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Book Reviews, Thriller, YA Fiction

Book Review: The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

Title: The Mary Shelley Club
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Genre: Thriller, Young Adult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fear tests. They can be born from movies, but the Mary Shelley Club brings them to life.

Rachel Chavez is recovering from a home invasion and neglecting her PTSD. Her mother has transferred them both from their former world in the burbs to a new one in NYC (which I’m unsure how she affords on a teacher’s salary). This life is a delicate new existence where Rachel tries to gently poke at her past when she’s comfortable doing so and avoid doing so whenever it’s possible. Until she sees something unusual happen at a party.

“I, too, crave chaos.”

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Contemporary Fiction, Giveaways, Interviews, Middle Grade, YA Fiction

Interview: Sarah Allen–Author of Breathing Underwater

Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen
Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen
Sarah Allen
Sarah Allen

Ali: Hello, Sarah! It’s so lovely to meet you. Congrats on the release, and thanks for the chance to talk about Breathing Underwater. Could you take a moment and introduce yourself?
Sarah: Hello hello! Thank you so much for having me, it’s a pleasure! I am originally from Utah, and the oldest of eight kids. I’ve also had some experience living in San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, and DC. I got an MFA in fiction from Brigham Young University and now I’m getting a second MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida in Tampa. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I could first read, and since those days when Ramona and the Pevensies were some of my best childhood friends! My other obsessions are things like David Attenborough documentaries, Broadway music, anything with caramel, Pixar movies, and Colin Firth. I’m excited to share Olivia and Ruth’s journey with you all!

Breathing Underwater’s blurb begins with “Breathing Underwater is a sparkly, moving middle-grade novel from Sarah Allen, and a big-hearted exploration of sisterhood, dreams, and what it means to be there for someone you love.” Tell us more about that, if you would, please!
I started writing this book during a time in my life when so many of my loved ones, best friends and my family, were going through some very hard, tender things, including some serious struggles with mental illness. I was desperate to find a way to help, and the answer to what I could do seemed to be…not much. So I wrote. I wrote about a girl struggling to learn how to help her sister, and learning that loving her and accepting her for who she is really was enough. I learned so much about myself along the way.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Giveaways, YA Fiction, YA Romance

Book Review: Dog Girl by Gabi Justice

Dog Girl by Gabi Justice
Dog Girl by Gabi Justice
Dog Girl by Gabi Justice
Dog Girl by Gabi Justice

Title: Dog Girl
Author: Gabi Justice
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fiction
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

Oh, the triggering elements in this book are couched well in the story of a girl who is bullied and suffering anxiety due to the trauma of losing her father as a young girl. 

Kendall Shepherd is in a rough headspace. Her social anxiety has her so paralyzed that she’s taken solace in the company of the dogs she works to rescue and rehabilitate. Peter, her imaginary friend, also known as her anxiety disorder, is a constant automatic negative thought factory. She must struggle with him through all things great and small. Worse is he really has crushed her confidence to the point where real people’s motivations are suspect at best. Dogs are constant and love unconditionally.

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Book Blitz, Book It, Urban Fantasy, YA Fiction

Book Blitz: The Awakening by Kaylee Johnston

The Awakening by Kaylee Johnston
The Awakening by Kaylee Johnston
The Awakening by Kaylee Johnston
The Awakening by Kaylee Johnston

Title: The Awakening (A Guardian of Spirits Novel)
Author: Kaylee Johnston
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date:
19 February 2021

Summary:

Not everyone wants magic.

In a world where humans hate witches, there’s no one who hates them more than Jameson Tyler – they are the reason his mother and little sister are dead. Then one morning, he wakes to find those he’s hated for his entire life are now his only hope to understanding his new identity, his new life…as a witch.

Jameson has to get to the witch’s side of town – a place he’s never been and has loathed his entire life – and give up everything he’s ever known before the Witch Special Forces (WSF) captures him. On top of avoiding the WSF, when his new Headmistress attacks him, things get even more complicated.

