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WE KNOW IT WAS YOU BY MAGGIE THRASH - BOOK REVIEW

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I am here with another book review, We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


To be completely honest, I'm not sure what to think of this book. It wasn't really a *thriller,* at least not in my mind. There wasn't a whole lot of suspense, because I found the storyline hard to follow.

Ok, so this is essentially a story about a girl who mysteriously jumps off a bridge in the middle of a school football game, wearing the mascot costume. There are a million questions being asked. Why would she jump? She didn't seem depressed, the police, however, are ruling it a suicide. Did someone make her? But why run to the bridge? Was it actually Brittany in the suit? Anyone can put on a mascot costume and pretend to be the mascot. Plus she's an identical twin, maybe Angie jumped instead?

The story itself is written in a way where you don'…

VASSA IN THE NIGHT BY SARAH PORTER - BOOK REVIEW AND BLOG TOUR

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I am back this week with a book review, as part of the Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter blog tour, hosted by Raincoast Books. Make sure you check out the other tour stops on the graphic below to see some Q&A's with the author, as well as some more excerpts.


I am so excited to be able to share an excerpt of the book with you, as well as my review. First the excerpt. This little snippet really shows the sass of the narration! Here it is:


And now for the review! Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I'm trying to think of a genre to place this book in, and I'm not too sure. It's not really a fantasy, at least, not high fantasy, but maybe an urban fantasy. At the same time, even though there's magic, its not well known, or really shared that there's magic in the city/world. Regardless of the genre, this was a unique and interesting book.

The story follows …

A LITTLE TASTE OF POISON BY R.J. ANDERSON - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is A Little Taste of Poison by R.J. Anderson. 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.


After reading the first book in this series last year, A Pocket Full of Magic, I was excited to pick up the sequel. Luckily, it didn't disappoint!

The story picks up pretty much where it left off in the first book, Isaveth has sold her tablet wrappers and has now been offered a scholarship to the elite college by the company. After clearing her father's name, she decides she can't turn down such a prestigous offer and begins her schooling.

While her one saviour is Esmond, she doesn't end up seeing him much, because he is a year older than she. However, she finds a fast friend in a girl, Eulalie, who helps her navigate the new world of the college. I don't really want to say too much about the plot itself, because it is a sequ…

YOU BEFORE ANYONE ELSE BY JULIE CROSS & MARK PERINI - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Going into this book, I didn't really know what to expect.

Basically, this story follows two characters, Finley and Eddie. Finley is your typical good girl. She cares too much for her ex, and after her mother died, she took over as big sister/mother for her twin little brothers. She has just gotten into modelling to save up some money to re-open her mother's dance studio and fill her dream of teaching ballet. However, this good girl look only gets her so far in the modelling world, so she tries to become more 'edgy.' Eddie is trying his hand at modelling, because he's going to need the money. He's got some secrets, although one is bigger than the rest. The two meet at a party and one thing leads to another. Fin is happy to shed her …

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES BY MINDY McGINNIS - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with a book you MUST READ, otherwise known as The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for sending me a copy of this book to read for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


*my apologies in advance for the shouty caps you are about to see*

OH MY GOSH THIS IS THE BOOK. THE BOOK OF THE MONTH. THE BOOK OF THE YEAR. THE BOOK OF THE LIFETIME. PLEASE, I AM BEGGING YOU, IF YOU ONLY MANAGE TO PICK UP ONE BOOK THIS YEAR, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LET IT BE THIS ONE. THIS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT BOOK, EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT.

*ahem*

Anyways, so yeah, this book, it's kinda perfect.

Do you ever get that feeling, when you're reading a book that you have to get other people to read it. Not necessarily because it is your favourite, or has a great romance, but because it's just something you want other people to have in their minds, to help them understand, to give them some common sense? I never really had that feeling…

MOTHERING SUNDAY BY GRAHAM SWIFT - BOOK REVIEW

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I am here today with another book review, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. 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.


Well, this was nothing, if not a charming little book.

I found this story to be a little peculiar, not in the plot line itself, but in the way it was written. On it's bare bones, this is a love story. Set in the mid 1920s, Jane Fairchild, a maid for a couple in England, and Paul Sheringham, a prestigious neighbour, have been secret lovers for over 6 years. While neither was married or in a relationship at the time, their meetings have been kept a secret because, presumably, of the social standing of Paul specifically. However, as Paul becomes engaged, as Jane assumes, by arrangement, it is clear that they will no longer be able to co…

NOSTALGIA BY M.G. VASSANJI

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I am back with another book review, today it is Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji. 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 was such an odd little book. It was vaguely reminiscent of 1984 by George Orwell (which I'll admit, I only read 2/3 of) and just a good YA dystopian from the adult/scientist's perspective.

It follows, mainly, a character named Dr. Frank Sina and takes place in our world, later on. I'm not sure the exact timeline, the only date we are given is 2032, and it's after that year so I would say anywhere from 16-20 years in the future. And humans have finally achieved the ultimate goal; immortality.

In this world, people are still born like they are today, but every once-in-a-while, if they become too old, or dissatisfied with their life, they undergo a process called rejuvenation, performed by doctors like Frank. They can change their physical appearances,…

EVERY HIDDEN THING BY KENNETH OPPEL - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel. Thanks so much to HarperCollins for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.


This book is pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones. Going in, I was a little skeptical on how that would turn out, I mean, R&J doesn't really have the most hopeful ending and my knowledge of Indiana Jones is just whatever snippets of the movies I happened to watch as I walked past the living room if someone in my house just happened to be watching it. However, I will say, after finishing this book, I think these are accurate descriptions (although, spoiler alert: no one dies in this star crossed romance ;))

So I've marked this book as historical fiction, although I'm not sure how fitting it really is. It was a little bit hard to grasp the time of the novel, truthfully I thought it was present day, until we got to the part where the female main chara…

SUNDAY'S ON THE PHONE TO MONDAY BY CHRISTINE REILLY - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is Sunday's on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly. Thank you so much to the author and NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.



