Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Book Haul - 21 books!

Hello everyone!

 I am back with another monthly book haul! I definitely went a little overboard with the book buying this month, I was doing good, until that buying spree I went on in the middle of the month!

Anyways, here are all the books I got this month!


Special thanks to Penguin Canada for sending me Lost and Found by Brooke Davis to review, as well as OwlCrate for providing me a box to review that included Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Reviews - The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing a book I read last week, The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand.

As always, stating off with the synopsis:


There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.
 


I absolutely loved this book! Everything about it. I don't think there was anything I didn't like.

If you have been following me for a while you will know that I find the suicide genre, especially the teen suicide genre, extremely fascinating. I don't know what it is or if it's just a morbid curiosity but I find them so interesting.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye was definitely no different. 
I have read around a dozen books that deal with this difficult topic and this is in my top three. Not only did I throughly enjoy the story but I also found the writing to be elegant and quite beautiful.

The story is told in two ways, Lexie's everyday life, and a journal that she writes in. We get most of the details about Ty in the journal but I think that both of the styles together were unique and offered more insight to the story.

While this was a difficult story to read, I think it is definitely one that needs to be read by many. I've previously talked about how I think that these types of books are great, especially in this day and age, because while it tackles a serious topic, the author also offers hope and gives those who are struggling someone to relate to, along with aspire to be like, and push through difficult times. 

Overall, I highly recommend this book, and gave it a full 5/5 stars on Goodreads!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

OwlCrate Book Mail!

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to share with you a new young adult subscription box! I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to receive an OwlCrate box in exchange for an honest review.



Basically, it is a monthly subscription box that includes a new, hardcover YA book and a few thematically related bookish items. Each month has a new theme, April's was "All The Feels."

I got a ton of really cool items in my box, including:

  • Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay (retail value $21.99 CAD)
  • A signed bookplate
  • A matching bookmark and sticker
  • A "The Fault in Our Stars" Okay? Okay pendant necklace from Forever Always Designs (retail $13.84 + $8.81 shipping CAD)
  • A "The Giving Tree" soy candle from From The Page (retail around $1.57 CAD)
  • A "Fangirling is so Vogue" cotton tote bag from Bookworm Boutique (retail $22.00)

Roughly, the whole box itself is worth over $70, so I think it is totally worth it!



Every month, on the 20th, they send out your OwlCrate! Since they are based in Vancouver, Canada, it doesn't take long for the box to get to you, especially if you live in Canada. It took 3 days to get to me. They ship internationally, to the US is $6.99, Canada is $10.59 and elsewhere is $19.99.

You can purchase an OwlCrate for $29.99 USD, with discounts for 3 and 6 month plans.

If you have any other questions or are interested in signing up for the June box (the May one is sold out!) you can contact OwlCrate through there website here or on Instagram here.

Once again, thank you so much to Korrina and Robert for letting me experience this amazing service!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Haul - Shopping Spree!

Hello everyone!

I went on a bit of a shopping spree this past weekend, and I just wanted to share the books I got with you all!



I can't wait to get to these books!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Reviews - Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

Hello everyone!

It has been a little while, but I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler! I was sent an e-ARC from the author for review but all opinions expressed are my own.

As always, a synopsis:


Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.


Until he does.


Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.


Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left. 


My first impression was wow! This was such a whirlwind of a story! I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be better than I was anticipating.

Subject wise, I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a little bit of Slammed by Colleen Hoover (the family issues and guardianship) and Ignite by Lily Paradis (also the guardianship) but it still had its own unique qualities. I don't typically seek out teacher-student stories because I find most of the time they are done poorly, leaving me feeling a little creeped out. That concept, however, was handled wonderfully in this novel.

Of course, not many novels are perfect. There were some times when Lizzie bugged me and Sophie was almost too insane to comprehend but in the end I was able to finish it and really enjoy it without those being major issues.

I definitely recommend this story if you like New Adult or even just a lighter romance. I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads!


Friday, April 3, 2015