Friday, April 29, 2016

LOVE ME WHILE I'M GONE BY DIANA T. SCOTT - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review! Today, I am reviewing the companion novel to a book I reviewed a while back called Our Demons, Best Friends (you can see that review here), Love Me While I'm Gone by Diana T. Scott. Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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It was so fantastic to be back with these characters again! I remembered why I fell in love with them from the first book! This sequel, although I suppose it is more of a companion novel, focuses on Emily and Collin, instead of Ava and Sebastian. Don't worry, we still get to see the other characters, but this book is told in Emily and Collin's perspectives.

The first character we are introduced to is Emily. At the beginning of this book, I really enjoyed her character. She was funny and honest, and she dealt with her heartbreak in a way that I could imagine. The way the book is set up, you get the prologue first, where we find out Collin has come back to the hospital after pretty much disappearing a couple years ago, without telling Emily what was going on. You see both of their reactions to seeing each other for the first time, and then the book jumps back three years.

As the story progressed, and we got closer to present day, I disliked Emily more and more. In the "flashback" part of the book, she was fun and got along really well with Collin. But towards the end, after he came back, I wasn't really a fan of her.

**I wouldn't really consider this a spoiler, but read on with caution.**

Anyways, I was didn't like how Emily reacted to Collin coming back. Yes, he up and left her three years ago, and she should be mad. I understand that. What I didn't understand was that when he came back, he REPEATEDLY asked her to talk, so he could explain himself, why he was gone. If you read the first book, you know why, but the reason he left is understandable. Maybe not at first to Emily, but at least she could have waited until she was ready and then asked him. Instead, she gets her sister to dish and THEN GETS MAD AT COLLIN FOR NOT TELLING HER. I don't know, maybe I missed something somewhere, but I don't think she has any right to get mad at him. Multiple times he says he wants to talk about it, and when she hears it from someone else (who she had to squeeze it out of) and totally shuts him out because he didn't tell her WHEN SHE WASN'T READY TO HEAR IT.

**End possible spoiler**

After that, I pretty much was not a fan of Emily. And I don't know if that is a flaw of the book, or just Emily's character. As painful as she was being, it made her real and relatable.

Collin, on the other hand, was fantastic. He was witty, and such a good friend to Sebastian. I mean, I suppose if he had time to send Emily a text saying he was sorry, he could have explained things a little bit. Or maybe send one of those letter. But I still liked him over Emily.

I think, even though I didn't 100% LOVE these characters, they were still real, human, and relatable. Everybody makes mistakes, no matter how big or small, and these characters show that you can move on from these mistakes.

Similar to the first book, I would consider this one a New Adult novel, however, once again, it has so much more depth than the average NA book. While these issues weren't as devastating as the first book, the characters still had their struggles.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I loved the hospital, Grey's Anatomy-esque stuff once again, and think that if you are looking for a NA book with a real lesson, you definitely need check this one and Our Demons, Best Friends out!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

MUSE MONTHLY BOOK + TEA SUBSCRIPTION BOX - REVIEW

Hello everyone!

Today I am talking about not a book, but a book subscription box, called Muse Monthly.



What makes Muse Monthly, I think, so great, is that with each month's book, they work with the author and hand select a tea to go along with the book, as you are reading.


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I was graciously sent the April box, and it included a copy of Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrique, and a delightful tea from The Mountain Witch Tea Company called Hangover Helper Tea. I haven't been able to read the book yet, but here is the synopsis!


This sounds like a hilarious, bizarre and fantastic novel. I don't think I have, or ever will read something like it again. For some strange reason, I'm getting a kind of Alice in Wonderland vibe from this book, just because of the strangeness.

The other component of this box, is the tea that comes with the book. And it's not some grocery store, cheap, sample sample size tea. This is a full sized, made in a home kitchen, loose leaf tea. I have never had a tea like it before. The flavours were so complex. I'm used to the run of the mill grocery store tea, or if I'm feeling fancy, David's Tea. But even then, I don't get much crazier than mint or espresso. 

