Blog Tours, Review

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord Blog Tour + Review: A Twitter War, the Feels, and A Lot of Baked Goodies

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Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. 

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time. 

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built. 

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.


Tweet Cute was a book that surprised me. If I hadn’t been approached to be part of the tour, I don’t think I would have picked this one up. The family issues and Twitter war wouldn’t normally pique my interest and I think the synopsis doesn’t do the romance element justice. I think it seems to address the Twitter war better and doesn’t suggest the romance and connection element as much as it should have bee. I would argue these elements mean more for the book than the Twitter war and that instead the synopsis should have mixed the two more evenly.

It was a pleasant surprise in the end because while I wouldn’t have normally picked this one up or thought I would enjoy it, I ended up decently enjoying it and finding moments that gave me feels I haven’t had in a while.

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Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking Q&A and Mini-Review

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Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

SUMMARY:

When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested

Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

 

Q&A:

Q: What or who was the inspiration behind Between the Blade and the Heart?
A: I have already written several books inspired by Scandinavian folklore, and I was
always fascinated by Valkyries. But because I had already done in Scandinavian
fantasy, I wanted to come at this one from a different angle. I imagined the Valkyries
helping to police a gritty, diverse, cyberpunk metropolis, in a world filled with not
just Norse figures but from many mythologies.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to be an author/start writing?
A: My biggest piece of advice is to just write. It’s so easy to get caught up in self-
doubt or procrastination. There are lot of great books and blogs about the art of writing, but the most important thing is really to just do it. The best way to get better
at writing is by doing it.

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Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley

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*I received this review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

“Promise me, though. Promise you’ll start paying attention to how amazing you are.”

Finding Perfect was just okay. I had heard great things from one of my GR friends and after looking into the book, I decided to request it on NetGalley. I really enjoyed the beginning and if the rest of the novel had been just like it, I would have probably rated this one a lot higher.

This book is about Paige, a perfectionist with a tough mom and neurologist dad who is struggling in calculus and Ben Franklin (Yep, apparently he’s related.) who lives with his mother in the run-down part of town and who knows a lot about math.

Right off the bat, we are given the cliche of rich-kid-doesn’t-know-poor-kid and the uses-friend-of-cute-person-to-get-close cliche. That didn’t really bother me all that much because I loved the writing and the story and where it was going.

Paige is stressed, super-stressed to be exact because her parents and most of the people around her expect her to live up to her nickname “Perfect Paige”. And now, on top of all that, she just got a D on her calculus test. So she runs out into the hallway, trips, and meets Ben Franklin. He offers to tutor her in exchange for her introducing him to her to her hot best friend. Stuff happens and then Ben realizes that he doesn’t love the hot best friend Zoey, but instead loves Paige. And Paige now loves him too.

After that is probably where the downhill slope of the book started and it basically was like this the rest of the book:

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It was kind of a cutesy romance and basically your average contemporary.

Now, off the semi-positive side. There were lots of things that bugged me in this book so I thought I’d make a list (I like lists, k?)

1.) The dumbest metaphors, comparisons, and thoughts you may have ever seen:
“Huh, had anyone ever accidentally run off the highway after catching sight of her? Because that was totally plausible in his opinion.”

Teen boy: *sees girl*
Teen boy: *drives off highway*

Yep. Totally plausible.

“…grinning like a jerk”
Do jerks grin some specific way I’ve never heard about?

2.) Teenage boy thoughts or just dumb?:

“Zoey Miller touched his arm!”
Oh wow. What an amazing event?

– Something about flushing hot enough to melt a milkshake. Yeah, that’s plausible too.

3.) “Daddy”:
Throughout the book, Paige’s father is always referred to “Daddy” when it is her third person POV. That is what she calls her father in conversation and thought but it should not be used unless it was first person. It’s just awkward and stupid.

4.) And the classic underage teens having, getting close to, or basically having sex:

Wishing he could kiss every inch of exposed skin… and some that wasn’t exposed too.

Ooh yay. The beginning of taking off stars.

– Stradding while kissing, groaning and sighing when being kissed, ear nibbling

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s authors making their teen characters have sex or get close to. There’s no need and I’m tired of seeing it everywhere I turn.