Cover Reveal: Harley In The Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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Hi friends! Quickly dropping by to share with y’all the cover reveal of one of my most anticipated books for 2020 written by the uber-talented Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of William C. Morris Award Finalist Starfish, and  Summer Bird Blue. Her upcoming novel, Harley In The Sky, is slated for a March 10, 2020 release from Simon Pulse. As a member of the Harley In The Sky Street Team, I’ve already seen this quite a couple of times but I never get tired of gazing at it’s gorgeousness. Read on to see the official cover and synopsis, revealed exclusively by Paste Magazine!

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Review + Aesthetic Board: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

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There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Genre: YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Publication: May 14th 2019 by Simon Pulse
Series: Dimple and Rishi #2
Length: 384 pages
Format: ARC from Simon & Schuster Asia
Rating: ★★★★★

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Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other? Continue reading “Review + Aesthetic Board: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon”

Blog Tour Review: Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Genre: YA Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Space
Publication: May 7th 2019 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series: The Aurora Cycle #1
Length: 473 pages
Format: ARC from Penguin Random House International
Rating: ★★★★★

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From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic. 

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Book Review #94 ARC: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Genre: YA Contemporary, Coming of Age, Depression
Publication: September 26, 2017 from Simon Pulse
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 340 pages
Format: ARC
Rating: ★★★★★

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Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves.

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