This tea had so many layers of flavours, it was incredible. It feels weird to gush about tea like this but I think this is one of the best teas I've ever had. 

This box only has the book and tea, not a bunch of other things like bookmarks or posters, so the few components it does have need to be of excellent quality. There aren't smaller things to increase the value of the box. And I think this box is able to stand on its own.

"Muse Monthly is dedicated to bringing you the best in contemporary adult fiction, with a focus on literary fiction from debut writers. We strive to provide a diverse range of novels, including those written by and about women, people of color, and those from the LGBTQA+ community. We are also focused on supporting small, local, organic tea makers from the US and Canada."

You can really tell the work and effort that goes into these boxes, because of the quality of the products. They even have a shop where you can buy the book or tea from that month, if you missed out, or loved the tea so much you needed to get more (what? I'm not patiently waiting for this month's tea to be put up there...).

They even offer a gift box, for you or a fellow book lover that includes that month's subscription but doesn't auto-renew, if you want to try it out or gift it!

Before the subscription period opens, they announce the book on their Instagram page, which, if you're like me and have way too many books and don't want duplicates, or you just like to know ahead of time, is perfect. The books are adult fiction, but they never seem boring or uninteresting. Just last month, the box included a copy of A Gathering of Shadows and a tea that selected with the help of Victoria Schwab herself!

Boxes start at just $21.00 a month (less than the cost of buying the book by itself, let alone the tea!) so it's a steal of a deal!

All in all, if you are looking for a different book subscription box, with unique premises and the best teas you will every have, definitely check out Muse Monthly.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD BY SIOBHAN VIVIAN - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today I am reviewing The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC of this book to review. All opinions are my own.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, witty, and REAL. The town was flooding and you got a sense of that terror, urgency, and fear.

The story is told from the perspective of the main character, Keeley Hewitt. I enjoyed her perspective on things, I felt that she was accurate in portraying a character in this situation. At the beginning of the book, I was totally rooting for her, and her relationship with Jesse. As the story progressed though, and without giving too much away, I liked her less. She started to get annoying. She did her own thing, only thinking for herself, not caring what happened to those around her. Still, I didn't hate her, because she was only trying to make a bad situation better.

The main love interest (I say main because there was a slight, minor, barely noticeable until the end, love triangle) Jesse was a good enough character. He was charming and fun, Keeley's childhood crush. As a person though, he wasn't my favourite. He didn't seem to take anything seriously, and he didn't really open up. Even know, I'm not sure I could name 5 personal things about him.

The other major character in this book is Levi. He is the other part of the sort of, not really love triangle. At the beginning of the book, I didn't like Levi. He was a suck up, and, having the sheriff as his father, followed the rules. He was such a contrast from Jesse and pretty much every other teen in the book. It wasn't until the end that I felt for him, and liked him more.

I think what I loved most about this book was the realness. I felt like I was there, living it with everyone. When it was flooding, I was sitting in the gym scared. When they were at the pool party, I was right there with them. Vivian's writing is so atmospheric, you are in the novel with the characters. I think to, that is what I loved about the characters. Even though they could be annoying, or irritating, they felt REAL. I haven't felt characters this real since I read Eleanor & Park. Even the actions of the parents through all of this, they all made sense, you could see a community being shattered by this disaster.

That being said, I didn't give this book a full five star review. I docked one star because of Mr. Hewitt, and because of the ending. I won't say too much about the ending, because when I posted a photo of this book on Instagram, the author mentioned that the ending of the published book has changed. I'm not sure how, but I'm hoping it is significant enough for me to feel more at peace with it.

The other reason I didn't love this book was because of Keeley's dad. I felt like at the end, when everything was revealed, all the sympathy and excitement I felt for him vanished. He was the leader of the Reservoir Resistance and I didn't think his actions were appropriate as such. Again, the published book has a slightly different ending, so he might be better, I'm not sure.

All this being said, I still preordered this book, and I plan on re-reading it, or at least re-reading the new ending. Because I want a better ending, a happier ending for these characters.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NEW RELEASES - APRIL 26

Hello everyone!

I am back with another week of new releases! Get that Goodreads out and start adding!

