Blog Tour & Review: The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning (+ My Favorite Quotes!)

“even the best of us are willing to lie for those we love.”

sarah henning

Series: Kingdoms of Sand and Sky #2

Release Date: July 6th 2021

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Fantasy | Retelling | Romance

Page Count: 352

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in collaboration with Terminal Tours. Thank you!

Synopsis: The breathtaking sequel to The Princess Will Save You in the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky duology — a brilliantly-executed YA fantasy homage to The Princess Bride

To stay together forever, Princess Amarande and her stableboy love, Luca, must part: Amarande to reclaim her kingdom from usurpers, and Luca to raise a rebellion and find his destiny. Arrayed against them are all the players in the game of thrones for control over the continent of The Sand and Sky. Facing unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds, their only hope is the power of true love…

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Review: The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

she was the daughter of the warrior king and the runaway queen, and she had made her choice.

sarah henning

Series: Kingdoms of Sand and Sky #1

Release Date: July 7th 2020

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Fantasy | Retelling | Romance

Page Count: 368

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in collaboration with Terminal Tours. Thank you!

Goodreads Summary: The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love, from the acclaimed author of Sea Witch, Sarah Henning.

When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him.

When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown. But Amarande was raised to be a warriornot a sacrifice. In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.

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Review: We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

more than ever, i’m worried we’re resurrecting a friendship that was never as grand as i made it out to be.

rachel lynn solomon

Series: Standalone

Release Date: June 8th 2021

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance

Page Count: 336

Source: I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!

Goodreads Summary: A wedding harpist disillusioned with love and a hopeless romantic cater-waiter flirt and fight their way through a summer of weddings in this effervescent romantic comedy from the acclaimed author of Today Tonight Tomorrow.

Quinn Berkowitz and Tarek Mansour’s families have been in business together for years: Quinn’s parents are wedding planners, and Tarek’s own a catering company. At the end of last summer, Quinn confessed her crush on him in the form of a rambling email—and then he left for college without a response.

Quinn has been dreading seeing him again almost as much as she dreads another summer playing the harp for her parents’ weddings. When he shows up at the first wedding of the summer, looking cuter than ever after a year apart, they clash immediately. Tarek’s always loved the grand gestures in weddings—the flashier, the better—while Quinn can’t see them as anything but fake. Even as they can’t seem to have one civil conversation, Quinn’s thrown together with Tarek wedding after wedding, from performing a daring cake rescue to filling in for a missing bridesmaid and groomsman.

Quinn can’t deny her feelings for him are still there, especially after she learns the truth about his silence, opens up about her own fears, and begins learning the art of harp-making from an enigmatic teacher. Maybe love isn’t the enemy after all—and maybe allowing herself to fall is the most honest thing Quinn’s ever done.

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ARC Review: The Existence of Bea Pearl by Candice Marley Conner

“no, she faded away; it took all summer for her to disappear. she stopped talking because no one would talk to her. she faded ’til she didn’t exist anymore.”

candice marley conner

Series: Standalone

Release Date: June 15th 2021

Publisher: Owl Hollow Press

Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Mystery | Thriller | Romance

Page Count: 237

Source: I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!

Goodreads Summary: Sixteen-year-old Bea Pearl knows her brother isn’t dead. Even if her parents don’t agree. Even if the entire town doesn’t believe her. She knows it’s true. When orders came to evacuate Lake George due to rising floodwaters, Bea Pearl saw Jim head toward the river. She followed him. Only she returned.

When her parents have Jim declared legally dead, Bea Pearl decides it’s up to her to figure out where her brother could be if he is alive, and so begins to unravel the mystery of his disappearance. But it seems like someone else wants to know what he was hiding when his bedroom is ransacked. More clues come together: a scrap of paper, mysterious numbers that may lead to swamp monkeys, Jim’s shoes turning up in unexpected places. Bea Pearl can’t figure out what connects them all until she’s stolen from her bed in the dead of night.

