TBR Readathon FAQ

IMG_2493TBR Readathon – Sept 1-30! Twitter: ReadathonTBR, thank you to @bookswithZaq for the readathon’s logo

I wanted to formally announce my TBR Readathon! I have been wanting to do a readathon for a while now but I debated on a theme as I felt everything had been done already. However, I did want to keep it simple. To make it fun, I decided to do a bingo card with the prompts, you can go to the following link to generate your unique bingo card!

Bingo Card!

I encourage you all to make a TBR and tag the account in the picture whether it’s Twitter or Instagram: bookloversbookreviews for me to share it as well, including the hashtag #TBRreadathon for others to see it.

Here are the prompts for the readathon, I am so excited to be doing this! I was inspired to do this when I saw that I had 5 books left to complete my Goodreads reading challenge and I’ve had books on my TBR for too long that I keep wanting to read yet I keep putting off due to new books being released.

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I hope you all join me for the readathon, you can message me on Twitter: astridpizarro or Instagram: bookloversbookreviews if you have any questions or concerns. Happy reading!

Mid Year Freak Out Tag

First, I would like to thank Sometimes Lynn Reads for tagging me, this is the first time I do tag on my blog, I may continue to do so after this.

WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019?

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I finished this book early in the year, it left me speechless that I automatically knew I wanted to read the sequel. I have an advanced copy of it that I plan to read in August or September. This book is one that will keep you turning the pages until you’re at the end and you’d want more. Thankfully Girls of Storm and Shadow will be released in early November, there’s not much waiting left.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR?

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me is the only “sequel” I’ve read this year since I started to read the Shatter Me series. Shatter Me has been one of the series I’ve seen a lot of posts about within the community, which made me curious about it. I began to read it this year, even though I took a break due to joining a few readathons, I plan to continue reading it, I have enjoyed it. Find Me (the fourth novella in the series) will be released in October.

IS THERE A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED TO?

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I loved this cover the moment I saw it plus the main character is a reader, do I need to say more? I received this book in my Owlcrate box, I can’t wait to dive into it.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR?

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Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

It’s the sequel to my favorite reads this year so I definitely can’t wait for this one. I am going to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for the roller coaster I will experience when I read this book. If you haven’t picked up the series, I recommend it. I also want to include a trigger warning for sexual assault.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR?

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I loved the Crazy Rich Asians film so I thought the book must be better… I was completely wrong. I borrowed the audiobook through Overdrive to help me finish it faster. This was one of those occasions in which the adaptation was a lot better than the book. After finishing this book, I am not sure if I will continue reading the rest of the series.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SURPRISE SO FAR?

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is another book that I saw a lot of within the community, it was a mixed reaction which made me intrigued to read it. I also recommend to use the audiobook for this one, I loved it! I felt as if I was there with the characters. It also reminded me of A Star Is Born, I truly cannot wait for the adaptation, I hope it’s just as good as the book.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR?

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Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Christine released her debut this year, I really enjoyed it. I liked the writing style and the references she added through the book, I hope she writes another book. I look forward to read other stories from her just to experience something different from her.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM THIS YEAR?

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

After reading the book and watching the movie, I really loved Will and Poe too, they were unforgettable characters.

WHAT IS YOUR NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER?

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My favorite character has been Camila even through the tough times, she supported Billy through this music career and addiction. She’s the one that gave Daisy the opportunity to be free and live her life away from the spotlight.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The topic of immigration within the book made me tear especially in Natasha’s situation. I related to her when she expressed her experience about moving to the United States, how she felt during her transition. The ending of the book made me tear up a bit, I still want to see the movie, hopefully soon.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The ending made me cry and happy, I loved the book so much. I was satisfied by the way the story was told. I also love both the US and UK cover (pictured), so stunning.

YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE/TV SHOW THAT YOU’VE SEEN SO FAR?

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

So far, Five Feet Apart is the only adaptation I’ve seen this year that I have the read book as well. The ending made me cry so much, I definitely hope to own the movie soon. I haven’t seen The Sun is Also a Star yet hopefully I will when it’s released on DVD.

WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK THAT YOU BOUGHT?

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I purchased this book on my NY trip when I watch to attend WrestleMania. I told my Dad that I wanted to take pictures while we were in Times Square. I showed my Dad this picture, he was surprised by how beautiful it looked, he said it did look for a promo for the book. The cover is stunning as I mentioned before, I am definitely ordering the UK version to have both covers.

WHAT ARE 6 BOOKS THAT YOU WANT TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

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*Falling For Romance

*Bookish Pisces

*EmilyKateReads

*Bookish Realm

 

 

 

ReadAThons!

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Every year, I challenge myself to do something different within the book community. I began to do that by participating in buddy reads and trying audiobooks. This year, I wanted to do a few readathons to have the experience of it while meeting and getting to know other readers.

Being part of the readathons has challenged me to find new books to read, get recommendations and suggestions from fellow readers. In February, I participated in the Biblio Games (formerly Booktube Games), I loved joining a team, seeing the prompts and picking books to read that month. I knew I wanted to do this more often. In March, I joined the Zodiacathon, it was a great opportunity to meet other readers that had their birthdays close to mine. This time, our team was based on our zodiac signs which was different for me. Then in May, I was part of the SailorMoonAThon which was a lot fun especially when Sailor Moon was one of my favorite shows when I was younger. June began with another round of the Biblio Games, this time though, it was based on Sky High. We took a quiz and we decided whether we wanted to be super heroes or villains. I selected the Super hero team!

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Participating in the readathons has been a good way to motivate myself to read more often and more books within a month. It’s great to create a group chat to discuss our progress and be each other motivator’s to read and for our team to succeed.

I am planning to join the Book Junkie Trials in July (go team Mage!) This time, I am challenging myself to read an 800 page book for one of the prompts. It’s the first time I read a book that is that long but I know I can count on my teammates to keep me motivated to keep going. July will also be an exciting month with the DisneyAThon, I am part of Team Tangled!

I have been loving that I’ve had the opportunity to join each one of these readathons. It has been such a wonderful experience to meet other readers, explored new genres and stories. Most importantly, creating connections and relationships with others within the community which has been something I’ve been wanting. I encourage you to join in bookish events whether they are 24 hr readathons or monthly readathons as it’s a good way to gain relationships while also getting great book recommendations and being able to discuss those books.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer Review

Synopsis

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Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Diana wants to prove to herself that she ‘s as great as her warrior sisters. The opportunity comes for her to make a difference, however, it comes with a risk – breaking Amazon law – risking her exile to save a mortal. Then, Diana comes to the realization that the mortal is not just an ordinary mortal.

Alia Keralis – has an opportunity to get away from her overprotective brother. She doesn’t have knowledge that she has been targeted until a bomb destroys the ship she’s aboard. She is rescued by Diana and discovers that she’s a Warbringer – descendant of Helen of Troy, her fate is to bring war and bloodshed. Both ladies team up in order to save both of their world. They must learn how to work against anyone that cross their path.

Overall, I enjoyed the how Diana and Alia create a bond and friendship through their experience. They changed each other’s lives, Alia learned about trust and Diana learned about her strength and how powerful she is. “Better choose a quest feeling you have something to prove than take it as a burden. We needed a champion, and you needed a chance to learn what you are capable of.” Diana had the opportunity to see how she impacted the lives of Alia and her friends. I really enjoyed the books and I have been waiting to read the DC Icons series for a while now. I love super hero movies, having their stories in a book series, is exactly what I needed. The pace was slow for me, at first, when it starts with Diana’s story but it starts to pick up once Alia is introduced. I also did not expect the twist that was given towards the end of the book, it made me want to keep reading to find out how it was possible. I’d recommend the book to anyone that loves Wonder Woman or any super hero stories as it was enjoyable and I plan to continue with the series.

Purchase Links

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

Again, But Better Review

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Synopsis

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.

