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Blog Tour: Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon – Mary Fan // Excerpt

Stronger Than a Bronze DragonTitle: Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon

Author: Mary Fan

Genre/Demographic: Fantasy, Young Adult,

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Synopsis:

When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.

Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.

With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy. Continue reading “Blog Tour: Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon – Mary Fan // Excerpt”

Blog Tour: If It Makes You Happy – Claire Kann // Excerpt

If It Makes You Happy

Title: If It Makes You Happy

Author: Claire Kann

Genre/Demographic: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTIAP+, Romance

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: June 4th, 2019

Synopsis:

High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”

Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?

📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 Continue reading “Blog Tour: If It Makes You Happy – Claire Kann // Excerpt”

Enlightenment – Reno Ursal // Excerpt

Welcome to Enlightenment Blog Tour hosted by Your Tita Kate!

Enlightenment: Book One of the Bathala SeriesTitle: Enlightenment

Author: Reno Ursal

Genre/Demographic: Fantasy, Mythology, Cultural Philippines, Young Adult

Publisher: Pacific Boulevard

Release Date: March 14th, 2019

Synopsis:

“Enlightenment” is the first book in The Bathala Series, inspired by the beautiful folklore of the Philippines. This is the coming of age journey of Filipina-American Dorothy Dizon and transfer student Adrian Rosario, who teeter between friendship and intimacy throughout the novel.

“Enlightenment” introduces Dorothy as an 18-year-old high school student in the United States, learning through Adrian about the mysterious folklore that binds them to the obscure history of the Philippines. She realizes that supernatural forces are no defense for a consuming love, a love that has her lean on her best friend for support, the beautiful Stella De Guzman. Adrian is a blood-eating Danag warrior sent to protect Dorothy from unseen enemies of his secret society in the Philippines, a society that changed the course of history prior to Spanish colonization. Adrian’s doubts about Dorothy are put to the test until the final moment when he feels a connection he could never predict. Together, Dorothy and Adrian experience a metamorphosis of historic proportions, a metamorphosis that changes their souls. Continue reading “Enlightenment – Reno Ursal // Excerpt”

Meet Me in Outer Space – Melinda Grace // #OwnVoices debut contemporary novel stars an ambitious college student who refuses to be defined by her central auditory processing disorder

Meet Me in Outer Space

Title: Meet Me in Outer Space

Author: Melinda Grace

Genre/Demographic: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Disability

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: March 12th, 2019

Synopsis:

Smart and unflinching, this #OwnVoices debut contemporary novel stars an ambitious college student who refuses to be defined by her central auditory processing disorder.

Edie Kits has a learning disability. Well, not a learning disability exactly, but a disability that impacts her learning. It isn’t visible, it isn’t obvious, and it isn’t something she likes to advertise.

And for three semesters of college, her hard work and perseverance have carried her through. Edie thinks she has her disability under control until she meets her match with a French 102 course and a professor unwilling to help her out.

Edie finds herself caught between getting the help she needs and convincing her professor that she isn’t looking for an easy out. Luckily for Edie, she has an amazing best friend, Serena, who is willing to stitch together a plan to ensure Edie’s success. And then there’s Hudson, the badly dressed but undoubtedly adorable TA in her French class who finds himself pulled into her orbit…

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Meet Me in Outer Space is a sweet, heartachingly real story of love and college life by debut author Melinda Grace.

Continue reading “Meet Me in Outer Space – Melinda Grace // #OwnVoices debut contemporary novel stars an ambitious college student who refuses to be defined by her central auditory processing disorder”

The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi: Get swooped by the enigmatic world of secret societies, mythological & magical realism…

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)Title:  The Gilded Wolves

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre/Demographic: Historical Fiction / Fantasy / Young Adult / LGBTQIAP +

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: January 15th, 2019

ISBN13: 9781250144546

Synopsis:

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive. Continue reading “The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi: Get swooped by the enigmatic world of secret societies, mythological & magical realism…”

Match Me If You Can – Tiana Smith: Fluffy, funny, & tremendously compelling

Match Me If You CanTitle: Match Me If You Can

Author: Tiana Smith

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Young Adult

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: January 8th, 2019

Synopsis:

Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever? Continue reading “Match Me If You Can – Tiana Smith: Fluffy, funny, & tremendously compelling”

Blog Tour |The Kooky Kids’ Club – Robbie Yates: Kooky and engagingly righteous!

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Title: The Kooky Kids’ Club

Author: Robbie Yates

Genre: Middle Grade

Release Date: November 4th, 2018

Blurb:

Maxine is smart, quirky, and a bit of a misfit. One day, she receives a mysterious invitation to a meeting of the “Kooky Kids’ Club.”

Things are looking bright. It’s nice to finally have a real group of friends. Then Maxine’s teacher disappears.

Maxine doesn’t know what happened to her beloved teacher, or how she can help. But if anybody has the smarts to help Miss Thompson, it’s Maxine and the Kooky Kids’ Club…

This quirky chapter book is for the best kind of kids—the ones who are a little bit kooky! Continue reading “Blog Tour |The Kooky Kids’ Club – Robbie Yates: Kooky and engagingly righteous!”

Blog Tour | Everlasting Nora – Marie Miranda Cruz #EverlastingNoraPH

Everlasting NoraTitle: Everlasting Nora

Author: Marie Miranda Cruz

Genre: Realistic Fiction / Contemporary / Middle Grade

Publisher: Starscape

Release Date: October 2nd, 2018

Synopsis:

An uplifting middle-grade debut about perseverance against all odds, Marie Miranda Cruz’s debut Everlasting Nora follows the story of a young girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines’ North Manila Cemetery.

After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shanty town of its kind in the Philippines today.

When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone.

With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Everlasting Nora – Marie Miranda Cruz #EverlastingNoraPH”

Blog Tour | Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful – Arwen Elys Dayton: Awestricken and thought-provoking…

Stronger, Faster, and More BeautifulTitle: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

Author: Arwen Elys Dayton

Genre: Sci-Fi / Dystopia / Young Adult

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: December 4th, 2018

Format: A review of DRC

Synopsis:

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of “human.”

This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton’s Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful – Arwen Elys Dayton: Awestricken and thought-provoking…”

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