Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews Blog Tour-(ARC Review)


Hello! Thank you to TBR and Beyond Book Tours and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book for the blog tour.

About the book

Genre: Middle-Grade Graphic Novel
Publishing date: November 8, 2022

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Synopsis:

Actor-author-athlete Terry Crews digs into his childhood in Flint, Michigan, to tell a story of fitting in and finding your place in his showstopping debut middle-grade graphic novel, the start of a series.

Terry’s Crew is a true delight from beginning to end. It’s sure to provide a much-needed mirror and sliding glass door for countless kids.” —Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give

“A delightful, powerful, readable retelling of Terry Crews’s adolescence. Readers young and old will be captivated.”
—Sharon M. Draper, author of Out of My Mind

“A must-read for all those kids who allow themselves to dream in a variety of big ways. Bravo!” —Pablo Cartaya, author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Young Terry Crews has a Big Dream Plan: He wants to become a MULTIHYPHENATE. That means he wants to be an artist. And a football player. And a musician. And maybe a NASA scientist, too! OK, maybe it’s ambitious, but his parents worked hard so he could go to a new school—Rock City Academy, a prestigious institution (read: rich kids go there) where he’s sure he can make his mark at the talent show. He plans an elaborate performance with his new friends, Rani, a passionate engineer, and Xander, a shy kid with a head like an encyclopedia.

Along the way, Terry’s plan is threatened by his grades, which slip below Mom-and-Dad-approved levels, as well as the schemes of the school’s football star, Rick, who won’t stop until Terry quits the talent show altogether. No matter what challenges he faces, though, Terry knows that he always has his crew to back him up. 

Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews review

Rating: 3 stars

Characters

Even in a Graphic Novel, I still need compelling characters to enjoy a book. Terry’s Crew featured Terry and his friends, and all of them were amazing. I loved how well fleshed out each character was, even though they were people that Terry grew up with and went to school with. One of my favorite things about the book was how Terry, Rani, and Xander came together for the talent show. Each character in this book went on a journey, even Rick, and I was so excited to see how much they grew at the end of the novel. 

Plot

One of my favorite parts of this novel was the story. The primary focus is Terry starting a new school, the times he has there, and how it can help him when he grows older. As someone who used to do talent shows in school as well, I related to the talent show section the most, and this was my favorite story element. My other favorite element was Terry finding out who his loyal friends were at his new school. 

Writing  and Art

Terry’s crew is told with heart, and you can tell how much passion Terry has for the story being told. Sure, it’s mostly inspired by his life, and what happened in his childhood, but it’s told in an interesting way from other books in the genre. Art is very important to a graphic novel, and the art in this book is fantastic. I love how the art worked with the story and enhanced the story. Art Style comes into play when looking at the art of a graphic novel, and the style of art used is one that works well for the story being told. 

Friendship

This book doesn’t have romance, but the novel has a lovely friendship. Terry and Rani meet when Rani is showing Terry his school when he is a new student. Xander meets them a little later in the story, but he’s a welcome member of the trio. Terry, Rani, And Xander support each other when needed, and they also help each other through the heavier topics discussed in the story. Rick is one that starts off as a bully, and he wants Terry to join him in his act for the talent show. By the end of the novel, even Rick is a character that you want to root for. 

Recommend for/ Enjoyment 

This was an enjoyable read for me, as someone who is trying to read more Middle-Grade Books and is also trying to get into graphic novels more. The story is fun, however, there are also some lessons in the novel that readers young and adults can grow from. I recommend this for people that enjoy the genre, and those that are looking for a fun memoir, 

About the Author

Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968) is an American actor and former American football player. He is best known for playing Julius on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, Sergeant Terry Jeffords on the NBC comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and for his appearances in Old Spice commercials, as well as films such as Friday After NextIdiocracy, and The Expendables series. He is a host of America’s Got Talent.

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November 7th
Thought Scribbler’s Blog – Review, Favorite Quotes
Twirling Book Princess – Promotional Post
The Momma Spot – Review

November 8th
The Irresponsible Reader – Review
TheGeekishBrunette – Promotional Post
Jen Jen Reviews – Review

November 9th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Gina Rae Mitchell – Review

November 10th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Kait Plus Books – Promotional Post
Paiges of Novels – Review

November 11th
Lemmi Bookmark That! – Top 5 Reason’s to Read Terry’s Crew
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

November 12th
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
Paws.Read.Repeat – Review
Whispering Stories – Review

November 13th
The Nutty Bookworm Reads Alot – Review
Sheaf and Ink – Promotional Post
Eye-Rolling Demigod’s Book Blog – Review

November 7th
jl_books – Promotional Post
wild.legends – Review, Favorite Quotes
lunatonks_777 – Blogger’s Choice
BookDragonsTBR – Blogger’s Choice

November 8th
allielovestoread – Review, Favorite Quotes
thegeekishbrunette – Blogger’s Choice
jenjenreviews – Blogger’s Choice

November 9th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
justa.gal.andherbooks– Review
kathreadsya– Review

November 10th
jacleomik33 – Review
booksrn_rashi – Review
paiges_of_novels – Blogger’s Choice

November 11th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
mellasmusings – Favorite Quotes
lemmibookmarkthat – Blogger’s Choice

November 12th
hodophile_z – Review
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
paws.read.repeat – Blogger’s Choice

November 13th
nissa_the.bookworm – Review
daniereads87 – Promotional Post
sheafandink – Blogger’s Choice
eyerollingdemigod – Blogger’s Choice

Other Ever Afters by Melaine Gillman Blog Tour-Review & Favorite Quotes

Hello and welcome to my stop on the TBR & Beyond blog tour for Other Ever Afters by Melanie Gillman. Thank you to TBR & Beyond and Random House for an E-ARC of the book. Having a free copy of the book does not affect my opinions or my review.

