“When Summer Ends” Blog tour review & giveaway

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Title: When Summer Ends

Author: Jessica Pennington

Publisher: Tor Teen/Macmillan

Release Date: April 9, 2019

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

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Two teenagers discover how an unexpected turn of fate can bring new love to heal old wounds in Jessica Pennington’s stunning, romantic YA novel When Summer Ends.

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.


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When Summer Ends is a wonderful book choice for your spring and/or summer TBR. It’s spring here where I live in the Northeast, and nothing is in bloom yet, so this book definitely gave me those summer vibes! It’s a sweet summer romance set in a Michigan beach town, and so much more.

The story follows Olivia and Aiden who meet when they’re both struggling to make sense of their lives the summer before their senior year. Aiden is the starting pitcher for their high school baseball team, and after an accident, he decides to work for his father’s company, River Depot rather than going to baseball camp like he does every summer. He also decides to explore one of his other passions. Olivia’s summer plans change when she doesn’t get the internship she was counting on, her Aunt whom she lives with is offered a job in another state and she may have to move, and her estranged mom comes back into town. She winds up getting a summer job at River Depot where she discovers Aiden works as well. What starts out as a friendship at work, evolves into more, and the two decide that they’re going to leave their summer up to chance.

I really enjoyed Aiden and Olivia together. So stinking cute! They just seemed to really bring out the best in each other without even realizing it. Throughout the book they begin to discover who they are as individuals and to fall for each other in the process. As I was reading, I was wishing that I had had an Aiden in high school. Relationship goals for sure! Besides the relationship between Aiden and Olivia, I liked that this book features a character with vision loss issues as I haven’t come across this rep before. I also like how the book showed different family dynamics, in that Olivia lives with her Aunt. Olivia’s relationship with her mother is also touched upon in the book.  I loved some of the secondary characters, which included Aiden’s cousin Ellis and also Olivia’s BFF, Emma. They both gave me some smiles and laughs throughout the story.

If you’re looking for a quick, fun, swoon worthy summer love story, than this one is for you!  I definitely recommend it and can’t wait to pick up a finished copy for my shelf.




*I received an E-Arc of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*




Jessica PenningtonJessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. A serial entrepreneur with a B.A. in public relations, Jessica has a passion for grassroots marketing. She lives in a Michigan beach town, where she owns more YA novels than many teens and spends most of her time on a laptop, rather than on a beach.

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April 1st

The Heart of a Book Blogger — Interview

Mel and Her Books — Review

April 2nd

The Candid Cover — Review

Mahkjchi’s Not So Secret Books — Aesthetic

April 3rd

Book Crushin’ — Creative Post

Buried in a Bookshelf — Video Interview

April 4th

Laura’s Bookish Corner — Dream Cast

Blunt Book Blog — Review

April 5th

Confessions of a YA Reader — Interview

Lala’s Book Reviews — Excerpt

April 6th

Ashleigh’s Bookshelf — Review

April 7th

The YA Book Traveler — Aesthetic

April 8th

The Clever Reader — Favorite Quotes

TBR and Beyond — Interview

April 9th

Smada’s Book Smack — Playlist

Belle’s Archive — Review

April 10th

Andi’s ABCs — Guest Post

Travel, Books, and More…Oh My! — Dream Cast

April 11th

Book Loaner — Review

April 12th

The Mind of a Book Dragon — Interview

Bookishly Slytherclaw — Review

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

Midnite Matinee

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

by Jeff Zentner



Published by Andersen Press and expected February 26, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 400


Summary From Goodreads:

A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures–and the TV show they host–in their senior year of high school.

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous

My Review


*I received a free ARC for this review which in no way influences my thoughts below*

This was my first Jeff Zentner book, and I was definitely not prepared for the feels! I am now a fan and need to read more from him. There were tears in this one, but also a lot of laughs!

Jeff takes us on a journey with Josie and Delia, the two main characters. They’re two best friends who have their own show on a public access station in Tennessee. The real heart of the story though is the friendship between Josie and Delia. They’re at that point in their lives where things are starting to change. They are having those thoughts you start thinking when you’re graduating soon from high school and you’re wondering what happens next, dealing with the feelings that come from having an absent parent, wanting your dreams to become reality, being somewhat afraid of the future and excited at the same time, young love, and so much more. I think that’s one of the reasons why I loved this book so much. It was a book about friendship, first and foremost. It was just raw and real and emotional.

Thank you Jeff for writing this beautiful book! Please add this one to your TBR and go preorder or pick up a copy when it hits shelves on February 26, 2019.

Echo North Arc Review and Q & A


Title: Echo North

Author: Joanna Ruth Meyer

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Release Date: January 15, 2019

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy Fiction

echo north coverSynopsis:  Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an ultimatum: if she lives with him for one year, he will ensure her father makes it home safely. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.

