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Blog Tour | Sadie on a Plate by Amanda Elliot (Excerpt)

I’m so excited to be a part of the Sadie on a Plate Blog Tour! This book sounds so cute, and I am excited to provide you all with an excerpt to pique your interest. Be sure to check out the links below if you are interested in reading Sadie on a Plate.

Title: Sadie on a Plate
Author: Amanda Elliot
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication date: March 15, 2022
Pages: 352

Summary

Top Chef meets Always Be My Maybe in this delightful romantic comedy by Berkley debut authorAmanda Elliot about a rising chef who lands a once-in-a-lifetime spot on a famous cooking show.

SADIE ON A PLATE (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; on sale March 15, 2021) follows Sadie Rosen, an up-and-coming Seattle chef gaining attention for her unique and modern takes on traditional Jewish cuisine. After a messy—and very public—breakup with her chef boss, she becomes the laughingstock of the Seattle restaurant scene. Now jobless and blacklisted from every reputable restaurant in the city, Sadie is sure her career is over. That is, until she gains a coveted spot on her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme

On the plane to New York, Sadie has undeniable chemistry with her seatmate and fellow chef, Luke. Though she makes it clear that she and Luke won’t be able to meet for the next six weeks, she joins him for an unforgettable dinner before beginning her journey on Chef Supreme. They bond over their mutual love of cooking and their dreams of opening restaurants that honor their roots, and Sadie wants nothing more than to see him again after filming ends. But, to her shock, she turns up to set the next day realizes she’ll be seeing a lot more of Luke than she thought.

In order to save her career, Sadie will have to use all the skills at her disposal to prove that she has what it takes to compete with some of the best chefs in the country while ignoring her growing feelings for Luke. With the stakes so high, will Sadie be able to keep her heart out of the kitchen long enough to secure her future?

Featuring a young Jewish protagonist, mouthwateringly described cuisine, and a sizzling forbidden romance, Amanda Elliot delivers a delicious romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Rachel Lynn Solomon, Christina Lauren, and binge-worthy cooking competitions like Chopped and Master Chef.


Amanda Elliot is the author of several young adult and middle grade books as Amanda Panitch. Sadie on a Plate is her first adult novel. She lives in New York City, where she owns way too many cookbooks for her tiny kitchen. Learn more online at amandapanitch.com.


Excerpted from SADIE ON A PLATE by Amanda Elliot, published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2022

I picked up the phone, my shoulders already drooping. “Hello, this is Sadie Rosen.”
 
“Hi, Sadie!” It was a woman on the other end, her tone far too chipper for this hour of the morning. “My name is Adrianna Rogalsky, and I’m calling from Chef Supreme. Is this a good time?”
 
I almost dropped my phone. “Yes!” I cleared my throat, trying to keep from squeaking the way I did when I got too excited. “I mean yes, this is a good time.”
 
“Great!” Adrianna chirped. “I’m calling to tell you that the committee really liked your application and your cooking video. Would you mind answering a few more questions for me?”
 
My eyes involuntarily darted to my bookshelf, which consisted mainly of cookbooks. I spent too much time in restaurant kitchens to cook much from them-or at least, up until a week ago I had-but I liked flipping through them to gather ideas and marvel at the food photography. Five were written by winners of Chef Supreme, and four by runners-up and semifinalists. I’d watched every episode of all six seasons, seated on the edge of my couch to goggle at every cooking challenge and winning dish and contestant who cried when eliminated.
 
Season three’s winner, Seattle’s Julie Chee, was my culinary idol. Derek, my boss, had taken me by her restaurant after-hours one day. She’d laughed when I told her how I’d been rooting for her all season, patted my head like I was a little kid, and then cooked me a grilled cheese with bacon and kimchi. It was the best night of my life. Right after that, I’d started dreaming about competing on the show myself.
 
“Hello? Sadie?”
 

And if I didn’t get on my game, that dream was going to evaporate like a pot of boiling water forgotten on the stove. I mean, I didn’t really think I was actually going to make it on the show, but it wasn’t like I was going to hang up on someone from Chef Supreme. “Sorry!” I said. “Bad connection for a minute there. Yes, I’d love to answer some questions.” I shook my head and grimaced. Love? Love was a strong word. I should’ve said I’d be happy to answer some questions. Now Adrianna was probably-
 
Talking! Already! “Your application from six months ago says that you’re a sous-chef at the Green Onion in Seattle?”
 
I cleared my throat. “Well, um.” This was not off to a great start. “I was a sous-chef there until last week. I decided to leave to . . . um, pursue personal business opportunities.” Another grimace. Personal business opportunities? What did that even mean?
 
I really wished I wasn’t naked right now. I knew Adrianna from Chef Supreme couldn’t see me through the phone, but I still felt way too exposed.
 
Fortunately, job-hopping is fairly common in the food world. So Adrianna just said, “Great. And how would you describe your personal style?”
 
I hoped she meant food-wise and not looks-wise, because my personal fashion style consisted mainly of beat-up Converses, thrift store T-shirts, and constant calculations on how far I could go between haircuts before crossing the line from fashionably mussed to overgrown sheepdog. “At the Green Onion, I was cooking mostly New American food with some French influences and a bit of molecular gastronomy,” I told her. “But my own style, I’d say, is more homestyle, with Jewish influences? Not kosher cooking; that’s a different thing. I’m inspired by traditional Jewish cuisine.”
 
