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FAITHFUL BY ALICE HOFFMAN - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is Faithful by Alice Hoffman. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this book for review. As always all opinions are my own.


Ok, so this review might be a little biased and get a little gushy because I absolutely ADORED this book. Like so much so I want to give it a higher than 5 star rating.

Before I start this review, I just want to say that this book, and possibly this review in reference to this book contain serious trigger warnings for self-harm, sexual assault and suicide. Proceed with caution.

Initially, this story starts out with Shelby, who is still reeling after the car accident that nearly killed her best friend, Helene. Or at least, it might as well have. She is in a coma, no brain activity. She'll never wake up. She'll never speak again.

Shelby is ridden with so much guilt for what happened. She was driving, it should have been her who is in the coma. She's a nobody, she would…

BLOOD FOR BLOOD BY RYAN GRAUDIN - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with a hotly anticipated sequel for many, Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin. I recently read the first book Wolf By Wolf, my review is here if you want to check it out, and decided to read the sequel and conclusion to the duology. Thanks so much to Hachette Books/Little Brown Books for providing ARCs of this book at Book Con. A review was not requested, but because it is an early copy, I felt it was necessary to include one. As always, all opinions are my own.


I am reading this book right after reading the first book in the duology and I have to say, this one is so much better. I was unsure of how I felt about Wolf By Wolf, but this second book makes a major comeback for the series.

The story pretty much picks up right where the first book left off, I won't say how that one ended, because I don't want to spoil anything.

What I think really helped this book stand out is the fact that it is told in multiple perspectives, Yael, the main and only narrator o…

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR BY NICOLA YOON - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review, and I have to say, it is for one of my most anticipated releases of the year. And that book is The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon! 


I was able to snag an ARC of this book back at BookCon, and while a review was not requested, I am providing one because it is an early copy of the book. As always, all opinions are my own.

First of all, I will preface this review, nay, gush session, by saying that Nicola Yoon is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I loved her debut Everything, Everything and I went into this book nervous, but hopeful that she could pull off another success. Let me just tell you, it was magnificent.

I loved *almost* every aspect of this book.

The story follows two main characters, Daniel and Natasha. Daniel is the second son of first generation Korean immigrants. Both he and his older brother Charlie were born in the States, but his family still very much strives for the Korean ideals, especially those within an …

THE TRESPASSER BY TANA FRENCH - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is The Trespasser by Tana French. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Oh boy, where do I even start?

Well, let me first say that I haven't read the other 5 books in this series. I don't think it is necessary to read them all in order/before starting one of them, but I think it might have made me like the book a little bit more.

To be honest, this book let me down. I was expecting a thriller and I got a mildly suspenseful crime fiction. There wasn't really too much that was super exciting in this book.

The story follows Detective Antoinette Conway, the only female detective on the whole Murder Squad in Dublin. Normally, I'm ok with the whole "I'm the only woman, the men don't treat me like a cop" etc. but in this book it was just so over done. Maybe if I got some of the backstory as to wh…

HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU BY TARA EGLINGTON - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, although this one might be a bit of a rant... anyways, it is for How To Keep A Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an e-copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Oh boy, where do I start?

Basically this book is about a teenage girl, Aurora, who is trying to find her Prince. She has a whole program thing, and she and her friends are constantly on the lookout for guys who are PPs (Potential Princes). Anyways, she's dated, but wants to save her first kiss for someone special, her prince. However, when she accidentally lands herself the female lead in the schools play, she finds out her first kiss is going to be live, on stage in front of 300 people, with her neighbour Hayden, who she can't stand.

Can you already tell where this is going? If not, hang on. It becomes so BLATANTLY OBVIOUS you will want to bang your head on the wall. No, just me, …

THE UGLY TEAPOT: BOOK ONE BY FRED HOLMES - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is The Ugly Teapot: Book One by Fred Holmes. Thanks so much 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 basically, this is the story of a fourteen year old girl named Hannah who is struggling with the recent death of her father who was working overseas as a photographer during an assignment.

Right away, you see that Hannah is a little strange. She can understand and talk to her dog. At first, this really threw me off guard. I wasn't sure if she was actually hearing what he was saying or if she was just guessing at what he might have said, but I think she was actually communicating with her dog. And this, my friends, is just the beginning of a very strange story.

