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Blog Tour: Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson — September 3, 2018

Blog Tour: Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson

HarborMe_BlogBannerTheDreamOfAmerica_JK.inddTitle: Harbor Me

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Date Published: August 28, 2018

Publisher: Nancy Paulson Books

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Jacqueline Woodson’s first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories.

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat–by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them–everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

I received this book from the publisher for reviewing purposes. All opinions are entirely my own.

This book was amazing!!! Everything about it is so real. It is set during a school year and that makes it so much more relatable to its target audience. I loved how talented Ms. Woodson was and how it conveyed a message of hope, even in the darkest of times.

The writing style was so lyrical and it reminded me of a poem, which isn’t surprising because there lots of those that Ms. Woodson has written. Her style was very defined and pragmatic, and I loved how down to earth it was. Everyone in Ms. Woodson’s is very realistic and I think that she is a great role model for children everywhere. 

The characters were so realistic and by the end, I loved them so much. All of them grew so close over the course of the book, and I wish my classmates and I had that sort of bond. Holly and Haley are so supportive of each other and I envied their best friend relationship. All of the boys were so optimistic and the group didn’t put anyone down. There was one very interesting fact that I noticed. Only one out of the six kids was white. Normally, it’s the other way around. I thought that this was interesting because I haven’t encountered many situations like this. I want to read more things like this, so I guess I’ve got to read more of Ms. Woodson’s books.

I loved the way that Haley tried to record everything and then the group tried to have a reunion in twenty years. I hope that they succeed and that Ms. Woodson writes a bonus that shows it. Or maybe I’ll write it as fanfic. But I think that Haley’s recorder idea was brilliant. She was so smart and so was everyone in the ARTT room.

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The plot was very interesting. There were a lot of sub-plots and I was invested in all of them. I loved hearing about everyone’s inner journeys and listening to them talk about everything was a huge eye-opener. All of the ARTT group was so supportive and they all had bad stuff that they had to deal with. I was super proud of them and I cried a lot during this book. There were a lot of plot twists and some of them ruined me. Some plot twists and some of them ruined me. Some plot twists were amazing and had me laughing and smiling, and other plot twists hold me in tears and wondering whether I could rewrite some parts. I loved this book a lot and can’t wait to read more of her books.

This book was amazing and I highly recommend it. This quote is from an uncorrected proof. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

downloadJacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and she received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other SideEach Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners FeathersShow Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle’s Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature and the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.



August 20 – Books4yourkids – Review

August 21 – HBB Reviews – Historical Overview of the Events

August 22 – Princess Reads A Lot – Review

August 23 – Beaming for books – Creative Instagram Picture

August 24 – The Dwarf Did It – Playlist  


August 27 – Simone and Her Books – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

August 28 – Lo’s Lo-Down on Books – Review

August 29 – Bookfoolery – Review

August 30 – It’s Just About Write – Listicle

August 31 – Fangirl Fury – Spotlight


September 3 – Buttons Book Reviews – Review

September 4 – Alexis Lampley – Stylized Book Photo

September 5 – Margie’s Must Reads – Review

September 6 – Between the Shelves – Playlist + Creative Instagram Picture

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Arrowheart, by Rebecca Sky BLOG TOUR — July 30, 2018

Arrowheart, by Rebecca Sky BLOG TOUR


Arrowheart Cover


Author: Rebecca Sky

Pub. Date: June 14, 2018

Publisher: Hodder

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 384

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonTBD

Kiss the boys and make them cry…

The gods are gone.
The people have forgotten them.
But sixteen-year-old Rachel Patel can’t forget – the gods control her life, or more specifically, her love life.

Being a Hedoness, one of a strong group of women descended from Greek God Eros, makes true love impossible for Rachel. She wields the power of that magical golden arrow, and with it, the promise to take the will of any boy she kisses. But the last thing Rachel wants is to force someone to love her . . .

When seventeen-year-old Benjamin Blake’s disappearance links back to the Hedonesses, Rachel’s world collides with his, and her biggest fear becomes a terrifying reality. She’s falling for him – a messy, magnetic, arrow-over-feet type of fall.