About the Book


Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel
Publishing date: September 20th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Rep: Multiple Queer Representation

Synopsis

Once upon a time . . . happily ever after turned out differently than expected. In this new, feminist, queer fairy-tale collection, you’ll find the princesses, mermaids, knights, barmaids, children, and wise old women who have been forced to sit on the sidelines in classic stories taking center stage. A gorgeous all-new collection in graphic novel format from a Stonewall Honor-winning author and artist.

What if the giant who abducted you was actually thoughtful and kind? What if you didn’t want to marry your handsome, popular, but cold-inside suitor? What if your one true love has all the responsibilities that come with running a kingdom?

Award-winning author Melanie Gillman’s phenomenal colored-pencil art creates another “ever after” for the characters who are most worthy of it.



Favorite Quotes

“I’ve Been Sick for a long time. The Flowers help me feel a little better.”- The King’s Forest

Some things are worth a little risk.”- The King’s Forest

“Goose Girl. Through your station is low and your family poor, I have watched you sell your geese at the market, and your beauty has bewitched me.” -Goose Girl

“Only complete my happiness, and I swear I will complete yours.” -Goose Girl

“And I’m afraid, no love in a wife who would ask her beloved to live in such a way.”- Goose Girl

“When you laugh it will ring so beautifully,  he will have no choice but to look.”-Hesthete

“I have one gift left. Take my candle. Use it to light your way home and trust me.” -Hesthete

“If I am lucky, I may live to do so many, many times more.” Hesthete




Review

Rating -5 stars

Characters

Even when I read graphic novels or comics, I love when stories have interesting characters. All the characters in Other Ever Afters were amazing, and they each had their own backstory and personalities. In the same story, a character would go from fun and light-hearted to heavy, and this shows Melaine Gillman’s style, and how they can bring the reader into the stories through their characters. 

Stories 

Other Ever Afters was a collection of stories featuring LGBTQ+ characters, and I enjoyed all of them. I had three favorites, which were: The King’s Forest, Goose Girl, and Hesthete. The King’s Forest was a cute story about two girls and the flower that brought them together. I love flowers, and forest vibes, so this story spoke to me on a personal level. Goose Girl followed a princess who wanted to marry a peasant girl, and the story talked about class dividers. As a fan of mythology, Hesthehe was my favorite in this collection. T could feel the main character’s anxiety and Hesthehe’s love for the bride was so sweet, and I loved them as a couple. 

Art

The art style is something I love seeing in Graphic Novels, and the art style Melanie Gillman uses in Other Ever Afters is adorable, and so sweet. I love the use of light and dark colors in all the panels. A graphic novel relies on the art style to tell the story and Other Ever Afters works in tandem with the writing to tell the story. 

Romance 

Other Ever Afters was filled with sweet romances with LGBTQ+ characters a the helm. I love seeing queer characters in stories, and the romances found in these stories were so interesting. 

Recommended for/ Enjoyment 

I enjoyed Other Ever Afters so much! Other Ever Afters would be recommended for fans of Graphic Novels, especially with LGTBQ+ characters. 

About the Auhtor

Melanie Gillman is the cartoonist behind this story.  They hold an MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, and currently live in Columbus, OH.  Melanie is also the author of Stage Dreams, a lesbian western graphic novel, available from Lerner/Graphic Universe.  They are represented by Jen Linnan, of Linnan Literary Management.

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September 19th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Never Hollowed By The Stare – Promotional Post
Paiges of Novels – Review & Favorite Quotes

September 20th
Twirling Book Princess – Top 5 Reasons to Read Other Ever Afters
Jenerally Reading – Review

September 21st
Kappa Reads Books – Top 5 Reasons to Read Other Ever Afters
Midsummer Night’s Read – Review
Forever In A Story – Review & Mood Board

September 22nd
Melancholic Blithe – Interview
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

September 23rd
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Reading Stewardess – Review
Library of Becca – Review & Mood Board

September 24th
Althea Is Reading – Review
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post

September 25th
Nine Bookish Lives – Interview
Thought Scribbler’s Blog – Review & Favorite Quotes
The Nutty Bookworm Reads Alot – Review

September 19th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
kaitplusbooks – Blogger’s Choice
paiges_of_novels – Blogger’s Choice

September 20th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post

September 21st
booking.with.janelle – Review
foreverinastory – Blogger’s Choice

September 22nd
libraryofretellingsandstars – Review
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

September 23rd
books_and_dice – Review & Favorite Quotes
library.of.becca – Blogger’s Choice

September 24th
luna_reads_ – Journal Spread

September 25th
mulberryreads – Review
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
lunatonks_777 – Blogger’s Choice

Bad At Love by Gabriela Martins – 15 Reactions while reading Bad At Love

Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: August 2, 2022

Synopsis:

Ever since Daniel moved to L.A. from Brazil to join the band Mischief & Mayhem, he’s become the tabloids’ bad boy. Paparazzi follow him and girls swoon over him . . . except for Sasha, who hates bad boys. When a chance encounter brings them together, Sasha sees an opportunity to get close to Daniel and write a story that will make a name for herself at the celebrity gossip magazine where she interns. But Daniel is surprisingly sweet and extremely cute—could she be falling for him?

The truth is: Daniel is hiding something. When Sasha discovers his secret, will she follow her heart or deliver the hottest story of the summer? 

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57750153-bad-at-love

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593483448/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bad-at-love-gabriela-martins/1140482259

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Bad-at-Love-Gabriela-Martins/9780593483442

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/bad-at-love/9780593483442-item.html

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593483442

15 Reactions While reading Bad At Love by Gabriela Martins

 1- I love how Daniel invited Sasha over for a pool party on their date. 

2-Daniel and Sasha starting to have feelings for each other was so sweet. 

3-Daniel texting Sasha to go out, and Sasha saying she needs to look irresistible is so sweet.  

4- Sasha showing Daniel where the creatives in LA go is so sweet, and the two of them, are so sweet. 

5-How the bandmates support each other is so sweet,  and I love it. 

