Tour Schedule: The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann

/ Feb 15, 2020

The Degenerates

by J. Albert Mann
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 17th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
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In the tradition of Girl, Interrupted, this fiery historical novel follows four young women in the early 20th century whose lives intersect when they are locked up by a world that took the poor, the disabled, the marginalized—and institutionalized them for life.

The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded is not a happy place. The young women who are already there certainly don’t think so. Not Maxine, who is doing everything she can to protect her younger sister Rose in an institution where vicious attendants and bullying older girls treat them as the morons, imbeciles, and idiots the doctors have deemed them to be. Not Alice, either, who was left there when her brother couldn’t bring himself to support a sister with a club foot. And not London, who has just been dragged there from the best foster situation she’s ever had, thanks to one unexpected, life altering moment. Each girl is determined to change her fate, no matter what it takes.

J. Albert Mann is the author of six novels for children, with S&S Atheneum Books for Young Readers set to publish her next work of historical fiction about the Eugenics Movement and the rise of institutionalism in the United States. She is also the author of short stories and poems for children featured in Highlights for Children, where she won the Highlights Fiction Award, as well as the Highlights Editors’ Choice Award. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and is the Director of the WNDB Internship Grant Committee. 

Jennifer is represented by Kerry Sparks at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.

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March 12th

Ya It’s Lit - Review + Favourite Quotes
Kait Plus Books - Promotional Post

March 13th

Belle's Archive - Review
Here's to Happy Endings - Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookish Rantings - Review
The Reading Life - Promotional Post

March 14th

Sometimes Leelynn Reads - Review + Playlist
Inky Moments - Review + Favourite Quotes
Mahkjchi's Not-So-Secret Books - Review + Favourite Quotes
Books_andPoetrii - Promotional Post

March 15th

The Reading Corner for All - Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookishly Nerdy - Review + Favourite Quotes
L.M. Durand - Promotional post

March 16th

YA on my Mind - Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookishaestha - Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

March 17th

BookishGeek - Review
Comfort Books - Review
Iamlitandwit - Review + Favourite Quotes

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Tour Schedule: Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3) by Laura Sebastian

Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3)

by Laura Sebastian
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Release Date: February 4th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, High Fantasy, Science Fiction, Magic, Epic Fantasy
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The thrilling conclusion to the series that began with the instant New York Times bestseller “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” (Bustle), Ember Queen is an epic fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo’s blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.

Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way.

The Kaiserin’s strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz Søren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart’s sister.

Laura Sebastian was born and raised in South Florida (the Redlands and Key Largo) and has always loved telling stories–many apologies to her little brother who often got in trouble because of them. No copies of her first book, a Cinderella retelling about angels circa 2nd grade, remain. Thankfully.

After getting her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to New York City thinking that she would stay for a couple of years before going somewhere better suited for a small-town, sun-loving girl. Five years later, she’s still here and madly in love with it.

When Laura isn’t writing, she’s probably reading, baking cookies or cupcakes, buying more clothes than her overstuffed closet can fit, or forcing her lazy dog Neville to take a walk.

Her debut ASH PRINCESS, the start of a YA fantasy trilogy, will be out April 24th, 2018 from Delacorte (Random House).

March 16th

March 17th

@the.magicalpages - Review + Favourite Quotes
Ya It’s Lit - Review + Favourite Quotes
Star-Crossed Book Blog - Review + Favourite Quotes
L.M. Durand - Promotional Post

March 18th

Booked J - Review + Playlist
Discover Elysian - Review
Lauren's Boookshelf - Review + Playlist

March 19th

Moonlight Rendezvous - Review + Favourite Quotes
BookCrushin - Promotional Post

March 20th

The Reading Corner for All - Review + Favourite Quotes
Books and Zebras - Review
Bookablereads - Review
Bookishly Nerdy - Review + Favourite Quotes

March 21st

Inky Moments - Review + Favourite Quotes
A Bookish Dream - Review
Adventurous Bookworm - Review + Favourite Quotes
moon & coffee - Review

March 22nd

Dazzled by Books - Review + Favourite Quotes
@onemused - Review
Annej reads - Review + Favourite Quotes
fairytalespines - Promotional Post

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Tour Sign-Ups: Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost

/ Feb 14, 2020

Hello FFBC team!!  We are announcing a new tour we're hosting for Elysium Girls that is being released April 14th, 2020.

