2019 Summer Bundle Giveaway!



Hi everyone! We have some exciting news for you today here at The Book Bratz -- we're launching our 2019 Summer Bundle Giveaway! We have three (3!) sets of bundles to give away, across three of our platforms -- Twitter, Instagram, and the blog! Each bundle contains a copy of two recent YA releases -- NO PLACE LIKE HERE by Christina June, and WE WERE BEAUTIFUL by Heather Hepler, courtesy of the lovely team over at Blink YA! We have some more information about each of the books down below, as well as information on how to enter the giveaway from here on the blog, as well as our other social platforms! So without further ado, let's get into it. (Also, this giveaway is unfortunately US only, but stay tuned for future INT giveaways!) All three giveaways end on 7/1 @ 12am EST! #sweepstakesentry #sponsored


BLOG GIVEAWAY: 

To enter the giveaway from here on the blog, use the Rafflecopter link below and complete as many of those tasks as you wish to gain more entry points!



OTHER WAYS TO ENTER:

You also have two more chances to enter this giveaway! Check them out below:

Enter on our Twitter (Check out the pinned Tweet!)

Enter on our Instagram (Check out our most recent post!)

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

37856233

Title: No Place Like Here
Author: Christina June
Publisher: Blink YA
Paperback, 288 Pages
Published May 2019

Summary: Ashlyn Zanotti has big plans for the summer. She's just spent a year at boarding school and can't wait to get home. But when Ashlyn's father is arrested for tax evasion and her mother enters a rehab facility for "exhaustion," a.k.a. depression, her life is turned upside down. The cherry on top? Ashlyn's father sends her to work with a cousin she doesn't even know at a rustic team-building retreat center in the middle of nowhere. A self-proclaimed "indoor girl," not even Ash's habit of leaving breadcrumb quotes—inspirational sayings she scribbles everywhere—can help her cope. With a dangerously careless camp manager doling out grunt work, an overbearing father trying to control her even from prison, and more than a little boy drama to struggle with, the summer is full of challenges. And Ashlyn must make the toughest decision of her life: keep quiet and follow her dad's marching orders, or find the courage to finally stand up to her father to have any hope of finding her way back home.


40589904

Title: We Were Beautiful
Author: Heather Hepler
Publisher: Blink YA
Paperback, 299 Pages
Published April 2019

Summary: It's been a year since fifteen-year-old Mia Hopkins was in the car crash that killed her older sister and left her terribly scarred. The doctors tell her she was lucky to survive. Her therapist says it will take time to heal. The police reports claim there were trace amounts of alcohol in her bloodstream. But no matter how much she tries to reconstruct the events of that fateful night, Mia's memory is spotty at best. She's left with accusations, rumors, and guilt so powerful it could consume her. As the rest of Mia's family struggles with their own grief, Mia is sent to New York City to spend the summer with a grandmother she's never met. All Mia wants to do is hide from the world, but instead she's stuck with a summer job in the bustling kitchens of the cafe down the street. There she meets Fig--blue-haired, friendly, and vivacious--who takes Mia under her wing. As Mia gets to know Fig and her friends--including Cooper, the artistic boy who is always on Mia's mind--she realizes that she's not the only one with a painful past. Over the summer, Mia begins to learn that redemption isn't as impossible as she once thought, but her scars inside run deep and aren't nearly so simple to heal ... especially when Mia finally pieces together her memories of the night Rachel died.

Have any more questions? Feel free to comment down below or email us at thebookbratz@gmail.com and we'll get back to you ASAP. Now, go ahead and enter the giveaway on Twitter and Instagram as well to increase your chances! Best of luck! We'd also like to thank the incredible team over at Blink YA for sending us these books to read and then give away! <3

#sweepstakesentry #sponsored









Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Paperback, 423 Pages
Published May 2019


Summary: First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?


After hearing so much about this book for so long, I knew that Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue was the kind of book that I'd be interested in, so at this year's BookExpo, I made sure to buy a copy over at the Macmillan booth. And I'm super glad that I did, because I ended up really enjoying this story! Without further ado, let's get into my review:

As the summary explains, Alex is the First Son of the United States, and his sworn enemy is Prince Henry of England. They are nothing short of rivals every time they are in the same room with one another, not able to stand one another and sometimes not even able to be civil. So when the press catches wind of their rift (thanks to a certain wedding disaster which you'll find out about), they're forced by the press to stage a series of public engagements that make them look like they've been best friends all along, as a way of saving face. But it works better than anyone anticipated -- before long, Alex and Henry realize that they have feelings for each other. Serious feelings. But those kinds of things can turn both of their respective governmental organizations upside down...or can they? Read the book to find out!

