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IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT BY JUDY BLUME - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book in their Blockbuster Books Binge Box. A review was not requested, however I am providing one as a complimentary copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.


My fairly short history with Judy Blume starts in elementary school. It was in grade 4 or 5 that I distinctly remember picking up her children's books, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, Freckle Juice, and Blubber, most memorably. I remember them all fondly, but I couldn't remember if I LIKED them. At the age of 10, I pretty much read all I could get my hands on. So when I was sent this, her newest adult book, I was intrigued.

The premise sounded interesting, and I knew, once I was about 50 pages in, I would love this book.

We start the book in "present" day, in 1987. A woman is on a plane, and after reading the charact…

SUMMER TBR - TOP 5

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I am writing a slightly different blog post today, a welcome break from the avalanche of reviews, a post where I share some of the books on my to-be-read shelf that I want to read before summer ends, and school starts up again. I am only including books that I currently own, not ones I was sent for review, or ones that I haven't bought but might.

Between trying to save some money for school, and the fact that I have 68 books on my TBR, I have been on a bit of a book buying ban. I do have some preorders coming in a little later, but I bought those with a gift card.

Anyways, let's get into the books! This was so hard to choose, because I knew I wouldn't have much down time from review books, so I wanted to pick shorter books, but I also knew that I would be too busy when school started to pick up the larger books on my list. In the end, I just went with five books that I WANTED to read!

In no particular order:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 


I've hear…

HEROES OF THE FRONTIER BY DAVE EGGERS - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, this time of a new release that comes out today, Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a, advanced 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 enjoyed it, but at the same time, I'm conflicted as to how I feel now that everything is over. 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.

In it's bare bones, this is the story of a woman, a dentist, who has just recently been sued by a patient, lost her practice in the process, and has decided to take her two children and drive around Alaska, avoiding the children's father who wants to introduce them to his new fiancee's family. Basicall…

THE ART OF REBELLION BY BRENDA JOYCE LEAHY - BOOK REVIEW

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Today, I am back with another book review, The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy. Thanks so much to the author for giving me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Even though this book is set in the early 1900s and is considered a historical fiction, it still had some themes and views that are very much still prevalent in today's society. I think that this aspect helps to keep people who aren't necessarily regular readers of historical fiction, such as myself, interested in the story.

At it's basic level, this is a book of a girl, Gabrielle, who is promised to an old man three times her age, but she doesn't want to be a mother or wife, at her age, or really, at any point. She considers herself a "modern woman," one who can have a career outside family life and running a household, and runs away from her family to live with her grandmother in Paris and to pursue her dream of being an artist. Once she…

GLEN FALLS: BOOK TWO BY MALYNDA SCHLEGEL - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, this time it's Glen Falls: Book Two by Malynda Schlegel. Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


This book, obviously, is the second book to the series, so I won't get into too many details that might spoil book one.

As with the first book, it took me some time to re-adjust to the writing style. The chapters are broken up into little snapshots of different characters, usually for a page or two and then it switches to a new character. I did, of course, get used to the writing style quite quickly and everything was better.

The story of the book picks up fairly soon after things ended in book one. We are back with the Amherst's, the parents, Sophia and Grant, who are still working on fixing their relationship, Wesley gets a surprise visitor and ends up in the hospital, and Alexa struggles with her feelings for someone she could never be in a relationship with.

Of …

HIDDEN BODIES BY CAROLINE KEPNES - BOOK REVIEW

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I've been promising myself I would pick up Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes when I got a break in my review books. And I've been pushing it off, picking up other books instead. Then, the other day, I found myself in the situation where I had a break and I picked it up, and I am absolutely KICKING myself that I didn't pick it up sooner.

This is the sequel to You by Caroline Kepnes and first of all, if you haven't read that book, what are you doing with your life?! Anyways, this is a sequel, not a companion novel, so you definitely need to read that book before this one.

Also, just to pre-warn, this review may contain some spoilers for You, as it is the review for the sequel. It's pretty much spoiler free in terms of this book though.

