Showing posts from April, 2016


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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.


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…


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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.

A photo posted by @ryleyreads on Apr 24, 2016 at 9:54am PDT

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 size…


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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 ma…


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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 f…


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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 …


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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,…


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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, hav…


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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 pr…


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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 ar…


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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 t…


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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…


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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…


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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 n…


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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 e…


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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…


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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…


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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 t…