Friday, July 31, 2020

I Kissed Alice~ Book Blitz


I Kissed Alice
Anna Birch
Published by: Macmillan
Publication date: July 28th 2020
Genres: LGBTQ+, Romance, Young Adult

For fans of Leah on the Offbeat and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Anna Birch’s I Kissed Alice is a romantic comedy about enemies, lovers, and everything in between.
Rhodes and Iliana couldn’t be more different, but that’s not why they hate each other.
Rhodes, a gifted artist, has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts (until she’s hit with a secret bout of creator’s block), while Iliana, a transfer student, tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce.
They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a webcomic. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other… a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other’s future?
EXCERPT:
Iliana
It was the end of our junior year when everything between Rhodes and me came to be as it is now.
It was May, and we were at a pop-up installation on the edge of campus. Clouds of heavy, weed-scented smoke hung up around the light fixtures of an old gas station with bars on the windows, and rain was falling in through a spot where the roof had caved, leaving puddles on the dirty tiled floor.
Behind each ancient cooler door was an installation: women with tape over their mouths. Women with their hands bound. Women dressed like schoolgirls, and dressed like moms, and dressed like frumpy old ladies with curlers in their hair. There was a gas station attendant behind the dilapidated old counter, a girl barely older than us with shiny red lip gloss and breasts begging to escape from a Play- boy Bunny costume. Word around campus was that participants had to be eighteen so they could sign the liability waiver provided by the lead artist.
Men wandered from one cooler to the next, shopping quietly, selecting someone to take with them along with six-packs of beer and packs of beef jerky.
Rhodes and I had become friends, sort of.
We weren’t talk-on-the-phone friends, or even text-on-occasion friends.
But Sarah had been my best friend since the third grade, and Sar- ah and Rhodes had become completely symbiotic during their first and second years as roommates at the Conservatory. It had taken weeks of begging for Sarah to even suggest to Rhodes that I come along—no matter what I did, Rhodes thought my work was “pedestrian.”
She didn’t think I’d understand the show—called Quickies at the Kwickee Mart, clever them—or that the art installation would speak to me the way it spoke to her and Sarah.
But by some force of nature, I had been the one to win a scholar- ship at the Savannah College of Art and Design only a week before. My art wasn’t an existential crisis played out with paint and canvas, and it didn’t make any grand political statements, but it was going to pay for my college—and apparently it meant I was allowed to play with the big girls now. Only two days later, Rhodes invited me along herself.
A week after that, we stood side by side, stoned out of our minds and attempting to make sense of the little theater that played out in front of us. Some of the girls in the cases were seniors at the Conservatory, and I knew about half of the people standing around us from campus as well. The rest were unimaginably sophisticated, worldly looking artist types—people with ink-stained hands and tattoos that crept up from under the collars of their shirts and onto their necks.
If my perception hadn’t been completely altered, I would have thought to be a little embarrassed by my own clothing choices. I felt so metal sneaking out in my tattered-on-purpose Slipknot T-shirt and my tattered-on-purpose acid-washed shorts and my tattered-on-pur- pose pink-and-white-striped tights.
“It’s, like, feminism—” Rhodes said.
Her brows were knit together; her cogs were turning.
She didn’t understand. I didn’t want to tell her otherwise, to ruin the night like I always do. It wasn’t enough to say it was about “like, feminism.” Anything can be about feminism, because in everything there’s an imbalance of power. There will always be one person in the room that has more privilege than the rest, and that person is almost always an Ingram.
It didn’t surprise me that Rhodes didn’t understand then, and it doesn’t now—she doesn’t really know what it means to be a little further down the food chain than everyone else. I’m not much further down than she is—I’m just as white, Christian-adjacent, abled, and straight-passing as she is—but I’m aware of it.
“Yeah, just, you know—” Sarah’s pupils were blown out. She held on to me for dear life, the way Rhodes’s barely-younger brother and then-dance-track student, Griffin, clung to Rhodes’s arm. Sarah liked Griffin then—she was infatuated, really. I think she thought he’d be an easy segue into being a fixture in Rhodes’s life forever.
She thought wrong.
“The motherfucking patriarchy,” said Griffin.
The motherfucking patriarchy. As if that phrase in and of itself wasn’t the purpose of the installation, the fact that women are continuously victims of sexual violence in Western culture, so much so that it has permeated our patterns of speaking and even the way we curse.
Rhodes sighed, and nodded appreciatively. Sarah sighed, and nodded appreciatively. Griffin sighed, and nodded appreciatively.
This is art, they communicated, with stoops in their shoulders and ennui-burdened frowns. This is life.
This is suffering.
Pot only ever makes me more philosophical. Everyone around me was melting into puddles, and I was practically writing ninety-nine theses on third-wave feminism on the back of a fifteen-year-old Kwickee Mart napkin that had been stuck to the bottom of my boot.


Author Bio:
Anna Birch is the author of I Kissed Alice. She was born 'n' raised in a rural area on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama. She traded thick forests and dirt roads for the heart of the city, where she lives now with her husband, three children, and dog. She loves knitting, brie, and hanging out with her family.

XBTBanner1

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Girl Who Came Home~ Book Review


About the Book:

A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman. . . 

Ireland, 1912 . . .

Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes,

Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that fateful night again.

Chicago, 1982 . . .

Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her great-grandmother Maggie shares the painful secret about the Titanic that she's harbored for almost a lifetime, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads both her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.



