Thursday, March 31, 2016

LUCKY ME BY SABA KAPUR - REVIEW, Q&A + GIVEAWAY

Hello everyone!

I am back this week with another blog tour for the soon to be released debut of Saba Kapur, Lucky Me. and this one is very special because I have the wonderful opportunity to give away a copy of this book to one of you! I'll get into those details a little later.


Before I get to my review, let's do a little Q&A with the author, Saba Kapur!

What inspired you to write Lucky Me? Where were you when the idea came to you? When did you decide to write it?
The idea for Lucky Me actually came to me in the shower! I was in tenth grade, and had been spending a lot of time in the library. High school drama was at its peak, and I found my solace amongst books. I think that’s where most of my urge to write came from. This idea just popped into my head and I typed up a rough first chapter, and decided to continue from there. I never wrote it with the intention of having it published; it was initially just a hobby. The idea for the book developed from various places. I had noticed that, particularly amongst my generation, the focus on young celebrities was growing in Hollywood, which really intrigued me. I wanted to write something that was funny but also had an element of mystery, as those are my favourite kinds of books to read.
What was your writing process like? Did you know the entire plot of the story before you began or did you come up with it as you wrote it?
When I began writing the book, I had very little of the story worked out in my head. Many of the characters, such as Milo, were a result of impromptu decisions while writing a chapter! But because I began writing the book when I was so young, overtime my writing style matured, and I wasn’t happy with the story. I must have rewritten the plot a million times before settling on the final draft! I was very reliant on my sister and my friends during this time, as they really helped me shape the story with more clarity and finesse.
What authors do you look up to and why?
This may sound a little clich├ęd, but I try and learn something from every book I read. If there’s a particular writing style I like, I try to incorporate it into my own writing. I have such respect for so many authors, particularly those who write in my preferred genre, such as Meg Cabot, Janet Evanovich and Sophie Kinsella. They have completely
mastered the art of mystery, humour and romance.
Do you plan to write a sequel?
I am currently working on the sequel! Lucky Me ended with a few unanswered questions, and I just felt that I couldn’t fit it all into one book without taking away from the main story. I always intended on writing another book, and I’m having so much fun exploring what’s next in Gia’s life, now that she’s graduating from high school. I feel like the characters are growing up alongside me.
And now, my review!

Thanks so much to Amberjack Publishing and the author for sending me this book for review and blog touring (is that a word?). All opinions are my own.

This was such a great book! I wasn't too sure about it at first, but it had me hooked from the first chapter! This book really was so much more than I was expecting, it was hilarious (like I was literally laughing out loud like a lunatic), witty, and at some points, terrifying!

The whole story revolves around the main character Gia, being stalked and having to be followed around by an (attractive, funny, tell-it-like-it-is) bodyguard, Jack. I really loved their relationship, and Jack was just such a great guy. I really loved the two of them together and, I won't spoil anything but there was a sort of love triangle thing going on, because you can never REALLY tell if Gia and Jack like each other. (In my head they do!)

Anyways, the thing that really surprised me about this book was the mystery aspect. It wasn't some fluffy little "ooh I'm a celebrity's kid, someone is prank calling me," it was legitimate, I was afraid. And I wasn't expecting that. The whole stalking turns into something quite well thought out and I really enjoyed it! I'm still not 100% on board with the final reasoning, but it suited me well enough.

While this book does wrap up most of the details of the story, i.e. motive, final relationships, etc., there definitely is room for another book, and some of the mystery hasn't been fully wrapped up yet. I can only imagine where this story will go and I look forward to reading book two.

I highly recommend this book if you love any or all of fashion, mysteries, hilarity, and/or witty characters. Or even if you are just looking for a little something different.

Okay, so now for the giveaway! The publisher was kind enough to offer to giveaway one paperback copy of this book, and I can guarantee you are going to want to enter this giveaway! The giveaway will run from the time of this post being live to April 4. I will be randomly choosing the winner and announcing it on this blog post and my Instagram at some point shortly after that. Good luck!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NEW RELEASES - MARCH 29

Hello everyone!

