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TITLE: I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

AUTHOR: Erika L. Sanchez

RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

SYNOPSIS: Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

MY REVIEW: What a strange feeling of emotions, one right after the other following the read of this book. It was very interesting to read about another Mexican family that’s not my own, and see all the similarities, and differences. We meet Julia, a high school student who loves to read, loves to write, loves to learn.
Julia’s parents are from Mexico, and moved to the United States in 1991, shortly after they had her older sister Olga, then they had her. They grow up in the dangerous streets of Chicago, in a ‘Low-Income’ household.
I feel that there are many labels that are put upon Mexican-American families. There are many situations that these types of families go through, whether that’s immigration situations, deaths in the family, strict parents, abusive uncles, quinceañeras, but not every Mexican American family goes through all the same situations, especially not all of the extreme ones..
Julia’s sister’s death happens right from the start, and it’s caused by a semi that ran her over because she crossed the street while she was looking at her phone. Even though Julia was not close to her sister Olga, it hits her hard, and she is unable to function properly, and she realizes that she never really knew her sister. She sets on a mission of figuring out the answers she needs to move forward and be at peace with her sisters passing. Nothings prepares her for what she is about to find out. We embark on this quest with her.
A journey that breaks her, and she comes out stronger from it in the end.
I highly recommend this read, to anyone that has ever felt out of place, or misunderstood from their own family.
We can all identify with Julia in more ways then one, even if you are not Mexican American. You’ll find that you have more in common then you would have ever imagined..
Watch for it this October! Pre-Order it TODAY!
❤️Ellie RG

Genuine Fraud review

Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5/5)

Short blurb: The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was. How many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

This is definitely an interesting book, and I wasn’t sure if I liked it at first. Plus the unusual structure — jumping further back in time with each chapter to reveal another layer of the mystery — worried me. But in the end, I found it was pretty easy to keep the timeline straight in my head, and I got really invested in finding the truth of who Jules is.

The important thing to know before reading this book is that it’s not a “who did the murder?” mystery. It’s a “why is the main character like this?” mystery, a “what improbable chain of events could possibly lead to this?” mystery. And yeah, sort of a “do you as the reader care enough about those things to keep reading?” mystery.

Well, obviously I did care enough. I loved the lies and truths that were intertwined by the way the story was narrated, the twisted ways we see the main character navigate the world to pull herself up in it (even if it wouldn’t work in real life! There’s a reason I usually favor fantasy books. I almost prefer things that wouldn’t work in real life. To me, improbability isn’t always a con).

So if you want something improbable and complex and muddy, Genuine Fraud is one of the most unique books I’ve read this year. A short but not simple read for fans of the Cormoran Strike books and The Kitchen comics.

Shout-out to my local bookstore, which is THE BEST. Y'all. I was having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, but then I walked from the library where I work to the local bookstore on my lunch (as I do almost every day) and they gave me free ARCs. So. Much. Love.

King of Legottolia

ARC Contest

I have not gotten any entries yet.  I am very sad, but you should be happy because it means that all you have to do is enter and you could win the advanced reading copy of Thick As Thieves.

Just make a scene from any of my books (no spoilers from TaT, please) out of Lego (mostly out of Lego), add a description and send the words and images to me at  

If I get more than one entry, I’ll put the finalists up so that people can vote for the winner.

2 days left to enter to win a copy of The Continuum! (coming from World Weaver Press in January 2018)

For years, Elise has been donning corsets, sneaking into castles, and lying through her teeth to enforce the Place in Time Travel Agency’s ten essential rules of time travel. Someone has to ensure that travel to the past isn’t abused, and most days she welcomes the challenge of tracking down and retrieving clients who have run into trouble on their historical vacations.

But when a dangerous secret organization kidnaps her and coerces her into jumping to the future on a high-stakes assignment, she’s got more to worry about than just the time-space continuum. For the first time ever, she’s the one out-of-date, out of place, and quickly running out of time.

Godsgrave Book Review


Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere. 

My Review:

I received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve waited so long for this sequel and I shouldn’t be surprised that Jay didn’t disappoint…again. 