Paper rustled on the other end. “Right, the matzah ball ramen you cooked in your video looked fantastic. We were all drooling in the room!”

 
I perked up. Forgot that I was naked. Forgot that lately I was a walking disaster. “That’s one of my go-tos and will definitely be on my future menu. I’ve been experimenting lately with putting a spin on kugels . . .”
 
As I chattered on, I could practically see my grandma shaking her head at me. Grandma Ruth had cooked up a storm for every Passover, Yom Kippur, and Chanukah, piling her table till it groaned with challah rolls, beef brisket in a ketchup-based sauce, and tomato and cucumber salad so fresh and herby and acidic it could make you feel like summer in the middle of winter. Pastrami-spiced pork shoulder? Really, dear?
 
I shook my own head back at her, making her poof away in a cloud of metaphorical smoke. I had that power now that she was dead and buried and existing primarily as a manifestation of my own anxiety.
 
“. . . so in that way it’s really more of a cheesecake with noodles in it,” I finished up. My blood was sparking just talking about my food; I had to do a few quick hops just to burn off some of that excess energy.
 
“I love your passion,” Adrianna said on the other end of the phone. “So, I take it that opening your own restaurant is hashtag goals for you?”
 
“Hashtag goals,” I agreed. And my shoulders drooped again, because that was a dream that was never going to happen now. After I got fired by the Green Onion and the chefs at all the other restaurants worth working at learned why, I became the joke of Seattle’s restaurant industry. Who wanted to invest in the local joke?
 
She asked me a few other questions, pertaining mostly to my schedule and availability (there were only so many ways to say, “I’m free whenever you want me, considering I no longer have a job”). I continued to pace around my apartment, circling the coffee table, bare feet padding over the rug. And then, “It’s been lovely to speak with you, Sadie.”
 
I stopped short, my shin slamming into the table leg. I swallowed back a curse. “It’s been lovely to speak with you . . . too?” I finished with a question, because I couldn’t ask what I really wanted to ask. Is this it? Did I not meet whatever criteria you have? What’s wrong with me?

“We’ll be in touch soon,” Adrianna said. “Have a great day!”


Where can I buy Sadie on a Plate?

You can buy Sadie on a Plate at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: Penguin Random House, AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionTarget, or IndieBound.

Have you read Sadie on a Plate? What are your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Five Reasons to Read Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

It’s been a really long time since we’ve posted or done anything on the blog, but you all have continued to take a look. So for that, thank you! You all are amazing. It’s been a tough few months between working on self-care, adjusting to new jobs, trying to juggle two jobs at one point, and the possibility of moving (might not happen now). I figured one of the best ways to get back into blogging was to review one of the newest NetGalley ARCs I read. Just a reminder that all opinions are my own, and many thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC to read.

Title: Weather Girl
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publication date: January 11, 2022
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Pages: 352

Goodreads Summary

Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.

In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.

Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?


Top 5 Reasons to Read

  1. Women in STEM: this has become one of my new favorite tropes/plot line (I guess it’s a trope??) to read and I’m here for it.
  2. Real and open discussions about mental health, depression, and psychiatric care.
  3. Jewish MC who discusses her struggles with religion.
  4. Single dad trope
  5. Slightly steamy (not excessively steamy for those who do not enjoy many sex scenes)

I did review Weather Girl on our Instagram as well, so if you’d like to check out that post, click here! I hope everyone has a great rest of their Wednesday! I’m currently on vacation, but will be doing a helicopter tour of the beach later, so maybe check out our Instagram for pictures from that!

Blog Tour | I Know Your Secret by Daphne Benedis-Grab

I’m so excited to be a part of the I Know Your Secret Blog Tour! Please remember to click the tour banner above or the schedule below to access the tour schedule. There are a lot of other amazing bloggers who are also a part of the tour.

Title: I Know Your Secret
Author: Daphne Benedis-Grab
Publication date: December 7, 2021
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 240

Summary

One of Us is Lying meets Pretty Little Liars for middle-grade readers.

The email arrives Sunday night: Do exactly what I say, when I say it, or I will reveal your secret.

On Monday morning, seventh graders Owen, Gemma, Ally, and Todd, who have nothing in common and barely know each other, must work together and follow the instructions of an anonymous blackmailer. None of them want to go along with the blackmailer’s instructions, but each of them have a secret they must protect at all costs.

Set during a single day of school, the students race against the clock to complete a disquieting set of tasks, with fast-paced chapters detailing each moment of the day interspersed with a later interview-style recording made by the quartet.
I Know Your Secret is an exploration of why we conceal the truth, how far we’ll go to keep it hidden, and the power of being honest.


Daphne is the author of middle grade books including Clementine for Christmas, and The Angel Tree, and young adult books including The Girl in the Wall.  Her short stories have appeared in American Girl Magazine.  She earned an MFA at The New School and a School Media Library Specialist degree from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. She lives in New York City with her husband, kids and cat, and spends her days writing and being the librarian at PS32 in Brooklyn.

Author Links
Author Website: https://daphnebg.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daphne.grab
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6549278.Daphne_Benedis_Grab
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daphne_bg/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaphneBG


Where can I buy I Know Your Secret?

