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NEW RELEASES - MAY 31

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I have another week of new releases for you! Not a ton this week, but some good looking ones.

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

I actually picked this book up the other day at the bookstore a little bit early, and I'm very excited to read it! I read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacockby Quick last year and it was a very unique and different story, so I am looking forward to this one!

Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

I remember hearing about this book a while ago, but for the life of me can't remember when or why. Regardless, it looks very interesting, "they're" calling it a book for fans of We Were Liars, Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, I know, typical for a thriller, but hopefully this one is unique enough to stand on its own.

The Language of Stars by Louise Hawes

This is another one that I thought was already out, I've been hearing a steady stream of buzz about this book but I guess it still needs to be released. Anyways, it looks interesting.

Wan…

LITJOY CRATE BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOX - REVIEW

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Today I am talking about another book subscription box called LitJoy CrateLitJoy Crate offers 3 types of book boxes: board books (ages 0-2), picture books (ages 3-7), and young adult books (ages 14+). Each of their boxes come curated with 2-4 book themed products that go along with a book.

The ladies over at LitJoy Crate were sweet enough to send me a young adult box for review!

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The May box was called 'Lady Bandit,' and it included:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, with a signed bookplate and little note from the authorA gorgeous copper necklace watch with a compass design (if you've read the book, you get the compass reference).A lovely scarf that matches the book.A tube of sand coloured (get it?) lip gloss A beautiful custom made notepad designed by ChickLit Designs

A photo posted by ryley | nineteen (@ryleyreads) on May 26, 2016 at 2:30pm PDT

The book that is in each box w…

THE OUTLIERS BY KIMBERLY McCREIGHT - BOOK REVIEW

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I have another book review today, The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight! Thanks so much to HarperCollins Canada for sending me a copy of this book review. As always, all opinions are my own.



This book was so crazy! Even know, after I finished it, I have no idea what to think.

I don't know if the synopsis does the book justice. Yes, all that stuff does happen, but that really is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. I won't say to much because obviously this sort of book is better to go into not knowing much.

From some of the reviews this book has gotten, it seems like its a cliche, stereotypical teen crime/mystery. Maybe I just don't read a ton of the genre, because it sucked me way in. I started it at about 10 pm and could not put it down to go to bed until I finished it at 1 am. And I didn't really find it very cliched. The friend disappearing wasn't the most original plot in the world but with all the twists and turns in the storyline, and the PAC…

THE VOODOO KILLINGS BY KRISTI CHARISH - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish. Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.



Well, what do I even say about this book? For starters, it wasn't my favourite. I thought it was fun at the beginning, but I just found that the supernatural elements were too much and I wasn't a fan. That being said, I still finished the book.

I think that there is a specific group of readers who would enjoy this book. If you liked City of Bonesby Cassandra Clare and the Mortal Instruments series, you may like this one, although I only read City of Bones and no others in the series so I can't be 100% sure. Or if you likedThe Bone Seasonby Samantha Shannon, I got a lot of similar vibes from this one. Urban fantasy, secret underground world, outlawed job description, kind of crazy but still loveable old man mentor, that sort of thing.

But you …

NEW RELEASES - MAY 24

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There aren't a ton of new books out this week, but some that look interesting, including a finale and a sequel!

Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims

I've had my eye on this book for a long time, since I heard about it coming out, and I CANNOT wait to read it! It's a thriller with what I am assuming will be an unreliable narrator, two things I love! Definitely picking this one up!

26 Kisses by Anna Michaels

This book seems like a really cute, fluffy summer read! I can just imagine sitting by the beach, soaking up some sun reading about Veda and her journey!

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

I haven't really heard too much about this book, but looking at some of the Goodreads reviews, it's going to be good! Both reviewers and well known authors are RAVING about it, so if this sounds like your thing, pick it up!

