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BLOG TOUR Why I Loathe Sterling Lane (Review, Giveaway + Guest Post)

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Hi, readers and welcome to my blog post for the Why I Loathe Sterling Lane blog tour. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to share my review with you guys. Also, don’t miss a guest post by the author Ingrid Paulson in which she shares five rules to create the perfect prank. There’s also a giveaway, don’t miss it.

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Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson

Publication Date: June 6, 2017.

Publisher: Entangled: Teen.

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, and Romance.

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Purchase here: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N | KoboiBooks

Synopsis: Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn’t entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

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Thank you, Entangled Teen, for my advanced review copy of Why I Loathe Sterling Lane. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a book that really surprised me. I did not expect to feel as invested in this book and the main characters as I was. However, it did take me a while to get there. Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is about Harper, her twin brother Cole, and Sterling, the new guy at their boarding school. Harper and Sterling are opposites and quickly become rivals, constantly trying to up one on the other through masterful pranks. Things get pretty wild. However, despite this, they decide to cooperate to help Cole get out of the trouble he’s gotten himself into. I really liked Why I Loathe Sterling Lane a lot because it brought something new. The way the book is structured is unique because the chapters aren’t named chapter 1, chapter 2, etc. but instead, the chapter headings are reasons why Harper loathes Sterling. They really make you anticipate every time a new chapter begins. It was awesome.

“I’m glad you found someone to stroke your already sizable ego. But I think you’ll find I’m not susceptible to your games.”

“You know, that almost sounds like a challenge.” There was a quiet menace in his voice that made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.

The best part about Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is definitely the fact that it’s the trope hate to love. The masterful pranks are amazing, the chemistry and tension between Harper and Sterling is legendary, and the banter is on fire. I love it when rivals/enemies turn into lovers. It’s one of the best tropes out there. I also liked how in the beginning Harper was very much alone, her only friend her twin brother Cole. However, as the events of the book progressed Harper went more and more out of her comfort zone and did things she never had before. I really love the friendship that developed between Harper and Kendall. I also love the sibling dynamics in this book. The fact that Harper would do anything for her brother is just beautiful. I love it when characters have each other’s backs. More of this in Young Adult books, yes, please.

Even if I ended up loving Why I Loathe Sterling Lane I have to say that the first half of the book did not impress me. It took me about 50 % of the book to get invested in the characters and the story. Also, some of the character’s actions were at times infuriating. I definitely wish the dynamics between the characters and more of their motives had been clearer from the start since that would have improved the first half of the book. Nonetheless, it really did turn around and the second half was truly magnificent. Another downside was the fact that the words crazy and lunatic were used once which was really unnecessary.

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is perfect for young adult readers who love a good hate to love story. They will fall in love with the banter, the pranks, and the ship. I know I did. There are amazing sibling vibes in this one, lovely friendships and a rivalry between the two main characters that will blow you away. It is very electric. If all of that is your thing, you definitely need to check Why I Loathe Sterling Lane out.

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{The Paths We Choose Release Week} Official Book Playlist

The Paths We Choose Release Week: Day Three – Official Book Playlist

Hi, can you all believe it’s only two days left now until April 6th and The Paths We Choose? So exciting! Today I’m sharing with you guys the official playlist for The Paths We Choose made by the author, Maria Hollis, and I couldn’t be more excited. This playlist has so many amazing songs, I was so happy when I first saw it. I have collected all of the songs into a playlist on YouTube so it’ll be easier for you guys to listen and you can do so here. The playlist has 11 songs and fits the book so well, I know you guys will love it.

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I hope you haven’t forgotten to add and pre-order The Paths We Choose on Goodreads and Amazon, do so here and here. If you want to see my earlier posts for The Paths We Choose you can do so here.

Do you plan on listening to the official playlist? If yes, when? Before, during or after you’ve read the book?

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BLOG TOUR: Thanks a Lot, John LeClair Review + Interview with Johanna Parkhurst

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Welcome to the blog tour for Thanks a Lot, John Leclair by Johanna Parkhurst! Down below you can check out my review of the book, and also see an interview I had with Johanna.

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Publication Date: December 15, 2016.

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press.

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary and LGBT.

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Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository  | Harmony Ink Press

Synopsis: A Companion to Here’s to You, Zeb Pike.