6-I’m not the biggest fan of Lloyd asking where Sasha’s loyalties lie. 

7- I love how Sasha and Daniel are talking and trying to establish their relationship. Also,  Daniel calling Sasha his first girlfriend is fantastic. 

8- While I don’t think that it should have been revealed before they were made publicly official,  I also know how the music industry works, and I think the revelation was interesting. 

9-I hope Sasha doesn’t find out about the bet the band made at the beginning of the summer. On the other hand, I hope that Daniel tells her so that everything is clear between the two of them.  

10- Daniel kissing Sasha was so sweet, and him with her after was such a sweet moment.  I loved seeing this interaction because it’s conversations like this that opens the door for LGBTQ+ people to be honest with their partners.  

11-We don’t hear much about Daniel’s family over the course of this story. It hit hard when Daniel’s dad called about his mother, and I felt bad for him and Helena. 

12-The scene with Sasha trying to find the band at the club is so sweet because she is trying to save the other girl from being hurt by Daniel. 

13-I’m glad that Sasha and Daniel cleared the air, but I still think they ended things badly. 

14-The concert scene with Sasha singing to Daniel was so sweet. 

15- The end of this was so sweet, and I just loved it!!!

About the Author:

GABRIELA MARTINS is a Brazilian kidlit author and linguist. Her stories feature Brazilian characters finding themselves and love. She was a high school teacher and has also worked as a TED Ed-Club facilitator, where she helped teens develop their own talks in TED format. She edited and self-published a pro-bono LGBTQ+ anthology (KEEP FAITH) with all funds going to queer people in need. When she’s not writing, she can be found cuddling with her two cats, or singing loudly and off-key. LIKE A LOVE SONG was her YA romance debut, and BAD AT LOVE (Underlined/PRH) is her sophomore novel, coming out in summer 2022. She’s also one of the contributors for the Algonquin Latinx Horror anthology OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.gabrielawrites.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gabhimartins

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabhi/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16984372.Gabriela_Martins

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September 5th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Kait Plus Books – Promotional Post
Melancholic Blithe – Mood Board

September 6th
Jen Jen Reviews – Review
Books With Michellee – Review, Top 5 Reasons to Read Bad at Love, & Mood Board
The Candid Cover – Review & Favorite Quotes

September 7th
The Book View – Review
Brinns Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Daydreaming Book Lover – Top 5 Reasons to Read Bad at Love & Favorite Quotes

September 8th
Bibliophile On Loose – Review
Pages & Plots – Review
Paiges of Novels – 15 Reactions While Reading Bad at Love, Promotional Post

September 9th
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
Book Corner – Review & Playlist
Ms. G in the Library – Top 5 Reasons to Read Bad at Love
paperbacktomes – Review

September 10th
bookloversbookreviews – Promotional Post
Whispering Stories – Review
And On She Reads – Review
Popthebutterfly Reads – Review

September 11th
Stuck in Fiction – Review
The Clever Reader – Review
Midsummer Night’s Read – Review

September 5th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
booking.with.janelle – Review & Playlist
lifewithprinceman – Review

September 6th
iya.reads – Review & Favorite Quotes
bookswithmichelle – Blogger’s Choice

September 7th
readbytsar – Top 5 Reasons to Read Bad at Love & Playlist
brinnsbooks – Blogger’s Choice

September 8th
gryffindorbookishnerd – Review
mostlyreadthings – Promotional Post
paiges_of_books – Blogger’s Choice

September 9th
delightful.reading – Blogger’s Choice
paperbacktomes – Blogger’s Choice
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice

September 10th
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice
melaniereadsbooks – Review
bookloversbookreview -Blogger’s Choice

September 11th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
laurensbookvibes – Review
thefullybookedreviews – Review

It’s All In How You Fall by Sarah Henning

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for It’s All In How You Fall by Sarah Henning. Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours and Net Galley for the ARC.

About the Book & Links

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Publishing date: May 31st, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Synopsis:

A contemporary young adult romance about moving on, finding your place, and recovering after life falls apart.

Gymnast Caroline Kepler has three state balance beam titles, a new trick even most elites can’t do, and chronic, undeniable back pain. While she might never be an Olympian, she has dreams of leveling up to elite, making Nationals, and competing in college. But when one epic face-plant changes all that and Caroline’s back pain goes from chronic to career-ending, her dreams are shattered and her life is flipped upside down.

Enter Alex Zavala, a three-sport athlete who’s both incredibly cute and incredibly off-limits. He offers to give Caroline a crash course in all the sports she’s missed, and she has an offer for him in return: For every sport Alex teaches her, she’ll play matchmaker for him. Deal done, Caroline “dates” new sports with Alex for the rest of the summer, which is loads more fun than wallowing in despair. Just as Caroline starts to see herself as more than her past athletic successes, she picks up something she didn’t bargain for: a big fat crush on Alex. Turns out life was way easier when it was just layout-fulls and beam burns….

Review

Rating -4 stars

Characters

Characters are one of the main reasons I read books, and It’s All In How You Fall was no different. I loved the characters because they were passionate, and they went after what they wanted. Caroline and Alex, the main characters in the novel, were so sweet, and they both really cared for each other. The supporting cast in the story was also a lot of fun to read about, and they added fun elements to the story. 

Plot

I’m not much of a sports person, but the story of It’s All In How You Fall was a lot of fun. I loved exploring the different sports with Caroline and Alex and seeing both of them grow over the course of the story. There was also the added element of musicals and musical theater, which I loved because I’m a theater fan as well. There was also a sweet story of friendship. which I loved between Caroline and her gymnastics teammates. 

Writing

This was my second book by Sarah Henning, and I just loved the writing. Sarah Henning has a style that I love in YA where there are some light-hearted scenes, along with some heavier scenes. The lighthearted scenes were fun because you could tell that the characters were enjoying themselves, and they were just having a blast. This book also had some heavier scenes, and heartwarming ones where you learned about the characters, and saw their journey. 

