Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Bentley and the Magic Sticks by Claire Eckard + #Giveaway


Join us for this tour from June 21 to July 16, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Bentley and the Magic Sticks by Claire Eckard
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
PublisherMill City Press, Inc
Release date:   April 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Bentley and the Magic Sticks follows this extra-large canine as he finds out that his favorite sticks have magical powers, thanks to a wonderful Fairy Dogmother called Tia! Because other dogs are afraid of his large size Bentley has no one to play with. However, with his magic sticks he manages to make new friends and he also discovers the special secret of why he is so big.

Buy the Book:

add to goodreads ~ bookbub


Meet the Author:

Claire Eckard is an animal lover and believes in volunteering to give back to her community, especially to the homeless animals that need to find their forever homes. Her animals often inspire her writing, weaving their way into the stories that she writes, blending reality and fiction to entertain, teach, enlighten, and share the joy that animals bring to our lives! Claire is an author, poet, songwriter, wife, mother and grandmother! She lives in Arizona, splitting her time between her home in Yuma, Arizona and her ranch in the mountains of Prescott. Claire has three dogs, eight horses, and a miniature mule!

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~instagram ~ goodreads ~ bookbub
 
Tour Schedule:

June 21 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
June 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 23 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 23 - @twilight_reader – book review
June 24 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
June 25 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 28 – The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight
June 29 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / guest post
June 30 – Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 30 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
July 1 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
July 2 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
July 6 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 7 – Reading is My Passion – book review
July 8 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
July 8 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 9 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / author interview
July 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
July 13 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 14 – Sandra's Book Club – book review
July 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 16 – Kam's Place – book review
 

Enter the Giveaway: 
Win a signed copy of Bentley And The Magic Sticks. Open to the USA only until the 23rd July.

Bentley and the Magic Sticks Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

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Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Maxed Out by C S McDonald + #Giveaway


Join us for this review tour from Jun 21 to Jul 16, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Maxed Out (The Owl's Nest Mysteries) 
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  Adult Fiction, 184 pages
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  April 2021
Content Rating:  G. C.S. McDonald's books are appropriate for YA readers as well as adults--no bad language or sexual content.
 

Book Description:

The Owl’s Nest Couturier Shoppe is a huge success! Business is booming and Alexa Owl’s love life is heating up. Yet much to the seamstress’s dismay, Detective Bobby Starr is suddenly back again! Bobby isn’t your everyday gumshoe. Rather, he’s an angel who’s trying to earn a place in Saint Peter’s Guardian Angel Squad. He’s required to solve murders he had left unsettled from when he walked the earth in order to be accepted into this prestigious group. Of course, they will need to return to the time period in which the murder took place, and again, Alexa is a reluctant time traveler. Oh, and there’s one more little problem—this time, Bobby’s brought along a friend, Maxi Krogen, and she’s no angel!


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Amazon.com ~ Amazon UK ~ B&N
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Maxed Out is the second story in C S McDonald's timeslip cosy crime series, The Owl's Nest Mysteries. The series is set (so far at least) partly in present-day Pittsburgh and partly in that same city in the 1950s so it is fascinating for me to get glimpses of how life there changed over the intervening decades. There's a fun magical realism aspect with our seamstress heroine, Alexa Owl, leaping from one reality to another but, as with the first book in this series, Back To The Burgh And Beyond, the historical mystery is the most intriguing part of the story for me. Unfortunately, Maxed Out is a shorter book so I didn't feel the same depth of character connection that I appreciated last time around and I would have liked more of the authentic details I previously enjoyed too. That said though, the mystery itself was satisfyingly convoluted with twists and turns aplenty to baffle us readers! Mob connections are exploited with a fun Godfather pastiche setpiece and, of course, Alexa's outfits are the epitome of elegance, though I loved that femme fatale Maxi gives Alexa a run for her money on that score. I happily devoured Maxed Out over the course of a long, rainy afternoon and appreciated its engrossing escapism.


Meet the Author: 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries has nine books.

Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy!

Cindy resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.


Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook
 
Tour Schedule:
 
June 21 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 21 - Working Mommy Journal – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 21 - Locks, Hooks and Books - audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 22 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 22 - Bound 4 Escape – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 22 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 22 - Rajiv's Reviews – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 23 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 23 - Working Mommy Journal – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 23 - Rajiv's Reviews – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
June 24 - Buried Under Books - book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 24 - Rajiv's Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 24 - Locks, Hooks and Books - audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
June 24 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
June 24 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
June 25 - StoreyBook Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 25 - Olio by Marilyn - book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 25 – Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 28 - Books for Books - book review of Maxed Out
June 28 - Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 28 - Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 29 - Literary Flits - book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 29 – Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
June 29 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 30 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 30 - Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 1 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Maxed Out
July 1 - I Read What You Write – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 1 - Literary Flits - book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 2 - Olio by Marilyn - book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 2 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 2 - I Read What You Write – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 5 - Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 5 - Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder
July 6 - Blooming with Books – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 6 - Buried Under Books - audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 6 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 6 - Literary Flits - book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 7 - I Read What You Write – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 7 - Cheryl's Book Nook – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 7 - @twilight_reader – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder
July 7 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 8 – Bigreadersite – book review of Maxed Out
July 8 - Laura's Interests – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 8 - Books for Books - audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder
July 8 - @twilight_reader – book review of Taking Notes on Murder
July 9 – Hall Ways Blog – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 9 - Westveil Publishing – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 9 - @twilight_reader – book review of Maxed Out
July 9 - Books for Books - audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder
July 12 - Chit Chat with Charity – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 12 – Bigreadersite – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder
July 12 - Buried Under Books - audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 12 - Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Taking Notes on Murder
July 13 - The Momma Spot – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 13 - Cheryl's Book Nook – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 13 – Bigreadersite – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder
July 14 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 14 - Laura's Interests – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 14 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 15 - Locks, Hooks and Books - book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 15 - Laura's Interests – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 15 - Cheryl's Book Nook – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 16 – Lisa's Reading – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 16 - Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 16 - Olio by Marilyn - book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
 
Enter the Giveaway:
Win a signed copy of Maxed Out plus other gifts. Open to the USA only until the 23rd July.

MAXED OUT Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

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Saturday, 26 June 2021

This Other Island by Steffanie Edward


This Other Island by Steffanie Edward
Published in the UK by Bookouture on the 21st May 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


St Lucia, 28 July 1961. The day my father and mother boarded a ship called the Carlotta C. The day my story began, the day my truth started to disappear… 

When Yvette receives a call saying her estranged father, Joe, is fighting for his life in hospital, she rushes to his side. She’s determined to have him back in her life and to forgive him for walking out on her and her mother so many years ago. But when she arrives she doesn’t find the larger-than-life father she remembers. Joe seems broken; haunted by the past. So, when he begs Yvette to help him find the truth, she knows she must…

Since stepping off the ship that brought him with Yvette’s mother, Doli, from the sunny, picturesque island of St. Lucia, with its tranquil Caribbean seas and air fragrant with the scent of tropical fruits, to start new lives in a cold and unwelcoming Britain, Joe has carried a dark secret. For years, he’s believed he might have killed a man on the ship. A man who had had feelings for Doli too. A man who could perhaps help Yvette answer questions she didn’t even know needed answering.

When she asks her mother for help with tracking him down, Doli is uncharacteristically quiet. Yvette wonders if finding the truth might break their relationship, but she can’t stop; daren’t let her papa down. As she sorts through old passports and shipping records, Yvette knows she has to unravel this secret history of love and betrayal, loyalty and sacrifice.

Will uncovering the truth tear their fragile family apart or bring them back together?

This Other Island is Steffanie Edward's first novel, an intriguing debut exploring race and personal identity, and how seemingly small decisions can lead to huge consequences. The novel is told from several points of view with each character having a distinctive voice which I appreciated as the complexities of the plot, especially in the second half of the book, needed most of my focus and concentration. This Other Island takes us back to the post-war years, when people from the West Indies were invited to help rebuild Britain but, despite giving up their existing lives and families in order to do so, were frequently treated with racist contempt. Edward switches between the 'Windrush' generation of Dolina and Joe as well as Doli's sister, Agnes, left behind on St Lucia, and the next generation personified by Yvette, who mostly grew up in England.

