Blog Tour for Sugar and Spite by Gail D. Villanueva (review, quotes, and giveaway)


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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sugar and Spite by Gail D. Villanueva.  This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.


Sugar and Spite by Gail D. Villanueva

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Fantasy

Publishing Date: April 20, 2021


Sugar and Spite book cover


Can a bully be defeated by a magical love potion?

Jolina can’t take Claudine’s bullying any longer! The taunts and teasing are too much. Though Jolina knows she’s still in-training to use her grandfather’s arbularyo magic, she sneaks into his potions lab to get her revenge. Jolina brews a batch of gayuma, a powerful love potion.

And it works. The love potion conquers Claudine’s hateful nature. In fact, Claudine doesn’t just stop bullying Jolina-now she wants to be Jolina’s BFF, and does everything and anything Jolina asks.

But magic comes with a cost, and bad intentions beget bad returns. Controlling another person’s ability to love-or hate-will certainly have consequences. The magic demands payment, and it is about to come for Jolina in the form of a powerful storm…

Magic and reality mingle in this brilliant new middle-grade novel by Gail D. Villanueva that asks whether it’s ever okay to take away someone’s free will.


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I think my tears have finally stopped enough to review this book. I cried for the last twenty minutes or so. Just be prepared.

Jolina is still fairly new to her small island with her dog, Kidlat her only friend. They have such a special bond. There is one girl, Claudine, that is mean to Jolina. She’s a bully and Jolina wants to fix that. Jolina’s family can do magic. Her grandfather is teaching her potions. He warns her that certain potions should never be used. If you do bad magic, it comes back to you. But Jolina ignores this and makes a love potion for Claudine. And it works. Claudine invites Jolina to her birthday party and declares them best friends. While they hang out, Jolina realizes that she really does love Claudine as a friend. She needs to find a way to break the magic. But as her grandfather warned, there are consequences to that magic. Things do not go well at all.

This book does a good job covering bullying and even consent. Jolina realizes that she can’t manipulate someone else’s feelings. It’s just not right. The other thing I loved about this book was the relationship between Jolina and Kidlat. I have a similar bond with my current dog that I never had with another. I realize how special it is and I’m glad Jolina did, too. Her dog was perfect and loved her unconditionally. There was also bullying and meanness due to the difference in money between certain families. Jolina did recognize how lucky she was with her family though. The money wasn’t as important.

I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on goodreads. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.

Warnings for bullying, wealth inequality, death (hard to read), talk of consent, a storm, and talk of cancer (briefly).





Consent is what separates healing magic from self serving magic.


“Coming to a new place is always hard. But you will fit in eventually. Just have a little faith.”


Never use magic to hurt others. We heal people. We don’t harm them.


I may have magic, but Claudine’s family has money, the kind of power I need for my family’s life to be better. I feel so powerful and so powerless at the same time.


“Using something as pure as love to control another-there is simply nothing good in that.”



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Gail D. Villanueva is a Filipino author born and based in the Philippines. She’s also a web designer and an entrepreneur. She loves pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (eww). Gail and her husband live in the outskirts of Manila with their dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and one friendly but lonesome chicken. Her debut novel My Fate According to the Butterfly (Scholastic, 2019) was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, an Amazon Best Book of the Month Editor’s Pick, and a NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Gail’s next book, Sugar And Spite, will be published by Scholastic on April 20, 2021.


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Giveaway (Open Internationally):

One person will win an annotated ARC from the author. The giveaway starts on April 19th and ends on April 26th.





Follow The Tour:




April 19
Kait Plus Books – Interview
The Book Dutchesses – Review & Favourite Quotes
Melancholic Blithe – Review & Mood Board

April 20th
Jill’s Book Blog – Review
The Writer’s Alley – Review, Playlist, & Favourite Quotes
The Reading Chemist – Review

April 21st
The Last Rader – Top 5 Reasons to Read Sugar and Spite
Booker T’s Farm – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Sugar and Spite
Balancing Books and Beauties – Review & Creative Post (List)

April 22nd
Nine Bookish Lives – Interview & Review
Stuck in Fiction – Top 5 Reasons to Read Sugar and Spite
Wishing Upon a Star – Review & Favourite Quote
Justice For Readers – Review & Mood Board

April 23rd
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review & Favourite Quotes
Notes From a Paper Plane Nomad – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Sugar and Spite
Miss Linda Bennet – Fanart

April 24th
Enthralled Bookworm – Interview
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review
Yna the Mood Reader – Review & Favourite Quotes

April 25th
Morena Monologues – Review & Journal Spread
Lu is lost in books – Review & Favourite Quotes
I’m Into Books – Promo Post


Instagram Schedule:


April 19
kaitplusbooks – Blogger’s Choice
thebookdutchesses – Blogger’s Choice
blithesquesttoread – Blogger’s Choice

April 20th
tbrandbeyond – Promo
jrundy85 – Blogger’s Choice
thereadingchemist -Blogger’s Choice

April 21st
fangirlpixiebooks – Promo
kath_reads – Blogger’s Choice
balancing_books_and_beauties -Blogger’s Choice

April 22nd
Books and Zebras – Review
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
justiceforreaders – Blogger’s Choice

April 23rd
confessionsofayareader – Blogger’s Choice
thebooklovingpanda – Blogger’s Choice
linda.reads – Blogger’s Choice

April 24th
tinybooknest – Favourite Quotes & Top 5 Reasons to Read Sugar and Spite
obscure.pages – Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

April 25th
mellasmusings – Review & Favourite Quotes
kathreadsya – Review
morenamonologues – Blogger’s Choice








Author: confessionsofayareader

My name is Kristi and I review books and mod on TBR and Beyond on Facebook. I love to travel and go to concerts. I've been married for over 20 years. I listen to a lot of pop punk. Otherwise, I'm pretty boring. We do have four grandchildren now and try to see them monthly since they don't live close. I read mostly YA and adult mystery/thrillers. I also read a lot of middle grade and some adult romance. You can also find me on facebook, twitter, and instagram (don't post often).

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