Romance 

This was a bit of a romance, and I loved the slow build. Caroline and Alex were so sweet, and you could tell that both of them had feelings for each other, The end of the story where they got together was so cute, and I couldn’t help but cheer for the two of them. 

Enjoyment/ Recommend for 

I loved this book, and I had a fantastic time reading it. Everything about the book was great. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a YA novel, a YA romance, or if you’ve read another book by Sarah Henning. 

Favorite Quotes

I blaze through all the suggested summer reading for sophomores at Northland (Lord of the Flies, Into the Wild, and a bunch of other work by dead white guys.)- Caroline.

Dad, it’s been weeks and I’m still four-ten. -Caroline
Live a little. Enjoy a trans fat. Consider it reentry into the world of normal people.-Nat.

I’m not as smooth as fictional Angelica Schuyler or probably a fictional nobody, but I step onto the sidewalk leading to Balan’s front door with a huge grin on my face. -Caroline

Also, you’re going to have up your game up, Zavala

Boys are allowed to love musicals, Caroline, and I love just as much as gramps and Dad, too. 

I love that song. I’ve seen the movie version more times than should be allowed. 

Playlist

My Shot-Hamilton 

Helpless-Hamilton

Never Neverland-Peter Pan

Agony- Into the Woods

About the Author & Links

Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach PostKansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids, and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, hometown of Langston Hughes, William S. Burroughs, and a really good basketball team. 

Sarah is the author of SEA WITCH, which was a 2018 Indies Introduce and Indie’s Next selection. Its follow up, SEA WITCH RISING, came out in 2019. THROW LIKE A GIRL, about a down-spiraling softball player who is recruited to play quarterback on her ex-boyfriend’s football team, was her first YA contemporary novel and came out in January 2020. THE PRINCESS WILL SAVE YOU, the first book in her fantasy trilogy—a feminist tale inspired by The Princess Bride—came out in July 2020. Its sequel, THE QUEEN WILL BETRAY YOU, came out on July 6, 2021.

Other upcoming projects include THE KING WILL KILL YOU, available August 2, 2022 and will be the conclusion to her Kingdoms of Sand & Sky Trilogy inspired by The Princess Bride. Also scheduled for summer 2022 is IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU FALL, available May 31, 2022, which takes place in the same fictional universe as THROW LIKE A GIRL. Slated for summer 2023 is OUT OF OUR LEAGUE, a YA anthology of contemporary short stories about girls in sports.

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July 18th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
The Book View – Review & Mood Board
The someday librarian – Top 5 Reasons to Read It’s All In How You Fall

July 19th
Lost in Neverland – Review
The Candid Cover – Review & Favorite Quotes
Jen Jen Reviews – Review

July 20th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Pages & Plots – Review
The Clever Reader – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read It’s All In How You Fall
Little Corner Reads – Review & Favorite Quotes

July 21st
Nine Bookish Lives – Interview
Sophie Reads YA – Review
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

July 22nd
Midsummer Night’s Read – Review
Brinns Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
I’m All Booked Up – 15 Reactions While Reading It’s All In How You Fall

Forthenovellovers – Review

July 23rd
bookloversbookreviews – Promotional Post
Pagies of Novels – Review, Playlist & Favorite Quotes

July 24th
Whispering Stories – Interview
pluvioreads – Review & Playlist
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Book Briefs – Review
laura’s bookish corner – Review

July 18th
lifewithprinceman – Review & Graphic
autismreading_mom – Review
thebookviewblog – Blogger’s Choice
thesomedaylibrarian – Blogger’s Choice

July 19th
hoardingbooks.herdingcats – Review & Favorite Quotes
candidcover – Blogger’s Choice
jenjenrevies – Blogger’s Choice

July 20th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
thecleverreader – Blogger’s Choice
littlecornerreads – Blogger’s Choice

July 21st
belle.bookcorner – Review & Favorite Quotes
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

July 22nd
fangirlpixiebooks – Promotional Post
wraithreads – Review, Tik Tok
brinnsbooks – Blogger’s Choice
imallbookedupya – Blogger’s Choice

July 23rd
katiereads23 – Review
pluvioreads – Blogger’s Choice
bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice
paiges_of_novels – Blogger’s Choice

July 24th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
cozybooktraveller – Top 5 Reasons to Read It’s All In How You Fall
bookbriefs – Blogger’s Choice
booksandpops4000 – Blogger’s Choice

Etta Invincible- Blog Tour-Favorite Quotes & Five Reasons to Read Etta Invincible

Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours and Net Galley for a review copy of the book.

About the Book

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing date: July 12th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Rep: Black, Disability (Hard of Hearing/Ménière’s disease)

Synopsis:

A girl with hearing loss and a boy adjusting to life in a new country connect through their love of comics and get entangled in their own fantastical adventure.

Twelve-year-old Etta Johnson has Loud Days where she can hear just fine and Quiet Days where sounds come from far away and she gets to retreat into her thoughts. Etta spends most of her time alone, working on her comic book about Invisible Girl, the superhero who takes down super villain Petra Fide and does all the things Etta thinks she can’t.

But when Louisa May Alcott, a friendly Goldendoodle from across the street, disappears, Etta and the dog’s boy, Eleazar, must find their inner heroes to save her. The catch? LMA has run onto a magical train that mysteriously arrived at the station near Etta and Eleazar’s houses. On-board, they discover each train car is its own magical world with individual riddles and challenges that must be solved before they can reach the engine room and rescue LMA.

Only, the stakes are even higher than they thought. The train’s magic is malfunctioning and spreading a purple smoke called The Fear through the streets of Chicago. Etta and Eleazar are the only ones who can save the city, save Louisa May Alcott—and save each other.

Favorite Quotes

This is a magical app. It’s not Google translate-see? It’s named Ms. Suzy.

