Blog Tour: The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

OMG y’all, here’s blog tour number 2 for today! I’m so excited to be a part of the tour for The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson! I loved the Truly Devious books, so reading a spinoff of sorts with all of my favorite Ellingham Academy folks was just what I wanted! Thank you so much to Turn the Page Tours for having me as a part of this tour and to Katherine Tegan books for sponsoring this tour! Also, there’s a (US only) giveaway for this book that’s open until June 22, so make sure you go enter it ASAP, because you really want a finished copy of The Box in the Woods!

The Box in the Woods 4.5/5 Stars

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Blog Tour: Murder at First Pitch by Nicole Asselin

TOUR BANNERThank you so much to Turn the Page Tours and Pandamoon Publishing for having me as a part of this blog tour! I’ve been getting more and more into cute little mysteries these days (I think they’re officially called cozy mysteries), so this definitely hit the spot there. This book also delved into the world of Independent Baseball Leagues, which was super cool! I didn’t even know that those were a thing! I live pretty close to a Minor League team and I know about the Majors, but nothing about the Independents. Murder at First Pitch came out on 9/4/19, so definitely go grab it!

Check out some of the other stops on the tour here! Also, there’s a giveaway with this tour! Woohoo! Up for grabs during this tour are three digital copies of the book! This giveaway is open to US + INTL and will close on September 9th at 11:59 PM CST. Enter to win via rafflecopter!

Murder at First Pitch 3.5/5 Stars

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First Line Friday: August 21


Happy Friday y’all! Has this week felt incredibly long to anyone else, or is that just me? It feels like it’s been at least 2 weeks in one for sure! I’ve been trying to stay on top of my reading and reviewing, and overall, I feel like I’m doing alright in terms of the schedule I’ve set for myself, but man, things keep getting added to that schedule (and that’s 100% my fault because I keep signing up for more book tours and I keep requesting more books on Netgalley and I keep saying yes to publishers haha). Anyway, on to First Line Friday!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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What I’m Watching on Netflix and Books That Go With That

Hey y’all! Happy Thursday! I hope everyone’s had a good week so far! It’s almost the weekend- woop woop! I don’t have too many plans for this weekend- I’m just planning on watching some TV, reading, maybe (hopefully) trying to workout some, and hanging out with the fam- but the TV and the reading is what’s inspiring this post! I’ve been re-watching Criminal Minds on Netflix these days (as one of the like 3 things I’m watching) and since I love Criminal Minds so much, I figured why not write about Criminal Minds and my favorite YA murder mysteries- anything by Karen M McManus! So what I’m thinking is that I’ll write about 2 character from Criminal Minds and then about one of Karen M McManus’ books and then I’ll do another 2 characters and then another book and then I’ll end with my last set of 2 characters and my last book (because, unfortunately I don’t have an ARC of the Cousins, I haven’t read it yet, so I’ve only read 3 of her books). Read More »

ARC Review: Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

I love Paris. I’ve been three times and being there is always so magical! This year seems to be the year of Paris in YA fiction- off the top of my head, I can think of four books set in Paris that come out in January and February. Spectacle is one of those four, and I really enjoyed reading it! Spectacle comes out on February 12th, and if you don’t already have it pre-ordered or requested at your local library, you need to get on that right now.

Spectacle, 4.5/5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:

A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

I don’t generally read many murder mysteries, so if I hadn’t connected with Jodie on Twitter (she recently moved to the same area that I live in, so I sent her some recommendations on things to do and places to see around her), I don’t know if I would have picked up this book until well after its release. Well, I am SO GLAD I did because it was so good! On the surface, Spectacle is definitely different from the other books I read, but after getting into the book, I was able to find the elements of fantasy that I love and I think Jodie did an amazing job setting the scene for book two.

I’ve looked at other people’s reviews for Spectacle on Goodreads, and one of the biggest complaints I’ve seen from others is with the pacing of the story. I’m always very sensitive to books that don’t have the pacing correct, because I get really bored, really fast if the plot isn’t moving fast enough and really lost if the plot is moving too fast. I didn’t think that Spectacle suffered from poor pacing- I think the summary provided doesn’t really do justice to how the plot of the book actually goes.

Long story short, I would 100% recommend you reading Spectacle. Not only were there some great twists and turns (especially a little past the middle of the book when something huge happens that I really didn’t expect!), there were details about life in Paris for a sixteen year old that were so sweet and adorable and made me want to go back. I think Jodie did a really good job capturing life in Paris and what it meant to be a Parisian in the late 1800s.

Have y’all read Spectacle yet? Is it on your TBR for when it comes out? Does it sound like something you might be interested in? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!