Pre-Pub Adventure: October 2017

This is an exciting month because all of our Pre-Pub authors books publish!

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Every month we follow authors on their publishing adventure. Have you ever wondered how authors prepare for a book release or what they are working on while also getting ready to publish a new book? How do they multitask? What is publishing like? Find out on Pre-Pub Adventure as we follow authors to publishing their books.

Let’s check in with our authors and celebrate their releases!

Congrats to Nic Stone on her NY Times Bestseller Dear Martin!

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Nic Stone

1. Your book is released! How do you feel?

I’m… not exactly sure? Lol! The truth is, I haven’t had time to process anything, and won’t until December when I’m at home for an extended stretch of time. The morning after launch, I hopped on a plane to San Francisco. Which is where I am now. Tomorrow I fly back to the East Coast for ReadUp Greenville. Next week is Boston… and so on. I feel like I’m riding a tornado.

2. Do you have any plans for your release? Book tour?

I had a very excellent launch party and will be hopping around a ton over the next couple months. See where I’m going to be here:

3. What’s next for you?

Hopefully a good night’s sleep at some point! Book two is on the move as well 🙂

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1. Your books is published! Congrats! How does that feel? What’s next for you?

It feels amazing! I think the most amazing part was seeing my daughter’s excitement when she saw my book on a shelf in the bookstore. The official launch will be this weekend at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston. And then I go on a Texas Book Tour. I will also be at the Texas Book Festival the first week of November.

2. You recently just attended MPIBA 2017 Trade Show, tell us what that was like?

It was awesome. I got to meet and talk to so many booksellers. I did this event they call speed-dating where authors rotate around to 14 tables, spending 5 minutes at each table talking about their books. My voice was a little sore afterwards, but it was so nice to be able to get in front of booksellers and make that in person connection. I also got to meet a lot of authors, which was also nice. Writing is such a solitary experience; it’s nice to be able to get out and talk to people. Especially book loving people. Oh, and I have to throw in that there was a book trivia competition in which the teams were divided according to state. Naturally, Texas won. Hahaha…gotta represent!:)

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3. What are you working on now?

Now I’m working on book two!

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1. How does it feel to have your book out in the world?

  It feels like a sigh of relief, really! It’s out there and what will happen, will happen. There’s so much build up to launch (a lot of it that authors put on themselves) that we tend to stress over every little thing – and so much of it isn’t under our control. For me there was a lot of needless worrying, because everything went fine! It’s nice to feel like a normal person again, not a Person With a Book About To Come Out. (Though of course with the sequel coming up next fall, I’ll be right back to this stage before long!)

2. What are you doing to promote the book?

After my launch party, I attended the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville for a panel and signing (and met some amazing people!) Then I took a week off to go on vacation with my family. I’ve got two signings scheduled so far for November and am working on setting up other local events for readers, writers, and students. I feel pretty tapped out online, to be honest – I’m having to work more hours at my day job which doesn’t leave me much time to promote on social media – so I’m focusing on organizing in person events, including festivals and conventions for 2018, now that the book is out. I do enjoy doing blog interviews, though!

3. What’s next for you?

Finalizing book 2 and getting it in to copyedits! I can’t wait for this sequel to be put to bed. It’s been a bit of a beast, but I think we’re close to taming it. After that, who knows?! 🙂 I’ve got a few new book ideas that have been not-too-patiently waiting their turn…

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1. What fun thing happened to you this month?

All of my fun things are happening at the end of the month, but I did get to go to Heather Kaczynski’s launch party for Dare Mighty Things at our local Books-a-million (which turns out to be the first brick and mortar BAM store). Heather had an awesome Q&A, a great crowd turned up, and the signing line twisted around the stacks. I’m so lucky to have another 2017 Debut author in my little city!

2. What are you working on?

Launch, launch, launch. My last week of October is slammed with events. I’ll be on a panel at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge on October 28. The book releases October 31. My launch party is November 2. I’m part of a local author event at Barnes & Noble on November 5. And as if that weren’t enough, I’m working on scheduling more events. It’s all exciting, but exhausting too!