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my  ship

Grandma never met Louisa. We got her when we moved here.

I knew about the quiet fist, i say, I didn’t know about the dizziness and the ringing or that there was no cure. It doesn’t feel good. If you ever go to space, I won’t be coming with you. 

It’s not an engine, it’s more like home right?

When a child is looking for something but can’t seem to find it- like courage or friends or knowledge- they show up on one of these screens. The train sends them an invitation with their name on it. Only people who are invited can see the train and their name in fireworks. 

Yes, but fulfilling wishes is the easy part. Figuring out your heart’s true desire is where things get tricky. Sometimes when things are too easy, too magical, we realize that what we need isn’t what we thought we wanted.

Five Reasons to read Etta Invincible 

Rating: 4 stars

1- The Characters

Characters are a big reason a lot of us read stories, and Etta Invincible for me was no different. I loved the characters in the story because they were so unique, and  different from a lot of the other characters I’ve seen in books. As a person who also uses hearing aids, I loved seeing Etta also be hard of hearing, and have quiet days, and loud days, because it felt real for me. Eleazar was a fantastic character as well, and I loved his journey in the story. 

2- A story about a magical train

This was a story that was like one I had not heard a lot. Some elements of the plot reminded me of The Polar Express with the magical train, but this story has a unique twist. The story is fun, and also has some lessons about acceptance, love, and finding a friend. Etta Invincible also incorporates a comic, which is not only fun, it incorporates elements of the major story as well. My favorite part of the plot was how well done the train was, and how much the train played as a character in the story.  

3- Contemporary mixed with fantasy elements

Etta Invincible starts off in Chicago, and you think you’re going to get a contemporary story about two kids finding their way if you don’t read the synopsis.    The fantasy elements incorporated with the train were fantastic, and it was such a great way to add fantasy into a contemporary story. Time passes differently on the magical train, and this just adds to the world and fantasy elements. A magical train is a portal to another world, and they use fantastically this in Etta Invincible.  

4- A dog named Louisa May Alcott 

Everyone loves a good pet, or animal companion in their stories, and the dog in Etta Invincible is fantastic. Louisa May Alcott serves as a companion for Eleazar, she’s a memory of where he comes from, while also severing as a way for  him to adapt to his new home. Louisa May Alcott is not only a fantastic name, but she serves as a friend and a companion for both Etta and Eleazar. 

5-  A sweet friendship 

This was a Middle-Grade novel, so it was more about the friendships with the characters than it was about a romance. Etta and Eleazar had such a sweet friendship, and it was all because of both of them meeting on the bus one day. They both didn’t know each other, and then bonded over Louisa May Alcott, and a friendship blossomed from that. Once on the train, they met other characters, and they formed a beautiful friendship with them as well.  

About the Author

Reese Eschmann holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois-Chicago and worked in schools for six years. When she’s not writing or taking naps, Reese enjoys rock climbing, baking, and making movies with her family. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their hound dog. Etta Invincible is her debut novel.

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Sometime in Summer by Katrina Leno- Blog Tour- E-ARC Review

Hi! Welcome to my stop on the TBR & Beyond tour for Sometime in Summer by Katrina Leno. Thank you to TBR & Beyond for the E-ARC.
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About The Book

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date: June 28th, 2022

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Synopsis:

From critically acclaimed author Katrina Leno comes a tender love letter to books and summertime, with a touch of magic.

Anna Lucia Bell believes in luck: bad luck. Bad luck made her best friend stop talking to her. Bad luck caused her parents’ divorce. Bad luck is forcing her mother, Miriam, to sell the family’s beloved bookstore. And it is definitely bad luck that Anna seems to be the only person in the world Miriam is unable to recommend a life-changing book.

When Anna finds out that she and her mom are spending two months in a New England seaside town called Rockport, she expects a summer plagued with bad luck too. But Rockport has surprises in store for Anna, including a comet making its first appearance in over twenty years and two new—but familiar—friends.

In what will prove to be the most important summer of her life so far, Anna learns about love, herself, and the magic that an ordinary summer can bring.

Book Review

Rating- 4.5 stars

Characters

I really loved the characters in this book. Anna was a great main character, who was flawed, and had an interest in space. I love it when characters are interested in something I’ve always been interested in, but don’t know much about. Anna’s mom Miriam had a bookstore, and I loved seeing the books that she would recommend for people. Emmy and Beck were also fantastic characters that brought out the best in Anna as a character.  

Plot

Sometime in Summer had a plot that was interesting, and kept me reading to see how the book was going to end. I loved the story, and I couldn’t wait to see where the story would go next. Anna has things in her life that trouble her, and it was interesting to see how she was going to figure out how she was going to go  about solving what she was dealing with. 

Writing 

The writing in this novel was fantastic. I love how Katrina Leno used a style that was familiar to YA readers, and it still packed a punch. Sometime in Summer was filled with both light-hearted scenes. The light tone of the story enhanced these scenes because you could tell that the characters were having fun during these scenes. This novel also looked at some heavier topics, like finding new friends, and misunderstandings that occur when you’re a teenager. These more intense scenes had a dramatic tone, one where you could tell that the characters were learning from their mistakes, and they were growing for the better. The writing in this novel was fantastic, and I want to read more from this author. 

Friendship 

Sometime in Summer was more about friendships than it was about romance. The friendships in this novel were fantastic, and I loved seeing how the characters changed from the start of the book. We follow Anna after a falling out with one of her best friends, and not the spoil the end of the book, but the ending of the book for these two characters was so sweet, and I just loved it. While staying on the east coast with her mother for the summer, Anna meets Beck and Emmy, and the three of them also form a friendship bond. Mistakes were a common thread between the two friendship groups, but the end of the book brought both groups back together, and it was such a sweet ending to the story for me.   

Recommended for /Enjoyment 

I really enjoyed this story. For me, Sometime In Summer was a mixture of of the fun, and light-hearted vibes of summer, while also taking a hard look at the fact that teenagers can make mistakes, and have miscommunications just like adults can. I recommend this book to fans of the YA genre.  

