Monday, February 29, 2016

MONDAY REVIEWS - AFTER THE WOODS BY KIM SAVAGE

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week I am reviewing After the Woods by Kim Savage! Thanks to Raincoast Books for sending me an eARC to review. All opinions are my own.




I don't know how I feel about this book.

On one hand, it was different and I enjoyed it. On the other hand, it wasn't at all what I was expecting and not really a psychological thriller.

I liked the concept, but I think that it wasn't really well executed. I thought we were going to get Olivia's POV but we got Julia's. And I felt like the synopsis was making it out to be Liv's story, not Julia's.

I also felt like there wasn't any mystery. The assaulter was caught and dies in jail. End of story. There wasn't anything to worry about. If we didn't know what happened to him, if he was still on the loose, then I think the story would have been more suspenseful.

Overall this story was just okay. I don't even know what happens at the end of book, with Olivia and Shane and the ending left me so confused.

An okay book with a beautiful cover - figures.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

TBR Tuesday - On a Thursday! - February 23

Hello everyone!

So because of my blog tour post for The Winner's Kiss, I had to bump my TBR Tuesday post to today! I didn't want to leave it out of this week because there are a ton of great books out this week!

After the Woods by Kim Savage

I was able to read an eARC of this book back in November, and my full review will be posted next Monday, but I will say that I didn't love this book. I didn't hate it either though. I just felt confused at the end, and I felt like because we learn fairly early on that the alleged predator dies in his jail cell, there wasn't much suspense in this book. It was mainly the psychological dynamic of being attacked, which, while interesting, wasn't what I was expecting. Overall, good but not great.

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

While this book has some very mixed reviews on Goodreads, the premise seems interesting. I haven't even read it and already having existential questions popping into my head about whether or not this "life" is just the pre-show to the real life after you die. The first in a series, this book sounds very intriguing!

Titans by Victoria Scott

I have to say, this book sounds very interesting. Some have said it sounds similar to The Scorpio Races and upon reading say that it is similar and different. I think it sounds very unique, not having read The Scorpio Races myself. Also, another interesting aspect of this book is that there is no romance. Scott said that she wanted to focus solely on the themes of friendship, family and trust without a romance getting in the way. I think this alone makes this book very intriguing!

Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach


After reading Wallach's debut novel only recently, I have to say, I am very excited for this book. There's been some speculation about Zelda, whether she is a "manic pixie dream girl," which is a term I had to look up, and according to good ol' Wikipedia is  "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures." Although some of the reviews say there is way more to the story, so you don't really get to dwell on that. I don't know, I still think it looks good!

The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow

Another book I got the privilege of reading this book in advance, my review is posted here if you want to hear more of my thoughts, but overall, I didn't love it. I think because I was expecting some sort of gripping thriller where a girl saves her kidnapped friend, and what I actually got was a doomsday prepper novel. Nope.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

I also got to read an eARC of this book as well. My review was just posted on Monday, you can read it here, but I will say that I really enjoyed this book, and I think I liked it even more than the first one!

So there you have it! This week's newest releases!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday - Worst Love Interests

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it. 

This week's topic is top 5 worst love interests. I had a bit of a struggle coming up with this list, because, for the most part, I go along with the main love interest that the author choses. For the sake of getting 5 choices, I'm going to include love triangles/side romances that I didn't like and also didn't pan out.

Aspen from The Selection by Kiera Cass

I think part of me always had a sneaking suspicion that it wasn't going to work out for Aspen and America. She went to the Selection and if she did come back, she just didn't seem too thrilled with being with Aspen, even though they had such a connection. In my mind, she would never go back to him, so I didn't even think of him as a possible love interest for her after a while.


Lara Jean from To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

I have ranted on and on about this book and series overall on Instagram, now it's only fair to do it here. I think I've decided my problem here is Lara Jean. She is just such a painful character. She annoys me, she's childish, and frankly both the love interests deserve so much more than her. I know she is the main character in the story and the narrator, so we can't get rid of her, but I just think she is a horrible love interest for anyone!


Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses

I'm still not sure what happened here. From what I recall in reading this book, Feyre and Tamlin were going strong, and then this Rhysand guy comes in out of nowhere. Unless I missed a major part of the book, he wasn't there long. And then I start reading reviews that he is so amazing, everyone wants him and Feyre to be together... like what? I think I missed the memo that we were all Team Rhysand all of the sudden! Maybe I'll have to reread and see what I missed, because I love Feyre and Tamlin together!


Adam from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I feel bad for Adam in this trilogy a little bit. I was kind of spoiled for this series and knew that end goal was Warner, so I think automatically, I didn't like Adam. He's not the worst love interest, but between him and Warner, Warner is so much better. He's well spoken, good to Juliette, I just think that because I was of the mindset that it was Warner in the end, Adam just never seemed like a viable competitor.


Conrad from The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Finally, Conrad. Throughout this series, Belly (don't even start with me) goes back and forth between Conrad and his brother Jeremiah. I feel really bad for Jeremiah because Belly has loved Conrad since the beginning. He just never reciprocated. And then Jeremiah started to show an interest in Belly, so she chose him for a bit. Belly's affections jumped back and forth a bit, but whenever it was towards Conrad, I hated it. Jeremiah was so much sweeter and generally kind to her. Conrad was a jerk with no regard for Belly's feelings.

So there you have it, my top 5 worst love interests! What are your thoughts??


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Winner's Kiss Blog Tour - Favourite Literary Kiss

Hello everyone!



I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Winner's Kiss! It is my very first one, and I had a blast coming up with this post! To help promote the finale to this wonderful series, I was asked to share my favourite literary kiss. I don't know about you, but picking one is no small feat!




