Friday, May 31, 2019

Book Spotlight - All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton + Giveaway

Author: L.D. Crichton
Pub. Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 416
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"You can’t keep two people who are meant to be together apart for long...”

Lennon Davis doesn’t believe in much, but she does believe in the security of the number five. If she flicks the bedroom light switch five times, maybe her new L.A. school won’t suck. But that doesn’t feel right, so she flicks the switch again. And again. Ten more flicks of the switch and maybe her new step family will accept her. Twenty-five more flicks and maybe she won’t cause any more of her loved ones to die. Fifty times more and then she can finally go to sleep.

Kyler Benton witnesses this pattern of lights from the safety of his treehouse in the yard next door. It is only there, hidden from the unwanted stares of his peers, that Kyler can fill his notebooks with lyrics that reveal the true scars of the boy behind the oversized hoodies and caustic humor. But Kyler finds that descriptions of blonde hair, sad eyes, and tapping fingers are beginning to fill the pages of his notebooks. Lennon, the lonely girl next door his father has warned him about, infiltrates his mind. Even though he has enough to deal with without Lennon’s rumored tragic past in his life, Kyler can’t help but want to know the truth about his new muse.

About L.D.:

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES, US Only.

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5/1/2019- Lifestyle Of MeReview
5/2/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
5/3/2019- Novel NoviceGuest Post

Week Two:
5/6/2019- Betwixt the PagesReview
5/7/2019- BookHounds YAReview
5/8/2019- Life of a Literary NerdExcerpt
5/9/2019- Do You Dog-ear?Review
5/10/2019- Novel Nerd FactionReview

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5/13/2019- A Bookish EscapeReview
5/14/2019- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
5/15/2019- Dani Reviews ThingsReview
5/16/2019- The Pages In-BetweenReview
5/17/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsReview

Week Four:
5/20/2019- Savings in SecondsReview
5/21/2019- Book-KeepingReview
5/22/2019- Life of a Simple ReaderReview
5/23/2019- Smada's Book SmackReview
5/24/2019- Eli to the nthReview

Week Five:
5/27/2019- Popthebutterfly ReadsReview
5/28/2019- Jena Brown WritesReview
5/29/2019- Literary MeanderingsInterview
5/30/2019- Paper ReaderReview
5/31/2019- Two points of interestReview

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Book Review - Gather the Fortunes (Crescent City, #2) by Bryan Camp + Giveaway

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Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopomps. She is one of the guides who leads the recently departed souls through the Seven Gates of the Underworld. Renai tries to focus on getting her souls through the gate and avoid any unwanted attention from gods and mortals. However, when a young boy named Ramses St. Cyr manages to escape his fate of dying, Renai finds herself in the middle of the devious plan. Renai has to figure out who has the power and will to go against the Thrones to help Ramses slip free from death. 

I liked how the author wove elements from different mythologies across cultures seamlessly into the story. I loved reading a bit of each different mythology that was included at the beginning of the chapters. However, there were a few things that I didn't like. I felt that the author was very wordy and I ended up getting lost and had re-read the paragraph again and that took away from the experience the author was trying to garner. Also, the first portion of the book felt completely different from the rest of the book because the last three parts of the book were littered with vulgar language which took me by surprise. Overall, the book was an imaginative journey mixing mythology and adventure together.

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Series: A Crescent City Novel (Book 2)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 21, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1328876713
ISBN-13: 978-1328876713


"Camp’s prose is suspenseful and rich with feeling, highlighting an incredible heroine. VERDICT: Full of magic and numerous mythologies but still tied to the lush New Orleans setting, this Crescent City is one readers will not want to leave." —Library Journal, STARRED

"Savory...Renai’s second outing is as raucous as her first, and the magic is just as double-edged and slippery... Renai is a real standout of a heroine, a powerful African-American woman cutting through bad or desperate situations in living and dead realms of increasing chaos, armed with snark, courage, and a storm of magic drawn from deep within her. This will be a feast for all lovers of urban and dark fantasy." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED

"The second Crescent City book (after The City of Lost Fortunes, 2018) once again displays Camp's ability to weave different mythological beliefs in fascinating ways. Readers will relate to Renai as she learns her most trusted guides are unreliable in this fast-paced urban fantasy." —Booklist, STARRED

"In this second installment of his Crescent City urban fantasy series, Camp raises the stakes and broadens the scope of his alternate world...the richness and inventiveness of Camp's vision and the vivacity, warmth, and compassion of his leading woman keep you alert to whatever's happening next. As with the real New Orleans, once you leave this creepier but just as colorful variant, you'll be eager to go back." —Kirkus Reviews

"What a joy it is to return to Bryan Camp's weird, dark, vivid, gorgeous magical New Orleans. Highly recommended!" —Sam J. Miller, award-winning author of Blackfish City

