Review/ Sublime Karma

About the Book:

Title: SUBLIME KARMA

Author: Peyton Garver

Pub. Date: May 28, 2017

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Pages: 302

Formats: Paperback eBook

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When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?

Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past? This is an edgy YA with issues of bullying, self harm, and attempted suicide…with an HEA ending.

Before beginning my review I quickly just have to thank Jaime at Rockstar Book Tour for allowing me to be a part of this tour and for sending me a e-copy of the book so that I could give you my honest and sincere review of it.

This was another book I really enjoyed reading and it was a pretty quick read.

Sublime Karma is written in third person which I am not a big fan of but it worked for this book. Its also told in two points of view of our main characters Brie, who is the new girl at school and by Jake who is the football player at the school.

In the very beginning of the book Jake just rubbed me the wrong way and it was due to the fact that I think he thought he was all that and that he was the best. He is the football player and he is in a band called Sublime Karma so that alone I think he comes off a bit cocky. As the story progress I grew to like him.

I really liked Brie even though she was shy. She was the new girl in school and I think she just wanted to blend in but sadly that didn’t happen because she attracted the attention of the popular girls and before long she is being bullied by them and it was rough to read that because you don’t want to see anyone being picked on and sadly its happening more and more in today’s schools.

This new beginning that Brie’s family was hoping to get didn’t go as plan and as scared as Brie was she soon realized that things were going to get a lot worse before they got any better. She is guarded and doesn’t let people in because she has secrets that she would rather keep to herself. What will happen when people find out?

One of the things that left me a little disappointed was I felt like I ended the book missing something, but hopefully there is a book two that can wrap all the loose ends up. Will there be a book two?

After reading this I realized that looking back I think my high school days, yes even though we had issues and drama were nothing compared to what they are today and I don’t think knowing what I know I could be in a high school environment again.

Book Blitz/ COCO: MIGUEL AND THE GRAND HARMONY

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About the Book:
Title: COCO: MIGUEL AND THE GRAND HARMONY
Author: Matt de la Pena & Ana Ramírez
Pub. Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Disney Press
Pages: 48
Formats: Hardcover in English & Spanish Editions
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads

This jacketed picture book pairs Newbery Winner Matt de la Pe a and Pixar artist Ana Ram rez with the highly anticipated Pixar Studios film, Coco. Featuring a beautiful original story based on the characters of the film, as well as vibrant stylized artwork, this title is sure to appeal to readers of all ages.

Disney*Pixar’s Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.
Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), Disney*Pixar’s Coco opens in U.S. theaters November 22, 2017.

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About Matt:
Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of COCO: MIGUEL AND THE GRAND HARMONY, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
10/2/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview
10/3/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books- Spotlight
10/4/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Spotlight
10/5/2017- Mom with a Reading Problem– Excerpt
10/6/2017- Nerdophiles– Spotlight

Week Two:
10/9/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Spotlight
10/10/2017- For the Love of KidLit– Interview
10/11/2017- Novel Novice– Spotlight
10/12/2017- Wonder Struck– Spotlight
10/13/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Spotlight

 

Blog Tour/ Pashmina

About the Book:

Title: PASHMINA

Author: Nidhi Chanani

Pub. Date: October 3, 2017

Publisher: First Second

Pages: 176

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions―the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

 

About Nidhi:

Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. She is the owner of Everyday Love Art. Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, will be released by First Second Books in October 2017. She recently illustrated Misty – The Proud Cloud, a children’s book by Hugh Howey. She is an instructor in the Master of Fine Arts, Comics program at the California College of Arts.

Nidhi was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California. She holds a degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates because it makes her happy – with the hope that it can make others happy, too. In April of 2012 she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change.

Her media appearances include CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and BBC Radio. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, the Women’s March, My Modern Met, Bored Panda and India Times. Nidhi has worked with Disney, ABC, Airbnb, Sony, Microsoft, State Farm Insurance and a variety of other clients. Her non-fiction comics have appeared in the Nib. Everyday Love Art products are sold in retail shops across the country, including the San Francisco International Airport, Books Inc., and Therapy stores.