You can buy I Know Your Secret at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: AmazonBarnes & NobleBook DepositoryIndigo, or IndieBound.

Be sure to check out the rest of Terminal Tours’ blog tour for I Know Your Secret! You can either click here or on the blog tour banner found above to see the other blogs that are participating in the tour.

Have you read I Know Your Secret? What are your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Blog Tour | The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Marsh (15 Reactions While Reading)

I’m so excited to be a part of The Girls Are Never Gone Blog Tour! Please remember to click the tour banner above or the schedule below to access the tour schedule. There are a lot of other amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers who are also a part of the tour.

Title: The Girls Are Never Gone
Author: Sarah Marsh
Publication date: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Pages: 336

Summary

The Conjuring meets Sadie when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare takes an internship in a haunted house and finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit.
Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts.

Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investigation podcast, and she needs her ghost-loving listeners to tune in.

That’s what brings her to Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, teenager Atheleen Bell drowned in Arrington’s lake, and legend says her spirit haunts the estate. Dare’s more interested in the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death—circumstances that she believes point to a living culprit, not the supernatural. Still, she’s vowed to keep an open mind as she investigates, even if she’s pretty sure what she’ll find.

But Arrington is full of surprises. Good ones like Quinn, the cute daughter of the house’s new owner. And baffling ones like the threatening messages left scrawled in paint on Quinn’s walls, the ghastly face that appears behind Dare’s own in the mirror, and the unnatural current that nearly drowns their friend Holly in the lake. As Dare is drawn deeper into the mysteries of Arrington, she’ll have to rethink the boundaries of what is possible. Because if something is lurking in the lake…it might not be willing to let her go


Content Warnings: scary images, death


Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah frequents the pottery studio, volunteers her time to sighthound rescue, and raises awareness about her autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes. She often enjoys pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen series, and several books for younger readers.

Links
Website: https://www.sarahglennmarsh.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SG_Marsh
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahmarshauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10909117.Sarah_Glenn_Marsh


15 Reactions While Reading The Girls Are Never Gone (beware that there may be spoilers!)

  1. I love the inclusion of a podcast script at the beginning! Hopefully we get to see more of those.
  2. Loving the type 1 rep!
  3. I’m really curious what is inside the room as well…
  4. Quinn and Dare are cute together
  5. I haven’t quite figured out what is going on in the house and how the previous owner fits into it.
  6. Possibly more than one death at the lake? Ooooh this is getting interesting!
  7. Something about the Arrington house isn’t completely normal…
  8. If I were Dare, Quinn, and Holly, I wouldn’t want to be in the house.
  9. Things are starting to make a little more sense. But now I’m worried for Dare, Quinn, and Holly.
  10. Oh no.
  11. I’m convinced Rose isn’t who she says she is, but I haven’t figured out how it fits into the story yet.
  12. I actually can’t believe Cathy cited Supernatural. I snorted at that one.
  13. I called it!
  14. Please let Rose be okay.
  15. This novel was a wild ride from beginning to end, but what really happened to Holly?

Where can I buy The Girls Are Never Gone?

You can buy The Girls Are Never Gone at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: AmazonBarnes & NobleBook DepositoryIndigo, or IndieBound.

Be sure to check out the rest of TBR and Beyond’s blog tour for The Girls Are Never Gone! You can either click here or on the blog tour banner found above to see the other blogs that are participating in the tour.

Have you read The Girls Are Never Gone? What are your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments below! Also, so cool that she is an RVA author!

Blog Tour | Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain (Top 5 Reasons to Read)

I’m so excited to be a part of the Dark and Shallow Lies Blog Tour! Please remember to click the tour banner above or the schedule below to access the tour schedule. There are a lot of other amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers who are also a part of the tour.

Title: Dark and Shallow Lies
Author: Ginny Myers Sain
Publication date: August 31, 2021
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Pages: 432

Summary

A teen girl disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp like water rot, in this chilling debut supernatural thriller for fans of Natasha Preston, Karen McManus, and Rory Power.

La Cachette, Louisiana, is the worst place to be if you have something to hide.

This tiny town, where seventeen-year-old Grey spends her summers, is the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital of the World–and the place where Elora Pellerin, Grey’s best friend, disappeared six months earlier.

Grey can’t believe that Elora vanished into thin air any more than she can believe that nobody in a town full of psychics knows what happened. But as she digs into the night that Elora went missing, she begins to realize that everybody in town is hiding something – her grandmother Honey; her childhood crush Hart; and even her late mother, whose secrets continue to call to Grey from beyond the grave.

When a mysterious stranger emerges from the bayou – a stormy-eyed boy with links to Elora and the town’s bloody history – Grey realizes that La Cachette’s past is far more present and dangerous than she’d ever understood. Suddenly, she doesn’t know who she can trust. In a town where secrets lurk just below the surface, and where a murderer is on the loose, nobody can be presumed innocent–and La Cachette’s dark and shallow lies may just rip the town apart.


