Blog Tour: American Panda by Gloria Chao

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Title: American Panda
Author: Gloria Chao
Publication: February 6th 2018
Pages: 320
Synopsis:

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

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MY REVIEW:

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a review and join this amazing blog tour featuring a bunch of bloggers you NEED to check out.

I really wanted to read this book because it’s the first book with Asian representation published by a HUGE publisher. It’s representation I craved for while growing up and today as an adult because everyone wants to be included.

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A CONVERSATION WITH JACI WHEELER AUTHOR OF SILENT SONG

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Author of Silent Song (out Jan 22nd 2018), Jaci Wheeler shares answers to the questions many of her readers asked.

Silent Song tells the story of how two complete opposites find each other and heal together.

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SYNOPSIS:

*Barrett*
I’m Deaf. What most people view as a disadvantage, I see as an advantage.
I feel my way through life in my 1969 Ford Fairlane. The vibrations and speed sustain me, the race track is where I dominate.
I thought racing was all I needed to survive…but I was wrong.

*Presley*
Music is my life. I inhale the melody and breathe in the lyrics.
That was until I met someone that opened my eyes to a new culture. Who knew all it would take was silence for me to really experience music.

When Silence and sound collide it creates an explosion of the senses.

READ MY REVIEW HERE

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BOOK PROMO: Twisted Fate by Jessie Elliot

Title: Twisted Fate
Series: Twisted #1
Author: Jessi Elliott
Genre: Urban Fantasy (New Adult)
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Cover Design: Okay Creations
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Synopsis

Being kidnapped by the leader of the fae really puts a dent in your senior year.

Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.

Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous fae leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.

 

Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.

Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.

When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.

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BOOK REVIEW: Saving the Sheriff by Kadie Scott

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Title: Saving the Sheriff
Author: Kadie Scott
Publication: January 23rd 2018
Pages: 206
Synopsis:

There’s a storm brewing…

The day his wife died, Sheriff Cash Hill discovered she was leaving him for another man, one she’d loved since before their marriage. How could the single dad ever trust another woman again? But when Georgia’s best friend, Holly, comes back to town, something about Holly’s sweet, sassy vulnerability has his protective instincts kicking in hard.

Holly Jensen left La Colina, Texas with regrets. She’s returned home to work as the new large animal vet and to watch over her best friend’s daughter. But Holly’s knowledge of Georgia’s past could rip a family apart. And she’s reluctant to go to the sexy…and single…sheriff, as he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her.

Both are faced with a choice…stay locked in the past or allow their reservations to be silenced by a passion hotter than Texas summer nights. Can they learn to trust their own hearts and each other?

MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I was provided an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. Where do I start with Kadie’s newest contemporary release?

Saving the Sheriff is a lot different from the romantic comedies I’ve been reviewing from her and published by Entangled Romance. It’s a small town romance for one. It involves a lot of delicious drama and heartache that made me burst into tears from what the characters say to each other in the heat of the moment. And it’s really well written. I just love Kadie’s writing style. It’s not poetic and whimsical, filled with similes and metaphors but she has the ability to express what characters feel and think in the most accurate and beautiful way.

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BOOK REVIEW: A Very Cowboy Christmas by Kim Redford

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Title: A Very Cowboy Christmas
Author: Kim Redford
Publication: October 31st 2017
Pages: 384
Synopsis:

There’s nothing like a firefighting cowboy to keep you toasty warm this Christmas…

Christmas is coming up, and single mom Sydney Steele is determined to make this a holiday to remember for Wildcat Bluff County. She still has to get those pesky, reluctant―and deliciously attractive―firefighting cowboys to pose for her charity calendar. They claim they’re too busy pursuing an unknown arsonist to take a break.

Dune Barrett has been flirting with Sydney for months, so he jumps at the chance to give her a hand. And when he agrees to pose as Mr. December, she couldn’t be happier. But to really win her over, Dune will have to convince eleven other guys from his crew to exploit their good looks for charity…a task much easier said than done.

MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I was provided a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A Very Cowboy Christmas tells the story of how a single man manages to convince a very smokin’ hot cowboy to model for a calendar she is making to raise money for a fundraiser she’s taken part of. The premise of the book does sound pretty interesting. I mean, Mr. December? A firefighter calendar? What else more can we ask for?