In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, each room must be sewn together to keep the home from unraveling, and something new and dark and strange lies behind every door. When centuries-old secrets unfold, Echo discovers a magical library full of books- turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, the rooms begin to disappear and Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up—otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.

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Wow! Where do I start?! I absolutely adored this book. It immediately drew me in from the very first line, on the very first page.

I love the main character, Echo Alkaev. I love her because she’s perfectly human, and she’s perfectly flawed. She is scarred by a wolf as a child, and then is forced to live with this very same wolf to save her father’s life years later. She quickly learns upon going with the wolf that all is not as it seems. She is propelled into a world with an enchanted house beneath a mountain, a magical library with mirror-books, and a couple of mysterious characters she meets inside these books. I found myself cheering Echo along her journey and I felt quite satisfied with the ending. I’m really hoping that Joanna *cough cough* writes more adventures in this breathtaking world.

I don’t want to spoil the book by giving you too much info, so trust me and preorder if you can, or request the book from your local library. It’s really hard for me to put into words exactly how much I loved this book and how much it means to me. It will definitely have a very treasured place on my bookshelf!

If you like fairytales, magic, mystery, and a setting inspired by 19th Century Siberian Russia, then this book is for you! It’s releasing on January 15, 2019, so go forth and add to your TBR.


Q & A With Joanna Ruth Meyer

What are some of the books you read as a child that inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve wanted to be a writer pretty much from the time I understood what a writer was! My favorite books in those days, around the age of seven and eight, were mysteries like the Bobsey Twins, Boxcar Children, and, when I was a little older, Trixie Belden. When I was eleven or so, I stumbled upon a book at the library with a rose on the cover called Beauty, by Robin McKinley—a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I absolutely adored it, and it was the first book to ever make me cry. I still think about that book years later.

Who or what inspired you to write Echo North?

I’ve always loved fairytales, but I never thought I would be brave enough to do a retelling of my own! Echo North actually began life as a dream I had about a girl riding a reindeer who was being chased by wolves across the snow. When I sat down to brainstorm the idea, I realized it wanted to be an East of the Sun, West of the Moon retelling, and I let Echo tell me her story from there! (For those who don’t know, East of the Sun is kind of like Beauty and the Beast with a quest at the end.)

In addition to Robin McKinley’s Beauty, two other books were instrumental in the inspiration for Echo North: Edith Pattou’s East, which introduced me to East of the Sun, and Diana Wynne Jones’s Fire and Hemlock, which is a retelling of the Scottish ballad Tam Lin.

How did you come up with the idea for the mirror books?

Honestly, I invented them as a way to solve a Story Problem! I won’t say the spoiler-y reason, but basically it was to give Echo something to do in the wolf’s house for a year! 😀 Plus, wish fulfillment—what reader wouldn’t want to literally step into their favorite books?

Was it fun writing the swoony scenes?

Oh absolutely!!

Echo and [REDACTED] are one of my favorite couples, and they have such great chemistry it was super fun to explore! From their first book misadventure to their first kiss (I swoon extra hard at the kissing!!) and beyond, I loved writing every second of them together!

About the Author

Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of Beneath the Haunting Sea, Echo North, and Beyond the Shadowed Earth (Coming Fall 2019), with Page Street YA. She lives with her dear husband and son in Mesa, Arizona, where it never rains (or at least not often enough for her!). When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching piano lessons, drinking copious amounts of tea, reading thick books, and dreaming of winter. Joanna is represented by Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary.

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Joanna Ruth Meyer
Author of Beneath the Haunting Sea
& Echo North (1.15.19),
from Page Street YA
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Cover Reveal: The City of Veils

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About the Book

The City of Veils

Series: Princess Vigilante #1

Author: S. Usher Evans 
Publisher: Sun’s Golden Ray

Publishing Date: April 16, 2019
Genres: YA Fantasy


Buy here: http://www.sgr-pub.com

For the past three years, Brynna has been patrolling the streets of Forcadel as a masked vigilante, protecting the innocent and beating up bad guys. Her current target is Lord Beswick, a slumlord businessman who keeps the townsfolk in a vicious poverty cycle. But one fateful evening, she’s captured by Felix, the captain of the king’s guard, and told a shocking truth: her father and brother are dead, and she needs to hang up her mask and become queen.

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Before long, she negotiates a deal with Felix: attend to her royal duties during the day and continue her vigilante mission to take out Lord Beswick at night – at least until her coronation. But the politics of Forcadel are as volatile as the streets, and Brynna isn’t sure whom she can trust in the castle. With two royals dead in less than a month, she must use all her wits to make sure she isn’t the third.
The City of Veils is the first book in the Princess Vigilante trilogy, an epic YA Fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath. It will be released by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on April 16, 2019.
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About S. Usher Evans

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S. Usher Evans was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. After a decade of fighting bureaucratic battles as an IT consultant in Washington, DC, she suffered a massive quarter-life-crisis. She decided fighting dragons was more fun than writing policy, so she moved back to Pensacola to write books full-time. She currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit, and frequently can be found plotting on the beach.