Ginny Myers Sain is the author of DARK AND SHALLOW LIES, her debut YA novel available 8-31-21 from Razorbill/Penguin. Although she comes from a long line of writers, her first love has always been the theatre. She has a degree in theatre and has spent most of her career teaching acting and directing plays and musicals. ​Ginny currently live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her teenage son and a very cowardly doberman named Shipley. When she is not working in the theatre or writing, you’re likely to find her listening to true crime podcasts, taking pictures of alligators, eating tacos, or planning a trip to Walt Disney World. 

Links
Website: https://www.ginnymyerssain.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stageandpage
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ginnymyerssain/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21109906.Ginny_Myers_Sain
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stageandpage


Rating: 3 out of 5.

5 Reasons to Read Dark and Shallow Lies

  1. A perfect Fall read! The story is eery and atmospheric.
  2. The setting! The story takes place in the “Psychic Capital of the World.” Who doesn’t want to read a story about psychics?!
  3. The mystery! A young girl is missing and a town full of psychics have no answers. It has been six months since Elora’s disappearance. Cops are baffled; there are no leads.
  4. The secrets! Everyone in this story has secrets, and it was interesting to see how the reveal of said secrets affected the main plot.
  5. The psychic powers! Although some characters have “traditional” psychic powers, other characters have powers that are more unique. I won’t spoil the psychic powers are mentioned in the book, but I will say that I thought some of the psychic powers were really cool and a very creative choice on Ginny Myers Sain’s part.

Where can I buy Dark and Shallow Lies?

You can buy Dark and Shallow Lies at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: AmazonBarnes & NobleBook DepositoryIndigo, or IndieBound.

Be sure to check out the rest of the TBR and Beyond’s blog tour for Dark and Shallow Lies! You can either click here or on the blog tour banner found above to see the other blogs that are participating in the tour.

Have you read Dark and Shallow Lies? What are your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Blog Tour | Forestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker (Review and Favorite Quotes)

I’m so excited to be a part of the Forestborn Blog Tour! Please remember to click the tour banner above or the schedule below to access the tour schedule. There are a lot of other amazing bloggers who are also a part of the tour.

Title: Forestborn
Author: Elayne Audrey Becker
Publication date: August 31, 2021
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 368

Summary

TO BE BORN OF THE FOREST IS A GIFT AND A CURSE.

Rora is a shifter, as magical as all those born in the wilderness–and as feared. She uses her abilities to spy for the king, traveling under different guises and listening for signs of trouble.

When a magical illness surfaces across the kingdom, Rora uncovers a devastating truth: Finley, the young prince and her best friend, has caught it, too. His only hope is stardust, the rarest of magical elements, found deep in the wilderness where Rora grew up–and to which she swore never to return. But for her only friend, Rora will face her past and brave the dark, magical wood, journeying with her brother and the obstinate, older prince who insists on coming. Together, they must survive sentient forests and creatures unknown, battling an ever-changing landscape while escaping human pursuers who want them dead. With illness gripping the kingdom and war on the horizon, Finley’s is not the only life that hangs in the balance.


ELAYNE AUDREY BECKER is a storyteller with a passion for history, myth, mountains, and magic. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MSc from the University of Aberdeen and has worked as an editor at a New York publisher. Born and raised in Georgia, she grew up with a lake and woods as her backyard, spending long days outside and visiting national parks with her family.

Links
Website: http://www.elaynebecker.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20620845.Elayne_Audrey_Becker
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elayneabecker/
Twitter https://twitter.com/ElayneABecker


Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Elayne Audrey Becker’s debut is full of many layers. On its surface, Forestborn may be about the main characters’ quest to find a cure to the disease that is currently plaguing the country of Telyan, but the story is much more than the aforementioned quest. It is a tale of healing as well as a tale of family and friendship.

In Forestborn, Becker masterfully explores the effect of trauma on one’s psyche. Rora’s character growth was definitely one of my favorite parts of the novel. Although I experienced a different kind of trauma during my childhood, Rora felt like a kindred soul. I, too, have battled with feeling of unworthiness and belonging, so it was interesting to see how Rora overcame her own negative beliefs and learned to accept herself – faults and all.

If you like your fantasy reads to focus heavily on character growth, then you may want to add Forestborn to your TBR. There is also a touch of romance throughout the book, but it is very much a slow-burn romance. Becker’s choice to first create a bond of friendship between Rora and her love interest feels very authentic to Rora’s character arc. Rora’s traumatic past has caused her to have trust issues, so before any romantic relationship can be explored, friendship and trust have to be established first (think enemies-to-friends-to-lovers). I cannot wait to see how the book’s sequel will explore the romantic tension between Rora and her love interest!

Many thanks to the author for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own.


Favorite Quotes

We cannot revive the past any more than we can escape it.

“Fear is just a story waiting to be told. Learn the story and remember every part of it so you can tell me.”

“You’re allowed to be affected by the past, you know. Remembering doesn’t make you weak.”

“You mustn’t rush forward before knowing the whole story. There is danger in acting reactively.”

Violence gets its wings by choice, not by nature, and I am no more monster than they.


Where can I buy Forestborn?

You can buy Forestborn at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: AmazonBarnes & NobleBook DepositoryIndigo, or IndieBound.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Terminal Tours’s blog tour for Forestborn! You can either click here or on the blog tour banner found above to see the other blogs that are participating in the tour.