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BOOK REVIEW: Too Beautiful to Break by Tessa Bailey

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Title: Too Beautiful to Break
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publication: September 26th 2017
Pages: 320
Synopsis:

A love of a lifetime . . .

Leaving Belmont Clarkson is the hardest thing Sage Alexander has ever done. From the moment they met, she knew Belmont was the one, and getting up close and personal with him on his family’s epic road trip has taken her desire to a new, even hotter level. But there’s no way she can go there—not without revealing secrets that could devastate them both.

Losing Sage is not an option. Belmont’s heart is hers, has alwaysbeen hers. He knows she’s hiding something from him, but nothing will stand in his way of telling her just how much she means to him. Finding her is easy—saving her from her past could cost him everything.

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The Romancing the Clarksons series
Book 1 – Too Hot to Handle (Rita and Jasper)
Book 2 – Too Wild to Tame (Aaron and Grace)
Book 3 – Too Hard to Forget (Peggy and Elliott)
Book 4 – Too Beautiful to Break (Belmont and Sage)

MY RATING: 2.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, so where do I begin with this book. I don’t know what to tell you except the main reason why I rated this book a low score was simply because I was confused by page one. Like I never read the whole series so I think I was already wrong by the first step. I know exactly squat about Belmont and Sage and I’m assuming that Tessa Bailey wrote this entire series with lots of characters bleeding and developing within each book. So, with that being said, I was just kind of swept up in the intense ride of Belmont and Sage.

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BOOK REVIEW: Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow

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Title: Maybe this Christmas
Author: Jennifer Snow
Publication: September 26th 2017
Pages: 352
Synopsis:

All wrapped up . . . 

One more game. That’s all that stands between NHL star Asher Westmore and a major career milestone. But then his brother bashes him against the hockey boards, sidelining him for months. Over Christmas holidays, no less. If staying off the ice doesn’t drive him crazy, staying with his family will. The only bright spot amidst the mistletoe and twinkle lights: His best friend, Emma, is a physical therapist. And working out with her improves his body and his spirit.

One last time. Emma Callaway was in trouble the minute she and Asher added benefits to their friendship. How is she supposed to resist a funny, caring guy who makes her toes curl? Her heart was safe while he lived in a different state. Now that he’s back home recuperating, though, it’s only a matter of time before she blurts out her feelings. Emma’s only hope is that with a little holiday magic, she’ll get the best Christmas gift of all.

“With the perfect blend of hockey, heart, and heat, Maybe This Time is a winner!” — USA Today bestselling author Debbie Mason

MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I actually received this book way back in end of August but I saved it till now to read because sue me. I like to read christmas stories at christmas time.

Okay, so I love Jennifer Snow. Ever since Maybe This Love (the second book in the Colorado Ice series), I’ve fallen for her stories about NHL hockey players and the girls that just know how to tame them.

Maybe this Christmas was no exception. We have Asher Westmore, a big shot hockey player who is 1 small game away from playing his 1000th game, and Emma Callaway, a former olympic athlete turned physical therapist. Both who enjoy the tentative friends-with-benefits relationship that have been indulging in for the past year or so but obviously, reader. One of them clearly wants more. And reader, it’s Emma.

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BOOK REVIEW: Kitty Hawk and The Curse of the Yukon Gold

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Title: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold
Author: Iain Reading
Publication: December 3rd 2012
Pages: 262
Synopsis:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure – flying around the world!

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I was provided a complimentary copy from the author & marketing team in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, so I know what a lot of you guys might be thinking. I normally don’t reach for books like this one and you guys make a fair point. I reach for steamy romances, young adult contemporaries, or like my newly discovered love–young adult fantasy novels. It is also within fair reason why I would personally be hesitant about reading this on in particular.

And I may have the same reasons as you do. While the cover features gorgeous artwork, it doesn’t necessarily look like a well polished book you’ll find in your bookstore. The title is kind of put in the bottom–discarded like it will ruin the cover even though the title is one of the most important parts to a book and the author’s name is squished in the bottom left corner. I know we shouldn’t be judging books by their covers but in a world where our attention spans last no longer than it takes to send out a tweet–a beautiful cover matters.

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BOOK BIRTHDAY: Team Player

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Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier…


TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige is LIVE!

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Publication Date: December 14th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

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