Monday, October 31, 2016

Book Review + Giveaway = FLIP THE BIRD by @KymBrunner

Oh ... today, I have a treat for #yalit #book lovers! 

I have read this fabulous new book by Kym Brunner, and it's a winner. YOU can be a winner, too. Scroll on down for the complete details on how to get a copy of FLIP THE BIRD for yourself. AND at the bottom of this post is my full review of this fun book.

This book blog tour is hosted by Rockstar Book Tours (because Kym is a freaking rock star), and I'm please to participate in the party.

About the Book:

Author: Kym Brunner
Pub. Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Mercer Buddie wants two things in this world: a girlfriend and the chance to prove to his master falconer father that he’s not a flake. With hunting season fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Mercer has only a short time to work with Flip, a red-tailed hawk he irreverently named to show his dad that falconers don’t have to be so serious all the time.

When Mercer meets Lucy, he falls hard for her gorgeous looks and bubbly personality. He thinks his love life is about to take flight, until he discovers that Lucy and her family belong to a fanatical animal-rights organization called HALT—a group that believes imposing any sort of restrictions on animals is a form of cruelty. Mercer soon realizes that if he wants to keep seeing Lucy, he’ll need to keep his love of falconry and his family’s raptor rehabilitation center a secret from her, and Lucy’s involvement with HALT from his family.

With humor and honesty, Mercer’s story shows how growing up means making difficult choices…and sometimes, being rewarded in unexpected ways.

About Kym:

Kym Brunner dreams entire novels in her head, but needs about a year to write it all down.  She wishes there was an app for this. She's addicted to chai tea, going to the movies, and reality TV. When she's not reading or writing, Kym teaches 7th grade full time. Her article, Cracking Down on Multiple POVs:  Surrender and Nobody Gets Hurt, appeared in Writer’s Digest online (July, 2014). She is the author of the three YA novels listed below. She lives in the Chicago area with her family and her two trusty writing companions, a pair of Shih Tzus named Sophie and Kahlua. Keep in touch by following her on Facebook (Author Kym Brunner), Twitter (@KymBrunner), or at her website,

About the Giveaway:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of FLIP THE BIRD, US Only.

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My Review of the Book:
Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVED IT!! Loved it. This book had me from page one. 

FLIP THE BIRD by Kym Brunner is delightful, refreshing, and engaging. 

As the title suggests, fun word plays are peppered throughout the book, and Brunner infuses the story with a sense of humor that had me laughing out loud multiple times. Brunner takes us into a world that many readers are not familiar - the world of falconry. While there are scenes set in a typical high school, most of the story takes place in settings new and fresh for most readers. I'm always amazed when a contemporary novel feels like a page-turner to me. As a fan of thrillers and high-suspense novels (which are inherently page-turners), when I come across a story that is not in that genre but still compels me to read faster and longer and past my bed-time, my mind is blown. Another thing I love about a great story is when the plot catches me by surprise. FLIP THE BIRD has several plot points that took me in directions I wasn't expecting. 

Nicely done, Kym Brunner. Nicely done. FLIP THE BIRD will appeal to everyone - adults and kids of all ages. Go out and buy it today. 

Visit the other stops on the book tour:

Week One:
10/24/2016- Books,Dreams,LifeExcerpt
10/25/2016- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
10/26/2016- Mike readsExcerpt
10/27/2016- ItsmisselizabethReview
10/28/2016- Rachel's Book ReviewsInterview

Week Two:
10/31/2016- Margo KellyReview
11/1/2016- The Silver Dagger ScriptoriumSpotlight
11/2/2016- RhiReadingReview
11/3/2016- Curling Up With A Good BookInterview
11/4/2016- Reese's ReviewsReview

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