Bea Pearl’s insistence that Jim’s alive and her quest to figure out why he went down to a flooding river in the first place takes a toll on her shattering family. But she must unearth the truth surrounding her presumed dead brother. Otherwise, the rumors are true and she has killed him. Because if Jim can stop existing, could she too?

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Book Tour & Review: Gold Spun by Brandie June (+ my favorite quotes!)

“all magic has a cost.”

brandie june

Series: Gold Spun #1

Release Date: June 8th 2021

Publisher: CamCat Books

Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Fantasy | Retellings | Romance

Page Count: 320

Source: I received an advance reader’s copy of this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in collaboration with TBR and Beyond Tours. Thank you!

Summary: If Nor can’t spin gold, she can always spin lies.

When seventeen-year-old Nor rescues a captured faerie in the woods, he gifts her with a magical golden thread she can use to summon him for a favor. Instead, Nor uses it for a con—to convince villagers to buy straw that can be transformed into gold. Her trick works a little too well, attracting the suspicion of Prince Casper, who hates nobody more than a liar. Intent on punishing Nor, he demands that she spin a room of straw into gold and as her reward, he will marry her. Should she refuse or fail, the consequences will be dire.

Content Warnings: One mild scene of cutting for blood magic.

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ARC Review: Off Trail by Rick Polito

“you know,” i said, “the road to hell is paved with good wintentions.”

rick polito

Series: Standalone

Release Date: June 3rd 2021

Publisher: Wise Wolf Books

Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Historical Fiction | Humor | Romance

Page Count: 249

Source: I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the publisher. Thank you!

Goodreads Summary: A laugh-out-loud coming of age story of one teen’s preposterous experience in a wilderness therapy program.

Daniel grew up in the shadow of his older sister, the brash, self-assured, and utterly reckless Jackie, now living with her dirtbag boyfriend and wandering through dead-end jobs. When his parents find her marijuana stash in his closet and decide they do not want him to turn out like his sister, Daniel suffers the “trickle-down parenting” effect and is sent to Quest Trail. Surrounded by other similarly uprooted teens, Daniel endures a series of preposterous self-discovery exercises and gets caught up in a rivalry with Troy, a too-tough poser, as they vie for the attention of Vera, a charismatic California teen who grew up with too much money and not enough emotional connection. Just as Daniel’s confidence begins to grow and things start to look up, the Quest Trail program dissolves into complete chaos.

Sometimes humorous, sometimes painful, Off Trail shows an authentic account of all the embarrassing and heart-wrenching moments of being a teen.

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Review: By Mist@ke by Sigal Ehrlich

“doing the right thing isn’t always the right thing to do.”

sigal ehrlich

Series: Poison & Wine #1

Release Date: January 5th 2021

Publisher: Self-published

Genre: New Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance

Page Count: 239

Source: I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the author via NetGalley. Thank you!

Goodreads Summary: There’s so much going on in Anna’s life. Teaching countless hours at the studio and nurturing the three major relationships of her life – her group of tight-knit friends, all while attempting to not screw up this whole adulthood thing leaves very little time to waste on yet another dating app. At this point, a relationship is off the menu. Being “self-partnered” is more than enough.

A serious relationship has been crossed off Liam Brody’s list of goals, at least for the foreseeable future. Completing his residency and becoming a trauma surgeon is his only priority. Casual relationships, his friends, and books are the only things he’s willing to lose his precious free time to.

When an accidental email starts a deep online connection, both Liam and Anna dive in with zero concern . . . because there’s really no harm in getting close to someone who you’ll never meet in real life, right? Wrong. When a turn of events brings their “safe” virtual connection to an unexpected face-to-face, Anna and Liam learn their online chemistry pales in comparison to the real deal. A realization that brings along the bazillion-dollar question – what do you do when you meet The One at the most impossibly wrong time?

by Mist@ke is book 1 in a standalone series with connected characters, but independent storylines.

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