Review: Go with the Flow by Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann

Rating: 5 stars
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Publisher: First Second
Genre: young adult realistic graphic novel
Format/Source: finished copy, from the library
Status: standalone

Good friends help you go with the flow. Best friends help you start a revolution.

Sophomores Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha are fed up. Hazelton High never has enough tampons. Or pads. Or adults who will listen.

Sick of an administration that puts football before female health, the girls confront a world that shrugs―or worse, squirms―at the thought of a menstruation revolution. They band together to make a change. It’s no easy task, especially while grappling with everything from crushes to trig to JV track but they have each other’s backs. That is, until one of the girls goes rogue, testing the limits of their friendship and pushing the friends to question the power of their own voices.

Now they must learn to work together to raise each other up. But how to you stand your ground while raising bloody hell?

Cover Reveal: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Fans of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series know that Cyber Monday isn't just a big online shopping day after Thanksgiving. It's also an annual opportunity for Macmillan to announce some cool TLC-related news or do a big giveaway for some exclusive swag. ICYMI, this year's big news was that the main four titles in TLC are getting new covers! That's right, lunartics, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter (not Fairest or Stars Above though) have brand new illustrated and colorful covers! Check them out!

But that's not all! Each book is ALSO getting a specially designed stepback, which is publisher speak for the page behind the cover. Literally just learned that last week. See the contrasting stripe of color on the right edge of each cover? That page will be a second gorgeously illustrated new piece of TLC art! You may have seen the setback reveals for Cinder and Scarlet earlier this week, and today, I have the pleasure of showing off the new stepback illustration for my girl Cress. Shout out to all my fellow Cresswell shippers out there! I hope you love this art as much as I do! And keep an eye out tomorrow for the Winter reveal!

Release Date: February 4, 2020
Publisher: Square Fish
Genre: young adult science fiction

Prepare to see the New York Times­-bestselling series like you’ve never seen it before, now with new cover art!

The third book in the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-Bestselling Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! The evil space queen gives an imprisoned hacker orders to track down our cyborg heroine and her team of reimagined fairytale characters. Can the Rapunzel-like hacker break free and help them instead?

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How swoony are our lovestruck fangirl hacker girl and cocky pilot boy? I LOVE! If you love too, check out the preorder links above. OR you can catch Marissa on the Lunar Ever After Tour in March! Just an FYI, I will DEFINITELY be at the North Texas Teen Book Festival on March 7 so if you're coming to see Marissa (and 84 other authors) there, please say hi! I'll be the tall person with the microphone!

If you can't make it to one of these events in person, I know and love both Book People in Austin and Best of Books in Oklahoma, and you canorder signed copies of the new covers at either store and have them shipped to you. If you're coming to NTTBF, no need to preorder. You can purchase pre-signed copies in the book sales area even before the author signing at the end of the day!

About the Author:
Marissa Meyer is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Heartless and The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and twin daughters. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor MoonFirefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

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Blog Tour: Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

Today I have the pleasure of kicking off  the blog tour for one of my favorite authors! Emma Mills's newest release Lucky Caller releases next week, and you can enter to win your own copy below!

Rating: 4 stars
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Publisher: William Morrow (Harper Collins)
Genre: young adult contemporary romance
Format/Source: DRC, from the publisher
Status: Book 2 of the Wait For You companion series
Links: First & Then review (4 stars)
This Adventure Ends review (5 stars)
Foolish Hearts blog tour (in which I analyze Emma's characters, assign them Shakespearean counterparts, and gif-ify them all using teen movies based on Shakespeare)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book by the publisher. This does not affect the content of my review.

With the warmth, wit, intimate friendships, and heart-melting romance she brings to all her books, Emma Mills crafts a story about believing in yourself, owning your mistakes, and trusting in human connection in Lucky Caller.

When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.

The members of Nina's haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she'd hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.

The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina's family is on the brink of some major upheaval.

Everything feels like it's spiraling out of control―but maybe control is overrated?

Romance Review: Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen: "There's only one bed"

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Rating: 5 stars
Release Date: October 21, 2019
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing, LLC
Genre: romantic suspense
Format/Source: ARC, from the author
Status: book 1 of The Company companion series

Five nights. Two adversaries. Only one bed in their hotel room.

