Blog Tour: The Bone Charmer


About the Book:



Author: Breeana Shields

Pub. Date: May 21, 2019

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

“I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer.” – KendareBlake, #1 NYT Bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns

In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.


About Breeana:

Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including The Bone Charmer, Poison’s Kiss, and Poison’s Cage. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.

When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.

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Wow this was a thrilling read! I usually have a love hate thing with alternate timeline plots but I easily kept up with what was going on and stayed engaged in the story. Saskia was a bit hard to like in the beginning but I warmed up to her a few chapters in. Bram was likeable to me from the beginning just because I knew he’d turn out to be misunderstood, plus he’s quiet and introspective. I think the “misunderstood brooding guy” trope was the only plot twist I saw coming, the others caught me by surprise and some just hit me right in my feels. I have to admit I favored Saskia’s bone charmer timeline but I liked the relationship between Saskia and her Mother in the tutor timeline. Even though the tutor timeline won out I still enjoyed the ending and the setup for a sequel.
I’m looking forward to book two!
Rating: 4.5 stars
Recommendation: ages 15 and up
FTC Disclaimer: I received thus book in exchange for an honest review

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of THE BONE CHARMER, US Only.




Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/21/2019-  HYPERLINK “http://www.bookhoundsya.net/” \t “_blank” BookHounds YA- Excerpt

5/22/2019-  HYPERLINK “http://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/” \t “_blank” Smada’s Book Smack- Review

5/23/2019- The Pages In-Between- Review

5/24/2019- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt


Week Two:

5/27/2019- Lifestyle of Me- Review

5/28/2019- Some Books & Ramblings- Review

5/29/2019- Book-Keeping- Review

5/30/2019- Jena Brown Writes- Review

5/31/2019- Confessions of a YA Reader- Excerpt


Week Three:

6/3/2019- Two Points of Interest- Review



Release Day Blitz: The Missing Season by Gilliam French

I am so excited that THE MISSING SEASON by Gillian French is available now and that I

get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by

Author Gillian French, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for FOUR signed

copies of the book, Us Only, courtesy of Gillian and Rockstar Book Tours. So if

you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this


About the Book:


Author: Gillian French

Pub. Date: May 21, 2019

Publisher: HarperTeen

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleB&NiBooksKoboTBD


From the author of Edgar Award finalist Grit and The Lies They

Tell comes a tense, atmospheric novel for fans of E. Lockhart and Marieke

Nijkamp, about friendship, truth, and the creeping fears that can’t be



Whenever another kid goes missing in

October, the kids in the old factory town of Pender know what is really behind

it: a monster out in the marshes that they call the Mumbler.


That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her

when she moves to town. Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing. Spirited

Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war. And magnetic

Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara

to resist.


Clara doesn’t actually believe in the

Mumbler–not like Kinkaid does. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build

in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark

and dangerous in Pender. Lurking in the shadows. Waiting to bring the stories

to life.


“It’s sad, you coming here.” Kincaid

takes me in, his smile fading. “Now you’ve got no chance.”


No chance. Like he read it in my tea

leaves or the lines of my palm. “Why?”


“Because he only takes Pender kids. Likes

our taste, I guess.” Kincaid drops his board, glides backward on one foot,

never breaking eye contact. “Like . . . hopelessness.”


“And Steak-umms from the caf,” somebody

says, making people snicker.


“Liver.” Trace shows his teeth. “God, I

love that shit.”


“What about Gavin Cotswold?” Sage says.

“Have they figured out how he died yet?”


“Mumbler got him.” Trace.


“He OD’d.” Bree gives Trace a withering

look. “He went out in the woods, got fucked up, and died. His own mom thinks



“I heard the animals didn’t leave enough

of him behind to be sure.” Trace says. Then, to Kincaid, “Tell her about the

first boy. Ricky Whoever.”


“Sartain. Ricky Sartain.” Behind

Kincaid, most of the activity has stopped, everybody pulling up some concrete

to listen. He’s holding court, a storyteller who knows his audience. “It all

started, like, twenty years ago. Kid went missing two days before they found

him on the banks of the marsh, way out by the railroad bridge.” Kincaid nods

slowly, easing into it. “Somebody put their hands all over him.”


