YA Bound Tour Book Review: My Crunchy Life by Mia Kerick

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Title: My Crunchy Life

Author: Mia Kerick

Genre: YA Contemporary – LGBTQ

Young Adult

Release Date: June 26th 2018

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

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About the Book

John Lennon fought for world peace, but sixteen-year-old hippie hopeful Kale Oswald’s only made it as far as tie-dying his T-shirts with organic grape juice. Now he’s ready to cement his new hippie identity by joining a local human rights organization, but he doesn’t fit in as well as he’d hoped.

After landing himself in the hospital by washing down a Ziploc bag of pills with a bottle of Gatorade, Julian Mendez came clean to his mother: he is a girl stuck in a boy’s body. Puberty blockers have stopped the maturing of the body he feels has betrayed him. They’re also supposed to give him time to be sure he wants to make a more permanent decision, but he’s already Julia in his heart. What he’s not sure he’s ready to face is the post-transition name-calling and bathroom wars awaiting him at school.

When Kale and Julian come face-to-face at the human rights organization, attraction, teenage awkwardness, and reluctant empathy collide. They are forced to examine who they are and who they want to become. But until Kale can come to terms with his confusion about his own sexuality and Julian can be honest with Kale, they cannot move forward in friendship, or anything more.
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In Kerick_s (The Weekend Bucket List, 2018, etc.) YA novel, two teens navigate gender and other identities. Julian Mendez—or Julia as she hopes one day to be known at school and eve

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Wow, what a book! I am absolutely in love with this LGBT+ novel! I felt like I connected to the characters and the story line in so many different ways and felt a wave a different emotions from this story. This novel is everything you want when you buy a book! It’s filled with humor, real life situations, fun, drama, depth and more! As a woman who is pansexual and polyamorous, I face a lot of judgement. Many people don’t understand the concept of me being capable of loving someone of the same gender or loving multiple people with no jealousy at the same time. I am also that hippie/gypsy girl who is a free-spirit and is all about free love and you can catch me in a corner with my oracle and tarot cards daily. I know what it is like to stand out and I know what it’s like to fight a cause that is so much bigger than yourself. I highly recommend this book and will be sharing it and the love of it with everyone I know. “My Crunchy Life” totally deserves a ‘hands down’ five stars!

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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—a daughter in law school, another in dance school, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She writes LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-four years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press and Harmony Ink Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.

Her books have won a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.

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Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing
or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com. Visit www.miakerick.com for updates on what is going on in Mia’s world, rants, music, parties, and pictures, and maybe even a little bit of inspiration.

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Blog Tour Schedule –
June 26th
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June 28th
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June 29th
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July 2nd
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Sorry for this late post, lovelies! Also I want to give a huge thank you to YA Bound Blog Tours and the author for this amazing opportunity! I am so sorry everyone for my lack of punctuality as of late, it seems WP still hates me! I have messaged them again today because my original scheduled review for today for this post was deleted!😱 Also I still am having a very difficult time accessing my comments or commenting on others’ blogs. It’s a real biatch!😒 They say they are working on it, my fingers and toes are crossed that it will be figured out soon! I miss you guys! Xoxo. You are the best!!!❤💙❤💙

Book Review: Sweethearts by Gemma Gilmore

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I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for the opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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When seventeen-year-old Ingrid Harper realizes she may not have the talent to pursue a scholarship for the most prestigious art school in Australia, she turns to pink hair dye as a distraction.

Her new hair captures the attention of a fellow art student, Kat, who introduces Ingrid to the LGBT clubbing scene, and although Ingrid enjoys partying with her new friend, she becomes caught up in confusion about her sexuality. Her fear is overwhelming—she can’t think about anything else.

Until her best friend, Summer, reveals that she is pregnant.

As her best friend faces the realities of being pregnant at seventeen, Ingrid is shown the true definition of courage. It motivates her to come out about her sexuality—she likes girls. Only girls. Now she just has to work out what that means for the other areas of her life.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this BOOK! This wasn’t your typical ff love story it expressed the intensity of Ingrid’s emotions and helped you realize how much people suffer with “coming out”. I didn’t have a difficult time “coming out” because when I was in the system growing up most of the population was at least bi-curious. It was intense and intriguing to feel how hard it could be for someone to come out. I loved the characterisation in this book. I loved Summer, Ingrid, and Jackson. They had so much more to them than what you initially believe. Reading this story was touching and if you are interested in reading a great LGBT novel, I highly recommend this book!

Gemma Gilmore surprised me with this YA/LGBT masterpiece and it was a wonderful breath of fresh air.

Book Review: Darkling by Brooklyn Ray

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Title: Darkling

Author: Brooklyn Ray

I want to thank NetGalley and Nine Star Press for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.

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Port Lewis, a coastal town perched on the Washington cliffs, is surrounded by dense woods, and is home to quaint coffee shops, a movie theater, a few bars, two churches, the local college, and witches, of course.

Ryder is a witch with two secrets—one about his blood and the other about his heart. Keeping the secrets hasn’t been a problem, until a tarot reading with his best friend, Liam Montgomery, who happens to be one of his secrets, starts a chain of events that can’t be undone.

Dark magic runs through Ryder’s veins. The cards have prophesized a magical catastrophe that could shake the foundation of Ryder’s life, and a vicious partnership with the one person he doesn’t want to risk.

Magic and secrets both come at a cost, and Ryder must figure out what he’s willing to pay to become who he truly is.

I give this book 4 out of 5 Prideful and Paranormal Stars! I really enjoy this LGBTQ+ romance novel. The main character, Ryder, is trans and his relationships and his emotions bleed through this paranormal romance with an intensity that I won’t soon forget. I just was so intrigued and adored Ryder!💖😄💙

This was a great novella and I read it in one sitting. It was the perfect bite sized version of Paranormal Romance’hit it and quit it’ novel. Liam and Ryder have a very intense relationship that really had me on the edge of my seat! The reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because there is a Trigger Warning in here that is one that can get to me a bit more than others. There is a brief death of an animal but the animal comes back. YAY for that! It was probably just me because of previous experiences but thought I should mention it just incase. This book was fantastically written and new author Brooklyn Ray is sure to become very sucessful.

Overall, I recommend this book to any readers who love a good LGBT+ novel or a good paranormal romance! I have to add that I love the LGBTQ genre because I am a proud polyamorous pansexual lady!😄😉🌈

Hope everyone has a great day!💖💙💚💜💛

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Book Review: A Tale of Two Mommies

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I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too.

True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which mom is there when you want to go fishing? / Which mom helps out when Kitty goes missing?” To which he answers: “Mommy helps when I want to go fishing. / Both Mommies help when Kitty goes missing.”

A Tale of Two Mommies is intended for 4-8 year olds.

This book lets us look inside one non-traditional family, a same sex couple and their son. As the children talk, it’s clear this boy lives in a nurturing environment where the biggest issues are the everyday challenges of growing up.

I give this book 5 out of 5 Friggin’ Cute Stars! Omgosh! This book was so cute! As some may know, I am part of an LGBT+ family so my children have 2 mommies and this was the perfect read for kids to better understand being part of a diverse family! I couldn’t sleep yet again, so I saw this cute little gem was on NetGalley as a “Read Now”. I read it excitedly and just fell in LOVE! The illustrations went great with the adorable little story and I can’t wait to read this book to my children tomorrow! The way the little boy main character explains his momma and mommy is so adorable! My almost 2 year old calls me “mommy” and my baby momma Andrea “momma” even though she likes to call me “the vagina mom”😂 so I could just relate to this cute little story and it was so freakin’ adorable. I recommend this book to diverse or open-minded families.

I hope everyone has a lovely holiday weekend!💖📚🎄⛄💯