I liked how the West Indian influence informs each character to a stronger or lesser extent depending on which island they most identify with. The question of identity is also what drives the mystery at the heart of the novel. Are we our biological parents' children or does the person who raises us have more influence on who we become? The tangled web facing Yvette requires a lot of unravelling and I did sometimes wonder whether learning the whole truth was going to turn out to be such a good idea after all. I'd recommend This Other Island to fans of family drama authors such as Amanda Prowse


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Books by Steffanie Edward / Contemporary fiction / Books from St Lucia

Friday, 25 June 2021

Finding Family in a Far-Away Land: An Adoption Story by Amanda Wall + #Giveaway

Join us for this tour from June 21 to July 16, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Finding Family in a Far-Away Land: An Adoption Story by Amanda Wall
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 4-10),  44 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book, Adoption
PublisherBookBaby
Release date:   March 29, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Every adoption experience is uniquely different but the yearning to have unconditional family love is universal. Two Indian sisters, Priya and Ari, experience what it's like to be adopted into a multi-cultural, interracial family. Walk alongside these two charming, dynamic girls as they journey through the adoption transition to a new country full of new experiences!

"Finding Family in a Far-Away Land" is a pensive and sometimes comical book that demonstrates how children can experience the same journey quite differently. A glossary of cultural terms is included so that all can learn and enjoy what Ari and Priya cherish about their Indian roots. This story is meant to be a resource to those hoping to learn about one family's adoption experience― and may even help a child process their own adoption story. The intended audience for this book is children ages 4-10.

Buy the Book:

add to goodreads

 

Meet the Author:

Amanda is a mother of four with a heart towards adoption. She lives in Colorado with her family but loves to travel and connect with others through their culture. Educating families on adoption is a passion for Amanda because the adoptees' voice is often unheard.

connect with the author: website ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:

June 21 –
Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 21 - Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
June 22 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
June 23 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 25 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 28 –Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
June 29 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
June 30 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
July 1 – @twilight_teader – book review
July 1 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
July 2 – Reading is My Passion -book review
July 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 6 - Sandra's Book Club - book review
July 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 9 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
July 9 - Pause for Tales - book revew / giveaway
July 12 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
July 13 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 14 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
July 14 - I Read What You Write - book review / guest post / giveaway
July 15 – Sahar's Blog – book review / giveaway
July 16 – Books for Books – book review
 
Enter the Giveaway:

Win a signed copy of Finding Family in a Far-Away Land. Open to the USA only until the 23rd July.

FINDING FAMILY IN A FAR-AWAY LAND Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

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Thursday, 24 June 2021

Redlined (a Novel of Boston) by Richard W. Wise + #Giveaway



Join us for this tour from June 21 to July 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Redlined: A Novel of Boston by Richard W. Wise
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +),  (9 Hours 59 Minutes)
Genre: Thriller
Publisher:  Brunswick House Press
Release date:   May 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. cursing throughout and violence (murder) 


 

Book Description:

The year is 1974. Boston's Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood under siege, a community skating along the razor's edge of decline. The banks have REDLINED Jamaica Plain, causing the housing market to crash, wiping out local homeowner's lifetime investments and opening the neighborhood to blockbusters and slumlords. Now, someone has begun systematically torching those abandoned buildings and the charred body of Sandy Morgan, a dedicated young neighborhood organizer, has been found among the ashes. Why? Who stands to gain?

Community organizer and Marine combat veteran, Jedidiah Flynt and Alex Jordan, his beautiful Harvard educated researcher together with a group of local property owners are determined to stop the redlining and and bring the arsonists responsible for Sandy Morgan's death to justice. Their search will lead them through a labyrinth of corrupt politicians, Asian gangsters and bent churchmen.

Two interwoven plots work their way through the narrative, one is absolutely true, the other never happened, but very well might have.

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Apple ~ Indiebound
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Meet the Author:

Richard Wise is the author of three books. His latest novel, REDLINED, A NOVEL OF BOSTON, was nominated for the National Book Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award in fiction. His first book: SECRETS OF THE GEM TRADE, THE CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE TO PRECIOUS GEMSTONES was serialized in two magazines and became a critically acclaimed best seller. 