Going into this book, I didn't really know what to expect. I had heard good things, but nothing too specific to the plot or story itself. After reading the synopsis, I was excited. The premise sounded vaguely reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You, a story not necessarily about a couple falling in love, but rather the story of the love between a family.

The story was broken up into two parts, "parents" and "daughters." The first section was the story of Matilde and Claudio growing up and falling in love. There was a lot of 70s references, rock and roll, drugs, just that sort of 70s hippie vibe. I didn't find the elements overwhelming, they did indeed add to the story. The second part dealt more wit…

MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS BY DAVID CASARETT - BOOK REVIEW

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I am here with another book review, today it is on Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett. Thanks so much to Hachette Books Canada for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


This book was very different from any other book that I have read, well, ever.

It follows Ladarat, a nurse and ethicist in Thailand who, at the request of a family friend, who happens to be a police officer, does some investigating. It seems that a colleague at another hospital in Thailand was on duty when a woman brought her husband into the ER, only to have him be found dead upon arrival. Seems typical enough, until you factor in that the nurse on duty also saw this same woman, with a different husband come in a few months ago, with the same circumstances.

This book had a lot of different elements in it that I am not particularly familiar with. The main one was the Thai culture. There are references to sayings, greetings, even …

UGLY BY ROBERT HOGE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with a slightly different review today, it is of a memoir instead of a novel, Ugly by Robert Hoge. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House Canada for sending a copy of this book to me for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I don't really read a lot of memoirs. I think I've read one, maybe two, but technically the second one was a collection of essays. Regardless, I don't have a lot of experience reading them, or even reviewing them.

Typically, I talk about character and plot points, the stuff that makes up the story. But with things like memoirs, you can talk about it, but it won't change the fact that that's what actually (for the most part) what happened, in real life. You can look back and want change things, but they didn't happen that way, so you can't. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this review won't be as critical as it will be more of a commentary.

This is the story of Robert, who was born …

SPONTANEOUS BY AARON STARMER - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer. Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


In this book, 23 people spontaneously combust. Possibly more, but from the list of people I have, at least 23 people exploded for no real reason.

This was such a strange but eloquent read. The story is told from the perspective of Mara Carlyle, an eighteen year old who just witnessed one of her classmates blow up. Basically, this story is exactly as it seems, people are exploding and no one can figure out why. The issue, it seems, is only effecting seniors at one Covington High School in New Jersey. After the first explosion, everyone freaks out (obviously) and the FBI are called in. Soon the number gets to 3 and its at epidemic stages. The federal government is involved at this point, and soon all the seniors are corralled and quarantined. They run tests, the president co…

THE CABIN BY NATASHA PRESTON - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, The Cabin by Natasha Preston. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Ok, so if you've seen the average rating for this book on Goodreads (2.59/5.00) or just read some of the reviews in general, you know that this book is a bit of a hot mess.

The basic premise is that a group of seven teens spend the weekend at a secluded cabin and wake up to find two of their friends dead. The police come and investigate, find no signs of forced entry, and decide that one or more of the five people left is the killer(s). This book *sounds* interesting, but once you get into it, everything starts to go downhill fast.

The book starts off with some tension, one of the group members, Josh, is kind of a jerk who no one really likes (we don't REALLY find out why everyone hates him until waaaaay later in the story, but you know, he said some mean stuff a little while ago so...), a…

AND THE TREES CREPT IN BY DAWN KURTAGICH - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, this time it is And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (or The Creeper Man in the UK). Thank you to Hachette Books Canada for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


This book is genius. It took me a little bit after I finished it, to figure that out, but it is so well done.

This is the story of two sisters, Silla and Nori, who escape to their mother's childhood home, where their now Aunt Cath lives, in an effort to get away from their abusive father in the city. The house, or as it's official called "La Baume" isn't exactly what they imagined, a mansion hidden away in the woods in the middle of nowhere. And there's just something not right about Aunt Cath. Soon, a mysterious boy comes out of the forest, claiming to be one of the last people who Cath looked after in the La Baume Orphange, and things get weirder.

One day, Aunt Cath goes up to the attic, and n…

LABYRINTH LOST BY ZORAIDA CÓRDOVA - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova. Thanks to Raincoast Books for sending this book my way for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I am hesitantly calling this book an urban fantasy, however, as a rule, I don't tend to enjoy UF. I'm more of a new world, high fantasy kinda person, if I'm going to pick up a fantasy, but I really liked this one, despite the fact that it was slightly more urban.

This is the story of Alejandra, or Alex. She is a bruja, or a witch, one of the most powerful of her kind. Except she hates magic, it made her father leave and it killed her aunt/godmother. So when her Deathday comes, essentially a bruja coming of age ceremony, similar to a bar mitzvah, she decides to preform a spell that will get rid of her magic. Except, no one has ever tried that before, and she ends up banishing her family to Los Lagos, the other realm with spirits and strange creatures. And the Devourer, an evil …

OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS BY KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, of a book I LOVED, Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland. Thank you to Penguin Random House USA 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. As always, all opinions are my own.


Ok, this review may be a bit biased because I loved this book. Like one of my favourite reads of the year, loved it a lot. Now that we got that out of the way, let's talk about the story.

In a refreshing change of pace, we get a male POV, our main character Henry Page. At first, I thought it was going to be alternating perspectives, but I was pleasantly surprised to see it was all Henry, all the time. If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug) and saw my Instagram Story around the time I was reading this story, you would have seen the various pictures I took of the hilariousness that was Henry's perspective. He was funny wit…