Great Falls by Steve Watkins

I haven't really heard to much about this book, but based on the synopsis, it looks pretty interesting! This also sounds like a really important novel to read, dealing with PTSD and mental illness, and with an average rating on Goodreads of 4.33/5.00, this book seems to be living up to my expectations.

The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

As I am writing this post, I am actually halfway through an ARC and am loving this book so far! It's funny and also a little bit heartbreaking. I will be posting my full review tomorrow (Wednesday), so stay tuned for my full review!

Two Summers by Aimee Friedman

I have not heard too much about this one either, but it sounds like a cute, summer read! You don't have to choose a favourite, Paris or New York, this book has both storylines! It does still sound like it has a deeper meaning than just a fluffy romance.

Down With The Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn 

This book sounds AH-MA-ZING! I came across it a few months ago and I was so excited by the synopsis! The reviews seem a little mixed, but it just sounds like a really interesting, possible supernatural read! I will definitely be picking this one up!

The Incident On The Bridge by Laura McNeal 

This book made it on to my anticipated releases of 2016 list and I am hoping it doesn't disappoint! This is thriller about a girl who supposedly jumped off a bridge, but her sister is convinced she would never act so impulsively. Pitched as We Were Liars meets The Bone Gap, this books looks like a great mystery thriller.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi 

I'm torn on this book, because it looks like The Queen of the Tearling but I know it's not the same. It's set in a totally different area of the world, but I can't help compare it to that book, and others in the Arabian mythology genre that has popped up out of no where. The reviews look good though, and it's set to be a standalone with a companion novel set in the same world.

Heir To The Sky by Amanda Sun

Ok, I know this book is not the same, but I am getting some serious deja vu with this cover! It reminds me so much of The Accident Season, which I know, is a completely different story. [Apparently the same photographer took these two cover photos!] Anyways, this book sounds actually a little bit like Magonia, which I didn't love, but maybe this one will be better!

Hot Dudes Reading by Hot Dudes Reading

I was actually sent an ARC of this book, you can read my full review here! This book was a quick read, hilarious and witty! Plus, there are some interviews with some of the guys who were featured, which was cool, you got to see the other side of things!

Anyways, that is it for this week! Hope you enjoyed and found yourself a new read!


Monday, April 25, 2016

HOT DUDES READING - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with a slightly different sort of book to review this week, a visual, Instagram-esque book. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC of Hot Dudes Reading for review, all opinions are my own!


This was such a great book! I recently stumbled across the Instagram account and this book is just as hilarious!

Great, funny, quick read that makes a perfect coffee table book!

I love how while this book focuses mainly on attractive men reading (obviously), there's also references to architecture and various locations within NYC that are stunning as well.

The collection of photos and captions were great, and the interviews with a few of the features were fantastic too! I'm going to keep this review fairly short, because I don't want to say too much about this book, it is more of something that you need to read and experience for yourself!

If you are a true book lover (#NoKindles), you will love flipping through this book! Luckily, it comes out tomorrow!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

THE ART OF NOT BREATHING BY SARAH ALEXANDER - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander! Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.



I haven't quite decided what to rate this book yet, I think I'm going with 2/5 stars. I enjoyed it, but I just felt a little too detached from the story. I found the story itself was interesting, and the characters all seemed to be still reeling for the accident that happened 5 years ago, but I just couldn't connect with them emotionally.

The main character, Elsie, is a little bit hard to love. She's feisty and headstrong, but she also is a little whiny and annoying at times. Her older brother Dillion was fine, he has his own issues that I don't want to get into for fear of spoiling anything, but up until pretty much the end of the story when we find out why he's having problems, he was not really, I felt, a part of the story. Actually, come to think of it, none of the other characters, other than Elsie, were really 'in' the story. Both of the parents were almost non-existant, because of the aftermath of the incident, which, I suppose is understandable, but I didn't like that.

Tay and Danny were ok characters, but I feel like we could have done without the romance between Tay and Elsie, I didn't think it added to the story. And I felt like his reason for leaving wasn't very good. Danny was a jerk for no real reason, it wasn't Elsie's fault about what happened with his dad.

