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ONCE, IN A TOWN CALLED MOTH BY TRILBY KENT - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review today, this time it is Once, In a Town Called Moth by Trilby Kent. Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for participating in a book club discussion. 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.


This was such a strange, wonderful little book.

It follows Anneli, or Ana now, and her father after they abruptly move to Canada from their small Mennonite community in Bolivia. I don't have much experience with stories on religious sects, but I did enjoy this one. There was a great mix of their 'new' life in Toronto as well as the 'flashbacks' to their lives in Bolivia.

Some perspectives are written in third person, and others are in Ana's perspective, so things jumped around a bit. The Toronto chapter's were third person and the flashbacks to Bolivia were in Ana's perspective, as h…

BEEN HERE ALL ALONG BY SANDY HALL - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


This was a quick little cute romance between two neighbours who have known each other since they were five years old and finally realize that their friendship is more than just platonic.

While I didn't love every aspect of this book, I did enjoy it and read it pretty quickly, in about an hour and a half.

We have four different perspectives telling the story throughout the book, Gideon; who is just discovering he is gay, Kyle; who just came out to his girlfriend as bisexual, Ruby; who's life is falling apart and has just found out her boyfriend is not who she thought he was, and Ezra; Gideon's older brother who adds a little extra insight to the storyline. For the most part, the perspectives were easy enough to tell who was who, but there were a couple of times, especially wit…

HOLDING SMOKE BY ELLE COSIMANO - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Going into this book, I wasn't really too sure what to expect. I knew that it was about a boy who was living out his sentence in a juvenile detention centre, called the Y, for the murder of his English teacher, and the boy who witnessed the murder. However, the main character John "Smoke" tries desperately to prove he didn't kill his teacher, and the other murder was in self defence.

John has the ability to leave his body, temporarily, and ghost around. It's how he gets his intel at the Y without a source, and how he got sent there in the first place. Now, before you start thinking this is a little nutty, you need to understand the backstory. A few years ago, John was killed by his father. He was an abusive alcoholic and was demanding money that J…

BY GASLIGHT BY STEVEN PRICE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is By Gaslight by Steven Price. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.


Before I get too far into this review, I will just kind of preface this with saying that I don't really read a lot of historical fiction. Or just a lot of books set in pre 1900s. Most books I read are set in fairly recent times. That being said, I do enjoy the occasional historical fiction. And this book has a murder mystery in it as well so I figured that would help entice me.

Basically, this is the story of two-ish main characters, William Pinkerton and Adam Foole and their time in London in the late 1880s.

William is an American detective who has come to London in search of a man known as Edward Shade. Shade was supposedly killed during the Civil War, but William's father, Allan, was sure he was still alive. After Allan's sudden passing, William disco…

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR BY SHARI LAPENA - BOOK REVIEW

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I am here with another book review, another thriller, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


To be honest, I'm not sure where to start with this book. I was so intense, and as everything was unfolding, I couldn't believe what was going on.

The whole story starts when Marco and Anne reluctantly leave their six-month old daughter at home while they go to a dinner party at the house next door. The sitter cancelled last minute, and their hostess insisted on a baby-free evening, so they brought over the baby monitor and go check on her every half hour. They live in a good part of town, and surely, half an hour isn't enough time for anything bad to happen, right? I won't say exactly what happens, but you can pretty much assume it is nothing pretty.

The police come in and soon Marco and Anne's united front starts to crumble. Ann…

BEAUTIFUL SCARS BY KILEE BROOKBANK AND LORI HIGHLANDER - BOOK REVIEW

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I have a bit of a different book review for you today, its a non-fiction book called Beautiful Scars by Kilee Brookbank and Lori Highlander. Thank you to KiCam Projects for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always all opinions are my own.


This is a hard review for me to write. I don't really read lot of non-fiction, and this is such an emotional, inspiring story, it is hard for me to put into words how I feel about this book.

I am hesitant to call this a memoir, but I suppose it fits the definition. Basically, this is the story of sixteen year old Kilee and how her life is changed after her house explodes. In this story of survival, Kilee and her family come together after Kilee suffers extensive burns to forty-five percent of her body and has to have multiple surgeries to repair and heal. While the book does go into detail on the recovery process in the hospital, we also see her life when she gets home. She fights to regain her movement and the…

WARRIORS BY HEATHER TODD - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is, Warrior by Heather Todd. Thank you to the author for giving me a copy of this book. I received it at BookCon and while a review was not solicited, I felt I should still write one as this is an advanced readers copy.


