Blog tour + Book review: Throw like a girl by Sarah Henning (4 stars)

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BOOK INFORMATION

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Throw Like a Girl

by Sarah Henning
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 7th 2020

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story.

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she’ll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched… Every. Single. Day.

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he’ll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland’s halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who’s got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION

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Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, which, despite being extremely far from the beach, happens to be pretty cool.

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(I received an eARC from NetGalley and Fantastic Flying book club for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

“Standing up for yourself doesn’t mean walking away.”

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Throw like a girl by Sarah Henning

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

This book was fast paced and really enjoyable. Fans of sports would definitely enjoy this book! I was swooning over Grey ever since we first met him. I found this book totally swoon worthy and cute.

It was easy for me to love and root for Liv and Grey and I was so glad that she got her opportunity to shine as people saw her potential instead of being sexist. Fans of The Field Party series will definitely love! MY HEART was tossed around like a football, but I enjoyed the ride.

I finished this book in one sitting and really liked the fast pace and found it heartwarming. I definitely rooted for the characters from start to finish and loved the girl power in this book.

 

GIVEAWAY

PRIZE: 2 finished copies of the book. The giveaway is open to US Residents only

Dates: 7th January – 21st January 2020

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Blog tour + Book review: How to speak boy by Tiana Smith (5 stars)

How to Speak Boy
Tiana Smith
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 7th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Two sworn enemies start to fall in love through anonymous notes in How to Speak Boy, a fun and charming YA novel from Tiana Smith.

Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can’t stand one another, either in competition or in real life.

But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other one is.

Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters and find themselves unknowingly falling for the competition. Before the state tournament, the two of them need to figure out what they want out of life, or risk their own future happiness. After all, what’s the point of speech and debate if you can’t say what’s in your heart?

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Author Bio:

Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Rocky Mountains. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja boy, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She’d love to be fluent in sign language, but for now she gets by with awkward hand gestures and even more awkward French. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer.

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(I received an eARC from Xpresso Book tours and NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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How to speak boy by Tiana Smith 

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 5/5 stars

(Review)

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This book made me literally roll in my bed in frustration because it was clear to me that certain characters had feelings for each other, and I meant that in a good way. I really enjoyed the conflict and set up of this story as it made it interesting to read.

The interaction between Grayson and Quinn was really interesting and fun to watch. I love that Quinn was feisty and a risk taker, but I totally related to her when she was talking on the phone, and I mean relate on a spiritual level. Grayson and Quinn stole my heart in this book.

This novel was really addictive and I couldn’t put the book down. There is a love triangle and I did find a few scenes choppy, but I wasn’t affected much as I really enjoyed the story. It was a cheesy romance story, but I found it to be done well and my heart died at the last letter. I did find the story predictable, but at the same time, I was really anticipating the events and this book stole my heart.

I finished this book in one sitting (1-3am) and totally loved it! I loved the conflict and characters, the great message and concept of this book and would totally recommend it to fans of contemporary romance.

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‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Review

Unlike a lot of my other reviews where I usually start off with the series’s genre, number of episodes/seasons before rambling on about the rest of the review, I wanted to start this one off a different way.

I binged-watched Voltron: Legendary defender in the matter of less than a week, and I must say, I have fallen head over heels with this cartoon. I never watched the original one (it wasn’t a thing in my country), but I was glad that there was a remake, because if not I would never have watched this cartoon.

I mainly like cartoons that are pretty romance-centric like Miraculous Ladybug, Star vs the forces of evil, Tangled: the series and etc… But Voltron: Legendary Defender didn’t actually have much of that and it wasn’t romance-centric at all. I fell in love with the characters and the plot of this cartoon and even after a few days, heck, for the rest of my life, I don’t think I’ll ever forget this cartoon, that was how inspirational and how in love I was with it.

So even before I start the review, I’m just going to ask fans of sci-fi and adventure genres and those who like friendship-centric shows to definitely give this series a go!

It ripped my heart out and sew it back, and before I knew it, it ripped my heart out again, tossed it into a black hole before my heart worm-holed back to me. So, I was practically and basically a mess of tears.

*May contain some spoilers, but I’m trying my best to review all seasons without any spoilers. So there may be mention of names and revelations but not in detail, of course.

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Book review: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (2.5 stars)

(I received an eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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Tweet Cute by Emma Lord 

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

(Review)

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This book was on my anticipated reads list and when I found out I could download an eARC from Edelweiss, I jumped at the chance.

I loved the premise and it had this whole frenemy thing going on with quite a lot of tension. I did like that it used Twitter to tell the story, but unfortunately, those were the only few things I enjoyed.

I wanted so badly to love this book, like many of my other peers did, but I didn’t connect to the characters or the story. It was unfortunate that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I should have because it was one of my anticipated reads and I loved the whole rivals to lovers trope.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Rogue princess by B. R. Myers (2 stars)

(I received an eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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Rogue princess by B. R. Myers 

Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Romance, Fantasy, Retelling

Rating: 2/5 stars

(Review)

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This book definitely gave me The Lunar Chronicles vibes, which happens to be THE series that brought me into YA and loving sci-fi. Initially, I enjoyed and liked this book and had no idea it was sci-fi gender-bent version of Cinderella until I reread the synopsis.

The book is told in alternate POVs between Aidan and Delia. I wanted to like this book so much, but unfortunately, I didn’t. I did not care for the characters or romance. The concept was easy to grasp, but I felt that there was no world building and by 30% I was bored. Although I did understand Cinderella had an insta-love plot, I wished that this book would have developed it more.

I found this book very similar to Cinder and found it pretty predictable. It was unfortunate as I was bored and did not care for the characters or story.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Summer bird blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman (3.5 stars)

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Summer bird blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

(Review)

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I found this book very raw and emotionally vulnerable.

I love that we get to see that Rumi pushes everyone away and shuts them out, she used to be jealous because Lea was the golden child, but now she’s just grieving and in a lot of pain.

I also found this book heartwarming and sweet, a definite heartbreaking of a novel.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Movie Review: The perfect date (2019) (2 stars)

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The perfect date (2019)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Rating: 2 stars

Review:

Brooks creates an app that allows him to become the perfect stand-in boyfriend for any occasion to save up for college.

The main problem I had with this movie was that the people in the show were pretty crappy.

I honestly felt that it could have afforded to be more fleshed out and I had no idea it was a book to movie adaptation!

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book review: Brave new girl (Brave new girl #1) By Rachel Vincent (4 stars)

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Brave new girl (Brave new girl #1) By Rachel Vincent

Genre: YA, Sci-fi-dystopian, Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

We have brown hair. Brown eyes. Fair skin. We are healthy and strong and smart. But only one of us has ever had a secret.

Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She’s nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.

Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can’t stop thinking about him—when she can’t resist looking for him, even though that means breaking the rules—she realizes she’s flawed, too. But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be recalled.

Destroyed.

Getting caught with Trigger would seal not only Dahlia’s fate, but that of all five thousand girls who share her face. But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different?

Suddenly the girl who always follows the rules is breaking them, one by one by one…

(Review)

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I loved the high stakes and the fast pacing of this story. Although I’m not a big fan of insta-love, the one in this book kinda works because of the world building, risks and the setting of the story.

This book gave me vibes of Shatter me and Flawed.

I really enjoyed this book and also loved The flame never rise series that I read prior from the same author.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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