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Blog Tour : Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas (+Giveaway!)

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Title : Lost in the Never Woods
Author : Aiden Thomas
Genre : YA fantasy
Release Date : March 23rd, 2021
Publisher : Swoon Reads

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

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Blog Tour : Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (+Giveaway!)

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Title : Cemetery Boys
Author : Aiden Thomas
Genre : YA fantasy
Release Date : September 1st, 2020
Publisher : Swoon Reads

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Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

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Blog Tour : All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace (+Giveaway!)

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Title : All the Stars and Teeth
Author : Adalyn Grace
Genre : YA fantasy
Series : All the Stars and Teeth #1
Release Date : February 4th, 2020
Publisher : Imprint

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Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.
She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

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Blog Tour : Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (+Giveaway!)

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Title : Loveboat, Taipei
Author : Abigail Hing Wen
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : January 7th, 2020
Publisher : HarperCollins

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

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Blog Tour : Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (+INTL Giveaway!)

Title : Spin the Dawn
Author : Elizabeth Lim
Series : The Blood of Stars #1
Genre : YA fantasy
Release Date : July 9th, 2019
Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

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Blog Tour : The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (Interview + Giveaways)

Welcome to my stop for The Last Magician blog tour! This book was released a few days ago, and I’m super excited to read it. Below, you’ll find my interview with the author herself, Lisa Maxwell, as well as giveaways (yes, plural). But first thing first, here’s some info about the book :
Title : The Last Magician
Author : Lisa Maxwell
Genre : YA fantasy
Release Date : July 18th, 2017
Publisher : Simon Pulse
Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


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Blog Tour : No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista (Review + Giveaway)

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Title : No Love Allowed
Author : Kate Evangelista
Genre : YA Contemporary
Release Date : April 19th, 2016
Publisher : Swoon Reads
It’s all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.
Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!


Basically, No Love Allowed is one of those book that make you feel all giddy. It’s light and adorable and has enough fluff to make you swoon.
Let’s talk about the first character first. One of our MC here is Diana Alexander–or Didi as they called. She’s an aspiring artists, and recently lose her job at the country club because of out other MC. She’s actually quite a happy and positive-thinking person. Personally, I could relate to her eventhough we didn’t have much in common. Beside Didi, there’s also Caleb Parker, aka our rich boy.To be honest, I couldn’t find a word to describe him. He’s kind, yes, but I didn’t like some of his actions. Compared to Didi, I could relate less to him (mostly because our very different lifestyle, though I’ve fantasized about it. I mean, who haven’t?), but this doesn’t mean that I dislike him. He’s actually quite a decent guy. Also, have I mentioned that this book is told from Didi and Caleb POV? Because it is, and you guys have no idea how much I love dual POVs in contemporary book!
Talking about romance, I definitely ship these two! Their relationship starts with some kinds of friends-with-benefits thingy, and develop to something more. It’s so nice to see how Didi and Caleb slowly start to let each other in. Eventhough we all know how it ends, it didn’t make less excited.
While I love the characters and the romance, there’s some things that bothered me too. Firstly, the mental illness. Didi actually has a mental illness–which won’t be revealed until near the end–and while I appreciate the feature of mental illness, I wish it would be explained further. Throughout the book, I know that something is wrong with Didi, and when it’s revealed, the book ended. I want to see and know more about this mental illness. Secondly, I kinda think this book ends too fast. There are some things that left unexplained, and since there were book two, I’d like to think that those things purposefully left hanged.
Overall, No Love Allowed is still a great and adorable book. If you’re looking for something light and funny, I definitely recommend this one!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at http://www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista

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Blog Tour : The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett (+Giveaway)

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Title : The Anatomical Shape of A Heart
Author : Jenn Bennett
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : November 3rd, 2015
Publisher : Feiwel & Friends

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Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?


GUYS, THIS BOOK. The Anatomical Shape of A Heart (aka Night Owls) is that kind of book that you know you’re going to love since the moment you read the summary and see the cover. It gave me a lot of feels that I feel like I’m going to explode by the time I finish this. Without comparing to other books, I know that this book will be in my top ten all time favorite list.

So basically, this book is all about arts. If you know me well, you’d know that I’m a sucker for arts thingy. The main character, Beatrix Adams or Bex, is a cadaver artists (she literally drew dead bodies. Like, how cool is that?!). Her mom doesn’t want her to do it, but she still doing it anyway, and boy, her drawing are really good! I kinda wish I could draw like her.

Jack, on the other hand, is a graffiti artist. If I only have one word for him, that would be omgheissofreakinsweet (What am I thinking? I couldn’t describe him in just one word). Jack may be not perfect–he definitely has his own problems–but he’s definitely a sweetheart! My heart always flutter everytime I read about him. I assure you, he will be your next book boyfriends!

After I rant about how amazing the MCs are, it is no surprise that the romance is my favorite thing in this book. Eventhough their friendship is almost immediate, the romance is slow burn! (Heck, they met Bex’s parents even before they kissed). And when they do kiss

Not just that, their relationship is honest. They didn’t keep secrets and they’re truthful to each other. More importantly, they believe on each other. They have that kind of relationship that everybody wants.