Having taken a little bit of a break from dystopian, post-apocalyptic novels, I found this book to be a welcome reintroduction to the genre.

Basically, this story mainly follows a girl, Mary Houston in a world where WWIII is going on. After a failed peace treaty with Russia, the citizens of the United States finds themselves without a president - either he has been captured or is dead - and are essentially at the mercy of a guy who calls himself The Master, who is trying to restore the planet to its glory and save it from the human race. The Master has created an army of soldiers, called Warriors, who are basically Humans 2.0. They are people that have been captured from the streets and injected to become kil…

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS BY B.A. PARIS - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


OH. MY. GOSH. I CANNOT EVEN BELIEVE WHAT I JUST READ! This book was spectacular, so creepily atmospheric, I only put it down once to eat dinner, and still managed to read all 304 glorious pages in less than three and a half hours.

So basically, this story revolves around a couple, Jack and Grace Angel, and their seemingly perfect lives. Jack is a major lawyer, specializing in domestic abuse cases, helping bring justice to those who have been able to escape horrific circumstances, and Grace quit her job as a grocery buyer, after marrying Jack eighteen months ago, in order to maintain their dream home and work in their perfect garden. They seem great, right? Wrong!

The couples' friends start to grow concerned, Grace never seems to be able to make it to lunch dates with the…

JULY 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 wonderful ladies over at LitJoy Crate were awesome enough to send me a third box, the July young adult box, for review!


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The July YA box was themed 'Magic and Madness,' and it included:

Riverkeep by Martin Stewart, with a signed bookplate and little note from the author.The Wonderful Wizard of Ozdesigned by Rock Paper Books, I have been drooling over these gorgeous editions of classics, especially the Shakespeare collection, and I am so excited to have one to start my collection.A Moby Dick inspired temporary tattoo from Litographs, I ac…

COLOR ME YOURS BY DIANA T. SCOTT - BLOG TOUR AND BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another blog tour! I am so excited to be a part of the Half of Me blog tour, if you've been following me for a while, you will know I read and reviewed the first two books in this series Our Demons, Best Friends and Love Me While I'm Gone a little while ago, and have been loving this series.


Today, I am bring you a review of the third and final book Color Me Yours by Diana T. Scott. Thank you to the author for sending me an electronic copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Ok, so I did enjoy this final book, but I didn't love it as much as the others.

This story centres around Paige and Miles, who are both working at the same hospital in Chicago. Paige is quiet, shy, and has become pretty good at doing what other people want, as a result of her previous relationship. Miles is an all-around good guy, helping out his sister when he can, and even though his father is rich, he resolves to support himself.

Bec…

RESULTS MAY VARY BY BETHANY CHASE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am here again with another book review, this time it is Results May Vary by Bethany Chase! Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.


This book was phenomenal! The writing was spot-on, and I loved the voice that the main character, Caroline, had in the story. And I loved that it was a contemporary I just didn't want to put down!

Ok, so let's start with the story itself. Pretty much at the very beginning of the book, Caroline finds out her husband has been having an affair with a man. This development forces her to look at their entire marriage, starting when they were high school sweethearts, their relationship starting back when they were in their senior year of high school. They were each other's one and only, or so Caroline thought. Caroline shows an array of emotions from betrayal to anger as she learns of her husband's infidelity and probable bisexuality.

I think …

THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES BY SARAH MAINE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine. Thanks so much 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 really don't even know where to start with this review, it was such an unusual book.

This story basically follows two timelines, one of which is Harriet "Hetty" Deveraux, who has just inherited her great-grandfather's house (technically her great-grandmother's half-brother's house). Theodore Blake was a fairly well established artist in his time, but became a bit of a recluse towards the end of his life, hiding secrets that no one in Hetty's family knew. This timeline follows events occurring in present day, 2010.

The other timeline is that of mainly Beatrice Blake, Theodore's wife, along with the occasional insight from Theo himself. This timeline starts in 1910, soon after the wedding when Theo convinces Beatrice to spend the…