Grace Welles had resigned herself to the particular loneliness of being fifteen and stuck at a third-tier boarding school in the swamps of Florida, when she accidentally saves the new kid in her class from… Plus
Magic Olive Poindexter has big shoes to fill. Her mother was a professional cheerleader, her father is a retired NBA legend, her big sister is the new face of the oh-so-glamorous Laker Girls, and her grandmother was the first black cheerleader ever on Valentine Middle School’s HoneyBee cheer squad. Magic wants nothing more than to follow in their footsteps. But first, she has to survive Planet Pom Poms, the summer cheer camp where she’ll audition for a spot on the HoneyBee squad. But with zero athletic ability and a group of mean girls who have her number, Tragic Magic is a long way from becoming the toe-touching cheerleader heroine she dreams of being.
Things start to look up when her best friend Cappie joins her at camp–until Cappie gets bitten by the popularity bug, that is. To make matters worse, Magic’s crushing hard on football star Dallas Chase. Luckily, Magic’s not alone: with the help of a new crew of fabulous fellow misfits and her Grammy Mae’s vintage pom poms by her side, Tragic Magic might just survive–and even thrive–at cheer camp.
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Thank you so much to Hear Our Voice and to the publisher for this advance reading copy of the book! I haven’t read a Middle Grade (MG) book in a while and it was refreshing to get back in the head of a twelve years old. It brought me back to when I was twelve (10 years ago, wow!) and was dealing with friends, petty fights, and crushes.
Squad Goals was interesting and read like a movie. I could clearly see Marsai Martin adapting this into a movie! The Poindexter family was adorable and cool: an NBA legend dad, an ex-cheerleader mom, a cheerleader older sister, and an ex-cheerleader grandmom! And then there’s Magic, who wants to be a cheerleader too, but isn’t athletic. I thought Magic was a great main character. She wasn’t too annoying, and I understood how she felt.
I loved the friendships the author wrote in this book. It was diverse without being forced and felt just great to read. The girls made me grins so bad when I was reading.
The pacing of this book was great and the setting was also well done. I hope the author turns this into a series, because I’d love to see Magic navigate Middle School and eventually High School, who knows!
Lastly, I want to comment on the romance! It was cute and cheesy and I really loved how it was executed. Dallas Chase was just so cool and kind, I really liked him.
This review is short, but believe me: this was a great book and I recommend it to any tween or anyone, really, who wants a nice palette cleanser.
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Erika J. Kendrick is an acclaimed author, national speaker, and mental fitness junkie. She earned a psychology degree from Stanford University and an MBA in marketing and international business from the University of Illinois. Erika was an NBA cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls before writing her novel, Confessions of a Rookie Cheerleader (Random House, 2007). She penned Appetite (Random House, 2009), and The Accidental Escort (Cleis Press, 2010) shortly after. The celebrated author is currently finishing her memoir and touring nationally.
Lara’s had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He’s tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he’s talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe…flirting, even? No, wait, he’s definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara’s wanted out of life.
Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers.
Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she’s finally got the guy, why can’t she stop thinking about the girl?
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So! This was a page turner. I finished it under 24h or so I want to say. However, I’m giving it a 3 stars. The story did what it said it would do: I got a book about a teenager who had an amazing summer with a girl and then sees said girl at her high school, and starts questioning her sexuality.
The thing is, there were many moments throughout my reading where I was just cringing because some of the comments made were just… weird.
Here’s what I loved:
- The friendship groups were great. I love a great contemporary where the main character has fun friends and isn’t a loner (not that there’s anything bad with that, I just love a butterfly type of person). I didn’t enjoy the personality of all the friends, but I’m glad she had a group of friends!
- The »potential » love interest was a genuinely nice guy. It’s so rare to see male characters in contemporary books who aren’t assholes. He was really cool and nice and kind and I wish him nothing but the best
- The other love interest was super cool. Like, really. I loved Jasmine, she was a mix of a pixie-type of girl, but was not annoying. I loved seeing her personality and I could see why Lara was into her.
