Friday, April 28, 2017

Tour + Review: Incense and Peppermints by Cathrina Constatine

Incense and Peppermints
Cathrina Constantine
Publication date: March 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Peace demonstrations, sit-ins, and burning the U.S. flag following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known to the world as the Sixties, and a musical revolution, flower power, hippies, marijuana, and drugs are carrying the generations—young and old—into a new decade. All the while sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an autumn of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.
When her brother offers a solution to her dilemma in the form of a little pill, Mary ignores the rumba in her brain and takes a walk on the wild side. Plunged into popularity and a life she’s only imagined, she meets Michael Covington, the hot newcomer, and she’s instantly drawn in by his less than flawless exterior and bad boy sex appeal. Caught up in the danger and excitement as they drift from party to party, into underground fight clubs, and through a series of drug and alcohol fueled adventures, Mary follows her new crush into a world where young girls are never truly safe from the predators lurking in the shadows and young men are hiding from the harsh reality of war.
Feeling buzzed and as if her life is spinning out of control, Mary is assaulted by an unknown man at a party, and she’s left questioning if the enigmatic Michael is truly her hero or if he is the face behind the terrible attack. With every piece of information Mary learns about Michael, her doubts grow deeper, but with every minute she spends in his presence, so does her love.
With the war and her fear threatening to separate Mary and Michael forever, only the death of a friend, a crushing confession, and her own sensibilities can carry her over the threshold between adolescence and adulthood.
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4 stars

So when I requested to review this book I didn't really have a fascination with the 60s, but I between then and now, I developed a fascination to read anything in the 60s, so when I finally picked this book up to read, I was super thrilled because of the time period. This book loved up to what I was expecting from it, at least in regard to the setting of the story.

I really liked this story, it was a lighter read with some heavy topics. It was nicely paced, if a little slow at times, but overall it was nicely paced and it held my attention throughout the story. I liked Mary, she was such a well-developed characters with flaws and everything.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes coming-of-age books or contemporary book set in the 60s because you most likely won't be disappointed.

Author Bio:
Cathrina Constantine is the Best Selling author of Don’t Forget To Breathe. Her book won Readers’ Favorite International Book Award for 2015 and The Literary Classics Seal of Approval and Literary Classics Gold Award. Her Paranormal Fantasy, Wickedly They Come has been awarded the 5 Star Seal from Reader’s Favorite. Tallas from her dystopian series received Literary Classics Silver Award and Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Cathrina resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and her cat, Bones. Author @chbbpublishing. Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. When not attached to her computer, she likes to take long walks in the woods with her dogs, drink way too much coffee, and is an avid movie watcher. She loves music and doesn’t need a dance floor to shake a leg. 



  1. Thanks for hosting today, Chelsea! :)

  2. Chelsea, thank you for having me on your blog today!!! It looks great and thank you for your wonderful review. I'm glad you liked Incense and Peppermints.

  3. Excellent review! This book sounds like such a fun and interesting read! Looking forward to checking it out!