More covert laughter, Trace’s whisper:

“Loved to death.”


Kincaid entwines his fingers, working

his palms together in sinuous rhythm. “Squeezed him, crushed him. Mashed his

spine, smashed his belly.”


A voice speaks up: “My mom said that kid

got hit by the train.”


“Of course she did.” Kincaid doesn’t

turn. “She also told you that Santa Claus is real and honesty is the best

policy and if you’re good, you’ll get into heaven, right?”


Snorts. Somebody mimics, “But my mommy

said,” whacking the boy who interrupted with a baseball cap.


“He was folded in half.” Sage grips

Trace’s forearm. “That’s what I heard.”


“No.” Kincaid’s hands are tai chi slow.



“Stop.” Bree says it under her breath;

I’m the only one who hears.


“Ricky disappeared right around

Halloween. That’s the pattern.” Kincaid skates a circuit around us, dismounts,

and slaps the tail of the board so it pops into his hand again, all one smooth

movement that I wish I could watch again frame by frame. “Truth. After, Ricky’s

friends told everybody how they’d all gone out to the railroad bridge to smash

pumpkins one night, and there was somebody hiding under there. Too dark to see,

but they heard him, mumbling and yammering away.”


Yip, yip, yip! I look up to see audience

participation, lumbering shapes aping around the others, sounding like a zoo

after hours—Ahhh-ah-ah-ah! Mwaaa-hoohoo!


“Next time anybody saw Ricky, he was red

guacamole.” Kincaid pauses, smiling faintly, but he’s not really seeing me now.

“Ever since, Mumbler’s been around. Takes a bad kid every few years, always in

October. Grown-ups have some bullshit excuse for what happened to them, but we



Nods pass around the circle. I watch for

inside looks—they’ll drop the act when they see I’m not taken in—but the quiet

drags on. “What’s the Mumbler look like?” I hold

Kincaid’s gaze, willing him to let me in

on this, let me prove I don’t scare easy. “So I’ll know him if I see him.”


Kincaid looks to Trace, again with the

smile that creases his eyes into merry slits, a kid showing his little sister

where Mom hides the Christmas presents. “We can take you to him.”


About Gillian:


I’m a ridiculous, sometimes cranky, often hungry, frequently writing

flibbertigibbet who really hopes she can keep doing this for a living.


My debut novel, GRIT (HarperTeen), was an Indie Next List pick, a Junior

Library Guild Selection, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA

Booklist, was an Edgar Award Finalist, a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award

Finalist, and received both a 2018 Lupine Award from the Maine Library

Association and a 2018 Maine Literary Award from the Maine Writers &

Publishers Alliance.


My other novels include THE DOOR TO JANUARY (Islandport Press; Bram

Stoker Award Finalist), THE LIES THEY TELL (HarperTeen; 2019 International

Thriller Award Finalist, 2019 Maine Literary Award Finalist, 2018 Junior

Library Guild Selection), and THE MISSING SEASON (HarperTeen, coming 5/21/2019;

preorder giveaway happening now). My short fiction has placed in Writer’s

Digest and Zoetrope: All Story contests, as well as appearing in such

publications as Weirdbook and Creepy Campfire Stories for Grownups.


I hold a BA in English from the University of Maine, and I’m a member of

the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Mystery Writers of America, and

the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. Currently, I still live in

my native state of Maine–shocker, I know–with my husband and sons, where I’m

perpetually agonizing over my next novel (in the best possible way, of course!)








winners will win a signed finished copy of THE MISSING SEASON, US Only.







Blog Tour: Secrets Of A Fangirl by Erin Dionne




Secrets of a Fangirl

by Erin Dionne
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: May 28th 2019

Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
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Sarah Anne loves lacrosse, and the MK Nightshade series that everyone was obsessed over in grade school. The problem is that she’s still obsessed, which is way too nerdy for a popular kid like her. So she hides her geekiness with a set of rules meant to keep her geek and jock selves separate.Except when she’s offered a spot in a Nightshade fandom contest, where the winner gets to see the new movie premiere in LA. No one seems to think Sarah Anne can win, since she’s up against a pair of guys in high school–but the more she’s called a fake fan, the more determined she is to wipe the floor with her competition. As long as none of her friends or anyone at school knows what she’s doing.

