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Friday, July 15, 2016

Blog Tour: Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema Review and Guest Post

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Blog Tour: Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema Review and Guest Post
Goldfish
Nat Luurtsema
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Publication date: June 7th 2016
by Feiwel & Friends

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Lou Brown is one of the fastest swimmers in the county. She’s not boasting, she really is. So things are looking pretty rosy the day of the Olympic time-trials. With her best mate Hannah by her side, Lou lines up by the edge of the pool, snaps her goggles on and bends into her dive…

Everything rests on this race. It’s Lou’s thing.

… or it was. She comes dead last and to top it all off Hannah sails through leaving a totally broken Lou behind.

Starting again is never easy, particularly when you’re the odd-one out in a family of insanely beautiful people and a school full of social groups way too intimidating to join. Where do you go from here? Finding a new thing turns out to be the biggest challenge Lou’s ever faced and opens up a whole new world of underwater somersaults, crazy talent shows, bitchy girls and a great big load of awkward boy chat.

Lou Brown guides us through the utter humiliation of failure with honesty, sass and a keen sense of the ridiculous. This girl will not be beaten.
-A copy was provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for review-
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Hello loves!! Today I have the pleasure of taking part in the Goldfish blog tour. I have my review and a guest post from the author. This book is about swimming and summer is the perfect time to be thinking about that. I can’t wait to hit the beach soon. Hopefully some of you will be too. Just don’t forget the sunblock!! (Sorry, I work at a dermatologist office so I have to promote keeping your skin protected.)

 

While I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t one of my favorites. The MC kind of irritated me, but once again it may be because since I am older, it’s harder to remember the high school girl mind. She just seemed so much about herself and it took too long to really think about others. The cast of characters was pretty good though, and I did enjoy getting to know each and every one of them. Even the mean girls. I do understand how competitive sports can be as I was once a competing gymnast. I also understand how horrid coaches can be when there goal is to be the best and they forget that you are also still a child or young adult. That was where this book really hit home with me.

I will start with Louise. Swimming is her life, her dream, her everything. She dreams of the Olympics and she is convinced she has what it takes. That she is good enough. When she totally bombs at the trials, she can’t believe it, but even worse, her BFF has come in first and she will be going away to this amazing training camp. She knows that she shouldn’t be bitter, but she can’t help but hate Hannah a little bit. Not only that, but she is afraid that everyone at school will know she is a failure. She’s no longer on the swim team, and all the girls are snotty and mean like she is the scum of the earth, and even her coach who loved her is cold and unsympathetic. So she tries to go about her life, but she just loves swimming. When she stumbles upon some of the popular boys wanting to do something fresh and new for a talent tv show, she decides she will be there coach for sychronized swimming. She is in way over her head, but it makes her come to her senses and start thinking of others before herself.

Meanwhile, poor Hannah is not having a good time at the training. It’s so hard, she’s so tired, and she is too concerned about every bit of skin and non-existent fat on her body. It’s so much pressure from them, and her parents. She really needs a friend, but Louise is distant. She is in a bad state and she is having a really hard time. Luckily, eventually Louise comes around and she realizes that Hannah may actually be a danger to herself due to all the pressure to be the best.

The boys are all really great. I won’t get into each one, but they all have their own personalities. Some are not so pleasant, and some are really sweet. All of them are determined to win this talent thing, and they all are actually really great to Louise in there own way, even through all the ups and downs of everything.

I think that all the characters had major growth throughout the story and that it was very real to how people that age act. I think the author did a great job at capturing reality with this. I thought the story flowed really well and it kept me engaged to where I was able to read it in two nights. Though this story wasn’t perfect for me, I did enjoy the author’s writing and will be looking forward to more in the future, whatever genre or type of story it may be.

 

Now for a fun guest post from the author!!

 

Author Guest Post- Five Favorite Places You Like to Swim

The sea! Always the sea, I love it – especially the warmer ones. Though I do find after about 10 minutes

of swimming in the sea I’ll suddenly think of Jaws and see my own spindly legs thrashing above me from

a Shark’s point of view and then I’ll panic and race back to the beach.

I used to work in a spa in Watford (they made me answer the phone “Watford’s 6 star resort!” which is

WRONG like “we give 110%!”) but they had a lovely pool that was painted black so the water looked

black. I loved swimming in there but invariably would convince myself there was a shark in there and

panic.

The Lido near me, Brockwell Lido. It’s unheated and freezing 350 days of the year BUT you can see to the

bottom and definitely no sharks and sometimes ducks swim alongside you.

Muswell Hill Lido when I lived in North London. Same deal as Brockwell Lido.

Hampstead Heath ponds – they are lovely. Despite being quite cold and there are weeds that catch at

your legs and gross you out, and there’s a big goose nicknamed Ryan Gosling who pecks your head when

you swim past AND last time I was there  a man followed me, flashing and I called the police. But c’est la

vie. It is still a nice swim.