- The chemistry between Lara and Jasmine was great in my opinion. I think they make a power couple!
Here’s what I didn’t love:
- There were some comments that the main character did that were just… weird. At one point, she says »what do you call it when someone’s neither a girlfriend nor boyfriend? Non-binary-friend? ». I cringed so hard. Please, just say partner?! Significant other?! How hard is it to know this? It felt like the author wanted to include minorities but wanted us to know it.
- Sometimes it felt like Lara had no personality. I know it was so we could see her get out of her besties’ shadow, but even at the end, after all the character development, it felt like she had no personality. Everyone but her had a thing. She was just… That blonde girl.
So, yeah! These were my thoughts on this book. Honestly, I don’t have much else to say, it was a great YA book and I’m super grateful to the publisher for letting me get this arc!
Have you read Cool for the Summer? What are you currently reading?
Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…
Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.
Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.
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This book was an absolute gem! It was so funny and sweet and adorable. I can’t believe the Brown sisters trilogy is already over, and I’m so glad it’s the series that introduced me to what an amazing author Talia Hibbert is.
Eve Brown is a goofy, spoiled, mess. I loved that about her. I loved that she had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to do, but once she found out, she fought to keep doing it. She is sweet and funny and an adorable person. Definitely my favorite Brown sister! She always found herself in some comical situations and I really enjoyed reading this book.
Jacob Wayne is, like, the HOTTEST male character ever?????? I just????? Wow. He was so grumpy and broody but without being mean, you know? He’s actually super sweet and funny as well. The banter he and Eve had was top tier. It really carried the book for me.
The romance between Jacob ad Eve was quick, but adorable and sweet. I think I would have loved to see them interact a little bit more after the infamous third act break up scene every romance book have, but it’s whatever.
In this book, we were introduced to many new characters! I saw that Talia has a new series coming soon, so maybe these characters that we saw in this book will be part of the new series? If yes, I hope we get to see more of Eve and Jacob!
The pacing of the book was great, the characters were well fleshed out and funny. The romance was very steamy, but didn’t happen instantly (maybe around 50% in!), and that’s really all it took for me to give this book a 5 stars!
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Chinelo, or Nelo as her best friend Kate calls her, is all about her neighborhood Ginger East. She loves its chill vibe, ride-or-die sense of community, and her memories of growing up there. Ginger East isn’t what it used to be, though. After a deadly incident at the local arcade, all her closest friends moved away, except for Kate. But as long as they have each other, Nelo’s good.
Only, Kate’s parents’ corner store is vandalized, leaving Nelo shaken to her core. The police and the media are quick to point fingers, and soon more of the outside world descends on Ginger East with promises to « fix » it. Suddenly, Nelo finds herself in the middle of a drama unfolding on a national scale.
Worse yet, Kate is acting strange. She’s pushing Nelo away at the exact moment they need each other most. Nelo’s entire world is morphing into something she hates, and she must figure out how to get things back on track or risk losing everything—and everyone—she loves.
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As soon as I started this book, I knew I would finish it under 24 hours! And I was right. I read it all in one sitting. It’s the type of book that feels so immersive, kind of like a movie? I really felt as if I was a member of the Ginger East community, as if I had grew up there all my life. It had everything I love in YA contemporaries: short chapters, the feeling of being sucked in the stories, interesting characters, and a nice plot.
The main character, Nelo, is sixteen and is starting to realize that her community is changing. Throughout this story, we see the way she reacts to change (whether it’s with her community, the fact that she needs a new bra, or her relationship with her best friend). At first, I found her to be very… naive and annoying? But then I realized, this is a sixteen years old teenager. She is reacting the way she should to the events she’s going through.
I found Nelo so brave for speaking up for what she thinks is right. I’m not saying she’s my all time favorite protagonist, but I definitely think she was valid.
I will say right off the bat that I did not like Kate, Nelo’s best friend. Her personality is just… Everything I don’t like. And I get that sometimes we tease our best friends and all, but if someone talked to me the way she talks to Nelo, I would cuss them out and not give them the time of the day. It’s hard for me to pinpoint what I didn’t enjoy about Kate, I guess you need to read the book to really understand!
