SST Tour Interview: Mackenzi Lee & The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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Today on the blog, Mackenzi Lee, author of the upcoming release The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, is here to talk writing, favorites, and so much more. First check out all the details on her new book below!


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Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Expected on June 27, 2017

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My Review

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

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Interview

What is your go to reward for hitting a deadline?

Depends on the deadline. My deadline rewards have ranged from French fries with dinner to a Kate Spade handbag I’d been coveting for years.  

Do you edit while writing or wait until the end?

I try so hard to wait until I’m done with a draft before I go back and start editing. I’m a firm believer that all a first draft has to do is exist as words on the page, and if I go back and read and edit what I’ve written, I get very self conscious about how bad my writing is and how far I have to go. It stunts my ability to draft.

What are some of your favorite books at the moment?

Oh gosh. I’ve been obsessed with The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery for a year, which is a nonfiction book that made me fall in love with octopuses. Turns out, they are basically the most amazing creatures on the planet. I am also aggressively enamored with Landline by Rainbow Rowell, which I read in one fell swoop on a plane and cried my eyes out over.

How do you spend your free time? Any hobbies?

Many! I love to bake, play the piano and the ukulele, draw and handletter, travel, see theater, watch Star Wars, and drink Diet Coke.

Favorite genre to read?

Historical–I am aggressively predictable.

Favorite foods?

Vanilla soft serve ice cream.

Favorite travel destinations?

I sort of designed Monty, Percy, and Felicity’s itinerary in the book around my favorite places I’ve traveled. Venice and Barcelona are my two favorite cities in the world, though I just went to Amsterdam as research for another book and fell pretty hard.

Thanks so much Mackenzi for answering my questions! Continue reading

SST Review & Giveaway: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

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Today I’m happy to bring you a review of Internet Famous by Danika Stone for the SST Blog Tour. Check out my thoughts and all the details below!


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Published by Swoon Reads on June 6, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 320 Format: eARC Source: NG

4/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

Last year I discovered the wonderful talent that is Danika Stone through the Sunday Street Team and I couldn’t pass up the chance to read and review her newest release, Internet Famous. Madi is a big time blogger but has to keep her real life separate. When both crash together, things begin to unravel and a troll lurking in the shadows comes out of hiding. 

Madi is an absolutely endearing character. She’s witty, smart, and totally passionate. She takes on so much and has a hard time connecting IRL. Laurent, my utterly charming French boy who’s good with a camera, stole so many scenes. And the two of them together was such a joy to read. I also really liked Madi’s sister, Sarah, and the familial bond between them.

The online community can be a magical place. Connecting with people who are passionate about the same things, sharing this joy far and wide, and making lasting impressions on those you’ve never met. All this can be seen first hand through Madi’s eyes. Unfortunately with the good comes the bad and online harassment has gotten worse and worse. Stone shows the extremes from persistent attacks to actual doxxing. 

I did have a few issues with this story, mostly in regards to the family aspects. First of all, what mother screws up the schedule of her autistic child, for her own selfish goals. Not to mention leaving most of her care to her other underage daughter. Plus the father was completely non existent when it came to parenting. Madi had to handle everything on her own and that really grated on me.

Overall Internet Famous by Danika Stone was an adorable and clever story that highlighted both the good and the bad of the online community. Madi and Laurent were ridiculously sweet and I totally connected with the two of them. Plenty of swoons were had but I did have a few minor issues along the way. If you’re looking for a cute romance with a dose of reality, this one is definitely for you.

Are you interested in Internet Famous? Read Stone’s other title All the Feels?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


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About the Author

DanikaStonePortrait2Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Danika-Stone/426003857425751?fref=nf

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Tumblr: http://danikastone.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authordstone/


Giveaway

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Tour Schedule

5/22 ~ Tine Reviews

5/23 ~ The Heart of a Book Cover

5/24 ~ Fafa’s Book Corner

5/25 ~ The Ultimate Fangirl

5/26 ~ The Cozy Little Book Nook

5/29 ~ The Hermit Librarian

5/30 ~ Paved with Books

5/31 ~ Books and Ladders

6/1 ~ Boundless Bookaholic

6/2 ~ Recommends Book

6/5 ~ Little Book Wyrm

6/6 ~ Bookstackamber

6/7 ~ Pondering the Prose

6/8 ~ Bayy in Wonderland

6/9 ~ Hopeful Reads

6/12 ~ A Gingerly Review

6/13 ~ The Litaku

6/14 ~ Downright Dystopian

6/15 ~ Books, TV, & More…Oh My!

6/16 ~ A Backwards Story


The Magic of Loom: Blog Tour & Giveaway

Today I’ve got a fun little post in conjunction with The Alchemists of Loom Read-Along hosted by Elise Kova and Sabrina of Beyond the Book Reviews. To celebrate the upcoming release of the second book in the Loom Saga, The Dragons of Nova, Elise has decided to release bonus content delving deeper into this new world to coincide with the read-along taking place from May 8 – May 31. I’m lucky enough to share a small portion of it below but if you haven’t checked out The Alchemists of Loom yet see the synopsis and giveaway!


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Loom Saga #1

January 10, 2017

Keymaster Press

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom. Continue reading

SST Tour Interview & Giveaway: Laura Silverman & Girl Out of Water

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Today on the blog Laura Silverman, author of the upcoming release Girl Out of Water, is here to talk writing, favorites, and so much more. First check out all the details on her new book and be sure to enter the giveaway!


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Published by Sourcebooks Fire

Expected on May 2, 2017

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Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can’t wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home-it’s her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.