What didn’t work  for me

Pace

The only reason why this was only a 4.5star read for me was the pace. Some the book was slow for me, and I wanted the story to move a bit.  I wanted some parts of the book to be discussed more, and then there are parts of the book that I thought could be discussed a little less. 

About the Author

Katrina Leno was born on the East Coast and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is the author of six critically acclaimed novels: Horrid, You Must Not Miss, Summer of Salt, Everything All at Once, The Lost & Found, and The Half Life of Molly Pierce. Her seventh novel, Sometime in Summer, arrives June 28 2022. She thinks you are just lovely.

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Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler Blog Tour-Review & Playlist

Hi! Welcome to my stop on the TBR & Beyond Tour for Home Field Advantage by Dalia Adler. Thank you to TBR & Beyond and Net Galley for the E-ARC of the book. This was a sports romance, but the characters were fantastic, and the story was heartwarming. 

About the Book & Book Purchase links

Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publishing date: June 7th, 2022

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Rep: Polysexual, Bisexual, Lesbian, Latino (Cuban American)

Synopsis:

In this sweet and funny new f/f romance from the author of Cool for the Summer, a cheerleader and the school’s newest quarterback are playing to win, but might lose their hearts in the process.

Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.

The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she’s only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down.

Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can’t stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.

Dahlia Adler’s Home Field Advantage is a sparkling romance about fighting for what – or who – you truly want. 

Content warnings: off-page death by car accident, off-page pregnancy loss (including some on-page conversation about abortion), homophobia, misogyny, alcohol use (light), references to racism

Review

Rating- 5 stars

Characters

The characters in this book were fantastic. I loved reading about them because they were all just so sweet, and they all cared about each other. Every character came from a different family situation, but as football players and cheerleaders, some of the characters were found family. I loved how the characters would fight for each other, even if that meant going against what their team wanted. 

Plot

The plot of this story was fantastic and heartwarming. The story followed Jack, a girl who played football, and after the death of the quarterback, she is sent to a new high school to be the new quarterback. Amber is a cheerleader who wants to be cheer captain next year. While this might become the classic story of the football player and cheerleader dating, Jack and Amber read differently. Jack and Amber are both queer girls who are looking for love, but they’re also looking for acceptance both on and off the field. The plot was one of my favorite things about the book, and I was cheering for Jack and Amber with every moment. 

Writing 

Home Field Advantage was written in a way that made you feel for the characters. The lighter scenes had a fun tone, and you could tell that the characters and the author were having fun during these scenes. Home Field Advantage also has some heavy scenes, and these were treated with a serious tone, making you feel for the characters in those moments.     

Romance

The romance in Home Field Advantage was so sweet. While they spent most of the novel with Jack and Amber hanging out in groups, or with their teams, they also had some sweet romance scenes. These were some of my favorite scenes and moments in the novel because you could tell how much they cared about each other.  

Enjoyment/Recommended for

This is one of my favorite books of the year, and I enjoyed it so much. Between the characters, story, and romance, they all worked to tell a story that I didn’t want to end. I recommend this book to anyone who likes stories like this and enjoys a story with queer characters going on a journey, and coming out stronger in the end. 

Playlist

For the cheer team in general- Move On from We Are The Tigers (Musical) 

The cheer team in the musical has had hard times similar to the one the cheer squad in Home Field Advantage has. While listening to this song again, I immediately picked up on the vibes of this song and knew that I needed to put this song on my playlist because the storylines were similar. 

Amber- One Perfect Moment from Bring It On (Musical) 

When I started reading this novel, I had this song in my head for Amber. Amber wants to be a cheer captain, and she knows she will have to work to get to where she needs to be. Campbell during this song is one doing the same thing, meaning the vibes are the same. 

Jack-I’d Rather Be Me from Mean Girls (Musical) 

I’d Rather Be Me is sung by Janis in the musical during the iconic scene when she is on the top of the table in the film. Jack won’t change who she is because other people want her to. She is willing to be different, and she is confident in who she is as a person. Janis in the musical has the same vibes,  as she sings about being her own person, and not being someone who changes because other people don’t like the way she is. 

Jack and Amber- I Just Wanna Dance with You from The Prom

This is a song from a musical about two girls from a conservative town in Indiana that want to go to their high school prom together. Amber and Jack would relate to this because both of them have a crush on each other, and they both just want to be able to go to their homecoming together. The overall vibes on this song reminded me of Amber and Jack in the last half of the book, but especially during the last scene in the book. 

About the Author & Author Links

Dahlia Adler (she/her) is an Editor of mathematics by day, a Buzzfeed blogger and LGBTQReads overlord by night, and a Young Adult and Romance author at every spare moment in between. Her novels include the Radleigh University trilogy, Kids’  Indie Next pick Cool for the Summer, and Home Field Advantage, and she is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart (a Junior Library Guild selection), That Way Madness LiesAt Midnight, and, with Jennifer Iacopelli, Out of Our League (upcoming from Feiwel & Friends). Dahlia lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.

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Place We’ve Never Been by Kasie West – Blog Tour- Review & Playlist

 

Hi! Welcome to my review of Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West. Thank you to Net Galley and TBR and Beyond for the E-ARC. I also have a playlist with songs that reminded me of the book as I was reading. 

About the Book & Book Links

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date: May 31st, 2022

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Synopsis:

A sweet and swoony contemporary Young Adult novel about a cross-country family road trip that puts one girl and her childhood best friend on an unexpected road to romance!

Norah hasn’t seen her childhood best friend, Skyler, in years. When he first moved away, they’d talk all the time, but lately their relationship has been reduced to liking each other’s Instagram posts. That’s why Norah can’t wait for the joint RV road trip their families have planned for the summer.

