Blog Tour + Giveaway: What I Like About You by Melissa Kanter

Today I'm talking about an adorable new YA debut: Marisa Kanter's What I Like About You! This sweet story is about a teen book blogger & bookstagrammer famous for her bookish cupcakes and the love "triangle" she finds herself in when she meets her online bestie IRL. It may be about cupcakes, but poor Halle is in quite a pickle! Keep scrolling to find out more about the book and enter to win a signed copy!

Release Date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: young adult contemporary romance
Format/Source: ARC, from the publisher
Status: standalone

Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can…but in the real world, it's more complicated. In this debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, Marisa Kanter hilariously and poignantly explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1
3/30: Novel Novice - Giveaway
3/31: Book Bratz - Review
4/1: The Novel Knight - Author Guest Post
4/2: Book Princess Reviews - Review
4/3: eleven thirteen pm - Author Q&A

Week 2
4/6: Vicky Again - Creative Post 
4/7: Pub Day (Marisa) - Creative Post
4/8: Kayla Reads and Reviews - Author Q&A
4/9: The Heart of a Book Blogger - Author Q&A
4/10: Mary Had a Little Book Blog - Giveaway

Week 3
4/13: Jen Ryland Reviews - Review
4/14: Love in Panels - Giveaway
4/15: Forever and Everly - Review
4/16: I'm All Booked Up - Review
4/17: Awkwordly Emma - Author Q&A

Week 4
4/21: Read By Tiffany - Author Q&A
4/24: Bookishly Jules - Giveaway

Week 5
4/27: Lost in a Book - Review
4/28: Pages and Pugs - Review
4/29: Skye's Scribblings - Review
4/30: Kait Plus Books - Giveaway

About the Author:
Marisa Kanter has worked in publicity for major publishers and covered YA books for MTV. Currently, she works in sales, on the distribution side of the publishing industry. She can often be found searching for the best iced chai in NYC, or reading on the 3 train. What I Like About You is her first novel. Follow her at and on Twitter @marisakanter

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One winner will receive a signed copy of What I Like About You. Open to the US. Entrants must be 13+ with parents' permission. Giveaway is open until 12 AM CDT April 20. Please enter via Rafflecopter below; winner will be chosen at random, and odds are determined by number of entries. I reserve the right to disqualify any entries that are not in accordance with my giveaway policies as stated in the Review & Site Policies tab at the top of the page. Good luck! 

Review + Giveaway: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: The irreverent space romp

Rating: 5 stars
Release Date: 
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: young adult sci-fi + ?????

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They're not the heroes we deserve. They're just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

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

Cover Reveal: Sure Shot by Sarina Bowen

Once again I have the pleasure of sharing a new Sarina Bowen cover with you all today! Sure Shot is the next installment featuring a player on the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey team, and this time, sports agent Bess Beringer is our lovely heroine. Longtime Sarina readers will recognize Bess as the sister of Bruisers player Dave (from the True North/Brooklyn crossover novel Bountiful) and as the wise woman who helped Eric figure out his life post-playing career in Moonlighter. I've been so excited to know more about Auntie Bess since I read Bountiful so I'm THRILLED it's finally time for her story!

Photo by Wander Aguiar, Design by Hang Le

Release Date: May 12, 2020
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Genre: adult romantic suspense

A new stand-alone hockey romance from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.

On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, sports agent Bess Beringer is ready to make some changes. Armed with a five-year plan—indexed and color coded—she’ll tackle her personal life with the same zeal that she brings to her successful agency.

A big, tall, ripped hunk of hockey player who’s just been traded to the Brooklyn Bruisers is not a part of that plan. Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz has a lot of baggage. He’s a ride-or-die loner with a bad reputation. He’s on the rebound. He’s also the sexiest thing on two legs, and for some crazy reason it’s Bess that he wants.

She knows better. But then she falls stupid in love with him anyway. And for a while it seems like maybe he’ll do the same.

Until she asks him for the one thing he can never give her…  

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Audio coming soon! 


Interested in Sure Shot? Check out this Goodreads giveaway for 3 signed copies!


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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