Wise has enjoyed a diverse career. He is a veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard. After receiving his B.A., teaching and doing graduate work at the University of Rhode Island, he spent most of the decade of the 70s as a professional community organizer, heading organizing projects in Massachusetts and Rhode island. In the late 1970s he left organizing to pursue other interests. He apprenticed as a goldsmith, studied gemology at the Gemological Institute of America and received his Graduate Gemologist diploma in 1985. He founded his retail company R. W. Wise, Goldsmiths, Inc. in the early 1980s and began traveling internationally, buying gems and writing about them in 1986. In 2012 he retired from business to pursue his writing. He lives with his wife and two cats in Charlottesville, Virginia.


connect with the author: website ~ facebook  ~ bookbub ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:

June 21 –
Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review / giveaway
June 21 – wottaread – book spotlight / author interview
June 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
June 23 – The Book Review Crew – audiobook review / giveaway
June 24 – Literary Flits - book spotlight / giveaway
June 25 – Books for Books – book spotlight
June 28 –Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews - audiobook review / giveaway
June 29 – Leels Loves Books – book review
June 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 1 – JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 2 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
 

Enter the Giveaway:

Win a $25 Amazon gift card. Open internationally until the 9th July.

REDLINED (A Novel of Boston) Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

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Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Catch the Rabbit by Lana Bastašic


Catch the Rabbit by Lana Bastašic
First published in Serbo-Croatian as Uhvati zeca in 2018. English language translation by the author published by Picador on the 27th May 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Sara hasn't seen or heard from her childhood best-friend, Lejla, in years. She's comfortable with her life in Dublin, with her partner, their avocado plant, and their naturist neighbour. But when Lejla calls and demands she come home to Bosnia, Sara finds that she can't say no.

What begins as a road trip becomes a journey through the past, as the two women set off to find Armin, Lejla's brother who disappeared towards the end of the Bosnian War. Presumed dead by everyone else, only Lejla and Sara believed Armin was still alive.

Confronted with the limits of memory, Sara is forced to reconsider the things she thought she understood as a girl: the best friend she loved, the first experiences they shared, but also the social and religious lines that separated them, that brought them such different lives.

Translated into English by Lana Bastašic, Catch the Rabbit tells the story of how we place the ones we love on pedestals, and then wait for them to fall off, how loss marks us indelibly, and how the traumas of war echo down the years.

I had to read first few pages of Catch The Rabbit twice before I grasped its perspective shift and I was occasionally briefly confused by time jumps during the course of this intense novel, but once I got into my reading stride, I found the story to be compelling. Lana Bastašic has a beautifully poetic way with words that gives an almost otherworldly dimension to her prose and I felt it worked particularly well with this darkly mysterious roadtrip novel. Catching up with other reviews after having finished it, I discovered that Catch The Rabbit was heavily influenced by Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland. I didn't pick up on this at the time (in fact, I'm not even sure if I've ever read that classic other than in an abridged Ladybird format although I do love the ballet adaptation).
 
Bastašic has created a memorable female friendship in the relationship between Sara and Lejla exploring particularly how childhood memories can be distorted over time. Sara's memories are frequently at odds with Lejla's leaving me wondering whether one woman was deliberately lying to the other - and, if so, which - or if both were simply remembering their own truths. Sara's history of almost hero-worshipping Lejla all those years ago gives her an uncomfortable perspective now. From my reader's point of view, I didn't feel that Lejla had actually changed all that much, whereas Sara's different situation and adult understanding leads her to see Lejla's actions and motivations in a new light. I loved this complicated portrayal.


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Monday, 21 June 2021

Bob The Banana Goes Bad by Steve Petzinger & Selai Akbar-Hussain + #Giveaway


Join us for this tour from June 14 to July 9, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  BOB THE BANANA GOES BAD by Steve Petzinger and Selai Akbar-Hussain
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
PublisherMascot Books
Release date:   June, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

In this heartwarming story, Bob the banana goes on an emotional journey as he worries about going bad before he can be of any use to Mr. Abbot. With the help of his friends, he learns to hold on to the hope that he will get picked by Mr. Abbott before it is too late. Through their combined support and perseverance of his refrigerated friends, Bob may be just the right item for Mr. Abbot someday.

Buy the Book:

Mascot Books ~ author website
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Meet the Authors:

Steve Petzinger first created the concept for Bob the Banana when he was just twelve years old. His mother kept the original version, and over the years, his family urged him to publish it. In 2020, he decided to finally take their advice.