If you’ve never read this series, then just know that this series is NOT YA. This is strictly for adults. Like, you’ll go into the bookstore and you’ll find this surrounded by books that fourteen year olds would not be allowed to read. Well, unless they got permission. It’s kind of like needing permission at a certain age to watch an R-rated film.

This book would definitely be R-rated. 

Yes, this has all the STAB STAB STAB-ing that Nevernight had, but maybe even more! This is Mia Corvere we are talking about, people. She has a knife on her at all times.

Don’t expect this review to be super long like my others because if I had to make it the same length as my others, it would contain so many spoilers. Something happens in EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER that just hits in you in the face unexpectedly. 

It’s so hard to review this book because it was SO GOOD! If you know Jay Kristoff’s writing, then you will NOT be disappointed with this second installment. 

Bonus: there is a F/F trope inside! I will warn readers that aren’t crazy about reading sexual scenes that this book has quite a few scenes in the middle and nearing the end that feature porn-value sex scenes. It’s not like Fifty Shades type trash. Jay wrote it with total honesty for lesbian/bisexual women that may have/have experienced something like what he wrote. I mean, not in the time period this book is set but you get my point. 

This book is absolutely perfect and…if you find that you have lost your soul at the end…don’t worry too much. Jay took it. He told me he likes the popping sound it makes, so I’m sure he’ll give it back sometime. 

As for mine? I still haven’t gotten it back. I give it a week or two.


This book is available now!

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 


anonymous asked:

Hi Sabaa, I am big fan of your series. I promoted your books on my Polyvore profile (Hangar Knjiga) and on my social media. I would like to promote your next book, too. Can you send me the ARC (advance reading copy) of A Reaper at the Gates? Best wishes :-)

Hi, thanks for promoting the books! I don’t think there will be ARCs available for REAPER. Still waiting on final confirmation tho. 

I was so incredibly lucky to get to read an advance copy of Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper, coming out in a few months. it’s the story of a young Afro-Latina artist in Brooklyn who learns to control the family magic that’s her birthright! 

From Goodreads:

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.
Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.

I actually cried while reading it and had ten billion other emotion, most of which can be translated along the lines of THIS IS SO COOL THIS IS AMAZING! tons of great social commentary on colonization, gentrification & white saviorism as well. please buy it when it comes out! we need more YA fantasy and scifi like this!


Please, I implore you, go preorder a copy of The Abyss Surrounds Us, a debut novel by @skrutskie, which is out in February from Flux

it’s a scifi YA novel about a badass queer Asian girl aboard a pirate ship, basically training kaiju to wreck other ships & falling in love with this other pirate girl

I got to read an advance copy courtesy of work & I was ENTHRALLED and of course had to churn out a few pieces of fanart in between everything else I had to do bc how can you not love this 

if my summary does not convince you, just LOOK AT THIS SYNOPSIS via Goodreads

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she’s not about to stop.

A spoiler-free fanmix for Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap. I had the incredible privilege of reading an advance copy of this book and it is indescribable. The ultimate feminist reclamation of Persephone, of beauty, of the role of public perception in our views of ourselves. Plus bees! And kittens! And a horse! And cunnilingus! Not all in the same scene, technically.

This is a book to be devoured by women with appetites… and to be read with the lights on.

8tracks || download

1. Ghosts - Laura Marling 2. Girl - Across the Universe OST 3. Black Coffin - his orchestra 4. Honey to the Bee - Play 5. I Go Blind - Hootie & the Blowfish 6. Tickle Me Pink - Johnny Flynn 7. I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift 8. Eyeless in Holloway - Johnny Flynn 9. Open Fields - Mark & James 10. Night Changes - One Direction 11. Keep the Streets Empty for Me - Fever Ray 12. Nighttime - the drink up, honey 13. Trouble is a Friend - Lenka 14. Night Terror - Laura Marling 15. The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face - Matt Cardle 16. Autumn Leaves - Ed Sheeran 17. Nightmare - Ronan Hardiman 18. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - Aly & A.J. 19. Breathe Me - Aiden Grimshaw 20. Blank Space (Live Acoustic Genderswap) - Stereo Kicks 21. Breathe Out - Faye Hamlin 22. Clam, Cockle, Cowrie, Crab - Joanna Newsom 23. Comeback (Stripped) - Ella Eyre 24. Ghost (Acoustic) - Ella Henderson 25. Muzzle of Bees - Wilco

Embassy Row Fun Facts

Hello, everybody! Ally here to tell you a little bit about Embassy Row. (Since I know many of you are dying for any information…even if that information is relatively small.)

