Blog Tour: Graham’s Delicacies (+ INTL giveaway!)

Blog Tour: Graham’s Delicacies (+ INTL giveaway!)

I am so, so happy to be apart of the blog tour for Graham’s Delicacies. I’m so excited to share my review and playlist I’ve made. My playlist is a little different time around. Initially, it was going filled with songs about the book in general, but I quickly grew really fond of the actual bakery in the book, Graham’s Delicacies.

I’m also hosting my own Paperback copy giveaway of Graham’s Delicacies. It’s international, so everyone’s welcome to join!!! Check it out below!

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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Six people and three love stories all in one bakery.

Graham’s Delicacies is a collection of short stories revolving around the love lives of the workers of Graham’s Delicacies. If you’ve read Ali’s previous work, you realise this café has already made it an appearance in Ali’s debut, Soft on soft, and I love it! I adored the casual and sweet environment of the café. Apart from Yujin, everyone works there, and it’s adorable. In just Saccharine alone, you can clearly see how furiously protective they are of each other and love each other so much. The familial aspect, inside the café and outside, was one of my favourites part of this book.

Saccharine follows Jen, who is a student working as a waitress, and her relationship with one of the café’s bakers, Emilie. I would, out of all the stories, this was the sweetest. Their relationship was a pretty adorable and we’re shown how they got together. It begins quite delicately with both sides definitely wanting to take their relationship further. I had a lot of love for Emilie; they’re so cute.

In just Saccharine alone, you’re very quickly introduced to the relationship dynamics of the workers. You can clearly see how furiously protective they are of each other and love each other so much.

In Delectable, James is hard-core pining over his co-worker Sam. He’s exceptionally family-orientated and often puts his family before anything else, even himself. If Saccharine was sweet, Delectable was emotional. Sam is confident and amazing. His confidence is sky-high and brilliant. James and Sam fit so well together, and their relationship was very natural and cute.

Ravenous is, I would say, my favourite out of the three stories. Alex hopes to change the mind of a popular food vlogger who made some pretty unjustified comments about the bakery. Except, they certainly weren’t expecting to meet Yujin. Ravenous was hilarious as Yujin tries to persuade Alex to give him a second chance. Alex is highly protective of Graham’s Delicacies, so they aren’t so easily satisfied.

Yujin was a surprising character I didn’t expect to rate so highly. He comes off quite arrogant at the beginning, but quickly he’s developed into this entirely different person, whose public persona precedes him.

Overall, I enjoyed Graham’s Delicacies. I love the way the stories interlink with each other but are their own stories. There are explicit sex scenes in each story, in case, that isn’t your thing, like me. I love the different couple dynamics. It’s pretty low in drama, and everyone gets a happy-ever-after. So I would recommend if anyone wants a fun and quick read.

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Blog Tour: The Weight of Our Sky (+ giveaway!)

Blog Tour: The Weight of Our Sky (+ giveaway!)

Hi!!! Today’s post is all about The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf. I’m so excited to be a part of the SEA blog tour for this incredible book. I’ll be sharing my own review and a playlist that I’ve made for this book! Before I get into what I have to show, here’s some information on the book and its brilliant author!

Melati Ahmad has imagined her mother’s death countless times. Plagued by gruesome thoughts she believes are put into her head by a djinn, Melati has developed an intricate set of tapping rituals to tame the monster within and keep her mother safe.

But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.

With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.

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Hanna Alkaf graduated with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and spent over ten years writing everything from B2B marketing emails to investigative feature articles, from non-profit press releases to corporate brochures. She worked in Chicago as an online copywriter for several years upon graduation before coming home. She’s been a senior writer at Marie Claire Malaysia, the communications manager of education non-profit Teach For Malaysia, and a freelance journalist. Her articles have appeared in the Malaysian iterations of Marie Claire, Shape, and Esquire, as well as a host of other media both print and online.

Hanna now spends her time making it up as she goes along, both as an author of fiction and as a mom. THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY is her first novel. She lives in Kuala Lumpur with her family. (Photo credit: Azalia Suhaimi)

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Blog Tour: Song of Princes by Janell Rhiannon

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Rating: ★★★★☆

The Song of Princes follows the myth of the Iliad, the fate of well-known characters such as Paris, Helen, Achilles and the Greek gods which all leads up to the battle of Troy The Song of Princes is book one of three which will chronicle the entire war and well into the adventure of Odysseus after. The Princes mentioned which the story follows are Paris, Hektor, Achilles and Odysseus, while I believe book one focuses more on Paris/Hekor.

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Blog Tour: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Blog Tour: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Been Here All Along
Sandy Hall
Publication date: August 30th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Gideon has a plan for everything. Running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having a plethora of choices for college. But he doesn’t account for falling in love with his best friend Kyle. Kyle, on the other hand, finds his spot on the sports team threatened, and when his girlfriend and best friend start acting up, Kyle doesn’t know what to do.

Told from four different perspectives, BEEN HERE ALL ALONG is an adorable story of best friends, first love, and unexpected love.

BEEN HERE ALL ALONG was super cute, despite lacking any real drama or suspense, it was quick and fun read. Props to Hall for explicitly stating that Kyle was bisexual. (I also got the feeling that Gideon is pansexual since he says he never had strong feelings for people until Kyle). The relationship between Kyle and Gideon is so sweet, they had their awkward and cute moments even if the realisation of their romantic feelings between them felt rushed. Personally, I preferred Kyle’s POV but Gideon was cute and quirky. If this book was longer, I would’ve loved to have been better development about Kyle’s predicament. If you’re looking for a quick, sweet romance books, then this one is for you.

I think what brought this book down was its length and the multiple POVs. For a book that can be read in one sitting, four POVs felt too extra. Cutting out Gideon’s brother, Ezra, would’ve been a good choice as I felt like he didn’t hold much importance to have his own chapters. Ezra and Ruby’s chapters could’ve easily moulded together.

Overall, this book was simple yet cute. There isn’t anything major that I didn’t like but I feel like the characters could have been more developed. But this was an extremely adorable read, though.

Author Bio:

I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.

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August 22nd
Books of Fascination
books are love
Fiction Dreams
Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Reading and Reviews 

August 23rd
A Southern Girls Bookshelf
That Wild Soul
The Heart of a Book Blogger
Book Wish
Quite The Novel Idea

August 24th
Here’s to Happy Endings
With Love for Books
Comma Hangover
blogs and coffee
Awesome Book Assessment

August 25th
Quartzfeather
Literary Meanderings
Bookish Escapes
Rolling with the Moments
The Reading Nook

August 26th
The Fantastical World of Wonders
Mara Was Here
Brooke Blogs
Dani Reviews Things

The Awakened Blog Tour – Author Spotlight + Guest Post + Review + Giveaway

Official Awakened CoverOkay. I am SO EXCITED to be part of the The Awakened Blog Tour. I love apocalyptic novels, especially zombie ones, and the author, Sara E. Santana, better known as WhatANerdGirlSays, has been on such a journey to get this one published. I’ve been following her blog for a while, and it’s so great to see her finally a published author.

Today I’m featuring Sara here on the blog. She going to tell us about her writing space and method and the struggles of writing a book, offering some do’s and don’ts when it comes to writing a novel. I loooove getting a peek into author’s lives and writing processes so I’m thrilled to share this with you today. I’ll also include my review of her soon to be released debut novel, The Awakened at the end of her guest post, including a link to the giveaway she’s hosting! You can preorder The Awakened now for Amazon Kindle. Paperbacks will be available for purchase on the day of release, which is the 1st December.

I would also like to note that if you preorder the Kindle version, you can get a free signed bookmark. In order to claim your bookmark, you must message your proof of purchase/preorder and your name and address to sesantanawrites@gmail.com

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The Awakened by Sara E. Santana- Cover Reveal!

I am so happy to be part of the OfTomes street team and help release the cover + release date for The Awakened by Sara E. Santana, which is the third novel to be published by by the amazing Benjamin Alderson of OfTomes Publishing.

And without further ado…. HERE’S THE COVER!!

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Look how great it is! It was designed by Kim G, who designed the other OfTomes novels as well.

Official synopsis

Zoey Valentine is concerned with two things: surviving the multitude of self-defense classes her dad makes her take and avoiding Ash Matthews.

That is, until the Z virus hits, wiping out a third of the population in a matter of weeks. If that weren’t frightening enough, the bodies of the victims disappear and suddenly reappear, awakened from their dead state. They’re faster, smarter, and they work together to get the one thing they crave, human flesh. The United States is in a panic and then the government decides the unthinkable: to bomb every major city overrun with the awakened.

Now Zoey is on the run, with her dad and Ash, desperate to find a place of safety amongst the ruined remains of the country.

The official release date is December 1st, 2015 and it will be available in Kindle and paperback format! Preorder is only available for the kindle edition! Add it to your GoodReads here!

About Sara E. Santana

Sara Elizabeth Santana is a young adult and new adult fiction writer. She has worked as a smoothie artist, Disneyland cast member, restaurant supervisor, nanny, photographer, pizza delivery driver and barista but writing is what she loves most. Her first story was written at age nine. She runs her own nerd girl/book review blog, What A Nerd Girl Says. Her favorite books are a tie between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling and Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. She lives in Southern California with her dad, five siblings and two dogs. Her debut novel is The Awakened.

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