Again with this book, we get the typical slightly sociopathic tendencies of everyone's favourite murderer, Joe Goldberg. I read You as a physical book first, and then listened to the audio book and it was really gre…

IN A DARK, DARK WOOD BY RUTH WARE - BLOG TOUR AND BOOK REVIEW

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Today, I am partnering with Simon and Schuster and some other bloggers in the Summer Fiction Blog Tour to bring you all a bunch of highly anticipated books of the year, over the course of 5 weeks with 5 different bloggers!


This is the last week, of the tour and we are all sharing our reviews of In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


In a Dark, Dark Wood is one of the most atmospheric books I've read in a long time. After reading blurbs on the back of the book about not starting it before bed, and prepare to be afraid, I went into it a little weary. I started it before bed after reading all these "warnings" and was just bracing myself.

I felt on edge the whole time because it starts out so normal. Leonora is invited to her old best friend, Clare's hen do, or bachelorette party. It's more of a bachelorette weekend, really, in …

FIRST COMES LOVE BY EMILY GIFFIN - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, First Comes Love by Emily Giffin. Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me this book in their Blockbuster Books Binge Box. A review was not requested, however I am providing one as a complimentary copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

While Emily Giffin is not an unknown author to me, this is the first book of her's that I have read. And I have to say, I can definitely see why she is such well-loved author.

This story follows two sister, Josie and Meredith as they reflect on their lives thus far while preparing to face the fifteen-year anniversary of their older brother's death. The sisters are in their late thirties, and Daniel would have been turning 40 years old.

Told in alternating perspectives, Josie struggles with being thirty-seven, and while she has a career she loves, a first grade teacher, she is missing that traditional husband and children that she always anticipated. She…

THE UNWANTED BY JEAN NICOLE RIVERS - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is The Unwanted by Jean Nicole Rivers. Thank you so much to the author for sending me an e-copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Before I get too far into this review, or even start it really, I will say that I am new to the horror genre. I've pretty much steered clear, mainly because I'm a bit of a scaredy cat. That I because I'm working throughout the summer, most of the time I get to read is from about 8pm to whenever I fall asleep, around midnight. So I'm sitting by myself, in my room, sometimes with the lights off (if I'm reading an ebook), reading. It's not exactly prime conditions to read books that keep you awake at night, i.e. horror. I've just recently decided to broaden my horizons, step outside my comfort zone, and read some horror books.

On that note, for the most part, this book wasn't too scary for me to handle. I was reading in the above cond…

LILY AND THE OCTOPUS BY STEVEN ROWLEY - BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW

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Today, I am partnering with Simon and Schuster and some other bloggers in the Summer Fiction Blog Tour to bring you all a bunch of highly anticipated books of the year, over the course of 5 weeks with 5 different bloggers!


This week, we are all sharing our reviews of Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Going into this book, I really had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that this book was about a guy and his dog, and the person, or dog, you can't live without. The synopsis is very vague, and in truth, the in book synopsis was little more than a few sentences of the same ideas.

What you end up getting in this book is something so much deeper.

Right off the bat, you are introduced to the main character Ted, and his dachshund, Lily. Their relationship is very different, and Lily, it appears, talks to Ted. I wasn't sure if this wa…

YOU KNOW ME WELL BY NINA LaCOUR AND DAVID LEVITHAN - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it's You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review! As always, all opinions are my own.


Right away, this book surprised me. In a good way. I had only previously read separate books by these authors, Every Day by David Levithan and The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. And while I liked those books, they didn't blow me away. This book, however, was really, really good.

There's no beating around the bush here, this is a true LGBTQA novel. Both the POVs are of a gay or lesbian person and this book takes place over the span of Pride week in San Francisco. And it was great! LGBT fiction isn't one I normally pick up, I don't avoid it, but I usually pick up stories about straight people, but if this is the caliber in which it is at, I will definitely pick up more of it.

The story follows Mark and Kate. After sitting togeth…

JUNE LITJOY CRATE BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOX - REVIEW

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I think it's beyond time I share the June LitJoy Crate's contents! In case you don't know,LitJoy Crate is a book subscription service that 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 awesome enough to send me a second box, the June young adult box, for review!