Landlocked Nebraska is the last place Anise wants to be. Sure, she loves her family, but it’s hard to put her past behind her when she’s living in the childhood house of the mother who abandoned her. And with every Instagram post, her friends back home feel further away.

Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater who challenges her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard. Because sometimes the only way to find your footing is to let go.

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Interview

How do you choose names for your characters?

For the most part they just come to me, but every now and then I end up scrolling through lists of names trying to find the perfect match. Usually when I see the right name it clicks instantly.

What is your go to reward for hitting a deadline?

A break! And finally catching up on my TBR! I love marathon-ing a bunch of books after a deadline because it’s often really hard to keep up with my reading when I’m in the writing zone.

Plotter or Pantser?

A little bit of both but I definitely lean towards pantser. I’ll usually have a vague idea of the big picture but only outline a few chapters at a time. Once I actually write those few chapters I have a better sense of what the next few will look like and so on.

What are some of your favorite books?

Always an impossible question! My favorite genre is YA Contemporary, but I read all genres too. Some recent favorite reads are THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, THE HATE U GIVE, WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, and UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES.

How do you spend your free time? Any hobbies?

I used to love going to concerts, and I hope to be able to do so again. Same with walking nature trails. I’ve recently gotten into stationary and sending letters to my friends and family

Favorite foods?

Sushi! Also sushi! Then probably Mexican, Thai, and like really good salads (not just iceberg lettuce and a cherry tomato haha).

Favorite travel destinations?
I love the beach and the mountains – just getting away and decompressing. But I’ve also loved traveling to big cities with tons of museums and epic food.

Thanks so much Laura for answering my questions! Continue reading

Traveler: Interview with L.E. DeLano (XPRESSO Book Tours)

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travelerTraveler by L.E. DeLano

Published by Swoon Reads on February 7, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction

My Review

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Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it…This Jessa is going to live.


Interview with L.E. DeLano

How did the idea for Traveler come about?

When I was eight we were living in England, and I watched an old version of “Alice Through The Looking Glass” on TV (it was the 1974 version, which was really creepy). I happened to pass a mirror afterward and thought it would be cool if there was another ‘me’ on the other side. I stared at my reflection for a long time until – I swear to you – I saw the other me blink. It scared me a lot to the point that I still get a creepy feeling if I catch my reflection out of the corner of my eye. Continue reading

ARC Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (XPRESSO Book Tours)

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queensofgeekQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Published by Swoon Reads on March 14, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+

Pages: 288 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

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Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek, an empowering young adult novel by Jen Wilde, is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.


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ARC Review: The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

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perf5.500x8.500.inddThe Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

Published by Keymaster Press on January 10, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 380 Format: eARC Source: Publisher

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for having me on this tour. The full schedule is HERE if you would like to check out more posts on The Alchemists of Loom. Continue reading

Moments of Wonderland: Marissa Meyer Tour Recap

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On November 13 Marissa Meyer stopped by the Parma Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library to chat about her most recent release Heartless and of course The Lunar Chronicles. Despite not the best week I trekked down there with my huge bag of books in tow and had a marvelous time. The auditorium was packed with people and completely full making things all the more exciting.

After being introduced Marissa gave a brief description of Heartless which I’ve already reviewed HERE and then asked for some volunteers for a very special talent show. I, of course, stayed firmly in my seat but six other attendees more courageous than me took the plunge. It was a wonderful icebreaker and the audience was treated to impersonations, songs, poems, feats of strength, etc.

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#TroubleMakersTour : Bringing Ketterdam to Cleveland

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I was so freaking excited when Leigh Bardugo announced her #TroubleMakersTour dates and Cleveland was on the list!!!! While I did get to meet her at BEA (which was glorious), I wanted to get to one of her book tour stops and it worked out perfectly.

So Crooked Kingdom released on Tuesday and I wanted to have finished it by Wednesday night for the tour stop. I managed to devour the whole thing by the morning of and my emotions were all over the place. Review will be up tomorrow by the way. I made sure to give myself plenty of time to drive to the event since rush hour traffic is a horror show and it was on the other side of Cleveland than me.

I arrived to the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library System right about 6 o’clock and got an amazing seat since I was an hour early. It was all about the waiting game then and I was anxious to know if my friend would make it on time. Thankfully she left work thirty minutes early or she definitely would have been late. Continue reading

The Crystal Tour: Earth’s End & The Treehouse Dream

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With the release of Crystal Crowned almost upon us, it’s time to celebrate this wonderful series that Elise Kova has created. If you didn’t already know, it’s a YA Fantasy series consisting of five books: Air Awakens, Fire Falling, Earth’s End, Water’s Wrath, and Crystal Crowned.

And what better way to highlight these beautiful books then with a massive blog and review tour organized by the author herself running from June 9 through July 12. Since I adore this series so much, I’m going to be doing a post inspired by each book. So let’s have some fun!

In Earth’s End, the reader traverses the lush jungles of Shaldan, with its towering trees and dense humidity. Most of the Northern clans prefer their homes in the sky, creating immense cities and pathways with the power of Groundbreakers. I couldn’t help thinking about my obsession with treehouses while reading these scenes and thought I’d share a little bit of it with everyone.

I feel like most people dream of having a treehouse in their backyard when they are kids. I certainly did. I thought it would be so cool to have a little hideout in the sky to call my own or maybe share with my brothers if I was feeling generous. I just wanted to look out over my own kingdom and play in the trees. The closest I got was a little niche in the side yard oak that I could climb up and sit in.

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