Monday, May 31, 2021

The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott
& Willa of Dark Hollow (Willa, #2) by Robert Beatty
[Blog Tours: Reviews + Giveaways]

Halito! Welcome to the next stop on the blog tour for The Lucky List hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks for stopping by today, and don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom! For the full tour schedule, please visit the Rockstar Book Tours website.

About the Book: 

Author: Rachael Lippincott
Pub. Date: June 1, 2021
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 304
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD,

White Whale Bookstore Pre-order! Signed, Personalized, and Enter The Giveaway! *** Rachael has partnered with White Whale Bookstore for an exclusive giveaway! All pre-orders for signed and personalized copies placed through White Whale’s website will get one of each of the stickers designed to celebrate The Lucky List, and 30 random orders will be chosen to receive one of three Lucky List themed totes! The drawing will take place on June 1, when the book is published. ***

From the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Five Feet Apart comes a gripping new romance, perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Emily and her mum were always lucky.

But Emily’s mum’s luck ran out three years ago when she succumbed to cancer, and nothing has felt right since.

Now, the summer before her senior year, things are worse than ever – Emily has wrecked things with her boyfriend, Matt, and her dad is selling the house she grew up in and giving her mum’s belongings away. The only person she has to talk to is Blake, a girl she barely knows since she and her dad moved back to town five seconds ago.

But that’s when Emily finds the list – her mum’s senior year summer bucket list – buried in the back of her closet. When Blake suggests that Emily take it on as a challenge, the two set off on a journey to tick each box and help Emily face her fears over losing her connection to her mum. As she starts to feel closer to her mother, so too does Emily’s bond with Blake deepen into something she wasn't expecting.

And suddenly Emily must face another fear: accepting the secret part of herself she never got a chance to share with the person who knew her best.

A captivating, heartfelt love story about learning who you are, and who you love, when the person you’ve always shared yourself with is gone.

Praise for THE LUCKY LIST:

"A countdown to finishing the list before a class trip keeps the pacing solid, and an entertaining unraveling of connections to her parents’ pasts adds nice depth. Told in Emily’s first-person narration, the breezy tale explores the theme of learning to live life without holding back, as Emily both questions her sexuality and learns to heal from her grief....A truly charming summer romp." —Kirkus Reviews

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The Lucky List gave me all the feels! I don't have a very close relationship with my mother, so I love stories about daughters and mothers. Sadly, Emily's mother is dead and she's still grieving several years later. I loved watching her deal with her feelings and learn to love life again. She has a lot going on with her dad selling her childhood home, her friends and ex-boyfriend giving her the cold shoulder, and a new friend she immediately connects with. 

I really enjoyed the bucket list aspect of this story! It added another layer to the story and forced Emily to address certain thoughts and feelings she'd previously been avoiding. I thought the author handled the loss of a parent very well, and I liked that she didn't villainize the dad despite his attempts at moving forward before his daughter was ready.

About Rachael Lippincott: 

Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.

Her debut novel, FIVE FEET APART, is a #1 NYT Bestseller.

Giveaway Details:

3 lucky winners will win a finished copy of THE LUCKY LIST, US Only.

Halito! Welcome to the next stop on the Willa of Dark Hollow blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks for stopping by today, and don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom! For the full tour schedule, please visit the Rockstar Book Tours website.

About the Book:

Author: Robert Beatty
Pub. Date: May 4, 2021
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 384
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD,

This enchanting companion to Robert Beatty's instant #1 New York Times bestseller Willa of the Wood is perfect for any reader who cares deeply about the natural world.

Willa and her clan are the last of the Faeran, an ancient race of forest people who have lived in the Great Smoky Mountains for as long as the trees have grown there. But as crews of newly arrived humans start cutting down great swaths of the forest she loves, she is helpless to stop them. How can she fight the destroyers of the forest and their powerful machines?

When Willa discovers a mysterious dark hollow filled with strange and beautiful creatures, she comes to realize that it contains a terrifying force that seems to be hunting humans. Is unleashing these dangerous spirits the key to stopping the loggers? Willa must find a way to save the people and animals she loves and take a stand against a consuming darkness that threatens to destroy her world.


"Willa of the Wood will grip readers from its first page... Willa is... an admirable protagonist."—Culturess

"A moving, atmospheric journey of hope."—Kirkus Reviews

"Beatty conjures up a resourceful, compassionate heroine. Full of atmospheric details and richly described magic... this well-paced tale asks insightful questions about the relationship between nature and humans."—Publishers Weekly

"The heroine is an appealing character... and her anguish is clear as she wavers between frightened self-preservation and her desire to help her friends."—School Library Journal

"Willa is a strong and likable creature of the natural world, and seamlessly represents themes of loyalty, tradition, family, and stewardship of the Earth in this engaging story."—School Library Connection


2018 Goodreads Choice Awards: Middle Grade, finalist
2018 Cybils Award, Elementary Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Nominee
Amazon: Best Children's Books of 2018, ages 9-12
Imagination Soup: Best Middle Grade Chapter Books of 2018
BNKids: July's Best Books for Young Readers, selection (2018)
Brightly: 9 Middle Grade Books for Environmentally Conscious Kids, selection (2018)
PopSugar: The Best books for Kids in 2018, as Voted by Actual Kids and Parents Who Read Them, selection
A Mighty Girl: 2018 Books of the Year, ages 9-12


I haven't read Willa of the Wild Wood, and while I don't think it's necessary to read them in order, it would probably help readers have a better understanding of what's going on at the start. However, Willa of Dark Hollow easily stood on its own, and was a thoroughly enjoyable story despite not having any prior knowledge of the world or its characters. 

I did read this one with my son, and he's already asking me to find the first book so we can read it too. I love that the author addresses how humans have altered the natural world, and enjoyed seeing nature fight back and stand up for itself. It reminded me of the television show Zoo, but it's more about animals revolting and killing off humans. As for reading it with my son, there were a few graphic parts that might have been a little too much for a seven-year-old, but he didn't seem to be bothered by the imagery. Nature isn't always nice

I thought Beatty wove a beautiful, poetic story that I won't soon forget. His fictional story has real world applications, and I think it's wonderful that these things are being addressed in a children's book. (Middle Grade if you want to be specific.) Children really are the future, and I hope they see nature as something to live harmoniously with, and not something to destroy and use without a second thought. Brilliant book!

About Robert:

Robert Beatty is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Serafina series and the Willa of the Wood series published by Disney Hyperion. Loved by young readers and adults alike, the Serafina and Willa books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide and have been translated into over 22 languages. Robert lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Robert was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year. When asked about the inspiration for his books, Robert said, “The Serafina and Willa books grew out of my desire to write stories about unusual and heroic young girls for my three daughters."

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of WILLA OF DARK HOLLOW, US Only.


  1. These both sounds like fantastic reads. I love books that feature mother-daughter relationships so The Lucky List really appeals to me.

    1. Same! I thought The Lucky List was really well done. :) If you have a chance to read it, let me know what you think!


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