Review: Watched by Marina Budhos

by Marina Budhos
Published: 13 September 2016
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Age Level: 12 and up
Source: Hardcover provided by Random House Children's Books in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3.5/5!
Marina Budhos’s extraordinary and timely novel examines what it’s like to grow up under surveillance, something many Americans experience and most Muslim Americans know.

Naeem is far from the “model teen.” Moving fast in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens is the only way he can outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents and their gossipy neighbors. Even worse, they’re not the only ones watching. Cameras on poles. Mosques infiltrated. Everyone knows: Be careful what you say and who you say it to. Anyone might be a watcher.

Naeem thinks he can charm his way through anything, until his mistakes catch up with him and the cops offer a dark deal. Naeem sees a way to be a hero—a protector—like the guys in his brother’s comic books. Yet what is a hero? What is a traitor? And where does Naeem belong?

Acclaimed author Marina Budhos delivers a riveting story that’s as vivid and involving as today’s headlines.


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Blog Tour: The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock (review + excerpt + giveaway)

Welcome to the blog tour for The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock! I had a blast jumping into this story, I tell you what. And have you seen this gorgeous cover?! Amazing! For my stop, I have an exciting excerpt to share with you all. Be sure to check out some of my thoughts on The Wishing World and enter the awesome tour-wide giveaway below. Are you ready for some fun? I know I am, so let's get this party started!


Pre-Release Blitz: The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent (Excerpt + Giveaway)

I am so excited to be a part of this pre-release blitz to help spread the word that The Flame Never Dies, the second book in Rachel Vincent’s The Stars Never Rise series, is releasing on August 16th!

For those of you already caught up on this series, the wait is (almost) finally over! But if, like me, you have yet to meet Nina Kane, or discover the dark and dangerous world she lives in, there’s still time to catch up - and a really sweet deal (details below) that will make you want to move this series to the top of your reading pile!

Scroll down to learn more about The Flame Never Dies and The Stars Never Rise, the author, Rachel Vincent, and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed hardback set of these two amazing books!

And for even more peeks at the fabulous content being shared throughout the blitz - shareable quotation graphics, excerpts and an interview - look for other blogger participants now through August 15th on social media #TheFlameNeverDies.


Review: Supergirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

Supergirl at Super Hero High
by Lisa Yee
Series: DC Super Hero Girls #2
Published: 5 July 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
Formats: Hardcover
Age Level: Middle Grade (ages 8-12)
Source: Provided by Publisher
My Rating: 4/5!
Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls - the unprecedented new Super Hero universe especially for girls! Readers of all ages can fly high with the all-new adventures of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and some of the world’s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers!

Supergirl is the new girl in school—and she just also happens to be the most powerful teenager in the galaxy!

After losing her home planet of Krypton and everyone she knows, Supergirl has made a new home on Earth, but she’s isn’t so sure that Super Hero High School is the right place for her. Wonder Woman, other new friends, and a kindly librarian make her feel welcome, but breached inter-dimensional portals, invading alien armies, and bad dreams shake her confidence. It’s not easy being a super hero and a high school student all at once!

Award-winning author Lisa Yee brings mystery, thrills, and laughs to this groundbreaking series that follows DC Comics’ most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Move over Batman and Superman - the DC Super Hero Girls are ready to save the day and have fun doing it!


Purchase: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Blog Tour: Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch (Review + Giveaway)


Welcome to the blog tour for Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch! I can't tell you how excited I am to be part of this tour, you guys. Let's get this party started, shall we? Oh! Be sure to check out the other tour stops by clicking the banner above or clicking HERE. Also, enter the tour-wide giveaway below!

Release Day Blitz: Remember Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram (+ Teaser & Giveaway)

Welcome one and all the the Release Day Blitz for the third and final book in the Jamie Baker trilogy! Woo hoo! I am beyond excited to be able to see how one of my favorite series is going to end. Kelly has put together some fantastic events, prizes, games, and whatnot for the release of Remember Jamie Baker, so let's get this party started! Without further ado, let's Blitz!

Release Blitz: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver (+ Excerpt & Giveaway)


I am so excited to help spread the word that The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver is now out in paperback!

If you haven’t yet added this awesome book to your shelf, now’s the perfect time. Just scroll down to learn more about the book and author, to read an excerpt, and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!
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