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Review

When I began this book, I wasn’t sure on what to expect. I have been a fan of Christine’s videos for a little while now and I wanted to support her on her journey of being an author.  I am also a fan of contemporary stories so I hoped I would enjoy this book. Overall, I give it a 3.5/5 stars mostly due to the way Shane was portrayed.

When the book begins, Shane is shy, clumsy, smart and the complete opposite of a troublemaker. She had never been in a relationship prior to her London trip, hoping this would be a good restart for herself and an opportunity to shine on her own and to have epic adventures.

I don’t want to spoil the major twists in the book however during her adult life, Shane becomes more confident and outspoken. Just when her life is about to change, she visits Pilot at his workplace which brings a huge change into their lives. They have a second chance to make changes to their, fix all their wrongs and explore a fresh, new opportunities.

I really enjoyed the overall theme of the book of second chances especially when it involves fixing the wrong things in their lives. However, as a reader, I felt it was unncessary at times to portray the character doing the same thing or having the same thing happen to so often. For example, Shane is portrayed as being clumsy. Throughout the book, they are several scenes of her falling or she setting the chair she’s seating in only to fall. I understand wanting your readers to know/get to know the character and those scenes/part could have been left out. I also thought that for a college student, Shane seems childish at times especially during the second part of the book when she’s older. I could not connect to her in that part of her personality which at times made me question her age.

Overall, I did enjoy her friendship/relationship with Pilot even though I was bothered at first that she wanted to pursue someone in a relationship. I did enjoy how they both had a second opportunity to speak up when they didn’t  and change those moments to make them worthwhile. They have an opportunity to change their bad decisions and awkward situations they experienced a few years ago and enjoy their college life all over again.  I recommend this book if you’re a fan of contemporary stories and friendships as well.

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Purchase Links

Amazon|Barnes & Noble|Goodreads|

 

 

With The Fire On High Blog Tour

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Title: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publishing Date: May 7, 2019

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes&Noble

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Synopsis:

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

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I loved the opportunity to be part of this blog tour. This book is already one of my favorites this year. I loved how smooth the story was and the family dynamic between Emoni and her ‘Buela. One of the reason I was looking forward to this book is due to the Hispanic & Caribbean representation. I was born in Puerto Rico, I can relate to Emoni and how she feels regarding identity and feeling like you don’t belong within either culture. My favorite aspect of Emoni is how she walks to the beat of her own drum, she’s proud of herself and her Hispanic heritage.

Acevedo’s writing flows so well from page to page. I enjoyed Emoni’s point of view, she’s passionate and she takes her responsibility as a mom very seriously while also balancing work and school. She’s a single teen mom living with her Abuela (grandma.) She does well at balancing her life, her dream is to run her own restaurant, just when the opportunity rises for her to take a culinary class with a trip to Spain- the perfect opportunity.  With The Fire On High highlights the friends and family aspects of Emoni’s life. Her mother passed after she was born, her father Julio, it’s absent. She resides in Philly, her baby’s father, Tyrone assists every once in a while. I recommend this book 100%, I loved the story.

I hope you enjoy this book once it’s released and also join us with the rest of the blog tour.

Tour Schedule:

1st week

April 22 – Afire Pages | Welcome Post & BTS Look on the Cover Design Process

April 23 – Reading Peaches

April 24 – Shut Up, Shealea | Printable wallpapers/ bookmarks

April 25 – A Book Devourer | “The Life of Emoni; A Comparison”

April 26 – Bookish Wanderess

April 27 – Flipping Through the Pages

April 28 – Utopia State of Mind

2nd week

April 29 – For the Love of Diversity in Books | Aesthetics + Quote Graphics

April 30 – The Royal Polar Bear Reads | Instagram Photos

May 1 – Endless Chapters | Recipe

May 2 – The Ultimate Fangirl

May 3 – The Wolf & Books

May 4 – Book Lover’s Book Reviews

May 5 – Weekend Reader | Cover Inspired Hairstyle

3rd week

May 6 – The Writer and The Story | Favorite Quotes

May 7 – Themollyweather

May 8 – All Things Gene

May 9 – Darque Dreamer Reads

May 10 – Your Tita Kate

May 11 – Afergtale | “Stories Our Abuelas Wouldn’t Tell Today”

May 12 – F A N N A

About the author:

ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press, forthcoming). The Poet X is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC.