Sixteen-year-old Emmitt LaPoint has secretly been writing letters to his hockey idol, John LeClair, for years. So it’s probably only fitting that Emmitt’s small Vermont town seems desperate to make him the next LeClair. After all, Emmitt is about to lead his high school hockey team to the state championship, he has a near-perfect GPA, and he’s liked by almost everyone.

But even golden boys have problems, and Emmitt has more than his share. His father’s back in town to breathe down his neck. He’s happily dating his coach’s nephew, Dusty, but almost nobody knows he’s gay—and that secret is getting harder and harder to keep.

When Emmitt discovers Dusty is keeping secrets of his own, he’s forced to decide exactly what kind of golden boy he wants to be.

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Update 25/7 2017: upon further reflection, I felt that there were a few issues I had with this book that needs to be addressed. In the book, a character outs another character which is really wrong. No one has any right to tell the world someone else is gay. There was also an incident where one character pressured another to come out because they were together, which is also not okay. These issues should not be ignored and that is why I felt the need to address them for anyone who is thinking about reading Thanks a Lot, John LeClair. I lowered my rating from four cake pieces to three.


Thanks a Lot, John LeClair is an amazing and adorable book that will move readers all across the world. The story is about Emmitt and Dusty, a young gay couple who are closeted to their high school and community, basically to everyone except their families. The reason is because Emmitt is a hockey player who wants to play in the NHL and there are not exactly a lot of hockey players out at the moment. No matter their struggles, the love between Emmitt and Dusty is strong, and one that will appeal to so many readers.

I think I might be gay. But gay guys can’t be hockey players, right? I’ve never heard of a gay hockey player. Ever. So I guess I can’t be gay. Because all I want to be is a hockey player.   —Emmitt LaPoint, age 11

There is so much to love about this book, Emmitt is an amazing protagonist who deals with so much. How to be a hockey player, a big brother and a son to a father he has a complicated relationship to and a boyfriend. I love seeing how Emmitt deals with his life and the struggles he faces. The relationship between Emmitt and Dusty is so sweet, and they go through a lot, both ups and downs, just like any other high school couple. They are just two gay boys willing to do anything for each other.

Coach groans. “Emmitt, are you listening to yourself? You sound like some lovesick teenager!” He pauses. “Jeez, you are, aren’t you?” “Am not,” I mumble. I don’t like the sound of that.

There are so many amazing things that could be said about this book, but in the end, I’d just tell you that you really have to read it. Thanks a Lot, John LeClair is the best feel good book out there. It’s a happy book about two gay boys dealing with high school drama, the reality of the hockey community and its relationship to the lgbt community. This book will be so important for gay teens who think and believe that they don’t belong in the sports community. This book will show them that they can achieve anything, all their dreams, and find love at that too.

If you’re a fan of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli then I really think you’ll love this book. It’s the same HAPPY lovely feeling only more focused on sports. If you want a cute book to lift your spirits, one that deals with important and relatable topics, then this book is for you. You won’t regret a second of it.

Interview with Johanna Parkhurst

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  1. What inspired you to write Thanks a Lot, John LeClair?

It sort of happened by accident. I wrote Here’s to You, Zeb Pike, and in the first drafts I created a very minor character named Emmitt LaPoint. As the book grew and changed, Emmitt became more and more important to the plot, and eventually it became clear he had a story of his own which needed to be told.

Emmitt’s story feels very unfinished at the end of Here’s to You, Zeb Pike. Does Emmitt ever come out? If so, does he keep playing hockey? None of those questions get answered in HTYZP, and that’s largely because I always knew those questions had to be answered from Emmitt’s point of view and in his words. Since HTYZP is told from Dusty’s perspective, I was sort of forced by my characters into writing Emmitt his own book. Not that I complained. Emmitt has always been one of my favorite characters to write, and Thanks a Lot, John LeClair is a book that’s incredibly close to my heart.

The struggles Emmitt faces in this book are huge.  No current or retired NHL player has ever come out, and that fact weighs heavily on Emmitt as he tries to figure out if the hockey world can accept him for who he is. I’m not going to lie: in the back of my head, I always thought a NHL player would come out by the time this book was finally released. It’s been years since I first started outlining this novel. The entire time I was writing and signing contracts and doing edits I always half-assumed by the time the story saw print it would be less relevant. But here we are, nearly at the book’s release, and we’re still waiting.