The story opens up on the day of Hannah's father's funeral and at that point she pretty much decides to use the possibly magical, mostly just ugly lamp/teapot to try and res…

MELODY'S KEYS BY DALLAS CORYELL - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, this time with an indie book/author Melody's Keys by Dallas Coryell. Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review! As always, all opinions are my own.


This book was fantastic. A lot of the time with romances, especially new adult romances, things can go one of two ways, insta-love with so many steamy scenes its bordering on erotica or just enough romance to keep things interesting, but nothing too crazy. This book, thankfully, is in the latter category.

Basically, this is the story of Tegan, a twenty something who gave up her dreams of attending Columbia to stay and help out at her family's struggling bed-and-breakfast type business in the English countryside. Her parents announce that famed American pop star Mason Keane will be staying with them for the next few months to relax and get away from the spotlight, and Tegan is not too excited. Mason has a womanizing reputation and Tegan i…

KISS CAM BY KIARA LONDON - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Kiss Cam by Kiara London. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


This was a great story about teens, and I think, relationships today. In a world full of social media presence and documenting every. Single. Aspect. Of one's life, this book was a refreshing step in that 'new age' direction.

Basically, this story follows three teens who have a vlog channel on VlogIt (I'm assuming that's like a generic YouTube? Unless there's actually something called VlogIt) where they document their lives, answer questions and do weird dares. Although the only perspective we get is June's, the story also follows her friends Jasper and Lenny, who she vlogs with, and June's other friend Allison.

The fans of their vlog, called "WereVloggingHere" (which, sidenote: I loved, even though they didn't use an apostrophe) have de…

NO HOLDING BACK BY KATE EVANGELISTA - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is the companion novel to No Love Allowed, No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista.


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.

Firstly, this is the companion novel to No Love Allowed, which came out last year. I read and reviewed that book as well, and I think these books definitely need to be read in order. You will get spoiled for the couple in the first book if you read this book first.

Anyways, this book focuses on Nathan, Caleb (from the first book's) cousin and his relationship with his childhood best friend, Preston. It's pretty much clear to everyone, except Preston that Nathan has feelings for him that are outside those of a best friend.

Preston is focused on training for the Olympics in swimming, but when he starts to obsess about the results of whether or not he will get to train with the top trainer, Nathan decides to whisk hi…

SPOOKY FALL READS - BOOK RECOMMENDATION

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I am here today with a slightly different post than my usual reviews. I was recently thinking that I wanted to read some fallish books. Fall is the perfect time for those heady thrillers and slipping back into a fantasy series you've been neglecting.

I've compiled a list of books that I think would be great on any fall TBR-  something a little creepier, or just something a little different from the typical summer contemporaries! Enjoy!

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

This book is so creepy. In typical Kurtagich fashion, this story is told in a mixture of 'novel text' and graphics (notes, journal entries, etc.) It took me a little bit after I finished this book to decide how I felt about it. But once you mentally digest it, you can easily see it is GENUIS. You can read more of my thoughts here.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

This is a book for fall, a book for winter, spring, summer, any season, any time. I am constantly thinking abou…

THIS ADVENTURE ENDS BY EMMA MILLS - BOOK REVIEW

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I am here with another book review, This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending an eARC of this book my way. As always, all opinions are my own.


This was another book by an new-to-me author and I am telling you right now, I am preordering this book and ordering her other book as well! This is a new favourite for me and I cannot stop smiling.

This is the story of Sloane after her family moves to a small, vacation town in Florida from New York in her senior year of high school. Her father is a best-selling romance author, but after hitting a bit of writers block, decided to move the family out the hustle and bustle of the big city. Upon arrival, Sloane meets a set of twins, Vera and Gabe and is fairly quickly absorbed into their group of friends, including Aubrey and Remy, who are trying to work out their post-relationship struggles as it is.