Evans is the author of the Demon Spring Trilogy, the Razia Series, the Madion War Trilogy, the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, and Empath.

For the latest on where S. Usher Evans is going to be, check out her upcoming appearances.

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Love Songs & Other Lies Blog Tour Review & Giveaway

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If you’re looking for a swoon worthy, contemporary romance, than this is the book for you!  Love Songs & Other Lies is author Jessica Pennington’s debut novel.

A big thank you to Kester at lilbooklovers.wordpress.com for inviting me to participate in the Love Songs & Other Lies Blog Tour! I’ve enjoyed working with him and I can’t wait to see what other tours are in the works. Thank you also to Jessica Pennington for inviting me onto her street team and to all my street team members!



About the Book

Title: Love Songs & Other Lies

Author: Jessica Pennington

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: April 24th, 2018

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Love Songs & Other Lies CoverTwo years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.


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I absolutely adored this book! Jessica Pennington truly impressed me with her debut. Love Songs & Other Lies is told from alternating points of view and timelines. It alternates between Vee (Virginia) and Cam (Cameron) during their senior year of high school, and then a couple of years later when they’re on a Battle of the Bands reality tv show tour.

Vee seems to know which direction she is going in after she graduates from high school. She is planning where she will go to college after she graduates, what she’ll major in, etc. Vee is the manager for her best friend’s band and she seems content with that, even though she’s a very talented songwriter. She’s completely fine with staying behind the scenes. Cam has no real plans, other than hiding from his past. He meets Vee after moving to a small beach town in Michigan. Cam also has an interest in music, and he brings out some things in Vee that she never had thought about before. Cam and Vee become friends and more, and we see how they change and shape each other through their points of view.

Two years later, Vee agrees to rejoin her best friend’s band to help out with their social media campaign while they’re asked to compete in a Battle of the Bands reality tv show. She finds an unexpected surprise waiting for her when she first gets on the tour bus. Her ex-boyfriend, Cam is part of the band. Vee is still very angry with him because of their past history. We are able to see their journey through the present. With the cameras rolling, they have to decide if they can get over the past.

I have to say that I wound up really enjoying how the story alternated from the past to the present. I found myself laughing along with the characters, crying with them, and I felt their anger and frustrations. I wanted their problems to be worked through and resolved. There was a ton of emotion and angst involved. Lots of ups and downs. I found myself cheering and rooting for the characters throughout the story. I felt very emotionally invested in them. I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen!

Love Songs & Other Lies will be finding a special place on my bookshelf! I’ve already preordered my finished copy and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. This story, full of both love and heartbreak is definitely one you don’t want to miss. Be sure you add this wonderful debut to your TBR pile!

*I received an E-Arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*



About the Author

Jessica PenningtonJessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her books, where she’s currently finishing her second novel, WHEN SUMMER ENDS, out April 2019.

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Giveaway Rules:

1 winner will receive a signed hardcover of LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES along with a swag bag filled with a t-shirt, bookmark, stickers, buttons, etc.

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Ends on midnight May 12th, CDT



Follow the Tour

Love Songs & Other Lies Blog Tour Schedule

Monday 16th

LILbooKlovers – Interview

Ashleigh’s Bookshelf – Review

Tuesday 17th

The Clever Reader – Dream Cast

Tale Out Loud – Review

Wednesday 18th

Smada’s Book Smack – Top 10 Quotes

BookCrushin – Review

Thursday 19th

My Fangirl Chronicles – Excerpt

A Blunt Book Blog – Review

Friday 20th

BookishBitsBlog – Guest Post

Books. Life. and Everything Else. – Review

Monday 30th

The Candid Cover – Interview

Belle’s Archive – Review

Tuesday 1st

The Cursed Books – Playlist

The Heart of a Book Blogger – Aesthetic

Wednesday 2nd

Portrait of a Book – Aesthetic

Vicky Who Reads – Review

Thursday 3rd

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Interview

Boundless Bookaholic – Review

Friday 4th

Claerie’s Tales – Fanfiction

Librarian Laura – Interview and Excerpt





Hi all! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Ashleigh and on twitter known as (@edwardanddamon and @AshBookShelf) where I am often found sharing my love of books. I just love chatting with people about books I’ve read, books I’m currently reading, authors I admire, gorgeous book covers, bookish merchandise and swag, tv shows I’m watching, and movies! I’m finally launching my own blog where I can also talk about my love for these things. I’m going to try and post something once a week for now. I’m a mom of two kids and I have a small part time job, so that keeps me quite busy! I love the wonderful book community that I have found on twitter and more recently on instagram, and I hope that through blogging I will meet even more awesome people.