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24 in 48: July 2018

*Pump up music*
*Pre-game stretches*
*Books and chocolate assembled, add another 6-pack of Coke Zero to the fridge*

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IT IS TIIIIIIIIME!!! That twice-a-year weekend of weekends, the 24 in 48 Readathon! (Reading 24 hours within a 48-hour period, not 24 books as I am frequently asked.) This is my 5th time (what?!?) and I’m feeling pretty pumped about it. Let’s see how long that energy keeps up.

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Blog Tour: Tradition (Review + Favorite Quotes)

Author: Brendan Kiely
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication: May 1, 2018
Hardcover: 352 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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The word “tradition” probably brings a number of things to mind. For me, it’s Poptarts on Christmas morning and Pronto Pups at the state fair. But not every tradition is so innocent, as Brendan Kiely shows in his latest book – he forgoes the innocuous and humorous to hone in on the illicit, dangerous and dehumanizing within the setting of an elite New England boarding school. I’m sharing my review and favorite quotes for this stop on the Tradition Blog Tour; you can follow along with the rest of the tour here, and don’t forget to read to the end for a giveaway!

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Blog Tour: This is Not the End (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Author: Chandler Baker
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication: August 8, 2017
Hardcover: 384 pages
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Welcome to my stop of the This is Not the End blog tour! I’m officially an excerpt stop, but I enjoyed this book so much that I’ve included a brief review as well. It’s not quite contemporary YA; the setting is reflective of modern times, but there’s a sci-fi element that takes it to the next level. Make sure you scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway, and you can follow along with the rest of the tour here!

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Blog Tour: Isle of Blood and Stone (Review + Favorite Quotes)

Author: Makiia Lucier
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication: April 10, 2018
Hardcover:
400 pages
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Welcome welcome everyone to the Isle of Blood and Stone blog tour, in which book nerds across the internet come together to share our love of this high-stakes fantasy that releases this Tuesday! For my stop, I’m sharing a review along with my favorite quotes, and since this adventure is threaded with both humor and tension, there were plenty to choose from. If you want to check out some other blogs, you can follow along with the rest of the tour here, and don’t forget to read to the bottom of this post for a giveaway!

Let’s chart a course for Bookland! (+10 points to me for staying on theme)

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SE-YA Book Fest

If I were hypothetically scrolling Twitter a few months ago, it’s possible I could have stumbled across the author reveal for the March 10 Southeastern Young Adult Book Fest, which is a free event held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. That’s about 40 minutes outside Nashville, if you are as unfamiliar with Tennessee geography as I was. It’s also possible that my interest was piqued by their list of 40+ authors, and I may have casually mentioned it in front of the Mother Unit, who is my most consistent partner in crime for book signings*. If I name-dropped Margaret Peterson Haddix as an attendee, well then, strategy points to me for knowing who Mom would want to see. After that, it didn’t take much wheedling to secure a Chief Transportation Executive, aka rental car driver (hi, Dad), and HELLO TENNESSEE.

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Yes, I am from Kansas. Only Kansans are allowed to make Oz jokes.

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The Books of SE-YA: Mini Reviews

As much as I’d like to do a full-length review for all the books by Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival authors I read in anticipation of attending the fest, I know that project would die on the vine sooner rather than later. So, I’ve pulled together condensed reviews that focus mostly on my reaction to the book, and if you want the book synopsis, just click each title link. I’ve also included star ratings for comparison purposes; star ratings are not my favorite thing but I think they’re valuable here since I’m not elaborating as much on each title.

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806

Author: Cynthia Weil
Publisher: Tanglewood
Publication: March 13, 2018
Hardcover: 232 pages
Digital ARC received through NetGalley.

I hemmed and hawed about how to describe this book, because it left me with extremely conflicting opinions between the “read for enjoyment” and ethically-oriented portions of my brain. Before I go into specifics, my distilled opinion is this:
a. “806” is a fun, lighthearted read, but
b. it shouldn’t be.

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Not If I Save You First

Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication: March 27, 2018
Hardcover: 304 pages

This doesn’t come out until the end of March, but apparently Scholastic Book Fairs get hooked up with the good stuff early. So even though I am, shall we say, a few years out of elementary school, my Mother Unit is a well-informed woman who was thankfully willing to make a second trip to my old stomping grounds when I texted her to pleeeeeeease go back and pick some things up for me.* Even though she said I was like those people who ask librarians for “that blue book” when I told her this book had a snow cover with red letters. LOOK HOW RIGHT I WAS, MOM.

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Should You Start? Project Nemesis Series

Released Titles: Nemesis, Genesis (coming super soon!)
Author: Brendan Reichs
PublisherG.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication: March 21, 2017; March 6, 2018
Hardcover: 464 pages (Nemesis), 512 pages (Genesis)
Spoiler-free for both books. ARC of Genesis received through a giveaway by author Mindy McGinnis, additional thanks to Putnam for making them available to people in the first place!

Min hates her birthday. Hates it and fears it, because every two years since she turned eight, a man in a black suit tracks her down and murders her in cold blood. She wakes up outside of town hours later with no injuries and no remaining evidence of what happened beyond her own memories. Her mother and psychiatrist seem to think therapy and pills will help her get over these “episodes,” but Min isn’t convinced Black Suit is a figment of her imagination.

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