But when Skyler finally arrives, he seems…like he’d rather be anywhere else. Hurt and confused, Norah reacts in kind. Suddenly, her oldest friendship is on the rocks.

An unexpected summer spent driving across the country leads both Norah and Skyler down new roads and to new discoveries. Before long, they are, once again, seeing each other in a different light. Can their friendship-turned-rivalry turn into something more?

Review

Rating- 5 stars

Characters 

The characters in this book were delightful. I loved getting to know them and seeing their romance blossom. Norah and Skyler were so sweet, and I loved seeing them bond both with each other, and with their siblings. The supporting cast of characters in this book were sweet as well, and I love the fact that they had sibling dynamics in the book. The mothers in this book were excellent as well. 

Plot

This was one of the most unique plots I’ve ever read. I loved exploring the country with Norah, Skyler and their families.  I’ve never been out west, so it was so much fun exploring an area I’ve never seen.  The other plot in this book was the romance, best friends who hadn’t seen each other in years, and it was just so sweet, and so cute seeing them interact. 

Writing 

The writing in this novel was excellent. This novel had a mix of light hearted and heavy scenes. Light-hearted scenes were fun and gave me a break from the more heavy content.  Heavy scenes were very real, and very heartwarming even if they had heavy content. 

Romance 

I talked about this a bit before, but I loved the romance in this novel. Norah and Skyler were such a sweet couple. I loved seeing the two of them as a couple. 

Recommend For/ Enjoyment 

Places We’ve Never Been was an excellent read, and I loved it so much. This sweet summer romance had all the feels, and I was so here for it. I recommend this for anyone who loved YA, and romance novels. 

Playlist

Bubblegum KK from Animal Crossing OST for Norah 

Norah wants to go to school for art and video games. I think she would have a great time enjoying the vibes of this song from  the video game Animal Crossing. The songs from Animal Crossing are fun, and I believe Norah would have a great time listening to them. 

Brave- Sara Bareilles for Norah

I can see Norah loving this song, especially after Skyler left. Norah was alone, and missed her best friend after Skylar left, and I believe she would go to this song for comfort. 

What if It’s Us from Dear Evan Hansen for Norah and Skyler in 2022

This is a romance novel, so I picked one of my favorite romantic duets from Dear Evan Hansen for this playlist. I feel like both Norah and Skyler would both relate to the lyrics of this song given their current situation. 

Love Story- Taylor Swift for Norah in 2022 

As I was reading this, I was imagining Norah listened to a lot of Taylor Swift in her life. The vibes of Taylor’s music just fit Norah as a character for me. I imagine that Norah would listen to this song after she sees Skylar again, and those old feelings come back to her. 

About the Author & Author links

Kasie West is the author of many YA novels, including The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, and Listen to Your Heart. Her books have been named ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, JLG selections, and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. When she’s not writing, she’s binge-watching television, devouring books, or bury-ing her toes in the sand of the Central Coast. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family.

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A Little Bit of Country Blog Tour- 15 Reactions While Reading A Little Bit of Country

Book Info:

A Little Bit Country Brian D. Kennedy

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: May 31, 2022

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55685792-a-little-bit-country

Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Little-Bit-Country-Brian-Kennedy/dp/0063085658/ref=sr_1_1?creative=330641&keywords=A+Little+Bit+Country&qid=1646694772&s=books&sr=1-1

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Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-little-bit-country/9780063085657-item.html?ikwid=a+little+bit+country&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=d9fd69aa2cdea39c0183171a6772743f

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780063085657

Synopsis:

Emmett Maguire wants to be country music’s biggest gay superstar–a far reach when you’re seventeen and living in Illinois. But for now, he’s happy to do the next best thing: Stay with his aunt in Jackson Hollow, Tennessee, for the summer and perform at the amusement park owned by his idol, country legend Wanda Jean Stubbs.

Luke Barnes hates country music. As the grandson of Verna Rose, the disgraced singer who had a famous falling out with Wanda Jean, Luke knows how much pain country music has brought his family. But when his mom’s medical bills start piling up, he takes a job at the last place he wants: a restaurant at Wanda World.

Neither boy is looking for romance, but sparks fly when they meet – and soon they’re inseparable. Until a long-lost secret about Verna and Wanda comes to light, threatening to unravel everything.

Will Emmett and Luke be able to get past the truths they discover…or will their relationship go down in history as just another Sad Country Love Song?

15 Reactions while reading

1- This book had an interesting start and I’m curious as to where this story will go. 

2- Luke has an interesting family dynamic, and I can’t wait to find out more about Luke and his siblings. 

3- The meeting of Luke and Emmett was so cute and I can’t wait to see what happens between the two of them. 

4- I love the friendship between Luke and Vanessa. They have a history but really care about each other. 

5- I thought Emmett was bold to ask for Luke’s number upon a second meeting. However, I also found the scene adorable. 

6- The first date where Luke tells Emmett and the reader about his family was so sweet. I loved how Emmett was willing to listen as Luke spoke. 

7-Emmett meeting Wana Jean was so sweet and I loved what she said to him. 

8- The early moments of Emmett and Luke falling in love are so sweet. I really hope they get together. 

9- The scene with Luke and Vanessa getting an outfit for Luke was so sweet. You can tell both of them still care about each other, even though they’re not dating anymore. 

10- The conversation Emmett has with Orrin Merrick is very eye-opening for him, and I believe it’s exact;y what he needed to hear. 

11- The family dynamic between Luke, Gabe, and Amelia is so sweet. I feel like they act as real siblings would, even though they’re step-siblings. 

12- Even if Luke and Emmett don’t end up together, the way that Emmett cares about Luke’s mom is so sweet, and I just love it. 

13-I love that Emmett is sticking up for himself in the music studio. The music industry is tough, and it gets harder if you don’t stick to your guns, and perform your own music. 

14-I love that Emmett got promoted to the front half of Calamity Joe. I feel like this is a big step for him because he is showing that he is a team player.  