I also got to the point where I thought I knew what was happening, but then I was thrown a curveball and I had no clue that was coming. Looking back, it makes sense, and I appreciate the false sense of predictability the author gave to throw me off the trail.

Overall, this was a good book. Did I love it? No. Did I hate it? Definitely not. I read it in two sittings, so it definitely held my attention, it just isn't a book I'm personally going to go out and buy.


Friday, April 22, 2016

TWENTY QUESTIONS FOR GLORIA - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today, I am reviewing Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford! Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC of this book for review, all opinions are my own.



If you read any of my status updates (and there was a lot, I'm sorry), you would know that I was about 20 pages into this book when I decided I was going to love it. I was sucked in by the allure, by the mystery, kind of like Gloria (eh, you see what I did there?). Anyways, I read this book in like 2 hours. I absolutely inhaled it. I couldn't put it down.

This is the story of two teens, Gloria, and Uman (oo-maan <- the pronunciation is important!), who run off together on an adventure, and only one of them returns.

I really enjoyed both characters, Gloria was bored with her average life, and when Uman, the new kid, shows up, he turns her life upside down. She is normal, average, set to finish high school, get into post secondary, get married, have 2.3 children, etc. He is exotic, witty, and mysterious. And for some reason, untouchable. Teachers let him get away with everything. Eventually, you find out why that is, but for Gloria, she finds him intriguing. Annoying at first, but intriguing.

Side note: The reason behind Uman being able to do whatever he wants is so heartbreaking. And you can see how that tragedy has shaped Uman and his personality. He doesn't want to become like that. He wants to be different, in every sense of the word.

I don't really want to talk too much about plot, because I feel like this is one of those books where you don't want to know too much going into it.

Layout wise, I enjoyed it. We find out pretty much right away that Gloria is the one who comes home, and we don't know what happened to Uman. The book is basically Gloria telling the detective at the police station what happened in the 15 days she was missing. I really enjoyed Gloria's voice, and even though there are some interruptions from the detective and Gloria's mom, we get to hear everything from Gloria's perspective. You don't really find out if Gloria was taken, or if she went willingly until later on, and I was afraid that some of Gloria's descriptions and explanations were a result of a bit of Stockholm syndrome, defending Uman and his actions. Again, I won't say too much, but I was happy with how it turned out.

Now, I said at the beginning of this review that I knew I was going to love this book. And after thinking about it, I think I am wrong. In a sense, I feel a little like Gloria. I was intrigued and enthralled from the beginning, but as time went by, and reality sunk in, the appeal lessened. I don't know if it was just because I read it in one sitting, or if I was experiencing the reality check along with Gloria and Uman towards the end, but the story lost some of it's magic.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book, and I will definitely be picking up a finished copy, but I just didn't love it as much as I thought I once did. And I think there are some parallels for Gloria. She realized that she didn't want to live her life the way she and Uman were living it, and in the end, she will still look back on their time together and enjoy it in a sort of bittersweet way I think about this book.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

THE DARKEST CORNERS BY KARA THOMAS - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas! Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me an eARC for an honest review. All opinions are my own.



This book was spectacular. I know I've been saying it a lot lately, but I absolutely DEVOURED this book. I started it around 11pm and could not put it down until I finished it at 2am. #noregrets

Basically, this is the story of Tessa and Callie, and the murder they witnessed ten years ago. The alleged murderer proven guilty with the help of a testimony by two 8 year old girls, after Callie's cousin was strangled to death and laid out by the river, like the other 3 victims of the towns local serial killer, dubbed the Ohio River Monster.

But a lot has changed in the ten years. Tessa moved away with her grandmother after her sister ran off and her mother wanted them to live out of her car. Callie stayed in the town, forever haunted by her aunt's grief and her mother's pressure to lock up anyone, even an innocent man.

After Tessa comes back to town to visit her father in prison, another girl turns up dead, just the way the ORM used to do it. But he's locked in prison for life, isn't he?

