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Flaca by Leslie DJ Book Blitz + Review.

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Flaca by Leslie DJ. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 20 April till 3 May. See the tour schedule here.

FlacaFlaca: an honest account of a Latina with an eating disorder
By Leslie DJ
Genre: Non-fiction/ memoir
Release Date: 20 February 2020

Blurb:
After an intervention during the summer of 2018 Leslie finds herself in a treatment center for an eating disorder she was unaware she had. In her own words, Leslie DJ, author of That Girl and Luz digs deep into her own struggles and battle with anorexia and bipolar II disorder in a brave and sometimes comical account of her life.

You can find Flaca on Goodreads

You can buy Flaca here on Amazon


My thought on the book

In Flaca, the author talks about her journey with an eating disorder and bipolar disorder. Raw and honest are two words I’d use to describe this book. Leslie tells her story with unflinching honesty, highlighting her battle with mental illness. She also talks about her childhood and her obsession with pro-anorexia sites.
The book was easy to follow – even with the heavy subject matter. Nice, short journal-like entries that give readers an insight into what it’s like to suffer from an eating disorder. I appreciated the epilogue – how it showed that just because someone may have recovered, there is always the chance for relapse. I look forward to seeing what the author writes next.

Leslie DJAbout the Author:
Leslie DJ was born to write, photographs of her holding pen to paper can be found within the confines of this book. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School of New York and is an on-air talent at 94.3 FM WBMB Baruch College radio. She is the host of two podcasts including Sinister Girlz a female-centric music podcast that promotes local talents in music and could be found on Stitcher and Apple Podcast. She is a native New York and resides with her pet Chihuahua, Joey and precocious parrots Perry and Cocoa.

You can find and contact Leslie DJ here:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Instagram

Giveaway
There is a tour-wide giveaway for the book blitz of Flaca. One winner will win a signed copy of both “That Girl” and “Luz” by Leslie DJ (US and Canada only).

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The Fallout Blog Tour + Review.

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The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton. 

Publisher – HarperFiction.

Release date – 2nd April 2020. 

You can purchase this book on Amazon here. 

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Synopsis

At the school gates, there’s no such thing as yesterday’s news . . .

When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about.

Was nobody watching him? Where was his mother? Who’s to blame?

The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers – they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop.

Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault. And if she’s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart.


My thought on the book3 star book review

The Fallout was different from what I was expecting, but it was still worth a read. It started off interesting and gripping, and I was excited to know what happened. The suspense was great at the beginning, however; the story dragged, and I felt it would have been better being shorter. 

I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. Although they felt believable, I struggled to connect with them. However, I presume that’s because their world is so far from mine, rather than it being a problem with the characters. 

Overall, this book had great potential but parts weren’t to my liking. It gripped me near the beginning but as the story went on; I become bored and my concentration waned. However, still, a great read for anyone who likes books filled with drama and secrets and I’d still like to check out other books by this author.


About the author              

Rebecca Thornton is an alumna of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course, where she was tutored by Esther Freud and Tim Lott. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, You Magazine, Daily Mail, Prospect Magazine and The Sunday People amongst others. She has reported from the Middle East, Kosovo and the UK. She now lives in West London with her husband and two children. The Fallout is her third novel.

For more information, interviews and features, please contact Jennifer Harlow onjennifer.harlow@harpercollins.co.uk / @jenrharlow



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Tales Of Unexplained Mystery Blog Tour + Book Review

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Tales of Unexplained Mystery by Steph Young.

Paperback: 247 pages

Publisher: Independently published (2 Dec. 2019)

Publication Date: 2nd December 2019.

Language: English

ISBN-10:1670675947

ISBN-13:978-1670675941

You can purchase this book on Amazon here. 

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Synopsis

Tales of Mystery Unexplained….What happened to Elisa Lam, found dead in a water tower atop a hotel roof? Who were the two men who came to see her & what was in the mystery box they gave her? Why did the location of her gravestone match the zip code of a Bookstore, miles away?

Why was a man found in the same spot he disappeared, but 4 years later, with a hole in his head that no surgeons could explain? And what did this have to do with a séance, doppelgangers & the assassination of Abraham Lincoln? Why did a man write the Fibonacci sequence as a clue & tell a stranger he was “Looking for the Beast,” before he disappeared in the barren plains of a desert? Plus many more Tales of Mystery Unexplained.

Steph Young has appeared on national radio shows & podcasts including the UK’s The Unexplained, and Coast to Coast Am, talking about many of these mysteries.