I found the romance in this book to be really realistic. I loveeeee high school romances. The awkwardness, the first kisses, everything. It felt really authentic in this, and I loved that in the end, the characters weren’t dating. They were still figuring things out.
The pacing of the book was a bit quick at first, but then I got used to it so I can’t really complain! All in all, I gave this a five stars and I don’t regret. I’m really excited to read more books by Onomé, she is a fresh new voice in the YA contemporary sphere!
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Like Home came out on February 23rd! You can buy it on Amazon, Book Depository, and Indigo! Thank you so much to Hear Our Voice Book Tours & the publisher for letting me read an advance reading copy and be part of this tour!
Yes I’m in a reading slump. Yes I’m posting about the books I’m excited to read in 2021 even if I am extremely zoomxhausted (exhausted because of zoom) and have headaches and can’t sleep. Before I start, though, I want to wish you all a happy new year! I hope 2021 will be great for you guys. I wish you health and success and happiness. And love, duh.
Also. This is a part one. Who knows how many parts there’ll be. Hope you enjoy!
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The Divines. Out January 19th.
This book is described as follows: »Suspenseful, provocative, and compulsively readable, The Divines is a scorching examination of the power of adolescent sexuality, female identity, and the destructive class divide ». And that’s why I’m really excited to read it. I love stories set in boarding schools and while I’m not the biggest historical fiction fan, I think I will actually have fun reading it. Plus, I’m trying to read more adult novels and I really enjoy contemporaries!
Roman and Jewel. Out January 5th.
The first line of the Goodreads summary is »If Romeo and Juliet got the Hamilton treatment…who would play the leads? » Now, I’m not a Hamilton fan. At all. But a Romeo and Juliet adaptation that’s similar to the Hamilton musical would be so fun? Also, I love stories set around theatre, musicals, etc. So I’m really excited for this! I just hope the main characters don’t die like in the actual Romeo and Juliet story…
Last Night at the Telegraph Club. Out January 19th.
This books sounds devastating and tender at the same time and I am so scared of that. Let me explain. This is about two women being in love in 1954 San Francisco. Like… This is everything I love and don’t. I love sapphic books. I’m not fond of historical fiction. And I hate when books are about racism or homophobia. It makes me so sad and just… triggers me? Nevertheless, I am really interested in purchasing this book. And I hope I won’t cry too much when I read it…
The Ex Talk. Out January 26th.
Uhmmm honestly the only reason why this is on my list is because it’s a book about a podcast? Like, the main character has a podcast and I remember I was adding books about characters having podcasts. Plus, this is a romance novel and I love them. So I hope I enjoy it.
You Have a Match. Out January 12th.
This is a YA rom-com from the author of Tweet-Cute, which I haven’t read yet but heard a lot of great things from. I think this one (You Have a Match) is about a girl finding out she has an older sister and going to a camp to find her? The premise sounds intriguing and I love YA rom-com à la Emma Mills and Kristina Forest so I hope I’ll enjoy this one!
Happily Ever Afters. Out January 5th.
This is a YA rom-com about a girl who wants a boy so she creates this list of all the trope-y things she has to do to get him to be with her…? I think? I don’t know much about it, but I want to support Black authors and I think the cover is super cute. I do have some reserves though, mainly because apparently she hates the guy’s girlfriend and I just… Hate when YA girls hate on each other for no reason. So we’ll see…. But it’s still a novel I’m excited to read and review.
Influence. Out January 5th.
So this was written by Sara Shepard (PLL) and Lilia Buckingham (Tik Toker/daughter of a woman who paid colleges for her children to attend and went to jail) and it sounds like a trashy YA novel with a shit-load of white people and a weird plot. I love books about celebrities and celebrity culture so that’s why I added it to my list. I don’t expect it to be a favorite but I am excited to read it.
This is Not the Jess Show. Out February 2nd.