I haven't read a book this good in a very, very long time. I have been searching for the perfect thriller for a while, and I think I may have found it. Maybe reading this at night helped, but I was on the verge of wanting to keep reading, and being terrified. In the end, I couldn't stop.

At the beginning, I didn't know who was behind everything. And neither do the girls. They have some leads, but any one of them seems possible. I liked that. I liked how it wasn't just one person that didn't quite fit nicely into the picture. There were many. And you can see that through Tessa's thought process.

I really don't want to say much else about the story, because there are so many twists that are so amazing when you experience first hand.

I will say, in those last 80 pages, I wasn't sure I was going to make it. One thing snowballed into another, and it just kept getting more and more insane. And then, that final paragraph, because my heart wasn't ripped out and torn to shreds already, that final paragraph just lit it on fire.

I cannot recommend this book enough, and I will definitely be picking myself up a copy!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NEW RELEASES - APRIL 19

Hello everyone!

Get out that Goodreads app, because this week is chalk full of great new releases!

The Epidemic by Suzanne Young

This is the sequel to the prequel in The Program duology? It comes before The Program and The Treatment but after The Remedy. Anyway, I loved that duology, and I didn't love the first prequel book, but hopefully this one is better!

No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista
My review for this book actually was just posted yesterday, if you want to check it out! Anyways, it was a cute, funny summer romance and I look forward to the companion books in this series!

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

This sounds like a great lighter historical fiction with a cute romance! Reviews seem pretty good on Goodreads. I've heard it compared to Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice so who knows?

Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin

For those looking for an alien/paranormal novel, here you go! Ratings are fairly mixed on Goodreads, some love it, others, not so much. If you are interested, definitely give it a shot, especially with it's 4.13/5.00 star rating!

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

I've actually not heard anything about this book, but based on the synopsis and THAT COVER, I think I might just add it to my own TBR! It has been marked anything from historical fiction to supernatural and middle grade to paranormal! Sounds intriguing!

The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer

This sounds like such a touching story, and who doesn't love a good road trip/back back trip (yup, that's a thing)? It has some mixed reviews, but I'm adding this one to my list!

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

So I have an eARC of this book from Random House that I haven't read yet, and after reading the synopsis, I am picking it up ASAP! This book sounds spectacular!

Well, that's it for this week! Hope you found a couple books that piqued your interest!


Monday, April 18, 2016

NO LOVE ALLOWED BY KATE EVANGELISTA - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Kate Evangelista's No Love Allowed. I received this book from Raincoast Books for review, all opinions are my own.


I really enjoyed this book. It had vibes of a modern day Gatsby with a dash of Abbi Glines' Sea Breeze series. It had the glitz and glam of the 20s, but the rich guy-poor girl concept of Sea Breeze.

Basically, this is a story about a rich guy Caleb, who's bitter about love because of his mother's death and his parents love wrecked his father after she died, and a girl from the other side of the tracks, Didi.

I really liked the storyline and the characters in this story. I liked how even at the various events, Didi didn't try to be anyone she wasn't. She was brutally honest and she told it like it was. She didn't pretend to be a famous, rich person. She was herself.

The ending seemed a little rudimentary but I still enjoyed the book overall.

I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a love story that's a little bit different, and has a great swoony guy! Plus, this is the first of a series of companion novels with more swoon-worth guys!!

This book is released April 19, 2016!


Saturday, April 16, 2016

THE CHARM BRACELET BY VIOLA SHIPMAN - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman! Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book for review. All opinions are my own!



I loved this book. It is the quintessential summer read about, love, life, and finding yourself.

This story follows three generations of Lindsey's, Lolly, her daughter Arden, and her daughter Lauren. Arden and Lauren live in Chicago, where Arden works as an editor of a magazine and Lauren studies business at Northwestern. However, end other woman is happy with her life.

When they get a letter from Lolly, in her small hometown, asking them to visit, Arden begrudgingly agrees to go for Memorial Day weekend.

However, as Lolly's health begins to fail, the women discover more about their family and her past than they ever knew, hearing stories about each charm Lolly has on her charm bracelet.

