Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith – Blog Tour Stop Review

Don’t Read the Comments
Eric Smith
On Sale Date: January 28, 2020
9781335016027, 1335016023
Hardcover
$18.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
Ages 13 And Up
368 pages

SUMMARY

Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.

Gaming is basically Aaron Jericho’s entire life. Much to his mother’s frustration, Aaron has zero interest in becoming a doctor like her, and spends his free time writing games for a local developer. At least he can escape into Reclaim the Sun—and with a trillion worlds to explore, disappearing should be easy. But to his surprise, he somehow ends up on the same remote planet as celebrity gamer D1V.

At home, Divya and Aaron grapple with their problems alone, but in the game, they have each other to face infinite new worlds…and the growing legion of trolls populating them. Soon the virtual harassment seeps into reality when a group called the Vox Populi begin launching real-world doxxing campaigns, threatening Aaron’s dreams and Divya’s actual life. The online trolls think they can drive her out of the game, but everything and everyone Divya cares about is on the line…

And she isn’t going down without a fight.


I honestly won’t have too much to say but this book was so delightful and fun!

WHAT I LIKED

  • DIVYA AND AARON – Both of the main characters are truly likable and feel so much like the teen I used to be. Which is super nerdy and trying so hard. I liked that both of their stories centered around these wanting to achieve their dreams but also wanting to support their families because its harder than it looks.
  • Both Divya and Aaron are teens of color (Divya is
  • Divya loves her mom and I do too (love Divya’s mom and my mom that is)
  • I overall just really liked the family element in this story.
  • I also love reading about supportive friendships (my fave being Divya and Rebekah)
  • THE REFERENCES!!! I adored the video game references (shouout to Garrus the Cat!) There’s also references to bookstagram and some popular YA titles! Overall the references were well done, relevant, and not forced.
  • Also shoutout to the author for referencing the very good game Remember Me!!!!
  • Cute romance that isn’t a big focus but it still amused me
  • The conflict between Divya/Aaron and their harassers is well done and important given concern over racism and sexism within the gaming community which is something that needs to be addressed towards teens especially going into these communities and being bullied.
  • The video game itself Reclaim the Sun sounds so cool. It’s this open world sci-fi adventure game. I wish I could play it.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

  • I can’t play Reclaim the Sun in real life

Anyways that’s my review and if you like video games and want more YA about it, it’s OUT NOW!!!

BUY IT HERE:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Read-Comments-Eric-Smith/dp/1335016023
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dont-read-the-comments-eric-smith/1131303425#/
Books-A-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Dont-Read-Comments/Eric-Smith/9781335016027?id=7715580291810
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/don-t-read-the-comments
Indie Bound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781335016027
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Eric_Smith_Don_t_Read_the_Comments?id=Go6PDwAAQBAJ

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eric Smith is an author, prolific book blogger, and literary agent from New Jersey, currently living in Philadelphia. Smith cohosts Book Riot’s newest podcast, HEY YA, with non-fiction YA author Kelly Jensen. He can regularly be found writing for Book Riot’s blog, as well as Barnes & Noble’s Teen Reads blog, Paste Magazine, and Publishing Crawl. Smith also has a growing Twitter platform of over 40,000 followers (@ericsmithrocks).

SOCIAL LINKS:

Author website: https://www.ericsmithrocks.com/
Twitter: @ericsmithrocks
Instagram: @ericsmithrocks
Facebook: @ericsmithwrites

Top Ten Tuesday – Blue Books of 2020

Today’s topic is a Book Cover Freebie so I decided to do a little throwback to a similar Top Ten Tuesday post I did two years where the theme was Books With Your Favorite Color on the Cover or Title. Blue is my favorite color and there PLENTY of 2020 releases this year that feature that color beautifully.

Also I tried to give to credit to all the designers and artists. There were only a few I couldn’t find so if you happen to know let me know in the comments!

EDIT (1/28/20) totally forgot to talk more about some of these books so forgive me for editing this at a later time ✌🏻


All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Release Date: February 4
Design by Natalie C. Sousa & Art by Gemma O’Brien

I love the blues in this one and the ocean theme is gorgeous. The perfect color for an epic sea fantasy!!!

Havenfall by Sara Holland
Release Date: March 3
Design by Peter Strain

First of all blue and gold is an excellent combo. Secdon, I definitely prefer this over the original US cover. Much like the color palette this cover gives off a gothic meets fantasy vibe.