So let’s get started, shall we?

I’m confused. What is Embassy Row? Is it the seventh Gallagher Girls book?
Embassy Row is the first book in an entirely new series. No Cammie. No Kat. No Gallagher. No thieves. This will be 100% never-before-seen-material. And I am SUPER excited about it!

So what is Embassy Row about?
When a teenage girl moves in with her grandfather who happens to be the US ambassador to a small (fictional) European country, she sees the man who murdered her mother and gets pulled into an international conspiracy all while trying to 1. adapt to a new home 2. make new friends 3. NOT cause an international incident and 4. prove she isn’t crazy.

I’m crazy excited about it.

Is the title actually Embassy Row?
Well, yes and no. Likely Embassy Row will be the series title (like Gallagher Girls), but there will be another title for the book. So it will be XYZ: An Embassy Row Novel (or something like that).

As soon as we finalize the title you’d better believe I will be shouting it from the rooftops!

So will Embassy Row be set in the same world as Gallagher & Heist? In other words, characters from Gallagher & Heist met in Double-Crossed; any chance some Embassy Row characters might meet the other characters as well?
I guess that is always a possibility! But right now there are no firm plans.

Who is Embassy Row about?
In short, Embassy Row is about Grace. And Grace is…my favorite character I’ve ever written.

*cue gasps!*
*cue cries!*
*cue outrage!*

Yes, I know you guys are loyal to your favorites, and I LOVE YOU FOR THAT, but I have been hard on Grace; I mean so, so, so, so hard. She has been through sooooooo much. And she needs me. She really does. So she has to be my favorite.

And I hope she will be your new favorite too.

In addition to Grace, we have a really fun supporting cast–including Noah, Grace’s new best friend; Alexei, the boy next door (who is Russian. Because when you live on Embassy Row the boy next door is likely from a country who is at risk of going to war with your country); and two female characters who might get new names in the new draft so I don’t want to say anything that might confuse you here. Just know that they are super smart and incredibly fierce, and they have been a lot of fun to write.

How many Embassy Row books will you write?
There are three under contract right now. We will have to wait and see how it goes before we know anything beyond that.

Will you go on tour for Embassy Row?
Maybe! Probably? I’m not entirely sure. You see, this will be my very first book with Scholastic, so I don’t know exactly what their plan is to roll out book one and the rest of the series. At the end of the day, my job is to write books. So write books I shall!

So where does Embassy Row stand RIGHT NOW?!
Right now, a number of things are happening:

1. My editor David is going through the entire book, line-by-line, doing what we call a “line edit.”

2. I am coming up with potential titles and sharing them with David who, in turn, shares them with the Scholastic marketing, sales, editorial teams and anyone else who should have a say on these things.

3. The Scholastic marketing/sales/editorial/art teams are working on covers.

4. I’m trying to finalize some of the world-building issues (like what is the name of this fictional country, exactly where is it located, who founded it? etc.)

Then as soon as I get the line edit from David I will do another draft. After that draft the book will go into copyediting (where we focus on things like spelling and typos and punctuation and making sure a character who has green eyes on page 140 doesn’t have blue eyes on page 243).

And then I will likely start on Embassy Row 2.

Will you be doing Advanced Reading Copies for Embassy Row (for bloggers, reviewers, librarians, etc.), and when/where will those be available?
Again, I’ll have to defer to Scholastic on that one. I am honestly not sure what their plan is, but I have faith that their plan is awesome!

 When will we be able to buy Embassy Row?
Well, the honest answer is (as always) “it will vary”.

In the US and Canada, it should be out sometime in about a year. When exactly (day and month) I do not know yet, but I do know it will be “early 2015″.

For international readers, I know that we have publishing deals already in place for the UK and Australia! When will it pub in those countries? Still not sure on that either, I’m afraid.

For the rest of the world, rest assured I WANT to sell the rights to a publisher who will publish the book where you live. This is a slow process, though, and out of my hands. All I can do is urge patience. Thank you!