Thank you for the great guest post. If I ever make it to London I will have to check out some of your favorite swimming spots. I mostly go to Hampton Beach in New Hamphire here in the US, but the water is quite cold. My favorite beach is one in North Carolina and it’s on the bottom edge of the outer banks. The water is warm and beautiful, but it’s quite a far trip away from Massachusetts.

I hope you all enjoyed the guest post. I would love to know where some of your favorite places to swim are. I may have to make a list and maybe make a fun road trip out of it.

Blog Tour: NIL On Fire – Guest Post

Blog Tour: NIL On Fire – Guest Post

Posted by on 05/19/2016 • 1 Comment

Hello everyone!! I am part of the NIL on Fire blog tour and I have a great guest post from Lynne today! I really wanted to post my review with this, but I have had a lot of stuff going on lately and so I did not get to read it.  I definitely will be soon though and will post my review at that point.  Anyways, Lynne has given us a fabulous list of books to read if you liked NIL.

Top Five Books to Read if You Liked NIL

 

I ADORE THIS QUESTION!

 

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Read All About It: The Stunning New Fairy Tale You Probably Never Heard Of!

Read All About It: The Stunning New Fairy Tale You Probably Never Heard Of!

Posted by on 12/08/2015 • 8 Comments

Calling all Fantasy fans! I have the lovely Shayne Leighton here today to talk to us about her upcoming book, Of Light and Darkness, along with a chance to win! First, let’s see what this book is all about:

Guest post by Shayne Leighton

The Stunning New Fairy Tale You Probably Never Heard Of…

I’m a published author. By Amazon standards, I’m even considered a bestselling author. But recently, after re-reading my debut novel, I decided something was missing. After five years of working with a small press, publishing three full-length novels and one novella, I was still left feeling like I owed my characters something more. I’d poured my blood, sweat, and tears into a story that was simply sitting on a virtual shelf…collecting…

A Letter to Kady (Illuminae) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A Letter to Kady (Illuminae) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Posted by on 10/21/2015 • 11 Comments

I’m excited to have the Illuminae tour stop by the blog today with a fun guest post! I’ve got both Amie and Jay here today with a letter to their main character, Kady! Also don’t forget to enter to win before you go! Before we get to that, let’s see what this book is all about:

Guest post by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A Letter to Kady

Dear Kady,

Okay, first up, we’re sorry. WE’RE SORRY. Please don’t delete our back-up files, remotely active our car alarms or plaster our embarrassing baby photos all over the internet. We know you know how. And okay, maybe you’d be justified. We put you through some stuff in Illuminae. We can acknowledge that.

We’re particularly sorry about…

Behind the Scenes with Adi Alsaid + Giveaway!

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Posted by on 07/20/2015 • 14 Comments

I’m happy to be a part of the Never Always Sometimes tour today! I’ve got Adi here to take us behind the scenes on his writing, and you can also enter to win before you go! First, let’s see what this book is all about:

Guest post by Adi Alsaid

Behind the Scenes- My Writing Office(s)

As I sit down to write this, I’m at a restaurant patio in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the midst of a 5-week backpacking trip throughout Southeast Asia. I’m a bit sweaty, but it’s early evening and the heat is past its peak. My feet are up on the red cushion of the large lounging chair I’ve camped out in while I wait for my friends to finish their yoga…

Carly’s Favorite Meal: Guest Post by Anna Banks

Carly’s Favorite Meal: Guest Post by Anna Banks

Posted by on 05/12/2015 • 4 Comments

Today I’ve got the lovely Anna Banks on the blog talking about food to make everyone hungry! 🙂 Let’s take a look at her latest release, first:

Guest Post by Anna Banks

Carly’s Favorite Meal—Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles

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Fearless Playlist!

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Posted by on 04/22/2015 • 2 Comments

The Fearless blog tour is stopping by the blog today with the book’s Playlist! Here’s a little about the book first:

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Ludovico Einaudi – I Due Fiumi

Mumford and Sons – I Gave You All

Paramore – Playing God

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Dustin O’Halloran – Fragile No. 4

Message to Bears – Running Through Woodland

The Temper Trap – Soldier On

Fleet Foxes – Tiger Mountain Peasant Song

Miike Snow – Silvia

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The Perils of Writing Steampunk by Leigh Statham + Giveaway!

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Posted by on 03/16/2015 • 20 Comments

I’m happy to be a part of the The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl tour today! I’ve got Leigh here to talk to us about what it’s like to write steampunk, and you can also enter to win before you go! First, let’s see what this book is all about:

Guest post by Leigh Statham

The Perils of Writing Steampunk

Steampunk is one of the most exciting and freeing genres to write. If you are a history buff, it’s great because you get to research to your heart’s content. But the creative types get to embellish and change all the things they don’t like. However, like any other speculative fiction genre, it still holds its challenges.

For example, I was up to my armpits…