Blog Tour: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – Review + Dream Cast + Playlist + Giveaway

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Title: A Study in Charlotte

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Publication Date: March 1, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Retellings, Fiction, Romance, Thriller

Synopsis:

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense. 

Review

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and an unbiased review. Thanks to the publisher and The Fantastic Flying Book Club.

When I first heard of A Study in Charlotte, I hopped at the chance to read it! I love a good mystery and ANYTHING involving a Holmes and a Watson is right up my alley!

James Watson has just begun prep school in America. Being so far away from home (London), he has been feeling quiet alone. James has been fascinated with Charlotte Holmes for his entire life. When James meets Charlotte at a school poker night, he is completely taken. She is more captivating than James had ever imagined. After the death of someone they both loathe, they (ironically) quickly become friends.

Charlotte is as Holmes as a Holmes could ever be. She is quick witted, brilliant, and extremely determined. James Watson is caring, loyal, and steadfast. Holmes and Watson are both the direct descendants of the real Sherlock Holmes and John Watson so it only makes sense for the two to be the best of friends.

A Study in Charlotte was such a easy read to love. From the very beginning, I was captivated. I never felt the need to figure of the “mystery,” before it was revealed, I just enjoyed following the story. I loved observing the similarities between this Holmes and Watson versus the original Holmes and Watson. A Study in Charlotte is a must read for any  Holmes and Watson fan!

4 out of 5 stars

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Jeremy Irvine as James Watson

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Lucy Hale as Charlotte Holmes

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Meet The Author

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Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the author of the poetry collection Girl-King (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she’s a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches creative writing, detective fiction, and lots of other things. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, cat, and collection of deerstalker caps.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and her website.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: Furthermore

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publication Date: August 30, 2016

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit—and with a liar by her side in land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

*Deep breaths…don’t pass out from hyperventilating*

Did you read the author’s name? Did you?! It’s Tahereh freaking Mafi!! I almost never read middle grade books, but I will read ANYTHING by Tahereh! She is a complete goddess when it comes to writing (and fashion).

If you haven’t read the Shatter Me series yet, I highly suggest you do! It’s is one of my all time favorite series!

Who knows, after I read this book, I’ll probably fall in love with the middle grade genre…

Blog Tour: After The Woods by Kim Savage – Review + Dream Cast + Playlist + Giveaway

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Title: After The Woods

Author: Kim Savage

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Realistic Fiction, Suspense, Horror

Synopsis:

Would you risk your life to save your best friend? 

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning. 

Review

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks to the publisher and The Fantastic Flying Book Club.

A year later and still recovering her memories from her kidnapping in the woods, Julia wants closure. Julia’s mother and counselor believe that she should be sheltered from anything that reminders her of her attack. When a body is found in the same woods Julia was in, the police believe there may be a connection to Julia’s perpetrator. While almost everyone believes Julia should stay away, she can’t help but be intrigued. Maybe if she can figure out this case, she can remember her attack and receive the closure she so desperately needs.

Julia was a wonderful protagonist. She did not wait around for others to take care of her; she always did what needed to be done. After all, she saved her best friend’s, Liv, life when she took her place in the woods. In order to get the closure she needs, she goes back into the woods she was kidnapped. That in itself speaks volumes of bravery.

That brings me to Liv. Liv is one of the worst best friends I have ever encountered. She is constantly telling Julia to “get over” what happened in the woods. Oh, want to know what Liv did when Julia took Liv’s place in the woods? She ran. Instead of attempting to help her best friend, she left her. As for some of her other actions, I could understand…to an extent. Liv always seemed to make the most dramatic and unnecessary decisions in order to find her solution.

This book was fast paced from beginning to the end! I couldn’t put this book down. With most mysteries I read, I normally can figure out who did what and what is going on before all the secrets are revealed, but I couldn’t with After The Woods. I had a few assumptions, but I was very surprised at the end.

I was the last person to receive this arc in the traveling arc tour so I had the wonderful pleasure of reading everyone’s notes and seeing everyone’s doodles (which I loved)! I hope more publishers use this idea because it was very neat seeing everyone else’s opinion on the book!

4 out of 5 stars

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Chloe Bennet as Julia

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Dove Cameron as Liv

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Meet The Author

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Kim Savage is the author of After The Woods, a debut psychological thriller for young adults coming on Feb 23, 2016 with Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan. Her second thriller for young adults comes from FSG is 2017. Before writing fiction, she worked as business journalist, pitching stories along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You get the idea.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, and her website.

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Blog Tour: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman – Review + Dream Cast + Playlist + Giveaway

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Title: Blackhearts

Author: Nicole Castroman

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: February 9, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Retellings, Romance, Pirates, Fantasy, Adventure

Synopsis:

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Before you read this review, lets just say I have made my first “official” blogger mistake. I forgot I was apart of this tour! When I read this book, I loved it so much that I quickly wrote up a review and posted it to my blog! A few days later, I check my calendar and lo and behold, I see that I am scheduled for a blog tour for Blackhearts! So I apologize for the redundancy, but at least I get to gush more about Blackhearts!

Review

I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Blackhearts is the story of two people who live two very different lives, but realize they are more alike than they ever imagined. Anne is a maid in the household of a very rich merchant. Edward Drummond, Teach, is the son of that very rich merchant. Anne and Teach’s relationship starts off with pure loathing towards each other, but slowly develops into something more the further they spend time with each other.

If you are expecting pirates and sea swept adventures, I’m going to have to tell you that you will not receive it in this book. Yet, do not pass up this book because its’ lack of pirates. Blackhearts is the origin story of Blackbeard (Teach) and who he was before he received that name. Blackhearts is the story of Teach and the family he came from. Blackhearts is also the story of the girl he fell in love with. You will not be disappointed for picking up this book.

Blackhearts is one of the best romance novels I have ever read. The romance in this novel is a super slow burn and it had me flipping through the pages faster and faster. I cannot stand instalove and this novel is the literal opposite. The romance in this book is so accurately portrayed, because seriously…who falls in love with someone they just met?

OH. MAH. GOSH. This book is everything and more. I do not know what I was expecting going into this book, but I sure as heck did not expect this beautiful masterpiece. Not only is this book extremely easily to become absorbed into, but Blackhearts captivated my attention and did not surrender its’ hold on me. Also, that ending… That ending killed me. It is an opened ended ending and as of now, Blackheartsis a standalone. However, I sincerely hope that Nicole write a sequel because I need more Anne and Teach. I would love to see Anne and Teach’s relationship develop and all the adventures they will experience together. I need more. Do you hear me Nicole? I NEED MORE. Pretty please…

Do yourself a favor and read this book.

5 out of 5 stars

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This Pretty Girl as Anne

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Bob Morley as Edward “Teach”

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Meet The Author

Nicole

 

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: Blood Red Snow White

Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Russia wakes from a long sleep and marches to St Petersburg to claim her birthright. Her awakening will mark the end for the Romanovs, and the dawn of a new era that changed the world. Arthur Ransome, a journalist and writer, was part of it all. He left his family in England and fell in love with Russia and a Russian woman. This is his story.