So what does this mean for future Gallagher Girls and Heist Society books?
Gallagher Girls (as we have known it) is over. Cammie’s story is a wrap. And while I know you guys would like to see where Cam and Zach and the gang end up and what is going on with them, I have to let them grow up now. They have earned that right.

I have always said that I see Heist Society as a more open-ended series; so I AM open to the idea of more Heist Society books. And I would love to write them. Just as soon as I find the time.

And that’s that, gang. Embassy Row in a (fairly large) nutshell.

Take care!


mylifesmisfortunes-deactivated2  asked:

I have a blog where I would like to start reviewing books. Any tips as to how to write a successful one? I've tried researching but so far, none have been quite clear and I do not think I'm doing my research right. Thank you.

  • Learn how to write a good review.
  • Genres: Establish what genres you want to read. There are some book reviewers who will read any genre, but it’s not too common. It’s just a matter of what you want to read.
  • Review Policy: It’s a good idea to have a review policy. Here you would give your genres, perhaps how long it takes to give a review, what form you accept (physical copy, ARC, ebook, etc.), how to contact you for a review, etc.
  • Platform: Use a website that caters to your needs., preferably one you’re familiar with. Some common ones are Wordpress, Blogger, and Tumblr. Many people also use Goodreads to post a snippet of their review on the book with a link of the rest of it that redirects to their blog. You can also do this on Amazon and other websites.
  • Get a Goodreads Account: If you haven’t already, get one of these. They host giveaways 24/7 that you can enter and if your profile shows that you give a lot of reviews, the chances of getting some free books is higher. This is important because many of these books are ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) that are released to potential reviewers prior to the actual release date.
  • Rating System: Come up with a rating system. Some people use stars. Some people use numbers. Some people use something else. Some people include half points (i.e. 4 1/2 stars) and some people do not. Put your rating system on the actual blog where it’s easy to see and maybe explain what each star/number/symbol means (loved it, liked it, didn’t care for it, etc.).
  • Tagging: Tag your posts with the rating you gave it, the author, the title, the genre, and the major topics of the book. Allow people to search your blog by these criteria.
  • Consistence: Try not to post a bunch of reviews in one week,abandon the blog for three weeks, and then come back later. Figure out your reading pace. If you can read one book a week, then post one review a week.
  • The Library: Book blogging can be expensive. Take advantage of the library. If you need a book they don’t have, they can get it from another library. When they’re looking for new books, suggest some for them to buy.
  • Image: Get yourself an image!
  • Email: Get an email account with your blog name. It probably won’t be used at first, but if your blog picks up some authors may want to contact you in hopes that you’ll give them a review.
  • Get Yourself on the Book Blogger’s List for Free Promotion
  • Promotion & Other Blogs: Help promote other book review blogs and follow some review blogs that you like. Perhaps list your favorites on your blog.
  • Non-Review Posts: It’s okay to sometimes post something that isn’t a review. For example, you can list your “top ten” of the year. You can also post author interviews, guest reviews, book-related posts, publishing news, discussion posts, etc.
  • You: How do you want to be known? Sometimes reviewers get nasty threats when they post a bad review so they may prefer to use a pen name. Other than that, what do you want to share about yourself? You might want to put a short description of who you are on your blog so that followers can get a sense of who you are.
Dear Kathleen Hale

I do not normally do this. But in this case I feel like I need to. You, Kathleen Hale, acted in such a way that has me shocked as a reader and I need you to understand why it seems like we as readers are ganging up against you. 

As readers, we have a love/hate relationship with authors. We tend to think of them as ours and the characters, once out in published form, are ours to love and want to strangle.

We love our books. They are what makes a large majority of us the most happy at the end of the day. And when we have the opportunity to read Advanced Readers Copies of books from publishers we tend to squeal with joy like kids do with a new toy.

That said, we do not always love the book we read. And that is our right as readers. Hilariously, we readers do not owe you authors our love just because we read your book.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm a teenaged writer looking for writing opportunities that could be unpaid OR paid. Do you have any suggestions for both of those options? It could be articles, reviews, or anything really. Thanks !

Here for getting paid. You can look here for literary magazines, here for writing contests, and here for jobs/internships.

