A Line In The Dark Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Today I’m excited to be part of A Thin Line In The Dark Blog Tour!

Let’s take a look at the book!

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017)
  • Language: English
    • The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

      Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. If nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more a curse than a gift.

      As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

      When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

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      Tawney’s Review: 

      This book was a psychological thriller with complex characters. It was a little tame in regards to those type of thrillers, especially with the beautiful cover, but the mystery kept me engaged.

      Jess and Angie are best friends but they could be so much more until Margot appears. Now we have a love triangle that sizzles of jealousy. The interaction of Jess with Margot and Angie are emotional. Jess has feelings she doesn’t understand for Angie and as Angie flaunts her relationship with Margot Jess’s world seems to be unraveling.

      This book was dark and edgy but I loved the sexual awakening that Jess had. It was mostly seen in her comics that she drew, a queer love triangle that represented her own. I really liked this part. The book starts off with Jess’s point of view but then goes into third person point of view, which threw me off my pace when reading. It took a couple of chapters before I got into the book again. The ending seemed a little rushed and not overly concluded. It was fine but left me wanting a bit more.

      Should you read it? Yes, a mild psychological thriller with a great love triangle that’s a quick read.

      About the author: 

       Malinda Lo is the author of the young adult novels AshHuntressAdaptation, and InheritanceAsh was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda’s nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Toast, The Horn Book, and AfterEllen. Malinda is co-founder with Cindy Pon of Diversity in YA, a project that celebrates diversity in young adult books. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog. www.malindalo.com


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      Week One:

      October 16 – YA Wednesdays – Character Aesthetics

      October 17 – Twinning for Books – Review

      October 18 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&A

      October 19 – BookCrushin – Review

      October 20 – Read. Sleep. Repeat. – Author Guest Post | More than Friends

      Week Two:

      October 23 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Bookish Recipe

      October 24 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Playlist

      October 25 – Sarcasm & Lemons – Author Q&A

      October 26 – Fiction Fare – Review

      October 27 – Boricuan Bookworms – Review & Aesthetics Board


      Things I’m Seeing Without You Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

      Today I’m excited to be the last stop on the Things I’m Seeing Without You Blog Tour!

      Let’s take a look at the book!


      Title: Things I’m Seeing Without You

      Author: Peter Bognanni

      Pub. Date: October 3, 2017

      Publisher: Dial Books

      Pages: 336

      Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.

      Jonah, the first boy she’d told she loved and the first boy to say it back.

      Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming.

      Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?

      As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.

      Funny, heartbreaking, hopeful, and wondrous, in the vein of Six Feet Under and I’ll Give You the SunThings I’m Seeing Without You is a beautiful examination of what it means to love someone, to lose someone, and to love again.

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      Tawney’s Review: 

      With 13 Reasons Why bringing to the forefront teen suicide, this book comes out at the right time to bring further reading of such a serious subject matter…teen suicide.

      Tess is in grief and barely functionable after finding out the boy she fell in love with died by suicide. She drops out of high school and goes to stay with her Dad. She sets out on a journey to discover who he really was and in her own grief help others cope with their own grief.

      The subject is so touchy and emotional I usually tend to stay away from such books that could bring me down. But this book sucked me in and I wanted to know more about Jonah and how Tess would cope. It was heart wrenching to see her maneuver through her grief and try to regain her life. The book was emotional, deep but also there were rays of light with Tess interaction with other characters.

       As the book progressed you find out more about Jonah and it helps the reader and Tess understood him in the end. This was an emotional read with just enough wit to tone down the seriousness. The author does a great job at keeping the pace and moving the reader right along with Tess.

      Should you read it?  Yes! If you liked 13 Reasons Why then you will want to read this book.


       I received an ARC from the publisher and all views expressed are my own.


      Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni. (ARV: $17.99 each).
      NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 25, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 16, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 18, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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      And check out the other tour stops!

      Week One:
      September 25 – Arctic Books – Author Q&A
      September 26 – Fiktshun – Review
      September 27 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Reasons to Read TISWY
      September 28 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Author Guest Post
      September 29 – BookCrushin – Review
      Week Two:
      October 2 – The Young Folks – Author Q&A
      October 3 – Dazzled by Books – Review
      October 4 – In Wonderland – Beyond the Pages
      October 5 – YA and Wine – Review & Mood Board
      October 6 – Fiction Fare – Author Guest Post
      Week Three:
      October 9 – Rants & Raves of a Bibliophile – Review & Favorite Quotes
      October 10 – Margie’s Must Reads – Author Guest Post
      October 11 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Q&A
      October 12 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guess the Story in GIFs
      October 13 – Twinning for Books


      Peter Bognanni

      Peter Bognanni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut novel, The House of Tomorrow, won the LA Times award for first fiction and the ALA Alex Award and has been adapted into a feature film.  He teaches creative writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

      Wild Bird Blog Tour

      Today we’re part of the Wild Bird Blog Tour!

      Let’s take a look at Wild Bird.

      • Age Range: 12 and up
      • Hardcover: 320 pages
      • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 5, 2017)

      3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who’ve gone so far off the rails, their parents don’t know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right.