This may be a weird choice, but my favourite literary kiss is from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I know, of all the books I've read, I chose this one. This was one of the first books that revived my love of reading, after drifting away for a few years.


Peeta and Katniss obviously! #EverLark



This is my favourite literary kiss because it was the first kiss that I had read than made me feel something physically. At this point in the book, Peeta is recovering from an injury, they are in the thick of the Games, emotions are running high. I distinctly remember reading this kiss for the first time, swooning. It isn't until later that we learn of Peeta's feelings for Katniss, but this kiss shows that connection. It isn't an elaborate kiss, just a gentle nod to his affections for her.

I also love this kiss because it shows that, as cynical as a person may be, or as bad as a situation may look, love will prevail. Even though Katniss and Peeta are hurt, exhausted and starving, they have each other to hang on to.


Umm... Obviously Kestrel and Arin! Like Katniss and Peeta, they've had their issues, but I'm hoping that everything works out between them!

I absolutelty cannot wait to see what is in store for Kestrel and Arin in this amazing finale!

Also, for those who were wondering about the covers of the books, the publisher is releasing the original cover (the one in this post) as hardcover and the new covers as the paperback covers, YAY, so pre-order your copy today!

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour to see other favourite literary kisses, and get more info about the tour here!


Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday Reviews - A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an eARC of this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


I do have to say, that this was even better than the first book!

The characters developed even more, Kell weighed done by his guilt, and Lila being mischievous as ever!

This book is centred around a tournament of sorts, called the Element Games. This tournament is filled with kick-butt magic fighting, and brings together the cast of characters from the first book. 

And there's a twist that I definitely did not see coming, I don't want to say anything because I think it is definitely better to not know anything

Ahh I don't want to say too much because of spoilers and the fact that this is a second book, but you definitely need to read this series. And I definitely need the next book BECAUSE THAT ENDING!!

So yeah, overall, read this series!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

TBR Tuesday - February 16

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday, this week with 6 great titles that you definitely need to check out!

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

I am so pumped for this book! I loved her Defiance trilogy, and I cannot wait for this Snow White and the Huntsman retelling!!

Riders by Veronica Rossi

I was lucky enough to get a 3-chapter sampler of this book from Raincoast Books and while it was only 14 pages long I really enjoyed it, as well as her debut trilogy Under the Never Sky. Plus, who isn't fascinated by the Four Horsemen? Supernatural anyone?

The Widow by Fiona Barton

I was also received an ARC of this book and, for the most part, enjoyed it! I think it focused more on the suspense aspect than the thriller aspect, but I still liked it! You can read my full review here.

Take The Fall by Emily Hainsworth

This book sounds really interesting! There's some mixed reviews but I think its an interesting take on the ever popular thriller, teaming up with the number one suspect to help him clear his name, while also trying to prove he is guilty. Should be an interesting read.

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

This book was part of my Top 5 Books to Read in 2016 and I cannot wait! I've seen some less than stellar reviews, but I'll really hoping I will enjoy it!

The Word For Yes by Claire Needell 
This one sounds really interesting too, it sounds like a great story about sibling bonding. Plus, I really love that cover O.o

Anyways, that's it for this week! See you next week for another round of TBR Tuesday, on a Thursday, because of a special surprise happening on Tuesday!!


Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday Reviews - City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong for review, all opinions are my own.


Well, despite the fact that it took 2 weeks for me to finish this book, I did quite enjoy it!

The premise was very interesting, running away to a place where no one knows, disappearing from society. Plus, when that place begins to show signs of a serial killer?

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is set in my home country, Canada, so that was a fun bonus! I don't know if I've read too many books set in Canada.

For the most part, I enjoyed the characters, they were deep, all very clearly troubled by their pasts. Some of the villagers were escaping abusive relationships, others crimes such as murder.

This was a thriller, and the main focus was finding out who the serial killer was. At first, I thought I knew, but as the story progressed, I became less and less sure. By the time it was halfway through, I had no idea. And when everything was revealed, I was not expecting that at all.

I did have a couple of problems with this book however. I felt like it was a little longer than it needed to be, there was a lot of nature teaching moments that felt unnecessary. I also didn't love how there was a large cast of "main characters." Maybe it's just because I took a break from reading it for a bit, but I had a hard time keeping some of the side characters straight. I also am a little unclear as to the motive of the killer, why they did what they did. Although I might have just glazed over a clear explanation.

Overall, good book, although not so much a thriller as a police-detective-meets-Canadian-nature-informative-novel.

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday Reviews - The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week I am reviewing The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow, which comes out tomorrow! Thanks to Raincoast Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this book for review. All opinions are my own!



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Ugh.

So I didn't know what to expect from the synopsis of this book. Actually, that's a lie. I thought I was getting a gripping thriller about a girl who saves her kidnapped friend.

WRONG!

This book was about doomsday preppers.

Now, this is not the sort of book I would have picked up normally. And I know why.

Aside from the ridiculous idea of the 'Madagascar Plague' this book had an annoying main character and none of the supporting characters were remotely interesting, except maybe Peter.

I just felt like some of the scenes were written sloppily and could have be changed to make more sense. I really wanted to love this book. I thought it was going to be a mystery of a girl saving the boy she loves from abusive parents or something and I was so psyched for that. Maybe part of my dislike for this book was because I was expecting something so much different. Perhaps the other part was that I just don't like prepper novels. I don't know, its interesting to think about all that you'll need, but I'm kind of the mindset that when the worlds gonna end, there's not much you can do stop it.

I almost DNF'd a couple times, which is why I gave a lower review.

The cover is gorgeous, but don't let it fool you! Unless of course, you enjoy a doomsday novel, then maybe this is the perfect book for you.

I ended up giving this book a 2/5 star rating, almost solely because I was able to finish it. If I DNF'd it, it would have been lower.