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Book Blog Tour Stop: A Cuban Girls Guide To Tea And Tomorrow By: Laura Taylor Namey

Hello Bookish Fam!🦄

First of, I’d love to once again thank Hear Our Voices Book Tours for allowing me to be apart of yet another one of their tours to help support #OwnVoices authors get their books out in the world. Thank you to Simon and Schuster and the author for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Before I get into my review and author interview, I’d like to share the excerpt with everyone who might want to read this book.

For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then the Trifecta happened, and everything—including Lila herself—fell apart.

Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: Spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell.

A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion is determined to help Lila out of her funk, and appoints himself as her personal tour guide. From Winchester’s drama-filled music scene to the sweeping English countryside, it isn’t long before Lila is not only charmed by Orion, but England itself. Soon a new future is beginning to form in Lila’s mind—one that would mean leaving everything she ever planned behind.

Warning for my review, it may have some spoiler content in it but nothing super major but for those who don’t want to be spoiled at all you can just scroll on down 🙂

I want to start out by saying that I’m not Cuban at all but, I am Mexican American. When I was reading this book it felt like a breath of fresh air to my families culture (on my moms side) While I don’t speak any fluent spanish at all and my mom has kind of lost touch with it a little, she still knows a lot and in my families daily life we use spanish words for just small things like my sister and my mom will ask my kids if they have “sticky manos” referring to their messy hands. Asking my kids if they have “mocos” (boogers). If she wants them to stay away from something like the dark closet she will say there could be a “coo cooi” (a monster) in the closet. Being able to take these little things and see them in this book was very special and hit a soft spot in my heart.

You start to hurt and feel for the main character, Lila as she is going through what she has title “The Trifecta.” After her boyfriend dumps her, she loses her abuela, and then her best friends leaves her to go to Africa but she also never even told her she was considering going. Lila kind of just continues to spiral down into a dark phase in her life because she felt like she had lost everything she loved. Her sister Pilar gets worried and finds her sister far from home and just a complete mess. Her parents are worried for her personal health so they decide with out telling her that she is going to England to be with who lives there. Lila feels betrayed and I don’t blame her. She had a plan with her sister Pilar to start running her abuelas shop “La Palomas” and now she is being sent to a different country for 3 months!

After a while she gets used to the fact that there is no way she was able to get out of this and tries to do what she can to make the best of it. It just takes a little time for her. What I love most about the entire story as a whole is she takes what she has learned from her abuela about Cuban food and tries to make new pastries and dishes with English twists. Everything she makes, everyone loves to a level that she didn’t really expect.

The only thing that could have made me it even better for me was more romance but it also was a good amount for it a travel romcom. You got to imagine all the amazing places that her travel guide took her through and all the different teas she got to try.

I’m an avid tea drinker so my imagination ran so wild in Orion’s family tea shop, I think I could have lived in the shop FOREVER and been 1000% happy as a clam. Sampling all the different teas and sorting through the shipments.

Orion and his family also have a lot on their plate with a situation with his mother that completely TEARS MY HEART TO PIECES!!!

I’m giving this book a 5 star rating because it gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings. Even though I would have loved more romance in it but that doesn’t mean it different have a great amount in it. I’m just a sucker for love stories is all

Laura Taylor Namey
Laura Taylor Namey is a Cuban-American Californian who can be found haunting her favorite coffee shops, drooling over leather jackets, and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two superstar children.
This former teacher writes young adult novels about quirky teens learning to navigate life and love. Her debut, The Library of Lost Things, published 10/08/19 from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins. Her #ownvoices sophomore project, A CUBAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO TEA AND TOMORROW is coming November 10, 2020 from Atheneum Simon and Schuster, with a third title to follow fall 2021.

If you are interested in reading A Cuban Girls Guide To Tea And Tomorrow it’s available for preorder right now and releases on November 10,2020. Preorders are amazing for all out fellow authors for so if you can please do! Add it to your TBR on Goodreads as well to show your love in more ways!

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Thank you for taking the time to enjoy this blog post and celebrate this amazing Own Voice author and her new release!

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Book Blog Tour Stop: This Is All Your Fault By: Aminah Mae Safi

Hello Bookish Fam! I’m so excited to share this new book review with all of you. It’s such a huge honor to be able to help alongside other OwnVoice readers with an amazing book tour group. Thank you to Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group, Feiwel&Friends, and of course to Hear Our Voices Tour for allowing me to help by reviewing this beautiful piece of work.

Trigger Warning: Anxiety, Depression, Financial Situation, and Sexual Abuse

Before I continue to my review of the book, for those of you who haven’t heard of this book I would love to share the excerpt from the author for those who want to possibly know about it without an almost spoiler-ish review.

