley’s best friend Magda is sexually assaulted. The boys who did it get away without any consequences. Magda commits suicide. Hadley vows revenge. She dons a pink ski mask and attempts to gain ‘justice’ for Magda. ‘Vigilante’ is a raw look at rape culture, suicide, PTSD and male privilege in our society.  Hadley attempts to take back some of the power that was taken from Magda. Although I didn’t  necessarily agree with how Hadley takes back power, I did love how Cross portrayed Hadley as strong and passionate. I also loved the background characters such as Zoe and Gabe. They gave Hadley the support she needed. I also liked how realistically flawed all the characters were. The pace of the book was definitely fast.  I flew through it. The prose was also well done and easy to read. I do think that the story did come on a little strong as fare as ‘rape culture’ in our society is concerned. Also, I would have liked more details of how Drew’s attorney got him and his friends off on the rape charge. There seemed to be a ton of evidence against him. Including evidence that he drugged Magda. The deep undertone of ‘Vigilante’ is that Magda was not […]

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The You I’ve Never Known…by Ellen Hopkins-Blog Tour

Posted February 2, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
The You I’ve Never Known…by Ellen Hopkins-Blog Tour

  ‘The You I’ve Never Known’ follows two girls Ariel and Maya. Both begin the story struggling to deal with dysfunctional living situations. Ariel’s father moves them from place to place never staying in one spot long. He tells Ariel that her mother left the family and that she doesn’t want anything to do with her. Maya has an abusive mother who keeps strict tabs on her. She later flees from her mother into anther bad situation.   I was super excited when I found out that I would be part of the ‘The You I’ve Never Known’ blog tour. I have heard so many wonderful things about Ellen Hopkins books. Even though I have several of her books on my TBR shelf, I had yet to read one before now. I was in for an amazing surprise. This book is beautifully written. Since part of  this novel is written in verse form (as are all of Ellen Hopkins books),at first I wasn’t sure if the story would come together for me.  Wow, did come together beautifully. This book was so engrossing, I literally could not put it down.   I loved both the characters of Ariel and Maya. Both characters […]

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Aftermath…by Clara Kensie

Posted November 15, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 2 Comments
Aftermath…by Clara Kensie

Each second of my four years, two months, and seven days in the attic dragged on forever, and nothing ever changed. We don’t have a Dream Book anymore. But we don’t need one. ‘Aftermath’ is a young adult novel about Charlotte. She is kidnapped from a football game when she is eleven and is held in her kidnapper’s attic for over four years. She survives by imagining that her twin sister, mother, and father are leading a wonderful life without her. She imagines that her twin sister is living everything ‘double’ for Charlotte.  Her kidnapper has a stroke and falls down falls down the stairs. The EMT’s then find Charlotte in a cage in the attic. When Charlotte is released, she is reunited with her family but soon finds out that they have not been leading the life that Charlotte dreamed. I really liked the premise of this novel. As the name implies the story focuses less on Charlotte’s captivity and more on the damage that it caused Charlotte and her family. I liked how Charlotte’s state of mine is explored through her warped thinking and her small habits (such as taking the stuffing out of the stuffed bears everyone gives her). This […]

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Just Life…by Neil Abramson

Posted November 13, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Just Life…by Neil Abramson

“Words matter. Sometimes even just one…”   “The faces showed that these dogs had learned the truth about humanity. Ears back in submission, eyes downcast. Thy had given up.”   “The dead always seem to make ghosts of the living. Why do they hold such power? I mean, whether it’s their memory, or fighting against their memory, they’re always there. Sometimes even more than when they really were standing beside you.”     Samantha Lewis is a veterinarian who runs an animal shelter in NYC.  She is having difficulty keeping her shelter going even before a deadly disease strikes her neighborhood. Sam finds allies in an elderly priest, a smart mouthed former psychologist, a troubled teen, and a Vietnam vet, among others.   ‘Just Life’ is part medical thriller, part suspense novel, part animal rescue story. I am always on the look out for any type of animal rescue novel but I have trouble finding ones that seem to be plot driven and fast paced.   I picked this novel up at my library not knowing much about it (other than it was about animal rescue). It is by the author of ‘Unsaid’ which I have on my TBR but […]

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Pushing Perfect…by Michelle Falkoff-Blog tour

Posted October 27, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 2 Comments
Pushing Perfect…by Michelle Falkoff-Blog tour

When Kara experiences her first acne outbreak , she believes it is the beginning of her slide away from perfection. She slowly pushes away from her best friends and begins to worry about getting in to the best college. When she realizes she suffers from test anxiety, she seeks out a new way to ace the test. A new friend introduces her to a drug that will help her to concentrate. She soon begins to be blackmailed by someone who knows what she did. Kara worries that she will never be perfect again. What I Loved: I did understand Kara’s motivation to be perfect. I think it is an experience that many teenagers face. They push themselves to do well in school and sports and to look perfect. I liked that this issue is addressed in this story, as it is often overlooked in young adult novels. I felt the story was very realistic and believable. I think Kara’s insecurities and her relationships with her friends are pretty accurate for high school students. I also love the title. It could have double meaning. As in the person selling Kara the drugs is pushing her need for perfection but also Kara […]

