Ultimate Blog Tour: Bad Habits, by Flynn Meaney

It’s time for another Blog Tour organized by The Write Reads! I had so much fun reading this book!

Bad Habits follows the proud feminist Alex, who feels completely trapped at her Catholic boarding school and is doing everything she can to finally. get. out. Unfortunately, her father has good connections at the school so Alex keeps getting pardoned. BUT Alex comes up with a perfect way to finally get expelled: a production of The Vagina Monologues.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. I’ve been reading many, many fantasy books the past few weeks, so I was glad to find out that that this book was a good refresher. The first chapter even made me laugh out loud! I had high expectations after that chapter!

As I was reading Bad Habits, my feelings about the book changed almost every chapter. Alex did some things that I definitely supported, but she made so many comments that did not fit feminists. I struggled with that for a big part in the book, and that made it harder for me to connect with her. However, Alex comes to a realization that being a feminist isn’t just about being casual about sex and the female body, but that the woman is free in her choices and that the society doesn’t have any expectations about what she does with her body. THAT character growth is what I looked for in this book. And Alex Flynn succeeded.

Bad Habits is written very well. The writing style fits YA, but the story and character development can definitely appeal to an older audience! I genuinely believe that this book will be a hit, but who am I. 😉 The book discusses important matters in a casual and fun way, and is a great conversation starter. I hope that many people will read this book and realize that what they do with their body, is their own choice. I highly recommend this book to people who are patient with character growth and also enjoy the journey towards it.

Here’s the official blurb of the book:

Hilarious, bold, sparky and surprising, this is the funniest feminist book you’ll read all year.

Alex is a rebel from the tip of her purple fauxhawk to the toes of her biker boots. She’s tried everything she can think of to get expelled from her strict Catholic boarding school. Nothing has worked so far – but now, Alex has a new plan.

Tired of the sexism she sees in every corner of St Mary’s, Alex decides to stage the school’s first ever production of The Vagina Monologues. Which is going to be a challenge, as no one else at St Mary’s can even bear to say the word ‘vagina’ out loud . . .

Buy Bad Habits here!

Ultimate Blog Tour: White Trash Warlock

I FINALLY have time to actively start blogging again! And what better way is there to start again other than a Blog Tour?! That’s right, A Blog Tour is the best way to get back into blogging. The Featured book this time is White Trash Warlock, by David R. Slayton!

I’m going to start with the most frequently used introductory sentence in the history of reviewing and say: White Trash Warlock is an urban fantasy novel that follows Adam Lee Binder. Adam is able to see the Spirit World, a different realm. Unfortunately, Adam being different was reason enough for his brother Bobby to send him to a mental institution.

Years later, Adam is living in a trailer park with his aunt. After not having spoken to Bobby for years, Adam receives a text from him saying that Bobby needs his help with his wife. Bobby’s wife has been going crazy and he needs Adam to see what’s wrong with her and fix her. Adam caves and goes to Bobby, but when Adam finally arrives, he sees that the problem is much bigger than he first realized…

First of all, Adam is a well-written, complex character and I just want to hug him. Everything he feels and does is reasonable and so very human. He doesn’t have a ‘I’m the hero and I have to save the whole world on my own!’ vibe so many other protagonists have and I love it.

I’m not going to start about Bobby because he did not grow on me at all, not even during his POV’s. Can I just pretend he doesn’t exist? Is that possible?

AND OH MY GOD VIC YOU’RE AMAZING AND I COULD READ A WHOLE BOOK ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LIFE. Okay now that that’s out of the way, I can calmly say that I loved the romance in this book. I usually hate hate HATE insta love but this was very well written in my opinion.

The world had so many awesome fantasy aspects that it was never boring. I even laughed out loud at some points. The pace was quick and comfortable

Even though there were many things I like, especially the fact that I have strong feelings about almost every character in this book (both good and bad), there was one thing that bothered me. The book was a little confusing at some points. I’m not sure if it was me or the writing style, but I feel like some things happened quite randomly. That made the story harder to follow and caused that I wasn’t completely sucked into the book. Unfortunately that’s one of the most important things for me when rating a book.

White Trash Warlock is a witty, pleasantly-paced urban fantasy. Even though the randomness made it hard to follow at some points, the book was never boring! You should definitely read this book if you enjoy an awesome protagonist!

Here’s the official blurb of the book:

Not all magicians go to schools of magic.

Adam Binder has the Sight. It’s a power that runs in his bloodline: the ability to see beyond this world and into another, a realm of magic populated by elves, gnomes, and spirits of every kind. But for much of Adam’s life, that power has been a curse, hindering friendships, worrying his backwoods family, and fueling his abusive father’s rage.

Years after his brother, Bobby, had him committed to a psych ward, Adam is ready to come to grips with who he is, to live his life on his terms, to find love, and maybe even use his magic to do some good. Hoping to track down his missing father, Adam follows a trail of cursed artifacts to Denver, only to discover that an ancient and horrifying spirit has taken possession of Bobby’s wife.

It isn’t long before Adam becomes the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, save his sister-in-law, and learn the truth about his father, Adam will have to risk bargaining with very dangerous beings … including his first love.

Get White Trash Warlock here!

Ultimate Blog Tour: Amari and the Night Brothers

Amari Peters is a 13-year-old girl that has never quite fit in with other kids due to her background. When her older brother Quinton goes missing, Amari feels like she has lost her only friend. A few months after his disappearance, Amari finds a briefcase meant for her eyes only. The briefcase contains a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, and instructions for her interview. If Amari manages to pass all tests, she will be promoted to a Junior Agent and have the chance to find out what happened to her brother, who apparently was a celebrity at the Bureau. Will she manage?