I am back with another week of new releases, this week there are some great new book coming out! Let's get to it!

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski


This is the long awaited finale of The Winner's Trilogy! I actually had the opportunity to be a part of the blog tour for this book and I cannot wait to see how this trilogy ends!

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Another sequel, I read the first book Nowhere But Here last year and really enjoyed it! I can't wait for this companion novel!

Dark Energy by Robison Wells

In the past, I haven't had the best luck with Robison Wells, I read his book Blackout and it was bad. But hopefully this one is better!

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

This book looks so fantastic! I've been thinking I need to get into more LGBTA+ novels and this seems like a really amazing story! Plus that COVER!

Escaping Perfect by Emma Harrison

This book is pitched as Gone Girl meets the TV show Nashville, which if you ask me, sounds like a really weird combination but hey, who knows!

So there you have it! Hopefully you found at least one book to add to the TBR!


Monday, March 28, 2016

REBEL OF THE SANDS BY ALWYN HAMILTON - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, this week I am reviewing Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton! Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC! All opinions are my own.


I knew from the first chapter, I was going to love this book. And, by the 5 star rating I gave it, you can tell that I did!

This book was wonderfully written and so very interesting! I've never read anything set in the Middle East or any of the Arabian, exotic novels that the YA genre has recently cranked out, this was my first. I can guarantee you, however, it will not be my last! This book also combines a Western, sort of cowboys and guns vibe, that I really enjoyed. I've heard some comments that people couldn't get into the book because of this cross-genre story, but I loved it!

This story was full of adventure. There weren't many moments where something wasn't happening and when that did happen, we got beautiful stories and tales of the history.

I also really loved the relationship between Jin and Amani! Amani is such an independent character, she butts heads a lot with Jin. However, I loved their friendship and, while we only got snippets, I wanted something more for them. The tension between the two is intense!

I had a sneaking suspicion about Amani, and those of you who've read it know what I'm talking about, but it was only fleeting so I wasn't let down when everything was revealed.

My only real complaint about this novel is that the ending just kind of happened. They were in the middle of something and then boom, end. That annoyed me a little bit, but some things are resolved and I suppose it wouldn't be a series if the author wrapped everything up at book one.

Anyways, perhaps one of my favourites this year, highly recommend!!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

THE MELTING LIBRARY - BOOKISH CANDLES

Hello everyone!

I am back with a little bit of a different blog post this week, instead of talking about a book, I will be talking about some bookish goodies, more specifically, bookish candles!

Now, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post a few times when I received some candles from The Melting Library and I am so in love with them, I had to share them here on the blog!





What I think makes these candles stand out from other bookish candle brands is the attention to detail. The owner, Raquel, creates some absolutely gorgeous labels for the candles and hand-crafts each and every scent for a specific scene within the book.

Raquel was generous enough to send me two candles, both Throne of Glass inspired; Fae Warrior and Fireheart. Fae Warrior smells like deep woods with a hint of sweet, cleanness, and Fireheart is a floral lemon with a subtle ember after note! I can't get over how good and strong these candles smell. Not too strong where you get a headache but strong enough so you can actually smell the scents used.

I am so in love with these candles! I can't decided which ones to buy for myself! Just last week she released the new Spring scents and I cannot even decide which one is my favourite!




 The new Spring collection includes:
  • Forbidden Forest (Harry Potter): dark and woodsy combination of stemmy greens, whomping willow blossoms and unicorn blood - which we think might smell like vanilla and amber!
  • Central Perk (Friends): a date with friends at your favorite cafe - roasted coffee, caramel and steamed milk! Smelly Cat may be playing in the background. 
And if any of these don't suit you, her Etsy shop has over 25 more varieties to choose from, including scents inspired by The Lord of the Rings, Shatter Me, The Great Gatsbyand Game of Thrones. Plus, if you have a specific book in mind that you want in candle form, and she doesn't already make it, she loves to do custom orders!