Incriminated by M.G. Reyes

So I have had Emancipated sitting on my shelf to be read for, oh probably 6+ months now... It looks so good, I just haven…

I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS BY IAIN REID - BOOK REVIEW

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Today, I am reviewing a crazy book I was send for review, I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I don't even know where to start with this book. I loved it, but at the same time, I'm so beyond confused. If you've been reading my reviews for awhile, you will know that the only reason I don't give a book a star rating is when I either DNF'd it, or if I was so enthrallingly confused by it. In the case of this book, it is the latter.

Usually, I start with the characters, but in a way, the writing was so much more important than the characters. This really is a story driven by the atmospheric writing, and while it was a unique aspect that I personally found refreshing, I feel like some people won't love it.

At just over 200 pages, this book is a quick read, in terms of length and pacing. I started it before be…

VINYL BY SOPHIA ELAINE HANSON - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson. Thanks so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.



I really enjoyed this book. Vinyl ended up being a really great, classical dystopian novel that was able to stand apart and be unique in a fairly saturated genre.

The book follows primarily the main character, Ronja, who lives in a world where people have devices implanted called "Singers" that distribute the "Music." There is the Day Song, the Night Song and the Quiet Song, each counteracting the emotions and feelings that the citizens feel, such as the desire to rebel. Those who have be able to overcome the Music are captured and turned into "Mutts," mutants who die slowly and painfully, becoming addicted to substances, are unable to control their emotions and ultimately passing on the mutant genes to their offspring, as sort of a warning f…

THE LONG ROAD HOME BY ALEC JOHN BELLE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review! Today, I am reviewing The Long Road Home by Alec John Belle. Thanks so much to the author for sending me an eGalley of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.



I really loved this book. I wasn't too sure what to expect going in, but once I got into it, I knew I was hooked.

Similar to It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, this book takes place in a psychiatric hospital after the main character, Brooke, tries to commit suicide for the second time. By the way, I'm just going to warn you know, this book deals with very serious topics and triggers, such as suicide, and self-harm, such as cutting and overdosing, so if any of these affect you, maybe turn away now.

When this book first starts, you can tell that Brooke does not want to continue living. This was her second attempt and she's adamant on getting out to, in her words, "finish the job." The thing that is most important in this …

THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER BY HARRIET REUTER HAPGOOD - BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW

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I am so excited to be working with the amazing people over at Raincoast Books and be a part of the blog tour for what might be one of my favourite books of the year, The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood.



Each blogger got to ask one question to Harriet, and because I am randomly obsessed with names, and there are some really interesting ones in the book, I asked her about them!

How did you come up with the names of the characters in the book?
Slowly! Few of the names from the first draft made it through – they’re just placeholders while I explore who the characters are, and they really come together as people for me once I find the right name. (Or borrow a name from a friend or relative.) Gottie started out as Mallory Reynolds – a Firefly reference – then Mallory Kreutz once I decided she’d be half-German like my mum. Once I realized I was writing about family, she became Margot Kreutz (a shoutout to my auntie) and I figured an older brother like Ned woul…

THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS BY SARAH JUDE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review,w, today I am reviewing The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.



Where do I start? This book truly was a whirlwind.

When I first read the synopsis, I thought I was getting a story of a small town with a couple of murders. What I ended up with was a crazy, twisted story of a cult-like community (using cult in the sense of a small group of people with similar beliefs, not in a necessarily negative sense).

Storywise, I enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the writing was good.

I just feel like it could have been better. I feel like for the first 100 or so pages in this under-300 page book weren't really all that important. Yes, there was backstory, but the real mystery didn't really start until after that. Once everything picked up, I enjoyed it. But I just felt like for a book that's only 286 pages, the fi…

NEW RELEASES - MAY 10

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I am back with another week of new releases! There's a few less than last week, but still lots of great reads! Let's get into the books!

Even If The Sky Falls by Mia Garcia 

Ahh this sounds like the perfect summer read! It's cute and romantic, with a little bit of realistic fiction thrown in there! Plus that cover is just classically beautiful!

Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross by Katie Finn

This is the final book in the Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend trilogy. So far I've only read the first one, but I own the second one as well. These books are fairly light, they mostly deal with trivial issues, but they are still good books. And in case you didn't know, Katie Finn is a pseudonym for Morgan Matson, the author of a bunch of really great books like Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, and The Unexpected Everything!

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley


I am so excited for this book!! I have only read o…

MANNHEIM REX BY ROBERT POBI - BOOK REVIEW

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This week I am back with a review of Mannheim Rex by Rob Pobi. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.



Ok, so before I get into the review, I just want to say that I'm not sure that this book was written for someone like me.

I was hoping, based on the synopsis that, yes there would be a hunt for a lake monster, but the book would mainly focus on the characters and their issues. I suppose in the end it did, but I just thought there was too much monster/fishing and not enough stuff that the average person would enjoy. If you like monsters or fishing and that sort of thing, you will enjoy it. If you don't, you may have a harder time getting through this one.

The fact that this book wasn't for me isn't the author's fault. I tried to get out of my comfort zone, and it wasn't something I enjoyed. That doesn't mean that you won't like the book, or th…

THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING BY MORGAN MATSON - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson! Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this book for and honest review. All opinions are my own.


Well, I think Morgan Matson has redeemed herself from Since You've Been Gone. I really, really enjoyed this book. Like a lot.

From the synopsis, I was afraid this was going to be a book similar to Matson's writing as Katie Finn with Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend because it was another book about politics and a politicians daughter. I am happy to report this book was VERY different from that one.

As a character, I really enjoyed the main protagonist, Andie. She was a bit of a goody-two-shoes at the beginning of the book, but loosened up as things went along. I really feel like she and her father, and especially their relationship had grown from the beginning of the book to the end. Her father seems kind of like a jerk at the beginning, but as the book p…

WILD SWANS BY JESSICA SPOTSWOOD - BOOK REVIEW

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This week's review is on Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood! Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an eARC of this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


This was such a great book. It dealt with a loss so tragic, having your mother walk away, leaving you're behind, never to be heard from again for 15 years. I can't even imagine what that would be like.

Following a family line of gifted artists and writers, this book shows that you don't have to have an outward talent to be extraordinary. For all intents and purposes, Ivy is ordinary. She's good at poetry and swimming, but not medal worthy.

Living under the shadow of her great grandmother and grandmother and their iconic deaths, her own mother, Erica has struggles of her own. Erica was a fascinating character, she tried to be a good mother to some of her daughters, but her tongue was lethal and she had a mean, negative outlook on life. If she hadn't been born into the life …

NEW RELEASES - MAY 3

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Apparently today is the day that every publisher decided to publish eight thousand books. Okay, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but instead of the usual 8-9 new releases and me picking 5-6 to feature, there is 30 and I have to pare that down so this post doesn't give you a hand cramp scrolling though.

SO in an effort to save both your time and mine, I am picking (my) top 6 books to feature with the synopsis and my thoughts, like usual, and the rest I will list at the bottom, with a link to the Goodreads page, so you can still check them out!

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight 

Lately, I've been loving the mystery/thriller books, and I have high hopes for this one! This is the first in a series of three books, and it sounds like what I wanted The Last Place on Earthto be about! One friend who leaves cryptic messages and needs help from their friend (not a DOOMSDAY NOVEL - no, I'm not still bitter about The Last Place on EarthAT ALL).

A Totally Awkward Love S…

DYING TO LIVE BY VINCENT J. MONTELEONE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review. Today, I will be reviewing Dying to Live by Vincent J. Monteleone. Thanks so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


This was a very... different book for me. In terms of storyline and in terms of the way it is written.

Basically, a man is diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and given 6-18 months to live. He's 43. Premise wise, this book sounded interesting and it was, for the most part.

Because the main character, Brendon, is a businessman/entrepreneur, a lot of the story deals with living to make money and how money isn't the most important thing, especially when you are given a diagnosis like his. There were some numbers and business references thrown throughout the book, but they weren't too advanced that they went over my head.

This book also talked about choices in life, anything from falling in love to taking your kid to dance class or going to university …