I hope we’re not waiting much longer. I hope everyone who reads this book checks out the You Can Play project, an amazing organization that supports LGBTQ athletes. They’re doing impressive and very important work.

  1. I really love that we get to read the letters that Emmitt wrote to John LeClair throughout his life, how did you come up with that idea?

In Here’s to You, Zeb Pike, every chapter opens with a flashback to an earlier time period in Dusty’s life. I wanted to do something similar for this book, but I wanted Emmitt’s “flashbacks” to be unique to his character. One of my favorite things about Emmitt is his endearing nerdiness. The idea that he would obsessively write letters to his lifelong hero and never send any of them seemed just endearingly nerdy enough to fit his personality.

  1. If there is just one thing you want your readers to take with them after having read your book, what would you want that to be?

There are lots of things, but I think the most important ones circle around acceptance and trust.  I also hope this book gets readers thinking about what success really looks like and how we define what success means to us as individuals.

  1. Do you have any book recommendations for fans of your book, as in, if they loved Thanks a Lot, John LeClair they’d also love … ?

I’m biased, but if you like these characters, I’d say you should definitely read Here’s to You, Zeb Pike. It’s the companion to this novel, and it tells the story of how Dusty first came to Vermont and met Emmitt. If you like stories about LGBTQ hockey players trying to navigate life, definitely check out Mia Sigert’s Jerkbait. I’ve just started reading it, and I’m so impressed. Siegert’s writing is brilliant and her character creation is haunting.

Also: if you are 18+ and like webcomics, go investigate the series Check Please! It’s got college hockey players, LGBTQ characters, pie, and some truly excellent hockey humor. You won’t be sorry.

Thank you so much, Johanna, for answering my questions, it was lovely seeing your answers. Now readers, are you excited for this book? You just have to read it. It’s a perfect read for your holiday break.

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Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf Blog Tour

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Welcome to the blog tour for Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf, the second book in the Lovely Vicious series. This a book spotlight where you can read more about the book and the series, and there’s also a giveaway at the end.

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Date Released: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen

It’s been three years, twenty-five weeks, and five days since Isis Blake fell in love, and if she has it her way, it’ll stretch into infinity. Since then, she’s punched Jack Hunter — her nemesis-turned-maybe-something-more—in the face, survived a brutal attack by her mom’s abusive ex thanks to Jack’s heroics, and then promptly forgotten all about him.

The one bright spot for Isis is Sophia, the ephemeral girl who shares Isis’s hospital stay as well as a murky past with Jack. But as Isis’s memories return, she finds it harder and harder to resist what she felt for Jack, and Jack finds it impossible to stay away from the only girl who’s ever melted the ice around his heart.

As the dark secrets surrounding Sophia emerge, Isis realizes Jack isn’t who she thought he was. He’s dangerous. But when Isis starts receiving terrifying emails from an anonymous source, that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.

Her past.

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Date Released: April 5, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance / Dark Comedy
Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments.

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.

The game board: East Summit High.

The reward: Something neither of them expected.

Giveaway:

Contest ends November 18, 2016

  • One (1) winner will receive an audiobook copy of Love Me Never by Sara Wolf

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About The Author:

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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The Melody of You and Me Blog Tour: Review + Playlist

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Hi, readers! Today I have a post for Rich in Variety‘s blog tour for The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis. I have been following the author, Maria, for a while now on Twitter and when I saw that you could sign up to be a part of this blog tour, I just knew I had to do it. When I first read the synopsis for The Melody of You and Me I thought this book sounded great and now that I have read it, I can tell you this. I was wrong, it was better than great, it was amazing! You can read my review below and also see a playlist for this book.

About the Book

Author: M. Hollis
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 29, 2016
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT+
Page Number: 82

After dropping out of university and breaking up with her girlfriend of three years, Chris Morrison’s life is now a mind-numbing mess. She doubts that working at the small neighborhood bookstore is going to change that. The rest of her time is spent mostly playing guitar and ignoring the many messages her mother keeps sending her about going back to college.

But one day, an adorable and charming new bookseller waltzes her way into Chris’s life. Josie Navarro is sweet, flirty, and she always has a new book in her hands. The two girls start a fast friendship that, for Chris, holds the promise of something more. But is she reading too much into this or is it possible that Josie feels the same way?