You can also hear some of these Unexplained Mysteries on her podcast on iTunes ‘Tales of Mystery Unexplained.’


My thought on the book

I’ve always been a fan of strange, unexplained mysteries and so this book didn’t disappoint me. Some of these tales I’d heard of but most I hadn’t. There was a couple I wasn’t a fan of but most of the stories gave me food for thought and got my brain working.

I was worried I would become irritated with this book because of my need to know how things work and how they end. However, that didn’t happen and instead, I found myself interested and attempting to put the clues together to try and figure out what happened.

The authors writing style was engaging and kept me reading. Some of the information was repetitive but I only found that a small problem. You could tell the author had done her research, allowing us to follow deeply thought out and well put together cases.

The only thing I didn’t like was some of the stories dragged on. A couple were only a few pages, whilst others seemed to go on forever. This is my own opinion though and it might not bother other people.

I will be checking out Steph Young’s other books as this book piqued my interest, and I’m excited to delve more into unexplained mysteries.


About the Author.

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Steph Young has been a guest on National Radio shows including ‘Coast to Coast AM,’ as well as many more…

Steph’s Podcast on iTunes; “Tales of Mystery Unexplained” discussing Creepy Mysteries of the Unexplained.

Website: Stephyoungauthor.com

Twitter @StephYoungAuth

Instagram @authorstephyoung

 


 

6 Awesome Books I’m Super Excited For In 2020

I love browsing for books, especially those due to be released soon, it’s so exciting!

2019 was full of the great, the funny, the unique and of course the bad. Books every year seem to get better and this year was no different. It’s exciting to wonder what the new year will bring and how many more books will become firm favourites.

Here are the 6 books I’m most looking forward to.


The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Expected publication date – 19th May 2020

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Synopsis

‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.’

I love the Hunger Games series, and when Suzanne Collins announced she was releasing another book set in the same universe I couldn’t contain my excitement. I love that it’s set before the events of the first book. I’m so excited to read about new characters, and see if any original characters will make an appearance that im prepared to look past the snake on the front cover lol!.


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Expected publication date – 3rd March 2020

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Synopsis

‘Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.’

I know some people are fed up with the amount of Shadowhunter books there are, however, I am so down for it. I’m excited it’s set in Edwardian times and we get to see more of the past Herondale’s. Cassandra Clare has created this beautiful and infinite universe I just can’t get enough of.


Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. 

Expected publication date – 2nd June 2020

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Synopsis

‘In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.’

This book gives me Caraval vibes and I’m in love with that series. This book seems similar, whilst also having it’s own original aspects. I love anything to do with magic and circuses so I’m excited for this book to release.


Loveless by Alice Oseman.

Expected publication date – 30th April 2020.

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Synopsis

‘Georgia feels loveless – in the romantic sense, anyway. She’s eighteen, never been in a relationship, or even had a crush on a single person in her whole life. She thinks she’s an anomaly, people call her weird, and she feels a little broken. But she still adores romance – weddings, fan fiction, and happily ever afters. She knows she’ll find her person one day … right?

After a disastrous summer, Georgia is now at university, hundreds of miles from home. She is more determined than ever to find love – and her annoying roommate, Rooney, is a bit of a love expert, so perhaps she can help.

But maybe Georgia just doesn’t feel that way about guys. Or girls. Or anyone at all. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe she can find happiness without falling in love. And maybe Rooney is a little more loveless than she first appears.

LOVELESS is a journey of identity, self-acceptance, and finding out how many different types of love there really are. And that no one is really loveless after all.’

I’m not a huge contempary fan, however, Alice Oseman is one of my favourite authors. I read her previous book Radio Silence as an ARC a few years ago and I fell in love. Her writing and character development are breathtaking and it made me fall in love with her books. She is now an auto buy author for me.


Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry. 

Expected publication date – 27th August 2020.

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Synopsis

‘Six teens must band together to survive after a shooting breaks out.

When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter. To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret—and she’s not the only one. The group has only three choices—run, hide, or fight back. The wrong decision will have fatal consequences.’

Whilst researching for my latest work in progress, I found my love for YA thrillers. With all the recent shootings in the last few years I think this book is relevant, I just hope the author has done it justice.


Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer.

Expected publication date – 3rd March 2020.

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Synopsis

‘Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.

And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer’s motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don’t stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.

With razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters, E. Latimer crafts a sweeping, mesmerizing story of dark magic and brutal mythology set against a backdrop of contemporary Ireland that’s impossible to put down.’

