Other Ever Afters by Melaine Gillman Blog Tour-Review & Favorite Quotes

Hello and welcome to my stop on the TBR & Beyond blog tour for Other Ever Afters by Melanie Gillman. Thank you to TBR & Beyond and Random House for an E-ARC of the book. Having a free copy of the book does not affect my opinions or my review.

About the Book


Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel
Publishing date: September 20th, 2022

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Rep: Multiple Queer Representation

Synopsis

Once upon a time . . . happily ever after turned out differently than expected. In this new, feminist, queer fairy-tale collection, you’ll find the princesses, mermaids, knights, barmaids, children, and wise old women who have been forced to sit on the sidelines in classic stories taking center stage. A gorgeous all-new collection in graphic novel format from a Stonewall Honor-winning author and artist.

What if the giant who abducted you was actually thoughtful and kind? What if you didn’t want to marry your handsome, popular, but cold-inside suitor? What if your one true love has all the responsibilities that come with running a kingdom?

Award-winning author Melanie Gillman’s phenomenal colored-pencil art creates another “ever after” for the characters who are most worthy of it.



Favorite Quotes

“I’ve Been Sick for a long time. The Flowers help me feel a little better.”- The King’s Forest

Some things are worth a little risk.”- The King’s Forest

“Goose Girl. Through your station is low and your family poor, I have watched you sell your geese at the market, and your beauty has bewitched me.” -Goose Girl

“Only complete my happiness, and I swear I will complete yours.” -Goose Girl

“And I’m afraid, no love in a wife who would ask her beloved to live in such a way.”- Goose Girl

“When you laugh it will ring so beautifully,  he will have no choice but to look.”-Hesthete

“I have one gift left. Take my candle. Use it to light your way home and trust me.” -Hesthete

“If I am lucky, I may live to do so many, many times more.” Hesthete




Review

Rating -5 stars

Characters

Even when I read graphic novels or comics, I love when stories have interesting characters. All the characters in Other Ever Afters were amazing, and they each had their own backstory and personalities. In the same story, a character would go from fun and light-hearted to heavy, and this shows Melaine Gillman’s style, and how they can bring the reader into the stories through their characters. 

Stories 

Other Ever Afters was a collection of stories featuring LGBTQ+ characters, and I enjoyed all of them. I had three favorites, which were: The King’s Forest, Goose Girl, and Hesthete. The King’s Forest was a cute story about two girls and the flower that brought them together. I love flowers, and forest vibes, so this story spoke to me on a personal level. Goose Girl followed a princess who wanted to marry a peasant girl, and the story talked about class dividers. As a fan of mythology, Hesthehe was my favorite in this collection. T could feel the main character’s anxiety and Hesthehe’s love for the bride was so sweet, and I loved them as a couple. 

Art

The art style is something I love seeing in Graphic Novels, and the art style Melanie Gillman uses in Other Ever Afters is adorable, and so sweet. I love the use of light and dark colors in all the panels. A graphic novel relies on the art style to tell the story and Other Ever Afters works in tandem with the writing to tell the story. 

Romance 

Other Ever Afters was filled with sweet romances with LGBTQ+ characters a the helm. I love seeing queer characters in stories, and the romances found in these stories were so interesting. 

Recommended for/ Enjoyment 

I enjoyed Other Ever Afters so much! Other Ever Afters would be recommended for fans of Graphic Novels, especially with LGTBQ+ characters. 

About the Auhtor

Melanie Gillman is the cartoonist behind this story.  They hold an MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, and currently live in Columbus, OH.  Melanie is also the author of Stage Dreams, a lesbian western graphic novel, available from Lerner/Graphic Universe.  They are represented by Jen Linnan, of Linnan Literary Management.

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September 21st
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Bad At Love by Gabriela Martins (E-ARC Review)

Hi! I was on the blog tour for Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins, and I wanted to review the book as well. 

