ARC #Review: GIRL MANS UP by M-E Girard


Author: M-E Girard
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Rating: 3/5 stars

All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth--that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don't really know where to start with this one, to be quite honest. There was nothing about this that was really bad and I think there are a lot of people who will benefit from this one, but I just found myself not fully getting into it and I can't really explain why. This is definitely a great addition to the LGBTQ+ YA canon and one that some people will relate to.


#BlogTour: THANKS A LOT, JOHN LECLAIR by Johanna Parkhurst // #GuestPost

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

THANKS A LOT, JOHN LECLAIR by Johanna Parkhurst!

I have a Guest Post by the author for you where she talks about hockey (which I love) so check below for that. But first, let's learn more about the book!


Author: Johanna Parkhurst
Series: Here's To You, Zeb Pike #2
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publication Date: December 15, 2016

Sixteen-year-old Emmitt LaPoint has secretly been writing letters to his hockey idol, John LeClair, for years. So it’s probably only fitting that Emmitt’s small Vermont town seems desperate to make him the next LeClair. After all, Emmitt is about to lead his high school hockey team to the state championship, he has a near-perfect GPA, and he’s liked by almost everyone.

But even golden boys have problems, and Emmitt has more than his share. His father’s back in town to breathe down his neck. He’s happily dating his coach’s nephew, Dusty, but almost nobody knows he’s gay—and that secret is getting harder and harder to keep.

When Emmitt discovers Dusty is keeping secrets of his own, he’s forced to decide exactly what kind of golden boy he wants to be.
Huge thanks to Books and Ladders for hosting me today! I’m excited to talk about my newest book, Thanks a Lot, John LeClair. If you like hockey, you probably already know who John LeClair is, and perhaps you’re curious why I named the book after him. If you don’t like hockey, you probably have no idea who John LeClair is. Either way, this blog post will hopefully be enlightening. 

Fun fact about me: I grew up in Franklin County, Vermont, where cows outnumber people and Canada is so close my parents frequently do their grocery shopping over the border. We don’t have much we hang our hats on in Franklin County, Vermont, but here are three of the big items: maple syrup, dairy products, and John LeClair. 

John LeClair, who was born and raised in Franklin County and attended the high school I would eventually attend. John LeClair, who went on to play hockey at the University of Vermont before eventually playing for the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers. John LeClair, who won a Stanley Cup and Olympic medal and will likely remain, arguably, the most famous person Franklin County has ever produced for decades and decades to come. 

There is basically a shrine to him in my high school sports complex.


2017 Reading Challenge: 52 Weeks, 52 Books! #52wks52bks

Hey guys! I know lots of you are probably searching for a 2017 reading challenge, so I thought I would provide that for you! Because there are 52 weeks in the year, I have 52 different challenges set up for you so that you can expand your reading! You can see the challenges and my anticipated TBR below.

To sign up to participate, comment below with a link to your TBR post or blog and your Twitter handle so I can add you to a list!


Here is a list of all the themes that will be happening over the next year. I will be compiling my (potential) TBR and posting it on this Goodreads shelf. Feel free to choose the same books as me or to choose your own. 

Every Sunday I will post about the theme for the week with my book choice as well as other potential book choices! 

Stuck on a theme? Leave a comment below and I will give you some suggestions!

1Bird on CoverJan 1-7
2Book Set in Latin AmericaJan 8-14
3Adult SFF BookJan 15-21
4Book About A Road TripJan 22-28
5Book You've Heard A Lot About But Haven't ReadJan 29-Feb 4
6Book With "Some" in the TitleFeb 5-11
7Book with a Trans Main CharacterFeb 12-18
8Feminist SciFi NovelFeb 19-25
9Book Originally Published in the Year You Were BornFeb 26-Mar 4
10Book You Started But Never FinishedMar 5-11
11Book by an Author from Southeast AsiaMar 12-18
12Book with a Blue CoverMar 19-25
13Reread Your Favourite Book From ChildhoodMar 26-Apr 1
14Book with a Latinx Main CharacterApr 2-Apr 8
15Book by a Woman of ColourApr 9-Apr 15
16Book by an Author You LoveApr 16-22
17Book About A Native CharacterApr 23-29
18Based on a Fairy TaleApr 30-May 6
19Book Your Mom/Dad LikesMay 7-13
20Book Written By A Woman Under 30May 14-20
21Book Set in the Middle EastMay 21-27
22Book With "A" in the TitleMay 28-Jun 3
23Book by Anna-Marie McLemoreJun 4-10
24Book with a Main Character that has a Mental IllnessJun 11-17
25Book You Would Normally Never Pick UpJun 18-24
26Diverse Book Of Your ChoiceJun 25-Jul 1
27Book That Is Published in 2017 That ISN'T A DebutJul 2-8
28Book Written By A CelebrityJul 9-15
29Finish That Series You've Been Putting OffJul 16-22
30Literary Fiction BookJul 23-29
31Book That Takes Place on an IslandJul 30-Aug 5
32Start A New Series By An Author You've Never ReadAug 6-Aug 12
33National Book Award WinnerAug 13-19
34New Adult TitleAug 20-26
35Harry Potter ReReadAug 27-Sep 2
36Book That's More Than 600 PagesSep 3-9
37Book Set In CanadaSep 10-16
38Book with Non-Western Mythology/HistorySep 17-23
39Book Set in South AfricaSep 24-30
40Book by A Native AmericanOct 1-7
41Book That Has Been Turned Into A MovieOct 8-14
42Book Set In JapanOct 15-21
43Book That Was Published in 2015Oct 22-28
44Graphic NovelOct 29-Nov 4
45Post-Apocalyptic Book Written by a WomanNov 5-11
46Book Set in your Home State/Province/AreaNov 12-18
47Book with AliensNov 19-25
48Book by Someone Who Identifies As LGBTQIANov 26-Dec 2
49Book of EssaysDec 3-9
502017 Debut NovelDec 10-16
51Book by a Man of ColourDec 17-23
52Book Turned/Being Turned Into A TV ShowDec 24-31


Interview with... Nicole Castroman!

I'm sure you're all watching with great anticipation for my 2017 Anticipated Releases weekly posts in which I gush over books coming out next year that I'm excited about. But there are some that I am even more excited about than others, so I contacted those authors and asked if I could interview them. Lucky me, they said yes. So I have a bunch of author interviews in November so that you guys can learn more about some super awesome sounding books and add them to your TBR! 

Without further ado, here is a fantastic interview with the lovely NICOLE CASTROMAN, author of the forthcoming novel BLACKSOULS!


Author: Nicole Castroman
Series: Blackhearts #2
Publisher: Simon Teen
Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

Where do you like to write? 

Nicole Castroman: I always write in my study. I have to have relative quiet and my home is the best place for that. I’m amazed when I hear authors write in coffee shops and things. I would get too easily distracted and people watch.

Why do you write for younger audiences? 

Nicole Castroman: Why not? ☺ I think younger audiences are more open to different kinds of stories, and no topic is off limits. YA is known for being brave and taking risks.