 Petzinger sought help from his close friend, Selia Akbar-Hussain, who has been teaching preschool for eight years. She has read hundreds of children’s books and is knowledgeable about children’s books content. After months of hard work, their dreams of publishing a children's book came true.

connect with the authors: website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

June 14 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
June 15 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 16 – I Read Kid's Books – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 16 - A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
June 17 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
June 18 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 22 - Lisa Everyday Reads  - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 22 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
June 22 - @twilight_reader – book review
June 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 24 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 25 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
June 28 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
June 29 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 30 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
June 30 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
July 1 - Locks, Hooks and Books - book review / giveaway
July 2 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
July 2 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 6 – Reading is My Passion – book review
July 6 - Because I said so- adventures in parenting - book review / guest post / giveaway
July 7 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 8 – Laura's Interests – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 9 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 9 - The Book Review Crew - book review / guest post / giveaway
 

Enter the Giveaway:

Win a signed copy of Bob The Banana Goes Bad. Open to the USA only until the 16th July.

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Sunday, 20 June 2021

Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar


Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
Published by Hachette Children's Group on the 27th May 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Hani and Ishu couldn't be less alike - and they definitely don't like each other. But when fates collide and they pretend to date each other, things start to get messy... A heart-warming queer YA love story for fans of Becky Albertalli.

Everyone likes Hani Khan - she's easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they don't believe her, claiming she can't be bi if she's only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she's in a relationship... with a girl her friends can't stand - Ishu Dey.

Ishu is the polar opposite of Hani. An academic overachiever, she hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for university. Her only problem? Becoming head girl is a popularity contest and Ishu is hardly popular. Pretending to date Hani is the only way she'll stand a chance of being elected.

Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.

I don't have many authors whose books I would grab just on the strength of their name without at least checking out the synopsis, but on the strength of The Henna Wars and now Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating I am delighted to add Adiba Jaigirdar's name to that very short list. I absolutely loved spending time with Hani, Ishu, their families and friends, and was completely enthralled by this novel from start to finish. I admit that, as a young adult romance, it doesn't tick any of my usual genre boxes, but Jaigirdar has such a talent for incorporating deep themes into ostensibly light stories without either dragging down the tone and pace of her work or doing any disservice to the issues her characters must navigate.

Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating includes probably the best depiction of a toxic friendship that I have ever read. It also delves into homophobia, Islamophobia, and dysfunctional intergenerational relationships, all while telling an adorably romantic tale of first love. Jaigirdar also deftly shows readers Bengali culture and Dublin culture, especially their intersections. I came away from this book feeling as though I learned a lot, yet didn't recall any moments of feeling I was  being taught! Over everything though I fell in love with Hani and Ishu's relationship even before they could see for themselves where their hearts were taking them. A charming, thought-provoking romance novel with all the feels!


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Books by Adiba Jaigirdar / Young adult fiction / Books from Bangladesh

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Ken Hom's Vegetable & Pasta Book


Ken Hom's Vegetable & Pasta Book
Published in the UK by William Levene in 1994.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Chinese Cookery, Ken Hom's popular BBC tv series and best-selling book, has shown how authentic Chinese meals can be prepared with ease art home. Inspired by the exotic traditions of China, Japan and Southeast Asia, he now shares his own enthusiasm for vegetables, rice and pasta in a varied personal collection of easy-to-follow recipes for healthy and tasty dishes. Combining basic ingredients and techniques drawn from Eastern and Western cuisines, he gives you all the explanations and helpful hints you need to start creating these imaginative meals in your own kitchen.

I hadn't experimented much with pasta in my own Asian-inspired cookery prior to spotting this excellent guide and recipe collection. I had thrown wholewheat noodles into a basic stir fry on occasion, but otherwise tended to just rely on rice for that aspect of each dish. Ken Hom's Vegetable & Pasta Book has been a real eye-opener, not only to the variety of noodles and pastas used in Southeast Asian cookery, but also to the myriad ways in which they can be prepared. I love also that each recipe puts its vegetables into the starring role. As Hom explains, authentic Chinese cookery features mostly freshly cooked vegetable dishes with meat or fish ingredients only used sparingly. I've found, in my own search for vegan food inspiration, that learning from such traditions makes for far more satisfying and exciting meals than trying to make plants replicate heavily meat-centred recipes. Ken Hom's Vegetable & Pasta Book does mention non-vegan ingredients (such as egg noodles or chicken stock) but veggie alternatives are generally either also given in the text or can now easily be found in most supermarkets.

An inspiring resource for beginner vegans/vegetarians.


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Friday, 18 June 2021

Under The Gaze Of Angels by Said Habib


Under The Gaze Of Angels by Said Habib
Published by Interlink Books on the 16th April 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Under the Gaze of Angels offers treasured views of family and neighborhood life, native to the Galilee, in the years leading up to and following the upheavals of 1948.