Rating: 4.75 5 stars on Goodreads

Characters

They filled bad at Love with characters that I loved reading about. Daniel and Sasha were both fantastic, and a supporting cast of characters that made the story fun for me to read surrounded them. My favorite character was Sasha because she wanted to live out her dream as a writer and a journalist, and I related to her. Daniel was also sweet, and he was just trying to live his life and find out about himself. Both Sasha and Daniel went on journeys in this book, and I loved seeing where they ended up at the end of the novel. 

Plot

The story of Bad at Love was one about finding love and finding yourself when the world is rough for you. There was also a music element, and as a fan of music, I love seeing new stories that have a music element.  Bad at Love was also a light and fun story about teenagers in LA just trying to live their lives, and I loved it. 

Writing 

The writing in this novel was fantastic. There was a mixture of fun scenes with a light-hearted tone, and this was a break from the scenes that were heavy scenes. I loved the heavier scenes as well because they made the story feel real. 

Romance 

One of the characters in this novel is Demi-sexual, and I loved seeing the romance in the novel. Sasha and Daniel made a cute couple, and I loved their romance. They had their struggles, but I felt that these struggles made the story real. This was one of the rawest romances I’ve read in YA, and I just loved it. 

Enjoyment & Recommended

This book was very fun, and I enjoyed my time with it. If you enjoy a romance with characters who are fun but still have their struggles, I recommend this book for fans of YA Romance with light and heavy themes.

Etta Invincible Review

Hi! I was on the blog tour for this Middle-Grade novel last month. As a part of my stop, I didn’t review the novel, so I wanted to write a review, and post it to NetGalley.

Review

Rating- 4.5 Goodreads and NetGalley-4 stars 

Characters

The characters of Etta Invincible were fantastic, and  I loved how they interacted with each other. One of the characters had hearing loss, which is not something you see in many books, and as someone who also has hearing loss, I loved seeing the representation in this book. The other character was moving to a new country, and I loved seeing the world through his eyes as well as Etta’s.  

Plot

The plot of this story was fantastic. I’m a fan of contemporary novels, and this had a dash of fantasy for those that prefer some fantasy in their novels.  This novel had a magical train where a majority of the story takes place,, but you could still feel that they set this in our world. This story was fun because it was different, and it took the reader on an adventure. I loved the adventure this story took you on, and how the characters grew at the end of the novel.  

Writing

The writing of this novel was fantastic. It’s difficult to go between both Fantasy and our world, and the author does it seamlessly. I loved this mixture of the different scenes set on the train because you could tell that this was a fantasy story and one that was also set in our world because of the way the characters interacted. This was a mixture of both light-hearted scenes and scenes that were heavier. The characters were having in the light-hearted scenes, and in the more heartfelt scenes, they were talking about the problem at hand, and what they were going through. 

Friendship

This was a Middle-Grade Novel, so there was more of a focus on friendship. I love the friendship between the two main characters, and how they met one day. The story was played out, so the characters met at the time when they both needed each other. 

Enjoyment/ Recommend For

I really enjoyed this book! The story was very fun, and I had a great time reading this. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a Middle-Grade novel, or a mixture of fantasy and our world in their stories. 

What didn’t work for me

Pace

While I did enjoy this novel I did have problems with the pace. I felt like there were some scenes that could have been longer, and some scenes that could have seen shorter. Overall, the pace of the book is fine. 

Top Ten Tuesday-2022 Releases I still want to read – Part 1

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Janna will post a prompt, and we readers will post our list based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have any idea for the weekly topic. This week, our topic is Bookish Wishes (List the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to your wishlist so that people can grant your wish. Make sure you link your wishlist to your mailing address [here’s how to do it on Amazon] or include the email address associated with your ereader in the list description so people know how to get the book to you. I’m doing a new spin on the topic because there are so many releases that I want to read this year but I haven’t yet. 

1- Great or Nothing by Joy McCullough

I love Little Women, and this is a new take on the story. I can’t wait to see what this story is about and see the new characters. 

2- Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda

If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I love a good queer story. I can’t wait to read this story. The main character in this book seems so sweet, and I want to know her story.

3-You, Me, and Our Heartstrings by Melissa See

You, Me, and Our Heartstrings seems like a sweet story about Daisy and Noah, two high school musicians who want to use the school concert as a way to land a Juilliard audition. Noah is a cello player from a long line of musicians, and Daisy is an independent violin player. I love the fact that Daisy is disabled, as we don’t see many characters like that in books.     