Have you read Forestborn? What are your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Blog Tour | Untethered by KayLynn Flanders (Journal Spread and 5 Reasons to Read)

I’m so excited to be a part of the Untethered Blog Tour! Please remember to click the tour banner above or the schedule below to access the tour schedule. There are a lot of other amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers who are also a part of the tour.

Title: Untethered
Author: KayLynn Flanders
Publication date: July 20, 2021
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 464

Summary

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes the thrilling sequel to Shielded about a world in a deadly magical war and the newly crowned king and feisty princess who must defeat the deadliest of foes before there’s nothing left to save.

Although King Atháren’s sister, Jennesara, saved Hálendi from the Gray Mage, the reprieve came at a steep price–the life of their father. Now Ren rules over a divided kingdom, with some who want him dead, and a Medallion that warns of worse trouble brewing in the south.

As second born, Princess Chiara is the perfect Turian royal–perfectly invisible. She longs to help restore peace on the Plateau, but with no magic and no fighting skills, she doesn’t stand a chance against a mage. So when a member of the Turian royal family goes missing and Chiara finds a clue about the rumored resting place of the mages’ long-lost artifacts, she decides it’s time to be seen.

As Ren’s and Chiara’s paths cross, they find the depth of the mages’ hold on the Plateau is more powerful than anyone suspected, and that they must learn to trust themselves, and each other, before the mages retrieve their artifacts and become too powerful to ever defeat.


KayLynn Flanders has a degree in English Language and editing, and has been a freelance editor and book designer for over twelve years. Her debut novel, Shielded, was published by Delacorte Press/PRH, with the sequel, Untethered, forthcoming. KayLynn and her family live in Utah between some mountains and a lake, and she is directionally challenged without them. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and volleyball, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip.

Author Links
Website: https://www.kaylynnflanders.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kaylynnflanders
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaylynnflanders/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18515282.KayLynn_Flanders
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaylynnflanders/


I found out that I love doing journal spreads for books! This one was so fun to create, and I hope you love it as much as I do. I created the background of the book with orange and yellow pens, but photoshopped Ren & Chiara so they would fit on the cover.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

5 Reasons to Read Untethered

  1. A new focus on different characters, who have been introduced to us (Ren and Chiara)
  2. A journey like no other
  3. Redemption arc (no spoilers!)
  4. Amazing character growth
  5. An interesting and intricate magic system

Where can I buy Untethered?

You can buy Untethered at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: AmazonBarnes & NobleBook DepositoryIndigo, or IndieBound.

Is there a giveaway?

Yes! Enter below to win one (1) finished copy of Untethered by KayLynn Flanders! Open to US residents only. There will be 1 winner. The giveaway will start on July 19th and end on July 26th!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/fc15a59535/

Be sure to check out the rest of the TBR and Beyond’s blog tour for Untethered! You can either click here or on the blog tour banner found above to see the other blogs that are participating in the tour.

Have you read Untethered? What are your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Review and Q&A with Author | When All the Girls Are Sleeping by Emily Arsenault

Title: When All the Girls Are Sleeping
Author: Emily Arsenault
Publication date: July 13, 2021
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 448

Summary

For fans of People Like Us and The Cheerleaders comes an all new psychological suspense novel about one girl’s investigation into her friend’s sudden death and the unsettling possibility that a killer is still on the loose.

Windham-Farnswood Academy is beautiful, prestigious, historic–the perfect place for girls to prep for college. But every student knows all is not as it seems. Each January, the Winter Girl comes knocking. She’s the spirit who haunts the old senior dorm, and this year is no exception.

For Haley, the timing couldn’t be worse. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of her ex-best friend, Taylor. When a disturbing video of Taylor surfaces, new questions about her death emerge. And it actually looks like Taylor was murdered.

Now, as Haley digs into what really happened last year, her search keeps bringing her back to the Winter Girl. Haley wants to believe ghosts aren’t real, but the clues–and the dark school history she begins to undercover–say otherwise. Now it’s up to her to solve the mystery before history has a chance to repeat itself and another life is taken.


Author Bio & Links (taken from Emily Arsenault’s website)

I haven’t had a terribly interesting life, so I won’t share too many details. But the highlights include:
– When I was a preschooler and a kindergartner, I had a lazy eye and I was Connecticut’s “Miss Prevent Blindness,” appearing on pamphlets and television urging parents to get their kids’ eyes checked. I wore an eye patch and clutched a blonde doll wearing a similar patch. I imagine it was all rather maudlin, but at the time I wouldn’t have known that word.
– I wrote my first novel when I was in fifth grade. It was over a hundred pages and took me the whole school year to write. (It was about five girls at a summer camp. I’d never been to a summer camp, but had always wanted to attend one.) When I was all finished, I turned back to the first page, eager to read it all from the beginning. I was horrified at how bad it was.
– At age thirteen, I got to go to a real sleepaway camp. It was nothing like the book I had written.
– I studied philosophy in college. So did my husband. We met in a Hegel class, which is awfully romantic.
– I worked as an editorial assistant at Merriam-Webster from 1998-2002, and got to help write definitions for their dictionaries.
– My husband and I served in the Peace Corps together, working in rural South Africa. I miss Losasaneng, miss many of the people we met there, and dream about it often.
– I now live in Shelburne Falls, MA, with my husband and daughter. We have an adopted stray cat named Agatha who is very mysterious: we don’t know where she came from, how old she is, or if she actually likes us.

