Blog tour + Book review: The Supervillain and Me (Morriston superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas (5 stars)

The Supervillain and Me
Danielle Banas
(Morriston Superheroes #1)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 10th 2018
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Young Adult

As witty as it is heartpounding, this fresh take on the beloved superhero genre is all about finding your own way to shine even when it seems everyone else around you is, well… super.

Never trust a guy in spandex.

In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees―they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.

That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.

After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Supervillain and Me is a hilarious, sweet, and action-packed novel by debut author Danielle Banas that proves no one is perfect, not even superheroes.

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Author Bio:

Danielle Banas, a Pittsburgh native, earned a degree in communication from Robert Morris University. After years spent dreaming up characters instead of paying attention in class, Danielle joined the storytelling platform Wattpad, where her work has received millions of views online. When she isn’t writing, she can be found loudly singing show tunes, spouting off Walt Disney World trivia, and snuggling with her puppy. THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME is her debut novel.

Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @daniellebanas

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(I received a free review copy from Xpresso book tours in exchange for an honest review)

“I’m not who you think I am.”

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The Supervillain and Me (Morriston superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Abby constantly lives in the shadow of her older brother, since he’s a superhero, the Red Comet. After Abby is saved by the mysterious supervillain, Iron Phantom, she isn’t convinced that he is a bad guy, unlike the city who claims he is a horrible villain.

When I saw this blog tour, I immediately applied because this book has been on my TBR since last year and I was so excited to read this book, and I literally fangirl-ed myself to death when I realised that I was going to get a review copy for the blog tour!

I actually predicted who Iron Phantom was already, but I really found Iron Phantom and Abby’s interactions really cute. This book also emphasised on how difficult it actually is to be a hero. I did kinda hope that Abby would have gained some special abilities though.

This book was comedic and addictive, I really couldn’t put it down. I really liked the story progression and really liked and enjoyed this book! I finished it in one sitting and I wanted to read more ASAP! (Imagine my horror when I realised I was reading a review copy, and that the book was only going to be released a day before my review while my heart agonised about wanting to read the 2nd book).

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Blog tour + Book review: The boyfriend bracket by Kate Evangelista (4.5 stars)

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The Boyfriend Bracket
Kate Evangelista
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 19th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

The only way to get over a hopeless crush is to find someone new…Enter: The Boyfriend Bracket!

Putting a new spin on a classic trope, Kate Evangelista explores family bonds, changing relationships, and senior year as our heroine tries to get over her brother’s best friend.

Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother’s best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she’s always dreamed of―starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend, Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.

Or it seems like the perfect plan . . . right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have?

The Boyfriend Bracket puts a new spin on a classic genre in a fun, unforgettable way.

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Author Bio:

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at http://www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista

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“We don’t always see who we are, it’s only when those closest to us reflect who we are do we understand the truth.”

 

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The boyfriend bracket by Kate Evangelista

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4.5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Stella has had a crush on her older brother’s best friend, Will, for years. When both her older brother and Will are graduating this year, she can finally break away from her over-protective older brother and really go out to date. With the help of her best friend, Franklin, they create the boyfriend bracket. But Will keeps popping up everywhere as Stella is trying to get over him.

Franklin and Stella’s friendship is so cute and I would love to see more of these types of friendships in books! I also LOVED the asian representation in this book!

This book is really cute and pretty fast paced. It was addictive and I literally could not put it down and didn’t want this book to end. I really liked the ending and felt that Stella had a pretty good character arc.

I really enjoyed The boyfriend bracket as it was raw, realistic and a beautiful story.

 

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Blog tour + Book review: Your destination is on the left by Lauren Spieller (4 stars)

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“Going after what you want in life doesn’t make you selfish. It makes you brave.”

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Your destination is on the left by Lauren Spieller

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Format: eARC

About the author:

7538841.jpg Lauren Spieller is a literary agent who lives in New York with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found drinking lattes, pining for every dog she sees, or visiting her native California. YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @laurenspieller.

 

 

 

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Dessa is a nomad and lives with her family who constantly move around, along with her best friend and crush, Cyrus. She wants to go to art school and have a chance at a new life. But when an unexpected internship opportunity presents itself, Dessa is forced to make a difficult choice, to stay and risk losing the boy she loves or to continue to follow the life of her family.

I hated that Dessa’s parents didn’t try to talk to her about the financial problem and I really symphatized with Dessa about wanting to go to college. I LOVED the message behind this book, that college isn’t everything and you can still chase your dreams, even if you take a path that is less taken.

I personally resonated strongly with this book and it tugged at my heartstrings. I felt that Dessa’s character arc was pretty good and the ending was bittersweet. I really enjoyed the nice story progression.

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Blog Tour + Book review: Can Dreams come true? (Cecily Taylor #1) By Krysten Lindsay Hager (4 stars)

Can Dreams Come True?
Krysten Lindsay Hager
Publication date: March 20th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

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Who knew all those embarrassing, cringe-y moments in middle school and high school could turn into a career? And who would have thought that daydreaming in math class would pay off down the road?

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values.

She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2) and Dating the It Guy. True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for childen/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton. Coming soon: Can Dreams Come True

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“When he sang about feeling all alone in a room filled with people – I got it. I lived it for a long time.”

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Can Dreams come true? (Cecily Taylor #1) By Krysten Lindsay Hager

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

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(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Cecily has always had a big crush on Andrew Holiday – a popular rock star. When she tags along to an audition for his music video, she is chosen to have a part in the video. Her friends start being angry and her boyfriend Zach starts going green with envy. As Cecily and Andrew interact, Cecily discovers that Andrew understands her more than Zach, but will their relationship work out?

Gosh, Zach was showing so many red flags, but Cecily didn’t catch on. I was mentally screaming at Cecily to break up with him! Also, Cecily does have some horrible friends, urgh. #Cecilydeservesbetter

This book was really relatable, realistic and I loved the story progression and pacing. I really enjoyed this book and wanted to read more about the characters!

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Blog Tour + Book review: The game can’t love you back by Karole Cozzo (3.5 stars)

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The Game Can’t Love You Back
Karole Cozzo
(Swoon Reads)
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school’s baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she’s focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren’t used to having a woman on their team. And the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can’t afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

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Author Bio:

Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.

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Happy book birthday to The game can’t love you back by Karole Cozzo!

(I received a free review copy from the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours.)

“This was supposed to be the thing that would break her spirit. And if this didn’t do it… then what the hell will?”

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Title: The game can’t love you back

Authors: Karole Cozzo 

Format: kindle (eARC)

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Sports

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Eve’s plans are twarted when a accident forces her high school to be combined into the neighbouring town’s. She meets Jamie, who stands in the way of her to be the best pitcher and getting the CY Young trophy.

The dual POV was really interesting as we get to see both sides to the story! The interaction between Eve and Jamie were really awkwardly cute! The overall story was really cute and Eve had a very good character arc!

Definitely recommended for fans of contemporary YA novels with a enemies to lovers type of romance!

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