4- Sofia Acosta Makes A Scene by Emma Otheguy

I love stories about people in theater, music, or dance, and this follows a dancer. This also seems like a story that is important about how our world is today.  

5- The Greatest Thing by Sarah Winifred Searle

I had to add this Graphic Novel to my TBR when I saw it, and I had to add it to my list this week. This story follows three friends in their sophomore year of high school who are starting to grow apart. I want to read this because it seems like a great story.  

6-A Duet For Home by Karina Yan Glaser

This is another story that follows two kids and has a music element. I enjoyed the first book I read by Karina Yan Glaser, so I want to see what she does with this book as well. I love Middle-Grade, and this seems like another important story that needs to be told.  

7-Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake

I’m reading Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by this author next month, and this is the second book, or at least a companion to that. I love queer romance novels, and there has been a lot of hype for the other novel.  

8- Acting the Part by Z.R. Ellor

A novel about a queer teen actor?! Sign me up! I honestly just want to read this book because it follows a queer actor, and it looks like the main character goes on a journey. 

9-Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra

I love Shakespeare, and I love reading retellings. I can’t wait to read this one and see this take on Much Ado About Nothing.  

10-Never Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales

Sophie Gonzales is an auto-buy author for me now. I loved Perfect on Paper, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for this book. A girl entering a reality dating show to get revenge on her ex boy-friend and then falling for the girl her ex left her for? Sign me up!!! I want to pre-order this before it comes out. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this list. What books are you still looking forward to reading this year but you haven’t read yet? Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday Books I wish had an Epilogue

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will write our response based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have an idea about that topic. This week our topic books I wish had an epilogue. I love this topic a lot. I had a lot of fun coming up with my list for this week.  

1- All My Rage by Sabba Tahir

I read this earlier this year and joined a group for a discussion of the novel. We all loved the book, and we all said that we needed an epilogue, sequel, or a prequel.  We all loved the characters, especially Misbah, and we wanted to know more about what was going on with her before the story takes place.  For the epilogue, I would love to see more about how Sal and Noor are doing at college. I would love to see how Noor and Sal are doing and see how they’re enjoying college. 

2- 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston 

This book was so cute, and I just loved it. I wanted to see more with Sophie, Wes, and the rest of the characters in this book. I loved this story, and I want to see what would happen if we got a sequel. We saw them in the companion novel, and I loved that, but I would love more to the holiday story, just to spend more time with the characters. 

3- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

This is a book I read last year. I would love to see a sequel that follows Marisol and Lucas. We follow their romance throughout the story and see them fall in love.  I would love to is an epilogue about how their lives are after the story ends, and what is going on with their story after the book ends. 

4- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

It’s been several years since I’ve read this story, but I want to reread it at some point, maybe I’ll put it on my TBR for this fall.  I love this story, and I would want an epilogue about how Evelyn and Monique will continue their story.  This could be a few pages, or a chapter because I’m curious as to what would happen at the end of the story. 

5- Don’t Read the Comment by Eric Smith 

A lot of people don’t talk about this book. I loved this book when I read it last year. At the end of the story, I wanted to see what would happen between them. I just wanted more time with the characters so I would love to have a sequel for the two of them.  

6- This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry

I don’t see many people talking about this book either. I loved it, and I wanted to see an epilogue between Izzy and her new friends.  They go through so much in the book, and I want to see what would happen in the epilogue. 

7- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

This book was so much fun, and it was so different from any other book I’ve read. I want to see what would happen with the characters we meet in this book in an Epilogue. 

8- Geekerella by Ashley Poston 

This story was so cute!!! I want to reread the series this year because it’s been a few years. I want to see what would happen with the characters we meet in this book. 

9- Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

I need to reread this book! Hopefully, in July or August, I can put this on my TBR again. I loved this book, and I want to see an epilogue about the two characters after the story ends.   

10- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappta

Eliza and her monsters is a favorite read of mine, and I want to see what would happen with the characters after we see them in the book. 

Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler Blog Tour-Review & Playlist

Hi! Welcome to my stop on the TBR & Beyond Tour for Home Field Advantage by Dalia Adler. Thank you to TBR & Beyond and Net Galley for the E-ARC of the book. This was a sports romance, but the characters were fantastic, and the story was heartwarming. 

About the Book & Book Purchase links

Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publishing date: June 7th, 2022

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Rep: Polysexual, Bisexual, Lesbian, Latino (Cuban American)

Synopsis:

In this sweet and funny new f/f romance from the author of Cool for the Summer, a cheerleader and the school’s newest quarterback are playing to win, but might lose their hearts in the process.

Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.

The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she’s only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down.

Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can’t stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.

Dahlia Adler’s Home Field Advantage is a sparkling romance about fighting for what – or who – you truly want. 

Content warnings: off-page death by car accident, off-page pregnancy loss (including some on-page conversation about abortion), homophobia, misogyny, alcohol use (light), references to racism

Review

Rating- 5 stars

Characters

The characters in this book were fantastic. I loved reading about them because they were all just so sweet, and they all cared about each other. Every character came from a different family situation, but as football players and cheerleaders, some of the characters were found family. I loved how the characters would fight for each other, even if that meant going against what their team wanted. 

Plot

The plot of this story was fantastic and heartwarming. The story followed Jack, a girl who played football, and after the death of the quarterback, she is sent to a new high school to be the new quarterback. Amber is a cheerleader who wants to be cheer captain next year. While this might become the classic story of the football player and cheerleader dating, Jack and Amber read differently. Jack and Amber are both queer girls who are looking for love, but they’re also looking for acceptance both on and off the field. The plot was one of my favorite things about the book, and I was cheering for Jack and Amber with every moment. 

Writing 

Home Field Advantage was written in a way that made you feel for the characters. The lighter scenes had a fun tone, and you could tell that the characters and the author were having fun during these scenes. Home Field Advantage also has some heavy scenes, and these were treated with a serious tone, making you feel for the characters in those moments.     

Romance

The romance in Home Field Advantage was so sweet. While they spent most of the novel with Jack and Amber hanging out in groups, or with their teams, they also had some sweet romance scenes. These were some of my favorite scenes and moments in the novel because you could tell how much they cared about each other.  

Enjoyment/Recommended for

This is one of my favorite books of the year, and I enjoyed it so much. Between the characters, story, and romance, they all worked to tell a story that I didn’t want to end. I recommend this book to anyone who likes stories like this and enjoys a story with queer characters going on a journey, and coming out stronger in the end. 

Playlist

For the cheer team in general- Move On from We Are The Tigers (Musical) 

The cheer team in the musical has had hard times similar to the one the cheer squad in Home Field Advantage has. While listening to this song again, I immediately picked up on the vibes of this song and knew that I needed to put this song on my playlist because the storylines were similar. 

Amber- One Perfect Moment from Bring It On (Musical) 

When I started reading this novel, I had this song in my head for Amber. Amber wants to be a cheer captain, and she knows she will have to work to get to where she needs to be. Campbell during this song is one doing the same thing, meaning the vibes are the same. 

Jack-I’d Rather Be Me from Mean Girls (Musical) 

I’d Rather Be Me is sung by Janis in the musical during the iconic scene when she is on the top of the table in the film. Jack won’t change who she is because other people want her to. She is willing to be different, and she is confident in who she is as a person. Janis in the musical has the same vibes,  as she sings about being her own person, and not being someone who changes because other people don’t like the way she is. 

Jack and Amber- I Just Wanna Dance with You from The Prom

This is a song from a musical about two girls from a conservative town in Indiana that want to go to their high school prom together. Amber and Jack would relate to this because both of them have a crush on each other, and they both just want to be able to go to their homecoming together. The overall vibes on this song reminded me of Amber and Jack in the last half of the book, but especially during the last scene in the book. 

