Always Human Book Tour: Interview, Mood Board and Review

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I’m happy to be on the book tour with Hear Our Voices for the graphic novel Always Human by Ari North.  I was chosen to do not only a review, but also an interview with the author and a mood board! Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!

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Blog Tour: Ignite the Sun – Welcome Post! Interview & Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! It’s time to kick off another exciting tour with TBR and Beyond Tours.  We are so excited to be hosting the book tour for author Hanna Howard and her YA Fantasy novel, Ignite the Sun.   Make sure to check out the other blogs on the tour schedule (listed below) and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom – trust me this one is a GOOD ONE!

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Review: All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

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My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 400
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: March 17th, 2020

 

Trigger Warnings: Mental Health Issues, Suicide, Bullying, Drug Use.
What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

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#Blackoutpublishingpower: What I Purchased

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From Sunday June 14th to Saturday June 20th, a campaign was started to help prove to publishing houses that books by black authors do sell and do matter.  The campaign asked readers to purchase two books from black authors and I was MORE than happy to oblige.  I buy books by authors of color all year round, and I highly encourage that you all consider doing the same.  If you have been supporting #blacklivesmatters, please remember that it’s not a trend and it’s not something that you can just do for a month and you’re all set.  This is an all year, every year.  Also, it’s great if you bought a couple of books this week, but make sure to actually READ THEM and REVIEW THEM!

Alright, you probably are curious as to what I bought.  I’m always excited to show any new books coming my way!

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Top Ten Tuesday #33: Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  I knew instantly that I wanted to take part in this weekly meme because who doesn’t love making lists?

This week’s (February 25th, 2020) topic is: Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

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Meredy and Lysander (Reign of the Fallen)

This was the easiest one for me honestly! Who wouldn’t want to follow a beastmaster and her bear?!?!?!? They love each other so very much and would do legit anything for one and another.  I need a Youtube from Meredy and Lysander!

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The Darkling (Shadow and Bone Trilogy )
I feel like a bunch of people will have him on their list because he is GLORIOUS!

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Mal (Shadow and Bone Trilogy)
Why is my most hated character of all-time on here? So, I can harass him for all time and call him WHINY BABY BLAND BOY! because I’m mature like that.  Kid ruined my books, I’ll ruin his LIFE! Muahahhahahaha

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Lalia (Gilded Wolves) 
I mean just look at her! I’d follow her just to see what amazing looks she had going on and the woman is sassy, so I think she’d have a great profile.

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Lei and Wren (Girls of Paper and Fire)
I would like to follow them as a couple! I just adore them, one of my favorite f/f relationships in YA fantasy for sure.

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Cath (Heartless)
Before the Queen of Hearts became what she is today, she was just Cath – a sweet young girl that loved to bake and damn could she bake! I love Food Network shows, so I think Cath could get me as a follower on a Youtuber channel!

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Iko (The Lunar Chronicles)
Iko was born (errr built?) for social media! Her personality is everything and she is all about fashion.  I could totally see her as a beauty guru, and one that’d I’d actually follow.

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Alosa and Riden (Daughter of the Pirate King)

I need a banter couple in here and this fits the bill perfectly! No one does banter like these two.  I would love to see them do any social media together, it would be quite the ride I think.

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Would you follow any of these characters? Who would be your most followed?  Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Horror
Pages: 353
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: July 9th, 2019

 

 

 

 

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything. Continue reading “Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power”

Review: Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lucavics

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My rating:  4 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Horror
Pages: 266
Pacing: Slower
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: September 29th 2015

 

Trigger Warnings: Graphic imagery and violence, miscarriage, and child death.

 

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul. – Synopsis from Goodreads. 

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“The only devil inside of you is the one you created yourself.”

Holy shit, what did I just read? This was in the YA section?!? Really? Man, they really went for it here. This is a VERY dark, historical fiction horror novel and it was very unsettling, which means I was completely there for it.

Ok guys, really take caution with this one with violence that involves children bothers you. This one doesn’t holdback any punches. This book is marketed as Little House on the Prairie meets Stephen King and that’s pretty darn accurate. I love dark historical fiction, so I’m a bit surprised that this is the first time I’m picking this one up – glad I did though. This story follows a family that is going through a hard time and doesn’t really have a large enough house to be able to get through the next winter with their sanity intact and so when they hear about another settlement that has some free cabins to claim, they set out to find a new home.

Our main protagonist Amanda is a very polarizing character, many people are going to hate her from the get-go. Her inner dialogue is dark, selfish and at many times repulsive. I had a love-hate relationship with this young girl because that is exactly what she was – young. Her family is struggling and her sanity is questionable and I thought her thoughts were very authentic. Ugly, but authentic. When they finally get to the settlement, things are not what they had hoped for – it kind of blows my mind that anyone would stay there but I guess desperate times. I won’t say what they find when they arrive but I think most of us would scream and run in the other direction pretty fast – not fix it up and decide to stay. It wouldn’t be much of a horror book if they didn’t that though!

Daughters Unto Devils is a slow burn, like a lot of historical fiction is. It does feature an unreliable narrator as well, since we have no idea if she has lost her mind or if what is happening is real for most of the book. I thought I had completely figured it out at one point and I was wrong. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this one and I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a slower paced book or because it’s fairly gory and disturbing. Either way, I thought it was a fantastic October read and I’m sure I’ll have some of those images stuck in my head for awhile.

You have been warned about the content, if the story still sounds intriguing then go pick this one up! Totally worth and a very quick read. Incredibly disturbing though.

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Drama Llama Patrol: They’re Special Edition Boxes. Not Life Saving Medicine

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Hey beautiful people! We are starting up a new feature on the blog called Drama Llama Patrol.  There is always so much drama in the YA book community and we are here to give some commentary on it. We might ruffle a few feathers but this our just opinions – we can agree to disagree.  What is the point in having a blog if you can’t get a little sassy from time to time?

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