This is a YA novel inspired by the movie the Truman Show and I am really intrigued by it. The Truman Show scared me when I saw it in English class in High School, yet I can’t stop thinking about it. Like… What if my life is actually a show and I’m typing this as people see me in their television????? WILD.
All Girls. Out February 16th.
All I know about this is that it is a YA mystery/thriller set at an all girls boarding school in New England, and you know what? That’s all I need to know to make it an anticipated read.
A Dark and Hollow Star. Out February 23rd.
This is a novel about a queer cast of faes set in TORONTO! As a Canadian, I rarely read books set in Canada, so I’m super excited for this one! I’m not the biggest fantasy fan but I think I will enjoy this one. I have the e-arc for it, but unfortunately it is extremely badly formatted so I can’t read it correctly. All I have to do is wait for the book release, I guess..
Not Quite Out. Out February 9th.
This is a contemporary gay romance about two guys and one of them isn’t out and the other is recovering from a drug addiction, from what I understand in the plot…. I’m not fond of coming out stories but I think we do need more of them so that’s why I added it to my list. Excited to see if I enjoy it!
Milk Fed. Out February 2nd.
I heard about Melissa Broder a lot (she’s the author of this book) and so I added Milk Fed to my list because a lot of people enjoyed her previous works. All I know about this one is that the main character is nameless and she lives in Los Angeles.
Muted. Out February 2nd.
I don’t know much about this book, other than it has a beautiful cover, was written by a Black author and is ideal for fans of Tiffany D. Jackson and Elizabeth Acevedo. I read Acevedo’s books and I heard a lot of great things about Jackson’s so I’m really excited to read this one! I wonder if it will be written in verses? I saw it shelved under poetry on Goodreads.
Honey Girl. Out February 23rd.
This is a sapphic novel about a woman who gets married in Vegas to another woman and follows the other woman to spend the summer with her. LIKE??? WHAT???? I LOVE THIS PREMISE! I follow the author on Twitter and I love seeing their journey. Very excited for this one. Also I have the e-arc! Super grateful for this.
The Baddest Girl on the Planet. Out March 2nd.
This is a literary novel about the baddest girl on the planet. Literally. That’s all the summary says. Color me intrigued.
She’s Too Pretty to Burn. Out March 30th.
This is a retelling of The Picture of Dorian Gray and I’m really hyped for it! I heard a lot of great things about the classic and I think this one will be great. Plus, it’s a sapphic retelling! And it has murder and thriller vibes!
I Think I Love You. Out March 2nd.
This is a sapphic YA rivals-to-lovers rom-com set at a film festival in Los Angeles. I love this already. It sounds super cute and adorable. I can’t wait!
Yolk. Out March 2nd.
I loved Mary H.K. Choi’s sophomore novel, Permanent Record, and I will admit that when I first read the plot for Yolk, I wasn’t that into it, but it’s just because of one thing: sick lit makes me sad. Yolk is a story about two sisters getting closers after one of them gets diagnosed with a cancer. I feel like it will make me cry. But I’m also ready to cry, I think?
Anna K. Away. Out April 27th.
This is the sequel to Anna K., a retelling of Anna Karenina. I didn’t enjoy Anna K. as much as I thought I would, but I think I’m going to reread it, because it truly had everything I love in books: messy rich kids, love, New York city, etc. Nevertheless, I’m still going to read the sequel! I want to know what happens to Anna!!
Bootleg Stardust. Out April 6th.
This book is being marketed as »perfect for fans of Daisy Jones and the Six » and since I enjoyed read Daisy Jones I think and hope I will enjoy Bootleg Stardust. It’s a historical fiction following a guy who joins a band in the 70s. That’s it.
The Back Ups. Out April 13th.
This is a graphic novel about a girl who joins a tour as a back up singer with her friends! The cover is super cute and I’m excited to see the art in the book and follow the story along! Also, I love female friendships in books and I think I will get a ton of that in this one.
The Girl with Stars in her Eyes. Out April 6th.
This is another book compared to Daisy Jones! In this one, a woman wants to join a band but finds out later her ex boyfriend is the leader of said band…. I think? I don’t know much, but I want to read it. Plus it was written by a Black author so!