3. Your book comes out Oct 31, any fun plans?

I plan on donning my devil horns and heading out to stores to (hopefully) spot my book in the wild! After some shelfies, I fully intend on gorging myself on the Halloween candy we always stock for the trick-or-treaters who never seem to make it to our back street. And maybe finish off the night with Rocky Horror Picture Show and trying not to think about the fact that people I know will finally be reading my words (eep!).

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 Karina Yan Glaser

1. How does it feel to have your book out in the world?
It feels amazing. I love getting photos of kids reading the book and seeing the book in bookstores or libraries.
2. What are you doing to promote the book?
I’m doing panels, school visits, and some festivals. I’ll be at the Texas Book Festival in November and the Gaithersburg Book Festival next May, plus I’m doing some bookstore events in New York City and the surrounding areas. I’ve also done a blog tour! It’s been so much fun talking about the book and seeing it shared.
3. What’s next for you?

I’m finishing up illustrations for the Vanderbeekers sequel, plus I’m drafting another book. The Vanderbeekers sequel is coming out next fall!

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Follow Karina: Twitter * Facebook * Instagram * Blog

Until next the next Pre-Pub Adventure!

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Wicked Reads: And Then There Were Four Spotlight and 9 Book Giveaway!

It’s that time of month….Halloween!


And Penguin is doing a wonderful giveaway this Halloween. It’s called the Wicked Reads, a Penguin Random House spooky October collection. 9 spooky books are being given away. That’s right, I said 9! I’m so excited to be part of this campaign so today let’s talk about murder.

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Today I want to spotlight And Then There Were Four. Murder, mystery and parents trying to kill their kids?


Let’s take a look at And Then There Were Four!

And Then There Were Four (Nancy Werlin)

An unlikely group of allies come together to save themselves when their parents seem to be plotting to have them all killed. Bestselling author Nancy Werlin returns to her YA suspense roots for this page-turner that’s sure to be much discussed.

Let’s not die today. Not even to make things easier for our parents.
Five very different students at a private high school are brought together under mysterious circumstances, and just barely escape a building collapse. Little by little they piece together the belief that their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true, and if so how did the plan emerge and what are the parents’ motives? But most important, how can these teenagers save themselves? The urgency builds when one of the five dies and the others flee together. This unlikely group gradually bonds as they struggle to stay safe against all odds.

That cover is already spooky enough. I just started this book so a review will soon follow. I’m very intrigued by the concept and so far I’m flying through the book. I need to know the why!  I love murder mysteries but parents trying to kill their own kids? Sign me up for this thriller.


About the author:

Nancy Werlin is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her B.A. from Yale, was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first novel, and has since established herself as a writer of literary teen suspense. Her first suspense novel, The Killer’s Cousin\, was an Edgar Award winner and was named by ALA as one of the top 100 YA novels of the past decade; Impossible is a New York Times Best Seller; and Extraordinary was chosen as a Top Ten Indie Next List pick and was named an Amazon Teens Top 10 for 2010. When not writing fiction, Nancy works part-time as a technical writer.


Now it’s time to enter the Giveaway!

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The Legends of Luke Skywalker Blog Tour: Spotlight and Giveaway

Today we spotlight a Star Wars Book!

I love Star Wars. I LOVE the movies…except Episode I, II, III!

Rogue One is by far my favorite Star Wars movie but Episode VI, comes close then V, IV. I’ve also read many Star Wars books like PhasmaJourney to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of AlderaanJourney to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Lost Stars, Bloodline…so many good ones! I’m glad today we spotlight Journey to Star Wars with Luke’s very own book!

Let’s take a look at The Legends of Luke Skywalker. 


About The Book


Author: Ken Liu

Pub. Date: October 31, 2017

Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press

Pages: 432

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: AmazonAudibleB&NTBDGoodreads

As a cargo ship rockets across the galaxy to Canto Bight, the deckhands on board trade stories about legendary Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. But are the stories of iconic and mysterious Luke Skywalker true, or merely tall tales passed from one corner of the galaxy to another? Is Skywalker really a famous Jedi hero, an elaborate charlatan,or even part droid? The deckhands will have to decide for themselves when they hear The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

A collection of myths and tall-tales about the legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker, written by Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu.