Anna K. by Jenny Lee
Release Date: March 3

Minimalism is always the best way to go for covers. Also if you don’t know this is a retelling of Anna Karenina featuring a Korean American heroine! Also it’s been optioned as an HBO series!

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Release Date: March 3
Design by Billelis

Billelis is known for these kind of epic heavy metal as fuck covers.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
Release Date: March 3
Design by David Curtis

I’m actually not too familiar with this book but that I think it’s about Mozart’s sister and her creating a fantasy world (??) It sounds kind of wrord but cool at the same time. Also this cover is so otherworldly. 💙💙💙

The Silence of Bones by June Hur
Release Date: April 21
Design & Illustration by Kasiq Jungwoo

I love the ominous and hazy vibes this shade of blue gives off which is perfect for a mystery such as this one! This is a historical mystery-thriller set in 1800s Korea! It just sounds so cool.

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
Release Date: June 2
Design by Debra Sfetsios-Conover & artist Levente Szabo

Not to be that person but I’m definitely bragging that I have an arc for this one already!! But I love the use of blue here set in a pool with just that one dash of red to make it more mysterious. I cannot wait to read this Rebecca inspired YA thriller!

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
Release Date: June 2
Design & Art by Alex Cabal

Aquatic vibes and black girl rep!! What more can you ask for???

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Release Date: August 4th
Design by Laura Eckes & Illustrated by Jeff Jeff Östberberg

You would never think to make a desert scene blue but it WORKS here. This is a sci-fi fantasy that I’m so hyped for because its got Roswell vibes and will also deal with some relevant topics of today such as immigration. Also it’s going to be a TV series which is very cool!

A Golden Fury by Samatha Cohoe
Release Date: October 2020
Design by Kerri Resnick

Another one I don’t know too much going into other than there’s some alchemist magic stuff and it’s basically historical fantasy? IDK but sounds like my thing™️


Let me know your thoughts on these covers! What is your favorite color and/or color palette on book covers?

F is For Friday – January 24 2020 (aka Actually About Last Friday Edition)

How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag and link back — Nomadic Worlds
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.
F – Favorite quote of the week/day
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.


It’s been A LONG TIME since I’ve last participated in this meme and I’m excited to get back into it. However today’s edition will be a little different since I’ll technically be recapping last week since this week I haven’t read ANYTHING. I’ve been basically working and sleeping. I had one planned for the previous week anyways but I never got around to typing it up. So I’m here to make up for that.

F – Feature your latest book obsession

BOOK JOURNALS / READING JOURNALS!!!

So I decided to start one for this year to help keep track of books I read as well as for my blog. I’ve been looking up various BookTubers and other book bloggers who journal as part of their reading/blogging/writing and I love seeing how creative everyone is! It’s really inspiring. I hope to make a post one day to highlight some of y’all’s creativity and also maybe show off my journal one day.

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend

This will be the only answer to actually change from what I had last week but I’m hoping to finish my arc of Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith as well as The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

Last week and the week before I read, The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum and Tweet Cute by Emma Lord so I thought I’d share two quotes from each book that I like.

“It’s weird, how you have no idea how far you’ve come until suddenly you can’t find the way back.”

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

“Fighting for yourself is another way of loving yourself.”

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

F – Five things I’m happy or grateful for this week

  1. My job (sometimes) but mostly the money I get from it
  2. My family
  3. My pets
  4. Internet
  5. Audiobooks

That’s this week/last week’s edition stay tuned for more on some other Friday!!! Thanks for reading 🙂

Top 5 Tuesday – 5 Reasons Why I Rate A Book 5 Stars

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

My first Top 5 Tuesday of the year and my first one since….September of 2019. So it seems like it’s about time I got back into this. Today’s topic is a fairly easy one at first glance but it did take me a while to figure out why exactly would I give a book 5 stars? What makes a book 5 stars to me? Well let’s figure that out because fuck if I know.

If a book meets at least two of these criteria then its a near amazing quality tier book for me. Ultimately though, what makes a 5 star read to me is SUBJECTIVE AF but there are plenty of other people’s 5 star reads that I would never rate 5 stars and vice versa.


An excellent concept with perfect/near-perfect execution

Draw me in with an interesting premise that can interest me and if you do just that then I’m basically sold.