I seriously cannot recommend these candles enough. Raquel is such as sweetheart and she makes some amazing products. Plus, each candle has a cute little dust cover with a quote from the book on it!



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I'm telling you, its the little things that matter and Raquel makes sure every little detail is taken care of!

If you want to check out Raquel's Etsy store, you can find her here. She's also on Instagram here and has some amazing photos!

 Thanks so much to Raquel and The Melting Library for sending me some candles in exchange for promotion and review. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own, however.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

HOT PTERODACTYL BOYFRIEND - BLOG TOUR AND BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

Today I have a very special blog tour and review! I was given the very generous opportunity to be a part of the Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend Blog Tour, with a few of other bloggers! Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for this opportunity!



Make sure you check out the other blog posts for more info on the book, including a Q&A with the author and a giveaway for the finished book!


Well, Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn certainly was a unique book. And I think that is part of the reasoning behind the fairly low average rating on Goodreads. People just aren't used to pterodactyls. Do I think they are going to be the next vampires? No. Did I still enjoy the book? Yes!

It took a little bit for me to come to terms with the pterodactyl. I mean, there's not really too much explanation as to why he came to the school, other than "the board" thought it was a good idea. Ok, but why is a supposed to be extinct pterodactyl running around turning girls noses purple?

There were some unanswered questions, such as this one, but upon waiting and digesting this book, I think I know the reason: Magical realism. Do I think there actually was a pterodactyl at the school? I'm not sure but I do think that the pterodactyl was perhaps a metaphor for a deeper issue. Pyke, the pterodactyl (yes, I know, Pyke the pterodactyl) helped Shiels, the main character realize what she really wants in life. And no, it wasn't a pterodactyl as a boyfriend. She wanted to chose her own career path, and not let her mother decide for her. She wanted to get out of the rut with her boyfriend, who ultimately was only such because they thought that was the logical step, they fit together. They got comfortable.

I haven't read any of the other reviews for this book, so I don't really know the reasonings behind the lower ratings. But I do know that this book won't appeal to everyone. If you over-analyse, nit-pick, all those things you (and I) know we do, you won't enjoy it. Like the character in this book, you have to be willing to try something knew, shake it up a little. You're reading a book about a PTERODACTYL for crying out loud, nothing about that is normal.

So have fun with it, give your critical brain a break and just take it for what it is. A story about letting go. About trying new things. And who knows, maybe you'll learn something new about yourself on the way.

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour to enter the giveaway to win a copy of this book!


Monday, March 21, 2016

EMOTIONS BY ARNULFO CANTARERO - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, this week I am reviewing Emotions by Arnulfo Cantarero! Thanks so much to the author for sending me his book for review, all opinions are my own.


I really wanted to like this book. And I feel bad saying that I didn't and giving it such a low rating but I wouldn't be helping anyone by not being honest.

I think the main problem with this book was the voice of the narrator. He's an extraterrestrial on earth and I just felt like his voice was too extreme. Like he knew nothing of social norms or anything. I almost felt like like it was the authors own voice, an adult trying to write as a teen. It just didn't work.

The other issue I had with this book was that the storyline. I had no idea what was happening. There was a like Mexican mafia type thing and a kidnapping and then a typical day within the same chapter. I was just very confused as to what the point was. I also found that locations got jumbled. At one point, the family is the States, and another they are in a different country (I still am unsure, somewhere they speak Spanish?)

Re-reading the synopsis after reading the book, seeing that the purpose of Jason's mission was to establish emotions, I get that now. I can see where the author was trying to get that across. However, I  feel like that message was lost amongst the adventures and timeline jumps from chapter to chapter.

At this current stage, I didn't love this book. I do think, though, with some tweaking, it could be better. There are some formatting issues, technicality wise, chapters don't start on a new page, the book is cut into unwieldy 4-5 sentence paragraphs, not big chunks... that sort of thing.

Was it awful? No, absolutely not. I've read some terrible books, and I couldn't get through those. The idea, the concept was there, it just needs some work on the execution.