Along the way, Lolly helps them see that life has more value than just making money or other people happy, and Arden and Lauren make some major decisions.

Like I said, I loved this book. It just screamed summer to me. I can totally imagine sitting outside, in the sun devouring this book. Even though there was some cheesy clichés, this book had some amazing quotes that really made you stop and think.

I really connected with all of the characters, and I think generally, most people would. The are relatable and likeable. Almost everyone, I think, walks the line between doing what makes them happy and what others think they should do. This book talks a lot about not having any regrets and I think lots of readers would relate to being afraid and not pursuing their dreams.

I read this book in pretty much 6-7 hours straight, I couldn't put it down!

If you are looking for the perfect beachy, summer read, or just a book that will help push you outside your comfort zone, I highly recommend you pick this one up!


Friday, April 15, 2016

JANE STEELE BY LYNDSAY FAYE - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another review, today it is Jane Steele by Lynsday Faye. As you may have guessed, it is a retelling of the famous Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Thank you so much to Random House for sending me an ARC of this book for review. All opinions are my own.



First, let me just say that I have not read Jane Eyre so naturally, I cannot comment on this book's likeness or faithfulness in terms of a retelling. That being said, I really enjoyed this book!

Jane was such an interesting character to read about, she's had such a strange and somewhat sad life. Even though she does become a bit of a serial killer, none of the people she kills are innocent of their crimes. Each and every person she kills is a bad person, and I think she, and eventually those who she tells, both use this as a justification.

I enjoyed the three volume/parts of the book. I know that that was typical of the books back then, and it really made it easy to see her life laid out. Volume One focuses on backstory and her childhood, Volume Two, her time at school and what happens after, and Volume Three is about her adult life, where she meets Mr. Charles Thornfield.

I'm sure in the original, Jane Eyre and her man friend (don't know his name o.O) are madly, passionately in love, and that was tried to be relayed in this story. However, I found that I didn't really feel any connection between Jane and Thornfield. When they first met, he was charming, and she so peculiarly atypical, but as their relationship and life progressed, I felt they were drifting apart. He had a lot of mixed signals, and she had had such a rough life, plus, there's the whole fact that, well, I won't spoil anything, but I just couldn't see them together.

I really enjoyed Jane's interactions with the others, Sadar and Sahjara, and felt like they were really great characters, Jane needed those friendships.

The inclusion of some details of the Sikh religion were an unexpected, but warmly welcomed addition to this book. I had some prior knowledge of some of the customs of the religion, however the book does a good job of explaining some minor details that are fairly important. I'm not sure how much of this is included in the original story, but it would make sense its included, given the timeline of the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I flew through it in a day, and couldn't put it down. Looking back, it reminds me vaguely of A Madness So Discreet, but not a lot. Again, I'm not sure how close this book is to the original, but I do have to say:

"Reader, I loved it."


Monday, April 11, 2016

MIND GAMES BY TJ MOORE - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review! Today, I am reviewing Mind Games by TJ Moore! Thanks so much to the author for providing me with a copy of his book for review, all opinions are my own.


It took me two days to read this book. Well, technically a little over one because I picked it up again before bed and next thing I knew, I had 10 pages left and it was 1 a.m. Yeah, this is that kind of book.

When I first started this book, I was really enjoying it! I love mysteries and crime type TV shows (even though I'm usually way too afraid to watch them) and this book was shaping up to be just like one of those. Snarky cop interactions, a crime scene photographer, a whip-smart electrical engineer trying desperately to create a security system to stop the infamous San Fran Bomber from breaking into the bank. It was going really great.

And then, it got weird. Like sucked into a cult/prison camp/alien thing meets Hansel and Gretel weird. But, by that point, I was invested. I needed to know how the story ended, how everything was connected. So I pushed ahead, and I am so glad I did!

Things started to become clearer, and I was beginning to see how the pieces of this puzzle fit together. However, I think the best part of this book was that it was so unpredictable. Some things would work out, I would think I would know what was going to happen, and I was totally in shock. Like when the whole thing was worked out, the identity was revealed and the motive... I sat there for a good 5 minutes in shock. I had no idea who the person behind everything was going to be. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't say too much, but the details were all there, I just couldn't fathom it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was very, VERY different than what I usually read, and I really liked that. With all the thrillers and mysteries coming out these days, this book is definitely not cookie cutter, this book plays by it's own rules.