Characters that I WANT to read about

This means characters or protagonist(s) that I can find interesting whether they are likable or not. Whether they are relatable or someone who has a totally different experience from myself. I want to see DIVERSITY especially. Give me LBGTQIAP+ rep, characters of colors, mental illness and disabled rep, and more. But also make not only the MC interesting but the side characters, the villains, and even the minor ones.

Solid World-Building + Vivid Setting

Create a world (or worlds in some cases) where I can find myself wanting to know more about it, wanting to go there, and just find myself wrapped in the story’s world. While this is a huge factor in fantasy and sci-fi settings, I think even contemporaries set in the modern world should give you this feeling as well.

GOOD WRITING

The most SUBJECTIVE thing on here but I mostly mean if your writing excites me, intrigues me, makes me want to write, or inspires something in me. People like different writing styles so that’s the same for me. I’m fine with descriptive and atmospheric writing as much as I am with simple but to the point writing.

LEAVES A STRONG EMOTIONAL IMPACT ON ME

Now most of you may think this means a book that tells some sort of important message and it does partially mean that. But this can also just mean a book that I thought was entertaining and it left me feeling happy. It can also be a book that had a shock ending and left me stunned.

Here are just a few books that I have rated 5 stars over the years and are books that I’m pretty sure if I reread them they’d still be 5 stars.


This was a fun and riveting topic and I may revisit it this in the future!

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think about how you rate books 5 stars? What is a 5 star book to you?

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – Blog Tour / Review

Thanks to the publisher for inviting me on this blog tour and to NetGalley for providing the eARC.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Genre(s): YA Contemporary Romance
BUY IT HERE

EARLY PRAISE

Tweet Cute delivers in every possible way: a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance, a whip-smart plotline, and endearingly real characters. I devoured it.” – Francesca Zappia, author of Eliza and Her Monsters

“Sweet and fun! An adorable debut that updates a classic romantic trope with a buzzy twist.” – Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight

“A witty rom-com reinvention for the Twitter age, Tweet Cute pairs delicious online rivalry with deeply relatable insights on family pressure and growing up. This fresh, funny read had us hitting ‘favorite’ from page one.” – Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and If I’m Being Honest 

SYNOPSIS

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. 

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time. 

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built. 

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.


TWEET CUTE delivers a fresh take on the ever-so classic and swoonworthy hate to love romance trope à la You’ve Got Mail but with Twitter instead of AOL and glorious amounts of mouthwatering descriptions of food. It not only gives us one of the cutest romances I’ve read in a long while, but also delves into the teen sphere of social media and pressures of being in high school expertly.

CHARACTERS

Our protagonists, Pepper and Jack (aka Pepperjack, aka my favorite cheese to put on my grilled cheese btw) are both fleshed out enough so that we are not only invested in them getting together but also who they are as their own people.

Pepper is an overachieving, perfectionist, people-pleaser. But she’s more than just what other people project onto her and what she in turns projects onto herself. Her character arc focus on how her need to fit in kind of stunts her relationships with others such as her mom and her sister Paige and her “rival” Pooja. Jack is the jokester who doesn’t take things too seriously because he expects people not to especially over his “golden son” twin brother Ethan. Both have insecurities as most teenagers do and the relatability of their struggles hits home with me. Pepper’s especially because Much like myself as a teen, Pepper focused hard on extracurricular activities and AP and honors classes despite not knowing what she actually wants to do when she sets off for college. (Fun fact I’m not in college right now because I still don’t know what I want to do).

The other characters are indeed as enjoyable but I wish could have been fleshed out more. Particularly Pooja (Pepper’s rival who actually may have been a true friend to her if she’d realize the truth) and Ethan, who has a boyfriend! Both offer representation that the main characters don’t (Pooja is Indian and Ethan has a boyfriend but it’s not confirmed whether he’s gay/bi/pan). The parents are both intriguing and complex. But I personally loved Grandma Belly. She reminded me of my own grandmother with her crassness.

STORY

Set in a fully realized NYC, there’s three plot lines running through the story. 1) The Twitter War which was fun and added conflict. 2) Pepper and Jack’s blossoming romance in the anonymous Weazel app he created but THEY DON’T KNOW!! 3) Pepper and Jack’s blossoming romance IRL which adds that nice juicy slow burn factor with awkward teenage flirting and communication breakdown.