Can she keep her geek identity a secret, win the contest, and manage to keep her friends even though she’s been living a lie? Sarah Anne is going to have to make some choices about what’s truly important to her and which rules she’s going to break to stay true to herself.


Review (Spoilers Ahead!)

 I am a proud fangirl, and so when I started this book I knew it was gonna be a good one. Sarah Anne was a relatable character who was trying to fit in and be popular. She went to extreme lengths to hide her geeky side and it was rough seeing her force herself to be something she wasn’t. Her friendship with Hugh was sweet and I loved that there wasn’t a forced romance in this book, just a fantastic read and no sappy stuff to take away enjoyment from the actual story. The MK Nightshade was pretty detailed from the little bits I got to see sprinkled throughout the book. It sounded like something that could actually exist and be popular in real life.

I loved Hugh’s character and that he didn’t deny his geekiness despite all the taunting. He wasn’t perfect and had a few dark moments but I liked how the ending went. Hannah was great too, she didn’t hide her geekiness, just wore it in a subtle way so that she could still fit in. I liked her a lot and hopefully she’ll end up as Sarah Anne’s new, better Roxy. Roxy wasn’t a horrible character but she wasn’t the best friend either, but she was portrayed realistically in that not all our friends will always be our friends, Roxy chose to leave but Sarah Anne now has better friends who accept her for her geeky self so I can’t be mad at how it all went down.

This book was incredibly fast paced, or maybe I was so absorbed in the story that I just kept turning the pages, either way I blew through this baby in just a few hours and lived every second of it. I can’t recall any excessive profanity, or inappropriate scenes so children can read this too. Overall I loved this book and I highly reccomend it to all my fellow fangirls and fanboys!

Rating: 5 Stars

Reccomendation: ages 10 and up

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review

Favorite Quotes

1. “Geekouts lead to freak-outs.” That’s another one of my rules. No feeling out over the castle.

MK Nightshade is awesome, but that world isn’t real. People who think it is are so lame.

I’m not lame.”

2. “Yeah, what are you wearing?” Roxy echoes.

“Clothes,” I respond to Roxy, because it’s obvious I’m wearing a hoodie and jeans and didn’t take the time to make myself cute.”

3. “I know this is a terrible idea, going out in public dressed like a dragon.

But another part of me, the part that is drawn to those crystal horns, beautiful scales, and unnaturally green eyes, doesn’t really care.”

4. “A pile of frustration the size of the Mountain of Shame rises in me. I’m so over Roxy’s constant rules about popularity and coolness. It’s exhausting. I am not lucky. I am making a mistake and I know it.”

5. “Can you simultaneously want to hug and smack someone? ‘Cause that’s how I feel right now.”

6. “Roxy tells me how to do my hair and what to wear. Jess D. tells me how to treat kids like Hugh.

They’re both telling me to go to the dance with Tucker, because it’ll make them look better.

This is getting old.”

7. “Adventure calls, my dear. Will you heed it’s clarion tone?

And suddenly, I know: I sure as heck will.”

8. “The map of the Realm covers my bed. My guides are on my shelf. I’m wearing my armor.


Let the war begin.”

9. “You pretended to be someone you aren’t. Who are you?”

I pretended because I wanted us to stay friends, I think.

“An Adventurer of the Realm,” I answer.

10. “Geek Girl. I kind of like the sound of that.”


Until you realize that being surrounded by what you love gives you strength.