About the Author & Author Links

Dahlia Adler (she/her) is an Editor of mathematics by day, a Buzzfeed blogger and LGBTQReads overlord by night, and a Young Adult and Romance author at every spare moment in between. Her novels include the Radleigh University trilogy, Kids’  Indie Next pick Cool for the Summer, and Home Field Advantage, and she is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart (a Junior Library Guild selection), That Way Madness LiesAt Midnight, and, with Jennifer Iacopelli, Out of Our League (upcoming from Feiwel & Friends). Dahlia lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.

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une 6th
Stuck in Fiction – Interview
Jen Jen Reviews – Review

June 7th
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
One More Chapter – Review
Paiges of Novels – Review & Playlist

June 8th
The Book Dutchesses – Interview
Brinns Books – Review & Favorite Quotes

June 9th
Althea Is Reading – Review
Phannie the ginger bookworm – Review & Playlist
Literary Liza – Review & Favorite Quotes

June 10th
Nine Bookish Lives– Interview
The Clever Reader – Review

June 11th
bookloversbookreviews – Promotional Post & Tik Tok
Whispering Stories – Review
Unabridged Adventures – Review & Favorite Quotes

June 12th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Spiri’s blog – Review & Mini Book

June 6th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
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June 7th
booksaremagictoo – Review
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June 8th
bookswithtori – Promotional Post
brinnsbooks – Blogger’s Choice

June 9th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
emmreadsbooks – Review
peireads – Review
literary_lizard – Blogger’s Choice

June 10th
luna_reads – Journal Spread
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice

June 11th
melaniereadsbooks – Review
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unabridged_adventures – Blogger’s Choice

June 12th
biblio.jojo – Review
pluvioreads – Blogger’s Choice

Place We’ve Never Been by Kasie West – Blog Tour- Review & Playlist

 

Hi! Welcome to my review of Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West. Thank you to Net Galley and TBR and Beyond for the E-ARC. I also have a playlist with songs that reminded me of the book as I was reading. 

About the Book & Book Links

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date: May 31st, 2022

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Synopsis:

A sweet and swoony contemporary Young Adult novel about a cross-country family road trip that puts one girl and her childhood best friend on an unexpected road to romance!

Norah hasn’t seen her childhood best friend, Skyler, in years. When he first moved away, they’d talk all the time, but lately their relationship has been reduced to liking each other’s Instagram posts. That’s why Norah can’t wait for the joint RV road trip their families have planned for the summer.

But when Skyler finally arrives, he seems…like he’d rather be anywhere else. Hurt and confused, Norah reacts in kind. Suddenly, her oldest friendship is on the rocks.

An unexpected summer spent driving across the country leads both Norah and Skyler down new roads and to new discoveries. Before long, they are, once again, seeing each other in a different light. Can their friendship-turned-rivalry turn into something more?

Review

Rating- 5 stars

Characters 

The characters in this book were delightful. I loved getting to know them and seeing their romance blossom. Norah and Skyler were so sweet, and I loved seeing them bond both with each other, and with their siblings. The supporting cast of characters in this book were sweet as well, and I love the fact that they had sibling dynamics in the book. The mothers in this book were excellent as well. 

Plot

This was one of the most unique plots I’ve ever read. I loved exploring the country with Norah, Skyler and their families.  I’ve never been out west, so it was so much fun exploring an area I’ve never seen.  The other plot in this book was the romance, best friends who hadn’t seen each other in years, and it was just so sweet, and so cute seeing them interact. 

Writing 

The writing in this novel was excellent. This novel had a mix of light hearted and heavy scenes. Light-hearted scenes were fun and gave me a break from the more heavy content.  Heavy scenes were very real, and very heartwarming even if they had heavy content. 

Romance 

I talked about this a bit before, but I loved the romance in this novel. Norah and Skyler were such a sweet couple. I loved seeing the two of them as a couple. 

Recommend For/ Enjoyment 

Places We’ve Never Been was an excellent read, and I loved it so much. This sweet summer romance had all the feels, and I was so here for it. I recommend this for anyone who loved YA, and romance novels. 

Playlist

Bubblegum KK from Animal Crossing OST for Norah 

Norah wants to go to school for art and video games. I think she would have a great time enjoying the vibes of this song from  the video game Animal Crossing. The songs from Animal Crossing are fun, and I believe Norah would have a great time listening to them. 