I was interested to see how these storylines would thread together in what could have been a messy execution but its seamlessly done. It never felt like too much to take in.

I also have to point that this book is FOR TEENS. There are some contemporary YA novels that struggle to capture the modern teen interest but TWEET CUTE succeeds with its use and positive attitude to towards social media and meme culture. Emma Lord understands her audience and its shows.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I highly recommend this if you want to start your year of off with quick, easy to read and devour fluff filled romance.

👍👍👍👍


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter.

Thanks for reading! Comment down below if you’re interested in TWEET CUTE and please recommend me some fluffy romances you love!

January 2020 TBR

TBRs are hard for me. I like them but they are difficult for me to follow through with. Mostly because I’m a mood reader but also I lack motivation to follow through with a strict reading list.

But in 2020 I’m still on my bullshit and doing TBRs anyways until I can at least finish one.


THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA BY JULIA DRAKE

This is a YA contemporary romance that deals with mental illness, has a sapphic romance, and is a Twelfth Night inspired story set in a small Maine town called Lyric. Sounds like a whimsical start to 2020.

THE WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY BY KATHERINE ARDEN

The Bear and the Nightingale
The Girl in the Tower
The Winter of the Witch

A trilogy I’ve been DYING to read and I’ve actually picked these from my library so many times but I’ve never started reading them. Maybe its because they seem intimidating. But with all the greatness I’ve heard about this series and now that it’s winter (here in the States) I think its time for this.

THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS BY K. ANCRUM
Dragons & Tea Book Club pick for January

As linked above, this is the Dragons & Tea Book Club pick for January. If you’re interested in joining a diverse book club, you should consider joining the Dragons & Tea Book Club.

I read K. Ancrum’s The Wicker King last year thanks to this very same book club and I can’t wait to read this one. This one is space-y, slow burn sapphic romance, and K. Acrum’s writing is gorgeous.

CONTENT AND TRIGGER WARNINGS: alcohol and drug use, mention of parental death, mild violence, mention of suicide, mention of homophobia (challenged)

TWEET CUTE BY EMMA LORD

I’m going to be a part of the blog tour for this one and its sounds cute. From what I’ve read on the synopsis this is a rom-com style about two teens who run social media accounts for their respective restaurants and have an online Twitter rivalry and maybe…love??? I can’t wait to see what’s in store when I read this one.

DON’T READ THE COMMENTS BY ERIC SMITH

Another book I’ve received as an ARC for an upcoming blog tour! This one has been on my anticipated list for a while. It’s about video games and it sounds nerdy, fun and also relevant to issues that especially POC, LBTQA+, and women face in gaming community.

I KILLED ZOE SPANOS BY KIT FRICK

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from the publisher but also a murder-mystery that is inspired by Rebecca du Maurier’s Rebecca and also has been described as similar to Courtney Summers’ Sadie, a favorite of mine.


Let me know if you’ve read any of these yet and what’s on your TBR! Feel free to link your TBRs below. Happy reading 🙂

Looking Back on My 2019 Reading & Blogging Goals

2019 is nearly over and coming up is the start of not just another year but a whole new decade. So before I began even talking about future plans for myself and my blog I want to look back at the reading and blogging goals I made at the beginning of the year and see what I achieved and I what I didn’t.

Here’s a link to that post if you’re interested in reading it.


Create a bookstagram – ✔️

Last February I created a bookish IG account which you can follow me @ savvy_reads

However from looking at my feed, most of you can observe that only posted 3 things last year. I simply felt lack of motivation to post anything and also comparing my posts to other peoples was a thing that made me not want to post at all. But 2020 is going to be very different.

Redesign my blog – ✔️

I’ve done this several times throughout 2019 because I’m not consistent with sticking to a theme/aesthetic. So I’m hoping in 2020 I’ll figure something out.

Participate in a blog tour – ✔️

YES and I’m actually surprised I actually got the opportunity to do not just one, but TWO of these in 2019. I had fun with all of them. I’ve also been invited to do some more in 2019 so I’m glad that this was a thing I accomplished.

Participate in Blogmas / Blogtober – ❌

Clearly since I barely posted anything during the last half of 2019. I just never felt compelled to do this since I hadn’t read much either.

Finish a Readathon – ❌

I came pretty close to finishing the Ghibli-a-Thon back in July (at least I think that’s when it was) but nevertheless, I failed it. I’ve decided not to participate in any read-a-thons for a while since I seem to fall victim to my mood reading habit.

