Blog Tour: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

Blog Tour: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany SchmidtThe Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt
Series: Bookish Boyfriends #2
Published by Amulet Paperbacks
Published: May 21, 2019
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The second book in a series where your favorite literary characters come to life, inspired by the timeless classic, Little Women!

There’s no one better than the boy next door. At least not according to Aurora Campbell, fourteen, who has been in love with Tobias May since their very first sandbox kiss. The problem is, he’s in love with her older sister, Merrilee. And Merri is already dating one of his best friends.

Rory is learning all about pining as her class reads The Great Gatsby, a book she doesn’t find “great” at all. Also not great—her GPA, something she needs to fix, quickly, if she’d like to apply for the chance to spend a week studying art with her hero in New York City over winter break. But when Ms. Gregoire assigns her to read Little Women for extra credit, Rory discovers more than she expected—both about herself and Toby. Maybe she wasn’t in love with the boy next door. . . but the boy next story.

Love is complicated, and it’s all about to get even trickier for Rory at Reginald R. Hero Prep . . . where with the help of one quirky English teacher, students’ fantasies come true, often with surprising consequences.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Last year when I reviewed A Date with Darcy (previously Bookish Boyfriends) I said: “…I have read a couple of books by Tiffany Schmidt, and I have met her in person. Bookish Boyfriends is probably the most Tiffany book I have ever read.” After reading The Boy Next Story, I stand corrected. This is the most Tiffany book I have ever read! I know that sounds weird to say and if you have never met her you may not understand, but I could feel her and her love for writing and teaching and the classic novels in every turn of the page. Honestly, I couldn’t have loved this book more if I tried and that is because I could tell how much Tiffany loved crafting it.

The Boy Next Story is Rory’s story. The youngest of the Campbell girls, Rory has always had trouble finding her place. She is the artistic one, the forgotten one, the one that feels like the extra. Now at a new school, she is having even more trouble. Between her failing math grade to being blatantly disliked in her once favorite class, art, Rory is having a hard time. And her crush on her neighbor, Toby isn’t helping since he is still head over heels for her sister, Merrilee. All Rory wants is to be seen and to be herself. Now she just needs to figure out how to do that…and manage not to flunk out of Hero High. Good thing her English teacher is some kind of magic.

I have loved Rory since the first time she was introduced in A Date with Darcy. There was something about her that connected with me and I think that is what also made her book so much more special to read.  I 100% loved everything about this book. I loved Rory and her sisters and her group of friends. I love her relationship with Toby and with her art. I loved how lost she felt and alone and how that made her a better person when she grew and learned from all of it. And I loved how, as a reader, I got to watch her grow and develop into the fantastic person that she is.

I say this all the time, but reviewing a book you love is so hard to do. My love for The Boy Next Story is difficult to put into the appropriate words. I loved it so much and I feel like that isn’t enough to say. I feel like I’m doing this amazing book a disservice by only saying that, but honestly that I all I have. That and I need you to go out and buy a copy and fall in love with Rory and Toby and all the others like I did.

 

About Tiffany Schmidt

Tiffany Schmidt is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family book 1).

She’s found her happily ever after in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles.

You can find out more about her and her books at: TiffanySchmidt.com, TiffanySchmidtWrites.Tumblr.com or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.

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Review: A Date with Darcy – Tiffany Schmidt {giveaway}

Review: A Date with Darcy – Tiffany Schmidt {giveaway}A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
Series: Bookish Boyfriends #1
Published by Amulet Paperbacks
Published: May 1, 2018
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Boys are so much better in books. At least according to Merrilee Campbell, fifteen, who thinks real-life chivalry is dead and there’d be nothing more romantic than having a guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. Then she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer to Reginald R. Hero Prep—where all the boys look like they've stepped off the pages of a romance novel. Merri can hardly walk across the quad without running into someone who reminds her of Romeo.

When the brooding and complicated Monroe Stratford scales Merri’s trellis in an effort to make her his, she thinks she might be Juliet incarnate. But as she works her way through her literature curriculum under the guidance of an enigmatic teacher, Merri’s tale begins to unfold in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Merri soon realizes that only she is in charge of her story. And it is a truth universally acknowledged that first impressions can be deceiving . . .

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m going to start by saying I have read a couple of books by Tiffany Schmidt, and I have met her in person. Bookish Boyfriends is probably the most Tiffany book I have ever read. It felt like she was reading the book too me instead of me reading it and it was perfect. I don’t even know how to describe just how perfect it was.

Bookish Boyfriends is the story of Merrilee, a new transfer student (along with her BFF, Eliza and sister, Rory), to Hero High. Having been in all girl school Merri is ready to go to a co-ed school and live out the fantasies she has been reading in books for years. She is ready to hold a breath she didn’t know she was holding, swoon, have her heart skip a beat. She wants it all. But when Merri finds some of her book fantasies actually coming true and things just aren’t as she thought they would be she starts to wonder if life is really better in books.

What I loved most about Merrilee is she is basically every book nerd that has ever lived. She lives with her nose in a book, believes in the magic and power and storytelling of books, and believes that boys in books are just better than real life. She is a dreamer. She felt like a piece of me so she was easily relatable. But she was also a mess and ALWAYS getting herself in trouble because she lead with that dreamer heart and seemed to miss everything that was right in front of her, especially the most perfect guy for her.

Other things I loved (not including the awkwardly, perfect guy)? Merri’s sisters, Rory and Lilly, and her best friend Eliza. These ladies were the perfect counterpart to Merri’s crazy. The 4 of them together, although not in scenes altogether, brought out the best in Merri because they were all so different from her. They were a great supporting cast. They loved her for who she was, dreamer and all, even if they didn’t 100% agree with her.

Sorry if this review is all over the place. When I love a book I have trouble finding the right words. What I will leave you with is that I’m not a fan of Austen books and Pride & Prejudice is a part of this story. But I am a fan of Tiffany and Bookish Boyfriends and I’ll take her version of Darcy ANY DAY! Just make sure this is on your TBR. You won’t be sorry.

Now give me book 2!!!!!!!!!!

Abrams has kindly offered to giveaway a copy of Bookish Boyfriends to a reader of Andi’s ABCs. Giveaway is US only and will end at 11:59EST on May 7, 2018.

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Review: Splintered – A. G. Howard

Review: Splintered – A. G. HowardSplintered by A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered #1
Published by Amulet Books
Published: January 1, 2013
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Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Holy dark and creepy and twisted take on Alice in Wonderland and I loved every minute of it! It was the comfort of Alice in Wonderland with such a different take that I was mesmerized by it. The imagery, the characters, the story, the weirdness. I devoured Splintered and was left wanting more when I was done.

Basically Splintered is the story of Alyssa Gardner, a somewhat descendent of the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderlands. Since the telling of Alice’s stories, the women in Alyssa’s family have been cursed with madness and usually end up in mental health facilities(like where her mother currently is). As Alyssa got older the same signs that faced the other women in her family become more and more prominent leaving Alyssa to a choice. She can have the same fate as the rest, or she can step through the looking glass and take her fate in her own hands. With her best friend Jeb by her side and a strange guy named Morpheus(who Alyssa has a weird connection to) playing her guide in Wonderland, she is about to take a journey that could change the course of her entire families life. And maybe fall in love in the process.

I’m going to start by saying this book is 100% not my style. I’m not usually into such dark, heavy fantasy things. But with the mention of Alice in Wonderland(I still like the live action version they made for TV from years ago!) I was immediately in. And then when everyone seemed to be talking about it I was in even more. And after reading it I know why. The book was basically fantastic so no wonder it got all the love. Splintered was crafted in a way that it used the basics of the original Alice and Wonderland i.e., the cake that says ‘Eat Me’, the white rabbit, the river of tears, the tea party, and used them in a way that made the story new and fresh and Howard’s own. Add in Alyssa the anti-Alice, and you have a recipe for awesome which Howard delivered.

Normally I would go on and on about the characters at this point in the review, but the characters really speak for themselves. I really want to talk about the descriptions and imagery used. Because basically, it was simply beautiful. Howard’s Wonderland takes on a life of its own, and much like the plot manages to use familiar parts of the classic to makes you be able to picture where Alyssa and Jeb and Morpheus are in the story. It adds a bit of comfort to a world that is familiar yet different at the same time and definitely added to the story’s purpose.

Truly I enjoyed Splintered in a way that I never expected. It took me on a journey to an imaginary place that seemed real all while feeling like I was in reality and not some fantasy world. Add to it the story of Alyssa and her mentally ill mother and other relatives and it really was just a phenomenal book that I think everyone should read. I eagerly await Unhinged and anything else Howard may though at us.

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Review: The Infinite Moment of Us – Lauren Myracle GIVEAWAY{CLOSED}

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Title: The Infinite Moment of Us [Amazon]
Author: Lauren Myracle [website]
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: Contemporary
Source/Type: Gifted/Paperback ARC
Stars: 2 of 5

Publisher Description:
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now . . . not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are.

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them . . .

My Thoughts:
I had so many thought and emotions while reading this book and I’m not going to lie, most were not good. There was a lot that bothered me and it left a bad taste in my mouth which sucked because I loved this author’s other book Shine. Sadly this one just didn’t work for me. There was one part that made me pause and my blood pressure boil and after that it was over.

First let me start with what the book is about. The Infinite Moment of Us is the story of Charlie and Wren, two high school graduates from two different backgrounds, that become romantically involved. Wren has always been the good girl, the girl that has done everything her crazy, overbearing parents have asked of her. She has basically lived their lives for them never getting to do anything she wanted or make any of her own mistakes. Then you have Charlie, the foster kid. The kid that had a rough life growing up until he met Chris and Pam his current foster parents. Both ready to embark on life after high school, Charlie finally gets up the nerve to ask Wren out after wanting her for so long. With summer stretched out ahead of them they are in for a journey they may never have expected and a love like no other.

Oh, where to start, where to start. I guess I’ll start by saying I had high hopes when the book got going(I found the beginning to be slow) and started to remind me of Judy Blume’s Forever. It seemed to be a coming of age story of two kids at the sexual awakening. One innocent and uncertain and one more experienced and ready but not pushy. It felt like a new telling of the classic Blume book. And then in a blink of an eye, a brush stroke of a pen, everything changed and that feeling was gone. Drama that seemed random and out of place was added and suddenly Blume was gone and what was left was a jumbled of things that just didn’t add up. The book became a mockery of itself in my eyes and I don’t know if it was because it really was or because of one scene that I hated so much I couldn’t like anything after reading it.

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I’m a strong believer that sex belongs in YA books if it fits since most teens are probably sexual active. There is a place for it in YA literature but it has to be done responsibly and done right. Up until a point in this book I thought that it was. Wren went on the pill, discussed sex with her best friend, even somewhat discussed it with Charlie. She told Charlie that she wanted him to get tested since he wasn’t a virgin which was the right thing to do. And then she had to ruin it and tell him that she wanted her first time to be without a condom. That put me completely over the edge because I think that is a horrible message to put out there to young readers. Even with Wren on the pill and Charlie having been tested there is still a chance that Wren could get pregnant and it is irresponsible for that to not have been mentioned or even hinted at. Not to mention the fact that even if Charlie’s tests came back negative for HIV he would need to be tested again in 6 months to be 100% sure he was uninfected. To me this was a HUGE oversight by the author, the publisher, the editor, anyone that read this and didn’t bring up this fact. Teenagers need to know these things and if reading a YA fiction book is what gets them to know the facts then so be it. It disgusted me that it was made to be okay that these two young people were going to have sex without a condom because a test came back and a birth control pill was swallowed. I apologize for the rant, but I had to get that out.

Basically, The Infinite Moment of Us was not a book I enjoyed in the long run because I couldn’t get passed certain things that made me cringe and I couldn’t shake. I’m not going to tell you not to read it because you need to make up your mind yourself.

And that brings me to the giveaway. Erin was nice enough to offer me an autographed copy of this book for review and a giveaway and one lucky recipient will receive it before it is out on book shelves everywhere. Please fill out the below form 11:59pm EST on Sunday August 4th for your chance to win a copy of this book and decide how you feel about it yourself. One winner will be selected by random and contacted via the email address provided. US residents only. Sorry but shipping is expensive.

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