Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Best Books of 2015 - Top 15

Hello everyone!

With another year coming to a close, I have compiled my list of the best books of 2015. In order to keep this fair (and a little easier to compile) I am only listing the books that were already published as of 2015, not advanced copies that I read this year that are being published in 2016.



I have to say, this list was extremely hard to compile. Picking 15 books out of the 200+ that I read was no easy task.

If you are interested in the books that made my 14 Best Books of 2014 list last year, you can check out that post, here!

So without further adieu, in no particular order, the best books I read from 2015!

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson
Angelfall by Susan Ee
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel
Alive by Scott Sigler
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean
It's A Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

It truly was a great year of reading, and I cannot wait for the new releases of 2016!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

TBR Tuesday - December 29

Hello everyone!

I'm back with another TBR Tuesday! This is the final TBR Tuesday of 2015, and I can't believe it!

I'm already organizing all the new releases in YA for 2016, but first, some releases out today that surely can put those Christmas gift cards to good use!

What's Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass

From the author of Love and Other Theories, comes a new book that looks slightly controversial and full of dilemmas! This one has better reviews on Goodreads than her debut, so who knows?

Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
THIS BOOK LOOKS GREAT! I cannot wait to read this one! It looks like a murder mystery meets The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (maybe it's just the cover?) Anyways, I'm excited!

HEAR by Robin Epstein

This seems like a great sic-fi crossed with murder mystery! Should be interesting!

That's all this week! Stay tuned for next week, there will be a ton of new releases!


Monday, December 28, 2015

Monday Reviews - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week I am reviewing Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Thanks to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for review! All opinions are my own!




Wow.

This book was so much more than I thought it would be.

It was so beautifully crafted, carefully weaving together the stories of the past with the reality of coping with the death of a child.

This book also touches on some interesting topics, such as a mixed race family in a period where that was allowed but still looked at strangely, infidelity, the tragedy of losing a child and briefly, homosexuality in the late 1970s America. But I also loved that these main issues were embodied by different characters throughout the story. Some major, some minor.

I think what I loved most about this book was that each character had their own issues personally, but together in a family setting, it really showed that we are all connected. Every action has a reaction, whether positive or negative. I also really liked that once we finally learnt what happened to Lydia, it represented a culmination of everyones own issues in one communal tragedy.

I found this book very eye opening and I definitely think that between the gorgeous writing and the issues it addresses, this book is a must read for everyone!

Highly recommend!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

TBR Tuesday - December 22

Hello everyone!

Again, not a ton of books this week, but hopefully some good ones? We'll see!

See How They Run by Ally Carter
This is book two of the Embassy Row series. I haven't read the first one, but this series has pretty good ratings, so I have high expectations!

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
This book has some mixed reviews, and is being released with a new cover in a month? but I think it sounds interesting!

Once, again, not a ton of new books this week.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Monday Reviews - Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week I am reviewing Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain. Thanks to Raincoast Books for sending me an e-ARC for review! All opinions are my own!


I'm just over halfway through and I am declaring this a DNF.

There is no point to this story. The family moves to the middle of nowhere to escape the supposed economic collapse, but night one the mom bails, and then the dad leaves a few days later to find her. Now the two sisters who hate each other are left to fend for themselves against the hippie commune across the street.

It's pretty much:

Nicole: hunting, guns, complaining about sister and talking about living up to fathers expectations.

Isabel: omg, no running water, seriously?

Wolf: I hate my drug addict mom, I live in a spiritual retreat, my name's Wolf.

I cannot deal! This book is going nowhere fast! Ain't nobody got time for bad books! 

So yeah, this book just didn't do anything for me. It was slow moving, I got to the halfway point, and nothing had happened. I don't know, maybe in the end, the parents come back and they all live happily ever after again, I couldn't get that far.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

TBR Tuesday - December 15

Hello everyone!

Ok, so this week isn't the greatest for book releases, quantity wise, but quality wise, these two are promised to be fantastic!

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Ok, I cut out most of the synopsis for this book, because really, it is book 4 and I feel like that is just all kinds of spoiling! Anyways, this is supposedly a great series (I'm hoping to get it for Christmas!).

Unbound by Neal Shusterman
Ok, so this isn't a sequel to the Unwind Dystology, but a collection of short stories? I think?

