A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody – Blog Tour

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Hello everyone! So today I get to be part of the publisher’s blog tour for A Week of Mondays* by Jessica Brody and, for it, I am talking about my best and worst Monday! Before I get into it, though, let me share with you some book details:

A Week of Mondays_Cover ImageA Week of Mondays* by Jessica Brody
Release Date: June 7, 2016

Ellie is having the worst Monday of her life. She messes up her school speech for the class vice presidency position, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball tryouts, and the icing on top of this awful cake: her perfect boyfriend who is in a high school rock band dumps her. At the end of the day, Ellie wishes she could redo everything. When she wakes up the next morning, she discovers that it’s Monday again! She has six more chances to redo the day in the hopes of having everything go exactly the way she wants. But in the process, she just may find out that what she really wants and what she actually needs are two very different things.

LINKS: Amazon* Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

Best Monday:

So my best Monday would include:

  • me finishing the first draft of my Alice in Wonderland retelling and immediately find an agent and publisher to publish my books (it’s a trilogy or a saga. Haven’t decided yet)
  • me selling at least a $100 worth of art in my RedBubble, Society6 and custom design shops.
  • my crush saying he likes/loves me back
  • Fandom of The Month ClubOwl Crate and FUNKO all let me reps for them
  • me getting to 5000 followers on Twitter, Instagram (my username is avdreaderblog btw😉 !) and WordPress each
  • publishers contacting me saying I can read ARCs of whatever book possible
  • I meet JK Rowling and get signed ARCs of the Harry Potter series
  • I win $10000 to spend in Amazon
  • I win another $10000 to spend in the LEGO stores
  • I go watch Hamilton with Lin Manuel Miranda still in it AND the Cursed Child
  • I get to go to an early screening of Fantastic Beasts and Suicide Squad
  • Alan Rickman, Prince, David Bowie, Anton Yelchin and Christina Grimmie and the Orlando victims all make a video together saying they were kidding us and they’re actually alive and immortal

Worst Monday:

  • I lose my job over at Geek Feed
  • all my friends say they actually hate me
  • everyone in my family dies
  • I’m doomed never to be with the one I love
  • I get sued for some random reason

Aaaand that’s it for my part in this really awesome blog tour, but guess what? You can check out the author below, follow her on social media and then check out the tour hosts!

Jessica Brody - High Res_credit Brian BraffABOUT JESSICA BRODY:

Jessica Brody is the author of several popular books for teens, including the Unremembered trilogy, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and The Karma Club, as well as two adult novels. She splits her time between California and Colorado. Find out more at jessicabrody.com.

Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now! Thank you to Mary Van Akin, Macmillan and Jessica for organizing this blog tour and letting me be a part of it!! This was so absolutely fun!! And thank you, you wonderful readers for reading the post!

*This is an affiliate link I have with Amazon:)

All The Feels by Danika Stone – Blog Tour

Hello everyone! So today I get to be part of the blog tour for All The Feels by Danika Stone and, for it, I am doing a review! I’ll try to be as non-spoilery as possible but I make no total promises. Before I get into the review, though, let me share with you some book details:

All The Feels* by Danika Stone
Release Date: June 7, 2016

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

Sounds awesome right? Not sure? Well read my review and see if it helps:

THE FEEEEELSSSSSSSSSSS! Okay so let’s start out saying that I felt this book was really good! It wasn’t *amazing* if we’re combining all the books I’ve read – hey, it’s contemporary without spies and politics which isn’t really my genre to read – but for a genre I don’t usually read, it was sooooooooo gooooooood!!! THERE WERE FANGIRLS AND CONS!!!! THERE’S COSPLAYS AND REAL LIFE PEOPLE AND the best part of it all?? I could see me and my friends in each of the characters!!! Well I saw how I fit into the characters’ personalities and actions but I could ACTUALLY SEE MY FRIENDS PLAYING LIV, XANDER AND MORE!!! I’m not saying, “oh this friend could be this character”. No, I legit imagined my friends as these characters: the characters were my friends and had their faces and vice versa. It was quite possibly the first time that’s ever happened with so many characters and with a contemporary – I say this because we all know who’d play Hermione in the next teen HP movie *points to self* – and it made the book so much more amazing!! AND THE END WAS SO BEYOND CUTE! I LOVED IT SO MUCH! I WANT MORE!!!!

Aaaand that’s it for my part in this awesome blog tour, but guess what? There’s a giveaway for you guys! You can win a HUGE swag pack (Book, t-shirt, pocketwatch, bookmark, journal, etc) – US/CAN only! To enter the Rafflecopter, click here!

Good luck to all in the giveaway! In the meantime, check out the author below and follow her on social media!