“Rinn Olivera is finally going to tell her longtime crush AJ that she’s in love with him.

Daniella Korres writes poetry for her own account, but nobody knows it’s her.

Imogen Azar is just trying to make it through the day.

When Rinn, Daniella, and Imogen clock into work at Wild Nights Bookstore on the first day of summer, they’re expecting the hours to drift by the way they always do. Instead, they have to deal with the news that the bookstore is closing. Before the day is out, there’ll be shaved heads, a diva author, and a very large shipment of Air Jordans to contend with.

And it will take all three of them working together if they have any chance to save Wild Nights Bookstore.”


So, I will say that I think I super hyped myself up for this book for the fact that it takes place in a bookstore and I must say I wasn’t let down. All the aspects of being part of a company such as an independent bookstore such as Wild Nights was very eye opening to the world. Bookstores are suffering and especially right now during these crazy times. This is me as a book lover telling you, go out there and support your local bookstores! They need your help now more than ever. Being a person who normally buys all of her stuff from big box and Amazon. I’m now changing the way I spend my money to try and help out more small businesses and independent bookstores.

Let me get myself back on track though, I wanted to point out a character in the book that I loved with all my heart and that I can personally relate to not on just personality levels but, with this being an OwnVoices book, I relate to Rinn Olivera a lot. I may not look it as much as she does but, I was born as a Mexican-American and honest to goodness after going through my DNA stuff we found out I was a little bit German too.

Rinn Olivera is a very happy go lucky girl. Hence, why she earns her nicknames from Imogen and Danny as “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Little Miss Perfect.” You learn further in the book that her happiness and perfectionist personality comes from her bout with anxiety. Personally, I suffer from it as well and I can honestly say, it is the most insufferable thing to deal with and if I could just wish it away, I would already have.

To me, I feel like this book is a mix of Empire Record meets a small bit of Breakfast Club aspect into it. Three girls who can’t stand the presence of one another, working in a bookstore that they learn is closing down. No help from Eli at all, he tried his best though at least and they all kind of learn to work together to save something they equally agree is the best thing in their lives. Wild Night isn’t just a bookstore but, its a home away from home for a few of them.

While it’s definitely not a romance book at all and the minimal amount of romance I feel you can possibly have in a book, it’s still cute. Aj is an employee that Rinn can’t help but fawn over this boy that I can’t really picture in my head. He is an artist of sorts and his art is wonderful (I WANT TO SEE THIS MYSTERY ART)

All in all, this was definitely a 4 star read for me and I’d love to go through it again and read it with some page tabs in my hand for sure. There are parts of the book that are something I would love to go back on and go more in depth with the reading.

Author Info:
Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She’s the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and two cats. She is the author of NOT THE GIRLS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR (Feiwel and Friends), TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL (Feiwel and Friends), and the forthcoming THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT (Feiwel and Friends, October 2020) and the Reclaimed Classics ROBIN HOOD (Winter 2022).

Here is a list of a few places that you can purchase this book today. | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million | Bookshop.org

Thank you for sticking with me to the end, I know my review was a little all over the place but, if you ever have any questions about the book or want to know more about it in depth I would love it if you would send me a comment and I will always respond! You can also follow me over on Instagram.


Happy Reading Bookish Fam!

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Author Interview: A Golden Fury By: Samantha Cohoe

First off, wow it’s been a while…again. I know after a few months of not making a post I always regret not doing one and then I kind of just go off the deep end for a while. With that aside, I’m back! I’m hoping to slowly transform this blog into something more appealing over the next couple months I hope.

Review: (Spoiler Alert for anyone who has yet to read A Golden Fury, if you haven’t please go and buy the book and read it. I promise it will be worth it!

Thank you to St. Martin Press, Wednesday Books and the author for sending me this ebook for free for review purposes.

My want to read this book was very high. I hadn’t yet gotten to read a book that had lots of alchemical science tied into it and I have to say, this one is really high up there with some of my favorite reads.

Thea Hope was raised by her mother who is known as a very high individual in the world for being one of the top alchemical scientists. Her mother taught her everything she knows and much more. Every alchemist has dreamed of wanting to make the well known Philosophers Stone and of course after Thea is very close her mother when it comes to trying to create the stone. All of a sudden locks her out of the lab and continues on with the Philosophers Stone, she succeeds and breaks the stone while she is in her state of madness but, never comes out of it.