Friday, March 18, 2016

MONDAY REVIEWS - ON A FRIDAY! - SALT TO THE SEA BY RUTA SEPETYS

Hello everyone!

I am back with another review, this week I am reviewing Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.



Wow. This book blew me away.

I first started it a little hesitant, because I'm not really history buff, and pretty much the most fiction I've read surrounding WWII was The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak and that was more magical realism than historical fiction.

The beginning of this book is a little hard to get into, because there are 4 different perspectives that you follow, and they don't meet up right way. I went into this book blind, so I had no idea what it was going to be about, other than telling a story from WWII that no one knows about.

I feel like I will keep that story under wraps, because I don't really want to spoil anything and I felt like, while on some level I should have expected it, I didn't.

Anyways, once you get into the story, it really picks up. The last 100 or so pages of this book were insanely intense, I pretty much held my breath the whole time. I cannot imagine going through what these people went through at the time.

I don't want to say too much and give away the ending, but this book was just so moving and well written. The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating was because it took a little longer to get into, and I almost gave up on it, but I'm so glad I didn't!

Highly recommend, even if you aren't a history person.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

TBR TUESDAY - MARCH 15

Hello everyone!

I am back with some more new releases! This week doesn't have a ton, but these few have deep and hard hitting messages! Let's get to the books!

A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

This sounds like a very unique book. I've never heard of anything quite like it before. It doesn't have the greatest reviews on Goodreads, but the average is 3.44/5.00 so who knows? Might be worth a shot if this seems up your alley!

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

I haven't really heard anything about this book, but it sounds really good. I'm just hoping that it works out, and doesn't turn into one of those "it's supposed to be beautiful but isn't really books." I feel like it will be overhyped, but I haven't read it so hopefully it will be worth the hype!

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Lately, I've been really intrigued by books dealing with sexual assault. I've always enjoyed books that deal with mental illness and the traumatic events that cause these illness. This book sounds heartbreaking but wonderful. Like with books dealing with mental illness, those dealing with sexual assault need to have both a gritty, raw element, as well as a path for hope and healing. Based on this synopsis, this seems like it will fit the bill nicely.

Divah by Susannah Appelbaum

Automatically, I see demons and think Supernatural. Anyone else? No? Just me, ok... Anyways, this book sound so fantastic! A cross genre, gothic thriller and historical fiction, it sounds glorious!

Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath

There are some mixed reviews for this book as well but it seems like it could be a really moving story, with some juicy high school scandals!

Well, that's it for this week! See you next time for more awesome new releases!


Monday, March 14, 2016

MONDAY REVIEWS - OUR DEMONS, BEST FRIENDS BY DIANA T. SCOTT

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Our Demons, Best Friends by Diana T. Scott. Thanks so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own!


I absolutely loved this book.

Like read it in 3 hours straight, stayed up way too late to finished it, loved it.

This book was so amazing. It was a great New Adult romance, but with a genuine connection, built on friendship, not just lust. Plus, they are medical residents at a hospital, and it was so wonderfully Grey's Anatomy at some points I loved it so much.

Ava and Sebastian both have their issues, and I really liked how they weren't romanticized too much, but they also weren't too raw. It was the perfect balance of old scars that they had, for the most part, been able to come to terms with. Yes, they have their darker moments, but they aren't held down by them.

I also loved how even though this book was New Adult, it wasn't your typical, all about the steamy scenes NA. I think that helped add to the story, the author focused on their relationship and feelings, as opposed to writing steamy scenes every chapter.

Overall, I loved this book, I think that much is clear. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series and I cannot recommend this book enough!


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

TBR TUESDAY - MARCH 8

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday, helping you add to that never ending pile of books you have to read! I know, the struggle is real!

ANYWAYS, there are some REALLY great releases this week, so let's get to them!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This book sounds very intriguing, and I in fact just got an ARC copy of it last week. I look forward to reading it soon, the first of a trilogy, this book seems to have good, albeit mixed, reviews!