I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for something with a good mystery and is unique!


Friday, April 8, 2016

LINES WE FORGET BY J.E. WARREN - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review this week, I know, it's my third one but I'm trying to plough through all the review books I have!

Today, I am reviewing Lines We Forget by J.E. Warren. Thanks so much to the author for providing me with an eARC for review. All opinions are my own.










Ok, where do I start? I really enjoyed this book. I found it had just the right amount of fluff, without being mind-numbing.

Let's talk about the two main characters, Charlie and Anna. Charlie is your quintessential, blond, British, guitar playing, singing male lead. He is witty and smart, and I knew from the very beginning that I was going to like him. Anna, on the other hand, is a little snarky, and at times, was a little bit annoying. I just found that Charlie was putting more work into the relationship, and she kept putting herself first. Now, I'm not saying that she should bend herself to Charlie's wishes, but she just kept making decisions based on her pride that effected both of them, but didn't take into consideration what his feelings would be.

This was your typical insta-love set up, but it didn't feel insta-lovey. They saw each other from afar and decided to get a coffee. It wasn't like they met, fell in love instantly and got married the next day, but it was a fairly quick meeting. I think, just because of the way the story is written, you can feel the tension and chemistry, even before they meet. Their relationship started quick, and went well, and then there was a misunderstanding, they got back together, then another argument, etc. Like I said, it was a very typical layout for a contemporary.

I do think, however, that this story was still good. The issues they had, they weren't petty issues. They were real-life, could happen to anyone issues. That being said, this was still a fairly light read, I read it in pretty much three sittings, staying up way to late for two of them, in the span of around 24 hours. It's the perfect, quick contemporary read that doesn't make you ball your eyes out, but it isn't so dramatic and reused that it makes you want to throw the book across the room.

Ok, this has been kind of an all over the place review, but trust me, if you are looking for a book with some funny moments, some serious moments, and is a fairly quick read, this is the book for you!


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

GLEN FALLS: BOOK ONE BY MALYNDA SCHLEGEL - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review! Today, I am reviewing Glen Falls: Book One by Malynda Schlegel. Thanks so much to the author for sending me a copy of her book for review! All opinions are my own.


This was an intense book. From the storyline to the fact that it is over 400 pages long, and covers a whole first year of college, a lot happens in this book.

So let's talk about the one 'main' family first, the Amherst's. We see both the parental, career and marital struggles of Grant and Sophia as well as the love life dramas and just general problems with their children, twins Wesley and Alexia. Oh and their neighbours son of the same age, Jared.

We also see single mother Virginia and daughter Breanne's struggle with disconnect, and boy trouble, a string of 'handsy' boyfriends for Virginia and an independent boyfriend with his own problems, Connor, for Breanne.

AND we see Connor and his friend/occasional roommate Travis who's a bit of a jerk for no real reason.

As you can tell, there are a lot of characters to keep track of. Everyone is interconnected somehow. Everyone is someone's best friend's sister. Or someone's boyfriend's friend. I hesitate to say it, but this sort of reminded me of a soap opera. Before I lose you, hang on. Not in the annoying, overly dramatic, woe is me, sort of way. Just in the way the story was told and how the characters were connected.

Even though there are a lot of characters, you still get a full, fairly complex understanding of who they are. There isn't really one main character, there's nine. You get glimpses into the heads of each of the characters, while still not being able to figure out exactly who they are in one chapter.

I feel like for some people, this may be jarring. If you are used to first person, where you are in the head of one sole narrator, you may find this book hard to follow. But if you keep an open mind, and just follow the story, you will enjoy it.

The only reason I didn't give this book a full 5 star review is because of the ending. I know its a series, but I just felt like the ends were tried to be somewhat tied up, but didn't really. Like with all the issues with Grant and Sophia, things are kind of cleared up, but the author also kind of keeps you wondering if things will stay the way they ended.

