The latest thriller from @gillymacmillan proves to be another thought-provoking piece of suspense literature. #review #tlcbooktours

About Odd Child Out

• Paperback: 432 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 3, 2017)

From New York Times Bestselling Author of WHAT SHE KNEW

“A hugely satisfying and thrilling read. Highly recommended!” -Shari LaPena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

“Literary suspense at its finest.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby

How well do you know the people you love…?

Best friends Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad have always been inseparable. But when Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol’s Feeder Canal, Abdi can’t–or won’t–tell anyone what happened.

Just back from a mandatory leave following his last case, Detective Jim Clemo is now assigned to look into this unfortunate accident. But tragedy strikes and what looked like the simple case of a prank gone wrong soon ignites into a public battle. Noah is British. Abdi is a Somali refugee. And social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol. Against this background of fear and fury two families fight for their sons and for the truth. Neither of them know how far they will have to go, what demons they will have to face, what pain they will have to suffer.

Because the truth hurts.

Purchase Links

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Mama Says:
While I’m not one to shy away from any and all books that might make me uncomfortable, I wouldn’t normally have picked this one up because of there being children involved, however, I’m glad I took a chance, as she handled matters in a very conscious way.  Odd Child Out is a timely, thought provoking read full of questions many people are already asking themselves in these turbulent days.  Family isn’t always honest with each other, good though their intentions may be.  And that dishonesty can have consequences.  While I felt at times there were too many irrelevant plot threads going on, and that they were a bit clumsy and awkward in a few places, Macmillan expertly weaves them all together at the right moments.
Furthermore, she handled issues of race and prejudice in a way that few non-POC writers achieve- without ever reaching the point of condescension or self-righteousness.  It was refreshing to read a story with so many perspectives that really delved into what each person’s experiences were and how they felt about the way they fit (or didn’t) into the world around them.
A slowly building book, yes, but once it sinks its teeth in you’re not going to put it down.  You’ll be wrapped up in mystery, compassion, suspense and bewilderment.  It’s delicious.

4 stars and my thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow books for the review opportunity!

About Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar Nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.

Find out more about Gilly at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ready for more royal women taking charge of their own destinies? Read #RichestoRags by @authorcaseybond

Title: Riches to Rags
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling (Cinderella)
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: 
Most girls dream of being princesses, but one princess just wants to be a normal girl.
Ella Carina, crown princess of Aelawyn, knows brutality and lies—she’s seen the way her father rules. Princess. Possession. To her father, the words had the same meaning. She was only as valuable as the alliance formed with her betrothal. Her freedom comes from an unlikely place: an attack on the castle.
When the conquering King offers to protect her from the betrothal her father arranged for political gain, she consents. Hiding her within a peasant family is the only way to keep her and her secret safe.
In this simpler life, Ella flourishes and catches the eye of the local Blacksmith’s son. For once, she can be herself and make her own choices, but the life of a princess—even one kept secret—was never meant to be easy.
Trevor, crown prince of Galder has been searching for Ella, but not because of their betrothal. She is in grave danger from the very people who hid her away. His plan is to show her the truth and help her to safety.
Nothing goes as planned. When Trevor finds her, it’s to discover she’s fallen in love with a peasant. Now he has two goals: help her regain her throne… and show her that she belongs with him.
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Mama Says:
With notes reminiscent of Throne of Glass, The Queen of the Tearling, and of course, the original fairy tale which we’re being retold, Riches to Rags is not just another Cinderella story.  It’s a look into the mind of a teenage girl and those who surround her, as well as a coming of age story.  It’s another book in which Casey Bond makes you think you’re going to get cupcakes and rainbows, but from the second chapter you realize that is, in fact, not happening.  Bloodshed and loss and humiliation and despair all take turns on poor Cerina before we even get to the sixth chapter.  As usual, the writing is compelling, the plot well-paced, and the characters grab your hand and take you away to their poor, sad little worlds.
I must admit, this is quite a different style for Bond, but I love it.  It’s not AS dark as some of her recent books, but there’s definitely depth and enough substance to sink your teeth into, without being so heavy I can’t sleep for a week after reading it.
Closer to YA than NA, but still somewhere in the middle, I’d recommend this for ages 14 and up, parental discretion advised.
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:

I was in my room, lost in my own worries, when the world as I knew it was torn to shreds.
My room was large, and with only a bed and wardrobe inside, it was far too spacious than anything I needed. But it was also my sanctuary. It had to be. Father didn’t allow me to leave the space without an escort, and only then when he gave me permission, which wasn’t often. I considered myself lucky to have a window until that day.
The horrors I saw from that window would stay with me forever.
Sitting quietly in the alcove, watching the comings and goings of the villagers, was how I learned the ever-changing styles in fashion and beauty, how gentlemen and ladies were to properly act, and how some acted very improperly when they thought no one was watching.
The day the Kingdom of Aelawyn fell, I was watching and envying the lives of her people.
Nothing seemed amiss as three large, covered wagons approached the front gate. The man driving the horses that pulled the lead wagon shouted to the guard atop the gate, announcing that they carried supplies, taken from another forest raid. They were granted immediate entry, Father’s guard raising the portcullis for them.
One by one, the wagons crept into the yard. As soon as the gate slammed back to the ground behind the third wagon, a loud whoop sounded. The guards were stunned, so much so that it took far too long for them to spring into action and defend the castle. The wagon canvases were torn to shreds as a small army, clad in armor and donning swords, shields, and all manner of weaponry, unfolded from the wagons and began to slash their way across the yard.
They did not take time to discern villager from soldier, male from female, innocent from guilty.
A river of blood flowed in their wake, draining between the cobblestones. They were so skilled and efficient in battle that they entered the castle before any alarm could be raised to stop them. In no time, they’d taken the castle itself.
Copyright Casey L. Bond

Check out the #ChastityFalls rebrand reveal from @authorlacotton

CHASTITY FALLS REBRAND & RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT
BY L A COTTON

Chastity Falls is almost three, and to celebrate the series has been given a brand-new look!
What’s more, in January 2018 we’ll be taking one last trip to Chastity Falls.
That’s right. The brooding silent mystery Dennis Hayes is finally getting his own book. Read on for more details…

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Reading Order
Book #1 Loyalty and Lies
Book #2 Salvation and Secrets
Book #3 Tribulation and Truths
Book #4 Redemption and Regrets (can be read as a standalone)
Book #4.5 Penance and Promises
Book #3.5 Affliction (can be read as a standalone)
Book #5 Absolution (can be read as a standalone)

 

 


Earlier this year, Affliction ( Dennis and Cassie’s novella set during the timeline of Ana and Jackson’s story) was published as part of a charity anthology. Well now it’s live on all platforms and can be read as a standalone or after Tribulation and Truths.

Affliction Blurb

Dennis Hayes knows all too well that his life is no place for a relationship. He’s at Chastity Falls Academy to play football and do his job. Not meet girls or have fun. But some rules are meant to broken, and the second his lips touch hers, Dennis knows he’s going to break his most sacred one: never let your heart rule.Cassie Malson watched her friend’s life fall apart at the hands of The Fallen—Chastity Falls Academy’s football team. She never expected to end up in the same position. The lies. The sneaking around. Telling herself it’ll all work out in the end. Because deep down, Cassie knows if she isn’t careful, he’ll bury himself so far in her heart she might never recover.

They’re from different worlds.

They want different things.

It can never work.

Can it?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

 



A very happy release day to the @authorcaseybond and #RagstoRiches a #cinderella #retelling

Title: Riches to Rags
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling (Cinderella)
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Blurb:
Most girls dream of being princesses, but one princess just wants to be a normal girl.
Ella Carina, crown princess of Aelawyn, knows brutality and lies—she’s seen the way her father rules. Princess. Possession. To her father, the words had the same meaning. She was only as valuable as the alliance formed with her betrothal. Her freedom comes from an unlikely place: an attack on the castle.
When the conquering King offers to protect her from the betrothal her father arranged for political gain, she consents. Hiding her within a peasant family is the only way to keep her and her secret safe.
In this simpler life, Ella flourishes and catches the eye of the local Blacksmith’s son. For once, she can be herself and make her own choices, but the life of a princess—even one kept secret—was never meant to be easy.
Trevor, crown prince of Galder has been searching for Ella, but not because of their betrothal. She is in grave danger from the very people who hid her away. His plan is to show her the truth and help her to safety.
Nothing goes as planned. When Trevor finds her, it’s to discover she’s fallen in love with a peasant. Now he has two goals: help her regain her throne… and show her that she belongs with him.
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:

I was in my room, lost in my own worries, when the world as I knew it was torn to shreds.
My room was large, and with only a bed and wardrobe inside, it was far too spacious than anything I needed. But it was also my sanctuary. It had to be. Father didn’t allow me to leave the space without an escort, and only then when he gave me permission, which wasn’t often. I considered myself lucky to have a window until that day.
The horrors I saw from that window would stay with me forever.
Sitting quietly in the alcove, watching the comings and goings of the villagers, was how I learned the ever-changing styles in fashion and beauty, how gentlemen and ladies were to properly act, and how some acted very improperly when they thought no one was watching.
The day the Kingdom of Aelawyn fell, I was watching and envying the lives of her people.
Nothing seemed amiss as three large, covered wagons approached the front gate. The man driving the horses that pulled the lead wagon shouted to the guard atop the gate, announcing that they carried supplies, taken from another forest raid. They were granted immediate entry, Father’s guard raising the portcullis for them.
One by one, the wagons crept into the yard. As soon as the gate slammed back to the ground behind the third wagon, a loud whoop sounded. The guards were stunned, so much so that it took far too long for them to spring into action and defend the castle. The wagon canvases were torn to shreds as a small army, clad in armor and donning swords, shields, and all manner of weaponry, unfolded from the wagons and began to slash their way across the yard.
They did not take time to discern villager from soldier, male from female, innocent from guilty.
A river of blood flowed in their wake, draining between the cobblestones. They were so skilled and efficient in battle that they entered the castle before any alarm could be raised to stop them. In no time, they’d taken the castle itself.
Copyright Casey L. Bond
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Mary Rose becomes the modern ghost story you didn’t know you needed to read.

Synopsis 
 

Mary Rose Moreland and Simon Blake are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they travel to England for Simon to ask her parents’ permission to marry Mary Rose, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared when she was a little girl while the family was vacationing on a remote Scottish island. She reappeared mysteriously thirty-three days later in the exact same spot without a scratch on her and no memory of what had happened.

After Simon hears about this disturbing episode in Mary Rose’s childhood, he becomes obsessed with finding out what happened. He proceeds to launch his own investigation and arranges during their honeymoon for them to visit the island where she disappeared. But as Mary Rose’s behavior gets stranger after their engagement, the need for Simon to unlock the truth about her past grows even more urgent. What he uncovers is beyond his most terrifying fears.

Mary Rose is author Geoffrey Girard’s chilling and modern take on a classic ghost story originally written by J. M. Barrie. And for years, master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock attempted to adapt Mary Rose into a film but was never successful. With this novel, Girard taps into the nightmarish fears that inspired both Barrie and Hitchcock, while also bringing the story to the present day with his own unique voice.


Praise for MARY ROSE
“An exceptional gothic thriller. Girard’s literary roots shine through, and the dread rises with every turn of the page. Mary Rose will send a true chill down your spine. A haunting, scary, and beautifully written novel.” ―J.T. Ellison, NYT bestselling author of LIE TO ME

 

Mama Says:
This is some of the most dream-like (or rather nightmarish) writing I’ve come across in some time.  Swiftly moving from intriguing to terrifying, and covering everything in between, Mary Rose takes its time bringing you into the dark, but it is no less engrossing.
If you’re a fan of novels that make you shiver, make you sit and stare at the long dark hallway after you’ve finished trying to convince yourself that no, you did not just see a figure looming down there, you’re going to enjoy this book.  Though enjoy feels an odd word to use in reference to such a sad tale, there are bright spots of beautiful prose along the way making it earn such a reputation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction. His first book, Tales of the Jersey Devil, thirteen original tales based on American folklore, was published by Middle Atlantic Pressin 2005, followed by Tales of the Atlantic Pirates (2006) and Tales of the Eastern Indians (2007). Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels simultaneously in 2013: CAIN’S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a companion novel for teen/YA readers which was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for “Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel.”

In 2017, Carolrhoda Books published TRUTHERS, a YA novel about the 9/11 conspiracy, and Adaptive Books published MARY ROSE, a psychological thriller/ghost novel.