Brave- Sara Bareilles for Norah

I can see Norah loving this song, especially after Skyler left. Norah was alone, and missed her best friend after Skylar left, and I believe she would go to this song for comfort. 

What if It’s Us from Dear Evan Hansen for Norah and Skyler in 2022

This is a romance novel, so I picked one of my favorite romantic duets from Dear Evan Hansen for this playlist. I feel like both Norah and Skyler would both relate to the lyrics of this song given their current situation. 

Love Story- Taylor Swift for Norah in 2022 

As I was reading this, I was imagining Norah listened to a lot of Taylor Swift in her life. The vibes of Taylor’s music just fit Norah as a character for me. I imagine that Norah would listen to this song after she sees Skylar again, and those old feelings come back to her. 

About the Author & Author links

Kasie West is the author of many YA novels, including The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, and Listen to Your Heart. Her books have been named ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, JLG selections, and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. When she’s not writing, she’s binge-watching television, devouring books, or bury-ing her toes in the sand of the Central Coast. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family.

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May 30th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Books and Ladders – Review

May 31st
Nine Bookish Lives – Interview
Lost in Neverland – Review
Jen Jen Reviews – Review
Purposely Unperfect – Review & Playlist

June 1st
TeaTimeLit – Review
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
I’m All Booked Up – Review

June 2nd
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Sophie Reads YA – Review
Paiges of Novels – Review & Playlist
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

June 3rd
The Clever Reader – Interview
heylittlesiren – Review
Whispering Stories – Review & Favorite Quotes

June 4th
paperbacktomes – Mood Board
The Book View – Review & Mood Board
Cindy’s Love of Books – Review
One More Chapter – Review

June 5th
The Human Curveball – Review
The Bookish Raven – Review
bookloversbookreviews – Promotional Post & Tik Tok

May 30th
augustisreading – Review & Favorite Quotes
cozybooktraveller – Book Look & Top 5 Reasons to Read Places We’ve Never Been
booksandladders – Blogger’s Choice

May 31st
justa.gal.andherbooks – Review
booksaremagictoo – Review
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
purposelyunperfect – Blogger’s Choice

June 1st
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
bookish.caterpillar – Review
lady_westfall19 – Review
readbycait – Blogger’s Choice
imallbookedupya – Blogger’s Choice

June 2nd
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
bhaneereads_ – Review
dhirviepages – Review & Favorite Quotes
paiges_of_novels – Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

June 3rd
austismreading_mom – Review
bluepoohreads22 – Review & Favorite Quotes
gryffindorbookishnerd – Promotional Post
thecleverreader – Blogger’s Choice
heylittlesiren – Blogger’s Choice

June 4th
tinybooknest – 15 Reactions While Reading Places We’ve Never Been
katiereads23 – Review
paperbacktomes – Blogger’s Choice
_leahreads – Blogger’s Choice

June 5th
bookdreamr – Book Look
TheShopOfStarlight – Review
the_bookish_raven – Blogger’s Choice
bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice

A Little Bit of Country Blog Tour- 15 Reactions While Reading A Little Bit of Country

Book Info:

A Little Bit Country Brian D. Kennedy

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: May 31, 2022

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55685792-a-little-bit-country

Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Little-Bit-Country-Brian-Kennedy/dp/0063085658/ref=sr_1_1?creative=330641&keywords=A+Little+Bit+Country&qid=1646694772&s=books&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-little-bit-country-brian-d-kennedy/1140112732?ean=9780063085657

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Little-Bit-Country-Brian-D-Kennedy/9780063085657?ref=grid-view&qid=1646694921879&sr=1-2

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-little-bit-country/9780063085657-item.html?ikwid=a+little+bit+country&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=d9fd69aa2cdea39c0183171a6772743f

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780063085657

Synopsis:

Emmett Maguire wants to be country music’s biggest gay superstar–a far reach when you’re seventeen and living in Illinois. But for now, he’s happy to do the next best thing: Stay with his aunt in Jackson Hollow, Tennessee, for the summer and perform at the amusement park owned by his idol, country legend Wanda Jean Stubbs.