Overall, this was a very interesting and unique story that deals with the struggles of family, love and school life, and I definitely recommend it!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NEW RELEASES - APRIL 5

Hello everyone!

I am back with another week of new releases! This is the first of April's new books, and I have to say, they are setting a pretty good tone for the rest of the month! Let's get into them!

Alight by Scott Sigler

I read and loved the first book in The Generations Trilogy, Alive when it first came out, you can check out my full review here, and I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel! Plus, Scott Sigler is going to be at BookCon in May, so I'm hoping to get my book signed!

Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins

Another sequel, this is the finale to the Rebel Belle trilogy! I loved the first book, but didn't love the second one. I'm hoping this book is a strong finish for what started as a great trilogy! You can read my review of book one, Rebel Belle here!

Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody

I recently stumbled across this book on Goodreads and it looks like the quintessential summer read, told the perspective of three male characters. Based solely on the fact that there's THREE male POVs in a contemporary, that should be enough to pick up the book! But seriously, the synopsis sounds really interesting and I'm not gonna turn away that cover ;)

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

I don't know why, but I cannot stop thinking about that cover! I remember seeing this cover forever ago and I can't stop thinking about the heart shaped waffles! The story itself seems fairly unique, a little bit of mystery... although my money is on the "pretentious teenage son" of her "stepmonster" being the SN... who knows? Seriously though, this book has a pile of 5 star ratings and an average rating of 4.28/5.00!

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul

I got the opportunity to read this book for review, and actually my review just went up yesterday, so check out that review for more of my thoughts but I really enjoyed it! It's another male narration and it goes so much deeper than just a guy almost burning down a house asking a girl to prom.

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

I haven't really heard much about this book in particular, but I have heard about this author. This story is supposed to be an A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickins retelling, and so far, the reviews haven't been stellar but I do have an eARC that I will be reading soon. Hopefully it turns out better than the mediocre reviews!

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

I've been hearing a lot of buzz about this book, but I have yet to hear any thoughts on it. From the synopsis, it seems a little to Divergent-y for my tastes, but who knows? Goodreads reviews are all over the place, from DNFing to full on 5 stars. If the author's name sounds familiar, that's because she is the author of P.S. I Still Love You, the one that was made into a movie with the ghost of Gerald Butler, and Love, Rosie, also made into a movie. This is her debut into YA, so who knows how it will turn out.

Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski

I haven't really heard anything about this book, but it sounds very interesting! The ratings aren't the greatest, but the story is a crazy mix of realistic contemporary fiction, dystopian and LGBT+. It could either end very good, or very confusing!

So that's it for this week! Lots of great new books to pick up!!



Monday, April 4, 2016

MY KIND OF CRAZY BY ROBIN REUL - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I'm back with another book review! This week, it My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review of this book. All opinions are my own.


I have to say, this was a very interesting story. Going in, I wasn't sure what to really expect. The main character, Hank, hasn't had the greatest life. His mom and brother died in a car accident and his dad sits at home watching baseball drinking away his sorrows. But still, Hank tries not to let his past define him.

He meets Peyton, a girl who has issues of her own. Together they form an interesting relationship dynamic. Obviously, the relationship does turn romantic, fairly early on, and I think perhaps that was the biggest issue I had with this book. I felt, not that it was Insta-love, but that it was just an unnecessary turn. Peyton showed interest in Hank from the get-go and it takes Hank a little longer to get with the program. I think this story would have been better off if the relationship stayed platonic. The romance, to me, seemed unnecessary.

This story was more than I was expecting, it definitely had some turns that I didn't see coming. The whole situation with Peyton and her backstory, it was very moving.

I really enjoyed the writing, it's not often in YA you see a male narration and I enjoyed his insight. Looking back now, it actually reminds me a little bit of Paper Towns. The male narrator, a broken girl, although this one seemed a little more willing to be helped.

Plus, there were definitely a lot of great quotes throughout as well.

Overall, I enjoyed this unique and well written story and would definitely check it out if you are looking for a different, YA read!