Thea is sent away by her mothers patron to someone she never thought she would see in her entire life, with a goal of trying to create the stone herself. The only problem is, will she be consumed by the curse that has caused many alchemist to go mad just from the attempts at creating it?
This books started off kind of slow for me with the first couple of chapters but, it got so much more in depth and it grew this booming voice out of no where and I LOOOOOVED IT!!!
Samantha, you are an amazing author and I wish this wasn’t a standalone or I would love to see a novella with some short stories on the lives of all the different characters so many years later.

Character I didn’t like…Will, from the beginning I couldn’t stand him! He just seemed like he was a vile character and just..UGH!
I promise you, I thought there was going to be some form of love triangle between Dominic, Will and Thea but, it never happened and while I am a huge fan of that trope, I think I just wanted Thea to end up with Dom and be happy!!!! 

Author Interview: I tried to make sure I asked a few questions that I thought would be relevant to the theme of the book so, thank you to Samantha for being patient with my odd questions and I absolutely loved the answers I received.

What made you want to become a writer?

Reading made me wants to become a writer. When you find so much of your pleasure in life from books, I think it’s natural to want to write them yourself. I read so much that my brain thinks in novels. It’s easier for me to read a 400 page novel than a single long-form non-fiction article. I still make myself do it sometimes but it’s hard!

What drew you towards wanting to write a story that includes alchemy?

Alchemy is fascinating! It’s a mix of philosophy, science, theology, and MAGIC, all of which are things I am very much interested in. Besides that, it’s one of the most ambitious goals that anyone has ever pursued. And I love an ambitious heroine.

What process do you go through when you write?

So far it’s been different for every book, but I always start with a premise of some kind, and characters. For me, the characters are the meat of the book. I’ll fill up notebooks with thoughts and brainstorming. If I don’t know my characters and find them fascinating, I won’t be able to make it through the long slog that is writing a novel.

Any advice for thriving writers in the world who need a push?

My advice is to treat it seriously before it’s serious. If I didn’t have the confidence or hubris or selfishness or whatever you want to call it to make writing a priority when it looked like a self-indulgent hobby, I would never have finished a book. You have to take your writing seriously before it can be serious.

Thank you to everyone who read through to the end, I hope you enjoyed my review and interview with the AMAZING Samantha Cohoe. I hope you will think about purchasing this book and I will make sure to leave a link at the bottom of a place where you can purchase AND add it to your TBRs.

Happy Read Bookish Fam 🦄



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Buy link for A GOLDEN FURY: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/a-golden-fury/

Samantha Cohoe
Author of A Golden Fury
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~Cover Reveal~ The Hollow Gods By: A.J. Vrana

Welcome back to another cover reveal brought to you by the lovely Parliament House Press. They send me so many amazing books and covers to review, and I’m trying to present them all to you in a timely manner. Sometimes the day gets away from me or I’m working. Thank goodness for a day off and being on overnight shift for a couple weeks.

This book I can say is definitely a work of beauty. Wings are a favorite of mine on covers, along with beautiful fae boys!!!!

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The Hollow Gods By A.J Vrana will be released June of 2020! Wow! So many awesome indie authors are coming out with books this summer. You guys are going to make me broke. It’s for the good of book love at least!

Without further ado, I’d love to share a little excerpt with you guys so you can get a feel for the book itself.

Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret.

For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.

When Kai wakes up next to the lifeless body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience.

Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim. Can she trust Kai as their paths collide, or does he herald her demise?

And after losing a young patient, crestfallen oncologist, Mason, embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat? “
In the near future, you can find the book for preorder here ! Make sure to add it to your Goodreads TBRs if you are interested in it. I know a few friends of mine who might want to get their hands on it!
Happy Reading~xoxo
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~Cover Reveal~Wire Wings By: Wren Handman

Happy 2020 everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season whether you celebrate or not. We left a decade behind and entered a new one with plenty of amazing new books that I get to help show off to you wonderful bookies.
I’m happy to bring you my first cover reveal of 2020 and, I couldn’t be more excited to show off this BEAUTIFUL and very unique cover of Wire Wings By Wren Handman. Thank you to Parliament Press for letting me show it off to the world as well!
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After reading the blurb to this book below, it gives me huge Ready Player One vibes and, I’m digging it so much. RPO was one of my favorite RP/ scifi genre books ever. Mind you, I wasn’t born in the 1980s so I didn’t get all the references but, it still made it amazing.
I’m very excited for the release of this new book by Wren in June 2020
“Graciela Neumann does as she’s told. She cowers beneath the towering intellect of her parents, goes to school, toes the line. Except when she’s connected to the virtual reality world that gives every teenager what we can only imagine—to be completely free. In the Waves, Graciela can be anyone, anywhere, anywhen.

And in the real world, Graciela is drowning. Her best friend recently passed away, she’s suffering from crippling panic attacks, and her only connection to life is Khaiam, who keeps trying to draw her back to reality.

