Category: Book Tours

The Unlikelies…by Carrie Firestone Blog Tour

Posted June 4, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books / 0 Comments
The Unlikelies…by Carrie Firestone Blog Tour

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Release Date: June 6th 2017 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Synopsis: Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating. Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps into help rescue a baby in distress and a video ofher good deed goes viral. Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced toother “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretlyright local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact? This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom. I am super excited to be part of the Unlikelies tour. Check back soon for a full review.      TEN THINGS WE WOULD BE […]

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How to Make A Wish…by Ashley Herring Blake

Posted May 2, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments
How to Make A Wish…by Ashley Herring Blake

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Release Date: May 2nd 2017 Genre: Young Adult, GLBT, Contemporary Synopsis: All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens tobe Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father. Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into mid-night adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on. ‘How to Make a Wish’ centers on Grace. After […]

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Blacksouls…by Nicole Castroman-Blog Tour

Posted April 30, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways / 0 Comments
Blacksouls…by Nicole Castroman-Blog Tour

Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman Publisher: Simon Pulse Release Date: April 11th 2017 Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Pirates, Adventure Synopsis: Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard. Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships. Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands. Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could […]

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The Yellow Envelope…by Kim Dinan Blog Tour

Posted April 29, 2017 by thebookr in Book Blitz, Book Tours, Books / 0 Comments
The Yellow Envelope…by Kim Dinan Blog Tour

  I am excited to be part of the ‘Yellow Envelope’ blog tour. It is a fun non-fiction book by Kim Dinan. She and her husband sold everything they owned and decided to tour the world. Right before they left their friends gave them a yellow envelope full of money. The rules were: don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away. I can’t wait to read it. For now here is my Q & A with Kim. Check back in the next couple of weeks for my review.   1. If you could live anyplace other than where you currently live, where would it be? Good question! It would have to be someplace beautiful, remote and in the mountains, maybe some tiny Swiss village in the Alps. I don’t know which one. I’ll have to go do some on-the-ground research!   2. What is the single most important piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to downsize and travel? Do something every single day that leads you in the direction of your goal. It took me three years to downsize and save money so that I could travel. Some days the only thing […]

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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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