Website: https://emilyarsenault.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilyarsenaultbooks/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2903960.Emily_Arsenault


Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Please note that I received an early review copy from the author. In no way does this affect my review; all opinions are my own!

When Emily Arsenault asked if we would be interested in reviewing her upcoming release, When All the Girls Are Sleeping, I eagerly accepted. As soon I read the book’s premise, I knew that I would not be passing up the chance to read the story early. I am constantly looking for new books that feature ghosts and/or haunted buildings. When All the Girls Are Sleeping has both!

When All the Girls Are Sleeping was a thoroughly enjoyable read! I won’t say too much about the book for fear of spoilers, but I will say that I did not foresee the end twist until about two or three lines before the big reveal. I love when clues to the big reveal are sprinkled throughout a book (after all, hindsight is 20/20!), but at the same time, they are hidden so well that my keen self was not able make the connection until after the fact. It is not often that I find a cleverly written YA book (especially within the mystery genre) in which I am unable to predict the book’s ending.


Q&A

What inspired you to write When All the Girls Are Sleeping?

The college I attended (Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts) had a particular old dormitory that had a lot of ghost lore associated with it. There was a mysterious fourth story room that was always locked, from which students often claimed to hear eerie noises. The dorm also had some stories about a portrait of a woman in white that had once hung in the front sitting room. From these and other stories about that dorm, I created the fictionally haunted Dearborn Hall of When All the Girls are Sleeping. I thought it would be good starting point not only for a creepy, creaky ghost story, but also exploring some psychological themes of girlhood, difficult adolescent relationships, guilt, and memory.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I loved to read when I was a kid. When I was ten, I started writing stories, and by the time I was eleven I was writing a book. I knew from an early age that this was something that I loved, that I could lose myself in. It wasn’t until I was in my early thirties, though, that I wrote a book that I was confident I could pitch to agents and publishers.

Settle the debate: dogs or cats?

I wish I could settle this debate for you, but I am genuinely 50-50 on this. I love both. Sorry to be wishy-washy. 

As a follow-up question: do you have a writing companion?

Yes. A very thoughtful middle-aged gray cat named Bree. She likes sitting on manuscripts fresh out of the printer. She once puked on the manuscript that turned out to be my worst-reviewed book ever. I really should have taken her more seriously at the time. Surely she was trying to tell me something. 

Finally, is there anything you can share with us about your next work?

Recently I had to abandon a manuscript that wasn’t working, so I wish I had more to say about this. But I am now tentatively working on an adult novel that will have some suspense elements and will probably take place partially in the 90s. 


Where can I buy When All the Girls Are Sleeping?

You can buy When All the Girls Are Sleeping at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository, or IndieBound.

Have you read When All the Girls Are Sleeping? What are your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Bookish News You May Have Missed: June 13-July 3

We got a little busy these last couple of weeks. This post will be a round-up of bookish news from June 13 to July 3. The bookish news will be separated out by week so that you can see everything as it was revealed. Please note that some of the following book-related news may seem familiar as it may have already been shared in our stories on Instagram.


Week of June 13-June 19

Book Title and Cover Reveals

Eyes that Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho: Joanna Ho wrote a companion picture book to Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, focused on young Asian boys. She wrote the book originally so her son could have representation in a book, but it morphed into a book that offers representation for all Asian men and boys. Eyes that Speak to the Stars will release in January of 2022. Eyes that Kiss in the Corners was one of Skyler’s favorite books that she’s read this year.

Book of Night by Holly Black: It was announced during TorCon that Holly Black’s adult debut will be called Book of Night. A cover has not been revealed yet, but we do know the book will be released on May 3, 2022. It is currently available for preorder anywhere you may buy books.

Signed and Exclusive Books

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab, anniversary edition: Titan Books will be releasing a white, signed edition of Addie LaRue for the first anniversary. It will join the blue (US Indie Bookstores) and red (B&N) editions that are also releasing. You can preorder from Forbidden Planet or Waterstones.

Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko: FairyLoot revealed the cover of their edition of Redemptor this week! It will match perfectly with their edition of Raybearer as well as include stencil-sprayed edges, exclusive foiling on the hardcover, and two bookplates from the author. It will cost £18.50 + shipping. Those who ordered Raybearer will receive an early access email on August 3rd at 1 p.m. BST. The general sale will be August 5th at 1 p.m. BST.

Bookish Shop News

Afterlight by Illumicrate: Illumicrate announced this week that they would be starting a romance box called Afterlight. The box will include a new release romance paperback (with an author letter and signed bookplates as they can get them) and 3-4 items with a focus on self-care and non-fandom items. It will cost £18 + shipping and VAT, where applicable. The first box ships in August, so keep an eye on their Instagram for more information on the subscription sale. You can sign up for the waitlist in their LinkTree, which will also give you 10% off your first box.


Week of June 20-June 26

Book Title and Cover Reveals

Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer: Kristin Dwyer released the title and cover of her debut novel. Some Mistakes Were Made will released on April 26, 2022, and it is already available for preorder. If you’d like to check out the summary, here is the link to the Goodreads page.