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
I've read Higgins' other books, the Sweet Evil trilogy and I really enjoyed it and I cannot wait for this take on the Grimm Brothers tale, The Singing Bone! I'm not really familiar with the story, but from the synopsis, I think I will enjoy it!

A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood
This anthology of stories from authors including Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Beth Revis, and Jessica Spotswood sounds absolutely wonderful! It's supposed to be a bunch of kick-butt female characters throughout history told in a very diverse way! I cannot wait.

Seven Ways to Lie by Riley Redgate

This book made it to my list of books I am looking forward to this year, and I really hope it lives up to my expecatations! It's supposed to be loosely based on the seven deadly sins, and there's seven POV's for each one. I cannot wait to see how it turns out!

The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

Truthfully, I haven't heard much about this book before, but it sounds interesting. This book is a fantasy novel that is supposed to be for fans of The Grisha Trilogy so that should be interesting.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This book sounds different than what I originally thought it was going to be about. For some reason, I thought it was going to be more of a fantasy but it seems like it's going to be a contemporary!

Well, so there you go! Six new books to add to your shopping cart! Hopefully you found one to treat yourself to!


Monday, March 7, 2016

MONDAY REVIEWS - THE SKELETON TREE BY IAIN LAWRENCE

Hello everyone!

I am back again with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence. Thanks to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for review! All opinions are my own.


Wow! I was not expecting this book to be what it was.

I knew the basic premise, two kids, shipwrecked in Alaska. What I didn't know was how incredible this book would be.

This book is written so well that I felt like I was right alongside them. I was terrified, creeped out and hopeful all at the same time.

So much more than just a survival story, this book will make you look at life a little differently. Chris's father, who has just passed away was not the man Chris thought he was, and, as it turns out, neither is Frank, the other boy he is stranded with. This book makes you cherish what you have, because you could just as easily be thrown into the middle of nowhere with nothing.

This book was raw, gripping and terrifying. The whole concept of the skeleton tree freaked me out a little bit.

I felt every emotion throughout this book, fear, anxiety, but also hope that they would be rescued and happiness for the connection the boys forged.

Overall, a terrific story for anyone looking for a story about being stuck in the middle of nowhere or just a unique, moving read.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

TBR TUESDAY - MARCH 1

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! Get that Goodreads open because you are going to want to remember this week's new releases!!

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy


I got the opportunity to read an ARC of this book back in October of last year, and I absolutely loved it! It's a heartbreaking story with a little bit scarier aspects, with the asylum. But there's graffiti and comic strips throughout and that really adds to the story! My full review is here, you definitely need this book in your life!

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

This sounds like a great take on the classic Sherlock Holmes story! I've read some mixed things on Goodreads as to whether or not this book is "different enough" from other adaptations of Holmes and Watson, but for someone like me, who doesn't keep up with the recreations of this story, I think it sounds very intriguing!

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

I haven't really heard too much about this book, but it sounds like a very interesting story if you are into time travel! Plus, being called an Outlander for teens, I think this book will do just fine!

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

I hadn't heard much about this one either, until writing this post. But reading the synopsis and reviews, I am thinking I might just have to break my ban and pick it up! It's supposed to be witty, and snarky, two of my favourite things in a book! Plus, I'm getting a bit of a Lord of the Flies but in the ocean vibe! YAAASSS!

The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

After a couple fluffier books, this one seems like a hard-hitting contemporary. I've read mixed reviews, from people raving and loving it, to it being a cheesy, unemotional story. Who knows?

The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker

I have just recently been introduced to the sub-genre of toxicity and toxic relationships in YA. And I have to say, if it's done well, I really enjoy it! This one has a very high rating (a 4.48/5.00 at the time of my writing this review) so I think it just might be one of the good ones! The reviews are raving, and this might just be another one I break my ban to get!

Well, that's it for this week! Hopefully you were able to add at least one of these to the never ending TBR on Goodreads!