Thursday, September 28, 2017

Release Blitz: Break Line by Sarah E. Green


 Title: Break Line
Author: Sarah E. Green
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2017

Emery Lawson was on the path to follow her dad’s footsteps. Going pro in surfing had always been the plan. The dream.  
Until it wasn’t. 
Now, at nineteen, everyone thinks Emery is done surfing and, aside from two of her best friends, no one knows the truth. Emery hasn’t stopped surfing. What was once her dream is now her little secret.
But if she wants to go pro, that secret is going to have to come out. Twenty-two-year-old Sebastian “Bash” Cleaton has worked hard to get to where he is. For eight years he’s never had a day off, never taken a vacation. He is the best in his sport for a reason. But the passion that once drove him to chase the waves is missing. And Bash—Bash is tired.
When he escapes for a recharge in a small beach town, he never expects to crash into a girl who introduces him to a new life. 
Secrets, hardships, and relationships come out of this debut tale of starting over and never letting go of your dreams.


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Sarah E. Green is a born and raised Florida girl who has an unhealthy obsession with the beach, Netflix, and her pit-mix, Echo. She can be found either at her laptop, working on her next novel, or by the water with her latest reads. When she’s not working or reading, she’s with family, friends, or binging Teen Wolf.
She’s currently finishing up her B.A. in Creative Writing and minor in History from UCF.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Moxie Blog Tour: Fighting the Patriarchy

Title: Moxie
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: September 19th, 2017!
*Physical copy kindly provided by Macmillan.

Buy It: Amazon

From Goodreads...
Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so 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. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
 
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It's been weeks since I've read Moxie, since I decided to do a review interlaced with my thoughts on feminism, but I couldn't figure out where to begin. How do you explain a tangled web of feelings regarding fighting the patriarchy? It's something I think this story does SO well. It tackles not only the double standards, the sexism and misogyny that are so prevalent in this society, but the complications that come from labeling yourself a feminist in a world that turns up their nose with disdain and scoffs at the word. A world that is made for men, that teaches women that they don't matter, that they are inferior. Calling yourself a feminist just invites mocking and scorn; attention that comes with demand.

But as a young woman, feminism can be empowering. Like this book! I'm not a teen anymore, but I still found myself feeling super inspired by what the main character, Vivian, and these Moxie girls were accomplishing. I honestly wish there had been something like this when I was in high school, when I was still figuring myself out, when I was still shaping into who I am now. Something to tell me how empowering female friendships can be, how we should be supporting other women instead of tearing them down. That we should be calling out gross and problematic behavior. That we shouldn't settle for anything less than knowing we are completely worthy of belonging in this world.

Vivian started a revolution in her school, and in turn reminded me that some issues are bigger than your fear, that courage doesn't just mean Big Acts but the small ones that make up who you are. It's not easy fighting; it's not easy for women who try to carve out their own spaces, especially if they are women of color. Intersectional feminism is important! Moxie touched upon it, made sure that it wasn't ignoring the intersections of people's lives. But with all the misconceptions about the word and what it means, people don't really look at feminism as a positive movement. However, in the current political state of the country, it's imperative that we continue to dismantle the system.

I love that Moxie, through this, reminds you that it's okay not to have it all together and it's okay to not be perfect. There was so much goodness in this book, it's ridiculous. It was SO. AMAZING. The vines were really unique and cool, and I adored Vivian and rooted for her the whole way through. I'm so, so glad that teen girls have this book. Something with girls their age taking a stand and trying to make their school better, something to show them that that they have value in this world no matter who they are. It is the perfect, feel-good but kickass destroy-the-patriarchy story that I honestly wish I could give to every single young woman out there. ASDFJK;L JUST READ IT, GUYS.

Moxie girls fight back!