A collection of four stories, told with simplicity and warmth, they include three set during the time of British mandate rule: "Zuha and the Book Vendor," "The English Gramophone," and "Yildiz the Turkish Woman." These are followed by the book's title work, a remembrance that travels from childhood to elder years, pursued by loss. Imagined or recalled in exile, these vivid, evocative mementos quietly disarm the violence that surrounds them, restoring a stolen past to memory under the gaze of angels.

With the persecution of Palestinian people again in the news, it felt like a particularly apt time to read Said Habib's short story and memoir quartet, Under The Gaze Of Angels. This poignant work was written after decades in exile. The three stories are historical fiction, created with a strong sense of authenticity, which gently recount episodes in ordinary people's lives under British occupation - before the British government sold out the Palestinians to the then-new Israeli state. I could feel a very different Palestine in the 1930s and Habib brings his characters vividly to life showing how myriad peoples coexisted and the natural beauty of the land they inhabited. There's a wonderful quiet dignity to the stories and I loved their gentle meandering style.

Where the tone grows more ominous is in the final piece of the quartet, Habib's memoir Under The Gaze Of Angels, where he reminisces about his childhood and teenage years in Nazareth before his ultimate emigration to Canada. While the narrative style remains similar, I could feel the undercurrent of fear growing stronger within Habib's family as Israeli restrictions and military rule become widespread. Bombings and shootings become sadly commonplace events while the rest of the world looks away or distorts the truth of what is happening (and is still predominantly looking away even now). Habib's book is an upsetting read, yet also a valuable insight into the tragedy of Palestine over several generations. 


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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio


The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Published by OneWorld on the 24th March 2020.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans.

Right after the election of 2016, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio realized the story she’d tried to steer clear of was the only one she wanted to tell. So she embarked on a trip across the country to tell the stories of her fellow undocumented immigrants – and to find the hidden key to her own.

In her incandescent, relentlessly probing voice, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio combines sensitive reporting and powerful personal narratives to bring to light remarkable stories of resilience, madness, and death. She finds the singular, effervescent characters across the nation often reduced in the media to political pawns or nameless laborers.

The stories she tells are not deferential or naively inspirational but show the love, magic, heartbreak, insanity, and vulgarity that infuse the day-to-day lives of her subjects. And through it all we see the author grappling with the biggest questions of love, duty, family, and survival.

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio has a unique voice and perspective on the plight of undocumented immigrants within the USA and I appreciated how she blends many immigrants stories with her own personal experiences throughout The Undocumented Americans. I was reminded of Marcos Gonsalez' work, Pedro's Theory, in the way Villavicencio seeks to counter traditional myths and misconceptions, especially those propagated by right-wing media outlets, in order to show the truth about the outrageously unfair way that undocumented immigrants are forced to live. I was appalled to learn, for example, that the IRS has created a system by which these people can pay taxes without having a social security number, yet even decades worth of tax payments has no bearing on a court's decision if an individual is suddenly targeted for deportation. This is just one of the myriad ways in which the American system is stacked against undocumented immigrants, but America would seriously struggle to function without their labour. The paradox makes for a disturbing situation to be stuck in and I was amazed at the strength of character needed to continue working, raising children and living under such stress for years and years.

I felt that The Undocumented Americans allows a valuable insight into a massive social disaster that I am sure many documented Americans would rather simply ignore. The book is unfortunately let down by occasional factual errors (such as the year of Hurricane Sandy), but I loved how Villavincencio so deftly captures the individual personalities of the people she portrays. I never felt as though I was being asked to pity these people, but simply to actually see them for themselves.Their stories are frequently heartbreakingly sad, and it wouldn't take much of a change in the American mindset to legalise these thousands of workers in a dignified and humane way. However, similarly to the way in which 'illegals' are demonised by politicians and the media here in the UK, their political capital as a scare tactic continues to outweigh the real economic, communal and humanitarian contributions undocumented immigrants make.


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Monday, 14 June 2021

TA LĘ Book 1: Knowledge by Yessoh G.D.


TA LĘ Book 1: Knowledge by Yessoh G.D.
Published by Library And Archive Canada on the 16th March 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When two strangers are thrown into a world of African sorcery, unseen evil, and mystical phenomena, they are forced to confront a fantastical realm that they never imagined existed.