Mr. Wrong Number by Lynn Painter: Lynn Painter revealed the cover for her next novel, Mr. Wrong Number. It will be released on March 22, 2022. The novel is pitched as an enemies-to-lovers trope, so definitely check it out and preorder it wherever you order books. The link to the summary can be found here.

Gallant by Victoria Schwab: Victoria Schwab’s next young adult novel had a cover reveal! The UK cover has not yet been revealed, but the Instagram post linked above shows off the beautiful US cover. It will be released on March 1, 2022. Victoria pitches it as “The story of a girl haunted by ghouls and a garden wall and the thing that waits beyond in this standalone novel in the vein of Crimson Peak + Secret Garden.” To check out the full summary, click here.

Furysong by Rosaria Munda: Rosaria Munda revealed the title of the third book in the Aurelian Cycle (starting with Fireborne). The novel will be released in summer of 2022. There is no exact date nor is there a cover reveal yet. Once we see the cover reveal or exact date, we’ll be sure to update you all!

House of Eclipses by Casey Bond: Casey Bond’s next novel will be called House of Eclipses! It will be released on August 13, 2021. The cover reveal will happen on July 13, 2021 (so keep an eye on Casey’s Instagram or here, as we will post the cover reveal). Here is the summary as there seems to be no Goodreads page:

Capture his heart.

Steal his crown.

Noor is the unwanted, unloved third born of the Aten, chosen vessel of the sun goddess, Sol. While she has no chance at inheriting her father’s title, what she truly longs for is peace from his unrelenting hatred. Hope builds that she may finally be able to claim that reprieve when a missive arrives from the House of the Moon.

The new Lumin, chosen of the moon god, Lumos, seeks to broker peace with the Kingdom of Helios for the first time in ages. He envisions open trade routes and an end to archaic rivalries. His dedication to this cause extends to visions of a union between the two families by marrying one of Aten’s daughters, if one of the matches is a fit.

Driven by his own twisted agenda, Noor’s father is willing to sacrifice his daughters as pawns to steal the crown for him to further his despotic reign, pitting sister against sister in a brutal battle for power. But Noor must come out the victor, either by capturing the Lumin’s heart or stealing his crown. For whomever wears the crown of moonlight, holds the power of the moon itself. With such strength at her command, she could finally defeat her tyrannical father.

Yet this endeavor cannot be accomplished without great sacrifice. As Noor learns more about Lumin Caelum, guilt over her betrayal consumes her, burning hot as the sun itself. If only he wasn’t kind, and selfless, and exactly what she wanted. If only she had greater dominion over her heart…

Can Noor carry out her plan and end her father’s vile reign? Or will unlikely alliances allow a new day to dawn?

-Casey bond, House of Eclipses

A Forgery of Roses by Jessica Olson: Jessica Olson’s next novel got a title reveal! It will be released on March 1, 2022. It is pitched as “a gothic fantasy murder mystery perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Erin A. Craig.” The Goodreads link can be found here. Keep an eye out for a cover reveal and how to receive ARCs.

Signed, Exclusive Books

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco: The Bookish Box revealed that they would be doing a signed, exclusive edition of Kingdom of the Cursed. This edition will feature a dust jacket with reversible art, custom endpapers, a stamp on the hardcover, sprayed edges, and artwork on the inside. It is currently on sale on The Bookish Box’s website. The cost is $37 USD (shipping is free for US buyers).


Week of June 27-July 3

Book Title and Cover Reveals

The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody: The second novel in Amanda Foody’s Wilderlore series will be called The Weeping Tide. The first link will show you the beautiful cover and take you to Amanda Foody’s Instagram page, while the second link will take you to the Goodreads page so you can add it to your TBR and check out the description. It will be released on February 1, 2022.

Beyond the End of the Earth by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: The next novel in Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s The Other Side of the Sky series had a cover and title reveal this past week! To check out the Goodreads page, click here. It will be released on January 18, 2022. You can already preorder the book in the US, but the links for Australia will be up later on.

My Fine Fellow by Jennieke Cohen: The cover was revealed for My Fine Fellow recently! It will be released on January 11, 2022. If you are looking for a signed, special edition, we know Bookish Signs and More will be doing a signed, sprayed edition. Keep an eye on their Instagram for more information.

Crimson Reign by Amélie Wen Zhao: The conclusion to Amélie Wen Zhao’s debut trilogy, Blood Heir, received a cover reveal! Crimson Reign will be released on March 1, 2022. Preorder links are available on Amélie’s Instagram as well as wherever you buy your books.

Bound By Firelight by Dana Swift: The second novel in the Wickery series, Bound By Firelight, had a cover reveal recently! The first novel, Cast In Firelight, was released earlier this year and was one of Rachael’s favorite reads for 2021 so far. Bound By Firelight will be released on January 18, 2022. It is already available to preorder!

Readalongs

Penguin Teen’s readalong of The Beautiful: Penguin Teen started a readalong of The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh on June 28th. They are currently in Week 2 (chapters Des Questions, Des Questions to Words Are Weapons). To see the full schedule, click this link. There will be a readalong for The Damned in August, so keep an eye out for that information.

Book Festivals

YallFest 2021: YallFest will be happening in-person (!!) November 12 and 13 in Charleston, SC. There will be more information in the coming months regarding schedules and authors attending. We will be there, so keep an eye out for posts!

