Blog Tour Review: Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

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Today I am lucky enough to share my review of Lisa Heathfield’s Paper Butterflies as part of the blog tour being held by Lerner Books. Before you read my review, make sure you check out the Q&A with Lisa that kicked off the tour earlier this week! Lots of interesting stuff in that post 🙂

Published: October 1st, 2017 by Carolrhoda Lab™ | Series: N/A | Length: 424 pages | Genre: YA contemporary | Source: Received ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review | Content Warning: abuse, racism, death, bullying, incarceration

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Summary from Goodreads:

June’s stepmother physically abuses her, but June can’t find the words to tell anyone. Her only hope is her friendship with Blister, a boy who helps her believe she can escape. Then a shocking tragedy occurs and June finds herself trapped, potentially forever.

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ARC Review: It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

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Published: May 9th, 2017 by Blink | Series: N/A | Length: 304 pages | Genre: YA contemporary, retelling | Source: Won an ARC in a giveaway | Content Warning: some mentions of racism

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Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way. 

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ARC Review: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

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Published: October 17th, 2017 by Berkley | Series: N/A | Length: 368 pages | Genre: Adult contemporary fiction | Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: biphobia, cancer, mentions of dieting & weight loss, homophobia, disease, death

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Summary from Goodreads:

A warm, wry, sharply observed debut novel about what happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays…

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems. 

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down. 

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive…

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Blog Tour Review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (+ Giveaway!)

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Happy Monday, everyone! Today kicks off the blog tour celebrating the release of Tristina Wright’s debut novel, 27 Hours. This YA sci-fi has an all queer cast which is exactly what drew me to it and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint AT ALL. Check out my review below, as well as the information about the book and author and a giveaway for a pretty awesome bundle!! Be sure to also follow the tour through the following weeks! You can find the full schedule by clicking on the banner above or by clicking here.

Thanks so much to Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter for having me on the tour!

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ARC Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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Published: September 26th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Series: N/A | Length: 464 pages | Genre: YA sci-fi/time travel | Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: violence, sexism (nothing horrendous, but a couple of comments are made)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

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ARC Review: The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Etting Koosed

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Published: September 5th, 2017 by Kids Can Press | Series: N/A | Length: 344 pages | Genre: YA paranormal/fantasy, mystery | Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: suicide, drug use, murder, abuse

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Summary from Goodreads:

They’re the kids that no one knows — or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they’re out of other options. They’re lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal. 

There’s only one problem. She’s not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power. 

Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price. 
Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover. 

But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who — if anyone — they can trust.

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Blog Tour Review: The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield (+ Giveaway!)

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Today starts the blog tour for The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield. This is a young adult contemporary novel about a small village that gets put under quarantine after an unknown deadly virus breaks out. I have a review for you, but please be sure to check in with the other tour stops throughout the week! A big thank you to Xpresso book tours for having me on the tour. 🙂

Make sure you also enter the giveaway at the bottom – you have the chance to win a copy of the book and a $50 Amazon gift card!

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