BOOK TOUR: Review of Just Shelby by Brooklyn James

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the JUST SHELBY by Brooklyn James Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

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About The Book:


Author: Brooklyn James

Pub. Date: October 27, 2020

Publisher: Arena Books

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 290

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle,  B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords

A secret note square found in a handmade guitar proves that small town gossip is not only ubiquitous but occasionally true. This gossip comes with strings rivaling those on Ace Cooper’s guitar, the safest strings he will ever have around his heart.

Ace’s father warns him to stay away from the Lynn girl. Daughter of a deceased bootlegger and a barely living addict, Shelby Lynn is no stranger to small town contempt. She keeps her nose in the books and feet to the ground, a college scholarship the only escape from her tumultuous life.

As Ace’s heartstrings unravel, so does his family’s role in Shelby’s broken past. Thrust into a precarious journey of their roots brimming with music and betrayal, the two have never been closer…to the truth of how Shelby’s father died. One truth transforms every facet of their lives forever.

A dual POV friends-to-first-love story, Just Shelby is an unsuspecting mystery that depicts how growing together can sometimes hurt worse than growing apart.


I really enjoyed this book, and I thought it was quite different than most other books I’ve read this year. The main characters had spunk and chemistry that was unmatched, the plot was something I’ve never read before, and the ending felt perfect for the story. Just Shelby is a romance of ups and downs and day dreams. A love for music and a love for a boy. Young love and trauma is written very strongly in this book.

Overall, I think this is a great Taylor Swift-esque book, my only problem would be how slow the pacing felt. However, I think how much I loved the characters makes up for that.

Rating: 4/5

About Brooklyn:

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Brooklyn James is an author/singer-songwriter who savors any opportunity to blend books with music. Her first novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, has an original music soundtrack, making for a unique Audible experience. Out of Boots grew a platform where it was Brooklyn’s honor to serve as a guest speaker with a focus on awareness and prevention of domestic violence and suicide.

Her latest speaking engagements centered around accessibility, rights, and choice in birth, as well as writing workshops on how to put pen to paper composing one’s own birth story with the release of her birth memoir, Born in the Bed You Were Made: One Family’s Journey from Cesarean to Home Birth.

Just Shelby gifted both the challenge and the thrill of this author’s primary exploration into the Young Adult genre. She cherishes reader reviews, if you should be so inclined.

Moonlighting occasionally in voice-over and film, Brooklyn played a Paramedic in a Weezer video, met Harry Connick Jr. as an extra on the set of When Angels Sing, appeared in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood for all of a nanosecond, and was a stand-in and stunt double for Mira Sorvino on Jerry Bruckheimer’s Trooper pilot for TNT. Although reading, dancing, working out, and a good glass of kombucha get her pretty excited, she finds most thrilling the privilege of being a mother to two illuminating little souls and a wife to the one big soul from whom they get their light.

Brooklyn holds an M.A. in Communication, a B.S. in both Nursing and Animal Science, and lives in Texas Hill Country.

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Giveaway Details:

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1 winner will receive a Signed Paperback that comes with a 3-set candle gift pack (one limited edition Just Shelby book scent “Gray Fog,” one fall scent, and one winter scent). The Signed Paperback/Candle Set is valued at $35. US Only.

3 lucky winners will receive an eBook of JUST SHELBY, International.

Giveaway Link:

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

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10/20/2020What A Nerd Girl SaysExcerpt
10/20/2020What A Nerd Girl SaysInstagram Stop
10/21/2020Lisa Loves LiteratureGuest Post
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10/22/2020Abbott Can’t WriteReview
10/22/2020A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
10/23/2020Bookhounds YAInterview
10/23/2020BookHoundsInstagram Stop

Week Two:

10/26/2020Lifestyle of MeReview
10/27/2020The Phantom ParagrapherReview
10/27/2020Books A-Brewin’Excerpt
10/28/2020Pine Enshrined ReviewsReview
10/28/2020Lisa-Queen of RandomExcerpt
10/29/2020Rajiv’s ReviewsReview
10/29/2020Rajiv’s ReviewsInstagram Stop
10/30/2020Oh Hey! BooksExcerpt

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