The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe Blog Tour- ARC Review

Book Description

 Who do you become when you have nothing left to lose?

There is something Poe Blythe, the seventeen-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River. 


     Poe has vowed to annihilate the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. But as she navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine and realizes there might be a traitor among her crew, she must also reckon with who she has become, who she wants to be, and the ways love can change and shape you. Even–and especially–when you think all is lost.

     Intricately crafted and emotionally gripping, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe is the compelling story of one young woman’s journey to move beyond the grief and anger that control her and find the inner strength to chart her own course.


First – a HUGE thank you to the publisher for sending a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Second – on to the review! This was a quick and unique read. I’ve read a lot of dystopian stories in my day but this felt fresh and different. I won’t heavily recap the story as you can read above what it’s about.

Most of this story revolves around ships and gold. How could that not entice everyone to read it?! We find out in the beginning the tragedy that Poe experienced and that sort of set the tone for the rest of the story. It was a great insight into why she did a lot of what she did. Years after the event, Poe was put in command of her own voyage and she struggled that a lot. Understandable so but she was able to put her own conflicts aside to do what was in the best interest of everyone. That made for a thrilling and adventurous tale.

The issues that Poe struggled with and the demons she fought felt real. I saw her character grow and develop as the story continued. She was a very fleshed out and yet flawed character. She never walked around as the helpless female but also knew she was not above asking for help. The rest of the cast of characters really helped round out the entire story.

Do I recommend this story? Absolutely. It was well done with a very well developed world, complex characters, and a fast paced story – what isn’t there to enjoy? I would not be opposed to this being the start of a new series starting one Poe Blythe.

Author Bio

Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy and co-author of the Darkdeep middle grade series. She is also the author of the novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award Finalist. A former English teacher, Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the founder and director of the nonprofit WriteOut Foundation. Twitter @AllyCondie


Week One

April 1 – Bookcrushin – Listicle: 3 Things you would bring with you on a revenge mission

April 2 – – Creative Instagram Picture + Giveaway

April 3 – The Fandom – Playlist 

April 4 – Library in the Country – Review

April 5 – Berrybookpages – Creative Instagram Picture

Week Two

April 8 – the_readers_nook – Creative Instagram Picture

April 9 – Gladiator Glory – Bookish Makeup Tutorial

April 10 – TreatYoShelf Book Club – Creative Instagram Picture

April 11 – The Midnight Society – Inspired by the Book

April 12 – Jo Loves to read – Creative Instagram Picture

Week Three

April 15 – Just About Write – Review

April 16 – pagetravels – Creative Instagram Picture

April 17 – A Gingerly Review – Review

April 18 – Fiction Fares – Listicle


ARC Review: If I’m Being Honest

If I'm Being Honest

While I have not yet had the pleasure of reading Always, Never, Yours, I was able to read and follow this with no problem. It was a delightfully funny, charming, hilarious, swoony read! I really did love everything about this and am excited to read more from these two authors.

While this is pitched as Taming of the Shrew meets Mean Girls, I’m here to tell you that is not incorrect. This was an absolute brilliant mashup. Once I started, I simply could not get enough of it! I immediately connected with Cameron, the protagonist. While this girl was always honest with what she said, she stayed true to herself and stuck to her guns. I have to commend the girl for being confident in who she was and willing to see past herself to try to become a better person. She felt believable and someone I would hang out with in real life, brutal honesty and all. She went through the book trying to make up for past wrongs and I give her a standing ovation for that. I don’t know many people that would put themselves out there that way. Granted, her reasons for starting this list/quest were a little (okay, a lot) on the selfish side, but her character arc more than made up for it.

Cameron was not the only amazing character in this story, the entire cast felt believable and real. They all felt flushed out, deeply flawed, and wonderfully complex. Not one single person as was open and shut as they appeared. Every single one had their insecurities, hopes, and fears. It was refreshing to read about a cast of characters that was not always perfect in everything they did. Cameron’s character really had to work to get to know these people, nothing happened easily or by chance – I really liked that about this book. While Cameron was batting some pretty gnarly demons at home, it proved that nobody had the perfect life.

I’m really struggling to find the proper words to describe how much I enjoy this book!! The setting, the plot, the pacing, the characters, all of it worked. It worked in such a wonderful way. Just know that if you’re looking for a swoony contemporary feel that may give you pause to think about how you talk to/treat people, then this is the book you need in your life. You don’t want to miss it when it comes into the world soon.

