Book Reviews

TBR and Beyond Book Tour: The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim

Synopsis From the New York Times Bestselling author of Six Crimson Cranes comes a thrilling new adventure! A journey to the kingdom of dragons, a star-crossed love, and a cursed pearl with the power to mend the world or break it… Fans of Shadow and Bone will devour this soaring fantasy. Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the dragon’s […]

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Turn the Page Tours: Blood Like Fate by Liselle Sambury

Synopsis Voya fights to save her witch community from a terrible future. Voya Thomas may have passed her Calling to become a full-fledged witch, but the cost was higher than she’d ever imagined. Her grandmother is gone. Her cousin hates her. And her family doesn’t believe that she has what it takes to lead them. […]

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TBR and Beyond Tours: Etta Invincible by Reese Eschmann

Etta Invincible by Reese Eschmann Release Date: July 12th, 2022 Publisher: Aladdin Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Pages: 368 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | Indiebound Synopsis A girl with hearing loss and a boy adjusting to life in a new country connect through their love of comics and […]

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Colored Pages Tours: The Witchery by S. Isabelle

Synopsis Haelsford, Florida is a Hellmouth. Or at least, that’s what Logan, a baby witch struggling to control her powers, thinks as she arrives to the witchtown to begin the new school year at Mesmortes Coven Academy. She is immediately taken under the wing of the infamous Red Three. Iris is a deathwitch who wants […]

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TBR and Beyond Tours: Not Good For Maidens by Tori Bovalino

Synopsis Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.” Lou never believed in superstitions or magic–until her teenage aunt Neela is kidnapped to the goblin market. The market is a place Lou has only read about–twisted streets, offerings of sweet fruits and incredible jewels. Everything–from the food and […]

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TBR and Beyond Tours: Game of Strength and Storm by Rachel Menard

Synopsis Victory is the only option. Once a year, the Olympian Empresses grant the wishes of ten people selected by a lottery—for a price. Seventeen-year-old Gen, a former circus performer, wants the freedom of her father, who was sentenced to life in prison for murders she knows he didn’t commit. Castor plans to carry the […]

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TBR and Beyond Book Tour: Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

Synopsis Prepare to die. His kingdom is near. Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected […]

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TBR and Beyond Tours Spotlight: Dead End Girls by Wendy Heard

Dead End Girls by Wendy Heard Release Date: May 10th, 2022 Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books Genre: Young Adult Thriller Pages: 336 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | Indiebound Synopsis In one week, Maude will be dead. At least, that’s what she wants everyone to think. After years of […]

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TBR and Beyond Tours Spotlight: Duet by Elise Broach

Duet by Elise Broach Release Date: May 10th, 2022 Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery Pages: 304 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | Indiebound Synopsis A musically gifted bird, a piano-playing boy, and a real-life mystery involving three artistic geniuses Welcome to the world of Mirabelle, […]

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TBR and Beyond Tours: The Noh Family by Grace K Shim

Synopsis A sparkling K-drama inspired debut teen novel by Grace Shim, THE NOH FAMILY introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Kang, who is reunited with her deceased father’s estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them… When her friends gift her a 23-and-Me test as a gag, high […]

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Turn the Page Tours: My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth

Synopsis Nerds are so hot.Especially battle robot building nerds. Bel would rather die than think about the future. College apps? You’re funny. Extracurriculars? Not a chance. But when she accidentally reveals a talent for engineering at school, she’s basically forced into joining the robotics club. Even worse? All the boys ignore Bel—and Neelam, the only […]

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Turn the Page Tours Book Spotlight: The Blood Trials

The Blood Trials by N.E. Davenport Release Date: April 5th, 2022 Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction Pages: 464 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | Indiebound Cover Artist: Raymond Sebastien Synopsis Blending fantasy and science fiction, N. E. Davenport’s fast-paced, action-packed debut kicks off a duology of […]

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Book Tour: The Wolves Are Waiting by Natasha Friend