Nidhi draws and dreams every day with her husband, daughter and their two cats in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/25/2017- BookHounds YA– Excerpt

9/26/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

9/27/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Review

9/28/2017- Novel Novice– Excerpt

9/29/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

 

Week Two:

10/2/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

10/3/2017- Ex Libris– Review

10/4/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Excerpt

10/5/2017- A Backwards Story– Review

10/6/2017- Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook– Review

 

 

Review/ Pashmina

Review/ PashminaPashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Published by First Second on October 3rd 2017
Pages: 176
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Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions--the topic of India is permanently closed.
For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she's ever dared and find the family she never knew.
In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

You have probably read this before on my blog but one of the best things about blogging and taking part in blog tours is being exposed to books that you might not normally hear about otherwise and I have to say that this was the case with this book. I didn’t really hear anything about this book until I got the email from Rockstar Book Tours and after reading the description I knew I wanted to read it.

Thank you Rockstar and First Second for allowing me to be on the tour and sending me a e-copy of the book to read. I really enjoyed reading this.

I also have to say that I normally don’t buy finish copies of a book after reading Arcs or eArcs because I am one that doesn’t keep her books after reading them because I know I won’t reread the book but this is the exception to the case. I really enjoyed reading it and can see myself picking it up several times to reread this.

I should begin by saying that this is a graphic novel, something that I don’t read a lot of but when I do I do enjoy them.

I realized that during reading this I didn’t know a lot about the Indian culture or India in fact but after this I want to learn some more about it because I think it would be interesting to learn.

One of my favorite things apart from the illustrations was the fact there was a section in the back with glossary terms so reading this was enjoyable because it added to the story and for me having this it made everything make sense.

Speaking of the illustrations can I just saw wow. I loved that it was all done in black, grey and white but when Priyanka found the pashmina the whole world exploded into color and i thought that it brought a whole new aspect to the story line. I was impressed with the colors and they just added to the book. Then when she took it off it went back to black and white.

I loved Priyanka she was head strong and determined and I think more books need to have that kind of character in them.

Growing up Priyanka has always tried to ask her mother about India and her father but her mother always tried to stay off that topic. Priyanka was curious to know about where she came from and who her family really is. So Priyanka has grown to only imagine what it is like. When she finds the pashmina she sees India in a whole new light and begins to wonder if its really like that. This makes her determined to actually go but her mother keeps insisting its not safe and they don’t have the money. Will Priyanka ever make it to India to see for herself? If she goes will it be everything that she thought it would be?

This was such a fun read and I look forward to picking it up again to reread.

 

Blog Tour/ The Way to BEA

 


About the Book:

Title: THE WAY TO BEA

Author: Kat Yeh

Pub. Date: September 19, 2017

Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 352

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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With a charming voice, winning characters, and a perfectly-woven plot, Kat Yeh delivers a powerful story of friendship and finding a path towards embracing yourself.


Everything in Bea’s world has changed. She’s starting seventh grade newly friendless and facing big changes at home, where she is about to go from only child to big sister. Feeling alone and adrift, and like her words don’t deserve to be seen, Bea takes solace in writing haiku in invisible ink and hiding them in a secret spot.

But then something incredible happens–someone writes back. And Bea begins to connect with new friends, including a classmate obsessed with a nearby labyrinth and determined to get inside. As she decides where her next path will lead, she just might discover that her words–and herself–have found a new way to belong.

 

About Kat:

Kat grew up reading, doodling, and scribbling in Westtown. She worked for many years in advertising and sports marketing, while writing children’s books in the wee hours of the night. She currently lives on Long Island where she can see water every day and explore all the bay and harbor beaches with her family.

 

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE WAY TO BEA, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/18/2017- Jennifer Mary G.– Interview

9/19/2017- YAYOMG!– Review

9/20/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

9/21/2017- Word Spelunking– Review

9/22/2017- Little Red Reads Interview

Week Two:

9/25/2017- Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook– Review

9/26/2017- YA Book Madness– Review

9/27/2017- La La the Library– Review

9/28/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf– Interview

9/29/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

 

 

Review/ The Way To BEA

Review/ The Way To BEAThe Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 19th 2017
Pages: 352
Source: ARC From Publisher
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With a charming voice, winning characters, and a perfectly-woven plot, Kat Yeh delivers a powerful story of friendship and finding a path towards embracing yourself.
Everything in Bea's world has changed. She's starting seventh grade newly friendless and facing big changes at home, where she is about to go from only child to big sister. Feeling alone and adrift, and like her words don't deserve to be seen, Bea takes solace in writing haiku in invisible ink and hiding them in a secret spot.
But then something incredible happens--someone writes back. And Bea begins to connect with new friends, including a classmate obsessed with a nearby labyrinth and determined to get inside. As she decides where her next path will lead, she just might discover that her words--and herself--have found a new way to belong.