The book is excellent for both kids and adults. Amari is a strong character and could be a great example for other kids. She’s incredibly resilient and loyal to her friends and family. The friendships Amari builds are based on trust and understanding for each other. Elsie is Amari’s roommate and becomes a loyal friend. More importantly, she’s a weredragon! Dylan van Helsing is a legacy kid and an unexpected friend, who shares a secret with Amari.

The story is set in our world, but filled with other creatures. Regular people don’t know of their existence, even though the creatures live among them. The Bureau of Supernatural Affairs deals with, well, supernatural affairs. The Bureau contains several departments, for example the Department of Supernatural Investigations, the Department of Creature control and many, many more.

Of course, a contemporary fantasy isn’t that unique. However, the way the fantasy world works in Amari and the Night Brothers is. For example, the yetis are incredibly rich because they own a popular ice-cooling company. I don’t know how anyone can think of something like that but I love those tiny details.

The book is plot-driven and quick-paced. I flew through it! It was hard to put down because of all the twists that occurred. I’ll be honest, people can see the twists miles away (even though I didn’t expect quite a few!), but despite seeing the twists coming, I enjoyed them!

Amari and the Night Brothers is an excellent read for both middle grade and young adult readers. I highly recommend it. The story is filled with action and feels incredibly real as you get sucked into the story. I personally can’t wait for the sequel. The release of Amari and the Night Brothers is a great way to start off 2021!

Here’s the official blurb of the book:

Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal?

Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate.

Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kids—who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives and are able to easily answer questions like which two Great Beasts reside in the Atlantic Ocean and how old is Merlin? Just getting around the Bureau is a lesson alone for Amari with signs like ‘Department of Hidden Places this way, or is it?’ If that all wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs – but Amari is given an illegal ability. As if she needed something else to make her stand out.

With an evil magican threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.

Get Amari and the Night Brothers here!

Review: Subversive, by Colleen Cowley

I received a free copy of this book from the author. This did not affect my review.

So I actually wrote my review for the sequel, Radical, before I started writing this one because I completely forgot it! Mistakes have been made, but fortunately they can be fixed! It’s been a while since I read Subversive though, but my opinion of the book and the series as a whole stayed the same. 😉

In a world where women barely have any rights at all, and wizards control the country in a highly unfair way, Beatrix Harper is a subtle force to be reckoned with in the small town Ellicott Mills. While working in a shop to pay for her sister’s tuition, Beatrix encounters wizard Peter Blackwell who returned home after many years away. And Beatrix’ well known stance against wizards and magic did not prevent Peter from forcing her to become his assistant. What were is intentions and how will this end?

This magical world is one of the most unique worlds I have ever seen. It reminds me of The Handmaid’s Tale, with present-day technology but a government that’s way behind on people’s rights. The magic system is believable as well, with wizards requiring fuel to use magic. I can’t actually really place this book in a genre! It’s more of an alternative world that definitely could have been real if the magic system existed in our world.

The book consists out of 2 POV’s: Beatrix’ and Peter’s. This made the dynamics between the two so much more interesting! Both their POV’s were crucial to the plot and gave more insight in the characters and their motives.

One of the things I love the most in this book is that THE CHARACTERS DISCUSS THINGS. Instead of the usual fade to black technique that is used when characters make plans, we finally see the discussions and their outcomes! I’m guessing not everybody is a fan of that, so be warned because the book might come across much slower if you don’t like those parts.

And then we come to the romance… I’M NOT OVER THIS. Okay this is all I’ll be saying to avoid spoilers: the romance is unlike any other I’ve read and so is the tension between them. The way you interpret what I said is up to you 😉

I highly recommend starting this series. Subversive is an incredible fantasy book with a strong, feminist protagonist. The dynamics are complex and better executed than I’ve seen in many bestselling books.

 

 

Ultimate Blog Tour: The Cousins

I am SO happy that I was able to participate in a blog tour for this book! Big thanks to The Write Reads for organizing the blog tour and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book.

The Cousins follows the cousins (obviously) Milly, Aubrey and Jonah as they are invited by their grandmother to spend the summer working at her island resort. However, their grandmother disinherited their parents before they were born and not one family member has seen or heard from her in about 20 years. So why would she suddenly invited the grandchildren she has never seen?

The book has multiple POV’s and a few flashbacks that all add value to the story. The story was FILLED with twists that I did not see coming, and scenes that made me physically smile and cringe and I think my boyfriend thought I was going crazy. All characters have their own value. Aubrey was this sweet, innocent girl who seriously grew some balls as the story developed. Milly was a strong character from the very beginning, but highly underestimated. And Jonah, well he had his own value in the story that I will not spoil.

This was the first book of Karen McManus that I ever read, even though her books have been sitting on my TBR shelf for a very long time. And let me tell you, she did not disappoint. She has a way of writing that makes it hard for the reader to put the book down. The writing style is easy but gripping and that’s the perfect combination for me.

I enjoyed this book tremendously and, as mentioned before, couldn’t put it down. I will never forget the experience that I was able to read an ARC of a well-known author, even though I hadn’t read any of her other books yet. But let me tell you, as soon as my TBR is a little smaller, I will definitely add Karen McManus’ books to my collection. All of them.

Here’s the official blurb of the book:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

Buy The Cousins here!