Watch and review a book to movie/tv adaptation each month AND Read the book that it was based on –

A feature I wanted to do on my blog that I clearly never even started. Will I think about doing this in 2020? Who knows??? wink wink.

Put myself out there more on social media and interact more with other bloggers and authors – ✔️

Technically I did this and I’m proud for following more bloggers but my interaction level at last as the year went on plummeted. But I’m taking this win.

Also on my Twitter I’ve tried to be more active but I’ve mostly just RT shitty memes and whatever.

Blog hop more! – ✔️

Again, I technically did this but I never stuck with it during the rest of 2019.

Get to 200 followers! – ❌

I DID IT FOLKS. I hit 199 followers in 2019. I think its fitting to be honest.

Keep track of reading and blogging in my 2019 bullet journal – ❌

LOL My bullet journaling for 2019 ended in January when I just gave up because I wanted it to be Perfect. So then I just filled it with random doodles and notes.

Prioritize reading and reviewing ARCs – ❌ / ✔️

Yes and no because I prioritized my ARCs for blog tours but as for the other ARCs I never got around to most of them. Even ones I did read I never reviewed. So :/ Meh

Promote books better – ❌

I don’t know what it is because I guess nervous about promoting books because I don’t like the attention especially if the author notices it. But I know that’s good thing but like it flares my anxiety for some reason. But in 2020 I hope to do better and get over my own nonsense.

Read 40 books for my Goodreads challenge – ❌

*insert overused GOT meme*

I stopped keeping track of the books I read this year because there were plenty I started but gave up on and then some that took forever to read. I just had an awful reading year in 2019. I believe my GR 2019 reading challenge says I only read 9, I did read more than that I just never bothered to mark it down lol.

Read more historical fiction – ❌

Speaking of reading, I wanted to read some historical fiction and I ended reading more contemporaries and fantasy instead.

Read more sci-fi – ❌

I didn’t read any.

Make more discussions posts – ❌

I didn’t have it in my to make a discussion post since I’ve tried to write one and I see someone else do it better so I’ll just let the people who are good at that kind of thing do it. Does that mean that I’ll never do a discussion post? No because there are some things I do want to talk about eventually but for now I just don’t feel I’m up for it.

Write!!! + Participate in NaNoWriMo – ❌

I did technically write some, but it was mostly plot outlines and just random descriptions of stories and characters I have in my head. I also wanted to do NaNo but I don’t have a firm grasp of any of my WIPs.

Complete the PopSugar Reading + Book Riot Read Harder Challenges – ❌

Since I didn’t do much reading I failed at these two challenges. Also the books I did read only fit a few challenges. I just didn’t bother with these at a certan point.

Get more followers on Twitter – ✔️

I just hit 200 followers on Twitter recently. If you want to follow me there, here’s the link to that. Some of you may like me more or less than here but maybe we’ll be friends.


That’s that for my 2019 goals. Join me tomorrow-ish for a look at my 2020 goals. Let me know down below what your goals were for 2019 and if you achieved any or failed most of them like me.

Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen Blog Tour / Review + Favorite Quotes + Playlist + Giveaway!

Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jennieke Cohen

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: December 3rd 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Romance,Fiction

SYNOPSIS

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Jane Austen in this witty, winking historical romance with a dash of mystery!

Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.

But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.

Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.

Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.

LINKS

GOODREADS
AMAZON
BOOK DEPOSITORY
B&N
iTUNES
KOBO
GOOGLE BOOKS

REVIEW

An Austentacious romance indeed. Dangerous Alliance caught my eye ever since I saw the Publisher’s Weekly announcement. I love a good regency era romance especially one that is carries the spirit of Austen herself.

Victoria a.k.a. Vicky is a huge Austen fan and her favorite character is Lizzie Bennet from Pride & Prejudice. But she also takes advice from the lessons other Austen characters learned such as in Sense & Sensibility and Emma. Vicky is an enigma of a character, not afraid to get dirty while yearning for more, wanting her life to much like an Austen character’s while also coming to grips with the realities of life in Regency society. Vicky is witty, charming, and just overall a solid main character.

Two big components of an Austen novel are: the suitors and the family dynamic, both which Cohen delivers on. This has childhood friends-to lost friendship-to lovers trope which is a trope I’m not typically fond of but it works so well here because Tom is just as much a part of the story as Vicky. He’s faced trauma and tragedies but so charming and sympathetic. Vicky’s sister Althea was another favorite character of mine. She gave me huge Jane Bennet vibes whom I think is such a great character. I always love the sister characters in Austen’s novel and this one is no exception.

While this novel does follow along with the comedy of manners style that Austen herself is known for, the touches of realism such as divorce, abuse, treatment and expectations of young women to marry added a lot of depth to the story. The novel is well-developed and researched and I found myself fascinated by what I learned.

If you’re a fan of Austen and regency era romances this is one to check out! I sincerely hope that Cohen writes more Regency era romances along the lines of this one. I cannot wait to see this author does next regardless.

FAVORITE QUOTES

Now time to share some quotes that I liked whether they be meaningful or even funny.

“As her sister, Althea, often said: planning was the mark of an evolved individual”

“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love”

“You’re not like Mr. Darcy. And I wouldn’t have you be. You’re you. And I wouldn’t trade you for a dozen perfect gentlemen.”

“Of the countless embarrassing moments in all her seventeen years, this one secured the prize for most ghastly.”

“She would always love Miss Austen’s stories, but after all that had transpired, Vicky no longer believe life could be summed up by one author’s perspective of the world. For why else would so many books exist if not to impart different truths about life and all its complexities?”

PLAYLIST

Here is my playlist. I decided that this would be a modern twist on what a Regency era teen would maybe listen to while reading or falling in love. There’s some pop and some indie.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennieke Cohen (JEN-ih-kah CO-en) is used to people mispronouncing her name and tries to spare her fictional characters the same problem. Jennieke writes historical fiction for young adults inspired by real people and events because life is often stranger than fiction. She studied English history at Cambridge University and has a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California. Jennieke loves exploring new locales but always returns home to Northern California where the summers are hot, the winters are mild, and life is casual.

WHERE TO FIND HER

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18001955.Jennieke_Cohen

Website: https://www.jenniekecohen.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jennieke_Cohen

Blog: https://www.jenniekecohen.com/blog

Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.es/jenniekec/boards/

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


Be sure to check out the entire blog tour schedule here!

Thanks so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting me in on this blog tour and also thanks to the publisher for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The Fantastic Flying Book Club

GIVEAWAY!!!

Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of DANGEROUS ALLIANCE by Jennieke Cohen (US Only)

Starts: 27th November 2019
Ends: 11th December 2019

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The Liebster Award

Hey y’all I hope everyone is having a good morning/day/afternoon/evening/night! I’m so appreciative and excited to be doing the Liebster Award once more.

I was nominated by Yna @ Yna the Mood Reader and I appreciate it very much 🙂 Please check out Yna’s amazing and stunning blog.

The Liebster Award is the best way to discover new blogs and help to support other bloggers by recognizing them.

RULES

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2) Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
3) Nominate 5-11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
4) Tell your nominees through social media.
5) Ask 11 new questions for your nominees.


What made you start writing about books?

I can’t quite remember but I’ve always been interested in writing in general and also talking about books but I know I would never have the charisma or courage to be a BookTuber so I found out more about the book blogging community and decided to join in.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

I really like Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I highly recommend because its like basically eating cookie dough but without the risk of salmonella.

What is your Hogwarts House?

So I just recently found out that I’m a Hufflepuff which sort of disappoints me because I feel like I’m more Ravenclaw but the sorting hat doesn’t lie. But I’ve decided to embrace the Hufflepuff life. Shout out to all my fellow Hufflepuffs.

Who are your top 3 favorite authors?

I’m fixing to make my answer more compliciated than it needs to be but I haven’t really found an author yet that I’d consider to be a favorite since most of the ones I do like I have maybe only read 1 book by them or just one series but I’m going to mention 3 authors I thoroughly enjoy and are ones that I want to read more of.

  1. Renée Watson – I absolutely adore Piecing Me Together and she has written many other YA/MG books that I’m interested in. But I loved her writing in Piecing Me Together because while its not a lush writing style its so simply well thought out.
  2. Libba Bray – The Diviners series was what really got me back into reading so I have to mention Libba Bray. Libba’s thorough research into the 1920s is rich, her writing is atmospheric, and she has created such a diverse, complex cast of characters.
  3. Courtney Summers – I’ve only read Sadie which I know she has many other great stuff but Sadie really hooked me. The way Courtney Summers writes about difficult and hard topics is powerful. Sadie gives off such visceral and raw emotions and I really want to see more books like this.

What are the top 5 most used apps on your phone?

  1. Twitter
  2. Spotify
  3. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
  4. Pinterest
  5. WordPress

What is the best thing about the city you were born in?

Nothing. LMAO I mean I live in a small Southern U.S. town there’s not really much to do and the people are pretty much awful (you know racist, homophobic, and any other prejudices) But I love the scenery of my town. Its gorgeous and I love driving around town. Also my library because its where I work!

What is one book that you wish you can experience reading again for the first time?

Sadie by Courtney Summers. Just an amazing read from start to finish that and every twist and turn is both marvelous and heart wrenching.

What is one fictional universe you would want to spend your life in?

This will be cliche as hell but The Wizarding World of Harry Potter of course. Especially now since the whole wizarding war is over and its just chill magic shit.

What is a decision that you regret doing?

As someone with generalized anxiety disorder I regret a majority of things on a daily basis. That’s just my life. But I think I really regret not getting my license as soon as I turned 16. But it’s also something I can still remedy. Shout out to my fellow bloggers who are over 16 and can’t drive. I’m 23 and I still don’t even have a learner’s permit.

If you could have a never-ending candle that smelled like anything you wanted, what fragrance would you want it to be?

Sparkling amber. Ever since I bought this one candle from Bed Bath and Body Works that was called Istanbul, the scent was Sparkling Amber so I’ve always loved that scent.

What are you looking forward to in the coming months?

Quite a few things. 1) Hopefully cooler weather but I live in FL and its still hot in the fall/winter usually. 2) Family coming down for Thanksgiving 3) The possibility of going back to college in the winter.


I nominate the following. Please check them all out!

  1. moonlight & moths
  2. Abookblog
  3. All the Books and Pineapple
  4. All Things Annabelle

HERE ARE MY QUESTIONS

  1. Who was your favorite first author?
  2. If you had to name your children (or pet if you don’t want children) after characters in a book or series, which book/series and what names would you chose?
  3. What is the most random book purchase you made?
  4. What’s your phone background?
  5. What is a standalone you wish was a series?
  6. Coffee or tea?
  7. What are you currently doing?
  8. What is the hardest in your opinion about blogging?
  9. Which two or more authors would you like to see collaborate on a book?
  10. How is the weather where live right now?
  11. What is your perfect reading environment?

Thanks for reading 😀

My Most Anticipated Horror, Thriller, Mystery Books of 2020 – Part Three

This is the final one of these posts and this time its’ the rest of the 2020 releases but the ones that as of me typing this up, have no covers. But y’all know we should never judge a book by its cover because I think most of these have so much promise.

Click on the titles to to add to your Goodreads TBR! Also feel free to tell me some 2020 releases like these that I may have overlooked.


HARROW LAKE BY KAT ELLIS

A YA horror-thriller in which the daughter of a famous movie director is swept up in real-life terror when she’s sent to the sinister small town where his most iconic movie was filmed, and she questions whether she’ll ever get out alive. Publication is set for summer 2020.

MY THOUGHTS

This basically sounds like a Friday the 13th style story and I couldn’t be any more thrilled. I’m always in the mood for a slasher story in YA. 🔪

CEMETERY BOYS BY AIDEN THOMAS

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and he can’t get rid him.

Bestowed by the ancient gods of Maya, Yadriel and the gifted members of his Latinx community can see spirits: women have the power to heal bodies and souls, while men can release lost spirits to the afterlife. But Yadriel, a trans boy, has never been able to perform the tasks of the brujas – because he is a brujo.

When his cousin suddenly dies, Yadriel takes matters into his own hands and successfully summons a ghost. The only problem is, it’s not his cousin, it’s Julian Diaz, the resident bad boy of his high school. Worse, he’s pissed about his death and demands answers.

Yadriel agrees to help Julian discover how he died. In exchange, Julian will let Yadriel release his spirit, finally proving himself a brujo. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less Yadriel wants to let him go, and time is running out.

MY THOUGHTS

This book is #ownvoices for queer, Latinx, and trans rep which is so awesome. I’m always looking for more stories about brujería ever since I read Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova. I also love a good ghost story. 👻

HORRID BY KATRINA LENO

A girl who loves Agatha Christie. A girl who loves spooky stuff and mysteries… until that spooky stuff starts happening to her.

