Book Tour: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Book cover for The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. Sketch illustration of a glass vial surrounded by pink flowers.

Title: The Lost Apothecary
Author: Sarah Penner
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Legend Press
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Format / source:
eBook / ARC from publisher
Purchase: Legend Press
Content Warnings: infidelity, miscarriage, attempted sexual assault, suicidal ideation
Rating: ★★★★☆

A big thank you to Legend Press for an invitation to join the book tour for The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner! This historical fiction set in England came out earlier this month, and it’s a lot of fun for those who love to try to understand secrets of the past. Check out the full blog tour schedule below too for more readers’ thoughts on the book!

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Book Tour: Please Pick Me by Reina Regina

Book cover for Please Pick Me by Reina Regina. Faint yellow background with a black-and-white illustration of a girl with sunflowers as a crown in her short hair.

Title: Please Pick Me
Author: Reina Regina
Genre: Poetry | Contemporary
Publisher: Moonchild Press Publishing
Publication Date: November 11, 2020
Format / source: eBook / ARC from publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Content warnings: Mentions of anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, and a suicide note
Rating: ★★★★☆

So excited to join Caffeine Book Tours today! I’ve been a fan from afar of Shealea’s work with this company and so grateful to be participating in this week’s tour! I knew from the blurb that I’d love this collection and related so much to what the author so honestly shared.

Thanks to Caffeine Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with an ARC to review as part of this tour. Check out the launch post for the full schedule to find more bloggers’ thoughts on this collection.

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Review: Farzaneh and the Moon by Matt Wilven

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How is Bout of Books going? I finished one book and I’m working on finishing another — hopefully I can finish at least one more before the week is up!

Today I’m part of a blog tour, thanks to Legend Press, for the latest book by Matt Wilven! I reviewed his debut, The Blackbird Singularity, back in 2016 so I was excited to revisit this author. Read on for my review and where to find other reviewers on the tour!

Farzaneh and the Moon by Matt Wilven
Genre: Literary Fiction

When N meets a charismatic outsider called Farzaneh, he realizes that something has been missing in his life. They fall for each other and begin an intense and passionate relationship. However, Farzaneh starts to isolate herself, becoming obsessed and embroiled in her mysterious connection with the moon.

N is forced to reappraise everything he knows, searching for meaning and identity while he violently collides with the limits of intimacy and love.

Get it here: Amazon CA | Amazon US | Amazon UK

This one was a bit of a rough start for me but it did turn for the better around the second half. It felt a lot like it was continuing the manic pixie dream girl trope, with Farzaneh as this odd, mysterious girl that our unnamed protagonist becomes obsessed and infatuated with. I found it difficult to connect with either of the two main characters as well, especially from the beginning. They spend a lot of time just getting high (N shows up in London with little more than a backpack full of weed) and most of the people they hang out with are also very into drugs and excessive drinking and partying. It feels overdone and there’s little else about the characters to form any real connection.

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