Doesn’t it sound fantastic? It’s always a pleasure to read Star Wars books and go back into that universe with old and new characters.


About the author:

Ken Liu is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a translator, lawyer, and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.

Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings (2015), is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty. It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist. He subsequently published the second volume in the series, The Wall of Storms (2016) as well as a collection of short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016). He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017).

In addition to his original fiction, Ken also translated numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor. He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin’s series, Death’s End (2016) and edited the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets (2016).

He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER, US Only.

Here HERE!

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/23/2017- Page Turners Blog– Spotlight

10/24/2017- Twinning for Books– Spotlight

10/25/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Spotlight

10/26/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Interview

10/27/2017- Eli to the nth– Spotlight

Week Two:

10/30/2017- Nerdophiles– Interview

10/31/2017- Fiction Fare– Spotlight

11/1/2017- Mundie Moms– Spotlight

11/2/2017- BookHounds YA– Review

11/3/2017- Margie’s Must Reads– Guest Post

Haven Blog Tour and Giveaway


HAVEN Digital Assets

About The Book

Title: HAVEN

Author: Mary Lindsey

Pub. Date: November 7, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

Find it: AmazonB&NTBDiBooksKoboGoogle Play Books, IndieboundGoodreads

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

Review: Haven was a dangerous world full of secrets and thrills which made me fall into the book immediately.

When his mother passes away Rain is sent to live with his Aunt in a small strange town. There he observes a set of teens who seem to be outcasts, separated from the rest of the kids in school. Soon he is thrust into a supernatural world full of magic.

Haven takes the supernatural genre to a whole new level with well developed characters and wonderful description. There was mystery, thrills and suspense that made me turn each page faster and faster. I loved that the book was in Rain’s point of view. It brought a lot of depth and intrigue to this supernatural world.

Should you read it? Yes, it’s the supernatural thriller you didn’t know you needed!



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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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of HAVEN, US Only.

Enter here!


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/23/2017- Twinning for Books– Review

10/23/2017- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review

10/24/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

10/24/2017- Ex Libris– Review

10/25/2017- Omg Books and More Books– Review

10/25/2017- Novelties- Review

10/26/2017- Deep Dark Feminist Reviews– Review

10/26/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

10/27/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review

10/27/2017- Why I Read– Review

Week Two:

10/30/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

10/30/2017- Betwixt the pages– Review

10/31/2017- For the Lover of Books– Review

10/31/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Review

11/1/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

11/1/2017- Tea With Mermaids– Review

11/2/2017- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

11/2/2017- The Best Books Ever – Review

11/3/2017- Portrait of a Book– Review

11/3/2017- Nerdophiles– Review

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.

      Order the book here!

      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.


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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.

      Order your book here!

      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.

      Enter here!

      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.

      Moxie Review

      This book spoke to me.

      Let’s take a look at the book Moxie.



      • Hardcover: 336 pages
      • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (September 19, 2017)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 1626726353


      Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

      Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

      Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

      Order here!

      Tawney’s Review:

      This was a fantastic read that just had girl power all over it.

      Vivian was a strong character fed up with all the sexist crap that goes on in high school regarding the football team, because they can do no wrong… and that’s what made this book rock!  She took matters into her own hand and made a feminist movement within her high school called Moxie.

      Vivian started off as a character who wanted to stay under the radar but boy when she’s fired up she’s not one to contend with.  She stood up for what she believed in even if it could damage her social and academic life.

      Should you read it? Yes! A powerful book that empowers female liberties and what it means to stand up for what’s right.


      About the author:


      Hi! I’m young adult author Jennifer Mathieu (pronounced Muh-two, but if you speak French you can pronounce it better than that. Sadly, I don’t speak French.) I’m a writer and English teacher who lives in Texas with my family. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist, I enjoy writing contemporary young adult fiction that treats teenagers like real people. I love to eat and hate to cook. For more fun facts, read on!