Blog Tour: The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley

Synopsis

It’s easy not to fall in love, right?

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off love until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.

Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet, and funny and care as much about the play’s success as Mel. Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.

A hilarious, heartwarming and empowering read, perfect for fans of Pitch Perfect, Love Simon and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Review

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley was exactly what I needed after a bit of a reading slump.

I’ve only read one other book by the author – Pulp – which I really loved, so when I saw the opportunity to join the Blog Tour for The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre I just had to. Especially, being someone who absolutely adores Theatre, I really couldn’t resist a LGBTQ+ YA RomCom set in the theatre department of a High School.

I’m not going to lie, I really left this one until the last possible minute to read, because due to this pandemic my ADHD and Anxiety have been all over the place. I’ve started so many books in the past couple of months, but I just couldn’t block it down. However, I gave my word that I will be part of the Blog Tour so many weeks ago and one thing that gets me going it’s the fear of disappointing people.

With this in mind, on Sunday night I decided to pick up this book and I’m glad I did because I couldn’t stop reading until I was done!

Not sure if it was the fact that I’ve been missing theatre so much since this cursed pandemic started or that it has the cutest f/f love story, but The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre was the book that I really needed right now. (So, thank you past Ana for saying yes to this blog tour!)

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, plays on theatre superstitions. Any theatre geek knows how you should not wish Good Luck but instead say Break a Leg, and how you should not mention Macbeth in a theatre (unless it’s during the performance of said play). If you disrespect the superstitions, really bad things can happen to those working in the theatre. So everyone, even the non-believers, usually respect the superstitions. Unless your name is Nick the Dick…

What I also loved about the book, was how it was divided like a play, by Acts and then with scene heads as a way to represent a new chapter. The writing was a bit more simple from the one from Pulp, but I think with how theatre techie it is, the simplicity actually made the the story flow so much better.

Melody, our main character, isn’t the instant likeable character, at least not for me. (I wonder if it was due to our difference of opinions when it comes to liking actors and her Musical Theatre preferences! ahah) But, she really grows on you and I love how she knows what she loves and just works hard for it. Maybe a bit too hard, but what teenager doesn’t just go overboard with something they’re passionate about? I sure did!

I think some of the lessons that you can get from Melody’s story is that the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return, and that one can’t just throw away their shot.

This book actually made me shed a few tiers. It could be because I’m emotionally misérable since this pandemic started, but I like to think it was because I actually started to relate to Melody and her love story. It was spot on what I need to read right now, and I’m so happy I had the pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour.

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, is perfect for fans of Leah On the Offbeat and Musical Theatre geeks who also like Pitch Perfect and Glee. Out this Thursday!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a e-ARC of The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre in exchange for my honest review.

Check out the rest of the Blog Tour!

Blog Tour: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Synopsis from Goodreads

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

Review 

I need the sequel like ASAP! Please someone give it to me now!

I really enjoyed reading Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. The first time I heard of Kitsunes and Onis was while watching the TV Show Teen Wolf, and I loved discovering something new.

However, in this own voices YA Fantasy world that Julie Kagawa creates in Shadow of the Fox it goes beyond Kitsunes and Onis it opens as door to creatures, demons and magic from Japanese mythology. A brilliantly intriguing and at times scaring world.

The story is told by the perspective of three very different characters. Suki, Yumeko and Kage Tatsumi, the later two taking most of the chapters than Suki whom shows ever so often. Although I kind of believe that Suki is going to play a big part in the next instalment of the story.

Of all the characters my favourite one is Yumeko. I just want to protect her from the big, bad and scary world. She is an adorable character who is also clever and so adaptable despite being raised by monks. Most importantly she is kind to all. #CinnamonRoll

If we are being honest here, Shadow of the Fox will make a fantastic video game. As its characters go on their quest to find the Dragon Scroll they encounter other villages and dangers, a bit like little side quests until you get to the big finale. The big bad boss! Such a wonderful adventure into mythical places.