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I can’t imagine a universe where The Melody of You and Me doesn’t get all the 5 planets (or as mundane people call it, stars) in the world, just for being absolutely fantastic. This story blew me away, in the best way possible. It’s funny, it’s cute and it explores so many topics that so many people just like to ignore instead of face head on. The Melody of You and Me is about two girls, Chris and Josie, who fall in love over time spent working together in a bookstore. Their story will make your heart swell with love and will have you flailing in your bed, making weird facial expressions, from fangirling over how amazingly cute it is. Don’t doubt this for a single second, that’s just the way it is.

“Realizing that she is being watched, her eyes rise to meet Chris’s stare. The way the sun coming from the windows reflects on her face, makes her brown eyes shine even brighter, with golden flicks around her iris.

She is stunning.”

As if the love story isn’t enough to make me fall in love with this book, there’s also all the fandom references. Don’t even get me started on the fact that these two girls just randomly mention all of my favorite books, and all the books I want to read. I loved it so much, it made me want to scream a little bit.

“Chris disagree to a great extent; she likes working with the books. Sometimes the right one can change somebody’s life, and she loves being a part of that journey.”

However, if we move on to the more serious topics this book tackles then you can really see how important and impactful The Melody of You and Me really is. The truth is that this book really hit me hard. It had me crying because the main character Chris’ story is so damn similar to mine, it’s almost surreal. Chris studied Computer Science at University for two years, for everyone else but herself, until she finally dropped out.

If you’re young and insecure about your life choices, your career, and your dreams then this book will speak to you on a spiritual level. The truth is that society forces us to choose our entire lives when we’re so young, without always giving us the right tools and advice to make the right choice. This all while also pushing the idea that the safer option is better than our one true passion. Chris’ story makes me feel less alone, she makes me feel like it is okay to just take a step back and figure out where I want to be and where I want to go. I want everyone to read this story and experience that liberation too. It’s okay to be in your 20s and be absolutely unsure about where your life is headed.

“Why do they never let young people stop to think? Why is it unacceptable to take a little time to figure out what she wants to do for the rest of her life?”

I feel like there are so many amazing things to be said about The Melody of You and Me, I could go on all night, and I will go on about this book until the end of time, to be honest. This book is diverse and inclusive, the majority of characters in The Melody of You and Me are in the LGBT community and the love interest is Filipino. Another thing we see is that Chris and Josie have different sexualities and that the author also raises the topic of how someone’s experiences have nothing to with their sexuality. All of that was handled really well in my eyes.

I’m so incredibly thankful The Melody of You and Me exists and that I got to read it. I love how it shows two girls of two different, but equally valid sexualities, fall in love and I love how it shows us that we can be unsure about our lives and that dreams can take time, but no matter what we should always do what feels right in our hearts. This cute and short book about a beautiful interracial couple is one you don’t want to miss out on, get it on your radar and read it when it comes out. I have no doubt you’ll love it as much I do.

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Pre-order the book here.

Since I was feeling very inspired by The Melody of You and Me you can check out an edit I made to celebrate it here.

Music Playlist

I also have a music playlist for the book, that was created by the author, to share with you. I have listened to it and it’s so good. It fits the book perfectly and makes me feel all mushy instead. I also made an edit for the playlist and linked all of the songs below.

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  1. Closer by Tegan and Sara
  2. Shut Up and Dance by Emily Asen
  3. You Make Me Smile by Kate Keller
  4. She Will Be Loved by Leah Louise
  5. Fly Me To The Moon/La Vie En Rose by Jemma Johnson
  6. She Is The Sunlight by Trading Yesterday
  7. Makin Out by Pomplamoose
  8. Given It All by Hayley Kiyoko
  9. Her Morning Elegance by Lili Wonka & tHom
  10. Your Song by Ellie Goulding
  11. Take Me As I Am by Au Revoir Simone
  12. Fly by Jessica Jung

To make things a little easier for you I created a playlist on youtube. That way you can listen to all the songs in order, without having to click on every link. You can listen to the playlist here.

About the Author

M. Hollis could never decide what to do with her life. From the time she was a child, she has changed her ideas for a career hundreds of times. After writing in hidden notebooks during classes and daydreaming during every spare moment of her day, she decided to fully dedicate herself to her stories. When she isn’t scrolling around her social media accounts or reading lots of femslash fanfiction, you’ll find her crying about female characters and baking cookies.
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