Girard’s short fiction has appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of the Future (a 2003 winner), Prime Codex, Aoife’s Kiss, The Willows, Murky Depths, Apex Horror & Science Fiction Digest, and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. The debut collection of his short fiction, first communions, was published by Apex Books in May, 2016.

Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey currently lives in Ohio and is the English Department Chair at a famed private boys’ high school. Prior to teaching, he worked as an advertising copywriter, web developer and marketing manager. He has a BA in English literature from Washington College and an MA in creative writing from Miami University, where he is now working on an MFA. He has presented and led workshops on creative writing at schools, bookstores and various writers’ conventions/events.


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Read about our author of the week Nic Stone, including a guest post and more on her newly released book #DearMartin #yalit #guestpost #giveaway

About the Book:

Title: DEAR MARTIN

Author: Nic Stone

Pub. Date: October 17, 2017

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 224

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.

Read more about the author, including her thoughts on pushing morality in YA books below~AK

About Nic:

Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.

You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her husband and sons on most social media platforms as @getnicced.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Goodreads

I want to thank Nic Stone for taking time to share with us her opinion on the importance of morality in ya novels!

There’s a quote from one of my favorite characters (the illustrious and high-minded Lord Henry) in one of my favorite books (The Picture of Dorian Gray): “I never approve, nor disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices.” This is exactly how I feel about morality in YA novels. For me, reading has always been about exploration—seeing bits of the world at large from a perspective that is not my own—and it’s vital for me to have the space, as a reader, to draw my own conclusions, moral or otherwise, about what I’ve read. In fact, if a book has a clear “message” or obvious moral bent, I’ll put it down.

I feel we do teens a disservice when we tell them what to think. The best YA novels, to me, are the ones that present information without comment and allow readers to do what they will with it. Morality has its place in character development because, yes, (most) real people are guided by moral principles, but for morality of any sort to be overt in a novel? Eh. Not for me.

Enter the Giveaway- Details: 3 winners will receive a finished copy of DEAR MARTIN, US Only.

 

Tethered tour with giveaway and lots more!

Tethered (Intertwined Series #2)
by Jenn Marie
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 16th 2017

Summary:

A previous lifetime. A malevolent curse. A love they can’t live without. Will their past claim them once more? Elizabeth and Adam are about to find out…

Elizabeth and Adam survived the century old curse that nearly claimed the lives of their counterparts, Josephine and Braden, but at what cost?

As the veil between timelines continues to diminish, they yet again find themselves in a race against time to cheat death in the past in order to salvage their futures. But with the curse given form, everything is changing, leaving them vulnerable to new threats. No longer are the dangers of their former lifetime contained to the Jefferson Plantation—a land fraught with peril and where horror reigns every summer between July 20 and August 13.

Until now …

Having changed the past, history has rewritten itself, extending the last day of the haunting to August 31—their new expiration date. Without the aid of visions, though, Elizabeth and Adam must find a new way to uncover their past, leaving Adam to scour the plantation for clues, while Elizabeth learns how to access Josephine’s subconscious.

Meanwhile, the Callahans—a vengeful family intent on keeping Elizabeth and Adam apart—will stop at nothing to preserve their bloodline and keep the curse from destroying their family. Will their ruthless antics prove tragic once more?

Now more than ever, their love will be tested as Elizabeth and Adam contend with the forces of the curse and fight to save their counterparts in 1905.

Will they overcome the odds stacked against them? Or will the curse claim them for good? 

Buy Links:

Amazon US — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073R391HZ

Amazon UK — https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073R391HZ

 iBooks — https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tethered/id1115818925?mt=11

 B&N — https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tethered-jenn-marie/1123831426?ean=2940153029757

Kobo — https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tethered-16

Mama Says:
I was absolutely thrilled to find that not only did Jenn Marie expand on the lore and mystery of Intertwined in this second installment, but she added so  much depth to the characters as well!  Plus, her writing drew me in even more quickly, making this at the top of my Fall Reads list for 2017!
Although I will admit, I had the impression this would be a duology, I’m actually glad there will be more, as the family histories have become a bit more complicated, as has the actual plot thread tying the past and present together, so we can always use more!
If you enjoy YA mysteries, historical novels, supernatural thrillers, or just want a unique read, grab Tethered for a wild ride(be sure to read Intertwined first.)

THanks to the publisher and tour host for review opportunity.