Overall, I love everything in this book–the characters, the romance, the feels. Also, have I mentioned that this book features a schizophrenia character and a great family relationship? Well, it is, and that’s why you should read it.

About the Author
Jenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Reviewers’ Choice Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT’s May Seal of Excellence for 2015. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (aka Night Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at http://www.jennbennett.net.

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Blog Tour : Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall (+Giveaway)

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Title : Signs Point to Yes
Author : Sandy Hall
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : October 20th, 2015
Publisher : Swoon Reads

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The author of A Little Something Different brings you the most adorkable romance ever.

Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She’s babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.

Teo doesn’t dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo’s pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he’ll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane’s house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she’s terrified of how her parents will react.

In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane’s Magic 8 ball can’t give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes. 


Signs Point to Yes is actually my first Sandy Hall and Swoon Reads book, and for being the first it’s not disappointing! This book is really cute and adorable, and like the publisher’s name, it will make you swoon.

I could relate to Jane almost immediately. In many ways, she’s similar to Cath from Fangirl. They both are a fangirl and like to write a fanfic. Also, they’re both an introvert, and since I am too, it’s not hard to imagine myself as them. Teo, on the other hand, is a really sweet guy! He’s just really nice to everyone. He also has some family problems that made me want to pat him in the back, though.

As for the secondary characters, they are pretty awesome as well. In fact, there’s no one that I hate. Ravi–Jane’s supposed archnemesis–is actually a funny guy. He and Teo are like the complete opposite, yet they complete each other. Margo, Jane’s sister, is very supportive toward Jane. Her characters made me want to have a sister as well.

The romance between Jane and Teo is very adorable. Some people might find the romance is “too easy” and “not deep enough”, but for me, it’s realistic. It actually reminds me of the romance that often happened in my school. There’s no insta-love, and there’s no “I love you until I die” thingy too.

Overall, I really like Signs Point to Yes. If there’s one thing that I didn’t like, it would be the plot. Okay, the plot is actually pretty good, but I feel like it could be developed more. For an instance, there’s still some things that wasn’t solved well, like the reason why Ravi hates Jane so much (it actually was answered, but the answer is too simple to make a person hate soemone for a really long time). But still, this book worth the read. Did I recommend this book? Well, signs point to yes.

About the Author
Sandy Hall


I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.


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Blog Tour : Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols (Review + Giveaway)

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Title : Most Likely to Succeed (Superlatives #3)
Author : Jennifer Echols
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : August 4th, 2015
Publisher : Simon Pulse
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In this sexy conclusion to The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Sawyer and Kaye might just be perfect for each other—if only they could admit it.
As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out: attend Columbia University together, pursue banking careers, and eventually get married. Everything Kaye has accomplished in high school—student government, cheerleading, stellar grades—has been in preparation for that future.
To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. His antics on the field as school mascot and his love of partying have earned him total slacker status. But while he and Kaye appear to be opposites on every level, fate—and their friends—keep conspiring to throw them together. Perhaps the seniors see the simmering attraction Kaye and Sawyer are unwilling to acknowledge to themselves…
As the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides it’s finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed—or will it be their favorite mistake?
I have to admit, this is the first time I read Jennifer Echols’ books, and I’m glad I did! This book is so cute and realistic. I’m definitely looking forward to read the other books in the Superlatives series.
The main characters, Kaye, is someone that I could connect instantly. She had everything planned for the rest of her life (thanks to her mom), and I used to be like that too until now (I already knew which high school I’ll go since I’m in elementary school). Also, she’s strong willed and a great leader. On the other hand, Sawyer is known as the school’s bad boy, but like in many YA books, he’s actually really sweet and funny! He got me everytime he said “Will you marry me?” (he’s joking, but isn’t it adorable?). Behind the persona, though, he has some problems with his family, and I felt really sad for him. But because of that problems, he became a hardworker. I really admired that from him.

The secondary characters are great too. Since I haven’t read the other books, I didn’t know much about them, but I have a feeling I’ll like them. They’re completely different yet they complete each other. There’s Tia, the talkative one, and her boyfriend Will. Kaye’s other bestfriend, Harper is the school’s photographer and she’s pretty quiet (compared to Tia and Kaye). The only characters I didn’t like is Aidan and Kaye’s mom. Both of them are bossy and even more strong willed than Kaye, and I personally didn’t like someone who likes to control other people (eventhough Kaye’s mom has a great purpose for controlling Kaye)

If there’s one sentence to describe the romance, it would be HOLY MOTHER OF SWOON. The romance is definitely the best part in this book. Seriously, Kaye and Sawyer are really adorable together that you couldn’t not ship them. There’s a bit of love triangle in the beginning because Kaye already had a boyfriend, but it was clear that they were on the verge of breaking up, so don’t worry.

Overall, Most Likely to Succeed is a really great book. If there’s one thing that I didn’t like, it would be the ending. The ending is actually cute, but I feel like it’s too rushed. There’s some things that left unanswered, like Sawyer’s plan after he graduated. But other than that, this book is worth the read!

About the Author



Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.



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Win ALL 3 books in the Superlatives series by Jennifer Echols (Biggest Flirts, Perfect Couple and Most Likely To Succeed) [US Only]

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