Erin Dionne’s latest book for tweens is Lights, Camera, Disaster (Scholastic 2018). Her other novels are Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies, The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, and Notes from an Accidental Band Geek.
Her novel Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery, is based on the real-life Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist and was a 2014 Edgar Award finalist. The series continues with Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting. Her first picture book, Captain’s Log: Snowbound, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, was released in 2018 and received a starred review from Kirkus.
A graduate of Boston College (BA English & Communications) and Emerson College (MFA), she teaches at Montserrat College of Art and lives outside of Boston with her husband, two children, and a very indignant dog

Tour Schedule

May 20th

May 21st

May 22nd

onemused– Bookstagram + Review
Kait Plus Books– Guest Post + Bookstagram
Rhythmicbooktrovert– Review + Favorite Quotes

May 23rd

The Clever Reader– Interview
Moonlight Rendezvous– Review + Favorite Quotes

May 24th

Vicarious Bookworm– Review + Playlist








Need Blast: How To Make Friends With The Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

NERD BLAST SCHEDULE: http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2019/04/nerd-blast-how-to-make-friends-with.html

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (April 9, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1101934751
ISBN-13: 978-1101934753


“A rare and powerful novel, How to Make Friends with the Dark dives deep into the heart of grief and healing with honesty, empathy, and grace.” —Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret

“In this raw, powerful, and heartbreaking meditation on loss and grief, Glasgow writes with unflinching beauty. We meet Tiger Tolliver at her most broken—at her darkest moment—and yet, somehow, How to Make Friends with the Dark teaches us how to let the light in. ” —Julie Buxbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things

“How to Make Friends with the Dark is breathtaking and heartbreaking, and I loved it with all my heart. It’s for all of us who have loved and lost and need to find our power again.” —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

“A bold, fearlessly crafted story of loss and love. Kathleen Glasgow’s prose commands the page with its trademark beauty and grace, and Tiger Tolliver is a character readers will root for every step of the way—and won’t soon forget.” —Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie

“Kathleen Glasgow is the rare type of skilled storyteller that knows you have to hurt your characters before putting them back together. I loved every word of this lyrical and devastating novel.” —Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders

“Gripping, powerful, and full of truth—an emotional level many novelists strive to reach, but few achieve.” —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Broken Beautiful Hearts

“A visceral, gut-wrenching, and heartbreaking take on the grieving process. I cried within the first fifty pages. You’ll want to hug Tiger and never let her go. Kathleen has done it again!” —Tiffany Jackson, author of Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming

“Magnificent. A beautiful, heartbreaking alleluia to survival.” —Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys and Tradition

“A book as fierce, tender, and rare as its aptly named heroine, Tiger. How to Make Friends with the Dark is a gorgeously nuanced meditation on grief and family, and the incredible love that can pull you through the darkest of times.” —Meg Leder, author of Letting Go of Gravity

“Beautifully written and profoundly moving. From page one, Tiger Tolliver grabs your heart with her pain, her courage, her humor—and she doesn’t let go. Tiger, Cake, and Thaddeus (and Mae-Lynn, and Shayna, and Lupe, and LaLa, and Sarah, and Leonard, and June . . . all of Glasgow’s deeply wrought characters) will stay with me for a long time to come.” —Alyssa Sheinmel, New York Times bestselling author of A Danger to Herself and Others

“Tiger Tolliver is so vulnerable and real, you’ll want to turn your porch light on and have the spare room ready for her. In How to Make Friends with the Dark, Kathleen Glasgow’s prose begs and pleads and grasps at the light, like a prayer.” —Lygia Day Peñaflor, author of All of This Is True and Unscripted Joss Byrd

“Lyrical, devastating, witty and raw—this is Kathleen Glasgow at her best. Her fans will not be disappointed to fall in love with Tiger Tolliver, no matter how much she breaks their hearts.” —Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, author of The Smell of Other People’s Houses

“This story hauls you into its heart to live the pain in all its careening, messy, and miraculous glory. A brilliant, honest, raw look at what it really means to lose someone essential and make grudging peace with what is gained in the exchange. You will never forget Tiger Tolliver. Not ever.” —Estelle Laure, author of But Then I Came Back and This Raging Light

“Visceral and traumatic, pulsing with ache,…[this novel is] a gritty, raw account of surviving tragedy one minute at a time.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[A] standout….Tiger’s distinctive, haunting voice will be hard to forget.” —Booklist

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

You can purchase How to Make Friends with the Dark at the following Retailers:


Photo Content from Kathleen Glasgow

Kathleen Glasgow is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, Girl in Pieces. She lives in Arizona. Her second young adult novel, How to Make Friends With the Dark, will be published by Delacorte/Random House 4/9/19.