“The magic and mythological heft of Bryan Camp’s debut doesn’t lose any momentum in Gather the Fortunes. He captures the essence and resilience of a still healing New Orleans by digging into the parts of a city too often ignored by the well-to-do and powerful. If The City of Lost Fortunes was a love letter to New Orleans then its next installment is an Earl King blue’s song.” —Brent Lambert, editor at FIYAH Magazine

Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopomps—the guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld—and done her best to avoid the notice of gods and mortals alike. But when a young boy named Ramses St. Cyr manages to escape his foretold death, Renai finds herself at the center of a deity-thick plot unfolding in New Orleans. Someone helped Ramses slip free of his destined end -- someone willing to risk everything to steal a little slice of power for themselves.

Is it one of the storm gods that’s descended on the city? The death god who’s locked the Gates of the Underworld? Or the manipulative sorcerer who also cheated Death? When she finds the schemer, there’s gonna be all kinds of hell to pay, because there are scarier things than death in the Crescent City. Renaissance Raines is one of them.

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Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and the University of New Orleans’ Low-Residency MFA program. He started his first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, in the backseat of his parents’ car as they evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. He has been, at various points in his life: a security guard at a stockcar race track, a printer in a flag factory, an office worker in an oil refinery, and a high school English teacher. He can be found on twitter @bryancamp and at He lives in New Orleans with his wife and their three cats, one of whom is named after a superhero.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Book Review - Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum + Giveaway

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Abbi  Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager. Except, her alter ego, Baby Hope, is an inspiration to people and she is widely recognized. People occasionally burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has spent her whole life in the shadows of the terrorist attack of September 11. Abbi as a child was captured holding a red balloon wearing a birthday crown while behind her the South Tower of the World Trade Center is collapsing.

Abbi yearns for anonymity and wants to spend her the summer before her seventeenth birthday as a counselor at a Day Camp two towns away. She is excited to spend her days with kids who have never heard of Baby Hope.

Noah Sten's also has plans for this summer as well. His dad went missing on September 11 and Noah hopes that he is still alive. When he meets Baby Hope at camp, he believes it is fate.  Together, they try to find the history and the story behind the iconic photograph.

When I first picked up this novel, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how the novel was both light and emotional read. Both Abbi and Noah were unique individuals who are trying to make the most of their lives after that fateful day. They try to reinvent their futures but, realize along the way, sometimes, you just have to play the cards life deals you. A wonderful read about finding friends and having resilience.

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Author: Julie Buxbaum

Pub. Date: May 7, 2019

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 320

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The New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next delivers a poignant and hopeful novel about resilience and reinvention, first love and lifelong friendship, the legacies of loss, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Sometimes looking to the past helps you find your future.

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11. On that fateful day, she was captured in what became an iconic photograph: in the picture, Abbi (aka "Baby Hope") wears a birthday crown and grasps a red balloon; just behind her, the South Tower of the World Trade Center is collapsing.

Now, fifteen years later, Abbi is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer before her seventeenth birthday incognito as a counselor at Knights Day Camp two towns away. She's psyched for eight weeks in the company of four-year-olds, none of whom have ever heard of Baby Hope.

Too bad Noah Stern, whose own world was irrevocably shattered on that terrible day, has a similar summer plan. Noah believes his meeting Baby Hope is fate. Abbi is sure it's a disaster. Soon, though, the two team up to ask difficult questions about the history behind the Baby Hope photo. But is either of them ready to hear the answers? 

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of HOPE & OTHER PUNCHLINES, US Only.

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Week One:

5/1/2019- Dani Reviews ThingsReview

5/2/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsReview

5/3/2019- Lifestyle Of MeReview

Week Two:

5/6/2019- Jena Brown WritesReview

5/7/2019- Feed Your Fiction AddictionReview

5/8/2019- Ex LibrisReview

5/9/2019- Here's to Happy EndingsReview

5/10/2019- Struck by StoriesReview

Week Three:

5/13/2019- Belle's ArchiveReview

5/14/2019- BookHounds YAReview

5/15/2019- Life of a Literary NerdReview

5/16/2019- Savings in SecondsReview

5/17/2019- Resch Reads & ReviewsReview

Week Four:

5/20/2019- A Bookish EscapeReview

5/21/2019- Book-KeepingReview

5/22/2019- Pacific Northwest BookwormReview

5/23/2019- The Book DutchessesReview

5/24/2019- Popthebutterfly ReadsReview

Week Five:

5/27/2019- Down the Rabbit HoleReview

5/28/2019- Do You Dog-ear?- Review

5/29/2019- Two points of interestReview

5/30/2019- We Live and Breathe BooksReview

5/31/2019- The Clever ReaderReview