Slingshot. Out April 27th.
This is a coming of age YA novel about two teenagers who fall in love at a boarding school set in Florida. I don’t want to know more about it before reading it. I received a physical arc of it and I’m super excited to start reading it!
Kisses and Croissants. Out April 6th.
This is a rom-com YA set in Paris, about a girl who studies ballet and falls in love with a French boy. I miss Paris so much so I’m excited to read this book. I just hope the French in it is actually good and not some botchy French… Also I hope the cast of characters won’t be all white because Paris is so diverse and it seems authors keep forgetting that….
Dial A for Aunties. Out April 27th.
In this rom-comy thriller (?) a woman has to hide the body of her date that she accidentally killed? And her aunties help her…? It sounds hilarious and gives me Weekend at Bernies vibes. Plus there’s a wedding? So much going on… I am so excited.
Where Secret Lie. Out April 20th.
Uhmmm… Chile… I don’t know much about this, except that it’s a mystery where a group of friends look for another one of their friends? The cover reminded me of We Were Liars so that’s why I added it to my most anticipated list.
She Drives Me Crazy. Out Aril 20th.
I read Late to the Party by the same author and thought it was a lovely novel, so I added this one to my list! She Drives Me Crazy is a rivals-to-lovers sapphic YA rom-com where a jock and a cheerleader (are cheerleaders also jocks since cheerleading is a sport) have to carpool together. There are many other things going on but I’d rather go blind in this one. Also the cover is AMAZING.
What are some of your most anticipated reads of the year?
I’m back… Kind of?
The truth is: blogging while being in school is hard for me, and that’s why whenever the fall semester comes, I start posting less and less. I have less time to read, and when I have time I feel so exhausted and I can’t pick up anything. It also doesn’t help that audiobooks aren’t something I enjoy listening to, so I’m stuck with reading either on my kindle app or a physical book and I will admit that I’d rather spend my time watching a tv show than reading, because it requires less efforts.
Nevertheless here I am to write about the very few books I read in October 2020. Spoiler alert: there aren’t many of them.
Jade City by Fonda Lee is such a hyped book and I was scared to read it because everyone I know that has read it loved it. It’s not secret that fantasy is not my favorite genre, but I was really interested in reading this book regardless.
I do not regret. It was a great book. I will say though, I’m not sure I understood everything that has happened in it?? BUT, I enjoyed what I understood, lmao. It was exciting, interesting, it broke my heart, made me laugh… I could go on and on and on. If you like books with family dynamics, action, and books that are written in a smart way, this one is for you.
I’m not sure when I will pick up the sequel, but I definitely will keep reading this series.
In the midst of my chaotic pre-midterms life, I decided to pick up one of my all time favorite books and see if I would love it just as much as I did when I heard it the first time.
And yes, I did.
I have noticed in the past few weeks that a lot of people do not like RWRB, and I can’t seem to understand why? This books gets me every time I read it (yeah, I only read it twice but STILL). It makes me laugh so hard and cry a little bit and I just UGH, I want to hug everyone in the book and I want to be in their world and talk to them.
The writing is so good, the banter is amazing. I loved it so much, guys. So. Much.
The last thing I read in October was Shine by the kpop idol Jessica Jung, and sadly, it was a flop. I initally gave it a 2.5 stars and rounded it up to 3 on Goodreads, but I just changed it back to a 2 stars. The more I think about this book, the more I get mad.
There are a lot of things that annoyed me in this book, and I think I might actually write a blog post dedicated to it? But here are a few things that annoyed me: lack of female friendship in her industry, too much bullying, annoying main character, romance was lack-luster, writing was incredibly generic to the point where I wonder if this was ghost-written??? Also, way too many similarities with the author’s life.
So… Yeah. Didn’t enjoy this one.
So, that’s all I read this month. *sobs* I don’t think I’ll read more in November, but maybe I will in December once I’m done with my semester?
I hope you all have a nice day!