Before beginning my review I quickly want to thank Rockstar Book Tour for allowing me to be on this tour and to Little Brown for sending me an eArc of the book to read for my review.

If you are a reader of my blog you would have noticed that I spoke about this book briefly when I was wish listing the books I heard about that were going to be at BEA this year and The Way to BEA actually made my wishlist of books that I wanted to read when it came out so I was thrilled when I got the email from Rockstar Book Tour saying they were looking for tour host, you can best believe I quickly replied to be a part of the tour and I was thrilled when I got the confirmation that I was on the tour.

Kat Yeh has written two picture books and another middle grade novel that I will be checking out very soon because this one was really good and I enjoyed reading it.

As I was reading this I thought this would be the perfect book for kids to read just before going back to school especially grade seven like the main character Bea is as I think they could relate to her and the situation she is in.

Bea is a bright, inspiring 12 year old girl going into seventh grade and her and her BFF have made these amazing plans to be something this year and to shine, well things don’t go according to plan. Something that I am sure a lot of kids do the summer before grade seven. They want to be cool, liked and popular. I know I sure wanted to do that but then reality quickly sets in right?

Just before school starts Bea goes to Taiwan with her family and she comes home excited to see her friends only to realize her friends are no ignoring. She realizes she has no one to talk to because both her parents are busy with work. You can see her struggling and my heart broke for her.

Bea’s parents are both successful and involved with their work but they do love Bea. I just wish they would have taken a moment to see that she was struggling instead of being so into their work. One thing about Bea is that she is really good at hiding things and deflecting things so to her parents defence they didnt’ really notice anything unusual in Bea.

Its not easy being a girl going into grade seven with no friends, being ignored, because you are in a whole new playing field but I loved how as much as Bea was in pain she showed the readers that no matter what you can do it and over come this. I wish I had this book when I was going into grade seven. Bea was a strong and courageous girl in my opinion.

Cover Reveal/ Haven

Today Mary Lindsey and Rockstar Book
Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive excerpt for HAVEN, which
releases November 7, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an ARC!
On to the reveal! 



 

Title: HAVEN
Author: Mary Lindsey
Pub. Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Formats: Hardcover,
eBook
Pages: 400
Sometimes beauty is the beast…
“We all hold a beast inside. The only
difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere.
He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating
size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in,
and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike
Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls,
though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far
away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from
trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth
living for. Worth dying for.
Early Praise:
“Dangerous, dark and a definite
page turner. Mary Lindsey rocks this book.”
– New York Times bestselling author C.C. Hunter
“A smoking hot hero and spine-chilling
mystery = total win.”
– #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer
L. Armentrout
“This electrifying tale will take
you on an unexpected journey into a secret world of witchcraft and shape
shifters. Romance, adventure, and magic! Lindsey leaves you breathless and
wanting more.”
– Adriana Mather, #1 New York Times bestselling
author of How to Hang a Witch
“This is not your mama’s
paranormal! Sexy, dark and intense. Unputdownable!”
– Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling
author of Firelight
“Lindsey writes a hero with fire
and gasoline. Then she lights a match with break-neck pacing, and scorches a
path to readers’ hearts. Don’t blink for a moment.”
– Victoria Scott, bestselling author of Fire
& Flood
“Gripping and gritty, HAVEN had me
glued to the pages from beginning to end! Rain is the best kind of hero —
tough, sexy, sweet, loyal. He charges through this action-packed tale that had
me tearing up more than once, and I was
perfectly happy to follow!”
– Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author
of Forget Tomorrow.
“An utterly gritty and satisfying
resurrection of the monster genre.Rain is an intense narrator and you won’t
know whether to scream or swoon. Haven is an instant classic!”
– Courtney Moulton, author of Angelfire
“Darkly compelling and deliciously
chilling, Haven hooks you from the first line and never lets up. Gritty,
spine-tingling, and full of nail-biting tension.”
– Amalie Howard, bestselling author of
Bloodspell
“Dark, different, sexy, and
edge-of-your-seat intense.”
– Shawna Stringer, bookseller
Exclusive Excerpt!

