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Blog Tour: She Loves You [My Favorite Beatle]

Posted June 19, 2018 by Stephanie in #PRHPartner, Blog Tour, Listicle, Spotlight / 1 Comment

Blog Tour: She Loves You [My Favorite Beatle]

Blog Tour: She Loves You [My Favorite Beatle]She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by Ann Hood
Published by Penguin Workshop on June 26th 2018
Genres: Middle Grade, Historical, Children's
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Best-selling author Ann Hood tells the story of a girl swept up in the heart of 1960s Beatlemania. Written in her signature prose, Hood weaves a tale of four misfit friends who set off to see the Beatles' final world tour, each harboring a secret hope. What emerges is a sincere and funny story of growing up, making unexpected connections, and following your dreams even as the world in front of you--and the world at large--is changing too fast.

The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members--the least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.

Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing their final world tour in Boston at the end of the summer--and meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead.

My Favorite Beatle

There’s no doubt about it, I love The Beatles. I have ever since I was little. My parents grew up in the era of The Beatles and they passed down their love of the music to me. I’d say my top 3 Beatles songs would have to be: Here Comes The Sun, Hey Jude, and Blackbird. Which brings me to who my favorite Beatle is… George Harrison. Most people would automatically say John Lennon or Paul McCartney and while I love them.. George is my favorite. I think he became my favorite after I found out that he wrote Here Comes The Sun. And that song got me through some tough times. I suffered with depression during high school and for some reason Here Comes the Sun helped me out so much.

And then a few months after I turned 18, my dad died. He was suffering with his own demons and took his own life. And I went through some tough battles of dealing with the grief and again Here Comes the Sun shone a light in my life when it was at it’s darkest. And every time I hear Here Comes the Sun, I can’t help but think happy things and how even in your darkest moment there is a sun shining somewhere in your life. And I can’t be more grateful to have that song in my life and it’s all thanks to my boy George.

Here Comes The Sun

…for your listening pleasure <3

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters MostThe Obituary WriterSomewhere Off the Coast of MaineThe Red Thread, and The Knitting Circle, as well as the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and chosen as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She has won two Pushcart Prizes as well as a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, two Best American Food Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing award. A regular contributor to the New York Times, Hood’s short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including PloughsharesTin HouseTravelerBon AppetitOMoreThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe Paris Review, and others. She is the editor of the anthologies Knitting Yarns: Writers Writing About KnittingKnitting Pearls: More Writers Writing About Knitting, and Providence Noir. Hood is also the author of books for children, including the middle-grade novel, How I Saved My Father (And Ruined Everything Else), and the ten-book Treasure Chest series for young readers. Her new memoir, Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, will be published in August. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City, and is married to the writer Michael Ruhlman.

Tour Schedule

June 18 – BookHounds YA – Favorite Beatle and why

June 19 – In Wonderland – Favorite Beatle

June 20 – It’s Just About Write – Author Guest Post: If it starts with the Beatles, what makes boy bands and the stories they inspire still so popular today all these decades later?

June 21 – Dotters Daughters Picks – Author Q&A

June 25 – Ms. Yingling Reads – Review

June 26 – Sweet Things – Review + Creative

June 27 – Book Nerds Across America – Favorite Boy Band

Let’s talk about it!

Stephanie
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Blog Tour: Lifeblood [Review & Giveaway]

Posted March 7, 2017 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 4 Comments

Blog Tour: Lifeblood [Review & Giveaway]Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
Series: Everlife #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: ARC, eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.
With her last living breath, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.
Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her futureand the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?
But Ten's competition is Killian, the boy she can't forgetthe one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she's never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Loveor victory. "

My Thoughts

So, this series is my first foray with Gena Showalter and I am not disappointed. I was a little worried because I really enjoyed Firstlife a lot and was nervous that book 2 would have the dreaded second book slump, but it didn’t! It kept me hooked all the way until the end and I really cannot wait until the last book in this series. I also cannot wait until I dive into more of Gena’s books because I had a great time reading her writing!

I love the world and the characters that Gena immersed me in and there was a lot of growth within this sequel. And it is also pretty roller coastery, but I personally love it when a book makes you feel like you’re on a roller coaster. And I love that her writing/storytelling keeps you on your toes!

I highly recommend this series and do not fear, this book definitely lives up to the first one and I’m sure Gena will blow us away with the final book!

About the Author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Intertwined Novels, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Everlife Novels, among numerous novels for an adult audience as well. Her stories have been praised as “unputdownable.” Gena lives in Oklahoma with her family and a menagerie of dogs. Follow her on twitter @genashowalter and visit her website at genashowalter.com.

Author Links: Website || Twitter || Goodreads

Giveaway

2 signed sets of FIRSTLIFE & LIFEBLOOD (US Only!)
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Tour Schedule

Week 1:

3/6: Brittany’s Book Rambles – Q&A

3/7: In Wonderland – Review

3/8: Reading Is Better With Cupcakes – Guest Post

3/9: Take Me Away To A Great Read – Review

3/10: Swoony Boys Podcast – Character Interview

Week 2:

3/13: Two Chicks On Books – Guest Post

3/14: Books Are Love – Review

3/15: Resch Reads and Reviews – Makeup Board

3/16: Here’s to Happy Endings – Review

3/17: Lisa Loves Literature – Heaven vs. Hell

Week 3:

3/20: Quite the Novel Idea – Review

3/21: The Irish Banana Review – Fast 5

3/22: Mundie Moms – Review

3/23: Megnificent Boks – Top 10

3/24: Owl Always Be Reading – Review

Let’s Talk About It

Have you read this series? Or do you want to? Are you in love with the covers as much as I am?

four-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Stephanie
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Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Posted October 24, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 2 Comments

At this point, I would read Jay Kristoff’s grocery list. This is my top book release of 2016, and sitting pretty on my all time favorite’s shelves. I own the ARC, the Us edition, and the UK. I guess you could say I’m obsessed. If you’re looking for something that’s blood bath meets Harry Potter, […]

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Wink Poppy Midnight [Review]

Wink Poppy Midnight [Review]

Posted August 28, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

My Thoughts Okay this is one book that is going to be super hard to review. Not because it’s confusing. But because I don’t want to give anything away. This is a story told in 3 perspectives. Wink, is a weird redheaded girl, who comes from a strange family. Poppy, a gorgeous blonde who is […]

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