Hi guys and welcome back to my blog! I am so excited and terrified for today’s post and hope you guys enjoy it.
The Authortube Newbie Tag was created by Jenna Streety and is a tag people do over on Youtube to introduce their channel. I am not a youtuber, but I do want to post more about my writing here, so I decided to adapt it for my blog. I took out some questions and added some too.
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Who are you?
My name is Saoudia and I am a 21 years old blogger here on With Love, Saoudia! I love to read contemporary books and a few sff novels as well. I love popculture and I can watch nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother in a week or so.
What genres do you write in?
I would say that 90% of the things I wrote in the past were contemporaries, YA or New Adult! I do have a few sff ideas tho.
What is your preferred writing tense, point of view, and category of story? (Children’s, YA, NA, Adult, etc.)
I think I tend to write in first person present tense…? I feel like I can get a more personal feel into what my characters say. As for the category, when I was younger I was writing more MG-Teen (11-13 years old) stuff, and as I grow up I find that I write more about the category I’m in. So now, as a 21 years old I have more ideas that fit the New Adult genre or Adult genre. I would love to write a New Adult book and shift the way the industry sees books in that genre.
Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?
I have never finished a writing project and I think that’s because I used to a pantser (and also because I never dedicated myself enough to my projects….), but now I am trying to be a plotter or at least a plantser.
Are you self-published, published, or yet-to-be-published?
I’m honestly so far from being published. But!! I’d like to say that I am yet-to-be-published, because with a lot of hard work… maybe one day I will be able to be published????
What’s your dream publishing house and/or literary agent?
The dream would be Penguin, MacMillan, or Simon & Schuster. But I’d honestly take a deal from anyone, just the thought of a publishing house wanting to work with me would be a dream.
What writing types of posts can you expect on my blog?
I’m hoping to do a type of series where I take you guys through my Nanowrimo prep, and my Nanowrimo challenge! Writing diaries, aka my journey as a writer, and maybe some writing excerpts? If I feel bold enough? Let me know if you have any suggestions!
When did you start writing?
I feel like everyone knows how they started writing and to be honest… I don’t really know when I started or why I did? I just always enjoyed the idea of writing my own fiction and I have been doing it for as long as I remember.
What was the first story you ever wrote?
The first one I remember was a diary of a girl. That’s it. There was no plot. She was about twelve years old and vibing. That’s it.
What authors have inspired your writing the most?
Lately, my writing inspirations are Ashia Monet, Kiley Reid, Candace Carty-Williams, and Casey McQuiston. I admire Ashia’s organization (being a published writer and a student around my age), Kiley and Candace’s characters (messy black girls), and Casey’s way of making me feel close to a character in a story written in third person present tense.
Do you schedule your writing sessions or simply get to writing whenever you can find the time?
I do not schedule my writing sessions, but I will as of now! I usually wrote whenever I felt like it and I am now realizing I need to be more strict with myself if I want to finish my projects.
Do you type on a computer, typewriter, write everything by hand, or use a blend of those? And where do you write in general?
On a computer! I do write a few things in a notebook though, more like characters notes and stuff… But the actual story is on my laptop. I use Microsoft Words.
What are you most looking forward to now that you’ve started this journey?
I’m really looking forward to see if I will actually keep this going or if I will drop.. I hope I keep this project going!!! I hope I get even more hyped about my projects and my writing and maybe get to meet new writers who can become my writing buddies? 🥺
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Full list of questions:
- How did you find out about AuthorTube?
- What genres do you write in?
- What is your preferred writing tense, point of view, and category of story? (Children’s, YA, NA, Adult, etc.)
- Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?
- Are you a self-published, published, or yet-to-be published?
- What publishing company, literary agent, and/or printing company are you represented by or use? If you’re not yet published, what is your dream publishing house and/or literary agent?
- What AuthorTube related videos can we expect to find on your channel?
- When did you start writing?
- What was the first story you ever wrote?
- What authors have inspired your writing the most?
- Do you schedule your writing sessions or simply get to writing whenever you can find the time?
- Do you type on a computer, typewriter, write everything out by hand, or use a blend of those? And where do you write in general?