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Bury the Living..by Jodi McIsaac

Posted October 22, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 2 Comments
Bury the Living..by Jodi McIsaac

Review   Nora O’Reilly has a history of being a rebel. So when a stranger in a dream calls her to the Cathedral of St.Bridget of Kildare (patron saint of Ireland), Nora follows. Once there she finds more than she bargained for. At the cathedral she touches a relic of Saint Bridgett and is flung back eighty years .   You all know I love a good time travel story. This one also had some unique twists. Nora goes back in time only a relatively few years. The book also highlights some of the tough warfare that Ireland has endured. I saw a few reviews that have said that ‘Bury the Living’ is the Irish ‘Outlander’. From what I know of ‘Outlander’, one of the main themes is romance. This novel does touch on romance but is not its main theme. Before reading ‘Bury the Living’, I knew about the strife in Ireland but I guess I never really knew how awful it was. This book really brings home some of the struggles and hardships of the Irish people during this time.   I did really loved this book. It stuck to the main storyline well and did not stray much. The characters were solid […]

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The Christmas Eve Letter…by Elyse Douglas

Posted October 19, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 2 Comments
The Christmas Eve Letter…by Elyse Douglas

Review   Eve Sharland is just coming out a messy divorce, when she finds a touching love letter inside a lantern . She is startled to realize that the person the letter is addressed to has the same name as her. She discovers the lantern can propel her to 1885 New York city. She also realizes that she may be there to change the past. She  struggles in eighteenth century to fit in and find her way home.   Ever since I saw the movie’ Somewhere in Time’ as a child, I have been intrigued by the idea of time travel. Especially, time travel with romance woven in. So I was really excited to read ‘ The Christmas Eve Letter’.   The descriptions of ninth century New York was vivid and very well researched.  One thing that is not realized in some novels is that speech and slang terms were different in the past and those things were definitely addressed in this story. I liked the character of Eve. She seemed like a genuine twentieth century women. Very much independent but not without faults. Her love interest sub-plot with Patrick added more depth and emotion to the storyline.  I flew through reading this […]

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Sticker Girl…by Janet Tashjian

Posted October 15, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments
Sticker Girl…by Janet Tashjian

Sticker Girl by Janet Tashjian & Inga Wilmink Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) Release Date: October 11th 2016 Genre: Middle Grade, Children Rating: Synopsis: Martina Rivera has a remarkable imagination. But with two extroverted brothers at home, she’s always struggled to make a big impression on those around her. Life soon takes an exciting turn when Martina discovers the secret power of her sticker collection: They come to life! Among her magical sticker friends are Craig, a rambunctious talking cupcake; Nora, a karaoke-singing ladybug; and Lucinda, a very sleepy fairy. Will her new sticker friends help her overcome her shyness? Or will they get Martina in lots of trouble? Or both?! It’s time to meet Sticker Girl! Bonus feature: sticker sheet featuring all the magic stickers from Book 1 packaged with the book!   Favorite Quotes   “Here’s the thing about being shy:just because you’re not bowling over people with your giant personality,they might thing there is not a lot going on inside. But they’d be wrong.”   “In the world of stickers I’m the one in charge. Stickers don’t judge you; they don’t care if you quiet or shy.”   “We cupcakes have a lot to contribute, you know. We’re not […]

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Unlocked…by Margo Kelly Blog Tour

Posted October 10, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 2 Comments
Unlocked…by Margo Kelly Blog Tour

*First I want to apologize for the late posting. Due to Hurricane Matthew, I was unable to post this review last week, during the blog tour.   Unlocked is a thriller involving hypnosis, mystery, love, and friendship! When seventeen year-year old Hannah undergoes hypnosis during a fair, her life soon spirals out of control. She soon believes that she is suffering from schizophrenia. The disease that took her father’s life.   What I Loved Unlocked is an interesting take on YA paranormal. Throughout the story, Hannah, is convinced she is going crazy. She sees dark shadows, hallucinations, and apparitions. Though Hannah was once popular, she begins to lose friends, not care about appearance, and do poorly in school.  This all lends to an air of mystery and suspense throughout the novel.  The element of hypnosis added a bit of nuance to the story.  The author was not afraid to make the scenes gritting and scary.   I  did love the character of plug, I think he was complex and interesting. His character grew and changed throughout the book.  I also liked the character of Kyla. Her personality was sweet and friendly while her appearance is described as avant-garde (with shocking hair […]

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