💙💙💙💙💙


What Can I say about this book?
This was A very terrific book! I was amazed that this was a true story and how I just love a true story. I loved the historical story of Ireland and the lives of modest folk. The vivid story of a young girl leaving the life she knows and traveling on a train for the first time to get to the ship. The awe of the mighty TITANIC at first sight. Amazing! The description of the opulence
Of the ship and the sheer size of it. I was pleased to read the 3 rd class accommodations were decent and the crew treated them well.
The horrific event of the sinking was heartbreaking. I cannot imagine the terror those people went through with the freezing temperatures and
Fridged water. I felt as I was there enjoying all the socializing on the ship and then the terrible night! The final events of Maggie's story were uplifting and very moving. I have to say this book was very well written. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Review of Love or Loyalty



About the Book: 
Maliya grew up happily with her brothers and parents in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. Yeah sometimes the streets were unsafe but her parent's made sure that her and her brother's stayed away from all of that.

Up until her mother's infidelities were exposed, causing her once "happy" family to cease to exist. Having to chose between staying with her brother's and her dad or leaving the state with her mother, was a hard decision to make, one that ultimately caused her to burn a bridge with her little brother Jaycee.

Almost by fate an unfortunate event brought her back home to Cleveland, to the people that she wished she had never left.

Before she could even settle back into her childhood home her older brother Terran is tragically killed, Jaycee desperately wants to avenge his brother's death, even if it means sending his sister in to set Cleveland's most notorious hustler Melo up. The plan get's a little rocky as Maliya falls for Melo's undeniable charm.

Will she rebuild what was broken with her brother by sticking to the plan, or will she once again leave her brother's hanging, and chose Melo's love deciding her family's loyalty isn't as important to her.


💙💙


What can I say about this book?  I felt so confused. This book was all over the place, one minute it’s coming from the character's point of view and in the middle of that sentence, it’s like it’s coming from two different author's points of view. This was a terrible read because there is no love and loyalty to choose from. It literally tells different characters' stories but it doesn’t tie in together at all. 


Review of Kandy Kane Addickion 2: Chronicles 2

About the book:
Kandy Kane’s perfect world has crumbled, and even though she has many secrets; she’s definitely not alone. Her mother Gina, and her Uncle Wayne have kept a secret from her. A secret of twenty-one years to be exact, and their confession has left her completely devastated.
As Kandy suppressed memories starts to emerge, she realizes it was her mother’s forbidden affair that causes her to be brutally raped at eleven, and that she’s a product of an affair that shouldn’t have happened. Heartbroken to know Lorenzo isn’t her biological father but is the real culprit that sexually assaulted her, has hurt her to the core.
If dealing with rape, lies, and betrayal wasn’t enough Kandy has been exposed for cheating, and now her rich husband wants an annulment. Refusing to lose the life she’s grown accustomed to she’s willing to do ANYTHING to make it right! Saving her marriage won’t be easy, and Kandy will learn a valuable lesson on how every wrong choice has the worst consequence!



What I like about the book: 
The main character Kandy was a REAL FREAK! She was very sneaky and the sneaky and crazy thing she was doing was finally catching with her. This book grabbed my attention and  I did feel the scenes were very realistic, and I will definitely be purchasing another book, and if there is a sequel I can't wait till I read that one.

What I didn't like about the book:
There were some grammatical errors that were distracting to the point where I almost put it down a few times.


                                            💙💙💙



Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Sea Day Giveaway Hop




MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations

Welcome to the Sea Day Giveaway. This Giveaway Hop hosted by MamatheFox. You'll have the chance to win a $15 Prize Pack from Sweet CandleMelts . Once you enter our giveaway make sure to "hop" to some of the other blogs via the Linky List below. Our giveaway is open in the U.S  to anyone 18+ . Good luck *fingers crossed*

Check out our Candy Melts



Prize:

 Mini-Sampler (6 designed scented wax melts)

*$5 Store Credit to shop my Etsy store

*A loyalty card (collect all 5 to spell your free gift)

This Giveaway is open to the US and anyone 18+. When you are done entering this giveaway stop by some of the other blogs participating via the linky list below. Enjoy and good luck!!!
 How to enter the giveaway ~ It's easy!

1. Log into the Rafflecopter widget below with either your email or Facebook.
2. You must do the first 3 entries to qualify for this giveaway.
3. You can do as many of the extra entries as you like.


4. Please read each entry's directions carefully. If you do not do what is asked of you for each entry the entry will not count.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Star Spangled Giveaway Hop


MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations

Welcome to the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop. This Giveaway Hop hosted by MamatheFox. You'll have the chance to win a $15 Prize Pack from Sweet CandleMelts . Once you enter our giveaway make sure to "hop" to some of the other blogs via the Linky List below. Our giveaway is open in the U.S  to anyone 18+ . Good luck *fingers crossed*

Check out our Candy Melts



Prize:

 Mini-Sampler (6 designed scented wax melts)

*$5 Store Credit to shop my Etsy store

*A loyalty card (collect all 5 to spell your free gift)


This Giveaway is open to the US and anyone 18+. When you are done entering this giveaway stop by some of the other blogs participating via the linky list below. Enjoy and good luck!!!
 How to enter the giveaway ~ It's easy!

1. Log into the Rafflecopter widget below with either your email or Facebook.
2. You must do the first 3 entries to qualify for this giveaway.
3. You can do as many of the extra entries as you like.


4. Please read each entry's directions carefully. If you do not do what is asked of you for each entry the entry will not count.



a Rafflecopter giveaway