ARC Review: Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)

**I received an earc in exchange for my honest review**


Holy cow. This was one heck of a wild ride and I loved every single moment of it. I’m going to try really hard to review and not give anything away. HA. I should end my review now then, right? Let’s see what I can come up with…

I firmly believe that these two authors cannot write a bad book. They have mastered the sci-fi setting but spinning in it such a way that it feels fresh. This really did feel like The Breakfast Club but set in space and I was absolutely here for it. The characters were deeply flawed and beautifully complex. They all had a voice in the story as they all had POV chapters so I was able to hear directly from them why they did what they did or know why they felt the way they did. That gave an extra layer of depth that made this story that much better. While there were a lot of characters (all necessary), my favorite character was Aurora. I loved her backstory and the journey she had ahead of her. I do have a soft spot for all of them, but she was the one I connected with the most.

The concept and plot of the story was utterly brilliant. A girl lost in space but in cryo-sleep awakened to discover she has a bigger role to play in the fate of the universe? And her fate is in the hands of a group of space cadets that never wanted to team up in the first place? Sign. Me. Up. It worked and it worked so bloody well. Once I started this story I could not stop. I simply had to know what happened. This was one of those books that I was thinking about when I wasn’t reading it because I had to know what happened. I had to know what was going on with Aurora and why things happened the way they did. (Hint: I was not disappointed!)

What more can I say about this book without giving anything away? I know! The humor is ON POINT. I mean, if you don’t laugh at all of the Middle-Earth jokes then there must be something wrong with you. The amount of references to hot elves felt like an added bonus for this already stunning start to a new sci-fi series. Not to mention the sexual tension and innuendos. They were not rude or crude but just enough. Whatever magical spell Kristoff and Kaufman cast years ago to be able to work so well together, I embrace it. They knocked it out of the park and I believe everyone will be in for one heck of a treat. I cannot wait for this to be out in the world and everyone read it.

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ARC Review: You Must Not Miss

You Must Not Miss

**I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.**

Ah, magical realism.. how I am not a fan of you. I don’t know why I don’t jive with that genre but I often read it in the hopes that I find one that works for me. Unfortunately this was not one that worked for me.

This was a super, super quick read with some very, very heavy topics. That being said, I do not feel those heavy topics were addressed properly or handled well. Said topics included: alcoholism, eating disorder, bullying, sexual assault, underage drinking, and adultery. That’s a lot, right? The main character, Margaret (aka Magpie, aka Mags), was a sixteen year old girl who came home from school early to walk in on her dad having an affair with her aunt. When he left it was the tipping point for her mom to drink her life away. That lead to her being an alcoholic and Magpie (that’s what she is primarily referred to in the story) found her one day passed out on the floor from drinking too much. On top of all of this, Magpie developed an eating disorder, but it was never said why she did so but it was always mentioned. Her way of escape was often floating in her backyard pool and writing in her yellow notebook. In this notebook she created the perfect town – Near. Suddenly one day Magpie found the doorway to Near and she discovered everything she written down was right in front of her. Finally, she had a way to get revenge on everyone that wronged her.

You can see how I was slightly confused because there was just so much going on. It was hinted at throughout most of the book that something really bad happened to Magpie at a party but it wasn’t revealed until about 80% into the book. I cannot stress enough that I feel throwing in a sexual assault at a party should not have been done for the shock factor but I feel that it was. None of these serious topics were addressed properly at all. This teenage girl had an eating disorder and chose to drink until she passed out but it was never talked about as being a bad thing. Same goes for the sexual assault. I felt the author had the right platform to address these serious topics but failed to do so. That did not sit well with me at all.

All of the time Magpie spent in her made-up world of Near was uber confusing. She created this picture perfect world for herself and chose to use it as a way to get revenge on those that wronged her? She lured these people into Near and had them eaten by made up characters? What, and I cannot stress this enough, the heck? That makes zero sense.

I did not like Magpie’s character as I felt she had no character arc and no development. The way she was when the story started was the exact same way she was when the story ended. Nothing changed within her at all, other than she felt she was invincible. I did not like her personality or the way she chose to handle the bad things in her life. Yes, she was dealt a very bad hand but she could have reacted/handled things in a very different way. I kept waiting for something to change or get better for both the character and story but it never happened.

I tried so hard to like this story but it just did not happen for me. The premise sounded amazing and the cover is stunning, but the story between the pages did not work for me. There were too many things skirted over and/or thrown in for shock factor and I do not agree with that. I was just not the right reader for this type of book.

ARC Review: The Princess and the Fangirl

The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con, #2)

**I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. THANK YOU QUIRK BOOKS!**

Be still my geek loving heart. Not only do I openly and loudly love Ashley Poston, I absolutely love this world that she has created. It has everything my nerd side could ever want – cons, costumes, fandoms, swoony romances, seriously great humor, and more! I fangirled so hard over the first book in this series, Geekerella, that I could not wait to continue this story with Jess and Imogen. I’m here to tell you that Poston did not disappoint.