ABOUT DANIKA STONE:

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

FullSizeRender-5Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now! Thank you to Danika and SST/Nori for organizing this blog tour and letting me review the book, it was absolutely awesome! And thank you, you wonderful readers for reading the post!

*This is an affiliate link I have with Amazon:)

DISCUSSION: Sexual Assault in YA – 2

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**Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault, Rape, Violence**

Hello peepsies! So yesterday, I talked about sexual assault in YA, specifically my experiences and thoughts on it. Today I have special guest Sophia Elaine Hanson to talk more on the topic and share her thoughts! Let’s begin:

There is a fine line between young adult and new adult fiction, and it is notoriously difficult to walk. When does a love scene become smut? When does a fight scene become too graphic? When are the themes within the pages of a book no longer suitable for preteens and teens? The questions are endless, and they often have little to do with the actual age of the main characters. Today, I want to talk about a specific facet of this ongoing debate, and it is a bit of a dark one: sexual assault.

The first question that comes to mind is this: Is it acceptable to portray sexual assault in young adult books? As an author, teenager, and victim of sexual assault, I would say yes. A rape scene is not the same as a passionate, consensual love scene, which some would argue has no place in a book that might be read by young teens. It is less about sex and more about violence and dominance. More often than not, it is used as a weapon to tear someone down, to make them feel subhuman. There is plenty of graphic violence in the young adult genre, it is not something we shy away from as a culture. Why is it more socially acceptable to describe a decapitation than a rape? I promise, it is far more likely that a woman, or a man for that matter, will be sexually assaulted than have their head chopped off by a sadistic villain in black robes. What are the statistics now? 1/4 women and 1/6 men? Fiction, both for adults and young adults, is meant to serve as a warped mirror of the reality we live in. It may be decorated with magic or futuristic technology, but in the end it is about delving into what makes us human. It is vital that we teach young teens that sexual assault is real, that it happens, and that it is wrong. And what better way to do that than through literature?

Now, that being said, there is a limit to what is appropriate. Most would argue that if the main character is eighteen or older, the book should be labelled new adult rather than young adult. That line is often blurred though, pun intended. For example, the Throne of Glass* series is promoted as a young adult saga, despite the fact that its main character is eighteen at the start of the series and turns nineteen halfway through. My own debut dystopian novel, Vinyl*, follows a main character who is nineteen years old, but features themes commonly associated with the young adult genre. Certain violent, disturbing themes in The Hunger Games* probably belong in the new adult category, but as Katniss is only seventeen it is considered young adult fiction.

But let us put this part of the debate aside for a moment and zero back in on the issue of sexual violence. If a book containing sexual assault is to be categorized as young adult, the scene in question should be described in less graphic detail. Not glossed over, not sugar coated, but just less detailed. The same should be true of pure violence and torture, though that is often not the case. Conversely, if a book is categorized as new adult, an instance of sexual assault could be described in greater detail, though I would argue it is not always necessary. Too often it becomes perverted by too much description, something the wrong reader might interpret as attractive, desirable. Sometimes less is more. Sometimes the seed of the concept, of what you know is happening to the character you have grown to love, is enough.

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DISCUSSION: Sexual Assault in YA – 1

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**Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault, Rape, Violence**

Hello friends and people I may not know yet! Today the discussion will be about sexual assault in YA. The topic came about after a new friend commented on last week’s discussion about Sex In YA via Twitter. I had written a tweet before I posted the discussion….

and she answered it saying….

And thus started the conversation, ending to where we are now. Now this discussion is going to be a little more interesting/different than the others I’ve posted because it is a two part-er (hence the “-1”)! Today I will be discussing sexual assault in YA and then Sophia will discuss it tomorrow with a guest post on here! Y’all ready for this? Let’s go:

Ok so I’m not gonna lie, I’ve maybe read three books that include sexual assault and I can only name one off the top of my head, What We Saw* by Aaron Hartzler . I read WWS last year I believe and ohmygoodness it was soooooo good! It’s inclusion of sexual assault and the really real reactions of everyone knowingly/unknowingly involved was a breath of fresh air and made it one of the best books I’ve ever read. My point is, though, that the fact that I’ve maybe read 3 books involving sexual assault and can name one of those off the top of my head, is horrible! It’s kinda like the Muslim representation thing I talked about a couple weeks ago: representation is needed! There are people out there whose stories and lives have been changed by sexual assault and yet no one talks about them in the right way. Sure, we talk about it all the time over the news – [insert name] faces # months/years in prison for raping [insert second name] at [insert place – but it’s always followed by “but what was she wearing? Was she drinking? Were they friends or lovers? Is he really a rapist?” aka all the horrible, degrading questions that makes sexual survivors feel like nothing…

ASIDE: Before we go farther, I will acknowledge that you probably caught on to my usage of ‘she’ in regards to the survivor. I said that because the news only seems to talk about women survivors as if no other gender is raped. They are and their stories should be talked about…

(back to the post) Hence the need for sexual assault to be written about more! There’s a # going around Twitter today called #OwnYourOwn started by the wonderful Kaye M. that I actually participated in for a bit and urge you to participate in! #OwnYourOwn story! Own your assault and be unafraid to talk about your experience and how that’s changed you and give advice! If you’re scared to talk about it, it’s a good way to dip your foot in the water because anyone following the hashtag is really understanding and will not judge or hate you one bit.

