Blog Tour and Review: To Best the Boys

To Best the Boys
by Mary Weber
Thomas Nelson Publishing
352 Pages
YA / Sci Fi / Fantasy
Publication Date: March 5th, 2018
Get a copy here!


Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.



Hi. I write books. I eat things. I kiss things. I believe in mermaids.

I’m also the author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series, and the March 2019 release, To Best the Boys. When not working, I sing 80’s hairband songs to my three muggle children, and ogle my husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. We live in California, which is perfect for stalking aging movie stars while wearing fanny packs and sweatpants.

For those who like to know such things (mainly my mom), Storm Siren was featured in the Scholastic Book Fair and my novels have been endorsed by such nice humans as Marissa Meyer, CJ Redwine, Shannon Messenger, and Jonathan Maberry (in fact, Marissa Meyer and I have a fun interview in the paperback of her book, CRESS). Also, Boba tea & sweatpants are life. {We can chat about life (in sweatpants over tea, obviously) in my Newsletter.

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Win 1 of 2 finished copies of

TO BEST THE BOYS by Mary Weber
(1 INTERNATIONAL winner & 1 US ONLY winner)

Start Date: 25th February 2019

End Date: 11th March 2019

Quick Reasons: SO. MUCH. WINNING.; I really enjoyed these characters and this story!; total boss girl power moves of epic proportions; I need more from this author, stat!; someone help me find my brain, it sort of exploded from the awesome

HUGE thanks to Mary Weber, Thomas Nelson Publishing, andFantastic Flying Book Club for sending a complimentary galley of this title my way! This in no way altered my review of or opinion on this book.

And OH, MAH PENGUINS, am I ever so glad they did! This book has a LOT of winning happening–and I cannot wait to pick up my next Mary Weber read, because y’all, she blew this out of the park completely! If I wasn’t worried about my brain being a splattered spatter of matter before, I should be now–that’s exactly what this book did to me. Please, please don’t get the wrong idea–I enjoyed every. single. moment!

These characters are well-rounded, multi-faceted, and so so easy to empathize with and feel for. I really enjoyed the gritty, dark atmosphere matched with the strong girl personalities and kick-Penguin-butt go-get-em attitudes. The amount of snark and “down to earth, say it like it is” from Rhen just put this above and beyond for me. Not to mention, HELLO, woman going out and fighting for what she wants instead of playing meager mouse? GIVE. ME. MORE. of this deliciousness, please! The fact that Rhen owns up to the whole, “Yeah, I may have had a crush on him at one point, but dude’s gross” thing didn’t hurt much, either. Just sayin’.

There were so so many good things about this read, I can’t possibly list them all–I’d be here for the rest of forever. So I’ll end with this: READ THE BOOK! The characters are awesome, Mary Weber knows how to rock a story, and I promise you won’t regret picking this up. And while you’re going out to buy yourself a copy, just imagine me, your Royal Penguin Extraordinaire, flinging fish in all my squeeing glory.


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