Book One: 

Intertwined (Intertwined Series #1)

Release Date: July 3rd 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Quiet seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Parker is looking forward to another mellow summer with her goofy relatives: sun tanning at the beach and staying out of trouble. Which is why the thought of her younger cousin participating in what is, clearly, a setup disguised as an initiation, worries her to the point of intervention.

One that backfires … big time …

Mistaken for her cousin, Elizabeth finds herself transported to an abandoned plantation, a place deeply haunted with unresolved mystery and where horror reigns every summer between July 20 and August 13.

It is there, locked in the pitch dark, where she finds herself paired with the strange and mysterious Adam Hunt—an unexpected trespasser with his own agenda. Together, they find a list of instructions—follow the clues to various possessions in the house, store them in the backpack provided, and find the key that will grant escape.

Having snuck in to document the haunting, Adam offers to help her find the key so long as she helps him record paranormal activity along the way. But as they make their way through the house, they soon discover unexplained anomalies …

For the first time in the plantation’s recorded history, the haunting deviates from its known cycle of events, thrusting Elizabeth and Adam in a series of perilous circumstances that ensue long after the night is over.

As the last day of the haunting draws nearer, and as forces beyond their control ignite their growing attraction, Elizabeth and Adam must work together to uncover the plantations mysterious past before its too late.

Or die trying.

Warning: Occasional coarse language. Intended for Mature Young Adult audience.

About the Author

Jenn Marie currently lives in sunny California with her wonderful husband and their runt kitty, Chloe. When she’s not writing Young Adult Fiction, she can be found reading, plotting or spending time with her crazy, lovable family. Current obsessions include the movie, Frozen, the New Girl series, Arcade Fire’s latest album, and avocados. Seriously, she can’t get enough of it! Writing, for her, is a passion that refuses to be under prioritized. No matter what’s going on in her life, whether good or bad, writing is always there to lift her spirits.

    

Spotlight on Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony


About the Book:

Title: COCO: MIGUEL AND THE GRAND HARMONY

Author: Matt de la Pena & Ana Ramírez

Pub. Date: October 10, 2017

Publisher: Disney Press

Pages: 48

Formats: Hardcover in English & Spanish Editions

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

This jacketed picture book pairs Newbery Winner Matt de la Pe a and Pixar artist Ana Ram rez with the highly anticipated Pixar Studios film, Coco. Featuring a beautiful original story based on the characters of the film, as well as vibrant stylized artwork, this title is sure to appeal to readers of all ages.

Disney*Pixar’s Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.

Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), Disney*Pixar’s Coco opens in U.S. theaters November 22, 2017.

Movie Trailer Link:

https://youtu.be/bvomHFZO0mk

About Matt:

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

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iveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of COCO: MIGUEL AND THE GRAND HARMONY, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/2/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview

10/3/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Spotlight

10/4/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Spotlight

10/5/2017- Mom with a Reading Problem– Excerpt

10/6/2017- Nerdophiles– Spotlight

 

Week Two:

10/9/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Spotlight

10/10/2017- For the Love of KidLit– Interview

10/11/2017- Novel Novice– Spotlight

10/12/2017- Wonder Struck– Spotlight

10/13/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Spotlight

So maybe don’t read two gut-punching books in a row next time? More on #HannaWhoFellFromtheSky by @chrismeades

About Hanna Who Fell from the Sky

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Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Park Row Books (September 26, 2017)

From highly acclaimed, award-winning author Christopher Meades comes a magical, provocative tale of forbidden love and one girl’s struggle for liberation 

Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven. She has never questioned why her father has four wives or why she has fourteen brothers and sisters. And in only one week, on her eighteenth birthday, Hanna will follow tradition and become the fifth wife of a man more than twice her age.

But just days before the wedding, Hanna meets Daniel, an enigmatic stranger who challenges her to question her fate and to follow her own will. Then her mother tells her a secret—one that could grant Hanna the freedom she’s known only in her dreams. As her world unravels around her, Hanna must decide whether she was really meant for something greater than the claustrophobic world of Clearhaven. But can she abandon her beloved younger sister and the only home she’s ever known? Or is there another option—one too fantastical to believe?

With lush, evocative prose, Christopher Meades takes readers on an emotional journey into a fascinating, unknown world—and, along the way, brilliantly illuminates complexities of faith, identity and how our origins shape who we are.