Rachel distances herself, struggling to resist the growing attraction, but when he gives up his dream to help her evade arrest, distance becomes an insurmountable task. With the police hot on their trail, Rachel soon realizes there are darker forces hunting them – a group of mortals recruited by the gods who will stop at nothing to preserve the power of the Hedonesses – not to mention Eros himself, who is desperate to reverse the curse . . .

Rachel must learn to do what no Hedoness has done before – to resist her gift – or she’ll turn the person she’s grown to love into a shadow of himself … for ever.

I loved this book so much!!! I have never read anything like it!!! The way that this incorporates Greek mythology to explain the girl’s abilities is so interesting. I couldn’t wait to hear more!!! And the way that the book ended!!! The cliffhanger was so shocking and I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Sky has up her sleeve in the next book.

The characters were so realistic and sweet. I loved them all so much (except Marissa). Rachel was such a darling and I just wanted to give her a big hug. I wanted all of them to be happy but none of them seemed to understand the concept. I wish that Marissa hadn’t done some of the things that she had so that everybody could’ve been happy . . . ier. Most of the characters changed a lot over the course of the book and that made me love them all so much more. 

Mythology was such an important part of this book and it was portrayed exceptionally well. I hadn’t known very much about Eros in the beginning but at the beginning of the book, Ms. Sky covers that while still moving forward with the plot. I wish that I had known more about Eros when I entered the story but I didn’t. He seemed a lot like Cupid. Except way darker. I wish that I had known more about the Eros and the part he played in Greek mythology. Then I think I would have understood some parts of the book better.

The plot was one of the most interesting parts of this book. Ms. Sky had to explain Eros and his mythology while still moving through with the plot. And she did it wonderfully! I hope that in the next book we can dive right into the action and get ready to start breaking out of whatever situation they’re in. The ending left me on a serious cliffhanger!!! Now I am in a state of book hangover and can’t wait for the next book. You see, this is why I try to only read series when the final book is published.

As you can probably tell, I loved this book so much and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to see what Ms. Sky writes next. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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RebeccaAbout Rebecca:

After graduating high-school, Rebecca Sky set out on a five-year, 24 Country exploration to find herself. She slept in a hammock in the Amazon Jungle, skinny-dipped off the West African Coast, ate balut and climbed the chocolate hills in the Philippines, and fell in love in Cuba (then again in Brazil, and a final time to a Rocker from Canada). Rebecca returned home to the West Coast captivated by the world and ready for another adventure

So she did what every wanderer does when standing still—began writing. Her work has since garnered over 20 million reads on Wattpad, and she’s had the opportunity to partner with some really great brands. She was featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe, (check out those articles here). Her debut Arrowheart, book one in THE LOVE CURSE series is published by Hodder Children’s Books a division of Hachette Book Group.
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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/16/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

7/16/2018- Writer of Wrongs– Excerpt

 7/17/2018- CoffeeCocktailsandBooks Blog– Review

7/17/2018- For the Love of KidLit– Guest Post

 7/18/2018- Do You Dog-ear?– Review

7/18/2018- Fall Into Books– Excerpt

 7/19/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

7/19/2018- The Cover Contessa– Interview

 7/20/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

7/20/2018- The Cozy Reading Corner– Guest Post

 Week Two:

7/23/2018- Lauren is Reading– Review

7/23/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert– Review

 7/24/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

7/24/2018- Christen Krumm– Interview

 7/25/2018- The Heart of a Book Blogger– Review

7/25/2018- Book-o-Craze– Review

 7/26/2018- Snark & Squee– Review

7/26/2018- To Be Read– Review

 7/27/2018- Belle’s Book Blog– Review

7/27/2018- Daily Waffle– Excerpt

 Week Three:

7/30/2018- Buttons Book Reviews– Review

7/30/2018- The Reading Corner for All– Interview

 7/31/2018- Adventures in Literature– Review

7/31/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Excerpt

 8/1/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

8/1/2018- Book Dragon Lair– Review

 8/2/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Review

8/2/2018- Don’t Judge, Read– Review

 8/3/2018- Two points of interest– Review

8/3/2018- Eating Between The Lines– Review