When Rain turned back to Freddie, he bit
down a gasp of surprise. She’d stripped off her shirt and tipped her face to
the moon, eyes closed, like one would do to the sun at the beach. And here he’d
thought the landscape was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen.
The air was still. Eerily still, and her
smooth skin appeared to glow from inside in the moonlight—her black lace bra
sheer enough to make him a little dizzy.
Without opening her eyes, she said,
“Take off your shirt.”
No way in hell was he going to argue
with that. He yanked off his shirt, clutching it in his fist, waiting for his
next instruction.
He forgot how to breathe when she opened
her pale eyes and moved toward him. Her gaze wasn’t focused on his face,
though. It was on his chest. Stopping in front of him, she traced her fingers
over the ink.
“Raindrops?” she asked, finger outlining
one of the shapes.
“Tears,” he replied, again light-headed
as she ran her fingertips over his pec.
“For your mom?”
“No. For all of us.”
She stepped back and, for a long time,
stared at the tattoo comprised of dozens of drops in a random pattern over his
chest, spilling down his ribs.
She traced a scar on his side with the
tip of her finger. One of many marring his body from fights. “Your life has
been sad.”
And so had hers recently. Maybe that was
why he felt so connected to her. Their shared grief, their shared stand against
a harsh, unfeeling, screwed-up world. Their shared solitude.
She turned back to the moon and raised
her arms. “Do you feel it?”
Well, that was a wide-open question. He
was feeling lots of things.
“The moon,” she said. “It’s like aloe
when you’re sunburned. Try it.”
He imitated her posture, head back, arms
out, but felt nothing other than the throbbing hardness he always felt around
her.
“So, what do you think about that legend
your aunt told you?” she asked.
He opened his eyes to find her studying
him. “That the rock can turn men into beasts?” His mind raced, wondering what
would prompt that question and what answer she was looking for. Men were
beasts. Horrible monsters at times. He’d seen it firsthand. “I believe we all
hide a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
There it was again. That strange warm
pull in his chest while she studied him. Like she totally got him—something no
one else had ever bothered to do. He’d never been understood or accepted.
People saw his size and found out his background and immediately wrote him off
as dangerous or not worth the trouble. Not Freddie.
She obviously found his answer
acceptable, because she wound her fingers in his hair and hauled him against
her for another kiss. Raw, open-mouthed, and hungry. He’d never met anyone like
this, who made him burn so hot he thought he might die from need. Recovering
from surprise, he placed his hands on either side of her bare rib cage, feeling
her body expand and contract with each quick breath. Bones and hard muscle
working beneath smooth, soft skin. Skin he wanted to touch all over.
“I like you, Rain Ryland,” she said,
dragging her nails down his back.
“Like” didn’t even come close. He was on
fire for her. Had thought of her night and day since he first saw those eerily
pale eyes and badass attitude. She was smart, strong, and terribly, terribly
dangerous, which turned him on like crazy. “I like you, too.”
“How much?”
Something was going on here. Something
other than foreplay. “More than I’ve ever liked anyone.” Which was true and
unexpected. This was more than physical, which was a terrifying thought for
him. Maybe this time he could stay. Maybe this time he’d actually found a home
and wouldn’t have to leave everything behind.
He kissed her again, not wanting to
think about legends, or leaving, or anything else for that matter. He wanted to
just live in this moment as long as it lasted. Running his hands lower, his
thumb brushed the unmistakable shape of a condom in her back pocket. He froze,
and she smiled against his lips.
“You scared, Sprinkles?”
“Yes.”
“Of me?” It was like she wanted him to
fear her.
“No.” He pulled back, amazed at how her
eyes reflected the moon like clear glass. “Of this.” He gestured to the space
he’d put between them. “Of whatever this is.” The intensity of it. The urgency.
And worse, much worse—the potential loss of it. He’d never feared losing
something before because he’d never had anything worth keeping. This girl,
though. She was different. And he wanted her.






About Mary: 

 

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning,
RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island
in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles
her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.
Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the
giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar
Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three
science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the
“pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.
 

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