“Beautiful and delicate, Meades has written a powerful meditation on how we define ourselves, the gift and cruelty of faith, and the redemptive act of storytelling. A gorgeous blend of dreamy folklore and gritty reality.” -Erika Swyler, bestselling author of The Book of Speculation

“A strange and beautiful fable with shades of Deliverance, Room, and Winter’s Bone.” -Laline Paull, award-winning author of The Bees

“As she slashes through the mythology that restrains her, Hanna rises like a phoenix. Christopher Meades weaves a feast of paradox and surprise.” -Benjamin Ludwig, author of Ginny Moon

“Compelling and provocative, Meades weaves elements of magical realism into his poignant coming-of-age tale. In Hanna, readers will find a new heroine, one who uncovers the secrets of her repressive society as she journeys toward self-discovery.” -Paula Treick DeBoard, author of The Drowning Girls

“With original characters and graceful prose, Christopher Meades has created an indelible novel about faith, family and love. Your heart will soar and ache for Hanna on her thoroughly original coming-of-age journey.” -Kelly Simmons, author of The Fifth of July

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As someone who grew up in a religious family only to delineate from that path as an older teen, I was utterly compelled to follow Hanna’s story.  There’s something fascinating about the ignorance involved in not even questioning the beliefs you’re brought up in, and even more so in those that do ask questions but continue to stay entrenched in their ways and those of their families.
This is not to say that this book was solely an exploration of the bad side of religious sects, rather that it played a heavy hand in the events which transpired.
Some people didn’t enjoy that this was magical realism, but I thought it made the tale less harsh, and less like the realities some girls face to this day.
Possibly one of the more lyrical books I’ve read this year, Hanna was a deftly plotted, smoothly paced tale of a girl and her world crumbling then slowly rebuilding as she makes her way through the tangled web of teen angst and finding out everything is not what it seems.
Though it’s billed as YA, do be advised there are some mature themes, and some elements may not be suitable for a younger audience.

Thank you to TLC Book tours and Park Row books for the review opportunity~ 3.75 stars

About Christopher Meades

Christopher Meades is the author of three previous novels, including THE LAST HICCUP, which won the 2013 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. In addition, Meades’s work has appeared in several literary journals including The Potomac Review and The Fiddlehead. He lives in British Columbia, Canada, with his family.

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Excuse me while I wipe my eyes and try not to cry all over the computer. Read more of my thoughts on #IfTheresNoTomorrow by @jlarmentrout #yalit #contemporary

About  If There’s No Tomorrow

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (September 5, 2017)
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Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.
Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.
For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

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Mama Says:
Some books break you so completely, leave you with such a heavy and yet very full heart, that you simply must share them with others.  That you feel as if you can’t go another day without talking about the effect this book could have on the world if only more people would read and heed its lessons.
If There’s No Tomorrow is a story of grief, guilt, and giving up the notion that “there’s always tomorrow.” For some time now, I’ve struggled with being open about my innermost thoughts and fears, I’ve struggled with accepting that things will happen and sometimes I control them, sometimes I don’t.  16 year old me really could have used a book like this, honestly, but I’m just so glad it exists now!
There may not be an entirely unheard-of story-line, but that’s the whole point. This is a realistic exploration of some very relevant issues and situations, not a fairy tale.
Lena has a lot to work through, and all the different people reacting to her in various ways, some good and some not so, some helpful and some quite the opposite, it was like looking in a mirror, painfully so.  Not that I’ve been in her exact situation, but by God I’ve certainly had very similar, horrible thought processes, and it took someone caring enough to break me out of it for me to get past it.
Armentrout is known for crushing her readers’ hearts, but this time she does so with an ultimately hopeful purpose.
If you are a fan of contemporaries that aren’t full of cupcakes and rainbows, that deal with real-life issues and have flawed characters, you do NOT want to miss If There’s No Tomorrow!

Thanks again to TLC Book Tours and Harlequin Teen for the review opportunity~ 4.5 stars

About Jennifer Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia.
When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories. Therefore explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J.Lynn.
She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press) the Lux Series (Entangled Teen) and the upcoming YA Don’t Look Back (2014) and untitled YA (Fall 2014) from Disney/Hyperion. She is also published with Harlequin Teen and HarperCollins.

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