I just loved so much about this book. And I just finished it too, so my apologies if it is a …

AMY CHELSEA STACIE DEE BY MARY G. THOMPSON - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Ok, so this book, it's messed up. But I also couldn't put it down. I started it at 10 pm, and told myself at 12, I was going to bed. It got to 12 and I just couldn't stop. I had to know what was going to happen, and I couldn't go to bed without knowing the ending

This story follows 16 year old Amy, who has just made it back home after being kidnapped, and held captive for 6 years. Which should be great, and it is, but she came back without her cousin, Dee, who was also kidnapped with Amy. Amy comes home to find that her parents divorced; they couldn't handle it, her father remarried and has two stepchildren and her brother won't talk to her. Amy's aunt, Dee's mom is demanding answers, Where's Dee? Is she alive? Who took you? …

THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH BY LISA BROWN ROBERTS - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts. 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.


This was the perfect, lighter read! There was a romance, plus lots of nerdy Star Trek references and a book blogger/bookstore aspect which made it even better.

Basically, this book was just one big swoon.

The story follows Vivian, a book blogger who loves romances, and works at her mom's bookstore while she is off writing her next big mystery novel. Vivian is just starting a new school year and is looking forward to seeing Jake, her long-time crush and the guy she's been sneaking off with for midnight kisses on the beach, and making their relationship official. However, once she gets to school, she soon finds out that it was just a summer fling, and because she didn't want to take things to the next level, he's moved on. Heartbroken, Viv…

WOLF BY WOLF BY RYAN GRAUDIN - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review, today it is Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.


First off, I just want to say that I don't know how I feel about this book.

I mean, I enjoyed it, but I'm just left feeling, I don't know, I guess let down.

All the blurbs on this book say that it is so fast paced, you're constantly flipping pages wanting to find out what's going to happen. But I think I only got a little bit of that.

Basically, this is the story of what Germany would be like if Hitler won the war and was still alive. A girl, Yael, a former Jewish prisoner, escaped from her bunker and made her way around the streets, stealing and scraping by. Then she is met be a man who is part of the resistance. Soon she starts training to become the one to kill Hitler and dismantle his regime. Yael has a gift, or a curse, depending on how you look at it. She was part of an experimental group, Patient Zero of a drug that was supposed to change anyone's appearance into tha…

LAST SEEN LEAVING BY CALEB ROEHRIG - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review, today it is Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig. Thank 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 really enjoyed this book, there were a lot of things I didn't see coming, but they were all things that made sense. There was nothing that confused me in terms of plot twists.

Basically, this story follows Flynn, a guy who's girlfriend has gone missing. At first, everyone, even the police think that she has just run away. After all, it would be just like January to run away to prove a point. But soon days pass, and there's no sign of January. Rumours start, people think maybe she was taken, after all, her step-father is rich and running for Senate, he must be able to pay a hefty ransom. Accusations get thrown around, and you have no idea what happened.

People start asking questions, including Flynn. Soon he finds out that the guy Jan worked with didn'…

HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE BY JENNIFER NIVEN - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review! Today I am reviewing Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. I was able to pick up an ARC copy of this book from BookCon, back in May. A review was not requested, however, because I received an advanced copy, I am providing one anyways. As always, all opinions are my own.


This book follows two characters, in two alternating first person perspectives. Libby Strout, a girl who, ever since the unexpected death of her mother, has been overweight. She mourned her lose in the comfort of her own home, trying to fill the void, as well as work through her own fears and anxieties. Due to the abruptness of her mother's death, and the fact that it could be hereditary, Libby struggled with being able to leave her home, go to school, etc. Eventually, things got so bad that one day, she had to be cut out of her home in order to get to the hospital. Libby has come a long way, and is ready to go back to school, gets some friends and maybe meet …

THE LOVELY RECKLESS BY KAMI GARCIA - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review of a book I loved, The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending an eARC of this book my way for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


This book was so much more than I was expecting, but then, I wasn't really sure what to expect. It was my first Kami Garcia book, but certainly not my last, and the storyline sounded basic enough. But what I got was a fantastic book that I couldn't put down, and read in the span of less than two hours.

In terms of plot, this book is very simple. "Good" girl experiences tragedy, gets kicked out of private school and rebels by falling for "bad" boy. But there was so much more to the story.

Frankie is dealing with the loss of her boyfriend, he was recently murdered, and while she is the sole witness who can put his killer behind bars, she doesn't remember who it is. Through her PTSD, her brain is blocking out those memories tha…