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I took a small break from blogging because a) I didn’t read much in September, and b) I had nothing to blog about. But here I am now, with a new post for you guys! I will be writing about five of my recent reads and let you all know what I thought of them, and I they passed the vibe check.
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Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau
I loved this graphic novel. I read it in one day and I found it so soft and pure. This is a love story between Ari, the son of bakers, and Hector, the new employee at Ari’s parents bakery. I thought the characters were adorable. I loved Hector’s love for baking, Ari’s desire to visit some new place, and his complex relationship with his parents.
This book totally passed the vibe check. I want MORE from them.
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Daddy by Emma Cline
Daddy is a short story collection written by Emma Cline. I’d say the main theme throughout these stories is: random white people doing boring ass stuff. I dnfed this book after a few short stories. None of them captivated me. The characters were meh and their lives were pitiful.
This book did not pass the vibe check. I want to sell it lmao I hate that I bought it.
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The Fence Series by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad, and Joana LaFuente
I LOVED this series so much! Read all four volumes in two days and I absolutely fell in love with these characters. This series follows the lives of fencers at an all boy academy. The main character is Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a great fencer who goes to the school on a scholarship to fence. Throughout the series he makes friends and gets better at fencing. There’s also a great slowburn romance with his rival, Seiji.
This series PASSED the vibe check. It contains so many of my favorite tropes (grumpy/sunshine, player/reserved, friends-to-lovers, etc.) and the drawings are so adorable. I can’t wait to read the next instalment in the series: a novel!!!!!
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Tout comme les tortues by Marie-Christine Chartier
This is a French-Canadian book about two people getting over a break up. Ariane went to South America to escape everything and her ex, Samuel, got into a new relationship. The story starts when Ariane comes back to Quebec and she and Samuel see each other. We follow them and learn why they broke up and learn about their past together.
Despite me finding this book cringy and giving it 2.5 stars, it did pass the vibe check. The themes in this book are really good and it’s a pretty good fast read. There’s a massive lack of diversity (which isn’t surprising in French Canadian books sadly…) and that annoyed me.
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La bouche pleine by Elisabeth Massicolli
Another French Canadian book! This one is about Camille, a twenty-something girl navigating dating life in Montreal. That’s it. That’s the plot. It’s just her going from Tinder dates to Tinder dates, dealing with her best friend, and going to see her therapist to rant about her life. Camille is a very self-centered character, she’s pretty egocentric in my opinion, but still pretty fun.
This book passed the vibe check. I loved it. Massicolli is a fresh new French Canadian voice and I loved the way she wrote Camille. It was fast paced and good and relatable.
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What are your five recent reads? Did they pass your vibe check?
I am so excited to be part of the Legendborn blog tour! Thank you so much to Hear Our Voice Book Tours and to Margaret K. McElderry Books for giving me an e-arc of this book, this did not alter my opinion on it in any way.
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
Legendborn was a wild ride, from start to finish. It has met every expectations I had set for it: fast paced, compelling plot, interesting characters, cute romance. I gave it a four stars and I think it was an amazing read.
The writing was amazing and the pacing was perfect. I think it can be a bit info-dumpy at the beginning, but you need that information to understand the world and everything that happens in the story. Tracy Deonn did an fantastic job with the world building too. The Arthurian retelling in a modern day with a secret society…. I can’t even really express how well done it was. You can tell the author put a lot of work on it. Every aspect of the world is well crafted and smart.
The characters were my favorite part of this book. I’m really big on character-driven stories, and I personally think this was one of those. Bree was not perfect. She annoyed me at times, but I think that only made her even more real. She is incredibly stubborn and fights for what she wants. The side characters, Alice, Nick, Sel, and many more, were also amazing. They were just there to be there. They had their own story arc, that I think, and hope, we’ll get to see more in the future. The climax of the story was definitely my favorite part. I loved the action packed scene and the reveals… I felt so much I was squealing while reading!
This book did not gloss over the fact that Bree was a Black woman living in a place with mostly white people. I could relate to all the micro-aggression she was a victim of and to the fact that she felt like there wasn’t a space for her, even if she deserved to be where she was.
In conclusion, I would absolutely recommend this book and I can’t wait to buy my own copy!
Never forget. Be angry. And channel it.
Together, we send the demon’s body in one direction while their head flies in the other.
(…) when your people die, you have to listen to strangers speak your nightmare into existence.
Tracy Deonn is a writer and second-generation fangirl. She grew up in central North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning her master’s degree in communication and performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tracy worked in live theater, video game production, and K–12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy speaks on panels at science fiction and fantasy conventions, reads fanfic, arranges puppy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything. She can be found on Twitter at @TracyDeonn and at TracyDeonn.com.
Legendborn is out NOW! Go get your copy or request it at your library!
Hi everyone, today I have something really exciting to share with you guys!
I have the honor to participate in the book tour for The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters, hosted by Caffeine Book Tours. I have a full review (spoiler-free, of course), a list of my favorite quotes, and a playlist inspired by the book for you guys! Thank you so much Caffeine Book Tour and Duet Books for letting me have an arc, that did not alter my judgement at all!
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Comic book geek Wesley Hudson excels at two things: slacking off at his job and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren’t helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local used bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it off, his annoying brother needs wedding planning advice. When all three problems converge, Wes comes face-to-face with the one thing he’s been avoiding—adulthood.
Now, confronted with reality, can Wes balance saving the bookstore and his strained sibling relationship? Can he win the heart of his crush, too?
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I thought this book was going to be about a guy who was trying to save his favorite book store while being in love with his best friend. I was so wrong.
This is the story of a guy trying to find himself, and trying to know what he wants to do after high school. I could relate to how Wes was feeling so much, because I found myself questioning my life a lot when I finished high school. And now that I’m in college, I still question myself. Is this the right choice? How do I figure out what I really want to do when I’m so young and haven’t experienced anything?
I thought the plot of this book was really good. It had a great set of characters, all very diverse thank you very much. They were smart, funny, and unique. I rarely see a great friend group like that in books. The writing was easy to read, once you start it you just keep going. The pacing was great and the chapters weren’t too short or too long.
I think that because this book was more about Wes figuring himself out and his relationship with the people that surround him (his best friend and crush, his brother, his dad), there was not a lot of conflict? And so not climax or anything? To me, this felt more like a slice of life and I loved it.
Now for the romance… It was good, however it wasn’t my favorite part of the story? I usually love a great friends-to-lovers trope but in this case it fell a bit flat to me. It doesn’t mean I don’t love the characters, it’s just… I wanted more…. I don’t know what more, but I wanted more. I will say though, the pining was A+.
All in all, this was a solid YA contemporary. And I absolutely recommend it. I’m so thankful I got to read the arc of this book!
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No matter where this life takes you, there will always be someone in this world who loves you more than your imagination will allow you to understand. You’re never quite alone.— Savannah Kirk, the Heart of the Lone Wolf
Geek is the new hot.
Even without superpowers, Wes realized he could be a hero. He just had to figure out how.
Life’s not out to get you. Stop running from it.
It turns out life isn’t a pile of bad days and then you fall in love with someone who fixes it all. Life is a series of embarrassing, funny, and sometimes brutal moments. Romance might be in there, too. But if you’re lucky, you’ll fall in love with your own amazingness and stumble upon a few kickass people to go on life’s adventures with you. — Savannah Kirk, Laguna Love Blues
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About the Author
Julian Winters is a former management trainer who lives in the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia and has been crafting fiction since he was a child, creating communities around his hand-drawn “paper people.” He began writing LGBTQ character-driven stories as a teen and developed a devoted fan fiction following. When he isn’t writing or using his sense of humor to entertain his young nephews, Julian enjoys reading, experimental cooking in the kitchen, and watching the only sports he can keep up with: volleyball and soccer.
I hope you guys enjoyed my post! And I hope it made you want to read this amazing book! It comes out on September 8th! Don’t forget to pick it up!