Very few manage to land a job working in the special services for the West African government of Côte d'Esperance. Even fewer are given the responsibility that has been entrusted to Kobenan at such a young age in a role that includes analysing files for the secretive S-cell; a unit which specializes in incidents involving African mysticism and sorcery.

Tasked with investigating a high profile murder, seemingly brought about by mystical means, Kobenan joins Agent Biafle in order to diffuse this delicate political situation. What Kobenan discovers will force him to change his perspective on the world around him as he learns truths he never thought possible, and things he never imagined.

Dive into a world shrouded in mystery and learn of the multifaceted face of Africa. Its lives, its rituals, its many beliefs and thought processes. Observe what one will never be able to see if he has not gained access to a very specific circle rooted in the continent.

I surprised myself with just how much I enjoyed reading this fast-paced fantasy adventure! It's not a genre I would usually choose and I only picked TA LĘ Book 1: Knowledge from NetGalley because of its being a WorldReads book. However, on the strength of this first TA LĘ novel, I am keen to read its sequel(s). I appreciated how Yessoh initially gives readers enough information to traverse his world of djinn and dark sorcerers, but didn't bog us down with too much detail. Instead we learn alongside our naive heroes, Kobenan and Joel, as they are each thrust in scenes they could previously never have imagined. I was intrigued by the overall story arc which did come to a satisfying conclusion at the end of this first book, but which obviously has a lot more to be revealed in further instalments. I hope the female characters take centre stage because the story so far is overwhelmingly male in focus. I did like how philosophy and folklore were woven into the narrative. While TA LĘ Book 1: Knowledge felt refreshingly original, there was also a sense of timelessness which really rooted this story for me. I could believe the allusions to ancient peoples and wisdom were absolutely true and this made the modern-day chaos feel plausible. I did occasionally lose track of who was who in the rapid fight scenes, but they were still exciting to read and the pace throughout this book kept me eagerly turning its pages. I was disappointed to reach the end!


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Sunday, 13 June 2021

Diamond Hill by Kit Fan


Diamond Hill by Kit Fan
Published by Dialogue Books on the 13th May 2021.


How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Diamond Hill was once the 'Hollywood of the Orient', but is now an eyesore in the middle of a glitzy financial hub. Buddhist nuns, drug gangs, property developers, the government and foreign powers are all vying for power, each wanting to stake their claim on the land.

Set in the last shanty town of Hong Kong before the fraught 1997 handover from Britain to China, Diamond Hill follows the return of a recovering heroin addict, Buddha, as he tries to salvage what's left from a place he hoped to forget.

Buddha finds himself crossing swords with the Iron Nun, fighting for her nunnery; a disturbed novice, Quartz, who is fleeing her past; a faded film actress called Audrey Hepburn; and Boss, a teenage gang leader with a big mouth and even bigger plans, plotting to escape what she calls 'the death of Hong Kong'.

Kit Fan's hard-hitting and exhilarating debut is a requiem for a disappearing city, and a meditation on powerlessness, religion, colonialism and displacement. It explores the price of forgetting and how the present is ultimately always entangled in the past.

Diamond Hill is one of those novels that feels as though it completely captures a particular place at a particular time, in this case the eponymous shanty town district of Hong Kong city in the immediate aftermath of Britain's agreement to return the territory to China. While, officially, there is over a decade to go before the handover itself and then a promised fifty years of 'no change', the disparate Diamond Hill residents see their homes being bulldozed in a fervent land grab as rich speculators and developers seek quick fortunes.

Fan manages to convincingly portray this chaotic time through overviews of Diamond Hill itself and also through the eyes of five people on the ground - four women and one man. For me, the most interesting character was the Iron Nun who finds herself stuck in the impossible predicament of having to go against her Buddhist vows in order to protect the ancient Buddhist nunnery she leads. While this woman often comes across as cold and aloof, we are given glimpses behind that facade. Another strong character is Audrey Hepburn, a woman who is happiest in her self-created dreamworld, reliving her youth as an aspiring actress in the then-thriving Hong Kong film industry, but who now scrapes an existence barely above destitution.

I loved the first two-thirds of Diamond Hill which explored this vibrant, yet derelict area and its close-knit community. I could easily envisage the people and places Fan describes and felt invested in their story. Unfortunately I did feel I lost touch with the characters, one especially, towards the end of the book. Their motivations weren't clear to me, leaving me unsure quite why they chose the path they did. However, overall, I very much enjoyed Diamond Hill.


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