Any book featuring witchcraft and I’m almost guaranteed to pick it up. I love that this book has been advertised as blended with celtic mythology. One thing I’ve wanted to see more in the Fantasy genre is representation of mental illness. I find it’s never a thing in the genre so I’m excited to see how that’ll be potrayed in this book.


What books are you excited for in 2020? 

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4 Books I’m Most Excited About This November

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 28. Does anyone else feel weird and out of sorts when the clocks move back or forward? It really knocks me off for a few days. So once again (I feel like I say this more often than not) there are so many amazing books coming out in November. For this post I’ve narrowed it down to 4 and here they are..


The Wren Hunt – Mary Watson.

Release date – 6th November 2018.

Synopsis

Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good. 

In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.’

One of the first things that drew me to this book was it’s cover. I love how you can interpret the picture as a tree or a bird. It’s also set near Christmas, and one of the things I want to do this year is read more books to get into the festive season.


This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson.

Release date – 13th November 2018.

Synopsis

Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. The disease was supposed to be over; the second generation was supposed to be immune. But as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality that either the virus has mutated or something worse is happening: one of their own is a killer.’

I’m not one for sci-fi but I’m finding myself reaching more for the genre. This book caught my attention because its sounds like an interesting concept of whether a virus or a person is killing people.


Skyward – Brandon Sanderson.

Release date – 6th November 2018.

Synopsis

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

As this author is known very well in the fantasy genre, I’m really interested to see what he does with the sci fi genre. I also love the concept of a ship having a soul. I think more often than not machines are portrayed as having no feelings and definitely no soul so I’m interested to see where this book will take me.


How She Died, How I Lived – Mary Crockett.

Release date – 13th November 2018.

Synopsis

I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie–beautiful, saintly Jamie–was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.

On the eve of Kyle’s sentencing a year after Jamie’s death, all the other “chosen ones” are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to live, while Jamie is dead.

Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie’s boyfriend–knowing all the while that their relationship will always be haunted by what-ifs and why-nots. Is hope possible in the face of such violence? Is forgiveness? How do you go on living when you know it could have been you instead?’

I think the idea of a text being sent to multiple girls and then the one who answered died is intriguing. I feel like this book could be full of twists and turns so I’m excited.


What books are you looking forward to this November?

6 Thrilling August YA Book Releases I Want NOW!

 

I can’t believe it’s August already. Once again I’m impatiently waiting for more books to be released (not that I don’t have enough on my TBR already).

*All book title links go to Goodreads*


I’ve been looking forward to this ever since it was announced. I have the other 2 books in the DC icons series but I’m most looking forward to this one.

Can we first discuss this cover? I love it so much. I’ve been excited for this book for so long so I’m happy it’s nearly time for it to be released.

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I think this cover is absolutely stunning. The synopsis for this book is so intriguing so I’m looking forward to seeing if the book lives up to my expectations.

This book sounds so good I can hardly wait. Me being the morbid person that I am, anything about serial killers gets my attention.

The raging ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie book cover

I’ve noticed a lot of books coming out that are written by two people. Apart from the synopsis and the gorgeous cover, I love that this particular duo are identical twins.

I’ve been hearing such great things about this book so I’m excited to finally get my hands on it.


So that’s it for the book I’m looking forward to this month. Are you excited for any of these? What others books can you not wait for this month?

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5 Exciting July Releases I Need Right Now

It’s that time of the month where I’m excited for the books coming out next month. There aren’t many on my list for July compared to other months, but here’s the 5 books I need in my life right now!


  • Notes from my Captivity by Kathy Parks (10th July 2018)

This book sounds so unique and the premise suggests an interesting plot. I love the cover too – the illustrations of the trees are beautiful.

  • The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass (12th July 2018)

I loved the previous book by this author ‘The Cresswell Plot’ so when I saw they had another book coming out, I knew I had to read it!

  • Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood (12th July 2018)

This book got my interest from the moment I heard about it. I think the concept of a different author writing each character is really interesting and I’m excited to see how it pans out.

  • Contagion by Erin Bowman (24th July 2018)

I’ve never been a huge sci-fi reader and used to avoid the genre altogether. But ever since I read and loved the Illuminae series, I’ve decided to make more of an effort to read more. The premise for this sounds awesome so I’m excited to pick it up.

  • Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (31st July)

I love retellings. I especially love The Little Mermaid retellings so this is an obvious addition to my TBR.


What are some of the books you’re looking forward to in the month of July?