The underlying point of this entire post really – before I continue rambling hahaha – is that sexual assault needs to be written about more because representation matters.

Including sexual assault means you’re educating hundreds of people on a really skewed topic, you’re giving a voice to fellow survivors and opening the discussion.

Just something to think about it and I’d love to know what you think….what do you think both about the post and about sexual assault in YA? Do you like how it’s presented? Should there be more or less? Do you know of any books inclusive of sexual assault? Tell me all your thoughts in the comments below! Also, don’t forget, tomorrow part 2 of this discussion post will be up! Thank you, have a great day/night and tata for now!

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The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Boldly Bookish Blog Tour

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Hello everyone! So today I get to be part of the Boldly Bookish blog tour for The Long Game* by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and, for it, I am doing a review! I’ll try to be as non-spoilery as possible but I make no total promises. Before I get into the review, though, let me share with you some book details:

The Long GameThe Long Game Cover* by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: June 7, 2016

Tess Kendrick, teen fixer extraordinaire, returns in a pulse-pounding thriller about a deadly conspiracy at the heart of Washington.

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can–and cannot–be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover first-hand that power always comes with a price.

Perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Ally Carter, the second book in this thrilling series will leave readers breathless.

LINKS: Amazon* | B&N | Indiebound | The Book Depository

Sounds awesome right? Not sure? Well read my review and see if it helps:

GOODNESS GRACIOUS THIS BOOK. THIS BOOOOOOOOOOK. OHMYGOODNESS. Remember when I read ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas then flailed HARD? SAME THING HAPPENING HERE! Goodness gracious!!! The plot was a stellar A+++ and the characters? EVEN BETTER! Now because I haven’t written a review for The Fixer* yet (aka the first book), I’ll just say here and now that it was amazing too but The Long Game was better! Like TF was AMAZING and TLG was AMAZING-ER! Let me break it down for you:

  • it’s set in Washington DC aka like 30 mins away from my place and it’s the political capital of the entire world. Eventually someone was gonna write a book featuring it and it was gonna be amazing and goodness gracious did The Long Game do it!
  • it’s also set in a high school and we all know I have a weakness for books set in high schools. IDK why but I just do.
  • it’s by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, aka QUEEN OF REALLY GOOD TEEN MYSTERY/POLITICAL BOOKS (not even kidding)(like go read all her other books)(the best ones are the Squad* duology and the Naturals* series)(ok Imma stop now)
  • THE PLOT IS A++++: THERE’S POLITICS, KILLERS, CONSPIRACIES and it’s just all so goooooood!!!!!! (I also have a realllly strong weakness for books like this, can you tell?)
  • THE CHARACTERS ARE SO REAL AND AMAZING AND COMPLEX and the chemistry between them all is interesting and shows the real life-ness of, essentially, having a squad. It’s wonderful.
  • THAT ENDING OMG
  • THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE
  • IF THERE’S NOT MORE I MIGHT JUST DIE
  • as I did with the Squad duology (SERIOUSLY WHY IS THERE NOT MORE IN THAT SERIES?!)

And uh, that’s really it. So no flail-y at all right? I was just so calm! HA! Ya right! In all seriousness you should get The Fixer* and The Long Game* because otherwise, you’re missing out on a realllllly good series. Alsoooooo….there’s a giveaway for you guys!! You can win (1) set of the BOLDLY BOOKISH 2 Tour books (US Only). Books include: Hold Me Like a Breath & Break Me Like A Promise by Tiffany Schmidt, The Fixer & The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes & The Leaving by Tara Altebrando! To enter the Rafflecopter, click here!

Good luck to all in the giveaway! In the meantime, check out the author below, follow her on social media and then check out the tour hosts!

Jennifer Lynn BarnesABOUT JENNIFER LYNN BARNES:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a “practice book” and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.

Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She’ll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Tumblr

And that’s all! Thank you to Hannah from Irish Banana and Jennifer for organizing this blog tour and letting me review the book! And thank you for reading the post! Before you leave though, follow the rest of the tour! Have a great day/night and tata for now!

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