MY THOUGHTS

This is a pretty vague and short synopsis but I’ve heard amazing things about Katrina Leno’s previous thriller novel, You Must Not Miss. I’m also anticipating this because of it being inspired by Agatha Christie. From further inquiry into this, it’s also set in Maine which is Stephen King’s favorite spooky setting for his stories. 💀

A SONG BELOW WATER BY BETHANY C. MORROW

The Originals meets Nic Stone’s Dear Martin in Bethany C. Morrow’s debut YA, A Song Below Water, about two best friends discovering their magical identities against the challenges of today’s racism and sexism.

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Nevermind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

MY THOUGHTS

Did I mention how great it is that we’re getting more stories about characters of color in spooky, fantasy stories? The Originals comp caught me by surprise but also this has black girl sirens. BLACK GIRL SIRENS! 🧜🏿‍♀️

THOSE WHO PREY BY JENNIFER MOFFETT

THOSE WHO PREY is a YA thriller about a shy college freshman who is seduced into joining a campus cult, leading her on a deadly mission trip to Italy. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020 (Atheneum, Simon & Schuster).

MY THOUGHTS

If you’ve been following me long enough you should know that I like reading about cults and secret societies. I’m also quite interested in the Italy aspect of this and how this all going to unfold. But anyways, CULTS! 😈

THE FELL OF DARK BY CALEB ROEHRIG

The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town. Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it. An ancient and terrible power is returning to the earthly realm, and somehow Auggie seems to be the only one who can stop it.

MY THOUGHTS

VAMPIRE TOWN? SUPERNATURAL DRAMA? HOT VAMPIRE BOY? QUEER REP? I’M SOLD. 💕

BURN OUR BODIES DOWN BY RORY POWER

Stuck in a rundown apartment in the Middle of Nowhere, Nebraska, Margot has spent her whole life trying to get closer to her secretive, mercurial mother. When she discovers the name of her mother’s hometown, Phalene, she thinks she’s found the key. But Phalene is home to a hundred secrets, hidden between the floorboards of her grandmother’s farmhouse, buried under the cornfields. And if Margot’s not careful, she’ll end up buried there, too.

MY THOUGHTS

The ominous vibes I get from reading this are 👌🏻. According to the author this is about a complex grandmother/mother/daughter relationship and angst. The MC is a lesbian. And a lot of corn. 🌽

FLY BY NIGHT BY TARA O’CONNOR

Fly by Night tells the story of Dee, who suspects a magical creature may be responsible for her sister’s mysterious disappearance. But in her investigation, she discovers that the culprit may be less supernatural than she fears.

MY THOUGHTS

II’m usually always tempted to read a book if it has the same of a favorite song by a book I like (Rush). This sounds like an X-File episode in the making. 🦇

RUINSONG BY JULIA EMBER

Pitched as This Savage Song meets The Phantom of the Opera. Set in a world where magic is sung, a gifted teen girl is forced by a tyrannical queen to use her powerful voice to maintain control over a kingdom. Meanwhile, a girl who grew up in the palace with her tries to encourage her to use her voice to fight back, while the two wrestle with their feelings for each other.

MY THOUGHTS

F/F hate to love!! Phantom!! AHHHHH!!! 🎼

A BETTER BAD IDEA BY LAURIE DEVORE

Pitched as End of the F****** World meets Sadie. When Evelyn Peters burns down her home to protect her sister from the threat inside its walls, she’s forced to go on the run with Ashton Harper, the boyfriend of the dead girl Evelyn once desperately wanted to be. Publication is scheduled for 2020.

MY THOUGHTS

This book has the audacity to be compared as two of my favorite things from the past couple of years. This book tempts me so much with its power. 🔥

I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING BY TOM RYAN

Ten years after witnessing her best friend’s kidnapping, a teen copes by anonymously launching a podcast to help solve missing persons cases, but when a new abduction is revealed to have links to the original case, she has to decide how much she is willing to reveal to discover the truth

MY THOUGHTS

Another podcast related thriller 👌🏻🎧👌🏻


So that’s the last of these spooky/creepy reads posts for the year. As I’ve said in the previous two related posts, feel free to comment down below some I may have missed and what your thoughts are on these. 🎃

THANKS FOR READING