Eric Bayer is at the height of his hockey career. He only gets six weeks of summer vacation. He’d never agree to do a favor for his brother, the head of a global security company so secretive that Eric doesn’t even know its name.

Pass, thanks. He doesn’t need a summer job.

But the jerk ambushes Eric with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl he knew when they were kids. Now she's a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who's on a flight to Hawaii?

It's going to be a long week in paradise. Eric’s job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing him with her tiny bikinis. It's all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And the hockey-playing party boy becomes her major league protector.

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Expect: a growly hero, a lady boss with no time for his attitude, and a war of wills and hormones. Bonus: a hunk wearing a baby in a sling.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the author. This does not affect the content of my review.

Double Cover Reveal: Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen & Man Cuffed by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Today is a Sarina Bowen cover double header with both her fall new releases! Moonlighter is the first book in a new companion series starring Eric Bayer, who you know and love from Sarina's Bruisers and Brooklyn books, and his leading lady Alex is also returning from her introduction in Brooklynaire. You may have seen a cover for Moonlighter floating around the past few weeks, but it's gotten an eleventh hour update so you'll want to look out for THIS cover when the book releases TOMORROW! I've already read Moonlighter, and it is absolutely incredible. Sarina takes a turn toward romantic suspense with this action-packed story, and it's immediately become a new favorite!

Man Cuffed is a new installment in Sarina and Tanya Eby's utterly HILARIOUS series Man Hands. This duo is truly putting the comedy back in rom com, and I'm loving it. Fans of the series will remember Meg from her appearance in Boy Toy. Sadie's younger sister is perpetually unlucky in love (girl, same), and I have a feeling she's going to be an absolute handful in her book. I CAN'T WAIT!

Release Date: October 22, 2019
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Genre: adult romantic suspense

Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name.

Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job.

But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?

It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed.  

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Release Date: November 19, 2019
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Genre: adult romantic comedy

A good cop can always spot trouble. That’s why my senses started pinging the moment I met the hottie next door. The neighborhood may never be the same. First she confuses me for a male stripper and tries to remove my uniform. (The guys on the force will never let me live that down.) And then there’s the breaking and entering.

I don’t know what to do with her. My libido has a few ideas of its own, though. Bad, bad ideas.

Hey, it’s not my fault that Hot Cop’s nightstick gets excited every time we see each other. And I can’t help that someone broke into his apartment.

Fine—that last thing was totally my fault. And I intend to make amends. So when he needs a date for his sister’s wedding, I’m there. This is right up my alley. I’m an actor. By the time it’s over, his entire family will believe we’re a couple.

Even him.

Warning: may cause unrestrained giggling in public. Contains: a bridezilla with a turkey leg, a flash mob, and a growly hero.

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About the Author:
Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over thirty contemporary novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list last week with Top Secret (co-written by Elle Kennedy) and in January, with Overnight Sensation. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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Blog Tour: When She Reigns by Jodi Meadows

Today I'm celebrating the upcoming release of When She Reigns, the final book in Jodi Meadows's Fallen Isles trilogy. Scroll down to find out what goodies you can get when you preorder (you still have 5 days!), check out my painted pages tutorial, AND enter the tour giveaway!

When She Reigns (Fallen Isles, #3)

Release Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: young adult fantasy
Status: Book 3 of the Fallen Isles trilogy


The First Dragon

The Great Abandonment has begun. Panic has seized the Fallen Isles, where no one knows which god will rise next. Mira Minkoba believes her dreams hold the secret to bringing an end to the destruction, but in order to save her people, she’ll have to find a legendary treasure: the bones of the first dragon.

The Last Hope

Mira’s desperate search leads the Hopebearer and her friends on a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory: the Algotti Empire itself. The empress is more than willing to help—for an impossible price. And as tensions escalate beneath the shadows of the risen gods, Mira grapples with a terrifying question: What will she have to sacrifice to preserve what she loves?

The explosive finale to Jodi Meadows’s Fallen Isles trilogy is ablaze with sizzling romance and fiery magic as Mira’s fight to save dragons from extinction evolves into a mission to save her world from annihilation.

Review: Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Rating: 4 stars
Release Date: August 7,2018
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Genre: young adult fantasy
Format/Source: ARC, from the publisher
audiobook, from my library
Status: book 1 of the Dance of Thieves duology

A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty's resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. This does not affect the content of my review.