Luke Barnes hates country music. As the grandson of Verna Rose, the disgraced singer who had a famous falling out with Wanda Jean, Luke knows how much pain country music has brought his family. But when his mom’s medical bills start piling up, he takes a job at the last place he wants: a restaurant at Wanda World.

Neither boy is looking for romance, but sparks fly when they meet – and soon they’re inseparable. Until a long-lost secret about Verna and Wanda comes to light, threatening to unravel everything.

Will Emmett and Luke be able to get past the truths they discover…or will their relationship go down in history as just another Sad Country Love Song?

15 Reactions while reading

1- This book had an interesting start and I’m curious as to where this story will go. 

2- Luke has an interesting family dynamic, and I can’t wait to find out more about Luke and his siblings. 

3- The meeting of Luke and Emmett was so cute and I can’t wait to see what happens between the two of them. 

4- I love the friendship between Luke and Vanessa. They have a history but really care about each other. 

5- I thought Emmett was bold to ask for Luke’s number upon a second meeting. However, I also found the scene adorable. 

6- The first date where Luke tells Emmett and the reader about his family was so sweet. I loved how Emmett was willing to listen as Luke spoke. 

7-Emmett meeting Wana Jean was so sweet and I loved what she said to him. 

8- The early moments of Emmett and Luke falling in love are so sweet. I really hope they get together. 

9- The scene with Luke and Vanessa getting an outfit for Luke was so sweet. You can tell both of them still care about each other, even though they’re not dating anymore. 

10- The conversation Emmett has with Orrin Merrick is very eye-opening for him, and I believe it’s exact;y what he needed to hear. 

11- The family dynamic between Luke, Gabe, and Amelia is so sweet. I feel like they act as real siblings would, even though they’re step-siblings. 

12- Even if Luke and Emmett don’t end up together, the way that Emmett cares about Luke’s mom is so sweet, and I just love it. 

13-I love that Emmett is sticking up for himself in the music studio. The music industry is tough, and it gets harder if you don’t stick to your guns, and perform your own music. 

14-I love that Emmett got promoted to the front half of Calamity Joe. I feel like this is a big step for him because he is showing that he is a team player.  

15-The end of the book was so sweet. I’m so happy that Emmett and Luke patched things out, and that they had that sweet moment in the end.

About the Author & Links

Brian D. Kennedy writes books for young adults. Born and raised in Minnesota, he occasionally elongates his vowels still. He now lives in New York City with his husband and their very photogenic dog. When he’s not writing, Brian can be found working at the LGBTQ Center, sitting in the audience at a Broadway show, or out buying more books—despite the stack of unread ones he has at home.  

Author Links:

Website: https://www.briandkennedybooks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bdkennedybooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bdkennedybooks/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20814893.Brian_D_Kennedy

Blog tour & Instagram Schedule

May 30th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Ace Reader – Review
Djreadsbooks – Top 5 Reasons to Read A Little Bit Country & Tik Tok

May 31st
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
The Candid Cover – Review & Favorite Quotes
Paiges of Novels – 15 Reactions While Reading A Little Bit Country

June 1st
Twirling Book Princess – Promotional Post
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

June 2nd
Whispering Stories – Interview
Kappa Reads Books – Review

June 3rd
Midsummer Night’s Read – Review
Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile – Review & Mood Board

June 4th
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Lu is lost in books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post

June 5th
Melancholic Blithe – Interview
The Bookish Context – Review
I Dream in Books – Review

May 30th
thisreadergirl – Favorite Quotes
djreadsbooks – Blogger’s Choice

May 31st
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
paiges_of_novels – Blogger’s Choice

June 1st
stitchsaddiction – Review
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

June 2nd
feliciareads11 – Promotional Post
findangoh – Book Look
melaniereadsbooks – Review

June 3rd
bookaremagictoo – Review
quirkybibliophile – Blogger’s Choice

June 4th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice

June 5th
midnightbooklover – Top 5 Reasons to Read A Little Bit Country
idreaminbooks – Blogger’s Choice

Ellen Outside the Lines by A.J. Sass (E-ARC Review)

Hi! I was on the blog tour for Ellen Outside the Lines by A.J. Sass and I wanted to give a review and my reactions. 

