Monday, March 7, 2016

Harper Teen Summer 2016 Tour: Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith

Thank you Hannah from Irish Banana Reviews and Stephanie Hoover from HarperCollins for letting me participate in Harper Teen Summer 2016 Tour! I am lucky to showcase Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith. I figured since this novel includes music as one of the themes, why not include a playlist for the tour stop!

Title: Red Velvet Crush
Author: Christina Meredith
Publisher: Greenwillows Books
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Pages: 304
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Synopsis (from

Rock music, a broken family, challenging sisters, and the crush of first love—Red Velvet Crush has everything you need in a summer read. For fans of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Eleanor & Park, and This Song Will Save Your Life.

Teddy Lee’s mother ran off when she was in second grade. And ever since, Teddy Lee, the often-overshadowed middle kid, has tried to keep her family together. But her older brother Winston usually keeps himself busy with smoking, drinking, and girls, and who knows what else. Her younger sister Billie is occupied with her shoplifting habit and boys . . . and who knows what else. So when Teddy Lee finally takes the songs she’s always written and forms a band, maybe it’ll bring everyone closer together, maybe it’ll be her time to shine. Unless Billie steals the spotlight—and the boy—just like she always does. Christina Meredith explores the complicated relationship of sisters—both the unconditional love and the unavoidable resentments—in a novel full of music, urgency, the first blushes of love, and the undeniable excitement of hitting the road.


1. Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie
2. Nightcall by London Grammar
3. Sleepwalking by Lissie
4. You Drive Me Wild by The Runaways
5. Crown of Love by Arcade Fire
6. All the Rage Back Home by Interpol
7. Heroes by David Bowie
8. Monster by Red Velvet Crush
9. Absolution by The Pretty Reckless
10. Under Pressure by David Bowie and Queen
11. Good Times Bad Times by Zed Zeppelin
12. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple


Christina Meredith is:

Former fourth-grade spelling bee champ
Wisconsin girl at heart
Never met a striped t-shirt she didn't like
Always writing a happily ever after
Hoping for a future more Fifth Element than Bladerunner
Constantly fighting her love of all things pink
A sucker for snake plissken
Right or wrong, as long as it's true
Her life has a soundtrack
Sometimes she likes books more than people
The music is never loud enough and the car is never fast enough
Werewolves, Bigfoot, Leprechauns, Unicorns — She wants them all to be real

For more information about Christina Meredith, check out her website.


#1 – A Harper Teen Summer 2016 Catalog  prize pack of 45 books* (US Only)

*Titles not included: The Crown by Kiera Cass, Escape from Asylum by Madeline Roux, Sing by Vivi Greene, The Countdown by Kimberly Derting and United As One by Pittacus Lore.

In addition to the one massive prize winner, we will also have 4 winners who will be able to select 3 titles they want from the Summer 2016 Catalog. Participating blogs and bloggers are not responsible for unsent, damaged, and/or stolen prizes offered by the publisher.

#2 – 5 Finished Copies from the Harper Teen Winter 2016 Catalog (US Only)

5 books include Front Lines by Michael Grant, Revenge & the Wild by Michelle Modesto, The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks, Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin and The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.

How to enter:

Collect the daily word from each blog stop during the Harper Summer 2016 Tour (a total of 50). Once you’ve collected them all, email the complete saying to:

Daily word: or 

Prize Rules:

1.) Winner must have a valid US mailing address to receive the prize

2.) Winner must be over 13

3.) Only one (1) entry per person for Prize #2 – duplicates will be deleted.

4.) Only a completed phrase will be accepted as an entry – do not email each word/phrase daily. Wait until you have the complete saying and then email in.

5.) All email submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST 3/31/2016.

6.) Winners will be selected 4/1/2016 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another is selected.

7.) Participating blogs and bloggers are not responsible for unsent, damaged, and/or stolen prizes offered by the publisher.

#3 – Leap Year Giveaway - 4 of the most anticipated ARCs from Summer 2016 (US Only)

Books include My Lady Jane, Ivory & Bone, The Crown's Game and This Savage Song

How to enter:

This giveaway will only run on February 29, 2016. The rafflecopter form will work for 24 hours and a winner will be chosen on March 1, 2016. Participating blogs and bloggers are not responsible for unsent, damaged, and/or stolen prizes offered by the publisher.


Make sure to check out the Harper Teen Summer 2016 Tour March author chat page. This is a great way to interact with authors and bloggers. The chat will occur on Wednesday, March 16th at 6:00 PM and the following authors will make an appearance: Julie Eshbaugh, Lindsey Klingele, Michelle Andreani, Mindi Scott and Paula Stokes.



  1. I love the sound of this one!


    1. I am glad you are interested in Red Velvet Crush. I hope you enjoyed the spotlight post.

  2. I really like your idea of including a playlist.

    1. Thank you! I figured why not add a playlist since the book is music based.

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you! I am glad you like the playlist!

  4. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the playlist!

  5. Is anyone else having trouble finding the daily word?

  6. This is a new one for me. Thanks for the spotlight! Sounds intriguig!

  7. Haven't heard of this book before, but it does sound interesting!

    1. I am glad Red Velvet Crush sparks your interest.

  8. Thanks for the playlist and it sounds great but the cover makes me think she's not a band but just listening to a band.

    1. Doesn't it seem like the Teddy Lee is part of the crowd? Like she is a concert goer?

  9. I am obsessed with the title for this book! Can't wait to see how it is!

    1. Isn't the title awesome? It's such a great name!

  10. Ok so this book sounds amazing! I love the music aspect and that it has a darker feel (drugs and troubled family).