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Here is the tour schedule!
Tuesday, September 19 - Ex Libris Kate
Wednesday, September 20 - YA Bibliophile
Thursday, September 21 - Adventures of a Book Junkie
Friday, September 22 - Gone Pecan
Saturday, September 23 - Fiktshun
Sunday, September 24 - Take Me Away to a Great Read
Monday, September 25 - Books and Makeup
Tuesday, September 26 - Forever Young Adult
Thursday, September 28 - What Sarah Read
Friday, September 29 - YA Wednesdays
 
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I also have a giveaway for y'all! One (US) winner will receive a prize pack including a hardcover of Moxie, a pendant, and a button! :D

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bi Pride

Since September is apparently Bisexuality Visibility Month (and this week is bi week!), I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite reads with bisexual characters, as well as books on my TBR that I can't wait to read! :D

Of those I've read:

I loved most of these, and really enjoyed the rest! Wild Beauty is a forever fave, and along with Gentleman's Guide, is on my top ten books of 2017 list. Little & Lion was also amazing, and I loved how sexuality was such a big topic in the story. Santino Hassell's books are SO GOOD, and I love that most (if not all) of his characters are queer. He's one of the best in the romance genre, tbh. I'm so happy with what I've read, and considering that most of these were published this year, also so glad that more books are queer-centric. And that more have bisexual characters!


Of those on my TBR:

There are definitely more books I want to read, but I just kept it to the ones on my immediate TBR. If you're looking for more books, Gay YA has a huge masterlist for bisexuality. Check it out! :)

I also wanted to quietly come out as bisexual, in the safe confines of my own blog. This is something that I have thought about often, since I felt that the label fit me best. But I wasn't sure how to do it, or when, or if I really wanted to let the few IRL people who follow me on Twitter know too. So, I'm doing it here, where maybe only a few people will see it. Where I feel comfortable doing so. I've always tried to be as transparent as possible on here, and since I'm writing #ownvoices WIPs, I wanted to share it. So yeah. 🙈

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cover Reveal: Dark of the West

Hey y'all, I'm back with another cover reveal. YEAH YEAH, I KNOW. But this book that has been called a "heart-pounding romp" and sounds really good, so I wanted to participate in this reveal and give some exposure to a debut coming from Tor Teen in May 2018!

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The Synopsis:
He was raised in revolution. She was raised in a palace. Can their love stop a war? Code Name Verity meets The Winner's Curse in Joanna Hathaway's Dark of the West, a breathtaking YA fantasy debut.

Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the Queen of Etania—Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.

Athan’s mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening to break between the Southern territory and the old Northern kingdoms that control it—a war in which Athan’s father is determined to play a role. As diplomatic ties manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white as they’ve been raised to believe.
 


Doesn't it sound amazing? Also CODE NAME VERITY. That's one of my ultimate faves, so I've no doubt I'm going to love this book. Is it May yet? 

(83) Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR.


I have a goal to knock off all my 2017 NetGalley reads, and these are most of them. I've done really well at requesting these past two years, and I definitely think this is attainable. I'm so excited about all of these books, most especially Until It Fades, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, How to Make a Wish, and Daughter of the Burning City. I'm a little nervous about 27 Hours because of the problematic rep in it, but I'm still stoked for a book with 0 straight characters. But yeah, hoping to get to all of these this season!


What books are on YOUR Fall TBR? Did any of these ones make your list? Alternatively, have you read any of these yet and if so, what did you think of them? Let's talk! :)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cover Reveal: Sweet Time by Nina Lane

If any of you have been around for awhile, you'll know that Nina Lane is a fave of mine. I fell in love with her Spiral of Bliss series, and I keep meaning to get to this one, but I haven't found the time yet. But I really enjoy doing cover reveals, so I definitely wanted to participate in this. So, without further ado!

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The Synopsis:
Stuck in a boring insurance job, vivacious Mia Donovan has spent the last few years searching for her life's true path. She fills her time helping plan the wedding of her best friend to the CEO of the Sugar Rush Candy Company.  

Mia has also been trying to attract the impossibly rigid Sugar Rush security chief Gavin Knight. But for well over a year, the unyielding Mr. Knight has ignored her, despite her short skirts, tight sweaters, and patently obvious flirting. And when he finally approaches her, it's only to assess the wedding plans for potential security risks.

A former soldier, Gavin has intercepted hostile anonymous letters threatening the high-profile wedding. Determined to keep everyone safe, he's forced to work with the maddeningly sexy Miss Donovan of the thousand-watt charm and irresistible body.

Irked by Gavin's many months of disregard, Mia takes her teasing flirtations to a whole new level. But her coquettish ways are no match for the edgy, lust-fueled dominant he conceals behind his impassive exterior. And when Gavin exerts his full control, Mia discovers he can protect everything except her heart.


 

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


 New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. 

Website:
http://ninalane.com/