He must accept his new fate and life before being killed, letting the Magical Community fall into the wrong hands. Can Jameson put his hatred aside or will he let his prejudice destroy them all?

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Book It, Interviews, Sports Romance, YA Fiction, YA Romance

Interview: L.A. Cotton’s Rixon Raiders Play This or That?

Rixon Raiders: The Collection by L.A. Cotton
Rixon Raiders: The Collection by L.A. Cotton
Rixon Raiders: The Collection by L.A. Cotton
Rixon Raiders: The Collection by L.A. Cotton

And last but not least. This or That. Anyone can answer any of these, or more than one can chime in at the same time. 

Pumpkin Spice or Vanilla 

Asher: I don’t get pumpkin spice it tastes like crap
*The others nod in agreement*

Deadpool or Captain America 

Jason: Neither
Cameron: Captain all the way. Who doesn’t want to be a superhero
Asher: Deadpool is a superhero
Cameron: Is he really though? 
Jason: Jesus, the two of you are f*^%ing idiots

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Book It, Giveaways, Interviews, Sports Romance, YA Fiction, YA Romance

Interview: L.A. Cotton’s Rixon Raiders Play Tell Me A Secret, Tell Me A Lie

Rixon Raiders: The Collection by L.A. Cotton
Rixon Raiders: The Collection by L.A. Cotton
Rixon Raiders: The Collection by L.A. Cotton
Rixon Raiders: The Collection by L.A. Cotton

This game is ‘Tell Me a Secret, Tell Me a Lie.’ It’s just what it sounds like. I give a prompt, and you, the character, gets to determine if you want to hint a secret or lie: one or the other.

Tell me a secret about the last lie you told your partner or Tell me a lie you told your partner to keep that secret. 

*Asher explodes with laughter*
Asher: Tell her where Felicity thinks you are today man.
Jason: F%^$ off
Cameron: You lied to her? 
Jason: I didn’t… it’s not… I may have extended the truth but only because I knew she’d want to come

Tell me a secret you can’t tell your bestie or Tell me a lie you just told your parents. 

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Book It, Giveaways, Interviews, Sports Romance, YA Fiction, YA Romance

Interview: L.A. Cotton’s Rixon Raiders Play Would You Rather?

Rixon Raiders Giveaway
Rixon Raiders Giveaway
Rixon Raiders Giveaway
Rixon Raiders Giveaway

Would you rather hear your parents do the deed or put up with Khloe hitting on the guys again? 

Jason: What the actual f*#%? Why would you ask that?
Asher: *retches* You’re triggering some serious shit here, I hope you know that.
Cameron: No way, you heard them go at it?
Asher: Dude, not cool!
Jason: Seriously, can we move on? I just can’t…

Would you rather wake up and find you had three-inch-long eyelashes or go to bed without lips? 

Asher: Oh my god, where are you getting these questions? *explodes with laughter* 

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Book Reviews, High School Romance, Sports Romance, YA Fiction, YA Romance

Book Review: In The Penalty Box by Kelly Anne Blount & Lynn Rush

In The Penalty Box by Kelly Anne Blount & Lynn Rush
In The Penalty Box by Kelly Anne Blount & Lynn Rush
In The Penalty Box by Kelly Anne Blount & Lynn Rush
In The Penalty Box by Kelly Anne Blount & Lynn Rush

Title: In The Penalty Box
Author: Kelly Anne Blount & Lynn Rush
Genre: YA Sports Romance
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

Toe Pick.

I’m old enough for that to be romantic and adorable before reading Kelly Anne Blount’s and Lynn Rush’s In The Penalty Box.

After a horrendous injury, Willow Covington is home nursing her wounds. She’s doing what she can to work her way back to the Olympic Figure Skating Team she was on before getting hurt. It just isn’t going well. Going to open ice time at the local ice rinks is giving her practice and keeping her sane.

Puck Head.

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