No doubt if you read Geekerella you had a little bit of a hate spot for Jess Stone. She wasn’t exactly the most likable character of the story. While that is undisputable, she was redeemed in this follow up novel. In this book Jess’ character was given the story she really did deserve. Her actions, thoughts, and feelings were given a backstory and I found myself viewing her in a whole new light. I found myself cheering her on and I never thought that would happen. But while Jess has her moment to shine, so does the Starfield fangirl with the pink hair, Imogen. Remember how Jess’ character, Princess Amara, did not have a happy ending during the Starfield movie? Imogen took to social media to start the campaign to save her. When both Jess and Imogen cross paths at ExcelsiCon, they never knew they would become so important to each other’s mission – Jess wants to save her career and Imogen wants to save the Princess. They find out that since they could pass for twins so they use this to their advantage. What could possibly go wrong?

Poston did a masterful job of not only showing the fun side of Cons, but the darker side of fandoms as well. Not everything can be puppies and rainbows, right? Poston brought to light just how nasty, hateful, and hurtful fans can be towards actors who play their beloved characters. It might not seem like much, but it gave me pause and made me wonder if I had ever been that harsh. Actors are people too. So are other fans so I have to remember that words and actions can still hurt. It also made me want to be mindful of my words to other fans as well. We are all humans with human emotions, so be excellent to one another. (that’s the bottom line!)

I’m trying SO HARD not to ruin anything for you! I’d love to gush about the romance(s) within the pages of this gem, but I won’t. I want you to WANT to pick up the book and read for yourself! Know that the LGBT was beautifully represented and it made my heart happy. Not only that – but characters from the first book make an appearance as well! You do not want to miss out on Elle & Darien, do you?!

Have I convinced you yet how amazing this story is? If I haven’t, I’m not sure what else I can say. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. It took place entirely at ExcelsiCon so you know it’s going to have an awesome setting; the characters are wonderfully complex and have the most amazing arcs I have read; romances are slow burning and worth the wait; and it made me smile from ear to ear. I’m still grinning as I write this review! Please… I’m begging you (do you see what you’ve made me do? I don’t normally beg but I am here) to please get this book when it comes out. Heck, pre-order it because you won’t be disappointed!

A reminder about the pre-order: There is a campaign going on right now! If you preorder, you get a SUPER CUTE story about Ell & Darien’s first date! ACK! You know you need this in your life. Here is the link to submit your receipts:

ARC Review: Sky Without Stars

Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)

**I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts and comments are my own. THANK YOU SIMON TEEN!**

Y’ALL. HOLY COW. This blew me away! Everything about this book was breath-taking, lush, engrossing, and unputdownable. I will admit, I was very intimidated by the size of the book (it is nearly 600 pages after all) but once I started I couldn’t stop. This felt like a quick read and I couldn’t stop reading. I was turning pages faster than I thought I would and I regret nothing – other than not reading it sooner. Both authors state this is a Les Misérables retelling but I hate to admit but I haven’t read that one yet. It was not required reading so I am one of those readers that went into this blind. Did that hinder me? I do not believe so AT ALL. I still followed this with no issues and am so hungry for more.

I’m going to try my hardest to not give away spoilers so here goes…

The setting of this story was beautifully written. I often really thought I was in the muck and marsh with the characters. Picture if you will… a world in which your place in society was based on what type of family you were born into and your upbringing. Essentially it was a three tier system – Royalty, the Authority, and the Poor (the ones that do the actual work to keep everything functioning). It was no secret that people in the lowest class want nothing more than to work their way up to something better, but the top tier, the Royalty, made sure that never happened. The living situations were as bad as you could imagine. It was just human nature for these characters to want more than what they were born into. I could tell these authors did a lot of research into their setting and it really showed (pun intended).

The three characters in this story were from each of the different tiers. They all lived very different lives but fates have brought them together for a reason. The way their stories intersected was masterfully done. It felt so natural and believable, I couldn’t get enough of it. Chatline (Theo), Marcellus, and Alouette were delightful characters in their own unique way. Chatline (Theo) was a self-made master thief and con-artist; Marcellus was born into Royalty but was not always happy with his current situation, and Alouette (my personal favorite) had secrets on top of secrets coated with more secrets. This girl stole the stage and I adored her for it. These three characters were connected in ways they could not possibly imagine. Now while I guessed correctly on a lot of things with them, the unveiling of the truths was a slow burn that was done just right.