I really enjoyed reading this book! It was so funny, with so many sarcastic little quips and hilarious lines that there were several times that I found myself actually laughing out loud. The story itself was also really funny and interesting, seeing the way that Alex and Henry had to try to sell their friendship to the press, and all of the complicated things that involved behind the scenes. I really loved how there was such a wide array of characters in this book, each with their own quirks and personalities and purposes, and it all blended together to create a really rich, funny, heartwarming story that left me feeling all tingly and happy inside.

My favorite characters in this book were definitely, to nobody's surprise, Alex and Henry. I feel like they were perfect balances of one another, with Alex being sarcastic and more "daring", so to speak, while Henry always seemed a bit more withdrawn, softer, and quieter. However, they worked so well together, and even the moments where they were going at each other with insults and "fighting" were really hilarious -- the banter felt really natural and not forced at all, which I really appreciated as a reader. Zahara was also freaking hilarious and I loved her every time she was on the page, with her sarcastic quips and threats and language!

Overall, I really loved Red, White & Royal Blue. I definitely can see why there's so much hype surrounding it, that's for sure! Casey McQuiston's writing is inviting, sarcastic, and hilarious -- three things that help you fall into a story and tear through over 100 pages in a single sitting just because you don't want to put the book down. If you're looking for a read that grabs you and keeps you on the page (and also keeps you laughing!) this summer, then I'd absolutely say look no further than Red, White & Royal Blue!



 

Review: The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros


Title: The Last Letter
Authors: Rebecca Yarros
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Paperback, 426 Pages
Published February 2019


Summary: Beckett,

If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.

Ryan

I received a copy of this book in my Scribbler box a few months ago, when the writing theme was about creating relationships between the characters in a story. Being a huge romance junkie, I decided to take the plunge and read this book, even though I don't read a lot of NA or adult novels. I'm so glad I gave this book a chance, because it took me on the emotional rollercoaster of a lifetime and this book made me laugh, gasp, swoon, and yes, even full-on ugly cry. So without further ado, let's get into my review! 

As the summary explains, Ella has twins that she's trying to raise on her own, all alone while trying to keep her family's bed and breakfast afloat. Her brother, who is in the military, connects her with another man in her unit, nicknamed Chaos, to be pen pals as a way of helping both of them with their loneliness. But then Ryan doesn't make it, and his dying with to Chaos (Beckett) is to go home to see his sister and to help her be okay with the dark, unspeakable demons that she's battling with her family. But when he gets there, things aren't what he expects...and he isn't ready to be honest with Ella, either. 

You guys, I absolutely tore through this book because I loved it so much. It deals with so many different story lines that manage to interweave without getting complicated, and the story is so addicting that you find yourself flying through it in no time at all. This book made me laugh, and swoon, and cry, and gasp, and definitely blush a few times -- Beckett definitely knows what he's doing, that's for sure! Yarros is an excellent writer when it comes to crafting relationships, both familial and romantic, and I found myself really settling into the minds of the characters. Reading the story in alternating perspectives between Beckett and Ella was also really helpful in that regard!

My favorite character in this book was definitely Beckett. He was so sweet and kind and caring, and always there for Ella even when she didn't necessarily want him around. And even though he was battling his own demons, he always put his best foot forward and did whatever he could to be the best man possible. I found myself swooning for him from the very beginning and he's definitely a major book boyfriend contender. Not to mention the fact that he's suuuuuuuper hot! *swoon*

(MAJOR, MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH! Skip to the next paragraph to avoid them!) Okay, when this book started wrapping up I found myself swooning and really happy, but then I got suspicious because there were still 30 or so pages left in the book...SO I NEVER SAW THE THING WITH COLT COMING. For real. I actually burst into tears and was outwardly sobbing, which is not something that I think I've ever done with a book I was reading before. I kept praying that Beckett would save him, especially after everything Maisie went through, and I am such a HEA person that I was convinced everything would turn out fine. But then when he died in Beckett's arms....oh my god. I literally lost it. I texted my boyfriend and ugly cried and vented for a little bit because I was so shocked -- I absolutely didn't see that coming at all. And Maisie's chapter in the end? It was so heartfelt and ugh!! I know I should be writing something eloquent but I was just a big ball of emotion that I didn't know what to say.

Overall, I absolutely loved reading The Last Letter. This book gripped me from start to finish and took me through an entire whirlwind of emotions. I was left feeling emotionally drained, but in one of the best ways after you read such an incredible story. I wasn't expecting all of the plot twists that showed up in this book, and the characters were all really fleshed-out and it was such an excellently written story as a whole. It's safe to say that I'd love to read more of Rebecca Yarros's work in the future -- I'm so glad that Scribbler put this book in my monthly box, because I ended up being introduced to a story that hooked me and I will now be recommending to all of my friends!