Girl in Pieces has been named to best of lists by The New York Public Library, Amazon, TAYSHA, Goop, TeenVogue, BN Teen, Refinery29, EW.com, TeenReads, and more.

Girl in Pieces has been published in 24 countries.

Girl in Pieces was longlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Girl in Pieces was a finalist for the Amelia Walden Book Award, an Amelia Bloomer Project selection, and a Target Club Book pick. The Target edition contains extras and a special letter to the reader. Order here.


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Blog Tour: We Were Beautiful by Heather Hepler


We Were Beautiful
by Heather Hepler
Publisher: BLINK
Release date: April 2, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary


It’s been a year since fifteen-year-old Mia Hopkins was in the car crash that killed her older sister and left her terribly scarred. The doctors tell her she was lucky to survive. Her therapist says it will take time to heal. The police reports claim there were trace amounts of alcohol in her bloodstream. But no matter how much she tries to reconstruct the events of that fateful night, Mia’s memory is spotty at best. She’s left with accusations, rumors, and guilt so powerful it could consume her.

As the rest of Mia’s family struggles with their own grief, Mia is sent to New York City to spend the summer with a grandmother she’s never met. All Mia wants to do is hide from the world, but instead she’s stuck with a summer job in the bustling kitchens of the cafe down the street. There she meets Fig–blue-haired, friendly, and vivacious–who takes Mia under her wing. As Mia gets to know Fig and her friends–including Cooper, the artistic boy who is always on Mia’s mind–she realizes that she’s not the only one with a painful past.

Over the summer, Mia begins to learn that redemption isn’t as impossible as she once thought, but her scars inside run deep and aren’t nearly so simple to heal … especially when Mia finally pieces together her memories of the night Rachel died.

Favorite Book Quotes:

1. “Sure you don’t want your name on rice?” He asks, pointing to one of the carts parked alongside the line.

” You seem obsessed with it, ” I say. I pull a tuft of cotton candy off the mound and out it in my mouth.

“Well, it is a modern miracle,” he says.

“The polio vaccine was a modern miracle,” I respond.

” But, it’s your name written on rice, ” he says.

2. “I learned that loving someone means loving them no matter what. ”

3. “And so you do what you can. You keep moving forward, piecing things together. Some things can’t ever be fixed. Some things can.”

4. My dad smiled at me and I smile back, because for the first time it feels like it’s okay…or at least it’s going to be. I

5. The deer died on impact. Didn’t feel a thing, they said.

Rachel died a short time later. She was peaceful at the end, they said.

I should have died. She should have died, they said.

They were right.

6. I can feel my heart beating for the first time in a year. I know there will be places that will always hurt, but it’s better to be hurt than to run from it like my mother did or to box it away like I tried to do.

Review:  I deliberately put the quotes before the review just so y’all could see why I loved this book. I didn’t learn the truth about the accident until I got near the end which would usually annoy me but this book was a riveting page turner I just couldn’t put down. In the end I was highly motivated to find out what really went down and ended up finishing it in a day. I loved the characters and how each had their own dark or sad past. I just loved how they healed and supported each other throughout their hardships. I didn’t find the romance rushed and it didn’t take over the actual story which is a big bonus. The pacing was nice and quick but not rushed and I loved the neatly wrapped ending. All in all I couldn’t find anything I hated or even disliked and I thoroughly enjoyed this tearjerking beauty.

Rating: 5 Stars

Recommendation: Ages 13 & up

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review


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Heather Hepler is the author of several books for teens and tweens, including Frosted Kisses (Scholastic, 2015), Love? Maybe (Dial, 2012) and The Cupcake Queen(Dutton, 2009).
She loves tomato soup, fat cats, and hiking. (Not necessarily in that order.) She’s lived in East Texas, Alaska, and Death Valley. Currently she, her son, their two spoiled cats, and their ridiculously smart dog live in Downeast Maine.
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