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The June YA box was themed 'Prehistoric Fantasy,' and it included:

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh, with a signed bookplate and little note from the authorA Pride and Prejudice book locket key chain from Crafting Call! This is so adorable, and you can even put some photos inside! Plus the packaging on this is just SPECTULAR!A package of Bee Local Honey Sticks, which I've heard once you read the story, you will understand,…

HOW IT ENDS BY CATHERINE LO - BOOK REVIEW

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I am here with another book review, How It Ends by Catherine Lo. Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.



This book was nothing like I expected, in such an amazing way. I went into it thinking that it was going to be your typical bullied girl, who makes friends with the new girl and everything is sunshine and rainbows. Yes, some of these happened, but there was so much more depth and elements that make this story so great.

Firstly, we have the main characters, both of whom's perspectives we read from, Jessica and Annie.

Jessica/Jessie/Jess is a shy girl who was bullied in middle school and has pretty bad anxiety. After a bad haircut that left her hair a little too short, she is dupped "Lezzie Longbottom," a lesbian who has the hair of Neville Longbottom. As someone who also had a bad, 'boy' cut as a kid, I definitely felt for Jessica in this situation. Eventually…

TBR TUESDAY - JULY 5

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I am here with another TBR Tuesday, where I share the new releases of the week! There are quite a few books coming out this week, and I have read and really enjoyed a couple of them.

Secrets, Lies, and Scandals by Amanda K. Morgan

This book is described as a YA version of How To Get Away With Murder. I haven't seen that show, but this book still sounds super intriguing! It's supposedly a fast paced thriller that you cannot put down.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Personally, Schwab's books are hit and miss for me. I don't typically love the YA books she writes under her full name, but I absolutely adored her adult fantasy she writes as V.E. Schwab. Hopefully this one is better than her other YA's, there's monsters and it sounds interesting, but the reviews seem to be fairly mixed.

The Lost and Found by Katrina Leno

This book has all the makings of a great story, hidden identities, a road trip, possible some illness or other life altering aspec…

STATIC BY ERIC LASTER

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I am back with another review, today I am reviewing Static by Eric Laster. Thanks so much to Net Galley for sending me an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own!


This book was a riot, I really enjoyed it!

Basically, the story follows Curtis, who starts to get these weird phone calls from his dead brother, Wilt. Apparently he's in some sort of afterlife Walmart, Aftermart, where he has to see a therapist and as part of that therapy, talked to those he left behind. Upon getting these phone calls, Curtis decides that this is Wilt's way of telling him he was murdered, and that he should investigate.

I loved how, even though this book death with death and loss, there was still funny moments. Curtis refers to his mom as 'the parental' and the sort of adopted, not really adopted brothers and sister she brings home as 'pseudo-siblings.' There's lots of humour in this book, and not that annoying-okay-let's-get…

TWISTED BY HANNAH JAYNE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am here with another review today, Twisted by Hannah Jayne. Thanks so much to NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Starting off this book, I was excited, but a little bit nervous. I've been reading a lot of thrillers lately, and they've all been wonderful, but I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop. It wasn't just this book, it's been the last couple thrillers I read. But I was just hoping that it was going to be great, and I have to say, this book did not disappoint!

The story follows Bex Andrews, AKA Beth Anne Reimer, AKA "The Wife Collector's Daughter." After her grandmother dies, Beth Anne changes her name to Bex and is sent to live with foster parents, because her biological mother has been missing since Bex was six years old, and is presumed dead, and well, her dad is kind of on the run after being accused of being a serial killer who's signature is leavi…

THE HATCHING BY EZEKIEL BOONE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone. Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me an ARC of this book for review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I went into this book not really knowing what to expect. I knew there as going to be killer spiders, but other than that, I didn't really know what I was in for.

I don't know if I would really call this horror, but I'm not sure what else I would call it. According to my good friend Wikipedia, horror just has to shock or frighten the reader, so I guess it's horror. I think though, this book fits many categories of fiction, horror, apocalyptic, political, sci-fi, just to name a few.

What I enjoyed about this book, and appreciated, based on the story itself, was that it's not character driven. I would say that about 95% of the books I read are character driven, I think that's just because that's how most of the story are told. But this book, while there was a …