This is the first time I have read any of Julie Kagawa’s work and I believe I’m now a fan. Shadow of the Fox is a wonderful YA Fantasy novel and I can’t wait to read what becomes of Yumeko, Kage Tatsumi and Suki.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍.5

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa is available now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories and Nina Douglas for sending me a paperback copy of Shadow of the Fox in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Blitz: The Girl in The Storm (#2 Paradigm Trilogy) by Ceri A. Lowe – Review

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Synopsis by Goodreads

The silhouettes of the watchers stood stark against the glinting metal fence. No one could get in. And no one could get out.

As the storms rage around her, 15-year-old Alice Davenport is trained by the rulers of the new world,Paradigm Industries, to reach the highest levels of command. Life within the Community is supposed to be perfect, with the Barricades keeping the population safe from the toxic wasteland and savage people outside.

Rebellious Alice has never felt easy with Paradigm Industries’ plans for the future. Determined to investigate their secrets, she makes a shocking discovery: disturbing experiments on how to create life itself are taking place in underground laboratories, establishing a new order for society that will impact generations to come…

The First Generation Scouts will rule.

The Second Gen will obey.

And the Lab Made will serve.

Knowing she can’t live in this brutal regime, Alice has nowhere to turn. Until she encounters a boy from beyond the Barricades, who seems to have the answers for a better life. If what he says about the outside world is true, Alice realises it’s up to her to take on the power of Paradigm Industries alone…

In her journey to find freedom, Alice’s courage will be tested to the limit, but she’ll stop at nothing to do what’s right.

Review

The Girl in The Storm is the second book of the Paradigm Trilogy by Ceri A. Lowe. I have read and reviewed the first book The Rising Storm back in April this year and really enjoyed it.

One of the many perks of this trilogy is that we don’t have to wait years for the next instalment. As they are working on getting all three books out in 2018. There is no ‘Oh, has been too long now and can’t remember what happened in the previous book’.

There is a tendency for sequels to not be as good as the first book in the series, I think with The Girl in The Storm we have a sequel that is equally as good as the first instalment of the series, maybe even better? If this is any indication of what is to come our way, the third book is going to be freaking amazing.

Funnily, enough with the first book, I preferred Alice over Carter. However, with The Girl in The Storm Carter really grew on me and actually at times I saw myself screaming at Alice to open her eyes and see the truth right in front of her. She just a bit naive and too trustworthy.

I feel that things get grittier as we get to know more about The Industry and their practices. It’s that point in the story where you and the characters start to figure out that not all is as they have been told.

One of my biggest expectations coming to this book was, if we will finally find out how Alice’s and Carter’s story lines will finally crossover. We do and Oh My! That wasn’t what I originally expect it. All has been set up to make the third instalment some dystopian awesomeness and I can’t wait.

If you want to read some great YA dystopian series that is actually set in the UK and not in the USA this is the series for you.

I can’t wait for the last instalment and the conclusion to this brilliant series, good thing I would only have to wait a few months.

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Girl in The Storm by Ceri A. Lowe is available as an e-book and you can get it now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks Bookouture and Noelle Holten for sending me an e-copy of The Girl in The Storm in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

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Cover Reveal: The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe

I’m so excited about today’s post! As it’s my first cover reveal, and it’s for the first instalment of what looks like an awesome YA Dystopian Trilogy. The first book of The Paradigm Trilogy is called The Rising Storm and is going to be out on the 4th of April.

Now what you all have been looking for…LOOK AT THE GORGEOUS COVER! 😱 💜

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ABOUT THE BOOK

An addictive and gripping dystopian series, perfect for fans of The Girl Who Dared to ThinkThe Hunger Games and The Gender Game.

What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of London by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.

Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

Decades later15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known…

As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question…

Would you dare to risk it all for the perfect world?

CLPABOUT THE AUTHOR

When Ceri isn’t writing, she’s a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, renovating houses, travelling and her dog, Pablo.

In the last few years she’s won the Exeter Short Story Award, Global Short Stories annual prize, the Flash 500 Award, the Story Star Publishing Prize and the Writers’ Forum Short Story competition.

 


 

I don’t know about you, but I can’t way to read it! I love YA Dystopian Fiction and this one looks like is going to be A-mazing. The best part is that you may not need to wait long in between books, because Bookouture’s goal is to have all three books out by the end of 2018! #SayWhat

Hope you enjoyed the cover as much as I did and if this sounds like your type of book, you can pre-order it now on Amazon(affiliated link).

