Hello loyal readers! We’re doing something a bit different today in light of the COVID-19 quarantine. As you know, many events have been cancelled; everything from national sporting events to Broadway to… well, book tours. When Alexis Marie Chute contacted us to see if we wanted to be a stop on her virtual book tour for the release of Inside the Sun, we couldn’t say no!
You may remember Alexis Marie Chute from when we interviewed her last June. She chatted with us about the release of the second book of her trilogy, The 8th Island. Well, the long-awaited third book has finally arrived, and we’ve got the insider scoop! Click “read more” below for photos, an interview with the author, an excerpt from Inside the Sun, and of course, information on where to buy the books!
Title: Uses For Boys
Author: Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Genre: YA Fiction
Published: January 2013, St. Martin’s Griffin
Purchase: Amazon, MacMillan
Main Characters: Anna, her mother, Toy
Synopsis: Anna is alone. She has a mother, sort of. She has no father. She never has. She’s trying to grow up on her own, desperately searching for a place to belong or some sort of sign that she’s on the right path, that where she is now is where she’s supposed to be. Every time she makes a new decision– a new apartment, a new friend, a new boy– she hopes it’s the one that will finally make her life make sense. “Tell me again,” she says. Will she ever find a reason to smile?
Review: This book reminds me of the way I felt when I was a teenager. Our situations were nothing alike, but I can identify with the overall feeling– not knowing where you’re going, where you belong, if you’re lovable…
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Title: Nobody’s Princess
Author: Esther Friesner
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Published: 2007, Random House
Main Characters: Helen of Sparta, her family, and her friends Atalanta, Milo, and Eunike
Synopsis: Helen of Sparta, daughter of Zeus, is a young girl growing up in ancient Greece. She may not know exactly what she wants out of life, she knows what she doesn’t: she doesn’t want to marry a boy, she doesn’t want to learn needlepoint, and she definitely doesn’t want to just be pretty! Helen takes it upon herself to make her own dreams come true, such as learning to swordfight, and sets herself up to become Helen of Troy, one of the most famous women history will ever know.
Review: Although I can definitely say this tale was intended for someone much younger than I, I must give credit…