But how can he compete with the Waves? There, she can shed her identity and recreate it however she wants. And in that world there’s Thomas, the stunning stranger she’s only ever met online, the boy with the deep, sad eyes and beautiful laugh. Thomas seems to be able to defy the rules of the Waves, and he holds secrets of his own—about the origins of his creation, about the nature of AI, and about Gracie’s own past.”

If this book seems like one you would love to read, make sure you add it to your Goodreads TBRs and preorder it from here. It’s not on the site as of yet but, keep a lookout for it in the near future!
Happy Reading~ xoxo
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Cover Reveal: Gilded Ruins By Chantal Gadoury

With the amazingness of Parliament Press House, I’m so excited to reveal the cover of a book that I’ve been waiting MONTHS for.. Chantal knows how excited and how patient I’m being for the 2nd book in her series about Hades and Persephone! Without further ado…*please insert drumroll here*

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My levels of excitement for this cover reveal are through the roof. It just means that we are getting closer to being able to hold the book in our hands. I first started this series when I was accepted to listen to Blinding Night on audio. I immediately fell in love with Darce and Summer the second they were introduced. If you are into a modern take on a Greek Mythology love story, give Blinding Nights a read or a listen. Below this, I will leave some links to both books. Don’t forget to add Gilded Ruins By Chantal Gadoury to your Goodreads lists.

Happy Reading xx

Blinding Night on Goodreads

Gilded Ruins on Goodreads

Blinding Night on Amazon

Gilded Ruins on Parliament House

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Cover Reveal: Disenchanted By: Brianna Sugalski

After my little bit of a hiatus and working on a previous blog, I’m glad to be back with you guys! Of course, I come bearing wonderful gifts of a cover reveal from an amazing  indie author. Thank you so much Parliament Press for giving me all these wonderful opportunities to work with Brianna Sugalski and many others. Below this picture I would like to share with all of you, a small blurb from her book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Please add it to your TBRs on Goodreads (link at the end of my post) if you enjoy it. Preorder your copies today because we all know how much preorders help out an author.

Disenchanted By Brianna Sugalski will be released on March 10th 2020!





Centuries ago, the flames of a terrible war engulfed the sprawling wildwood of Brittany, displacing hoards of monsters in its wake. These beasts fled to the remaining patches of forest, the largest known as Brocèliande—home to the elusive Fae, and within unsettling proximity to the mortal kingdom.


A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents’ castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirĂ©e. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst… Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever.

Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the gregarious stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.

This is the story of a cursed princess,
A crestfallen killer,
The town that wants them to burn,
And the witch that can save them both.

Happy Reading xx
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Win a SIGNED copy of No Vain Loss

If you are a fan of dystopian novels set in a new world, then M.C. Frank’s No Ordinary Star series is perfect for you!

If you are a fan of Star Wars style fighting, soldiers, hot romances, and a good Christmas feel in a world where Christmas doesn’t exist and kissing is forbidden. Then this is the book for you

Details are below on how you can get your hands on one of 5 copies of M.C Frank’s No Vain Loss!




A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
This is the One World.
The year is 2524.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic young adult novel in three parts is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three parts, this is the breathtaking story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. 

In No Vain Loss, the world is on the brink of the greatest war humanity has ever known. Lives will be lost. New truths will be revealed.


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(Day Seven Blog Challenge) Write a Letter to a Character

One of the first books that I finished reading in the month of July was Afterworlds By Scott Westerfeld. I loved Darcy, she reminded me of a younger version of myself so, I wanted to write a letter to her. Short, sweet, and to the point. Just the way I would like it!


Dear Darcy,

You are about to endure the joys and downfalls of being a new YA author. Enjoy it and don’t stress too much about it. I may not know what it’s like to be an author but, I one day wish to be in your shoes. There was a time in my younger life when I dreamed of faeries, elves, and vampires. All in one world together.  Those were the days of my younger self. (I’m 25, it’s not like I’m super old or something haha). Living the life of a wannabe fantasy writer as a middle school student was what I was all about. Right now, I struggle to even find a new idea for a new book to work on, it feels as if my brain can’t focus on anything new. One day though, it will hit me like a ton of bricks…I just know it. Enjoy New York, enjoy the book tours, and never give up on your dreams.


I had so much fun doing this week long blog challenge, I’m hoping that it will help break me out of my shell but, also help to improve all of my writing skills that I know I’ve lost over the years. From here on out, it will be book reviews as I finish books. I’m going to try and find some new challenges to do. Maybe try my hands at some writing prompts too. Who knows…


Happy Reading, Emily