BLOG TOUR: Half in Love With Death by Emily Ross

Half in Love With Death Book Cover Half in Love With Death
Emily Ross
Young Adult, Mystery
Merit Press
December 18, 2015

It's the era of peace and love in the 1960s, but nothing is peaceful in Caroline's life. Since her beautiful older sister disappeared, fifteen-year-old Caroline might as well have disappeared too. She's invisible to her parents, who can't stop blaming each other. The police keep following up on leads even Caroline knows are foolish. The only one who seems to care about her is Tony, her sister's older boyfriend, who soothes Caroline's desperate heart every time he turns his magical blue eyes on her.

 

Tony is convinced that the answer to Jess's disappearance is in California, the land of endless summer, among the runaways and flower children. Come with me, Tony says to Caroline, and we'll find her together. Tony is so loving, and all he cares about is bringing Jess home. And so Caroline follows, and closes a door behind her that may never open again.

 

Inspired by the disturbing case of Charles Schmid, ‘the Pied Piper of Tucson’, Half in Love with Death is a heartfelt thriller that never lets up.

 

 

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Recommended Post WWII Books and Movies (Blog Tour Guest Post)

Jesusita Book Cover Jesusita
Ronald Ruiz
Post WWII Fiction

Jesusita is the story of immigrants—legal and illegal—trying to survive in California in the years after World War II. Jesusita, alone and impoverished, struggles to keep her four young children together. Though she finds support from Padre Montes at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, her faith won’t solve her problems, especially those with her daughter, Paulina. Far from home, Filipino laborers are denied by law any contact with white women. Angie, the young daughter of an illiterate and unmarried mother, knows only one way to make money. And Felix, abandoned by his mother and separated from his only brother, is placed in a foster home on an isolated ranch. The interrelated lives of these people provide a complex, sometimes violent, and often tragic image of American poverty within the nation’s postwar boom.


Welcome to my stop for the Jesusita blog tour! Today, Ronal Ruiz is going to recommend us some post WWII books and movies. I’m addicted to WWII books and movies but only read/watched a few of post WWII so this came in handy! Read more

3 Reasons Why You Need to Read The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett (Blog Tour Review + Giveaway)

The Anatomical Shape of A Heart Book Cover The Anatomical Shape of A Heart
Jenn Bennett
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Feiwel & Friends
November 3, 2015
eARC
NetGalley

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

 

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

Hogwarts School of Bookcraft and Bloggery

Hogwarts School of Bookcraft and Bloggery

Welcome, fellow wizards, to the Hogwarts School of Bookcraft and Bloggery!

Hogwarts Express

Yup, you heard that right. The faculty of Hogwarts (AKA RED TEAM of the BOOK BLOGGER CREATIVITY PROJECT) is hosting classes for aspiring wizards, muggles, and bloggers! We have a dedicated team of professionals ready to discuss an array of topics regarding books and blogging. Be on the lookout for tutorials, recommendations, and more in these classes.

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My Autumn Goals

Autumn Goals

“Angel why are you posting an ‘Autumn Goals’ post when the Philippines doesn’t have autumn?” I do what I want okay? Lol. But seriously even though I haven’t experienced Fall yet it is my favorite season and I can’t wait to experience Fall on my birthday someday! But I just named it Autumn Goals at the last minute because I think it is too late to post October Goals post since we’re halfway through it already. So these are the things I want to accomplish by October, November and December! Read more

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay | Baby Alligators, Hurricane and Best Friends Stealing Each Other’s Cars

An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes Book Cover An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes
Randy Ribay
Young Adult, Contemporary
Merit Press
October 16, 2015
ARC
Pinoy Book Tours

As their senior year approaches, four diverse friends joined by their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game struggle to figure out real life. Archie's trying to cope with the lingering effects of his parents' divorce, Mari's considering an opportunity to contact her biological mother, Dante's working up the courage to come out to his friends, and Sam's clinging to a failing relationship. The four eventually embark on a cross-country road trip in an attempt to solve--or to avoid--their problems.

Told in the narrative style of Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMAN, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES is at turns geeky, funny, and lyrical as it tells a story about that time in life when friends need each other to become more than just people that hang out.

 

 

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BLOG TOUR: Future Perfect by Jen Larsen (Giveaway)

Future Perfect Book Cover Future Perfect
Jen Larsen
Young Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, High School
HarperTeen
October 6, 2015

Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.

 

Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is.

But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.

 

As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?

 

Through her indecisions and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.

BLOG TOUR: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup (Playlist + Giveaway)

This Ordinary Life Book Cover This Ordinary Life
Jennifer Walkup
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Luminis Books, Inc.
October 1, 2015

Sometimes Hope is the Most Extraordinary Gift of All.

High-school radio host Jasmine Torres's life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health--not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.