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Review: Violet Made Of Thorns By Gina Chen

What an absolutely fantastic story! Dark, whimsical, and with just the right amount of humor and vitriol, Violet Made Of Thorns by Gina Chen is an epic fantasy that takes all the typical tropes of fairy tales and throws them out the window.

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Review: The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

With a charming premise, a stunning cover design, and praises from top publications in the industry, The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan promises an enchanting tale of love and healing. But does the story live up to its praises?

Review: The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

In my opinion, that would be a BIG NO. Here’s my review of The Keeper Of Lost Things; I forced my way through all 336 pages of this disappointing novel so that you don’t have to.

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Review: The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters has been on my most anticipated July release list, and I am so happy that I got the chance to finally dive into this amazing, sapphic horror fantasy last month. It was everything the blurb promised: full of magic, a heaping of gothic horror, and an irresistible thriller/mystery to bind it all together.

Review: The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters
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Review: A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (Ember Quartet #2)

This is the first time I am sitting down to review Sabaa Tahir’s A Torch Against The Night, the second book of her debut series, An Ember In The Ashes. However, I have read this book a thousand times before, and with every re-read, the story just gets better.

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Blog Tour: Becoming Brooklyn [International Giveaway + Review]

Becoming Brooklyn by Amanda Deich follows the story of a superhero teenage girl, who in her quest for wanting to know more about her heroic father, agrees to join an elite military that will do anything to fight terrorism at home and abroad. What follows is just the beginning of Brooklyn’s heroic journey as the terrorists find out about her super powers and decides to bring the war to her.

Becoming Brooklyn

Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for having me as a tour host for this book. My review of this post is at the end of this post, where you can win a chance to enter an international giveaway too!

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Review: Hana Khan Carries On By Uzma Jalaluddin [Exclusive International Giveaway]

Review: Hana Khan Carries On By Uzma Jalaluddin [Exclusive International Giveaway]

As a South Asian Muslim woman myself, I was beyond excited to get my hands on Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin, a delightful love story featuring a bold, brilliant and ambitious young Muslim protagonist, two competing rival halal restaurants, and a diverse cast of colored characters. I have to admit, this is definitely going to be one of the best book of 2021. Hana Khan Carries On takes all the things you love in a romantic-comedy and gives it a refreshing new twist.

Thank you so much Colored Pages Tour for having me as a tour host for this amazing book, and to Atlantic Books for sending me a review copy. Read on below for my full review (or get the TL;DR version here) & participate in an exclusive giveaway to win ONE FINISHED COPY OF Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin.

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Review: Unravel The Dusk by Elizabeth Lim (The Blood Of Stars #2)

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Important Note: This is a review for the second book in the The Blood Of Stars duology by Elizabeth Lim, and therefore may contain spoilers from the first book, Spin The Dawn. If you have not read Spin The Dawn yet, check out my review of it here.

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim blew me away; it was a phenomenal and captivating young adult fantasy novel that I absolutely adored and could not put down even for a minute. And after the epic cliffhanger ending of the first book, I had high expectations for the sequel, Unravel The Dusk.

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Review: Spin The Dawn By Elizabeth Lim (Blood Of Stars #1)

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Having read some of my friend’s raving reviews about Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, I knew before going in that I would love this book. What I didn’t expect was to fall head over heels for this story, and finish all 400 pages in one night.

But that’s the magic of Spin The Dawn for you. Enchantingly beautiful and indulgent, Spin The Dawn is essentially a Young Adult fairy tale that will sweep you off your feet.

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Blog Tour: Whisper By Tracy Bilen

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I am thrilled to be a blog tour host for Whisper by Tracy Bilen, which just got released yesterday on May 8th! I’ll be sharing my review of this book very soon; for now take an exclusive sneak peek into this new YA thriller novel.

Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for having me as a tour host for this book.

Blog Tour: Whisper By Tracy Bilen

Stop him

After her friend Samantha is murdered, seventeen-year-old Olivia is the only one who still hears her voice.

Years ago, Jacob closed his eyes. In a park. Playing hide-and-seek. His little brother is still missing. And Jacob’s mom is the FBI agent who couldn’t find him.

Now Jacob has dreams he can’t explain. And draws faces of those about to die.
In a town terrorized by a serial killer, Jacob meets Olivia. Sparks ignite. Their flame burns bright.

Until the voice in Olivia’s head echoes the warning in Jacob’s dream…

You’re next.

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Blog Tour: Runaway Train By Lee Mathew Goldberg [Exclusive Giveaway + Sneak Peak]

Blog Tour: Runaway Train By Lee Mathew Goldberg [Exclusive Giveaway + Sneak Peak]

I am thrilled to be sharing my first blog tour post for Runaway Train by Lee Mathew Goldberg. Thank you so much YA Bound Book Tours for choosing me to be a host for this blog tour.

Set in the 90’s, Runaway Train follows the journey of 16-year-old Nico as she tries to come to terms with the loss of her sibling and find meaning in her life.

If you are looking for a heartfelt, coming-of-age YA novel, then check out this exclusive giveaway + sneak peak of Runaway Train.

Blog Tour: Runaway Train By Lee Mathew Goldberg [Exclusive Giveaway + Sneak Peak]

They told me I was an out-of-control train about to crash…

Everything changed when the police officer knocked on the door to tell me – a 16-year-old – that my older sister Kristen had died of a brain aneurysm. Cue the start of my parents neglecting me and my whole life spiraling out of control.

I decided now was the perfect time to skip town. It’s the early 90’s, Kurt Cobain runs the grunge music scene and I just experienced some serious trauma. What’s a girl supposed to do? I didn’t want to end up like Kristen, so I grabbed my bucket list, turned up my mixtape of the greatest 90’s hits and fled L.A.. The goal was to end up at Kurt Cobain’s house in Seattle, but I never could have guessed what would happen along the way.

At turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and laugh out loud funny, Runaway Train is a wild journey of a bygone era and a portrait of a one-of-a-kind teenage girl trying to find herself again the only way she knows how.

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Check out this exclusive sneak peak of the first chapter from Lee Mathew Goldberg’s Runaway Train.

Dead & Bloated – Stone Temple Pilots

My sister Kristen died the same day as the actor River Phoenix, October 31st, 1993, he from a drug overdose in the middle of the night outside the Viper Room, her on an early morning run through Laurel Canyon, two days before her seventeenth birthday—and a happy fucking Halloween to me. There I was, dressed up in costume as D’arcy, the bassist from Smashing Pumpkins: oversized baggy striped sweater, dyed blond hair, a dab of red lips and blue eye shadow, and a broken bass guitar slung around my shoulder that I didn’t know how to play anyway, watching the news where I saw River’s lean body, which I had imagined climbing on top of me multiple times, being hauled away on a stretcher, when the doorbell rang and a police officer asked if my parents were home. 

“Er…no,” I said, running through my mind the millions of bad things I may have done. That strappy dress I’d shoplifted, the bag of dirt I sold to a freshman pretending it was weed.

“Are you a relative of Kristen Sullivan?”

Kristen? What could the police want with perfect Kristen?

“Yeah. Her sister.”

“I am sorry to tell you this, but your sister has died.”

About The Author

Blog Tour: Runaway Train By Lee Mathew Goldberg [Exclusive Giveaway + Sneak Peak]

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE ANCESTOR, THE MENTOR, THE DESIRE CARD and SLOW DOWN.

He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar. His first YA series RUNAWAY TRAIN is forthcoming in 2021 along with a sci-fi novel ORANGE CITY.

After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Writers Review, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press & sevral others.

He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.