For unpaid stuff, you can always start your own book review blog. If it picks up and you get a lot of visitors, subscribers, readers, or followers, authors might start contacting you to ask if you can review their book. Some give you a free copy, a free ARC (advanced reading copy), or a discount to get their book in exchange for a review.


Things publishers say on bound galleys, advance reading copies, and TI sheets, all sourced from actual copies. Parentheticals added.

  • National media appearances (boilerplate, speculative)
  • National print features (boilerplate, speculative)
  • Major review attention (wishful thinking)
  • National media appearances including NPR (“What about NPR?” has replaced “What about Oprah?” in the pantheon of dumb questions asked of publicists by publishing colleagues)
  • Video trailer (God help us all)
  • Targeted blogger outreach (with packs of Skittles)
  • Author events and interviews out of New York (publisher can’t afford a tour)
  • BEA breakfast speaker (They still do this? In the basement of the Javits Center? And authors agree to come? Ugh.)
  • Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club (They still exist?)
  • Book club outreach (publisher will send books, hope something happens)
  • Satellite radio tour (filler)
  • Promote on team blogs and forums (even I have no idea what this means)
  • Comic Con promotion (men wearing spandex)
  • Social Media campaign (publisher will tweet about your book and post an excerpt on Scribd)
  • Facebook campaign (like me like me like me like me – publishing in the 21st century)
  • Skype chats (with Atlantans still trapped in the Piggly Wiggly. Or inmates)
  • Galley giveaways on Goodreads (Owned by Amazon. Tells you everything)
  • Motion picture rights sold to Fox (movie will never get made)
  • Foreign rights sold to 24 countries (doubtful)
  • Etc.

Things publishers should say on galleys and advance reading copies:

  • We paid this shaboo 750,000 dollars for a collection of fucking stories
  • I have no idea what we were thinking at the time
  • In retrospect, it was a mistake
  • Actual quote from acquiring editor: “Buying a book at auction is like buying a new car – it depreciates 50% the minute you drive it off the lot.”
  • Do. Not. Look. At. His. Track. On. Bookscan.
  • 16-city author tour featuring clandestine rendezvous with key media in the hope that “magic happens”
  • Author will call reviewers at national newspapers and reveal to them who their colleagues are sleeping with on the news desk
  • “After Midnight” Twitter Campaign via #drunkwriter
  • Instagram Selfie Campaign via #inbedwith?
  • Reading Group Guide including suite of angry e-mail exchanges between author and editor where author insists readers want “unfettered access to my innermost thoughts and not your shitty line edits.”
  • Slate of 5-star Amazon “Vine Reviews,” sourced via illegal software program from Mumbai (“So so good, reminded me of Franny and Zooey!”)
  • We are desperate, will try anything
  • Coded passages in the book reveal that Dan Brown actually coined the term “Lean In” while he was a student at Exeter
  • Author has a sex tape of Jonathan Franzen with…
  • Publicist assigned to the book still suffers from PTSD due to her last experience working with the author
  • Author would call publicist in the middle of the night complaining about the “hard sheets,” demand a room upgrade, and then apologize and inquire about her “soft skin”
  • High profile international arrest timed to publication
  • Author is friends with Arianna – “Dar-link!”— who will bail him out of jail
  • Leak of jail letters and photos to New York Post
  • TMZ exclusive: “I Fucked My Bombshell Italian Carceriere (and then read her excerpts from my forthcoming story collection.)”
  • They later marry
  • In the old days, guys like Sidney Sheldon would write a book, we’d slap some Paul Bacon type on the cover, send a copy to Merv Griffin, and call it a day
  • I am 53 years old. I have been doing this my entire life. I am more confused than ever.
  • I have searing regrets about not becoming an actor.
  • My Pilates instructor is mean to me
  • The “Men in Media” thing did not work out the way I imagined
  • Yesterday, in our marketing board meeting, Nihar told us a story about “the bear.” It frightened me.
  • Ham ham ham ham ham ham tuna
  • If you read this book and have an idea of how to sell it or who the reader is, please tweet us @savepublishing
  • Mostly, our business is about timing. And luck.
  • Still on the hunt for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle (or any boutique bourbon). Use #bourbonforbogie if you can be of assistance. Send bottles to my attention at 1745 Broadway.
  • Enjoy the book