ARC Review: A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad’s an Alcoholic by Mariko Kikuchi

Title: A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad’s an Alcoholic
Author: Mariko Kikuchi
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: November 9th, 2021
Page Length: 144
Genre: Manga | Nonfiction | Autobiography
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 3.5⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A moving autobiographical manga about her father’s alcoholism that inspired a critically acclaimed live-action film.

Mariko Kikuchi tells the painful story of her father’s alcoholism and her own journey through guilt to understanding her father’s illness. She rejects the common belief that family members can and should be forgiven for anything they do, no matter how much harm they cause. This powerful, self-contained autobiographical manga began as a web series that went viral, and inspired a critically acclaimed 2019 film in Japan.

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Book Tour: Honest June by Tina Wells | Mini Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Honest June by Tina Wells. I saw the illustrated cover and knew I had to read it! Then I read what it was about and I was even more intrigued! I’m always up for a bit of magic in my contemporary middle grades.

Thank you to Tina Wells and Random House Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for this review.

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Review: Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer

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Title: Secret Santa
Author: Andrew Shaffer
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: November 10th, 2020
Page Length: 220
Genre: Horror | Holiday
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 3.5⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Office meets Stephen King, dressed up in holiday tinsel, in this fun, festive, and frightening horror-comedy set during the horror publishing boom of the ’80s, by New York Times best-selling satirist Andrew Shaffer.

Out of work for months, Lussi Meyer is desperate to work anywhere in publishing. Prestigious Blackwood-Patterson isn’t the perfect fit, but a bizarre set of circumstances leads to her hire and a firm mandate: Lussi must find the next horror superstar to compete with Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub. It’s the ’80s, after all, and horror is the hottest genre.

But as soon as she arrives, Lussi finds herself the target of her co-workers’ mean-spirited pranks. The hazing reaches its peak during the company’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange, when Lussi receives a demonic-looking object that she recognizes but doesn’t understand. Suddenly, her coworkers begin falling victim to a series of horrific accidents akin to a George Romero movie, and Lussi suspects that her gift is involved. With the help of her former author, the flamboyant Fabien Nightingale, Lussi must track down her anonymous Secret Santa and figure out the true meaning of the cursed object in her possession before it destroys the company—and her soul.

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Review: The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

Title: The Matzah Ball
Author: Jean Meltzer
Publisher: Mira Books
Release Date: September 28th, 2021
Page Length: 416
Genre: Holiday | Romance
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 4⭐

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Oy! to the world

Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. For a decade she’s hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family. Her talent has made her a bestseller even as her chronic illness has always kept the kind of love she writes about out of reach.

But when her diversity-conscious publisher insists she write a Hanukkah romance, her well of inspiration suddenly runs dry. Hanukkah’s not magical. It’s not merry. It’s not Christmas. Desperate not to lose her contract, Rachel’s determined to find her muse at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah, even if it means working with her summer camp archenemy—Jacob Greenberg.

Though Rachel and Jacob haven’t seen each other since they were kids, their grudge still glows brighter than a menorah. But as they spend more time together, Rachel finds herself drawn to Hanukkah—and Jacob—in a way she never expected. Maybe this holiday of lights will be the spark she needed to set her heart ablaze.

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Series Review: Serpent & Dove Trilogy

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Title: Serpent & Dove
Series: Serpent & Dove 1
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 3rd, 2019
Page Length: 513
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

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Book Tour: I Know Your Secret by Daphne Benedis-Grab | Review

Welcome to my stop on the Terminal Tours Book Tour for I Know Your Secret by Daphne Benedis-Grabs. I’ve been really into mysteries lately, especially cozy ones or ones like Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl. This middle grade definately fits – although I haven’t read one for a middle grade audience before!

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Thank you to Daphne Benedis-Grab and Scholastic Press for providing me with an ARC for this review.

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Review: Written in the Stars (Written in the Stars #1) by Alexandria Bellefleur (ARC)

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Title: Written in the Stars
Series: Written in the Stars #1
Author: Alexandria Bellefluer
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: November 10th, 2020
Page Length: 384
Genre: Romance | RomCom
Age Range: Adult
Rep: Bi, Lesbian
Rating: 4⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

With nods to Bridget Jones and Pride and Prejudice, a charming #ownvoices queer rom-com debut about a free-spirited social media astrologer who agrees to fake a relationship with an uptight actuary until New Year’s Eve—with results not even the stars could predict!

After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.

Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy… a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother—and Elle’s new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because… awkward.

When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.

But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?

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Book Tour: Passport by Sophia Glock | Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Passport by Sophia Glock. When I first found out about this book, I knew it was one I would want to read. And don’t get me started on how much I love that cover! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Thank you to Sophia Glock and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for this review.

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Book Tour: Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen | Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen. I’ve been having a lot of luck this year with great diverse retellings, so I had this high on my anticipated list for this year! Another gorgeous cover that makes me want to own it for my shelves! To find out other’s thoughts, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Thank you to Natasha Bowen and Random House Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for this review.

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