15-The end of the book was so sweet. I’m so happy that Emmett and Luke patched things out, and that they had that sweet moment in the end.

About the Author & Links

Brian D. Kennedy writes books for young adults. Born and raised in Minnesota, he occasionally elongates his vowels still. He now lives in New York City with his husband and their very photogenic dog. When he’s not writing, Brian can be found working at the LGBTQ Center, sitting in the audience at a Broadway show, or out buying more books—despite the stack of unread ones he has at home.  

Author Links:

Website: https://www.briandkennedybooks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bdkennedybooks

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20814893.Brian_D_Kennedy

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May 30th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Ace Reader – Review
Djreadsbooks – Top 5 Reasons to Read A Little Bit Country & Tik Tok

May 31st
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
The Candid Cover – Review & Favorite Quotes
Paiges of Novels – 15 Reactions While Reading A Little Bit Country

June 1st
Twirling Book Princess – Promotional Post
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June 2nd
Whispering Stories – Interview
Kappa Reads Books – Review

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Midsummer Night’s Read – Review
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June 4th
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Lu is lost in books – Review & Favorite Quotes
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Melancholic Blithe – Interview
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Thank you to TBR & Beyond for including me in the blog tour, and to Net Galley for the copy of the ARC to review.

Book Synopsis and Book links

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Publishing date: April 5th, 2022

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Synopsis:

A tale set amid the 1956 Hungarian revolution in post-WWII Communist Budapest.

In the middle of Budapest, there is a river. Csilla knows the river is magic. During WWII, the river kept her family safe when they needed it most–safe from the Holocaust. But that was before the Communists seized power. Before her parents were murdered by the Soviet police. Before Csilla knew things about her father’s legacy that she wishes she could forget.

Now Csilla keeps her head down, planning her escape from this country that has never loved her the way she loves it. But her carefully laid plans fall to pieces when her parents are unexpectedly, publicly exonerated. As the protests in other countries spur talk of a larger revolution in Hungary, Csilla must decide if she believes in the promise and magic of her deeply flawed country enough to risk her life to help save it, or if she should let it burn to the ground.

1- This story started at such a heightened moment in the plot that I immediately wanted to read more. 

2-I know little about Budapest, or what was going on at this time, so I’m excited to learn about a new time in history. 

3-I was not expecting this to have romance or love interests in the novel, however; I am curious as to where the love will go. 

4-I love how you get a glimpse as to what it was like for Csilla and her family back then through the journal entries of her father woven throughout the novel. 

5-I am interested in how Csilla knows the man whose records she checked. The journal entry from her father on the next page is also intriguing. 

6- I really loved finding out more about the relationship between Azriel and Tamas. I feel as though this is just the start of the exploration between the characters, and I am interested in learning more. 

7-I love that Csilla is asking about her father to learn more about that life that she never knew about. 

8-There is a turning point in the novel where Csilla is giving a speech about her father, and I believe it serves as a turning point in the story. I believe Csilla will start fighting to correct the wrong her father did. 

9- I love that the young people are starting their own paper. The young characters in this novel have a voice that needs to be heard, and I love hearing what they have to say. 

10- I love the friendship group in this novel. They all support each other so much and it is fantastic.  

11- Speaking out about what happened to Gabor is important, so the public remembers what they’re fighting against. 

12-I love that Csilla is going to tell the story of her father. Just so the public knows who he really was, and it might explain some of her actions. 

13-I love how the river is treated as a character in this story. It really packs an impact and adds more to the story. 

14- Azriel was always an interesting character to me, and I loved the explanation of why his character was the way he was. After it was explained, he added more to the story for both Tamas and Csilla. 

15- The ending of this book was so sweet. I loved how the story ended, and it felt right considering the characters and the story we just had. 

Review

Rating- 4.5 stars (4 on Good Reads)

Characters

One of my favorite things about this book was the characters. Csilla was the main character, and she was a fantastic character to read about. I loved her personality and her backstory. Her friends were also very fun characters to read about, and I loved reading about them. This Rebel Heart had characters that meshed well together and made for a very fun story. 

Plot

This Rebel Heart was a story with a heavy plot, but I still really enjoyed it. The main story follows Csilla after the war, and on her journey, trying to move out of the country for a better life. As the plot moves, you find out that Hungary is still feeling the repercussions of the war. There is also the story with Csilla’s father, how he was as a person, and what Csilla learns as the story goes on. I loved how much the story was in this plot, and the story was interesting. The ending of this novel was so sweet, and I loved it. 

Writing 

This Rebel Heart had fantastic writing, and I loved how the story was written. The novel as a whole was heavy and tense, and the writing set the tone for the rest of the story. Style plays a role in a story for me, and the writing style in This Rebel Heart was a perfect match for the story. 

Friendship

This Rebel Heart had a fantastic Found Family element with Csilla’s friend group that I just loved. The friends were so supportive of each other, and they would do anything for each other. Csilla had little family left, so her friends were like a family to her. 

Enjoyment /Recommend 

I really liked this book, and I enjoyed it immensely. As a fan of Historical Fiction, this is fantastic, and I learned learning about an era I knew little about. I recommend this for fans of Historical Fiction. 

About the Author

Katherine Locke (they/them) lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with their feline overlords and their addiction to chai lattes. They are the author of The Girl with the Red Balloon, a 2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book and 2018 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book, as well as The Spy with the Red Balloon, and the forthcoming This Rebel Heart (April 2022). They are the co-editor and contributor to This is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them and Us, which had three starred reviews and made Kirkus Review’s Best Middle Grade of 2021 list, as well as It’s A Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes and Other Jewish Stories. They also contributed to Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens and Out Now: Queer We Go Again. They are the author of picture books Bedtime for Superheroes, What Are Your Words? A Book About Pronouns, and the forthcoming Being Friends with Dragons (February 2022)They can be found online at KatherineLockeBooks.com and @bibliogato on Twitter and Instagram.

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