The tour will run from April 8th to April 14th and there will be available the following types of posts:
  • Review (Limited spots)
  • Interview (Limited spots)
  • Face-2-Face and Video interviews (Limited spots)
  • Mood board (by the author)
  • Official Book Playlist
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Top 5 or 10 list
  • Meet The Characters
  • Favourite Quotes reaction from the author
  • Guest Posts (Limited spots)
  • Favourite Quotes (Blogger's Choice)
  • Playlist (Blogger's Choice)
  • Dream Cast (Blogger's Choice)
  • Promotional Post
Remember that April 8th this reserved for the Welcome Post, so do not pick April 8th in the sign-up form.

Reviewers will receive a digital copy of the book through NetGalley. So make sure you are able to accept this format and/or have an NG account before signing up to this tour.

As always, there will be a tour giveaway provided by the author. Details to come soon!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Signing up for the tour does not guarantee you will be selected. We will reach out to all hosts that have been chosen once the sign-ups have closed and the tour schedule has been published.

Elysium Girls

by Kate Pentecost
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: April 14th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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In this sweeping Dust Bowl-inspired fantasy, a ten-year game between Life and Death pits the walled Oklahoma city of Elysium-including a girl gang of witches and a demon who longs for humanity-against the supernatural in order to judge mankind.

When Sal is named Successor to Mother Morevna, a powerful witch and leader of Elysium, she jumps at the chance to prove herself to the town. Ever since she was a kid, Sal has been plagued by false visions of rain, and though people think she's a liar, she knows she's a leader. Even the arrival of enigmatic outsider Asa-a human-obsessed demon in disguise-doesn't shake her confidence in her ability. Until a terrible mistake results in both Sal and Asa's exile into the Desert of Dust and Steel.

Face-to-face with a brutal, unforgiving landscape, Sal and Asa join a gang of girls headed by another Elysium exile-and young witch herself-Olivia Rosales. In order to atone for their mistake, they create a cavalry of magic powered, scrap metal horses to save Elysium from the coming apocalypse. But Sal, Asa, and Olivia must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium's favor-only by reinventing the rules can they beat the Life and Death at their own game.

Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, where ghosts and rural legends lurk in the pines and nothing is completely as it seems.

She holds an MFA in Writing for Children &Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was recently nominated for a Rhysling award for her poem "Small Town Witches."

Her debut novel, Elysium Girls, is forthcoming from Disney Hyperion in 2020 in print and audio formats.

She is obsessed with the Romantic Poets and can be identified by the enormous tattoo of Percy Bysshe Shelley on her arm. She lives in Houston (H-Town, Space City, etc.)
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Jana Says Goodbye to The FFBC

Hi FFBC Team!

Jana here! When I joined the FFBC admin team back in summer 2018, I had no idea how much fun I was going to have with all of you, the authors, the pubs, and my fellow co-owners, Michelle and Patricia. I have loved designing tour banners and getting excited about books with all of you. Sadly, though, the time has come for me to close this chapter of my bookish life. I’m stepping away from the FFBC to free up some much needed time so I can focus on myself and my own health and happiness. I’m also doing new things with my own blog and exploring new hobbies and outlets. I hope you'll come find me around the Internet!

Twitter: @ArtsyReaderGirl

Thank you again for your support and friendship over the last (almost) 2 years! I’ve loved working with all of you, and will miss my interactions with you!

- Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl)
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Tour Schedule: Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson

/ Feb 12, 2020


by Mary Cecilia Jackson
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: March 17th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a devastating but hopeful YA debut about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future.

There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey
I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.

Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family―is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed―“I’m not the kind of girl who tells”―will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever….

Mary Cecilia Jackson has worked as a middle school teacher, an adjunct instructor of college freshmen, a technical writer and editor, a speechwriter, a museum docent, and a development officer for central Virginia's PBS and NPR stations. Her first novel, Sparrow, was an honor recipient of the SCBWI Sue Alexander Award and a young-adult finalist in the Writers' League of Texas manuscript contest. She lives with her architect husband, William, in Western North Carolina and Hawaii, where they have a farm and five ridiculously adorable goats.

March 17th

March 18th

Bookish Looks - Guest Post
The Reading Corner for All - Review + Favourite Quotes

March 19th

Belle's Archive - Review + Favourite Quotes
Chrikaru Reads - Review
A Bookish Escape - Review
The Reading life - Promotional Post

March 20th

Here's to Happy Endings - Review + Favourite Quotes
Comfort Books - Review
Bookishaestha - Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Read, Write and Life around it... - Review + Favourite Quotes

March 21st

Ya It's Lit - Review + Favourite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader - Promotional Post

March 22nd

Sometimes Leelynn Reads - Review + Playlist 
Bookriot - Review + Favourite Quotes
Annej reads - Promotional Post

March 23rd

Kait Plus Books - Interview
SleepyDoe Reads - Review
Stuck in the Stacks - Review + Playlist
A bookish chick - Review
Books_andPoetrii - Promotional Post

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