ApollyCon 2022: ApollyCon is returning to Washington, DC for 2022! The dates are July 28-31. There will be more information in the coming months as well as a new website! They will be releasing information on their Instagram.

Signed, Exclusive Books

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber: OwlCrate will be doing a special edition of Stephanie Garber’s next novel, Once Upon a Broken Heart. It will feature an exclusive, white cover as well as a large foil design on the hardcover and will be signed by Stephanie Garber. This edition will cost $19.99 USD plus shipping. An email will go out to all active subscribers and those who bought the Finale box in 2019 on July 8 with the date and time of the sale.

Bookish Shop News

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee: Emboss and Spine will be doing a special edition box of Victoria Lee’s next novel, A Lesson in Vengeance. The copy will be signed and personalized as well as feature indigo sprayed edges. The box will include 3 items from Fiction Bath Co and a candle from Blue Forest Black Moon. There will be several add-ons, so check out the first link to view all the add-ons. This box will cost $60 plus shipping, and rep codes do apply. Sales for the box will close at midnight on July 13 if it has not sold out before then. To purchase, click this link.

Untethered by Kaylynn Flanders: The second novel in the Shielded series will be in a book box! Reading Portal will be doing a special edition box for Untethered. The box will include a hardcover copy of Untethered, a signed bookplate from Kaylynn Flanders, 3 candles, a bookmark inspired by the book, and stickers inspired by the series. The box costs $65 USD with US shipping included. It is currently on sale and can be found on their website.

Book-to-Screen Adaptations

Good Omens Season 2: Amazon Prime Video released that there would be a second season of Good Omens! There is not much information known about season yet. Keep an eye out for more information.


If there is any other bookish news that we forgot, please leave it in the comments! We’ll add the news to our list and credit you.

Blog Tour | The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (Review and Favorite Quotes)

I’m so excited to be a part of The Box in the Woods Blog Tour! Please remember to click the tour banner above or the schedule below to access the tour schedule. There are a lot of other amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers who are also a part of the tour.

Title: The Box in the Woods
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication date: June 15, 2021
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 400

Summary

After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders. But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.


Maureen Johnson is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle (now on Netflix), and several works in the Shadowhunter universe with Cassandra Clare. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

Links
Website: https://maureenjohnsonbooks.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maureenjohnsonbooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maureenjohnson
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maureenjohnsonbooks


My Thoughts

It is hard to find a good YA mystery, so when I learned that there was going to be another Stevie Bell book, a standalone taking place after the original trilogy, I was thrilled. I enjoyed the Truly Devious series, and I was curious about Stevie’s next adventure. Maureen Johnson couldn’t possibly top the Truly Devious case, could she?! Well, I can safely say that she can, and she does. The Box in the Woods may be my favorite book from the entire series! 

I especially love Stevie’s journey in The Box in the Woods. Maureen does an amazing job of handling Stevie’s internal struggle with the horrors of murder. Unlike the Truly Devious case, the town of Barlow Corners is still grieving from the Box in the Woods murders. Family members and friends of the murder victims are still alive and for Stevie, this is a new experience (the Truly Devious murders took place in the 1930s). Stevie has to grapple with the fact that Barlow Corners is still being impacted by the Box in the Woods murders and as such, the case needs to be handled in a delicate manner. 

As to whether Stevie is able to solve the Box in the Woods murders, I won’t say. All I will say is that I did not foresee the book’s big reveal. Unlike the Truly Devious case, I was not able to solve the Box in the Woods case (and I love it when I cannot predict a book’s ending!). Too many times I have predicted a book’s ending (especially in YA mysteries and thrillers), so it was refreshing to read a book where the ending pleasantly surprised me. 

The Box in the Woods will delight both old fans and new fans! Maureen provides enough information that new fans will be able to enjoy Stevie’s latest adventure just as much as the old fans. For those fans being introduced to Stevie Bell for the first time, The Box in the Woods does contain slight spoilers from the Truly Devious series (don’t worry, though, the outcome of the Truly Devious case is not revealed!). For those fans who are returning to Stevie’s world, The Box in the Woods contains many nods to the original trilogy (I especially enjoyed finding the many Easter eggs throughout my reading of the book!). 

Many thanks to Turn the Page Tours and MBC Books for providing the gifted final copy for this review! All opinions are my own. 


Favorite Quotes

Sometimes she felt like she was missing a chip or a gene or something that made all this matter, but it never bothered her much.

This is how she had learned to release some of her anxiety – thoughts may come, but she didn’t have to follow them everywhere they wanted her to go.

“I tried to make something good come out of the horror of it all.”

That’s the thing about speaking – you can talk and talk and have no idea at all what the words leaving your mouth mean, or where they came from.

A murder reveal is worth skipping Netflix for.


Where can I buy The Box in the Woods?

You can buy The Box in the Woods at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: AmazonBarnes & Noble, Book Depository, or IndieBound.

Is there a giveaway?

Yes! Enter below to win one (1) finished copy of The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson! Open to USA only. There will be 1 winner.
Giveaway starts: Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
Giveaway ends: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the Turn the Pages blog tour for The Box in the Woods! You can either click here or on the blog tour banner found above to see the other blogs that are participating in the tour.

Have you read The Box in the Woods? What are your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments below!