Synopsis From award-winning author Natasha Friend comes a compelling investigation of sexual harassment and the toxic and complicit structures of a small college town. Before the night of the Frat Fair, 15-year-old Nora Melchionda’s life could have been a Gen-Z John Hughes movie. She had a kind-of boyfriend, a spot on the field hockey team, […]

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Turn the Page Tours: The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Synopsis What is the purpose of a map? Nell Young’s whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field, and Nell’s personal hero. But she hasn’t seen or spoken to him ever since he cruelly fired her and destroyed her reputation after an argument over an […]

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Colored Pages Tours: Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Synopsis This is what they deserve. They wanted me to be a monster. I will be the worst monster they ever created. Fifteen-year-old Sloane can incinerate an enemy at will—she is a Scion, a descendant of the ancient Orisha gods. Under the Lucis’ brutal rule, her identity means her death if her powers are discovered. […]

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Turn the Page Tours: Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Synopsis This is what they deserve. They wanted me to be a monster. I will be the worst monster they ever created. Fifteen-year-old Sloane can incinerate an enemy at will—she is a Scion, a descendant of the ancient Orisha gods. Under the Lucis’ brutal rule, her identity means her death if her powers are discovered. […]

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Book Tour: Turning by Joy L. Smith

Synopsis In this raw, searingly honest debut young adult novel, a former aspiring ballerina must confront her past in order to move forward from a devastating fall that leaves her without the use of her legs. Genie used to fouetté across the stage. Now the only thing she’s turning are the wheels to her wheelchair. […]

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Book Tour: Anne of West Philly by Ivy Noelle Weir

Synopsis Anne of Green Gables with a twist: in this follow-up to Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and The Secret Garden on 81st Street, this full-color graphic novel moves Anne Shirley to modern-day West Philadelphia, where she finds new friends, new rivals, and a new family. When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to foster a teenage girl for the […]

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Book Tour: The Witch, the Sword, and the Cursed Knights

The Witch, the Sword, and the Cursed Knights by: Alexandria Rogers Release Date: February 8th, 2022 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | Indigo Synopsis Twelve-year-old Ellie can’t help that she’s a witch, the most hated member of […]

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Book Tour Spotlight: Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson

Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson Release Date: February 1st, 2022 Publisher: Little, Brown for Young Readers Genre: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction Pages: 416 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound Synopsis Debut author Amina Luqman Dawson pens a lyrical, accessible historical middle-grade novel about two enslaved children’s escape from […]

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Book Tour: Castles in Their Bones by Laura Sebastian

Synopsis A spellbinding story of three princesses and the destiny they were born for: seduction, conquest, and the crown. Immerse yourself in the first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the author of the New York Times bestselling Ash Princess series. Empress Margaraux has had plans for her daughters since the day they were born. Princesses […]

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Book Tour: Coming Back by Jessi Zabarsky

Synopsis A beautiful graphic novel fantasy romance that follows two young women who have to go on their own separate adventures to discover the truth about themselves and about each other. Preet is magic. Valissa is not. Everyone in their village has magic in their bones, and Preet is the strongest of them all. Without any […]

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Book Tour Promotional Post: Game On edited by Laura Silverman

Game On edited by Laura Silverman Release Date: January 18th, 2022 Publisher: Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Random House Genre: Young Adult, Anthology Pages: 448 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound Synopsis A charming and inclusive YA anthology all about games–from athletic sports to board games to virtual […]

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Book Tour: Blood, Fire & Mercy by Christina Davis

Synopsis 18-year-old thief Neva Roberts has been living on the run since absconding with the Eye, a piece of the greatest weapon ever created. But she’s running from more than a cold-hearted ruler. She has exiled herself to a barren land, trying to forget the pain she caused. When Trinizhi’s squad of assassins catches up […]

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Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights #2) by Chloe Gong

Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights #2) by Chloe Gong Release Date: November 16th, 2021 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Historical Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | Indigo | BookShop.org Synopsis Shanghai is under siege in this captivating and searingly romantic sequel to […]

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Book Tour: The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller

Synopsis It’s the night of senior prom, and eighteen-year-old Julia has made a pact with her friends. (Yes, that kind of pact.) They have secured a secluded cabin in the woods, one night without parental supervision, and plenty of condoms. But as soon as they leave the dance, the pact begins to unravel. Alex’s grandmother […]

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Cover Reveal: Blood, Fire & Mercy by Christina Davis

Blood, Fire & Mercy by: Christina Davis Release Date: November 10th, 2021 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis 18-year-old thief Neva Roberts has been living on the run since absconding with the Eye, piece of the greatest weapon ever created. But she’s running from more than a cold-hearted ruler. She has exiled herself […]

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The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker

Synopsis Death is her destiny. Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough has been collecting souls in the London streets for centuries. Expected to obey the harsh hierarchy of the Reapers who despise her, Ren conceals her emotions and avoids her tormentors as best she can. When her failure to control her Shinigami abilities […]

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Book Tour: City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn

City of Shattered Light by: Claire Winn Release Date: October 19th, 2021 Publisher: Flux Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction Pages: 400 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound Synopsis Content Warnings: violence, death, blood, mild gore, emotional abuse/manipulation, mild body horror (cybernetics), references to suicide, terminal illness, drug and alcohol […]

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Book Tour: The Endless Skies by Shannon Price

Synopsis High above the sea, floats the pristine city of the Heliana. Home to winged-lion shapeshifters―the Leonodai―and protected from the world of humans by an elite group of warriors, the Heliana has only known peace. After years of brutal training, seventeen-year-old Rowan is ready to prove her loyalty to the city and her people to […]

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Book Tour: Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Vespertine by: Margaret Rogerson Release Date: October 5th, 2021 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Pages: 400 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound Synopsis From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling new YA […]

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Book Tour: Barb the Last Berzerker by: Dan Abdo & Jason Patterson

Barb the Last Berzerker by Dan Abdo & Jason Patterson Release Date: September 28th, 2021 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Graphic Novel Pages: 256 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound Synopsis She-Ra and the Princesses of Power meets Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man in this sidesplitting […]

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Book Tour: To Break A Covenant by Alison Ames

To Break a Covenant by: Alison Ames Release Date: September 21, 2021 Publisher: Page Street Publishing Genre: Young Adult, Horror Pages: 320 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo Synopsis Content Warning: Gore! lots of gore/blood (human and animal), body horror (human and animal), claustrophobia, hallucinations/nightmares, death, animal death, parent […]

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Book Tour: The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

The Bones of Ruin by: Sarah Raughley Release Date: September 7th, 2021 Publisher: Simon Pulse Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Pages: 496 Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop Synopsis As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for […]

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Book Tour: To Bleed a Crystal Bloom

To Bleed a Crystal Bloom by: Sarah A. Parker Release Date: July 24th, 2021 Genre: Dark Fantasy, Romance, Retelling (Rapunzel) Pages: 471 Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis “What a pretty flower to keep locked in a big, rocky tower.” Nineteen years ago, I was plucked from the heart of a bloody massacre that spared nobody else. […]

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Book Tour: Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis

Bad Witch Burning by: Jessica Lewis Release Date: August 24th, 2021 Publisher: Delacorte Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 352 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound Synopsis Content warning: minor body horror, threat of harm to animals and animal death. Some animal death is real and some is […]

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Book Tour: The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad

Synopsis From William C. Morris Finalist Nafiza Azad comes a thrilling, feminist fantasy about a group of teenage girls endowed with special powers who must band together to save the life of the boy whose magic saved them all. Meet the Wild Ones: girls who have been hurt, abandoned, and betrayed all their lives. It […]

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Book Tour: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Synopsis Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of […]

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Book Tour: It Ends in Fire by Andrew Shvarts

Synopsis ALKA CHELRAZI IS ON A MISSION:1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy2. Win the Great Game3. Burn Wizard society to the ground As a child, Alka witnessed her parents’ brutal murder at the hands of Wizards before she was taken in by an underground rebel group. Now, Alka is deep undercover at the most prestigious school of […]