      The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can’t put up a tent. And bitter won’t start a fire. Wren’s going to have to admit she needs help if she’s going to survive.



      This book was a mesmerizing read.

      Wren was taken from her home to the Utah desert for a wilderness therapy camp. She’s a troubled 14-year-old who doesn’t feel connected to her family and this may be the only way to save herself. It could be her last chance.

      Wren is a relatable character that many teenagers could identify with. The loss of self-worth and feeling of isolation is common.  Wren struggles with her demons and the dilemmas of life. The transformation that Wren goes through is beautifully written. The perspective changes from the therapy camp to flashbacks of Wren’s school and home life. It helped weave that paths together of why she’s at camp and what she must do to save herself.

      Should you read it? Yes, an emotional book that journeys into the heart of one’s self-discovery.




      About the author:

      ​Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series—often called “The new Nancy Drew”—and wrote Flipped, which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by School Library Journal and became a Warner Brothers feature film, with Rob Reiner directing.

      Her other stand-alone titles include The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, Runaway, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Swear to Howdy, and The Running Dream, which was awarded American Library Association’s Schneider Family Award for its “expression of the disability experience.”

      Van Draanen has also created two four-book series for younger readers.  The Shredderman books feature a boy who deals with a bully and received the Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit,” and was made into a Nickelodeon movie. The related Gecko & Sticky books, which are full of alluring alliterations that make for rousing read-alouds, are perfect for reluctant readers.

      A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Van Draanen resides in California where she can be spotted riding shopping carts across parking lots. She and her husband, Mark Parsons, have two sons, two dogs, and enjoy the three R’s: Reading, Running, and Rock’n’Roll.

      A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares Blog Tour & Giveaway

      I’m very excited to be part of this book tour because this book was so fun to read.

      From the author of Our Chemical Hearts comes the hilarious, reality-bending tale of two outsiders facing their greatest fears about life and love—one debilitating phobia at a time.
      Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can’t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.
      The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.
      Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.
      Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she’d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love.


      This was a truly humorous light-hearted book that I couldn’t put down. A great story that incorporated fears and everyday life with humor and magical realism.

      Ester’s grandfather was cursed by Death so now all her family members are doomed to suffer one great fear, which they are destined to die from. Ester’s father fear was agoraphobia, her mother’s fear was bad luck, and her twin brother (yay twins!) Eugene fear’s the dark but Ester has yet to discover her one true fear.  Enter Jonah, though Ester’s first encounter with him was not memorable, Jonah helps Ester conquer her list of nightmares and even challenges her to break the curse.

      Ester was a fun character to follow. She’s quirky and intelligent. She dresses in costume every day and her snarky personality just adds charisma to her character. Jonah was the perfect match for her. He’s charming, kind and patient. There was definitely a connection to them that the reader felt throughout the book. It was a slow friendship that blossomed into a smoldering romance but what I liked was the romance took a backseat to the story. It wasn’t overwhelming and didn’t take from the story.

      This book was light-hearted and witty. Even with the discussions of fears, mental health, anxiety, and depression the book never got too serious or swayed from the humor. Which I found refreshing.

      Should you read it? Yes! This was a unique read that I adored with humor that retained elements of magic even on serious subjects. The characters were strong and you couldn’t help but fall in love with the story.



      Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland. (ARV: $17.99 each).
      NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 4, 2017 and 12:00 AM on September 25, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about September 27, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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      About the author:

      Krystal Sutherland was born and raised in Townsville, Australia—an inhospitable land where crocodiles, snakes, and jellyfish are always on the prowl. She grew up living directly across the road from the local library and spent almost every day after school (and weekends, too) having adventures between the pages of books (mainly because it was too dangerous to go outside).
      She moved to Sydney for college (and safety), where she cut her writing teeth as the editor of the student magazine at the University of New South Wales. She kept gathering tales as an exchange student in Hong Kong and as a foreign correspondent in Amsterdam. Her first book, Our Chemical Hearts, was released in 2016, and was published in over twenty countries.
      Her three greatest fears are heights, dark caves . . . and (perhaps worst of all) frogs.


      Week One:
      September 4 – Mrs. Leif’s Two Fangs About It – Review & Excerpt
      September 5 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Chase Away the Nightmares: A Playlist
      September 6 – Arctic Books – Reviews
      September 7 – YA Wednesdays – Favorite Quotes
      September 8 – Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Author Guest Post: Krystal’s Top 10 AddictionsWeek Two:
      September 11 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Dream Casting
      September 12 – Twinning for Books
      September 13 – Love is Not a Triangle – Author Guest Post: Would You Rather? With the Cast of ASDLOWN
      September 14 – Forever Young Adult – Review
      September 15 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&AWeek Three:
      September 18 – Xpresso Reads – Review & My Top 5 Fears/Phobias
      September 19 – Chasing Faerytales – Review
      September 20 – Boricuan Bookworms – Review
      September 21 – YA and Wine – Author Guest Post: Krystal’s Biggest Fears
      September 22 – A Book and a Cup of Coffee – Psychology of Phobias