Title: Ellen Outside the Lines 

Author: A.J. Sass

Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary 

Add to Goodreads: Here

Characters 

One of my favorite things in this book was the characters. All the characters had interesting backstories, and they all had personalities that I wanted to read more about. My favorite character was Ellen, not because she was the main character in the story, but because she went on a journey. Ellen’s growth over the novel was absolutely amazing, and I loved reading about how much she grew over the course of the story. I loved the supporting cast. They were all very well-crafted characters, and they all supported Ellen on her journey to find herself. In the end, there was an understanding between all the characters, and that was fantastic. 

Plot

Most of the story took place in Spain, and I just loved seeing Spain from the eyes of Ellen and her friends. The scavenger hunt was an interesting plot element and one that kept me guessing, wondering how it was going to end in the story. Another major element of the plot was the journey that Ellen found herself, and I loved seeing how much the story helped Ellen find herself. Friendships come and go, especially in Middle-School, and this was an authentic story about friends, old and new, coming together, which I loved. 

Writing 

The writing of this novel was excellent, and I loved how the writing worked to tell the story. The lighter tone was welcome during the more light-hearted and fun scenes, where the group was bonding and getting to know each other. This was a story that also had some heavy scenes and the writing during the heavy scenes in the story and the more honest scenes set the tone for the rest of the story. 

Friendship 

Friendship plays a big role in Ellen Outside the lines, and I loved the friend group. Laurel was Ellen’s best friend but as a friendship goes, Laurel started hanging out with two other girls, without Ellen, and Ellen misses the way it used to be. Ellen’s team was made up of Isa, Gibs, and Andy, and as a team, they all worked very well together. The end of the novel was sweet because both friend groups talked, and they came up with a plan where they could all hang out together. Ellen also learned that she could make other friends over the course of the story. 

Enjoyment/ Recommend for 

I loved this story so much. I believe that anyone who enjoys Middle-Grade Contemporary, LGBTQ+ stories, and stories about friendship, would enjoy this novel.

Good Game, Well Played by Rachel Smith Katherine Lobo, and Justin Birch (ARC Review)

Hi! I grabbed this Graphic Novel from Net Galley Read Now a few months ago.  I really enjoyed the novel, and I found it very fun. 

Title: Good Game, Well Played 

Authors: Rachel Smith, Katherine Lobo, and Justin Birch

Genre: YA Graphic Novel

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Publication: May 3rd, 2022

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Characters

The characters in this novel were so sweet, and so much fun to read about. They all met while working at a game store, and I just loved the vibes of all these characters. Each character had their own personality and story, which made it easy to follow the story of each character. All the characters had their own demons, and I loved that they could all come together, and they could all help each other. These characters all had a passion for games, and as someone who also enjoys games, I loved reading about characters who enjoy the same thing as I do. The end of the book was so sweet, and I’m so happy with how the story ended. 

Plot

Good Game, Well played had an interesting plot and one that I wanted to know where the story was going to go. I loved the fact that all of the characters came together for something they loved, and how they all worked so well together. There are other elements of the story that I loved, such as the character’s love for video games, and the different family dynamics, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Some of the plots come at the end of the book, and I loved how we got to see the characters later in life and see how their stories ended. 

Writing

Good Game, Well Played had fantastic writing, and it made you feel like you were a part of the story. The heavy scenes were serious in tone, and the light-hearted scenes were more light-hearted in tone. This graphic novel was a journey, and I believe you can see that in the writing. 

Art

I loved the art style in Good Game, Well Played. I don’t read a lot of Graphic Novels, and this art style was not only adorable, but it worked well with the story. Like the writing, the tone of the more serious scenes uses dark colors and tones, and more light-hearted scenes use lighter color pallets and lighter shades. 

Enjoyment/ Recommend for

I really enjoyed this book, and I am so glad I took the chance to read the story. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Graphic Novels or wants a YA story that is a little off the beaten path.