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Find her on:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

The Flame Queen by Dax Munro –BookTour

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Today I am collaborating with Indie Blog Tour to highlight The Flame Queen by Dax Munro.

Synopsis:

One woman will take back her freedom. And rise.

Violetta will never forget that day. Guilt shadows her every step as she prepares to take her father’s throne. Sadly, he has other ideas. Violetta must marry or forfeit her royal birthright, but all she wants is to be free, to no longer relive the tragic events of her past. If only she can learn to love again, to put the past behind her and begin anew.

Enter Emperor Ryore Frost. Handsome. Swave. And her sworn enemy. As Violetta feels new emotions stirring within, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this mysterious man. Could she risk marrying her mortal enemy if it meant a chance at securing her freedom?

I am also attaching the link to the Goodreads page and the Amazon page for you to get your own copy!

Faelti by Rachel Pudsey Blog Tour

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This week I am collaborating with Indie Blog Hop #BookTour, to place a spotlight on The Faelti by Rachel Pudsey, book 2 in The Aronia series.

SYNOPSIS

NEVER WISH UPON A STAR. IT MIGHT GET YOU CURSED.

One wish on the stars.

A group of unusual suitors.

A quest to end a curse.

The three kingdoms are in need of help. War is brewing, and the faelti are ready to take everything.

Abigail Crumble was only seeking to right the wrongs of her wish when she set out to find Levana, Watcher of the Night Sky. The last thing she expected was to stumble into the path of the faelti, fae-like creatures with a thirst for power and the ability to manipulate fire.

Separated from her friends and believing them dead, trapped in the faelti camp and held hostage by the evil Kai Sisu, Abigail is no closer to reaching Levana’s dwelling and breaking the curse than she was the day she left her hometown.

As the threat to the three kingdoms grows, and past secrets begin to unravel, Abigail makes discoveries that force her deeper into a fight she’s not ready for.

Can Abigail take on the role she was born to have?

Can she put aside her own dreams for the lives of others?

Only the stars will tell…

I am also including the links to the Goodreads and Amazon for you to purchase it and add it to your TBR!

Redemption by Laura Kehoe – BookTour

Today, I am collaborating with Indie Blog Hop to spotlight Redemption by Laura Kehoe!

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SYNOPSIS

Amara has left the Resistance, wanting nothing more than to put her past behind her and start fresh. But when an old foe resurfaces, Amara soon realizes that there is no escaping her old life. She must choose whether to run away again, or finally face her past.

Meanwhile, the Resistance is struggling to recover from the brutal attack on their camp. The survivors must band together and find some way to keep fighting, despite their devastating loss. But how can they keep fighting without hope?

I am also providing you with links to purchase it through Amazon and to add it to your TBR on Goodreads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Royal Thief by Laura Kehoe – BookTour

Royal Thief by Laura Kehoe – Book Tour

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This week, I am collaborating with Indie Blog Hop to spotlight Royal Thief by Laura Kehoe. The cover and synopsis intrigued me, I wanted to share it with you all.

SYNOPSIS

War rages in Alwyn. A group of rebel fighters, who call themselves the Resistance, fight tirelessly against their cruel, bloodthirsty king. With their lives and the very future of Alwyn in the balance, neither side is willing to surrender without a fight.

As far as Amara is concerned, King Osric and the Resistance can continue fighting one another until they both drop dead, as long as they keep her out of it. Unfortunately, a miscalculation lands her right in the middle of the bloody, dangerous battle for the throne. All she wants to do is get out of this in one piece. But every decision she makes pushes her further into the war. One way or another, she will have to choose a side.

Amara is willing to sell her services to the highest bidder, but she quickly realizes every decision she makes comes at a high cost. How far is she willing to go to keep her pockets full?

I also wanted to provide the link to the Goodreads and Amazon for Royal Thief.