Again, not a ton of books this week, but I think some good ones!


Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday Reviews - A Pocket Full of Murder by R.J. Anderson

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I will be reviewing a book I received from Simon & Shuster Canada, called A Pocket Full of Murder by R.J. Anderson! Thanks for sending me a copy of the book for review, all opinions are my own.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book! 

I read it in one sitting, it was a fun little mystery that I flew through!

This is a middle grade novel, so the characters are a little younger than your average YA novel, about 12-13, but I didn't have a problem connecting and relating to them. My only issue with the age was some parts where I was wondering how a 12 year old was allowed to do certain things, but I still enjoyed it.

While the ending does tell us the murderer, there isn't really anything about what the consequences for them are, or when we find out the truth about Quiz. Perhaps that will be better fleshed out in the next book!

Overall, if you are looking for a quick, fun middle grade murder mystery, that really isn't scary at all, I definitely recommend this one!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

TBR Tuesday - December 8

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! This week, it's actually on a Tuesday! Anyways, not a ton of new books this week, but hopefully some good ones!

Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain
Ok, I got an e-ARC of this, and I haven't gotten around to writing my full review yet, but this book was not a favourite of mine. I actually think I DNF'd it. It was just this weird, not really post-apocolyptic hippy commune book, and I was just not in the mood. So yeah...

The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill
This just sounds like a great cute little read! I hope it's good!

Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood
The reviews are mixed, and the covers not really doing to much for me, but hey, you never know, right?

Wandering Star by Romina Russell
The sequel to Zodiac, book two sounds interesting. I didn't read the first book, but I've heard good things!

There we have it! Another week of new releases! Hope you found some to add to that TBR pile!


Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday Reviews - The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! Its been a little bit since my last one, but I'm back now!

This week, I am reviewing a book that came out a little over a month ago, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett. I received an e-ARC from Raincoast Books, all opinions are my own.

Love love loved this book! I loved every aspect of this book.

The romance was great, not too insta-love-y but they got together early enough that we got to see them together for most of the book, which is something I always enjoy! We really get to see them in their relationship!

This book touched on many real life issues, divorce, love, sexual orientation, mental illness, etc. But what was nice was that these issues were all dealt with in secondary ways, not just the main focus of the book. Even though there were lots of serious topics, it still was a lighter read.

I finished it in two days and if I didn't have school, I would probably have read it all in one sitting.

Bex was such a great main character, and she was complimented by so many great side characters, including her brother, mother, boss, friend (friend-like-friend from college <-- high five to you if you get that movie reference).

I really think this may be one of the best books I've read this year. It was unique, but still relatable and interesting. The characters were great, Bex isn't super rich, in fact since her dad left, she's pretty much part of the low socio-economic class (yeah, look at me using big university level words!) and that was refreshing. She had to help pay bills, and she didn't live in a great area, but not cliche bad, just she-has-a-single-mom-working-double-shifts-at-the-hospital-not-so-great-part-of-town. But it didn't hold her back, or at least, she didn't let it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it!!


Saturday, December 5, 2015

TBR Tuesday - December 1

Hello everyone!

So I'm a little late doing this post this week, I hope you will forgive me! Anyways, if you are looking for a new read to get you through December, and into the New Year, you've come to the right place! There are quite a few great books that came out this past week, and I'm sure you'll find at least one to add to the neverending TBR pile!

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This is the third and final book in the Starboard trilogy! I'm interested to see how this series ends! I enjoyed the first book, but didn't love the second, hopefully this book is better!

Gateway to Fourline by Pam Brondos
I haven't heard anything really about this book, and the reviews on Goodreads are fairly mixed, it sounds interesting though...

Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
This seems like a really great physical "illness" novel that isn't based solely on romance (I'm looking at you TFiOS). Hopefully it lives up to expectations!

All We Left Behind by Ingrid Sundberg
This book sounds intriguing, and the reviews on Goodreads are quite mixed. Should be interesting!

The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman
I haven't heard anything about this book either, but it seems really unique! Maybe I'll pick it up!

The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines
This is book 13 in the Rosemary Beach series! I am only on book 10, so I don't know what is happening so far, but I believe this is one of the last books, I think there are to be 15 in total.

Well, that's it for this week! Hopefully you found some new books to pick up, and I hope you enjoy them!