BLOG TOUR | Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy by Melissa De La Cruz

What I enjoyed the most about this book are the nods to the fairytales and children’s story we all grew up with: Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin, Hansel and Gretel, The Three Little Pigs to name a few. It’s fun seeing these on the first time Filomena steps into Never After. Even the name of the place, Never After, seems like a reference to Neverland from Peter Pan (or that could be just me, haha!).

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BLOG TOUR | Life In The Balance by Jen Petro-Roy

TITLE: Life in the Balance
AUTHOR: Jen Petro-Roy
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
RELEASE DATE: February 16th, 2021
GENRE(S): Middle Grade Fiction

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Life In The Balance also dealt with more mature things that I would’ve expected. It talked of alcoholism and what it does to a family, and to a person. It talked of friendship and the different ways people could become friends. It also showed what pressure to perform and to fulfill a legacy can do to a kid.

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BLOG TOUR | Unchosen by Kathryn Blair

You are Charlotte Holloway. And that means something. Unchosen by Katharyn Blair Unchosen follows Charlotte Holloway as she tries to keep her sisters safe in a world infected with the Crimson: a disease that pretty much turns you into some form of a zombie. Only when we finally meet present day Charlotte and her sisters, we also find out these “Vessels” (or the people who are infected with the Crimson) are evolving as we met a few who were able to keep their mind and person in one piece. We were so ready for the fall of mankind. But, when […]

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Ming’s Christmas Wishes by Susan L. Gong

Book Cover: Ming's Christmas Wishes. Written by Susan L. Gong, and illustrated by Masahiro Tateishi

In Ming’s Christmas Wishes, Ming wishes for 3 things: to sing in the school choir, to fit in, and to have a Christmas tree.

The main story line in this picture book is that Ming wants a Christmas tree in their home for the holidays. Something her mother wouldn’t approve because it isn’t part of Chinese tradition. I am not Chinese, so I’m not well versed about their tradition and culture. However, I am an immigrant. I know how it feels to have to work around two different cultures for respect to be met in both ends.

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BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY | How To Remember Everything by Jacob Sager Weinstein

Welcome to my stop for How To Remember Everything by Jacob Sager Weinstein, Illustrated by Barbara Malley!

Reading this, I realized I used some of the techniques presented in this book growing up: I still recite ROYGBIV to my kids when I’m telling them the colours of the rainbow; a teacher once introduced us to PEM-DAS; and a few weeks ago, in an effort to help my daughter remember directions, my husband taught her “Never Eat Soggy Weiners” (North, East, South and West).

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Ep. 10 – Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box book by Josh Malerman against a white background.

Today’s episode was meant to be my Halloween episode. I’m sorry it’s a few days late.

I decided to read Bird Box by Josh Malerman specifically for the month of October. I’ve been wanting to see the movie, and this gives me the perfect opportunity to set the mood for Halloween, and to kind of make it a little easier for me to watch the movie. I get scared very easily which is why I don’t usually read horror / suspense books, or watch horror / suspense films.

This episode is NOT spoiler free so if you plan to read Bird Box and watch the adaptation spoiler free, then I would suggest to do those first before listening to this episode.

Happy listening, and I hope you all had a great Halloween.

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BLOG TOUR | You Know I’m No Good by Jessie Ann Foley

In You Know I’m No Good, we follow Mia through her stay at Red Oak Academy as a result of being a troubled teen. We also know from the beginning the last straw that pushed her father and stepmom to have her admitted. What we don’t know however, until a little further to the story, is the reason that started her spiral out of control. In Red Oak Academy, we get a glimpse of who Mia really is: a smart and caring person who needed to have such a tough facade in order to mask the pain and hate that’s […]

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Please Pick Me by Reina Regina

And if a reader lives a thousand lives,then the thousand heroines in mewould gladly belong in a thousand happily-ever-afterswith the thousand heroes in you. I used to write poetry when I was younger. Rhyming verses expressing strong feelings towards a boy I fell in love with filled a few notebooks. I was 13, and we were in the same class. For four years I wrote mostly about him. Reading Please Pick Me by Reina Regina brought me back to him. Please Pick Me is divided in 4 sections: flowers, thorns, roots, and seeds. Each section is a collection of poems […]

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BLOG TOUR | Vampires of Portlandia by Jason Tanamor

According to the lore, the legend involved two brothers, both gods. One brother Gugurang, was pure, and the other, Asuang, was flawed. Growing up in the Philippines, I remember being more frightened than usual nearing November 1st and 2nd. These are the days when we mostly visit our dead relatives. I’ve always felt as if the pull of the supernatural is weirdly strong during these two days — I am also 150% scaredy-cat so, what do I know? Haha! I also remember news segments dedicated to ghosts, white ladies, and weird unworldly sightings. In addition to that, we live in […]

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