BLOG TOUR | The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad

From William C. Morris Finalist Nafiza Azad comes a thrilling, feminist fantasy about a group of teenage girls endowed with special powers who must band together to save the life of the boy whose magic saved them all.

Meet the Wild Ones: girls who have been hurt, abandoned, and betrayed all their lives. It all began with Paheli, who was once betrayed by her mother and sold to a man in exchange for a favor. When Paheli escapes, she runs headlong into a boy with stars in his eyes. This boy, as battered as she is, tosses Paheli a box of stars before disappearing.

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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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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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