Category: Book Tours

We Are All That’s Left…by Carrie Arcos #Blogtour

We Are All That’s Left…by Carrie Arcos #Blogtour

Zara feels shut off from her Bosnian born mother. She knows that her mother survived some horrible things in the Bosnian war but Zara wants desperately to understand who her mother is. So when Zara, her mother, and her little brother are victims of a tourist attack, Zara begins to understand what emotional and physical trauma can do to a person and a family.   I really love a good historical fiction. Good historical fiction is entertaining while at the same time teaches us about significant events. I have noticed that much of the historical fiction out there covers the really well-known periods of history. For example: the Tutor period, the American Civil War, WWI, and especially WWII. I really love it when I find a  novel that explores world events that are lesser known . When I read the synopsis of, ‘We Are All That’s Left’, I knew this was a book that I had to read.   ‘We Are All That’s Left’, alternates between Zara dealing with the aftermath of a present day terror attack and Zara’s mother, Nadja, living in war-torn Bosnia in the past. Going into the story, I did know a little about the Bosnian […]

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What I Leave Behind…by Alison McGhee #BlogTour

What I Leave Behind…by Alison McGhee #BlogTour

Will’s dad commits suicide. His childhood friend, Playa, is raped at a party. His mom works long over-night shifts as a nurse. Will then decides to take the negatives in his life and turn them into something completely wonderful.   Will’s father’s death helps him realize that everyone needs positive acknowledgement. He also realizes that sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference. He gives small gifts and kind words to those around him ( his lonely boss, his friend Playa, a neglected little boy, an abused neighborhood dog).   OMG……This book is powerful, and wonderful, and heart wrenching ! ‘What I Leave Behind’, is a prime example of, “less is more.” There are so many books out there that are just way too long for what they are trying to say (read ‘The Goldfinch’). McGhee delivers a strong and pointed message with just one hundred chapters with one hundred words each. With this she demonstrates that you don’t need a mega size book to deliver a powerful punch.   I really loved that symbolism played such an important part in the novel. From the way that butterflies that  ‘little dude’ watches everyday to Will’s quest to recreate his […]

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Chowders…by Vanessa Morgan-Blog Tour

Chowders…by Vanessa Morgan-Blog Tour

Clowders by Vanessa Morgan Genre: Horror, Suspense Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” – to meet the cats and buy cat-related souvenirs. When Aidan, Jess and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from America to Clervaux, it seems as if they’ve arrived in paradise. It soon becomes evident, though, that the inhabitants’ adoration of their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is terrifyingly real. Initially, Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one, and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the premises. Are they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them? Their move to Europe may just have been the worst […]

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Antipodes…by Michele Bacon-Blog Tour

Posted March 25, 2018 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
Antipodes…by Michele Bacon-Blog Tour

  We are super excited to be part of the Antipodes blog tour! We had a chance to do a Q&A with author Michele Bacon.    Q&A 1.What inspired you to write Antipodes? ​​The landscape and people of New Zealand. I loved living there, and would have stayed forever, had I been able. ​​ ​​2.Could you explain what an antipode is and how it relates to the story? ​​An antipode is a direct or exact opposite, and many of Erin’s experiences in New Zealand are opposite to those in the States. ​Australia and New Zealand are called The Antipodes, because they appear to be on the opposite side of the Earth from most other landmasses, so both definitions are relevant to my book. To find your own town’s antipode on a globe, swap the N/S of your latitude and add/subtract 180 to your longitude. For instance, I lived in—and Erin visits—Christchurch, whose coordinates are 43.5S, 172.6E. A Coruña, Spain is 43.5N, 8.41W. Their centers don’t match precisely, but the cities overlap on an antipodal map. Most antipodes are in the ocean. The antipode of my home in Seattle is in the Indian Ocean.   ​​3.Do you have a daily writing […]

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Lucky in Love…by Kasie West

Lucky in Love…by Kasie West

 Maddie leads a normal teenage life. The only exception is her family’s money problems. So when Maddie unexpectedly wins the lottery, she thinks her problems are solved. OMG, I have all of Kasie West’s books but this is the first one I actually read. I am drawn to books about lottery winners so I was pretty sure I was going to like ‘Lucky in Love’ but I Loved it. The story was just so good. One of the things that stood out for me was how Maddie handled everything. I think it would have been easy, since Maddie was a good student and good person, to make her above splurging and using money for crazy things. However, West made Maddie true to life. Any teenager who won that much money would surely go a little crazy. I also liked how Maddie’s parents and brother were portrayed as good people but they still had  issues. They relied on Maddie emotionally and then monetarily too much. I also thought it was important that those around Maddie began to treat her  differently once she won a lot of money.People with money and/or celebrity are treated differently in our society. That’s just how it is. Now lets […]

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter… by Theodora Goss

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter… by Theodora Goss

‘The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter’ follows, Mary Jekyll. Mary is Dr. Jekyll’s daughter (of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). She decides to explore her father’s mysterious past. I found this concept totally enthralling. Taking the story of ‘Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ and expanding on it.  It  also added well-known literary characters along the way, such as the daughters of Dr. Moreau and Rappaccini. Even though the characters were not original to the story, I loved the unique spin that Goss gave them. I kept wondering which charter would be introduced next. It also made me want to read the classic novels that ‘TSCotAD’ is based on. I did like most of  the characters. I didn’t like the character of Sherlock homes in this book. I felt like he was just a catalyst to involve the girls in a murder investigation. Also, the whole thing with Justine’s story seemed forced. Like the author was forcing an alternate story then what was originally written by Mary Shelley in ‘Frankenstein’ . I loved the overall feeling of the story. Gothic and a bit dark without being too scary. Very Penny dreadful like. I’m didn’t really like the future dialogue that was interjected into the story-line. It […]

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The Disappearances…by Emily Bain Murphy-Blog Tour

The Disappearances…by Emily Bain Murphy-Blog Tour

WWII is in full force. Aila and Miles’ mother has just died. When their father is drafted, they have no choice but to stay with their mother’s childhood friend. Once there they realize things in the town of Sterling are different. Magical realism is a genre that is very hard to execute well. If it is done correctly it opens the door to a whole new world. Done incorrectly the story just seems silly. The ‘Disappearance’ is done so amazingly well that I was entirely enthralled. The story painted vivid pictures in my mind. The scenes are unbelievably detained and brought you into Aila’s world. I was extremely excited to realize that ‘The Disappearances’ is set in the 1940’s. A time without cell phones, computers, the internet, or even tv. The setting helps to highlight just how out-of-place the ‘disappearances’ are. The time frame also shows how much was sacrificed by everyone during WWII and what a time of uncertainty it was. The characters of Aila and Miles juxtaposed each other perfectly and I connected with Aila right away. Dr. and Mrs. Cliffton were quirky and fit well with the storyline. Another element that added a lot to the story is […]

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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

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

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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