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Book Tour: Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

Synopsis Content Warnings: Whipping scene within the context of slavery, gun/police violence, discussion of and character with an eating disorder, blood/gore/violence, death, substance abuse/addiction, mentions of child neglect A rich, dark urban fantasy debut following a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family’s magic. The problem […]

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Book Tour: Again Again by E. Lockhart

Synopsis From the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud comes a complex novel about acceptance, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility, as a teenage girl attempts to regain some sense of normalcy in her life after a family crisis and a broken heart. If you could live your life again, what would you do differently? […]

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Book Tour: The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity

Synopsis Content Warnings: Main characters’s mother has died four years earlier and her father is critically injured and hospitalized for most of the book. Twelve-year-old Abby Beckett is proud to come from a long line of elite Viking warriors known as the Aesir. She’s spent her entire life training to hunt the horrific creatures known […]

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Book Tour: The Ivies by Alexa Donne

Synopsis Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, […]

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Book Tour: The Firebird Song

Synopsis Debut author Arnée Flores spins an exciting and original tale about hope in even the darkest of places, perfect for fans of Shannon Hale. The Kingdom of Lyrica was once warm and thriving, kept safe by the Firebird, whose feather and song was a blessing of peace and prosperity. But the Firebird disappeared, and Lyrica […]

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Book Tour: Son of the STorm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

On-page Representation African/Black Albinism Disability Nonbinary Pan/polysexual Trigger and Content Warnings Ageism Bones Colourism/discrimination Emotionally manipulative relationship Fire Misogyny Pain Pregnancy and miscarriage/abortion Violence, blood and murder Synopsis A young scholar’s ambition threatens to reshape an empire determined to retain its might in this epic tale of violent conquest, buried histories, and forbidden magic. In […]

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Book Tour: The Other Side oF Perfect by Mariko Turk

Synopsis Content Warning: protagonist is dealing with a lot of anger and some depression, various experiences of racism Alina Keeler was destined to dance, but one terrifying fall shatters her leg–and her dreams of a professional ballet career along with it.  After a summer healing (translation: eating vast amounts of Cool Ranch Doritos and binging […]

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Book Tour and Author Interview: The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Synopsis Content Warning: terminal illness, suicide, violence (including choking), death, death of parent (off page), vomiting, large scale natural disasters and mass casualties, some gore. One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars with sci-fi scope, Lost with a satisfying resolution. Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With […]

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Book Tour: Sugar and Spite by Gail D. Villanueva

Synopsis Can a bully be defeated by a magical love potion? Jolina can’t take Claudine’s bullying any longer! The taunts and teasing are too much. Though Jolina knows she’s still in-training to use her grandfather’s arbularyo magic, she sneaks into his potions lab to get her revenge. Jolina brews a batch of gayuma, a powerful […]

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Book tour: The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

Synopsis Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes […]

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Book Tour: The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Synopsis Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most importantly, the boy she’s been in love with for years. The only problem? She’s murdered before she gets […]

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Book Tour: The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

Representation + Trigger and Content Warnings On-page Representation Protagonists of color LGBT protagonists f/f main characters m/m side characters Nonbinary side character older women Trigger and Content Warnings Depictions of colonial violence (physical and emotional) and destruction Gore Past attempted rape Threats of rape Threats of torture Synopsis Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a […]

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Book Tour: Rain City Lights

Synopsis “Sometimes you make so much history with someone, the present just don’t make sense.” In the summer of 1981, a serial killer preys on black, teenage prostitutes working Seattle’s arterial highways. But the eyes of youth are blind to danger, and Montgomery “Monti” Jackson is distracted by her own problems. She’ll be starting high […]

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Book Tour: A Better Bad Idea

Synopsis Laurie Devore’s new YA novel is a searing look at a forgotten girl who has no good choices left, but one better bad idea . . . Evelyn Peters is desperate. Desperate for a way out of McNair Falls, the dying southern town that’s held her captive since the day she was born. Desperate […]

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