Thanks Bookouture for letting me be one of the bloggers to reveal this gorgeous cover.

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday – Hidden Gems in Your Favourite Genre

Once again apologies for not posting this on a Wednesday. Has been really hard to catch up on my blog posts with no laptop.

This week’s topic is about Hidden Gems in your favourite Genre. However, I don’t really have a favourite genre. Its YA considered a genre? Because those are my favourite types of books.

So I guess I’m gonna let you know about my Top 5 YA hidden gems.

Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman

Goodreads Synopsis: Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Goodreads Synopsis: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

A Cidade dos Deuses Selvagens (City of the Beasts) Series by Isabel Allende

Goodreads Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . .

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls) Series by C.C. Hunter

Goodreads Synopsis: One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Goodreads Synopsis: Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

I realise now that all of them have a touch of fantasy. So maybe YA Fantasy is my favourite genre.

Of this top 5 my absolute favourite book is actually The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I adore that book and forever annoyed at Peter Jackson for ruining it with his film.

Have you read any of the books in this list? What’s your favourite genre?

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Review: Wildest Dreams Into the Jungle Subscription Box

img_8836Wow! Wow!

You know when you love something so much that you are lost for words? That’s how I feel about this amazing book box. Two months in and I’m so happy that I have subscribed.

On my last post, about the December box, I’ve explained a bit how I came to subscribe to this brilliant book box (and how much I loved it!).

Well, this time I spare you all the details but you can always check my previous post here.

The theme for January box was Into the Jungle and I was able to guess pretty early on what the book was, as there wasn’t many dinosaur books coming out. Which is a shame!

But as you know this box not only comes with a recent YA book but also with a bookish bath/body product and tea.

The Into The Jungle Box included:

The Extinction Trials by SM Wilson

Signed bookplate and Letter from the author

A Tea-Rex room spray by Geeky Clean

Dino DNA – Toffee Apple Tea by Rosie Lea Tea

Two chocolate coins

A discount code for Taken Moons candles shop

 

The Extinction Trials by SM Wilson was definitely a book I was going to purchase myself, as I freaking love dinosaurs! I think anyone that grew up in the 90s just has that dinosaur gene built in them. #LifeFindsAWay

I recently tried the tea and is really good. It’s quite strong, even with just a teaspoon so I think I can put less in the infuser, which means will last longer. Also the packaging for the Dino DNA tea is just amazing!

Now the Tea-Rex room spray is brilliant! It smells so good and really helps the bed and the room smell fresh. Also is such a big bottle!

The box also comes with a sticky book plate signed by the author which then I put it on the inside of the book. So now is a signed copy. Also the letter from the author is such a nice little touch.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, we then get some chocolate coins and a discount code for Taken Moons candles! If you haven’t checked this new candle business you should. Even though I haven’t smelled any, I know they’re good! Can’t wait to use my discount code to get one when the shop opens later on today.

Overall, I’m supper happy with Wildest Dreams Book Box once again. Also my February box gonna be extra special as my boyfriend is paying for it as an anniversary present.

If you haven’t subscribed already there is still some very limited boxes available so go get one now.

Life finds a way,

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

The Unknown Truth by Annette Labelle – Book REVIEW

unknowntruthAnnette Labelle’s debut novel ‘The Unknown Truth’ has everything you would expect from a paranormal mystery young adult story. Misunderstood teenager, unexpected love and…ghosts.

Tina is a normal teenage girl like any other; she is studying for exams, wondering about prom and if her friend Jack will ask her to be his date. However, her life has an unexpected twist when an evil spirit starts haunting their house, taking a particular interest in her. Unable to get her parents to see what’s happening, Tina knows that for the sake of her family she needs to stop it all, before things get really out of hand.

The eeriness and suspense grabs you straight from the beginning, making this book a real page turner. Labelle beautifully captures the life of a well adjusted teenager and adds a chilling paranormal twist, turning Tina’s life completely upside down. Relationships are tested, trust is broken and Tina has to find strength in herself to overcome it all as she is the key to save her family.

If like me, you have a taste for paranormal young adult stories (even though you’re way pass the young adult status!) make sure to give this one a read. I promise you won’t regret it, even though you will sleep with the lights on for a week.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Disclosure: Received free copy of the book for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx