Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah Blog Tour -- Erin's Top YA Picks!

Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah | Erin Jade Lange
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Source: Irish Banana Tours
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

"The Breakfast Club" gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.



Rebel Bully Geek Pariah: YA Edition
which YA titles did Erin choose to be the rebel, the bully, the geek, and the pariah?


When I first found out about this title, I knew I had to have it. Anything that's pitched as one of my favorite movies, The Breakfast Club, automatically goes on my " I-need-this-right-the-hell-now-list " and thankfully, Erin Lange did this classic some justice. For my promo post for Hannah's awesome tour, I had this wonderful author choose 4 titles that fit the description of Rebel, Bully, Geek, and Pariah. Check out what she came up with below!

REBEL – Any book by Courtney Summers. Her books are so raw and honest. She tells the truth about teen life not just in the issues she writes about but down to the language she uses. Her books might scare adults, but teenagers see a reflection of their own stories in her work. I think it takes courage (and a small amount of rebellion) to tell the truth like that.

BULLY – It’s tough to call a book a bully, because that word has such a negative connotation. I try to write my bullies to be complex multi-layered characters, who aren’t as evil as they seem. In that vein, I’d call Shine by Lauren Myracle, my bully book. On the surface, it’s dark – issues like drugs and hate crimes are front-and-center – but there is this current of hope that runs through the story that keeps it from being too heavy to read.

GEEK – These days, it’s wonderfully cool to be a “nerd,” so I would choose any book the masses “geek out” over, whether it’s the newest installment in a popular series or a breathlessly-awaited John Green book. It’s not YA, but I am personally geeked for Justin Cronin’s “The City of Mirrors” – the final installment in The Passage series.

PARIAHSlice of Cherry by Dia Reeves, because it is wholly unique, which forces it to stand apart from other books, not quite fitting into any existing category. It is also somewhat unsung and misunderstood and just SPECTACULAR.

Have you guys read any of Erin's YA picks? If so, let me know which ones you've read, (or plan on reading) and don't forget to enter the giveaway to win 3 finished copies of this title 


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Arrows By Melissa Gorzelanczyk Blog Tour Announcement!



Are You A Fluffy, Cheesy, Cupid Lover?
then stay tuned, this tour is definitely for you!


For the past couple of months, I've had this baby up my sleeve just waiting to be announced to the world, and finally it is here! I'm extremely excited to be working with debut author Melissa Gorzelanczyk, but none of this wouldn't be possible if it weren't for the awesome ladies I've rallied up to make this tour really come alive. We have a slew of posts to not only promote Arrows, but to also celebrate Valentine's Day which includes, fire round Q&A's, reviews of the title, character castings, top ten's, playlists, as well as a cool scavenger hunt that will include a secret prize + extra giveaways. Make sure you support each tour host, especially if you want to win! Keep scrolling for the official tour schedule, and our very first giveaway to kick off the tour!


Blessie Mae - February 15th 
Michelle - February 16th 
Erin - February 17th 
Cyra - February 18th
Jocelyn - February 19th 
Jamie - February 20th 
Alex - February 21st
Shannon - February 22nd 
Sarah - February 23rd
Tika - February 24th 
Jackie - February 25th
Brittany - February 26th
Karina - February 28th 
Mishma - February 29th


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Reign Blog Tour Takeover -- Dream Squad

Reign | The Prophecy & Hysteria 
Author: Lily Blake
Publisher: Poppy
Genre(s): Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Source: Irish Banana
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | iBooks

An original novel based on the hit television series, Reign.

Since Mary, Queen of Scotland was a child, the English have wanted her country and her crown. She is sent to France to wed its next king--to save herself and her people. It's a bond that should protect her, but there are forces that conspire...forces of darkness, forces of the heart. Mary's rule, and her life, has never been safe.

Find out what happens to Mary, Francis, Bash, and the rest of the French court after the season one finale.

Long may she reign.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.



Dream Squad Goals
what happens when I cast fictional characters with the hit TV show Reign? Well epicness of course.


If you follow me on twitter, then it'll be no surprise to know that Reign is one of my favorite shows. I'm obsessed with the drama and twists that keep on you on the edge of your seat, and the gorgeous actors/actresses that make it all come alive. When I found out Hannah from Irish Banana was hosting a tour to promote the titles Prophecy and Hysteria, I knew it would be my opportunity to do the ultimate casting of my dreams. I've been itching to pair some of my favorite fictional characters with those from a TV series, and with Reign I have the perfect choices!

Mary Queen of Scots as Princess Lia from Kiss of Deception
Mary reminds me so much of Lia. Both have such strong personalities, and are fearless as hell. You get in these girl's way, and it's game on! 

Francis as Aldrik from Fire Falling (Air Awakens Series)
I could literally stare at this fine piece of specimen all day. Other than Francis being completely swoon-worthy, his " kingly " ways, (is that even a word?) and his fire to protect the ones he loves, makes him a perfect Aldrik. Elise if this is ever adapted into a movie, you know you better call Toby!

Queen Catherine as Queen Levana from Fairest (Lunar Chronicles)
This was pretty much a no brainer. Catherine and Levana may be evil bitches, but I love me a ruthless villain!

Sebastian as Chaol from Throne of Glass 
Next to Francis, Sebastian is my next favorite character. In the first season of the series, he had a bit of hard exterior, but was such a soft gentleman underneath. He's a natural born leader, but is much more reserved than his brother, which is where he becomes similar to Chaol. 

Norstadamus would make a dashing Hagrid from the Harry Potter series HAHA

Lola as Cress from Cress (Lunar Chronicles)
I originally casted Lola as a completely different character from another book, but for some odd reason Cress kept popping into my head, and after making the pairing, I would say it's a definitely a great match. Lola always gives me this cute damsel in distress vibe, and with Cress being my favorite character and book out of the series, I knew it would work!

Andddd that's a wrap on my Dream Squad casting for Reign. Did I hit any of the pairings on the head? If so, let me know down below, along with any fictional characters you would want to see paired with the cast from the show. Oh and don't forget to enter this awesome giveaway. Both Reign books and Season 1 DVD's are up for grabs!


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Simon Thorn & The Wolf's Den Playlist - Kick Ass Tunes 4 A Kick Ass Book

Simon Thorn & The Wolf's Den | Aimee Carter
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 320
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD
Source: Irish Banana Tours

A thrilling debut in the tradition of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull about a boy who discovers a secret race of animal shape shifters.
Twelve-year-old Simon Thorn’s life has never been easy or normal, but things like being bullied at school and living in a cramped Manhattan apartment with his Uncle Darrell are nothing compared to his biggest secret: He can talk to animals.

But when his mom is suddenly kidnapped by a herd of rats, Simon finds out that he, his mom, and his uncle are all Animalgams—people born with the ability to change into an animal at will.

In search of his mom, Simon discovers the Animalgam Academy based at the Central Park Zoo. There he learns about the fractured five kingdoms that make up this secret world . . . and realizes he may be the only one who can save it.

This action-packed page-turner is perfect for fans of the Spirit Animals and The School of Good and Evil series.



Kidz Bop: Middle Grade Edition
Turn up your speakers and get ready to jam out to these awesome songs curated by Aimee!


Aimee: I’m not normally a writer who keeps playlists for their books, but for Simon Thorn, a few songs in particular remind me of the series. Some of them have lyrics that fit well, while for others, it’s just the overall feeling of the song that really works for me. Please don’t judge my somewhat questionable taste in music.

Blackbird – The Beatles. I’ve always loved this song, but it seemed to fit the struggle Simon goes through well. Plus, another animal reference.

Roar – Katy Perry. All of the animal references definitely have a very Simon feel to them.

Young Volcanos – Fall Out Boy. One of the songs I listened to over and over while writing Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den. It seemed fitting with all of the animal references and the general upbeat, active feeling to the song, and whenever I hear it now, I’m reminded of Simon.

Wake Me Up – Avicii. Another song I listened to over and over again while writing Simon, and while some of the lyrics may not fit, I do like the overall feeling of the song for Simon’s character in particular.

Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift. This is the song that I listened to over and over while revising the first book and writing the second.

Prey – The Neighbourhood. This is very much a lyrics thing. So much talk about birds and being prey, and a lot of the overall feeling of the song fits.

Jungle – X Ambassadors ft. Jamie N Commons. Even though this song has nothing to do with an actual jungle, I love the energy of it and wrote some of the action scenes to it.

Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Lorde. Another song I listened to over and over while writing some of the slower, more intense scenes in the story. The lyrics fit the war brewing in the series, and how so many people are strategizing to defeat the others and gain control over the entire Animalgam (ani-MAL-gam) world.

BONUS TRACK: Wide Awake – Katy Perry. This song has pretty much nothing to do with Simon, but I was struggling to come up with titles for the Simon series, and this song came on the radio while I was driving home one night. The line “I am born again / out of the lion’s den” flipped a switch in my brain, and with amazing clarity I knew what all five titles would be, including the first – Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den.

Do you spot in favorite songs in Aimee's list? If so, comment down below, and make sure you enter the giveaway to witness what these songs inspired!


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