The only thing that really bothered me about this was the pacing. There were several – and I do mean several – paragraphs/chapters that did nothing more than repeat what was just said. Once I made it half way through the book, I found myself skimming over the unnecessary duplication of information. I would skim descriptive and go straight for dialogue and I didn’t miss anything important. I mean, a marsh can only be described so many times or a dialogue could only be repeated so many times, am I right?

Overall, I enjoyed this so, so, so much. Part of me wants to say the ending was rushed and then just *pffft* the book stopped but this was the first book in a series so book 2 has to have something, right? I cannot and will not knock the ending but I do really hope book 2 delivers. Until then, if you have been wondering about this book – GET IT. It is such a grand adventure full of mystery, secrets, betrayal, and much more.

THE EVERLASTING ROSE Blog Tour – Review and Giveaway

About The Book:

Title: THE EVERLASTING ROSE (The Belles #2)

Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Pub. Date: March 5, 2019

Publisher: Freeform

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBD

In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia’s Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies-a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely-and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider’s Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans. 

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I was excited to get back into this world where the creativity, imagery, and overall guilty pleasure of reading such a luxurious setting completely took over my waking moments. I fell madly in love with the first book so getting my hands on the sequel was imperative. For me, this follow up did not disappoint.

From start to finish this was perfection. Camille’s race against the clock to save her sisters and her new love kept me on the edge of my seat. There were constant twists and turns that always had me guessing. There were some revelations that seriously had me gasping and clutching my pearls.

I’m giving you a quick and dirty review because I want you to pick up this book! There were some new characters, new petite characters (totally want one), and non-stop action. This story was over before I realized it and that made me sad. Now I have to hope there are either companion novels or a continuation in the series. Either way, I’m hooked. (Not that I have often wondered what type of Belle treatment I would have done on myself or anything….)

Please, pick up a copy today – or borrow from your library – or borrow from your friend (if you have friends that lend out books). Come back and let me know your thoughts.

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About Book 1:

Title: THE BELLES (The Belles #1)

Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Pub. Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 448

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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About Dhonielle:

Dhonielle Clayton (“Dhon” like “Don” or “Dawn”) spent most of her childhood under her grandmother’s dining room table with a stack of books.

She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side, but now lives in New York City. She was an extremely fussy and particular child with an undying love for Cheerios (honey nut only), pink lemonade, and frosted animal cookies. A self-proclaimed school nerd, she loved covering her books with brown paper and filled her locker with Lisa Frank stickers. She loved putting headings on her homework, odd-looking pens and freshly sharpened pencils, and numerous notebooks to fill with her research. On most Saturdays you could find her with her equally nerdy Dad at Crown Books and then the comic bookstore where she stocked up on her weekly reading material. Plus, she was so spoiled that her grandfather took her to the library after school almost daily.

She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School because her parents thought Catholic school would keep her out of trouble. She went to Wake Forest University, and studied pre-med until she received a fateful F in Chemistry. This setback prompted her to change her major to English, and earned a BA. She rediscovered her love of children’s fiction by re-reading Harriet the Spy, which pushed her to earn an MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University and an MFA Writing for Children at the New School.

She taught secondary school for several years – at a pre-professional ballet academy and a private K-8 school. She spent most of her twenties in and out of America – living in London, Paris, a small Japanese town, Bermuda – and wandering the planet. She’s been on five out of seven continents, and has grand plans to reach all of them.

She is a former elementary and middle school librarian, and co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent – and decidedly diverse – literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers. She is also COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books.

What’s next? She will be enrolling in culinary school in New York City and plans to open up a restaurant in the city of her soul, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Giveaway Details: International

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE EVERLASTING ROSE, US Only.

Ends on April 2nd at Midnight EST!

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/1/2019- Jrsbookreviews– Review

Week Two:

3/4/2019- Lisa Loves Literature– Review

3/5/2019- Popthebutterfly– Review

3/5/2019- YABCExcerpt

3/6/2019- Moonlight Rendezvous– Review

3/7/2019- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review

3/8/2019- What A Nerd Girl Says– Review

Week Three:

3/11/2019- A Gingerly Review– Review

3/12/2019- Wonder Struck– Review

3/13/2019- Lifestyle Of Me– Review

3/14/2019- Pacific Northwest Bookworm– Review

3/15/2019- Jena Brown Writes– Review

Week Four:

3/18/2019- Life of a Literary Nerd– Review

3/19/2019- Novel Novice– Excerpt

3/20/2019- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

3/21/2019- Ex Libris– Review

3/22/2019- BookHounds YA– Excerpt

Week Five:

3/25/2019- Eli to the nth– Review

3/26/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

3/27/2019- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

3/28/2019- YA Book Nerd– Review

3/29/2019- Falling for YA– Excerpt